Thank you for your interest in the COHO Swim Club! We are a part of the Deerfield Park District and were founded in 1971. COHO is run by three full-time employees of the park district and a volunteer elected Parent Board. COHO offers opportunities beyond swimming to integrate the team into the community.

 

TRYOUTS COMPLETED FOR THE WINTER 2022 SEASON

We have completed tryouts for the winter season and are not accepting additional new swimmers at this time. The winter season ends in February and the spring season will begin in April. We will hold spring tryouts for new swimmers in March, dates and times will be posted here.

 


General Tryout Information:

Participants should be at least 5 years old and have a knowledge of swimming before they sign up for a tryout. 

If you are not a resident of Deerfield, or you have not set up a registration account you should follow the directions here to set up an account prior to trying out: https://www.deerfieldparks.org/programs/registration-info/

All tryouts are conducted at the Sachs Recreation Center:

Pool inside SRC:

In order to join the team, your swimmer must complete a tryout.

During the tryout a coach will assess the following minimum requirements for each child:

  • If they can perform at least 1 full length of freestyle (front crawl) with side breathing
  • If they can perform at least 1 full length of backstroke with body at surface the entire time
  • If they look relaxed in the water and are not showing signs of "survival" or panicked swimming
  • If they are comfortable in the deep end (5 feet) and can go under & touch the bottom in the shallow end (3 1/2 feet)
  • If they seem mature enough for a larger group practice setting (vs. the smaller group swim lesson setting)

Please note, swimmers may be asked to demonstrate additional skills to determine specific group placement

Freestyle example with side breaths:

COHO's Developmental Program is awesome! We focus on instruction, learning, and fun coupled with deliberate practice. We want our swimmers to enjoy coming to practice and we approach skill aquisition through habit, routine, and dynamic structure. We focus on helping swimmers of all ages and abilities have fun, develop friendships, set goals, and experience success in the best possible team setting. We aim to instill a sense of Spirit, Character, and Pride in all participants, and we strive to assist our swimmers in becoming outstanding individuals in all aspects of life, even beyond their athletic achievements.

Minnows practices are offered for 45 minutes, 4 evenings per week, Mon-Thu at Deerfield High School. The times are 5:45-6:30pm and 6:30-7:15pm. Swimmers are not required to attend all 4 practices every week, but the more often they attend, the quicker they tend to learn and progress to the next level. Two to three practices per week is acceptable, but there is no set attendance policy and you do not need to notify the coach which days your swimmer will or will not attend.

If your swimmer is more advanced, he or she may be placed in the Sharks group.

Sharks practices are offered M-Th from 6-7pm at Deerfield High School. Once again, swimmers are not required to attend all 4 practices every week, but the more often they attend, the quicker they tend to learn and progress to the next level. Two to three practices per week is acceptable, but there is no set attendance policy and you do not need to notify the coach which days your swimmer will or will not attend.


 

General Registration and Cost info:

Brochure Information: https://www.deerfieldparks.org/programguide/  Search for COHO Swim Club

When you've passed a tryout usually you can sign up here: https://register.deerfieldparks.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=AR&TYPE=COHO

 


Most swimmers begin in our first group, Minnows:

General information: Minnows

  • The winter 2022 practice schedule for Minnows is 5:45pm - 6:30pm or 6:30 - 7:15pm Monday through Thursday at Deerfield High School.

    • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before practice begins.

 

Typical Minnows Practices look like this: 

 

Dryland

In dryland, we do yoga poses, games and challenges with swimming-related topics like "streamline roll," "soft pretzel pose into a swimming pose," and "statue master." 

We use mirrors and partners to get in the habit of seeing our bodies and moving it in specific ways. This is a great time to get to know the kids in a non-pool setting and establish good listening, and habits. 

After the "question of the day," swimmers will shower and get ready to get in the water by setting up the pool and getting a kickboard. They will line up behind their lanes. 

 

Warm-up:

We normally start with a 100 IM kick review. How do you hold the board for each stroke, review what a 100 is, what an IM is, and even what the four competitive strokes are. 

Immediately after we do 2 x 25s of Position 11. Here we reinforce streamline with the 3 keys to make one successful as well as the three key ways to make position 11 (and swimming) easier. 

 

Small groups: 

Typically we split up into small groups at either end of the pool and work on short distance swimming. This is where the high focus on learning, excellence, and deliberate practice is born and fostered. After the routine of warmup we have established that "play time," or "not swimming time" is over. Like an expectant song you play on repeat, we move into "high focus time." 

During the small groups we do lots of repetition where we are exacting in our feedback and expectations. We'll do things like, 3 times, streamline, plus three strokes of freestyle with a flip, no breathing. Our goal here is to have an excellent all three things streamline, three excellent strokes that do not wobble the body and move correctly, and a flip without breathing before it. 

Coaches attempt to give feedback on every attempt and push our swimmers to more and more complicated swim motions. 

More examples: 

- 5 x SL + 5 FR + 1 breath + flip

- 3 x SL + 2 BR K

- 3 x SL (to the flags) + 3 BK (after flags)

- 3 x SL + 1 fly stroke no kick

 

Endurance and Games: 

After doing a high focus activity heavy on the instruction and learning we do a breaking up the monotony game or longer distance swim to practice what we just learned. This is where we'll do our "lap swimming" with 25's ( 1 length swims) or 50's (down and back). Our goals here are to continue the high quality effort in the short distance groups and apply it to a longer swim. 

We also do challenges or games. These are designed to encourage thinking about swimming beyond being told what to do, foster interest in personal body control, and be difficult to accomplish quickly or well. These are not always easy and are intended to stimulate their brains as much as their physical motions. 

Sometimes we also do "read the board" activities where swimmers form groups in their lanes and follow a list of choices and activities. This is to start learn how to read the board and how to get familiar with the swimming language. 

 

General information: Sharks

  • The winter 2022 practice schedule for Sharks is: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Monday through Thursday at Deerfield High School.

    • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before practice begins.

 

 

Residency: All-District 109, 112 & 113 residents are residents for the COHO program. This includes families living in Deerfield, Bannockburn, Riverwoods, Highland Park, Highwood, and Fort Sheridan.