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Practice Preparation

The following equipment is suggested for practice.

SWIM SUITS —Please have your child wear an appropriate racing style swim suit to practice. We do not recommend sun shirts or sun suits as they will slow the swimmers down and inhibit their stroke development.

RED PRACTICE CAP — Please write your child's name in black sharpie clearly and largely on the red practice caps. Children look the same in suits, goggles, and caps; this will help the coaches identify and learn your swimmers name during the first month of practice.

FINS — Fins are required for practice, especially for the younger swimmers it will help them build leg strength and keep up during the first weeks of practice.

KICKBOARDS — The team has kickboards for our Redfish to use in training. If a swimmer brings their own kickboard make sure it is identifiable.

GOGGLES — There are many goggles made for "kid-sized-eyes." We would suggest trying on a few goggles for fit. Speedo, TYR, and Water Gear all make simple goggles that should offer a good fit for children. Take the goggles carefully out of the box. Place eye pieces on eyes. Press lightly but firmly. If it is a good fit the goggles should seal and stay "sucked-on" the eye socket area for a few seconds. And, while the large lenses may work great for snorkeling — remember that's not what we're doing at the pool. Super-sized goggles don't stay on as easily when diving in. We also recommend getting a second spare set of goggles for the meets. This will come in very handy!

SHIRT — Each swimmer receives a classic current year t-shirt with registration. Additional spirit gear can be purchased at orientation.

REDFISH TEAM SUIT — Team swimsuit fitting schedules will be provided to the team.

CAPS — It is required that all swimmers with shoulder length hair or longer wear a cap at all swim meets, furthermore, it is suggested that all swimmers wear swim caps at meets to promote team identification and spirit. At all swim meets, it is required that the official Redfish swim cap be worn.

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