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Practices

Practices

 

During practices, swimmers will work on stroke execution and endurance.  Coaches will work with swimmers to assess their abilities and provide direction towards improving their ability to swim.  While there is no requirement to attend a certain number of practices, experience has shown that there is a direct connection between effort expended while practicing, and the amount of improvement in swimming.

 

For the safety and well being of the swimmers, we ask that you not interrupt or distract coaches or lifeguards while they are coaching or guarding the pool.  Coaches will typically make themselves available after practices so that you have a chance to ask any questions.

 

Swimmers 12 years and younger, must be accompanied by an adult at all times, even at team practices.  It is not the responsibility of the coaches and lifeguards to "babysit" your children before or after practice.  It can be very traumatic for swimmers to be left at the pool for any amount of time, and we cannot accept responsibility for their safety before or after practices have completed.

 

Please also keep in mind that our typical summer thunderstorms sometime shorten or cancel practices.  Swimmer safety will prevail as Coaches and Lifeguards make these decisions.  Alternate arrangements should be made in advance to ensure your swimmer is safe between the pool and their home.  If the weather looks questionable, check the website for updates on whether practices are canceled.

 

 

 

 

 

Suggestions for Practices

·       Arrive early

·       Help install lane lines, if needed

·       Be ready to practice at start time

·       No one will force swimmers to swim

·       Coaches attention will be on swimmers participating in practice; We do not hire baby sitters

·       Encourage practice as preparation for meets

·       Ask questions after practice

·       Don’t forget to pick up your child after practice

 

More Notes on Practices and Meets

 

During both practices and meets, we encourage team members to support and respect all other team members by cheering and giving words of encouragement.  Remember that good sportsmanship and respect are two requirements of all of our parents and swimmers.  It has been said that no other team in the league has as much team spirit as us.  Let’s remain true to those words and make sure that everyone knows that Spring Ridge Rocks!

 

Speaking of rocks… During meets we typically have music supplied, so feel free to sing along and dance away the day.  If you are not having fun, then please let us know what we can do differently.

 

Suggested equipment for practices and meets

Swim Suit(s)

Having an extra one with you could save swimmers from an embarrassing situation. 

Goggles

Many swimmers prefer to swim with goggles to lessen eye discomfort from pool chemicals.

Swim Cap(s)

A swim cap provides less resistance in the water, and a spare cap is always a good idea.

Towels

Many swimmers like to be dry between swims.

Sweatshirt

Even during the summer, some mornings can be quite chilly.

Sunscreen

The sun is stronger than the skin, and we recommend protecting yours and your family’s.

Water Bottle

Swimming is strenuous, so replenish fluids.

Snacks

“I’m hungry.” “I’m hungry.” “I’m hungry.”

Books and Games

There is a lot of “waiting”, so if your younger child is apt to get bored, books and games might provide some useful distractions.

 

Please note that the Sharks are not responsible for valuables brought or left at the pool.  We advise leaving iPods at home and protecting cell phones from the water.