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While we encourage swimmers to arrive 5-10 minutes early so they are ready to jump in as soon as practice starts, we understand that you may have commitments to other children, work or school. We also realize that traffic in the Bellevue and greater Eastside area may be unpredictable. If your child arrives after his or her group’s assigned starting time, he or she should make his or her way over to the group as quickly as possible. If you have to pick up your child early, please have him or her let us know, and we’ll try our best to remember!

Your swimmer should arrive at practice with a suit, cap (if hair gets in the eyes), goggles, a towel and a water bottle. Swimmers in each group will be provided with an equipment list, and should bring this equipment to each practice, unless told otherwise by their coach. If your swimmer will not be eating dinner within 20 minutes of the end of practice, provide a small carton of chocolate milk to drink at the conclusion of practice. Chocolate milk provides a great mix of carbs and protein to start the recovery process.

You are welcome to stay and watch practice, or leave to run errands, go home or take care of other commitments, but please make sure to pick up your child on time. If you choose to watch practice, please refrain from making comments to your child, coaching your child from the stands, or trying to get your child’s attention. We need your child’s full attention on what is happening in the water. We are trying to teach children how to focus on the task at hand, and as soon as they see you trying to interact with them, you will have a portion, if not all, of their attention. It is fine to get your child’s attention if he or she has to leave early and we have forgotten.

If you need to speak with us, try to catch us before practice begins or after it ends, or email to set up a meeting. When we’re on deck, we need to give our full attention to the swimmers in the water.

Each practice has a plan, although we may sometimes deviate from that plan we when see a skill or concept that needs additional work. We set out a comprehensive program that looks ahead to the next practice, the coming weeks, and even the coming years. Like an academic program, we set the foundation in the younger years while keeping sight of where we need to be in the future. For the younger kids, practices will involve more technique work and repetition of important skills. As kids progress through the groups, practices will spend a greater amount of time focusing on building aerobic and muscular endurance. As practices increase in frequency, duration and intensity, we take care to periodize our training plan, making sure that sets train the different energy systems in complementary ways, while allowing the body the recovery it needs to make improvements. If you are interested in knowing more about the specifics of our training plan for a group, or the scientific research behind periodization, email us to set up a time to have a short conversation.