Practice Times/Groups


Prep Team

This is an entry level group for our youngest swimmers.  Coaches are in the water with the swimmers at all times and the coaching ratio is 1 coach to every 3-4 swimmers. To be a member of the prep team:

  •    Children must be 4 by January 1st of the current year

  •    Children must be comfortable being in the water. 

  •    Practice Time : 2 Options (Choose Practice Time at Beginning of Season): 

    • 8:40 am - 9:10 am Monday - Thursday 

    • 9:15 am - 9:45 am Monday - Thursday

Swim Team

From the Prep Team, athletes move to the Autumn Ridge Swim Team. This group is exposed to training for the first time with coaches on deck rather than in the water.  Competing in dual and invitational swim meets is highly encouraged at this level.

  •     Children in this group are usually at least 6 years old.

  •     Children must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 meters) unassisted in any 2 strokes.

  •      Practice Time 7:30 am - 8:10 am Monday - Friday for 8 & Under

  •      Practice Time 8:20 am - 9:00 am Monday - Friday for 9/10 

  •      Practice Time 9:10 am -9:50 am Monday- Friday for 9/10 and 11/12

  •      Practice Time 10:00 am - 10:50 am Monday- Friday for 11/12 and 13 & over

  •      Practice Time 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm Monday - Thursday for All Ages

Practice Information
  • Swimmers should arrive 5 minutes before practice so as to be on deck and ready before practice starts.

  • Swimmers should be picked up at the scheduled ending time of practice.  No Exceptions!   

  • For the swimmers’ protection, parents should make sure a coach is at practice and that there is practice before leaving their child at the pool each day.

  •  If a swimmer must leave early from practice, a parent’s note or the parent being present to request the child leaving early is required.

  • Swimmers should come prepared to practice with swim suit, swim cap, goggles, towels etc.

  • The swimmer should plan to stay the entire practice.  The last part of practice is often the most important.  Also, announcements are sometimes made at the end of practice.

  •  Parents are asked to refrain from speaking with coaches and/or swimmers during practice.

  • Swimmers are never to leave the pool area without permission from a coach.

  •  Parents and swimmers are guests while at the Autumn Ridge Pool and need to respect this privilege.  Any damage to the AR Pool and/or its facilities may result in financial liability to the swimmer’s parents.  Any damage may also result in the swimmer being asked to the leave the team permanently without a refund of membership dues.

  •  All swimmers are highly encouraged to participate in all activities.  See Events for details.

  • From time to time, there will be a rotating coaching structure.  At times you will see individualized coaching taking place; maybe even some videotaping of particular children going on.  It is our philosophy that children learn best in a diverse coaching environment that brings many opportunities for a variety of coaching techniques to be used.  Please don’t hesitate to speak with a coach directly should you have questions or concerns regarding your swimmer and their success within this type of coaching environment.

  • Any questions regarding practice schedules and/or swim meets should be directed to the coaches.

Please take note that swimmers will not be assigned a coach until their family has contacted a Volunteer Coordinator  to sign-up for their 4 mandatory volunteering opportunities!


Each swimmer must try to attend at least three (3) practices per week.  Excuses for vacations, camps and other such things are understood and exceptions will be made at the Coach’s discretion.  Swimmers will practice with their assigned groups or with another swim team during the season.  If you choose to practice with another swim team some of the time, you will be required to inform your Coach of your current practice schedule for the entire season.  Swimmers choosing to practice for Autumn Ridge with another team will also be required to swim at least three (3) practices per week at the facility that is most convenient for their schedule. 

Please note that PRACTICE IS ALMOST NEVER CANCELED.  Cancelations will only occur when there is adverse weather or something out of the ordinary occurs.  If practice is canceled, you will receive an e-mail as soon as possible to inform you of the decision.  Feel free to contact the Autumn Ridge Pool at 637-6039 should you have a question as to if the pool will be open or not.  Remember: swim practice will be held no matter what temperature it is outside!  No refunds or credit will be issued because of canceled or missed practices.


Please call us at 260-249-8356 for more information,

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