Text Box: Murray Swimming 2013-2014              

Coach Dale Ralph

Phone Number: ext. 5207

Email: [email protected]

Cell phone 801-971-2822



                Each student will develop technical swimming skills and endurance in various aquatics strokes. Each student will improve on his or her physical condition through a dry-land cardiovascular and strength training program. Each student will become actively involved in competitive swimming through training and swimming meets. Each student will obey all rules and guidelines.



                The swimming team class generates 9th grade P.E. credit as well as satisfies the Junior and Senior P.E. requirement at the high school.


Materials and Fees

                The swimming team class requires a participation fee paid to the financial office. Team suits and caps are included in the participation fee for each swimmer. The participation fee is expected to be $100 for girls and $90 for boys. Additional costs may include goggles, team warms ups, practice suits, training supplies, etc. These additional costs are the responsibility of each swimmer. Practice gear is available at multiple swim shops in Salt Lake Valley.

                ***Water Bottles are required at every practice***



                All 9th grade swimmers and new swimmers to the team must complete a “Form A’ medical packet. All swimmers who were on the team last year or who have been involved in other sports, need to complete a “Form B” medical packet. All health insurance information must be on file with the school as well. These are due before the first meet. ALL swimmers must complete the try out checklist. This form is due by ____________________. Swimmers are not eligible to swim in competition until these packets are completed and turned in. If students do not turn in the forms on time there will be consequences of removal from the team. MHS policy calls for random drug testing of all MHS sports teams.


Code of Conduct

Representing Murray High School is a privilege. This privilege can be attained only by meeting the standards set forth by Murray High School and the Utah High School Activities Association. The following guidelines apply to every student who participates in extracurricular activities:


1. Students must attend all periods of school the day of a game/performance.

2. If a student is suspended from school for any reason, he/she cannot participate or practice with the team/group during the suspension.

3. The use or consumption of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or nonprescription controlled substances is prohibited (at any time or at any location).

4. Involvement in vandalism or any other illegal activity could result in immediate dismissal from a team/group.


Eligibility to Participate in Extracurricular Activities

In order to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities of Murray High School, a student must meet the following criteria:


1. A student must have a 2.5 GPA the term preceding the season and any term that ends during the season.

2. A student may earn no more than one F per term during the term preceding the season and any term that ends during the season. More than one F violates state standards and automatically results in ineligibility for the student. No exceptions.

3. A student may not earn more than one U the term preceding the season and any term that ends during the season. If more than one U is earned, the student will be ineligible to participate in any activity until the Uʼs above one are remediated.

4, A student may not be truant. The first truancy will result in 4 sessions of detention. The second truancy will result in ineligibility for the entire season. No exceptions.

5. To be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity at Murray High School, a student must not have outstanding fees/fines.



Attendance: A “U” in citizenship will be given for 5 or more excused absences per quarter.

                Truancy: You will receive a “U” in citizenship for the first truancy.

                Behavior: You will receive a “U” in citizenship in inappropriate behavior.

Tardies: A “U” will be given for more than 1 outstanding tardy. Tardies can only be made up through detention. Students will be allowed 5 school days to remediate a tardy.



                Because the swim team is an extracurricular activity it requires more than the traditional physical education classes. Each student will be graded on a point system.  2 points will be awarded for each workout (4 point total each day) and swim meets. If you are late one point will be taken from your grade. If you are more than 30 minutes late to practice no points will be given at all.  Remember you do need to be at 95% of the practices if you want to compete in the meets. Students must complete make-up work for any absence. Please see a member of the coaching staff for acceptable make-up work.



                This class requires that extra time is put forth both before and after school. All swimmers are expected to attend the scheduled workouts each week. Each missed practice due to an unexcused absence will count against the student’s grade! First period swimming is a vital asset to the success of the program. If we abuse it, we will lose it. Each student is required to be actively involved in swimming each day and 100% effort is required. The coach is more pleased with the effort and commitment shown by the swimmer at every workout than mere attendance. School activities are the only excused absences. Please notify the coach if you know you will be involved in a school activity during first period. Roll will be taken on a daily basis. It is your responsibility to insure that you are marked on the roll correctly. If you miss morning practice you will be marked absent unless you are at the pool by 7:50 am. Excessive absences will result in dismissal from the team and first period swimming. Please let the coach know if you have a conflict for illness and will not be able to attend practice. Please come 10 minutes early for stretches.


Morning practice time:                               Afternoon practice time:                            Saturday practice time:

A days: 6:30 am-8:30                      A & B days: 3:00-4:30                                     7:00-9:o0

B days: 6:00 am-7:00                                                                                                    9:15-10:00 Dry-land

Wednesdays 6:30-8:15


9th grade practice times will vary. Please see the Swim Team Handbook for the current hours.


Make up work:

                Students will have an opportunity to make up absences or workouts missed. If the missed workout is made up, it will not count against the swimmer’s grade. You can make up workouts by attending a club practice or during master’s swimming time. Swimmers who miss a swimming class period will also have the option of completing writing assignments. Note: You must be USA registered and pay the daily admission fee (or be current on MAC fees) to attend a MAC practice. Swimmers who attend a master’s practice must be at least 16 years of age. Swimmers under the age of 16 must have an adult present.


Swimming Meets:

                Swimming meet attendance is required. If you know you are going to have a conflict with a particular meet, contact the coach in advance. In case of illness, contact the coach as soon as possible.

                Each swimmer can compete in a maximum of 2 individual events and 2 relays. A swimmer can compete in all three relays but may only swim 1 individual event. Team caps and suits are required. Warm up prior to a race and cool down after a race will help enhance performance is highly recommended. Attitude is the most important aspect of your race.

-Home Meets: Warm ups will being at 2:45 pm. Most of the meets will begin at 3:30 pm.

                -Away Meets: All swimmers must ride the bus to all away meets. Swimmers may not leave with their parents until the meet is finished. Parents should not ask a member of the coaching staff if their child can  leave when theirs swimmer has completed he/she events.


                *Murray High School policy requires that all athletes must attend school the day of a meet. If you are not in school during the day of a swim meet you are not eligible to compete that day.     


Requirements for Lettering Consideration:

1.        Adhere to team and school rules

2.       Must be in good standing at the end of the season

3.       Accomplish one of the following

a.       Qualify for the state swimming meet in an individual event.

b.      Display a good work ethic and attitude throughout 2 complete swimming seasons

c.       Attend 95% of practices.

*But the final decision on lettering is the coach’s decision.



Your coaching staff anticipates a successful year. We look forward to swimming with you this year. Please don’t hesitant to ask any questions.  For other questions regarding policies for the team, please see the MHS Swim Team Handbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coach Dale Ralph

                                                                        Coach Kim Durrant

                                                                        Coach Jordan Deardan




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