EXPECTATIONS AND INFORMATION
Swimming is a grueling sport and requires extensive time in the water, sometimes before and after school. We understand our attendance affects the success of the program and the dynamics of our team. The more we train, the better chances we have to progress.
The practice schedule could be changed based upon numbers of what and whom we are able to train due to COVID. A general schedule of practices:
A.M. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 6:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
P.M. Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weekend Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Athletes are expected to attend all practices, meets, be prepared, and ON TIME. Those with school conflicts due to band, etc. must turn in schedules as soon as possible for these conflicts. Dates with conflicts may require some attendance at practice (i.e. swim ½ of practice, etc.). Bring your suit, towel, goggles, cap, toiletries, etc. and be dressed with caps and goggles prior to start of practice. We will stretch before each practice and meet. Athletes will not be allowed to miss more than one day of practice per week. Athletes will also not be allowed to miss practice the day before a meet. If this occurs, the swimmer will not be allowed to compete in the meet. If a swimmer is late twice during the week, those will add up to one absence. Any planned absences must be cleared with the coaching staff at least 24 hours prior to the practice.
Athletes understand in order to be a successful student athlete, there has to be extensive attention to time management. It is important time management skills are practiced daily. Progress reports and report cards need to be reviewed regularly with the coaches. Grades are the first priority; athlete must maintain their grades, remain on track to graduate on time, or will result in dismissal from the team.
We understand there are many wonderful sports and activities offered throughout the school system. We support all these programs and the athletes’ decisions to participate in them. We will work with multi-sport athletes on scheduling. Communication with all your coaches, directors of activities, etc. is key! Let them all know what all you are involved in and maintain a schedule that works best.
We will practice regardless of weather unless a notice is sent out by the coaching staff of practice cancellation. Notice will be given to the athletic department, school, email, text, etc. We will notify any cancellations as soon as we can.
Attendance for meets are required unless cleared by the coaching staff. This includes athletes who are not able to compete. All athletes must be on time and ready to depart from designated location if travel is required.
Athletes will be given a team competition suit, goggles, and cap. Athletes must provide their own practice suit. They are not allowed to wear their team competition suit for practice. Athletes must wear workout clothes to each practice and workout clothes and a team shirt to each meet. Workout clothes include appropriate shirt, short, and shoe (tennis, running, etc.). Vans, Converses, Sandals, etc. are not the appropriate shoe.
Athletes will be assigned an equipment bag for the season. The equipment bag will consist of a kickboard, paddles, buoy, snorkel, etc. It will be the athletes’ responsibility to keep up with all their equipment throughout the season. Athletes must return all equipment at the end of the season.
Athletes must bring their own water bottles with them to practice. A good rule of thumb is to have two and they are at least 32 oz. Hydration is an extremely important part of being able to maintain their training and athletes constantly getting out filling up water bottles take away from training. Water bottles are never to be shared between athletes.
Athletes are aware of what they are putting into their bodies and how it is fueling them for success both in and out of the water. Fast foods, fried foods, processed foods are not healthy options and not acceptable for high performance athletes such as swimmers. Proteins, fats, and carbs must be balanced to provide the proper nutrition for athletes with their demanding schedules. Any athlete unsure of what to do in this situation, meet with the coaches.
Lettering is a great honor and is not easily earned. Athletes must go above and beyond to earn this honor. Practice attendance, sportsmanship, attitude and effort are all included for letter determination. Please understand the coaches have full discretion when selecting letters.
We love, appreciate, respect our parents, and we will do our best to communicate with you in a timely manner. We will do our best to work as hard as we can for your athletes. We hope you will give back to the program by volunteering for events, meets, etc. We cannot run these without you! Please stay involved, step up and volunteer with the program your athletes participate. We have an outstanding booster club and they will help guide you through this process.