Practices

GENERAL INFORMATION
Practice times are assigned by age group and developmental ability, and are held at the Patton Hall 25m pool (formally known as Ft. Myer Officers' Club). Prior to the end of the school year, practices are held after school in the early evening. In the afternoons from 1655-1705 (4:55pm to 5:05pm), Retreat is sounded on the base. During this period, all swimmers must cease their activities and exit the water. FMST members are expected to stand and pay their respect to the American Flag during the playing of Retreat. 

Prior to the start of the season, the coaching staff will communicate to the families which practice group their swimmers are slotted into. Practices will be held in all three time slots Monday - Friday regardless of whether there is a meet on the Wednesday evening.
It is not required for swimmers to attend all practices.  The coach would like to see your swimmer at least 2x/week, however improvement comes faster with more practice, so if your schedule allows, try for 3-5 practices per week!  Particularly with younger swimmers, if it is too much to practice and have a meet on the same day, or practice the morning after an evening meet, parents should use their own judgement about practice attendance.
 
AFTERNOON PRACTICES (May 30, 2017 - June 23, 2017)
  • 4:00pm - 4:50pm: Junior training, Development I, & Developmental 2 groups
  • 5:00pm - 5:50pm: Intermediate training, Developmental 3, & Developmental 4 groups
  • 6:00pm - 6:50pm: Senior training, Developmental 5, & Developmental 6 groups
MORNING PRACTICES (June 26, 2017 - July 18, 2017) 
Monday through Friday
  • 7:00am - 7:50am: Seniors, Developmental 5 & Developmental 6
  • 8:00am - 8:50am: Intermediate training, Developmental 3, & Developmental 4
  • 9:00am - 9:50am: Junior training, Developmental 1, & Developmental 2 
DIVISIONALS WEEK
Divisional and All Star swimmers only:  Practice schedules are announced the week prior to Divisionals. 

ALL-STARS WEEK  
All Star swimmers only:  Practice schedules are announced the week prior to All-Stars.