Q: Can kids take a break?
A: Rays, Bronze & Silver are welcome to put their accounts on hold for a 2 month period of time. Gold & Senior swimmers are not able to put their accounts on hold. Competitive older swimmers must swim year around to ensure they are able to progress throughout the season. If a swimmer needs to go on a break from Gold or Senior group they will re-start in a lower practice group to build back up endurance before moving into their original practice group. If you would like to put your account on hold you must email [email protected] by the 25th of the previous month. You are welcome back at any time as long as the swim group you would like to participate has space available.
Q: What is the minimum number of practices required?
A: Senior level swimmers are required to participate in 75% of practices each month. If they do not meet the 75% requirement they will be moved into Gold group. Every swimmer is different, but here are the general guidelines on how often your swimmer should attend. If you have a question about your swimmers specific practice needs please email their coach.
Rays & Bronze - 2 days per week
Fitness - 2 days per week
Silver - 3 days per week
Gold 3-4 days per week
Senior - 5 - 6 days per week
Q: Are swim meets required?
A: Swim meets are not required for Rays or Fitness groups. Swim meets are required for all other practice groups. The number of swim meets required for each group are listed under Swim Groups!
Swim meets are a fun and engaging way to measure progress and reward hard work done at practice. Although swimmers can see long term progress in just practice attendance, meets quantify the efforts in a much more tangible way. It’s easier to tell a swimmer that they dropped 5 seconds, than for that swimmer to realize their 10x100m average has dropped 5seconds in the past two months. (Plus, ribbons and medals are fun!)
Q: When can my swimmer move up a group?
A: Changing groups is a big step for the swimmer. That being said, a lot of progress through the groups is based on physical maturity, coupled with getting faster and demonstrating the ability to focus and pay attention to the level required by the next group. If your swimmer is crazy fast and beats everyone in their group, but they lose technique they are not ready to move up. Put simply, there is no definite answer and if you think your swimmer may be ready, ask the coach to keep an eye out for a week and let you know how your swimmer is doing.
Q: Are parents required to stay at practice?
A: Not at all. In fact, we encourage parents to go run errands during practice, or stay out of sight of the swimmers. Especially with younger swimmers, parents can be a distraction and can prevent the swimmer from giving all of their attention to the coach and the workout. Without your swimmer’s full attention, the coaches have to work twice as hard (if not more) to help your swimmer improve. The only people allowed on deck during practice times are swimmers and coaches. If you have a question please email the coaches. Coaches would also be happy to set up a time to visit with you before or after their scheduled practices.
Q: Can parents talk to their kids during practice?
A: NO! See above. Even if a parent is swimming laps in the lane near a swimmer, any parent communication is a disruption to practice and can distract not only the swimmer, but the coach as well. If parents want to communicate with the swimmer, or have an emergency, please tell the coach and they’ll effectively communicate with the swimmer without disrupting practice.
Q: How do I know when my swimmer qualifies for a meet?
A: You will be emailed an invitation to all the different swim meets we attend. When you click on the link you will be asked to attend or decline. Please choose one, otherwise you will keep getting emails! When you click attend you will be asked to choose your swimmers events. If the event times are in black your swimmer can attend, if the times are listed in red your swimmer cannot attend. Here are a few general rules for meets:
1. Westwood Meets – Stingrays, Manta rays, Bronze & Silver
2. Unclassified – ALL SWIMMERS!!!
3. Meets in the beginning of the season (September – November) are typically available for all swimmers.
4. Meets in the middle of the season (December – March) are typically for championship swimmers.
5. ATTEND THE MEETS IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON!!! Or you may not have another opportunity.
Q: What is the difference between the groups?
A: The groups are progressively more intense and with longer and more strenuous practices. To advance through the groups, the swimmers must demonstrate both physical and technical progress. If your swimmer wants to advance please encourage them to talk to their coach and discuss the goals necessary to move up a group.
Q: What is required to be on the team?
A: To be in the first group (rays) a swimmer is required to be able to swim 25m of freestyle with attempted side-breathing and without stopping. Each group has different requirements as the levels progress. The requirements are listed in the group descriptions on the website.
Q: Is there a way to try it out?
A: Of course! Email the coaches and we can work with you and your swimmer to set up a week long trial period to make sure our team suits both you and your swimmer, and to figure out which group your swimmer best fits in.