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Pre Team FAQs

Pre-Team is part of the Whetstone Whales Swim team, not a separate entity. That means you are invited and encouraged to participate in all team events such as marching in the 4th of July parade, coming to the Crab Feast, and celebrating the end of another great season with everyone at the Team Picnic/Awards night. But before we wrap the season up, here are some details to get you through it.

Practices

Pre-team is focused on teaching freestyle and backstroke in a developmentally appropriate and safe manner. Practice will be held in the 3 to 3 1/2 feet water to encourage swimming skills. Tuesdays are “Fun-days," including extra game play, the chance to jump off the diving board, and swimming across the diving well. On these days, coaches make prior arrangements to have extra volunteers present to monitor the swimmers and ensure their safety. Every Friday, the Head and Assistant Coaches give out awards after practice. Every practice concludes with team cheers.

Please remember, coaches are happy to answer your questions but NOT DURING PRACTICE. Even short interruptions make it difficult to run an effective and safe practice.

Please check the on-line calendar for “no practice days”. This usually means there is no evening practice due to a swim meet.

Events

  • Pre-Team Ice Cream Social and Tuck-In

We wind up pre-team season with ice cream sundaes followed by the Tuck-In at the Whetstone Community Center for our Mini Meet Pep Rally. Swimmers bring blankets, pillows, and favorite stuffed animals with them. The coaches each bring a favorite bedtime storybook to read to the swimmers.

  • Pre-Team Mini Meet

This event is the official end of the pre-team season. The Head Coach will make a line-up for the swim meet, including EVERY swimmer, unless a swimmer’s parent has notified the Head Coach otherwise.

The swim meet is held in the shallow end of the main pool. There are four events and every swimmer participates in each of the events. The four events are: Freestyle, Freestyle Kickboard, Backstroke, and Backstroke Kickboard.

Ribbons are awarded to every swimmer at the end of the meet, following Whetstone award traditions.

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