PRACTICE GUIDELINES

         
   
 
Practice Guidelines
 
Practice Attendance
  • Each of our training groups have specific attendance requirements that are appropriate for the objectives of that group.  It is essential that swimmers adhere to their group's requirements to maintain group consistency, ensuring all swimmers are training at the same technical and conditioning level.
  • Swimmers and parents are responsible for knowing their group's attendance policy.
  • If a swimmer is going on vacation or is sick for an extended period of time, please email your coach.  Our coaches do become concerned when a swimmer misses an unusual amount of time.
​ Punctuality
  • Swimmers continually arriving late to practice can be a distraction to the entire team.
  • Swimmers are expected to be ready to get in the water at their designated practice or meet warm up time.
  • Please understand that warming up is an important piece to a successful practice.
  • We understand there are things that happen out of our control, such as traffic or weather; we just don't want to establish a pattern of being late.
  • If you know your swimmer will be late to a practice ahead of time, please email your group coach.
Before And After Practice
  • Please do not drive or park on the road in front of the pool/field house; this is a fire lane/road.
  • Use the parking lot south of the boys school for parking and for pick up/drop off.
  • Remind your swimmer(s) to be cautious when walking along the fire lane/road.  There are many activities taking place at the school and some people do not follow the rules and drive on the road.
  • Please do not drop swimmers off more than 15 minutes prior to practice and plan to pick up no later than 5-10 minutes at the conclusion of practice.
  • Do not leave items in locker rooms or lobby area, leave them on the bleachers in the pool area.
  • Swimmers and siblings are not allowed to play or hang around outside the pool bubble at anytime. This is a liability issue.
  • While waiting for practice to start, swimmers must sit on the bleachers inside the pool area.
  • Please remind swimmers that we are guests at Regis Jesuit High School and to follow the rules and be respectful of the facilities.​
Pool Deck
 
We ask our members to abide by our pool deck practice policy.....
  • Parents, family, and friends are welcome to watch the first and last 10 minutes of practice.
  • Please allow our coaches to teach and interact with swimmers.
  • If you have a question, please wait until after practice or send an email.
  • We want swimmers to be able to follow instructions, perform the set correctly, and maintain a consistent practice effort without their parents/family being on deck.
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
General Etiquette Guidelines
  • Be respectful of everyone in your lane; work together.

  • Each person can help another swimmer become a better athlete through encouragement, support, or the simple gesture of letting someone pass.

  • If you know a swimmer is more advanced in a certain stroke, let them go ahead of you before the set begins.

  • Sprinting every set to be the leader, including warm up, drill sets, and recovery swims, is not training the right way.

  • Lane leaders lead by example....doing things correctly.

  • Do not pull on the lane lines to keep up or to pass.

  • Doing drills correctly, giving your best effort, and being respectful of your teammates, will make your coach happy wherever you are in the lane.

 

 

         
   
 
Lane Etiquette
 
Leave 5 Seconds Apart
  • Keep an eye on the pace clock and push off five seconds behind the swimmer in front of you.  This will allow enough space between swimmers for a smooth practice set.
  • Leaving too early disrupts the person in front of you; leaving too late disrupts everyone behind you. Leaving on time is the best way to ensure everyone is getting the best workout and the most out of their training, including you.
  • Swimmers that continually leave early and swim closely behind another swimmer are drafting, being pulled by the swimmer in front of them. Therefore, the second swimmer is not having to do as much work and is not getting the full effect of the workout.
Passing
  • If a swimmer is at your feet, always let them pass.  Do not hold up the effort of another swimmer just because you want to be first.  You are not helping anyone, especially yourself.
  • The swimmer behind should pass to the left (center of the lane).  The swimmer being passed should be respectful, continue swimming slowly near the lane line, let the other swimmer pass, and fall in line.
  • Another alternative is for the lead swimmer to pause at the next wall and let the swimmer pass.
  • After letting a swimmer pass, don't be embarrassed or get frustrated and immediately sprint to pass.
  • The passing swimmer should always thank the other swimmer upon completion of the set.
  • Never grab another swimmer to pass; it's a good way to hurt yourself or the other swimmer.
Finish To The Wall
  • Every swimmer deserves an opportunity to complete their swim.
  • After finishing all the way to the wall, swimmers need to move to the center of the lane to let everyone else finish.