Mini Whompers

Welcome to Highlands Swim Mini Whompers Program!


The Mini Whompers Developmental Swim Program is designed to provide a sound foundation in the proper technique of all four competitive strokes for swimmers five-to-eight years old. The Mini Whompers program focuses on correct breathing patterns, endurance, and provides an introduction to NVSL competitive swimming in a fun and positive environment. Swimmers in the Mini Whompers Developmental Swim Program must be able to swim an unassisted 25-meter freestyle. Mini Whompers may advance to the Swim Team when they are able to meet the Swim Team eligibility requirements and at the discretion of our head coaching staff. The maximum number of Mini Whompers is 50. In 2020, the Mini Whomper Program is a six-week program and will run from June 15 through July 24.


2020 8 & Under Assessment for Mini Whompers


All 8 & under swimmers who were not on the Swim Team in 2019, must be assessed for the 2020 season. If your swimmer was a Mini Whomper in 2019, they must be assessed again for the 2020 season. During the Assessment, swimmers will be referred to the Swim Team, Mini Whompers Developmental Program, Group or Private club swim lessons.


Your swimmer must be registered for the 2020 season in order to participate in Assessments. Please choose the group you think they most likely belong in- Swim Team or Mini Whompers. The Coaches will change your swimmer’s group if necessary after they are assessed. Registration will open on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at


Please choose one of the five days offered for your swimmer to be assessed:


Sunday March 8, Sunday April 19, Sunday May 17 at the Tyson’s YWCA (8101 Wolftrap Road, Dunn Loring, VA) 5:00pm to 6:00pm


Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 at Highlands Upper Pool 4:30pm - 5:00pm


Mini Whompers Practice Schedule

Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 24

Morning Practice Only

in Lower Pool

10:30am - 11:15am


For the first Mini practice, all Minis should meet at 10:25am, over by the blue slide of the lower pool (by the lap lanes). This is where swimmers should expect to meet every day! Please make sure your swimmer has a good pair of goggles and a swim cap. These are two things they should have with them every day at practice. Also, your Mini Whomper will feel most comfortable if they are a female to wear a one piece (no bikinis, tankinis or skirted bottoms) or a male to wear jammers or swim briefs (no swim trunks). Shirts and rash guards cannot be worn during practice. They affect how a swimmer’s body feels going through the water and should not be worn during practice.


In order to ensure the safety of all of our swimmers, we must insist that parents refrain from congregating around the pool lanes during practice.  If parents have questions or concerns, please send the coaches an email, give them a call, or see them after practice.  Thank you for helping to keep all swimmers focused and safe!


Mini Whompers Meet

Sunday, July 5, 2020 in the Upper Pool

Warmups @ 12:30pm

Meet Begins @ 1pm