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West Haven Park Rec. Wizards Spring Handbook 2019

The West Haven Wizards Spring Swim Team is an 8 week program designed for inexperienced and experienced swimmers alike.  The team is run in a clinic like atmosphere and will serve as an introduction to competitive swimming for beginners, teaching all four strokes, turns and starts.  For experienced swimmers the program will focus on improving technique and working the technical aspects of all strokes at a slower pace than our fall season.  As always, the team makes sure that all swimmers also have fun and learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work and fair competition.  We hope you enjoy your time with the Wizards and hope you consider signing back up with us for our competition season in the fall!


Team Website: www.westhavenwizards.org

League Website: www.yankeeswimleague.org



Coaching Staff


Sean McCauley, Head Coach– c: 203-815-5889


 Robin Viani, Asst Head Coach

 Callie Jackson, Assistant Coach


Devan Miller, Assistant Coach

 Samantha Pimer, Assistant Coach

 Sean Morton, Assistant Coach

 West Haven Park Rec.

  Margaret Ruggiero, Pool & Waterfront Coordinator






Dates & Locations

· April 23, 2019 – June 14, 2019,

 West Haven High School Pool


Practices are held Monday through Friday at the following times for the 4:30 and 5:30 groups:

4:30 – 5:30

5:30 – 6:30

6:30 – 7:30

Notes on Practices:

  • Swimmers are assigned practice times based on age and ability. Swimmers are assigned practice times that will benefit them the most and cannot switch practice times unless reassigned by the coaching staff.

  • The minimum practice requirement per week is three. Swimmers will not see much improvement if they show less than three times a week.
  • Swimmers that arrive 20 or more minutes after the start of their practice will not be allowed to practice that night. 

  • Swimmers should arrive at least ten minutes early to practice each day so that they are ready to get into the pool at the start of practice.

  • Parents – please do not drop swimmers off at the pool (especially the little ones). Please make sure your swimmers enter the pool safely before leaving. When picking them up, please instruct swimmers to stay IN the pool building until you arrive. We do not want swimmers outside of the building unsupervised.  Parents are welcome to stay during practice time but must watch from the bleachers.   

  • Equipment - Please make sure that swimmers come to practice with an adequate swim suit, goggles and swim cap. Coaches can recommend equipment.


Important Dates

Memorial Day Parade and Picnic: Monday, May 27, 2019 – All members of the team from the fall and spring are invited to march with us on our float during the parade, and join us for our annual picnic featuring food and games afterwards at Painter Park. Stay tuned for further details on the parade picnic times and how you can help by decorating our float for the big day, helping us during the march, or donate an item to our picnic.  (There is no practice on Memorial Day). 

Annual Split Squad Meet: Friday, June 14, 2019, 4:30 pm – last day of session – all swimmers will be included in our annual meet. The team will be split in two and participate in a split squad meet which will serve as an introduction to how meets work in the fall and will show parents and swimmers how far they have come in 8 weeks! ALL members of the spring team should participate. Details will be up soon.

There is NO PRACTICE on

    1. Monday, May 28, 2019;

           2 .  Monday, June 10, 2019; and

           3 . Tuesday, June 11, 2019











    Inclement Weather


    While snow shouldn’t be an issue for the spring session (probably), keep your eyes peeled for thunder and lightning.  Our policy is to clear the water once that starts and keep the pool cleared until 20 minutes after it stops. 


    Special Fundraising Events


    The Wizards rely on fundraising to obtain funds needed to support our swimmers and pay for events, equipment, awards, and gifts.  All money raised goes back to the team in these ways.  Stay tuned to www.westhavenwizards.org and keep an eye out for postings at the pool for dates and more information on these events. 


    Swim Outlet Team Store: http://www.swimoutlet.com/WestHavenWizards


    Order from the Swim Outlet Team store and get great products and equipment hand selected by the coaching staff.  Plus a portion of each purchase gets contributed to the team, so everyone wins! 


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