2018 COLONY HIGH SWIM & DIVE TEAM GUIDELINES
Welcome to the 2018-2019 Colony High Swim and Dive team!
The swim and dive coaches expect 100% practice attendance. This means being dressed-out and ready to go with water bottle filled, shoes tied, etc. for dryland practice and suit on, cap on showered with water bottle filled, and goggles ready to pull down over your eyes for pool time!
Palmer Pool Practice: Starts @ 2:30/Ends @ 4:00 August 1st 2018
Dryland Practice: Starts @ 4:30/Ends @ 5:00 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) or 5:30 (Tuesday, Thursday)
Only CHS eligible swimmers and divers are permitted in the pool. Pool time is especially critical and limited, therefore, please be respectful and use after practice time to discuss concerns or ask questions.
- ELIGIBILITY: a G.P.A. of 2.0 or better and passing at least 5 classes (4 for seniors) is required, fee paid (if there are any complications please talk to Julie Link or Kristy Johnston 861-5515 ASAP), registered through arbiter, and baseline impact test completed.
- ATTENDANCE: Athletes are expected to attend all scheduled practices and meets. If you attend school, you are expected to attend practice and/or a meet. Please be sure to make appointments outside of practice times. If it is absolutely necessary (doctor, orthodontic) to make an appointment after school, it is preferred to use dryland time vs. pool time. Hair appointments, powder puff football practice, senior pictures, shopping, etc. are not excused! Exceptions that may occur i.e., family wedding, funeral, etc., must be approved by the coaches.
- ILLNESS: If an athlete is ill at home, or becomes ill during the school day, please communicate with your coach. You can leave a written note at the front office, call, send a text message or an email. Sending a verbal message with a teammate is not acceptable! If you are not well enough to come to school, or stay in school, you are not well enough to be at practice. Practice prevention and stay healthy!!
- COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY: If the team is leaving for an away meet, in order to maintain eligibility, athletes must be in attendance for ALL scheduled classes prior to departure. For example; if the team is leaving at noon, athletes must in attendance from 7:45 a.m. until they are dismissed from class to load the bus. If the team is leaving in the morning before school starts, athletes must be in attendance for ALL scheduled classes the day prior to the team departing for the meet. If there is a doctor’s appointment during the day of departure or the day prior, please check in advance with Mrs. Johnston to get approval.
- SCHOOL WORK & MAKE-UP WORK: Please utilize before school and advisory for make-up work! Grades and eligibility are priorities, but swim practice and team travel are not excuses for poor grades. Athletes have time before school, during advisory, on the bus, and before/after meets. In addition, during our stays we will have study times, so be sure to get your assignments from your teachers before we leave for a meet!
SWIM/DIVE MEETS: Meets are a mandatory part of the swim & dive team. It is the duty and responsibility of the coaches to determine individual swim and dive entries, the best relay combinations, and what is best for the team for each meet. Coaches will challenge you to swim other events, try new dives. The end goal is that every swimmer and diver is placed in their best events for individual success, as well as, team success.
Entries are submitted several days in advance of the date of the meet. Changes to the meet entries are difficult and not always possible. Athletes will know at least one day prior to the competition and should not expect changes.
Every swimmer is expected to be behind the blocks at least 2 heats prior to their event! In addition, the swimmer should have their cap and goggles on when they get behind the blocks! (Exception: 500 free swimmers should report behind the blocks 1 heat in advance of their heat)
ATTITUDE: As a member of the CHS Swim & Dive Team, athletes and parents represent Colony High School and our swim/dive team. All athletes and parents are expected to be respectful to each other, to coaches, bus drivers, pool staff, other teams, school administration, as well as, restaurant, B&B and hotel staff. All facilities used will be treated respectfully and left better than we found it! Pick-up after yourself and your team!
Our job as coaches is not only to help create successful athletes, but respectful, productive citizens. We expect all athletes to be positive, helpful, problem-solving, yet independent individuals that can work together as a team. Together we can accomplish great things!
LOCKER ROOMS: CELL PHONE USAGE IS PROHIBITED! Use of any recording device in any locker room, including cell phones, is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and is grounds for dismissal from the team.
Locker rooms are for showering and changing only! Goofing around, horseplay, or harassment of others of any kind is not allowed! Locker room privileges will be lost or suspended.
Complaints from any pool staff at any facility, about rudeness, insubordination, or general disrespectfulness will result in a 2 day suspension from pool practice. It will still be mandatory to attend and do homework in the bleachers. If such behavior would occur at a meet and it is determined to be extreme, the athlete will be suspended for the remainder of the meet and possible school sanctions applied.
BUS TRANSPORTATION: Transportation will be provided for swimmers & divers to and from away meets. Exception would be those meets held at Palmer Pool. Following a meet, athletes may ride home with their parent(s) once the coach is notified and athlete and parent are seen together, at that point responsibility is then that of the parent. If an athlete is riding home with someone other than their own parent, it is mandatory that a written request is approved by Mrs. Johnston or a school administrator prior to our departure from CHS.
TARDINESS: Dryland practice is mandatory and starts promptly at 4:30! This means athletes are dressed, and ready to begin the workout at 4:30. We will meet in the hallway outside the weight room. If an athlete reports late or is not properly dressed at the start of practice, they will be required to do 20 push-ups for every minute they were late.** Swimmers need to be on deck @ 2:25. Pool practice starts promptly at 2:30! If a swimmer is not IN the water AND swimming by 2:30 they will be required to do 20 push-ups for each minute they were late at the end of practice. ** (i.e., 3 minutes late = 60 p.u. On the 2nd offense the push-ups double (i.e., 3 min. = 120 p.u.) On the 3rd offense it will triple, on the 4th offense it will be considered an unexcused absence.
CELL PHONES: Communication is essential, but there is no place for cell phones during practices or meets. I expect cell phones to be turned off and put away on the bus. If necessary, I will collect all cell phones on the bus and I will collect cell phones at “lights out” on road trips. We are a team and need to act like a team and communicate with each other! Parents, you will be provided the necessary information/itinerary at least a day prior to our departure for a road trip; do not expect I will be checking or answering emails at practice or while traveling. If there is an emergency and you need to get in touch with your athlete or a coach, you may call or text me. Otherwise, “talk to me” before or after practice, or before or after the meet.
1st Unexcused absence = athlete will not travel or compete in the next competition.
2nd Unexcused absence = athlete is ineligible for lettering
3rd Unexcused absence = removal from the team.
VARSITY LETTERING: It is a privilege and an honor to be awarded a varsity letter. It represents respectfulness, hard work, determination and perseverance! Swimming and diving take a great deal of commitment, as well as, hard work. Colony High is in a very large and tough region of competition. Consequently, it is an accomplishment to make it to finals, even B finals in our region. The following is the criteria for lettering on the swim/dive team:
- Compete in A or B finals at Region Championships. This can be individually or as a competing member of a relay team.
- Break a school record.
- Compete as member of a qualifying state relay team.
- Compete on the team for all 4 years of high school.
- The athlete must meet one of the above criteria and be in good standing without disciplinary school sanctions and without unexcused absences.