The Wave generally moves swimmers from one practice team to the next at the end of each season (end of winter and end of summer). We do not use test sets or best times as singular determinants of what practice team a swimmer should be assigned. At the end of the season, all the lead coaches get together and discuss the “culture” of the entire team and of each practice team. Once we have a good understanding of the team as a whole and as practice teams, we discuss specific swimmers from each level. Our aim is to do what is best for each swimmer within the practice teams available. We take many different things into account when we decide on swimmer movement. These include, but may not be limited to and in no particular order:
Consistency at practices (attitude, energy, attendance)
Continuous swimming from season to season or not (Fall/Winter AND Spring/Summer)
Progress during the season
Other swimmers in current practice team
Other swimmers in the next practice team
It is our belief that progress is about taking the next step and not trying to “jump” forward. Different swimmers progress at different times and rates. Throughout the season, our coaches react to the needs of the swimmers in the practice teams and alter practices to ensure swimmers are receiving the coaching they need to continue to improve. We promote an ever increasing degree of interest in the sport along with an ever increasing commitment to the sport. We do not get “distracted with talent”. Talent has a very short life span. Deeper and deeper interest with greater understanding of swimming is what allows swimmers to continue improving - not longer or harder practices. More isn’t always better.
If you have any questions with practice team placement, please email your child's Lead Group Coach