Expectations: Participation and Competition
Summer swim league is all about family participation and fun competition! Swimmers are expected to participate in daily practice (M-F) and to compete in the neighborhood dual-meets. We all understand that not everyone can make practice everyday, but we do think all swimmers should make good effort to attend practice as often as possible, especially the day of or day before meets. Get the most out of your registration dollars by helping and encouraging your swimmers to participate in practice every day! Ages 5-18 as of June 1st are eligible to swim.
Likewise, our swim team practice approach and swim league philosophy is ultimately geared toward competition. We realize that not all 5yo & 6yo swimmers are ready for competition, and the coaches will determine whether it is reasonable or not to schedule a swimmer in any meets. Short of scheduling conflicts, we ask that parents allow the coaches to consider all swimmers as eligible for competition and let the coaches determine if the swimmer will compete. We do expect swimmers over 6 years of age to be capable of swim competition.
And what about family participation? Each parent of swimmers is expected to commit their time to two meet halves, typically about 2-3 hours for each. Each meet, either at home or away, requires a lot of effort to 1) satisfy league requirements for officiating, judging, timing, and scoring, 2) to ensure the meet runs smoothly (getting all kids to their events and not having the meet go too long), and 3) to raise funds for the team through concession sales (keeps registration fees from rising significantly). Meeting your 2 meet halves commitment helps our meets run smoothly and keeps others from pulling double-duty.
It is important to know that registration feels cover only a portion of the team's expenses throughout the season. Fundraising is important in ensuring that we are always able to hire great coaches and continue to provide fun experiences.
Our concession stand at the home meets is one of our team's best fundraisers. We sell fresh grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and snacks. Baked goods are always welcome as a donation! We will ask for certain items to be donated for concession at our home meets.