Practices

General

 

Practices are generally held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday at the earliest possible time that the pool is available. Whenever a high school and middle school team has a swim meet, we will not be able to practice. Because all the different school seasons are staggered, practice times will vary as the season progresses. Typically this means a later practice time during the first part of the season and earlier times later in the season. 10 & Under swimmers practice for a hour while 11 & Under swimmers practice for a hour and a half.
 

Practice Groups

Practices are divided first by age and then by ability.

Red Group - 10 & Under Developmental

Black Group - 10 & Under Advanced

Bronze Group - 11 & Up Developmental

Silver Group - 11 & Up Advanced

Swimmers are evaluated during the first week of practices and placed in the a group that will best address their need for stroke instruction and conditioning.
 

Swimmer Expectations

Swimmers are expected to present and ready to enter the water at the start of practice. This means swimsuit, goggles (and cap) are on. To keep swimmers well hydrated, water bottles are highly recommended for Bronze and Silver groups. Each swimmer should be able to get the most out of their practice experience free from impediment or distraction from fellow swimmers. Similarly, they should not distract from the experience of other swimmers.

Swimmers are expected to be present in the pool areas at all times during the regular practice. Early dismissals may not leave unill a parent is present on deck for pickup. All swimmers must exit via the pool deck after changing and not the rear hallway behind the locker rooms.

Athletic exertion occasionally involves discomfort and coaches will help swimmers distinguish what is typical for swimmers and what represents an issue that needs to be addressed. Headaches, congestion, nausea, cramps, and upset stomach are common complaints attributable to tight goggles and caps, lack of water or nutrition, or general conditioning. Swimmers should work to eliminate these factors so they can resume their training. Sitting out of practice should be a last resort. If a swimmer is continually sitting out due to these complaints, it may be indicative of a persistent health issue that should be checked by a primary care physician.
 

Parent Expectations

To foster swimmer independence, confidence and to eliminate any distractions to the practice environment. Parents are requested stay out of the pool area during their swimmer's practice. Parents may observe the practice from the pool balcony. If a parent needs to speak with a coach directly, they may do so only before or after the coaches practice.