Parent Meeting Follow-up & Practice Information!

Nicole Thompson

Dear Parents,

 Sorry, typo before. Blue practice is on Tu, Th, and Fr. Sorry for the confusion.

Thank you for coming out to the parent meeting last night. Below are some reminders from the meeting and notes for next week. We look forward to seeing everyone at practice starting Monday, 9/13!

  1. Make-up Parent Meeting: If you didn’t make the parent meeting last night, we will have a makeup meeting on Tuesday at 6:45 pm. It will be located at the cafeteria at McHenry West Campus High School.
  2. Practice starts Monday!
    1. Practice Location: 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road (Park in South Lot of Building)
    2. Practice Times
      1. Blue: TU, TH, & F 5:45-6:30 PM
      2. Silver 3-Day: M & W 5:45-7:00 PM & F 6:15-7:30 PM
      3. Silver 5 Day: M & W 5:45-7:00 PM & TU, TH, F 6:15-7:30 PM
      4. Gold: M, TU, W, TH, F 7:15-9:00 PM
      5. Red: M, TU, W, TH, F 7:00-9:00 PM
    3. Check the practice calendar starting Monday for practice information and practice changes. I will send an e-mail out next week with upcoming practice time changes due to High School swim meets.
    4. Swimmers must arrive at least 5 minutes before practice time. Building is locked and late arrival means your swimmer will not gain access to practice.
    5. All parents, spectators, and swimmers must wear a mask at all times inside of the facility per the D156 mandate. Swimmers will only remove the mask prior to entering the water at practice. Social distancing is still expected and swimmers that are sick MUST not attend practice.
    6. Practices will be closed to parents on deck. Parents may wait in the cafeteria located across the hall from the pool entrance. Please note the cafeteria will only be available when not being used for D156 events.
    7. Please remember to sign-up for the remind app to help with practice notifications. Click her for remind guidelines and Coach Nicole’s contact information.
  3. Parent Meeting Recap – Click here for meeting documents!
    1. I have attached on the team information packet with paperwork form the meeting. And below you will find the link to buy team apparel and suits.
      1. Parent Handbook Appendix – I MUST have a copy on file from every team parent. Please sign & have your swimmer bring to practice.
      2. Cap Orders- We only order ONCE during the season. Forms should be completed and returned to the McHenry Recreation Center for processing. All checks are made out to "The City of McHenry". Deadline for cap orders is Sunday, 9/26.
      3. ISI Payment Form – If you plan on attending ISI meets, please plan on submitting payment to the recreation center by the declaration deadline date or submit the credit card form. Forms are kept secured, and I process payments 1-4 days after the declaration deadline.
      4. Meet information – The dual meet schedule is attached to the parent meeting packet. I am working on ISI meets for the upcoming season. You will want to keep an eye on the Team Unify page of events for updates as we get meets listed.
      5. Code of Conducts – Please read over the code of conduct for the parents and swimmers. Swimmers should understand the code of conduct and come to practice ready to work each night. A copy of the parent handbook is found on the website under the team policies tab on the main page.
    2. Mandatory Equipment
      1. Team Suit & Cap – It is mandatory for all swimmers to purchase a team suit and cap. They must be worn to meets unless it is specified that a tech suit can be worn. Team suits are not able for returns or exchanges due to the team logo. The first week of practice, I will be at West Campus from 5:30-7:00 PM with suits in every size. Please have your swimmer come by before practice to try on suits before purchasing through the on-line store. It will save you headaches on suits sizing and fit.
      2. Practice equipment – We ask that all swimmers come with a kick board, pull bouy, and swim fins. Swimmer should label all equipment and carry in a drawstring bag. Equipment can be found through team website, swim outlet, or amazon. If you are in need of fins or equipment, please reach out as we have donated fins and equipment for purchase. We do have equipment for swimmers to borrow until theirs arrives. They will need to ask a coach at the start of practice.


ALL AMERICAN SWIM - Vendor site has team suits, bags, parkas, fins, goggles, spirit wear, and more. 


Password: marlins

Just to let everyone know, I will be out of the office starting Saturday, 9/18 until Monday, 9/27. I am traveling to a National Parks & Recreation conference. I will be checking e-mails and have limited access to my phone during this time. Please reach out with questions or concerns before next Friday. Otherwise, I will circle back with everyone upon my return to the office.

Have a wonderful day,