Spring Season 2020


Spring is the heart of the Tidalwaves year, when all of our competitive swim meets and social activities take place. The season spans from February to early July. 

Qualifications and NEW 8 & Under Assessments

The spring season is generally open to children ages 5 - 18. However, there are some children who are ready to join the team at age 4, and others who are better off starting at age 6, 7, or 8. In determining if a child is ready for the team, Coach Marie looks at their age, comfort in the water, ability to swim 25 yards of freestyle with side breathing (it doesn’t have to be pretty!), and ability to follow instructions. 

All NEW 8 & Unders must register for an assessment before we can complete their registration onto either the team or into our Tadpole program. There is a $10.00 fee for the assessment, which goes towards your child's registration fee for the team or Tadpole program. 

At the conclusion of your child's assessment you will notified by e-mail whether Coach Marie believes your child is "Team Ready", "Tadpole Ready", or "Needs more lessons".  If your swimmer is ready for either the team or tadpoles, we will then complete their registration.  Click here for more details about our tadpole program and the qualifications for it.

If your child is a NEW 8 & Under, but is a "Tadpole Graduate," please check with Coach Marie directly on whether she would like to do a "Team Ready" assessment of your tadpole graduate before you register. 

For determining your child's age, we use the date of our first dual meet, so age as of May 2nd for the 2020 season.

 

Assessment Schedule - subject to change

 Child's Practice Location Assessment Location Assessment Date Assessment Times

College of Marin (COM)   

College of Marin
835 College Ave, Kentfield

Sat 02/01/2020

12:30 - 2:00pm

Redwood High School Redwood High School
395 Doherty Drive,
Larkspur
Sat 02/08/2020 12:30 - 2:00pm

Anyone who registers for an assessment will have an opportunity to sign up for a 20 minute assessment time slot via Sign Up Genius as the last step in registration. 

If your child can't make any of the scheduled assessments, please register for the Assessment Group anyway, and then contact Coach Marie (mariemcswim@yahoo.com).

Assessment Results

You will be contacted and your registration will be completed after your child has been assessed as Ready for either tadpoles or the team.

  • If your child is assessed as "Tadpole ready," practices begin on February 24, 2020 at COM.  No Splash Week required.
  • If your child is assessed as "Team ready" and will primarily practice at COM, practice begins at COM on February 24, 2020.  No Splash Week required.
  • If your child is assessed as "Team ready" and will primarily practice at Redwood, please have your child attend Splash Week practices as a NEW swimmer.
  • If your child is assessed as "Not ready," we invite you to consider private swim lessons as an alternative.

When/Where

Spring practices are held in two locations. If your swimmer is 8 years old or younger, you may choose the location that is best for your swimmer:

  • Redwood High School is where the majority of Tidalwaves swimmers practice. From February until early May practice times range from 5:15pm - 8:00pm -- the specific time depends on your swimmer's practice group assignment. After the high school swim season is over, from early May until July, practices move earlier in the afternoon, ranging from 3:50pm - 6:30pm.
  • College of Marin, Kentfield is where our Tadpoles and some of our less experienced 8 & under swimmers practice. 

Splash Weeks (Feb 24, 2020 - March 6, 2020)

For ALL Redwood Swimmers (and second year COM swimmers by coach invitation), Splash Week(s) are the two weeks at the beginning of the season when coaches evaluate swimmers and place them into either the "Blue" or "Gold" practice group. It's a fun way to kick off the season as hot chocolate is served to all swimmers (a huge motivator), team gear is available for purchase, and board members are on hand to answer questions.

Swimmers are encouraged to make all of their assigned evaluation days to help the coaches make the most informed decisions possible. However, if your swimmer can't make every one, the coaches will do the best they can with the information available to them to determine practice group placements.

Splash Weeks are ONLY for swimmers who practice at Redwood, or 2nd year COM swimmers by coach invitation, and the schedule alternates between New and Returning Swimmers:

  • A NEW swimmer is one who has NOT yet competed in a swim meet for Tidalwaves but IS "Team Ready," either because they're at least 9 years or older, or because Coach Marie has assessed them as "Team Ready" during one of the 8 & Under Assessments.  
  • A RETURNING swimmer is any swimmer who has already competed in a Tidalwaves swim meet.

 

Splash Week 1:  February 24 - February 28

Location:  Redwood

NEW or Returning Day of Week Age Group From Time To Time
NEW M/W 8 & Under** 5:15 pm 5:45 pm
NEW M/W 9  & Up 6:00 pm 6:45 pm
Returning T/TH 8 & Under 5:15 pm 5:45 pm
Returning T/TH 9 - 10's 5:45 pm 6:35 pm
Returning T/TH 11 & Ups 6:25 pm 7:40 pm

Splash Week 2:  March 2 - March 6

Location:  Redwood  

NEW or Returning Day of Week Age Group From Time To Time
NEW T/TH 8 & Under** 5:15 pm 5:45 pm
NEW T/TH 9  & Up 6:00 pm 6:45 pm
Returning M/W/F 8 & Under 5:15 pm 5:45 pm
Returning M/W/F 9 - 10's 5:45 pm 6:35 pm
Returning M/W/F 11 & Ups 6:25 pm 7:40 pm

Swimmers who practice at College of Marin, Kentfield, do not attend Splash Week. This is because we already assume that the swimmers who practice at COM are in their first one or two years of swimming and therefore are 8 & Under Blues by default. 

Regular Schedule (Mar 9, 2020 - May 3, 2020) - subject to change

The regular Spring practice schedule goes into effect on March 9, 2020, after the 2 weeks of Splash.  Practice group assignments will be e-mailed by March 8th.  The Redwood schedule changes at the conclusion of the Redwood High School swim team season on May 3rd.  The regular schedule until this time is as follows:

9 - 10 Gold    Redwood 3/09/20 5/03/20 M - F 5:45 - 6:45pm
9 - 10 Blue   Redwood 3/09/20 5/03/20 M - F 6:00 - 6:45pm
11 & Ups Group 2**   Redwood 3/09/20 5/03/20 M - F 6:35 - 7:55pm
11 & Ups Group 1**   Redwood 3/09/20 5/03/20 M - F 6:35 - 7:45pm
8 & under Gold     Redwood 3/09/20 5/03/20 M - F 5:15 - 6:00pm
8 & under Blue   Redwood   3/09/20 5/03/20 M - F 5:15 - 5:45pm
8 & under Blue   COM 2/24/20 6/12/20* T, Th, F  3:00 - 3:30pm  
Tadpoles   COM 2/24/20 6/12/20 T, Th, F 2:30 - 3:00pm
Practice Group Location    From Date      To Date       Days   Time

*Our pool time at COM ends on 6/12/20.  At that time all 'team level' swimmers can and should switch to Redwood for practices.

**6:35-6:45 pm will be optional dry land practice for ALL 11 & Up swimmers.

Regular Schedule (May 4, 2020 - June 26, 2020) - subject to change

Here is the "Post Redwood Swim" schedule for the May 4th - June 26th time frame.  

Practice Group Location From Date To Date Days Time
9 - 10 Gold    Redwood 5/04/20 6/26/20 M - F 4:15 - 5:15pm
9 - 10 Blue   Redwood 5/04/20 6/26/20 M - F 4:30 - 5:15pm
11 & Up Group 1 Redwood 5/04/20 6/26/20 M - F 5:15 - 6:15pm
11 & Up Group 2 Redwood 5/04/20 6/26/20 M - F 5:15 - 6:30pm
High School Redwood 5/04/20 6/26/20 M - F 5:15 - 6:30pm
8 & under Gold     Redwood 5/04/20 6/26/20 M - F 3:45 - 4:30pm
8 & under Blue   Redwood   5/04/20 6/26/20 M - F 3:45 - 4:15pm
8 & under Blue   COM 2/24/20 06/12/20* T, Th, F   3:00 - 3:30pm  
  Tadpoles   COM 2/24/20 06/12/20 T, Th, F 2:30 - 3:00pm

*Our pool time at COM ends on 6/12/20.  At that time all 'team level' swimmers can and should switch to Redwood for practices.

Spring Break Schedule April 6th - April 9th - subject to change

Ahh, Spring Break!  What a great time to swim...or go on vacation.  As we have many people that do the later, and many who have Spring Break at a different time, the practice schedule changes just a bit this week for our team. 

 
9 - 10 Gold    Redwood 4/06/20 4/09/20 M - Th 3:45 - 4:45pm
9 - 10 Blue   Redwood 4/06/20 4/09/20 M - Th 3:45 - 4:30pm
11 & Up's Group 1   Redwood 4/06/20 4/09/20 M - Th 4:30 - 5:30pm
11 & Ups Group 2   Redwood 4/06/20 4/09/20 M - Th 4:30 - 5:45pm
High School   Redwood 4/06/20 4/09/20 M - Th 4:30 - 5:45pm
8 & under Gold     Redwood 4/06/20 4/09/20 M -Th 3:45 - 4:30pm
8 & under Blue   Redwood   4/06/20 4/09/20 M - Th 3:45 - 4:15pm
8 & under Blue   COM 4/07/20 4/09/20* T, Th   3:00 - 3:30pm  
Tadpoles   COM 4/07/20 4/09/20* T, Th 2:30 - 3:00pm
Practice Group Location    From Date      To Date       Days   Time

Saturday Clinics will be run only on the Saturday before Spring Break (that is, 4/4/20).

There is NO PRACTICE on Good Friday, April 10th.

*COM Practices times remain the same during Spring Break.  

Saturday Clinics

During the early part of the Spring season (before the meets start), Tidalwaves also offers free Saturday clinics as an opportunity for swimmers to focus on a couple of very important racing skills--starts and turns.  By their nature, they are small group instruction and a great way for a child to fine-tune these important skills. 

Clinics are available to swimmers from either the COM or Redwood practice groups, but all clinics are held at Redwood. 

Dates are: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18.

Practice Group Location Day Time Instruction Focus
ALL 8 & Unders Redwood Saturday 12:30 - 1:00 Starts/Dives
All 9 - 10's Redwood Saturday 1:00 - 1:30 Starts and Turns
All Tidalwaves' Swimmers, by appointment Redwood Saturday 2:00 - 2:30 Private or Small Group Lessons
All 11 & Up's Redwood Saturday 1:30 - 2:00 Starts and Turns
All Tidalwaves' Swimmers Marin Academy Sunday By Appointment Private Lessons with Marie

Social Events

During the Spring season Tidalwaves also hosts a number of optional special events to help with team bonding and community. These include:

  • A pizza/cheer night before the first meet of the season
  • Bowling night for swimmers and coaches
  • Bingo night for swimmers and coaches
  • Young swimmer movie night
  • The biggest, most fun pool party your kids will ever be invited to over 4th of July weekend
  • Designing and building our 4th of July float and walking or performing in the Larkspur/Corte Madera 4th of July parade
  • An end-of-season awards banquet
  • And more!

See the Events tab for dates and details.

Fees for Spring

For 2020 we are offering an early registration discount! 

 

If Registered before 2/1/2020

If Registered on or after 2/1/2020
Regular Season 1st Swimmer Fee $455 $480
Regular Season Add'l Swimmers' Fee $435 $460
High School Swimmer Fee* $150 $150
Tadpoles $575 $575
Assessment Fee (only for NEW 8 & Unders)   $10 $10
Waitlist Fee $10 $10

* The High School Swimmer rate is only available to those swimmers who, because they are swimming for their high school team, join Tidalwaves in the middle of May. 

Tidalwaves fees are used for coaches’ salaries, rental of the pool, insurance, administrative costs, Marin Swim League dues, newsletters, trophies, ribbons, and incentive awards. Other optional expenses you may have, in addition to the fees, include swim gear, team photo, special team events, and optional private lessons.

Partial scholarships are available based on need.  If you are interested in requesting a scholarship for next year, please contact our registration volunteer at registration@gowaves.com.

Family Volunteer Commitment

18 points/family, spread across the season. Families can choose the jobs that work best for their schedule/talents/interests. For more information, see Family Volunteer Commitment.

What to Expect at Practice

For tips about what to expect at practices, including what to bring, how often to attend, pool rules, and more, see Practice Tips.

How to Sign Up

Registration for the Spring season opens January 2, 2020 for returning Tidalwaves families and January 9, 2020 for new families.

If you are registering a NEW 8-under swimmer you must register first for an assessment. Enter the registration process and select either "COM Assessment Group" or "Redwood Assessment Group," based on the location where you want your new 8 & Under swimmer to practice.