Practice Groups

Camp Practice & Young Swimmer Practice Group Descriptions


Camp Practice

  • This practice is from 7:00-8 AM, and it was primarily designed to accommodate older swimmers who participate in lengthy camps such as band or orchestra camps and younger swimmers who have daycare needs. 
  • This is not a stroke improvement practice, but is focused on endurance and conditioning.  Swimmers who are under age 10 may join this practice group ONLY if approved by the coach at the swimmer evaluation.
  • The Head Coach has discretion with Camp Practice, and may ask a younger swimmer to move to a later (more appropriate) practice group.
  • Swimmers who need to attend camp practice for the summer, must choose this practice group during registration as their primary summer-long practice group. 
  • We recognize that other summer activities may occasionally conflict with swim practice.  Swimmers who want to join camp practice for a short period of time need to get the permission of the Head Coach.

8-under Practice

  • This group begins practicing on the Thursday after Memorial Day and is in the water from 6:00-6:30 PM.  During the summer, this group practices from 10:00-10:45 AM.
  • This practice group is for swimmers who are competing in meets, and can handle the training ritual of an 8-under practice which includes swimming laps and stroke-technique instruction.

Junior Dolphins

  • This group does not begin practice until the first day of summer. (Our after-school lane space is limited and the crowded lanes are not safe for our littlest swimmers). 
  • They practice from 10:00-10:30 AM.  This practice group is for swimmers who can make it across the pool (or just about across the pool) in at least freestyle and sometimes backstroke. These swimmers aren’t quite ready for the training ritual of the 8-under practice group, but are often competing in at least one stroke. They practice in their own lane during the 8-under practice.
  • The Head Coach determines whether a developing swimmer should be moved up a group as the summer progresses.

Mini Dolphins

  • This group does not begin practice until the first day of summer. They practice from 10:00-10:30 AM or from 10:30-11:00 AM.  (Times are determined based on the size of the group). They practice in the separate shallow-area of the pool.
  • This group is for swimmers who are not ready for the competitive team, but are interested in being on the team in the future.
  • Generally, these are our youngest swimmers who are comfortable in the water, will put their face in the water, and will attempt to swim.
  • In general, Mini Dolphins should be at least 5 years old.
  • The head coach will determine if a child is ready to be a Mini Dolphin.
  • Only those participants who are determined to be comfortable in the water and comfortable in a group setting, and those who have the maturity and attention span required to ensure the safety of all swimmers will be considered.
  • In order to ensure the safety of these swimmers, the size of this group is limited. Siblings of Dolphin swimmers are given priority for this group. Non-siblings are considered on a space-available basis.
  • The Head Coach determines whether a developing swimmer should be moved up to the next group as the summer progresses.

When does practice end?

  • For most swimmers, the end of the season is defined by the last scheduled Wednesday night B-Meet and continues until Friday of that week. 
  • Swimmers participating in Divisionals and Mini Dolphins will continue to practice during the week prior to Divisionals.
  • Swimmers who qualify for All Stars will continue to practice during the week prior to All Stars.  Practice times for these weeks will be announced by the coaches.