Expectations of Otters


Swimming is considered an individual sport, but the training involved makes it one of the most team-focused sports out there. It's co-ed in everything except high school competition, and swimmers spend an extraordinary amount of time at the end of the lane with the same 4-10 teammates all season, so it's understandable that some benchmark rules and expectations for conduct, respect, and participation would be part of any program.


Swimmers are offered guidance and support from an experienced group of coaches anywhere from 2-7 times per week.


During practice


A swimmer is expected to not only focus on their own strokes and effort, but the need to also be there to observe and encourage the efforts of others in their practice.

  • Swimmers should respect their own practice- listening and understanding the purpose of each swim is a huge part of each practice session. Without purpose, most of the practice offers little improvement. During set introduction, swimmers should listen and confirm their understanding. They should dig deep for enthusiasm even in the greatest of challenges.
  • Swimmers should respect the practices of their teammates- even though a swimmer may understand what is coming up and what content is being worked on, their teammates may not, so interruptions and conduct that draws attention away from the task at hand are unacceptable. The teammates in a swimmer's lane and beyond are part of the same journey to improvement, and their efforts deserve as much respect as the swimmer's own practice.
  • Swimmers should respect the coaches on deck at all times. Coaches are constantly striving to help their swimmers, and their goal is to advance their group together instead of catering to each individual request and need. Within each practice group, coaches plan out a season to accomplish all the technical and training goals needed, and swimmers' conduct in practice should support the broad goals of their coaches. Breaks, questions, and interruptions should not occur when swimming sets begin or are underway, but should instead come after a set is done. Conduct that adversely affects other swimmers' focus, swimming, or well-being is cause for removal from practice.

Before and After Practice

  • Swimmers should arrive no more than 30 minutes ahead of practice.
  • All team members must check in at the front desk and show their ID badge upon entry. If they do not have an ID badge, they must be check in on the roster. Swimmers are responsible for getting a replacement made by coaches.
  • Swimmers should conduct themselves as positive representations of their team in the building. This means that they are respectful to teammates, staff, members, and the facility itself. Within the locker room, there should be no climbing on benches or other equipment, no screaming or horseplay, and water should be kept in the shower.
  • Swimmers should hurry through the locker room and be out on deck with water bottle filled, cap on, and in place before practice begins.