Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.       

- Henry Ford

2020 Heatherfield Practice Schedule

Dates: Monday June 15 - Friday August 7
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday mornings
          Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Times: Mornings:  Level 2: 8am - 9am  (please arrive at 7:45am)
                              Level 4: 9am - 10:25am  (please arrive at 8:45am)
                              Level 3: 10:25am - 11:40am (please arrive at 10:10am)
           Evenings:  Level 2: 6:30pm - 7:15pm   (please arrive at 6:15pm)
                             Level 3: 7:15pm - 8:15pm   (please arrive at 7:00pm)
                             Level 4: 8:15pm - 9:15pm   (please arrive at 8:00pm)
  We want to maximize our pool time, that's why we are asking swimmers to arrive 15 min early, so you are ready to start as soon as your practice group begins.  
What Level will my swimmer be in?  I'm working on that now and will send that out soon.  Most will be in the same group as last summer, but there will be a few changes, and we will be able to accommodate a few Level 1 swimmers in Level 2.   As a reminder, we will not have Level 1 practices this summer, since all coaching will be from the pool deck due to Covid-19.

 Approximate Level Breakdowns

                          We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience

                 Most 8&Us, potentially a few beginner 9/10 year olds
                   Level 1 practices focus on basic stroke technique, each lane with its own coach, often in the water with swimmers

Level 2:       Advanced 8 year olds, most 9-12 year olds
                    Level 2 practices still focus heavily on technique, but with the introduction of some endurance work as well.
                    Level 2 swimmers need to show more maturity/focus since coaches are often not in the water with them
                    Each lane often has its own coach to offer lots of individual attention

Level 3:       Advanced 10 - 12 year olds; many 13 - 14 year olds, potentially some 15-16 year olds
                   Swimmers in Level 3 should be able to swim all 4 strokes legally and manage longer and more challenging practices.
                   While technique work is still included, Level 3 practices are more "work-out" based and require more endurance/effort than Level 2

Level 4:       Advanced swimmers 13 and up
                    Level 4 swimmers are expected to already have good stroke technique and the focus is on longer and more intense workouts

 However, this is just a rough guide.  For swimmers on the border between levels (especially newer swimmers), it’s usually best to start at the lower level and then move up as they progress.   

It is common for swimmers to want to swim with higher levels – but keep in mind that doing so is not always in the swimmers best interest.  Lower levels generally provide more individual attention and help with stroke technique.  Ultimately, the coaches decide which level is best for each swimmer.  

If you have any questions regarding where your swimmer(s) fit best, or if schedule conflicts prevent you from attending the appropriate practice, please talk with the coaches.

What to bring to Practices:  

                        Waiver Form (1st practice)

1. Swim Suit (wear it to practice, under your clothes)
2. Goggles
3. Towel
4. Swim cap (for girls, and boys with long hair)
5. Running Shoes and clothes you can run/exercise in
6. Warm clothes to wear after practice
7. Water bottle