Attending practice on a regular basis is expected, encouraged, and rewarded. Consistent practice is the only way to learn, improve, and maintain skills, speed, and endurance. The success of the team as a whole depends on each team member doing their part! Coaches will spend a considerable amount of time teaching skills and techniques (especially early in the season) so it's very important to have as many swimmers at practice as possible. Our coaches will do their best to give each swimmer as much individual attention as possible. However, the main focus of practice sessions will be on the needs of the group as a whole. If your swimmer needs additional individual instruction, please speak with a coach before or after practice.
Although practice times are designated
by age groups, coaches may ask some swimmers to adjust their practice times
because of their level of experience and/or ability. Coaches will notify
families of canceled practices due to weather conditions or
other emergencies via email. Please be sure to check
your email on a regular basis for announcements, especially if you think the
weather is questionable.
Please notice there is always a 15 minute overlap with practice times. The next group coming in will begin stretches while the previous group finishes their cool-down. Please have your swimmers to practice at least 5 minutes early so they will be prepared to start on time with their group. Be sure to send everything they will need at practice: practice suit, swim cap, goggles, water bottle, and towel. Coaches encourage staying hydrated throughout practice, but do not allow swimmers to share water bottles. So, please be sure to send them with their own bottle. If your swimmer has fins or paddles, send them along too. Coaches will employ these tools to enhance practice sessions. If you do not already have these items, you can easily find them at on-line vendors or Different Strokes.
If your swimmer has hair to the shoulders or longer, she/he must have the hair pulled back in a ponytail/braid or tucked up inside a swim cap. Swimmers do not have to wear a Woodbrooke swim cap at practice. Any cap is fine. At meets, however, all swimmers must wear the current Woodbrooke team cap.
We will be getting a new team suit on the odd years. You can either plan to purchase a new one each summer, or to try and use the same one for 2 back-to-back seasons. While it's a great idea to use past team suits for practice, we recommend that current competition suits are not used for practice. If a suit is only used for meets, and it's well taken care of, it should last 2 seasons with no problem. But, if it's also used at practice all summer, it will not make it a second season. It's important that all suits fit snugly. For female swimmers, please wear only one-piece swim suits to practice.