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Big Fish / Little Fish Program

Please read the entire section to understand the program and sign your swimmer(s) up for the program.

The program is called Big Fish / Little Fish. The Big Fish / Little Fish program is designed to build relationships, camaraderie, and team spirit between the age groups. Being a good Fish is part of being a good teammate.

Both Big Fish and Little Fish are encouraged to cheer on each other at practices and meets. Big Fish should take the lead to be mentors, cheerleaders, and role models of what makes a good teammate. This program is not about elaborate gifts; it is about actions and behavior. It is about being a supportive teammate!

To ensure the success of the program, it is imperative that the Big Fish fulfill these expectations. If you don’t think you (or your swimmer) can reliably serve in this role, please do not sign up to participate in the program.

Here’s how to get involved:

1. CREATE: Write your Fish a note, draw a picture, or make a friendship bracelet! Use your talents to inspire your Fish to swim fast and psych her/him up for a great meet!

2. CHEER: Watch your Fish swim at meets! Be the loudest and most supportive teammate on the pool deck!

3. CONGRATULATE: After your Fish races, be there to tell him/her how great he/she swam! Know your Fish's goals and if she/he achieved one of them.

BIG FISH must do the following:

  • Be 10 years old or older)
  • Commit to cheering on your Little Fish
  • Attend the social events as your schedule allows
  • Let your Little Fish know when you are going to miss a meet or any social event

LITTLE FISH must do the following:

  • Be 9 years old or younger
  • Be excited to cheer on your Big Fish
  • Let your Big Fish know when you are going to miss a meet or any social event

If your swimmer is interested in participating in the Big Fish/ Little Fish program, we will have forms for completion. After you sign up, you will be assigned to a Fish family, which will be posted at the pool and on the website. Some Fish may be in a school (Big Fish may have a couple Little Fish or vice versa; or a couple Big Fish and a couple Little Fish will be together). It all depends on how many Fish we have in total. We aim to have Fish families matched by the first meet.      

For more information, any questions, or if you need to withdraw from the Fish program, please notify Natalie Messersmith at njvona@gmail.com.

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