Ed’s Welcome

Welcome to the Highland Vista Swim Team!. Tucson, Arizona

We are excited that you have chosen to be a part of the Highland Vista Swim Team. The HV Swim Team has a long tradition of developing championship level swimmers for over 50 years. We dothis by focusing on proper stroke mechanics, technique, motivation, mental preparation, sportsmanship and a love for the sport of swimming. This is accomplished by creating a fun family atmosphere and a team of dedicated coaches that provide the highest quality coaching available.


SAAA

HV is a member team of the Southern Arizona Aquatic Association. The SAAA is divided into Leagues based on past performance, team size, etc. Highland Vista is in the Canyon del Oro League.


Practice

The daily HV practice is where we spend the majority of our time; training, teaching, and preparing our athletes for competition. Although practice is fun, it is primarily a place of training and learning. Therefore we expect all team members and parents to adhere to the following:

Swimmers

  1. Swimmers should arrive to all practices and meets 15 minutes prior to the start of their practice for stretching and dryland exercises.

  2. Swimmers should be prepared to listen to and focus on the coaches’ instructions.

  3. Swimmers will treat their teammates, coaches, parents, officials and other competitors with respect and sportsmanship.

  4. While not in the pool practicing, swimmers shall stay away from the pool deck, baby pool or other areas that are close to the pool edge where distractions can occur.


Parents

Refrain from engaging the coaches in lengthy conversations that take their attention from the swimmers in the water.

Remain under the shade of the Ramada and away from the pool deck during practice.

Monitor your child/children while they are in the pool area. Please provide supervision for your children while awaiting their practice time.

Communicate with your coaches regarding any absences, issues or concerns.

Socialize and get to know the other families and have fun!

Coaches

The coaches will develop all aspects of the practice sessions and be the only ones to provide instruction during the HV practices.

Coaches will make all decisions regarding competition and meet line-ups. This will be based on a swimmer’s times, attendance, ability and other factors. Everyone will not have the same number of meets nor events within meets.

Coaches are happy to discuss all issues, concerns etc, but if they will require a lengthy conversation we appreciate phone calls, e-mails

Coaches are available for individual stroke lessons. Please contact the individual coach to discuss schedules.


Equipment

All ages

  • Competitive goggles – try to avoid cheap, department store goggles
  • Competitive swim suit (no board shorts, rash guards, or t-shirts)
  • Cap for all girls and any boys with hair that is to the collar or longer
    Towel(s)Drawing

9-18

• Need all of the above PLUS
• Short blade fins and drag suits

 

 

Attendance / Sign Out book

Success and improvement are directly related to the attendance and commitment level of the swimmers. Please attend as many practices as possible

The “Sign-Out Book” is a vital communication link between the families and the coaches. Please use the sign out book to document a planned absence as soon as possible. (Not the day of the Meet)


Meets

All of the practice and preparation is to develop the swimmers abilities in order to prepare them for the meets. These dual meets are a chance for us to have fun, cheer for our friends, support each other and determine what we are doing well and where we need to improve. See Meet Schedule

Generally Tuesday and Thursday nights
6:00 pm start and they can usually take 3 to 3 ½ hours
Ribbons are distributed the following morning
Every effort is made to enter swimmers in as many events as possible
Swim Buddies – Assigned at the Red/Black Meet
After home meets we generally go to Baskin-Robbins on Grant and Swan


I
nvitational Meets

Invitational meets are offered on Saturdays. These are excellent opportunities for swimmers and their families to compete in ALL EVENTS in the Championship pool. Please plan to attend your invitational. All invitational meets are at Amphitheater HS pool.

Generally start at 8:00 am with a 7:00 am warm up. Usually the meet ends around noon or 1:00 pm. All eligible swimmers will be entered unless sign out in the Sign-Out Book.


Lessons

Contact the Coach by phone or leave a note in the Coaches’ Family Folder to arrange lessons

Coach Ed 235-0293


Parent Volunteers

The coaches teach and train the athletes and prepare them for the meets, but the parents run the out of water aspects of the team. We can’t provide the excellent experience that HV is known for without your help. Parents do everything from ordering apparel to timing to acting as the “Shade Brigade” at invitational meets, setting up the web site, organizing social events etc. Please plan to step up and help out! We need you!!!

Social events: Meet your Team, Red v. Black, iced cream after Home Meets, Camp Out, Happy Hour, 13-18 party, 13-18 breakfast, Gaslight etc.


Championships

This is finale of our season and the meet that we focus on throughout our season. We will compete against four other extremely strong teams. Please plan to attend this meet since we will need everyone in order to have a chance to place well.

Dates: Prelims = Wednesday 7/09/20 morning, Finals=Thursday 7/10/20 afternoon-evening

Prelims

  • All swimmers attend the morning session and attempt to qualify as top 8 to swim in final
  • Medley relays swim as timed finals = 1 chance
  • 6-unders swim exhibition backstroke and either 8-U breast or fly

Finals

  • The top 8 swimmers from each individual event qualify to swim in finals
  • All free relays swim as timed finals
  • 6-unders swim exhibition free
  • Post Championship party
  • After awards and team awards are presented we return to HV for a end of season pizza party
  • Goal Buster awards are presented to those swimmers that have set and met four of their goals