What happens at practice?
Your child will be assigned to a lane with other swimmers of similar age and ability.
As the season progresses, it is possible your child may be moved to a different lane that better meets his/her needs.
Why can’t my child come to practice the same time every day?
Practices alternate between 7:30 start time and 9:15 start time for swimmers age 10 and under. This is done to accommodate swimmers who may need to come to practice before attending camp or vacation bible school, and allows for two practices each week prior to camp. It also provides swimmers who may have trouble with the early start time a chance to sleep in twice a week.
Why can’t all my children practice at the same time?
All children cannot practice at the same time because they are not all the same age and ability. While this would be easier for the family it is not easier for the swimmer. The swimmer will have a much better practice if he/she is grouped according to his/her ability.
Can I drop my child off for practice?
Yes, but you need to ensure when they are picked up that the coaches see you or you have made arrangements with the coach so they know where you will be picking up your child.
Can I stand at the edge of the pool during practice because I think my child feels better when I’m there?
No, this will make if more difficult for your child and the coach. If you have concerns about your child’s confidence in the water, please share them with their coach. Your child’s coach would then prefer that you allow them to work directly with your child to build their confidence in the water. You can stay in the grassy area around the pool or off to the side on the pool deck to watch practice but please do not try to coach or interact with your child during a practice.
Does my child need to wear a cap?
If the child’s hair is below their ears then yes they should wear a cap, this will help them to breathe correctly when they are taking breaths during their strokes and will also help them to swim faster!
My child will be at camp for a week. Do I need to tell their coach we will miss practice?
Yes, it would be greatly appreciated if you communicated any vacations and camps with the coach, this will help them in planning and preparing for practices.
Swim Season and Practice Information
The swim team season usually begins on the first Wednesday of summer vacation in June and ends the last Thursday in July.
Practice Schedule: (Practice Schedules may vary year to year)
Practice times are scheduled based on the swimmers ages and are as follows: Occasionally some swimmers are moved into other practice groups based upon the grade they are entering in the Fall, the number of swimmers in each group, as well as their swimming ability, this will solely be done at the Coaches discretion, should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Head Coach or a Team Coordinator/s.
- Ages 8 & Under: Monday/Wednesday 9:15 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday/Thursday 7:30 am – 8:15 am
- Ages 9 & 10: Monday/Wednesday 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Tuesday/Thursday 9:15 am – 10:00 am
- Ages 11 & Over: Monday/Thursday 8:15 – 9:15 am
TTST understands that everyone’s summer schedules are very busy; therefore all practices are completely optional. The swimmer/s are encouraged to attend whenever possible and should be reminded that improvement only occurs with practice. No swimmer will ever be penalized for missing a practice or meet.
Parents, please remember that all swimmers will benefit if the coaches can run the practices without external interruptions, do not approach coaches or swimmer/s during practice. Do not try to “coach” your child during practice. Coaches will be available after practice if you have any concerns. Some of the youngest swimmers can easily become distracted by the presence of their parents or siblings, so please be prepared to move a little further away from the pool if your child is having trouble focusing. Parents are not allowed on the pool deck during practices due to insurance policies. Parents can sit around the baby pool area or around the far edges of the pool deck or in any of the grassy areas.