Swimming and Diving Team Syllabus

Welcome to the 2018 Los Gatos Swim and Dive Team!

  • Coach Kurt Kroesche has navigated many levels in his swimming career, from summer and club leagues to NCAA-I championships and international competition. He has taught English/Ethics at LGHS for 24 years. This is his 11th season coaching at LGHS.  Contact him at: kkroesche@lgsuhsd.org
  • Coach Rachel Peters swam competitively in age-group leagues, high school and Masters, as well as competing on her college cycling team. She has been teaching physics, chemistry and Earth Science at LGHS since 2002, and lectures at SJSU in their Science Education program. This is her 11th season coaching at LGHS. Contact her at: rpeters@lgsuhsd.org
  • Coach Mike Berwald is an LGHS graduate and was a member of the LGHS swim and water polo programs. Mike also has extensive experience teaching stroke technique and coaching club swimmers and water polo players in the area and will serve as head dive coach. Mike is currently teaching science at Bret Harte Middle School. This is his 11th season coaching swimming and diving at LGHS.  Contact him at: mdberwald@yahoo.com
  • Coach Nicholas Jufiar is an accomplished coach and trainer who currently heads the Los Gatos Polar Bears Swim Club. Coach Jufiar brings a wide array of expertise to LGHS swimming and has developed swimmers at all ability levels. This is his 9th season with LGHS.  Contact him at: n.jufiar@gmail.com
  • Coach Karla Albright is a former diver, PE teacher, diving coach and retired chiropractor.  She first became involved with the LGHS swimming and diving program as the parent of a CCS qualifying swimmer.  This is her 6th year as assistant diving coach. Contact her at: kmalbright@gmail.com
  • Coach Greg Crites is an LGHS graduate who swam and played water polo all four years at LGHS and has international experience in water polo. He also coaches the LGHS JV Girls water polo team. Contact him at: gmcrites@gmail.com
  • Coach Jim Deming has been swimming competitively for almost 50 years through age group, NCAA-I at UC Berkeley, and US Masters.   He has a passion for teaching proper stroke mechanics and has worked with swimmers of all developmental levels to help improve their strokes to become efficient swimmers.  He has a son on the LGHS Swim team and this will be his 4th year assisting at LGHS.   Contact him at: demingswim@gmail.com

Our Objectives:

  • Build a Team that Supports Each Other and Forges Relationships
  • Work Hard
  • Get Faster

all of this equates to…having fun!

Our Core Beliefs:

  • Effort and Commitment is all: Regardless of individual talent, every athlete needs to buy into the team concept and take the sport seriously. Believe us, you’ll have more fun working hard and sharing the same aquatic experience than slacking off.  We’ve all been part of teams whose superior team chemistry superceded talent.  In other words, good times or scores on paper don’t measure up with a supportive, unified team that shows up to compete.    Bottom line:  Be on time and give your best effort everyday in the water.  As coaches, we know what it takes to perform and have fun.
  • Swimming/Diving is a Team Sport that Builds Relationships: People compete better when they know others care about them. If you only focus on your own progress, you’ll be cheating your teammates and missing out on a richer experience. Therefore, make a commitment.  On this team, we’ll be cheering for each other as we improve on times and technique.
  • Set a Goal: When you set a goal, you cast a vision. The clearer the vision, the closer you come to making it a reality. Be specific and then the coaches will help you take the steps to make it so.
  • Communication is Key: If we know where you are, how you’re feeling, and what’s going on in your life (especially during practices and meets), we’ll be in great shape. If not, we’ll have to have an abrupt conversation.  The coaches can’t guarantee you’ll get to swim all of your best events in every meet, but we’ll try to match you up with events that serve your strengths, as well as the interests of the team.

 

Our Requirements and Consequences:

We expect all swimmers, and divers to attend all required practices.  Cuts from the team will be based on attendance and effort.  The best way to support your teammates is to show up on time and give it your best shot, no matter how tired and sore you are.  If you’re at school, you’re at practice.

 

As far as schedule goes, we don’t expect anything less.  Take this information home, discuss it with your parents, and figure out if you agree.  Just know that the coaches have experienced every aquatic hardship, cold morning, and muscle strain.  And we still believe that swimming is the greatest sport.  There’s nothing like cutting through the water, feeling the rhythm of the stroke, getting faster, cheering for teammates, and most importantly, building life-long friendships.  Therefore, let’s make the best of our time, respect the sport, and help each other get better.  Finally, if you stick with the program and budget your time, your grades should stay constant or only get better, regardless of your class load.

 

Our Essential Equipment:

  • Swimsuit (not surf trunks or bikinis you wear at a backyard barbeque). Get a Speedo, TYR, or other reputable training suit. Your suit should cover all your parts… If it does not, you will be asked to change.
  • Goggles
  • Running shoes, shorts/sweats for dry-land training (varsity and diving only)
  • Pull buoy/kick-board/fins (school issued- $100 replacement fee)

Optional Equipment:

  • Swim cap •Ear plugs and/or Swim-Ear Drops •Anti-chlorine shampoo   •Parka   •Spirit wear

 

Our Teams

Varsity Team

The varsity team represents the highest level of commitment and competition.  Varsity swimmers have considerable competitive swimming experience and are prepared to give their fullest commitment to training and team support.

 

  • M-F afternoon:

2:30-5:00 PM — Everyone is expected to be on the pool deck to help remove covers, if necessary, at 2:15PM. Showing up or getting into the pool late will require swimmer to stay after practice for additional training.  Consistent lateness will result in a cut from the team.  Tuesday and Thursday afternoon we will have brief but intense dry-land training with the athletic trainer in the weight room.

 

  • Saturday morning: 8:30-11:00 AM — Everyone is expected to be on the pool deck to help remove covers, if necessary, at 8:30AM. We may be doing dry-land training before getting in the pool.

 

Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph Competition Team

JV and F/S swimmers have previous competitive swimming experience and are looking to improve their skills and ultimately join the varsity team.    Our training consists of five MANDATORY practices per week.   Missed practices can be made up with varsity.

 

  • M-F afternoon- 2:30-4:30PM

Everyone is expected to be on the pool deck to help remove covers and pull lane lines at 2:15 PM.  Practice begins at 2:30PM sharpShowing up or getting into the pool late will require swimmer to stay after practice for additional training.  Consistent lateness will result in a cut from the team.

 

Grades:  Grades will be based on regular attendance at practice.  School excused absences will not count as missed practices.

A = 0-5 Missed practices          B = 6-10 Missed Practices       >10 Missed practices = cut

Development Team

Members of the Development team have no or limited competitive swimming experience.  These swimmers are looking to improve their swimming skills and enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport.  Members of the development team will compete in relays at home meets only.

 

  • M-F afternoon- 2:30-3:30 PM

Everyone is expected to be on the pool deck to help remove covers and pull lane lines at 2:15 PM.  Practice begins at 2:30 PM sharpShowing up or getting into the pool late will require swimmer to stay after practice for additional training.  Consistent lateness will result in a cut from the team.

 

Grades:  Grades will be based on regular attendance at practice.  School excused absences will not count as missed practices.

A = 0-3 Missed practices          B = 4-6 Missed Practices         >6 Missed practices = cut

 

Diving Team

The diving team is open to athletes of all ability levels with three teams, Varsity, JV and Development. The goal of its members is to push themselves to their maximum diving potential while supporting each other and enjoying the camaraderie of the team setting of LGHS aquatics.

 

  • M-F afternoon: 4:30-7PM (Practice schedule will be set once teams are determined).
  • Saturday- TBD