News for Week of March 18th - March 23rd

Liz Foley
Mar 18, 2019

The weather forecast is for more rain this week and the forecast for the practice schedule is also a bit rumbly at REDWOOD as we work around Redwood Open House and wrap our heads around the remaining Redwood Home meets and what they mean to our practice times. We hear a word (or two) from our Coaches, our first Terrific Twenty Session starts tonight, we remind our 8 & unders of a fun social event just for them, provide the links for the last chance orders of suits and custom caps, and take a moment to understand the significance of the "Waterdog" to Tidalwaves swimmers, all in THIS issue of the NEWS!  

Thursday, March 21st: All REDWOOD Practices EXCEPT 8 & Under and Early 11 & Ups CANCELLED 

Ee Gads!  Why?  Redwood Open House.  Practice for ALL Redwood 8 & Unders, (Blue and Gold) as well as Early 11 & Ups, will end at 5:50pm.   At the request (demand?) of Redwood High School, all other 9 & Up practices are cancelled to allow Redwood parents hassle free parking for this big event.  COM practices are NOT affected by this.

Will There Be More Redwood High School Swim Meets that Will Effect Scheduled Practices?

Boy this last week's Redwood swim meet was a surprise that we take great pains to avoid, but sometimes surprises happen.  Thanks to all who read the e-mails and brought your swimmers to the adjusted practice time on Friday.  For those who want to mark their calendars now for the remaining Redwood Home Meets, the dates are as follows:

Redwood Home Meet Date Practice Adjustment
Tuesday, March 26 Practice cancelled for Redwood 8 & Unders. Early 11 & Ups practice from 5:45-6:25.  All other practice times remain the same.
Thursday, April 4 Practice cancelled for 8 & Unders and 9-10's.  Early 11 & Ups and Classic 11 & Ups practice from 6:30 - 7:40, 12 & Ups practice from 6:30-7:55. 
Thursday, April 18 Stay Tuned.  We need to see how these other meets go, before adjusting the schedule for this big meet.

And Now a Word From Coach Marie...

Greetings TIDALWAVES!!!!!!

Your WAVE coaches are so thrilled to be hitting the deck in full force, especially in the sunnier weather that we have all been lucky enough to enjoy this passed week, so fun to be back in full swim--especially with the Tidalwave of Birthday Wishes that crashed down on March 14th (and 15th).  Many thanks for your thoughtful recognition of both my birthday and diet coke made for a very memorabe birthday!    

We're off to a WAVE of a fantastic start, having completed our first week of FREESTYLE emphasis. Our kids are learning the meaning of STREAMLINING, BALANCE, DISTANCE PER STROKE, and HIGH ELBOWS. They also know, or will know, the importance of good head position, breathing and strong kicking (WAVE rumble). That’s a WAVE  WOW!!!  Our WAVE focused diving clinic was well attended, and the warm sun was appreciated by all!

We will continue our Freestyle and conditioning emphasis this week.

Next week, begins our 2 week emphasis/focus on BACKSTROKE technique, with continued practice on FREESTYLE finesse and aerobic conditioning. Our overall fitness is impressive and improving! Parents... please give your swimmers extra WAVE "atta boys/girls" for their exceptional efforts. They are really pushing themselves!!!!
Now for a WAVE Coaches' Ask...We hope everyone has personalized their fins, and remembers to have them at every practice! Also, working GOGGLES are a MUST have for everyone! If parents will help their swimmers come up with a strategy for making sure they ARRIVE ON-TIME, have everything they need at practice, we the WAVE Coaches, will be VERY grateful. We are finding that much time is being lost on missing/broken/outgrown equipment.

The coaches are very excited to be able to participate in, and commit to, the progress of our enthusiastic, talented, and eager swimmers!

Please note our Terrific Twenty incentive award program described below. The first session starts tonight!

Terrific Twenty Session Details 

To encourage attendance at practice and to award the effort involved in committing to  improved swimming, we the coaches challenge all swimmers to attend 4 practices a week.  Here's how it works:  There will be 2 "Terrific Twenty" Sessions, each 5 weeks long and 1 "Sweet Sixteen" session that will be 4 weeks long.  So, 3 separate opportunities to win an award!

Session From Date To Date
Session 1 3/18/19 4/19/19
Session 2 4/22/19 5/24/19
Session 3 5/27/19 6/21/19

The first 2 sessions are each 5 weeks long (Mon-Fri). Any swimmer who checks in and attends 20 practices during the session will be a Terrific 20 Winner! The third session is a week shorter, so any swimmer who checks in and attends 16 practices during session 3 will be a Sweet 16 Winner!  Coaches will discuss program and prizes with swimmers at practice. COM swimmers who would like to achieve this award, are encouraged to come to Redwood to get their 4th day of practice in.  

We DO recognize that many of our swimmers have other activities as well, and will be unable to be TERRIFIC TWENTY WINNERS (that's okay). We hope everyone will participate to the best of their ability.

Fine Print:  If a NO swim day occurs during any session (for instance Thursday is Redwood Open House and so the 9-10, Clasic 11 & Ups, and 12 & Ups all have a No Swim day.  Looking further ahead, there will be a Redwood High School Swim Meet  that will cause us to cancel practice for the 8 & Unders, giving them a no swim day.  Credit will be given to all swimmers in that practice group for that workout. Please remind your swimmers to check in every day. Awards will be presented on Tuesday or Wednesday following the end of the session.

Young Families Movie Night, Saturday March 23rd 5:00-7:00pm at Kent Middle School Multipurpose Room

A mix and mingle for our youngest swimmers, ages 8 & Under, with special movie time with coaches!  Click here to read the details.  Parents are welcome to stay and chat with board members, and other young family parents, or drop off.  A $10 donation/swimmer to cover pizza cost and room rental is requested and can be dropped off at the door.

LAST WEEK to order Team Suits and Custom Caps.  Links Expire Friday, March 22nd

Here is the T & B Sports link for team suits, parkas, and sweats: Click here to place your order  

Here is the link if you want to order a Tidalwaves Swim cap with your swimmer's name on it:  Custom Cap Details/Order

For questions about team gear availability, please contact our gear leads, Kathryn Supinksy and Lori Leighton at

What's a 'Waterdog'?

Only the Tidalwaves greatest symbol of Team Commitment, Dedication, and Pride!  Swim Team is not just a chance to become a better swimmer.  It is also a chance to learn about commitment to one's community and team.  The kids get it, and the kids love it.  Participate in every dual meet of the season as well as CHAMPS and your child will be honored at our Awards Banquet with the coveted Waterdog T-shirt that proudly displays the names of all other waterdogs on the back!  Sorry parents, these are only for the kids, but we do recognize that you play a TREMENDOUS part in helping to make sure that your child makes every meet and CHAMPS (June 30th).  As always, your reward comes from what your child learns about commitment to team and community--almost as good as a T-shirt.