Fall 2021 Overview
Welcome, all returning swimmers and newcomers! For Fall 2021, please be aware of the following:We will spend the first week of school getting all swimmers caught up on paperwork and trainer's packets. We will also spend the first week making sure all athletes are aware of rules/expectations, getting to know one another, and discussing the season's schedule. There will be a parents' meeting on Thursday, August 19th at 7 pm in the Kirk Watson Lecture Hall. The second week of school (beginning August 23, if all goes well) we will begin swim practices at the pool at TCC's Northwest campus.When we begin to swim, all swimmers need to have their own practice swimsuits, a pair of goggles, and a swim cap. Guys with shaved or really short hair are not required to use a cap for practice. Students will also need to bring their own towel and bottled water. Practices will be held every day beginning August 23. All students are encouraged to ride the bus, which will leave promptly from BHS at 6:30 each morning (if they miss the bus, or if parents choose to take them daily, they can meet at TCC at 6:50). On most days we will stretch for a few minutes before getting into the water, and expect to do some running and other conditioning. Swim practices will typically run from 7:00 to 8:30, and then we will have 30 minutes to change and get on the bus to return to Boswell. We are also entertaining the notion of having one day of the week be designated as a weight training day on campus. Competition suits, sweats/warm-ups, goggles, caps, practice fins, and athletic bags will be provided from our athletics budget.This is not a swim lessons class for non-swimmers! All athletes must be able to swim across the pool on the first day of practice, and we will work on developing and improving all four competitive strokes: freestyle, breast, back, and butterfly. There will not be official cuts, but swimmers not ready for meets will not be allowed to participate in every meet.Our first meet will be in late September. We will have seven or eight meets between October and January, with district and regional competition taking place in late January and early February.All swimmers not completing required workouts will be temporarily assigned to a discipline lane for alternative workouts.1st-period swimming is a class like all other classes in that attendance is required. Absences will be recorded when a swimmer does not show up for practice. I will, however, allow one day per six weeks to attend tutoring sessions for students who are failing a course or are in danger of failing. Students must inform me BEFOREHAND if they will be missing practice for tutorials, and I must receive either an e-mail or a signed note from the teacher who was providing tutorials. Failure to inform me beforehand or to provide a teacher's note will result in deductions from your grade and will count as an unexcused absence for swimming (not an absence in the official Skyward system, but an absence counting against your eligibility to swim). Two unexcused absences will result in a swimmer being required to sit out one meet. Typically five excused absences will result in the same, but there may be some exceptions.ALL FIRST AND SECOND YEAR SWIMMERS WHO WISH TO COMPETE FOR BOSWELL MUST BE ENROLLED IN 1ST PERIOD SWIMMING/ATHLETICS (exceptions may be made for 2nd year swimmers who swim club and have an academic requirement that interferes with 1st period athletics). 3RD AND 4TH YEAR SWIMMERS MAY COMPETE WHILE NOT ENROLLED IN SWIM CLASS IF THEY ARE IN ANOTHER ATHLETICS CLASS, ENROLLED AT THE HOLLENSTEIN CENTER, OR HAVE A FIRST PERIOD GRADUATION REQUIREMENT CONFLICT. BUT THEY MUST STILL BE AT PRACTICE DAILY IN ORDER TO COMPETE. USA CLUB SWIMMERS WHO PRACTICE 3-5 DAYS A WEEK AT CLUB WILL NEED TO VISIT WITH ME ABOUT ALTERNATIVES THIS YEAR. I am looking for swimmers who are committed to their team, their coach, and their school. Swimmers must be willing to work hard, respect thier coach, stay dedicated to their team, and attend all practices.Please call 817-791-5533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions.