Pre-Season Notes and Reminders

Heidi Gallacher

“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them”  -- Andy Bernard

(that sound of dignified sobbing you hear is coming from Peggy Tripp’s house)


It’s Almost Time for Swim…


Step One: Register.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit:


Step Two: Come to practice.  This is our schedule through the end of the FCPS school year (June 10th):

Afternoon Practice Schedule

Location: Upper Pool

4:15pm – 5:15pm – 13 + olders

5:15pm – 6:15pm – 9-12 year olds

6:15 – 7pm – 8 + unders

Note: Tropical Storms begin 6/13


If your swimmer has to miss a practice (or two or three) over the next few weeks, we understand.  Just attend when you can.


Step Three: Watch the Weather


  • When there is heavy rain (obscuring visibility to the bottom of the pool), we cancel practice
  • When there is a high likelihood of thunder, we cancel practice
  • If the air and water temperatures are too low, we cancel practice

Decisions about weather cancellations are one of the hardest parts of a Team Rep’s job.  We will notify parents and swimmers via email ASAP, so you can plan accordingly. 


Step Four:  Plan to attend Assessment Day.  Most swimmers* age 8 and younger should participate in a swimming assessment.  Coaches will observe their skills and determine if they should practice with the Tropical Storms (our youngest group that teaches swimming fundamentals) or with the regular 8+under swimmers (where the emphasis will be on endurance and learning the 4 strokes). 


Assessments will be held starting at 6:15pm on Tuesday, May 31st in the Upper Pool. Generally, if a swimmer can swim an unassisted length of the pool, they will be asked to join the 8+under Hurricanes. 


*If your swimmer does NOT need to attend Assessment Day (i.e. they swam meets last year or Coach Eric observed good progress over Winter Swim) then you will receive an email this weekend to let you know.


Step Five: Plan to attend the Parent Meeting.  There will be a meeting for all new and “experienced” swim parents at 6:00pm on June 1st on the Middle Deck. (We’ll be explaining more about practices, meets, activities, and volunteering…. Speaking of….


Step Six: Volunteer.  Every parent is expected to help in some way.  Whether you help out at the Hurricane Café (our snack bar during meets) or participate as a lane timer or just move chairs as part of the set-up team – we need you!  Most jobs do NOT require any special training. 

Reminder: If you are a deck official in need of recertification (that would be just about everyone this year), please:

  • Sign up to attend a class
  • Attend your class
  • Open the SignUp Genius and enter your name as a volunteer
  • Report back to your Team Reps to let them know.


This is an intense 8-weeks, but we all enjoy it so much!  


Much Love,

Heidi Gallacher

Team Rep For Life