PRACTICE

2019 Summer Practice Schedule

Evening Practices - Mon thru Fri
Dairy Lou Pool
May 28 to June 12
No practice June 13 *
Dates and times subject to change

Ages 5 to 8 5:50 to 6:45 PM
Ages 9 to 10 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Ages 11 to 12 7:15 to 8:15 PM
Ages 13 to 18 8:00 to 9:00 PM

Morning Practices - Mon thru Fri
Still Pond Pool
June 14 to July 17
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Dates and times subject to change

Ages 11 to 12 7:00 to 8:00 AM
Ages 9 to 10 7:45 to 8:45 AM
Ages 5 to 8 8:30 to 9:30 AM
Ages 13 to 18 9:15 to 10:30 AM
 

* Thursday, June 13 -- No Practice, Last Day for Fairfax County Public Schools


Swim Practice Gear

Swimmers need at practice:

  1. Goggles
  2. Fins
  3. Towel
  4. Water bottle (optional)
  5. Swim cap (optional)
  6. Racing suit (either a practice suit or an official team suit - your choice)

Label your fins with a Sharpie as well as the rest of your equipment.


Swim Practice Etiquette

Swim practice is a time to improve on your own swimming, not compete with the other swimmers in your lane. It is important to follow swim practice etiquette to ensure you have enough space to work hard and think about your strokes.

  1. Leave the wall when the coach sends you off, when the swimmer before you has passed the flags with their feet, or when using the clock, 5 seconds after the swimmer in front of you.
     
  2. If you are swimming faster than someone and need to pass, gently touch the foot of the swimmer before you. If the swimmer behind you touches your foot, make sure they have room to pass, or let them go ahead when you get to the wall. 
     
  3. During choice, swimmers doing slower strokes, such as breaststroke, should likely go after swimmers doing faster strokes, such as freestyle.
     
  4. Practice most often involves circle swimming. With circle swimming, you should always swim on your right side of the lane.
     

Practice Times

The practice policy is swimmers must swim in their age group unless the coach initiates a request to move the swimmers to another practice. This policy is necessary to manage the numbers of swimmers in each practice and to group swimmers based on ability and maturity. In each practice, there are enough swimmers at different levels to have lanes appropriate to challenge each swimmer.

Once morning practices start, the 7-8 am practice will have a “Camp Lane” for swimmers who cannot attend their practice due to a temporary conflict.

It is up to the coaches to make the decision for swimmers to practice with a different group and to initiate the invitation.


Swimmer's Responsibilities

1. Come prepared with goggles, caps (if necessary by coaches' request), fins, water bottle, and appropriate swimming attire. 

2. Arrive on deck 10 minutes prior to practice to allow adequate time for stretching.

3. Attend practices you are scheduled for unless otherwise discussed with the head coach. 

4. If a swimmer is to be late or absent from practice for multiple days, notice should be given to the coaches prior to practice by email or phone call.

5. If there is a predicament at practice with a swimmer the parent and/or guardian will be notified following practice. Practice should be productive and enjoyable for everyone!

6. Be positive and have fun!
 


Inclement Weather

Always report to the pool for practices and meets, despite weather conditions (within reason) or unless you have heard otherwise. Precautions are taken for lightning and when conditions call for moving swimmers to safety.