High School Swimming Packet
Welcome to the 2006-07 Missoula High School swimming. Our goals, as always, are to
have a lot of fun and improve skills. This packet is an attempt to get everyone off to a
good start, and to alleviate some of the confusion that often comes with the new season.
Good practice habits make a good swimmer. The sets a coach assigns are designed to
give you more strength and increase swimming technique and endurance. This means
every practice, no matter how hard, easy, boring or short it is, must be done to the best of
First Practice Tuesday November 14, 2006
Each Friday will be dedicated to one high school only. (Please see practice
Non-USA Swimmers are REQUIRED TO MAKE ALL, Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday 5:30am-7:00am, and Starting in December thru February afternoon
practices Monday & Wednesday 6:00pm to 7:30pm. These practices have been
created to help the swimmers improve as well as help them meet the weekly
practice requirements, therefore, if swimmers do not attend the evenings, they will
be dropped from the team. Attendance will be taken each practice.
USA swimmers who swim on MYST or MAC are REQUIRED TO MAKE ALL
there normal practice and Thursday 5:30am to 7:00pm. Attendance will be taken
Swimmers must attend 10 practices in order to compete in the first swim meet on
12/02/06. If the swimmer is a member of MYST or MAC their team practices
will count towards the necessary 10.
Swimmers must attend ALL practices to compete in that week’s competition.
Swimmers who are late to practice or non-participation during practice may result
in the practice counting as a missed practice.
USA Swimmers (MAC and MYST) need to attend ALL Thursday practices and
possibility of Friday practices.
We will support and enforce the Missoula County Public School’s Code of
Swimmers are expected to be suited and ready to swim 15 min prior to the start of
Warm up! Warm up starts the minute a coach steps foot on the pool deck, so do
not waste time, get in! Warm-up is necessary to prevent cramps and pulls.
Sets! All sets will be done. You are hurting the whole team by goofing off and
not completing the sets. The sets are designed to better swimming skills &
To prevent soreness do not use a warm down period as a playtime. Warm down
will help you recover from a hard set much faster, while giving you a few extra
When practice is over get out promptly. If a coach has meet info or other
important business make sure to listen closely.
Take it easy. Enjoy the rest of your day.
If you cannot accomplish a set you need to move down a lane. If you are too
tired, sick, or hurt to do a set, get out of the pool and talk with a coach. They will
decide whether you need to go home or not.
If the sets are too easy, talk to a coach about moving up a lane or leading your
Failure to comply with these instructions will drastically lower your meet participation
potential and thus will affect your lettering. Goofing off, cutting sets or anything else
that disrupts a teammate's practice time will not be tolerated. You will be warned once,
and then you will go home. If this disruption continues you will be off the team.
Swim Meet Expectations
• Swim hard!!!!!
• Be at your lane at least one race prior to your event. Wait for the judges' whistle and
respond promptly to their commands.
• Stay 3 feet away from the edge of the pool and stay out of the official’s way.
***Note*** Be polite to officials, starters, and timers-even if you are DQ'ed. If you
have a problem, talk to the coach.
• Be the good sports-person that we know you are.
• Don't back out of a race at the meet. If you feel that you can't do an event, talk to the
coach before the meet. Emergencies are exceptions.
• If you can't attended a meet, let the coach know as soon as you find out.
• Come with all of your gear. Nothing makes you feel foolish like going to a meet and
not having a swimsuit.
• Don't be late!!!!
FAILURE TO MEET THESE EXPECTATIONS WILL AFFECT YOUR
ABILITY TO LETTER
Swimmers’ responsibilities to the
Share common goals and group loyalty
Subordination of self-interest to team values
Self-discipline and personal sacrifice for team goals
On this Team no one person is more important than the Team as a whole.
-Treat your teammates with respect in the water and outside of the water.
-Respect and listen to your coaches.
-Treat all opponents and officials with respect and politeness.
-Your individual Caring, Honesty, Respect, integrity, and image equal that of the
Once you become a MCHS swimmer you make a commitment, not only to yourself but
one to the TEAM, and a commitment to the following TEAM BELIEFS.
FAMILY – We will look out for each other.
THE BIG PICTURE – We will always look at TEAM out-comes and the TEAM agenda.
The TEAM is the big picture.
TEAMWORK – Everything we accomplish we will accomplish TOGETHER. Good
athletes work together and solicit help from one another.
LOYALITY – We will be loyal the EVERY part of our TEAM and to ourselves as
ROLES – Every person on the TEAM has a role to play, and every role plays its part in
contributing to the big picture. The goal is more important than the role.
SHARING – We will share our success, our failures, our sweat, and our tears. We will
never let anyone fail alone. We celebrate together.
POTENTIAL – Every person is capable of high achievement, not just the fastest and
FAILURE – You are not supposed to understand everything the first time around.
Mistakes help one learn. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES! You don’t
have to like it, but don’t fear it.
EXCELLENCE – Excellence is a full time endeavor.
INTEGRITY – We will keep our word. We will say what we mean, and do what we say.
HONESTY – We will not lie to ourselves or to each other. None of us will tolerate any
of us doing so. We will depend on each other for the truth.
ADVERSITY – We will keep our heads. We will not panic in the face of adversity. We
will find a way or mane a way.
LEADERSHIP – We will use our influence wisely. Bad attitudes are a disease.
HARD WORK – We will be committed to consistently working at our highest level and
putting forth our greatest effort every day.
FOCUS – The Team (The Big Picture) is the focus and I will not lose sight of it!
DETERMINATION – No matter what happens, I will stay on course.
SELF-DISCIPLINE - I will think before I act, and make responsible choices.
SELF-RESPONSIBILTY – I am responsible for my actions and the choices I make and
understand that they affect not just me but others.
CONSISTENCY – We will be consistent with our behavior, with our effort, and in
following these TEAM BELIEFS.
Illness and Injuries
Illness and injuries can ruin a season for an athlete. To prevent them, there are a few easy
things you can do.
-Make sure to drink plenty of water, about eight glasses a day.
-Get plenty of sleep; five hours is not enough. You should be getting between 8 and
10 hours a night.
-Make sure you eat at least three healthy meals a day. Eating well gives your body
the energy to fight illness.
-Take a multi-vitamin once a day. This will boost your immune system.
-Make sure to stretch before and after every practice or meet.
It is very important that all sickness and injuries be reported to a coach ASAP.
Lettering in high school is a demonstration to one’s peers that the person has pushed
himself/herself to be the best that he/she can be.
1) Attendance- In order to improve it is necessary to attend every practice. If you are
not at the practice the day before a meet and it is your scheduled practice day and you
have not notified a coach and have a VERY good reason you will jeopardize your letter.
If you miss more than 5 practices in a season without a VERY good excuse, you will
jeopardize your letter.
2) Participation and Performance at Meets- Each individual is an indispensable part
of the team, and it is vital that each individual participate in every meet or upper level or
senior level USA meet.
3) Practice Participation/Attitude- If you choose to goof off in practice, do not the set
assigned, or distract the people around you, then you will not be allowed to swim. We
will choose only the swimmers that we can trust to be a positive representative of our
team. If you are working hard, leading sets when you can, encouraging your teammates,
and generally being a good sport, then you will be more likely to be chosen as a varsity
Parents can and should play a very important role in high school athletics. We would like
to extend an invitation to all parents to get involved. Experts say that students, parents,
and the community benefits from strong participation.
What can you do to get involved?
There is one main job for parents, which is to be TIMERS at meets. Each lane requires at
least two timers, so there are always lots of jobs to fill. We need at least sixteen
volunteers for this job. If you don't want to time, you can help at the concession stand, or
you can always sit on the sidelines and cheer the team on. The more support, the better.
What can you do to help your swimmer prepare for meets or practice?
You can encourage your swimmer to eat healthy. Have lots of low-fat, high carbohydrate
foods, like pasta and potatoes available. Make sure your swimmers get lots of sleep and
are not too stressed. If you feel your child is ill or injured make sure they have
communicated this to the coaching staff.
Yes, many of the problems that often arise between parents, students, and coaches are
those of misunderstanding. If you ever feel that there is a problem or just feel the need to
express dissatisfaction, please contact the head coach Lev Bates. Also, feel free to let us
know when you are happy with what's going on, we need positive reinforcement, lots of
it. Please remember that the captains and coaches of the team are working hard, and
doing the best they can.
Suits and Stuff
You will be required to purchase a team suit. If this is a financial burden talk to a coach.
You will also need goggles and a cap. You will need a practice suit; please do not use
your team suit for practice. Suits deteriorate fairly quickly if you do not take care of
them. After every practice/meet, you should rinse your suit in cold water. The first day
you get your suit, put it in a sink with cold water and vinegar, this will set the color.
If you have any questions regarding anything covered in this packet please contact me
right away. I look forward for what I know will be a great season.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Lev Bates at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Wk-721-9622, hm-251-5045, cell 370-1537