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Getting Ready For Practice
- Arrive at practice 15 minutes early. This is time to prepare for swim practice. This time is just as important as the time spent in the water.
- Place your swim bag by the wall behind the slide or in a locked locker. Do not leave your bag in the middle of the walkway.
- Get your cap and goggles on.
- Use the restroom, rinse off in the shower, and fill your water bottle.
- Begin stretching AS A GROUP 10 minutes before practice time.
- When practice time begins go to blocks with all your equipment (kickboard, pull buoys, water bottles, etc..)
Make Every Practice Count
- Always swim with good technique. Swimming with bad technique makes your body work harder and can lead to injury.
- Always do streamlines and flipturns. Practicing your streamlines and flipturns at every wall is an easy way to improve.
- Always give your best effort. Sometimes practices will be hard but you should never give up.
- Always take your time during drills. Doing drills correctly is more important than doing them quickly.
- Listen to coaches when they are talking. That means keeping your ears above the water and your eyes on the coach.
- Respect your teammates during practice. Fighting, name calling, bullying, and bragging are not acceptable at any time.
- Don't worry about who is first. The fastest person should lead the lane. If someone is swimming faster than you then let them go ahead.
- If you are swimming close behind someone, gently tap their feet to let them know you are there. DO NOT pull on or scratch another swimmer's feet or legs.
- Leave as much room as possible on the wall for all swimmers to finish at the end of a set.
- Watch the clock and leave five seconds after the swimmer in front of you. If you cannot read the clock then count slowly to five. (one-mississippi, two-mississippi...)