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Attendance Policy

Swimmers and Divers are required to be at practice everyday.  

  • If, for some reason, they cannot be at practice, they must notify a coach at least 24 hours prior to the start of practice in order to be excused. Day-of notifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

  • If an athlete is unexcused from practice, she will not be eligible to participate in the next meet, no exceptions.  

  • If an athlete is home sick from school, she is not expected to be at practice. Please inform a coach via email/text/call. If an athlete does attend school, she is expected to be at practice.  

  • If an athlete is out sick the day before a meet, she will not participate in the meet but is still expected to attend if able to support the team.  This should not be looked upon as punishment; rather, we feel that if a girl is sick the day before a meet, she will not be back 100% for the meet.

  • Any plans for travel or family vacations should be shared with the coaching staff with as much notice as possible. This is increasingly important as the season progresses into championship meets.  

We expect each athlete to make the team a high priority and expect a great amount of dedication and commitment to continue the tradition of Burnsville High School Girls’ Swimming and Diving that has been established over the last three decades.

End of the Season Meets

Each athlete is expected to, and will, compete in an end of the season meet in order to complete her season.  The majority of the team will participate in the Junior Varsity Championship Meet. A smaller amount of athletes will participate in the Section Meet with even a smaller number qualifying for the State Meet. 

In order to participate in the Section Meet, a girl must be in the top four on the team in that event, and must have displayed excellent dedication, commitment, and attitude throughout the season. We are allowed to enter four individuals and one relay per event; therefore, we are limited in the number of people who can participate at the Section Championships. There have been occasions were we do not necessarily enter four individuals per event since we want the individuals to be competitive at their respective championship meet.  Occasionally, a swimmer may swim at both the JV Championship Meet and the Section Meet but will never swim the same event at both meets. 

Lettering Policy

There are three ways a girl can possibly letter; however, by accomplishing one of these three methods in no way guarantees the athlete will letter.

1. Participate in either the championship or consolation heat at the Section Final meet in an individual event (or swim a time that would place in the championship or consolation heat of Section Finals);

2. Finish with a minimum of 36 varsity letter points in conference dual meets (average 4 points per meet);

3. Coaches’ discretion – a combination of years of service, year in school, attendance, improvement, attitude, and ability are all taken into account.