The CCA schedule runs year-round with two weeks off in August.
New swimmers may join the team at any time. During the school year,
practices are scheduled in the afternoon and evening. In the summer
months, practices are scheduled in the early morning. CCA competes
in approximately one meet every three to four weeks.
CCA uses a progressive program structure to develop the child
physically, mentally, and emotionally. A well-defined, long-term
approach of increasing degrees of commitment is essential to the
swimmer reaching his or her optimum potential. Commitment for
swimmers is measured in competition and daily practice. Swimmers do
not make progress without making a commitment to improving
themselves through practice. It is important to establish practice
groups of swimmers who are compatible in terms of age, ability, and
experience. Biological maturation, "the timing and tempo of
progress towards the mature state", occurs at different phases
and at different ages among children. The objectives at each group
level are directed towards meeting the needs of the swimmer given
their physical, mental, and emotional make-up and thus ensuring the
development of the swimmer. As each swimmer progresses to a higher
level, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge is
introduced to the training program.
For selection to a practice group, the coach considers swimmers
who have met certain requirements and mastered particular skills
relevant to the criteria of the practice group. The criterion for a
practice group consists of several factors, such as age, practice
attendance, listening skills, technical competence, practice and
meet performance, self-motivation and commitment. The coach’s
decision, although based on some specific criteria, is also
necessarily somewhat subjective and no single factor is decisive.
The coach monitors and evaluates each swimmer to determine when it
is developmentally appropriate for the swimmer to change practice
groups. Practice group changes usually take place in April or May,
August, and December. The coach will notify swimmers individually
at least one week prior to changing practice groups. Coaches will
also explain the expectations of the practice group to swimmers and
The Purpose of
The objective of the season plan is to prepare swimmers for peak
performances. Practice sessions are designed to emphasize one or
more of the factors that determine peak performance. Therefore,
meet performance is related to practice performance. (See
On occasion, electrical storms, very severe wind and rain,
unexpected personal matters for a coach, pool heating issues, etc.
may make it necessary to cancel practice with little forewarning.
If practice is cancelled, the parent representatives for your
practice group will attempt to contact the membership in advance or
the coach will be at the pool to advise swimmers as they arrive. On
days that may be questionable, when dropping off swimmers, please
do not drive away without first making sure there is a practice.
To schedule a try-out, please
contact Coach Bob Walker at 916-772-6370 ext 6.