Evaluations for prospective Mini Warriors will be May 18 9am, May 22 7pm, and May 25 9am at the pool. At the evaluations your swimmer will be asked to demonstrate his/her freestyle and backstroke, so he/she should come prepared to swim.
Should your swimmer attend an evaluation?
- If your young swimmer (4 to 7 years old) is new to swim team he/she should attend one of the evaluations.
- If your swimmer was in the Mini Warriors Bows group last year, he/she should also attend one of the evaluations to ensure proper placement this season.
- If your swimmer was in the Mini Warriors Arrows group, he/she is ready for the regular team- no need to attend an evaluation.
There is no requirement to signup ahead of time for the evaluations, but it is very helpful for our coaches if you do. If possible, please let them know which evaluation you plan to attend using this signup genius.
Mini Warriors Program
The Mini Warriors are the youngest members of the swim team. They are swimmers that are interested in joining the swim team but might not yet be able to tolerate a practice that consists of swimming up and down the lanes for an extended period of time.
Young swimmers wishing to be Mini Warriors are evaluated by the Mini Warrior coach to determine if they have the basic skills needed to join the Mini Warriors. Check the team schedule for Mini Warrior evaluation dates.
We stress this is an evaluation and not a tryout. Any swimmer capable of swimming the length of the pool is mini warrior eligible. Those swimmers who are not quite ready for the mini-warriors are referred to the DH swim lesson program and encouraged to return the following year to be evaluated again for the mini warrior program.
A parent should be present at the evaluation session and your child will be asked to demonstrate their ability to swim. The kids will get in the lap pool near the baby pool side, close to the wall. Each child will swim one at a time. They will first be asked to swim freestyle as far as they can go (but not more than one length). They will then be allowed a short break before being asked to swim the back stroke (again not more than one length). If they can swim each stroke at least one length they are ready for the regular practice sessions. Since they are being evaluated for the mini warrior program we expect most will not be able to swim a full lap of either stroke. Neither you nor they should be upset if they can't swim the length of the pool. Although the pool is heated the water may be cool.
2019 Mini Warrior Practice
Mini Warriors: Monday Through Thurs beginning TBD- Thursday June 20.
7:00-7:30pm Bows practice
7:30pm-8:00pm Arrows practice
Mini Warriors: Practice Saturday June 1 and June 8.
Once Arlington County elementary schools are out for the summer, all practices move to the following morning schedule and are held Monday through Friday
Summer Practice Schedule June 24 - July 23