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Watchung Hills Regional High School



Q1. What to bring to practice?

A1. Water bottle, swimsuit, goggles, a jacket, and a good attitude!


Q2. What experience should I have in swimming before trying out?

A2. It is highly recommended that you are able to swim four lengths (25 yards) of the pool consecutively without feeling overly exhausted. You do not need to know all four strokes but you do need to have a basic understanding of Freestyle (Front Crawl), Racing Backstroke, and Racing Breaststroke. When swimming Freestyle you should be comfortable with side breathing and having your head under the water while swimming. If you would like tips or ideas on proper swim technique to prepare you for tryouts you and/or your parents may contact either coach through the WHRHS email.


Q3. What will tryouts be like?

A3. The first day or two of tryouts will be a general practice consisting of around 2000 yards where coaches will get to see and evaluate the swimmers. The following days will consist of some timed trials to gauge everyone's starting place for the season. Freshman and new swimmers may be asked to work with either coach privately for a small amount of time to get a feel for the swimmer and their strengths or weaknesses. Simply put, to make it through the first week or five days of practice means you can be on the team if you wish to be. If you are highly struggling however you may be asked to wait a year and practice for safety reasons but there are other places to help the team out so don’t fret just yet! And one big thing, REMEMBER TO BRING GOGGLES! Coach Hauck on the first day of his tryouts in high school thought he didn’t need them, he was very very wrong.


Q4. How long are practices and meets?

A4. Practices start at 3:15 M-F and will end at around 4:45 and we get back on the bus at 5:00 to get back to the school at 5:05-5:15. Meets generally will last 2 hours and arrival/departure time can vary dependent on the location and time of the meet. Home meets will usually be done right around 4:45-5:00. Championship/Conference meets are early in the morning or early afternoon and will last a good deal longer, around 3 hours as an estimate.


Q5. What should I eat before practice and meets?

A5. What you should eat always depends on the timing of when you eat. The night before a meet it is fine to have a dinner with a good deal of carbohydrates, protein, and vegetables such as pasta or chicken and rice. HOWEVER “carboloading” is generally a bad idea, my advice is to eat a normal meal or until your full, not until you feel bloated! Three hours before swimming you should have a decent meal with carbohydrates and protein. A good idea could be a sandwich or sub with some fruits and veggies. Thirty minutes to an hour before you shouldn’t eat much more than an energy bar or an apple, something light. If you feel light headed before an event or practice you should eat or drink something or think about sitting out for a bit with your snack until you feel more together. Gatorade or Vitamin water are good choices for energy drinks to get your body ready but beware the sugar! Don’t drink these every day or more than once a day because for one thing your teeth will not be happy.


Q6. Can I bring extra equipment?

A6. Currently no you are not allowed to bring extra equipment such as fins, paddles, or parachutes. In the future if there is more demand for it then we may be able to figure a system out or with funding acquire fins for everyone. This will be a future team goal if it seems reasonable cost wise. If you would like to bring a personal pull buoy or snorkel that is fine! Just no sharing of snorkels!!!


Q7. What equipment will be provided?

A7. On site we use the facilities kickboards and pull buoys. Coaches may have extra goggles on hand but that will not always be the case so be responsible! Year to year we hope to have more equipment to give out and/or utilize.


Q8. When does the season start and end?

A8. We will have our first meeting in early October and tryouts around mid October. The official start date for the season is November 8th by the NJSIAA requirements. The season’s end is dependent on championships and State playoffs and will most likely be early or mid February. Individual Championships however do not end until March 1st.


Q9. What is the difference between State playoff meets and normal dual meets?

A9. We begin the season with normal dual meets but after the conference and county meets we begin playoffs. State playoffs are similar to baseball where teams are bracketed and then face off in dual meets and if you win you move to the next meet but if you lose you are eliminated.


Q10. I'm a club swimmer, will I be able to balance practices between the club and high school?

A10. No matter what other extra-curricular activity you may be a part of, coaches will do their best to work with you to ensure that if it is possible for you based on your current commitments that you will be able to join and be a part of this team. This does not mean that if you are on a club team and you're in a strict music/theater program and you tutor during the week that it would be a great idea to attempt at juggling the high school swim team on top of all of that. Be sensible when thinking about the responsibilities you already have and write everything out in front of you and really think about it. Be sure to talk to your parents or coaches if you are not sure. If you are a club swimmer you are 100% encouraged to try out and join us here, you will have to attend a practice every day M-F but club practices do count towards this, we would like to see you here one to two times a week if possible of course. See the Policies/Expectations page for more specifics on this issue.