What To Know About IHSC Practice
SWIMMING DOES NOT REQUIRE A LOT OF EQUIPMENT BUT HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Of course, you will need a swimsuit, ideally a racing suit. Team suits are optional, but per GASL rules, swimmers may not compete in suits that have another team’s logo on them.
- Goggles are strongly recommended. They protect the swimmer’s eyes and help the swimmer judge the distance to the wall for turns and finishes. Fit is critical, so check with a coach if you have any questions.
- Caps are optional, but recommended. Swimmers will stay warmer with caps on. Caps with another team's logo are not allowed in championship meets.
- Water bottles are a great idea, as swimmers can become dehydrated without realizing it.
- Sunscreen! Wear it to practice, bring it to re-apply as needed.
- PRACTICE FORMAT
- Practices start with a warm-up swim. Most practices will continue with a combination of drills and swims, some start-turn-or-finish work, and relays to build aerobic capacity and develop team spirit. Occasionally we will substitute other forms of workout, particularly early in the season and before or after meets. There will be no practice the day of a meet.
- WHICH PRACTICE SHOULD AN OLDER SWIMMER WHO IS A BEGINNER ATTEND? WHAT ABOUT A VERY YOUNG SWIMMER WHO IS VERY CAPABLE?
- It's always tricky to find the right balance for every swimmer, and every year is different. See the Head Coach as early as possible in the season. Then reassure your child that we will continue to work toward the right fit for them.
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