updated March 2019
Welcome to the swim season! This must be the best place around, because we have about two hundred swimmers and Mudskippers (our future Olympians)! Our focus as a volunteer parent board is teamwork, individual achievement, and lots of fun.
This quick reference guide is designed to give you helpful information to make it through the season. Our comprehensive team handbook will be distributed this season via paper copies and email.
Table of Contents:
- Message to Parents
- Sportsmanship / Code of Conduct
- Board Members
- Coaching Staff
- Practice Schedule
- Meet Dates and Times
- Stroke Clinic Information
- Special Events
- Saturday Swim Meet Expectations
- Swim Meet Rules & Scoring Format
- Fees and Refund Policy
- Pool Policy
1. Message to Parents
The goal of the swim team is to provide an atmosphere where every child has an opportunity to learn and participate on a team. As a parent, you have some very important responsibilities relating to swim team as well. They are as follows:
1. Swimmers must sign up for the meet by the WEDNESDAY prior to the event using the meet signup form on this website. If a swimmer does not sign up, he/she will not be placed in any events at the meet. If you will be leaving the meet early, please make a note of this in the comment section of the meet form.
2. You must make sure that your swimmer(s) is/are ready for their event. If they are not ready when the event is called, they will be scratched.
3. Please look for ribbons, speeding tickets, and pictures in the file box located at the pool front desk.
4. If you leave the meet early, you MUST tell a coach. Our last relays may depend on your participation.
2. Sportsmanship / Code of Conduct
Nothing can replace good sportsmanship. Show your children how easy it is to be a good sport by reviewing with them the list below. If parents encourage and support the importance of sportsmanship, our children will respond in kind.
- Support your team members when they are swimming.
- Cheer for your team. Don’t forget the end-of-meet cheer for the other team as well.
- Encourage all team members with positive words.
- Remember that everyone is doing his/her best and everyone wants to hear a teammate say something kind to him/her about his/her race.
- Be careful what you say. Do not say anything negative about anyone!
- “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
- Shake the hand of your opponents at the conclusion of each race.
- Be respectful to your parents, coaches, the other team, and your teammates
- Thank the coaches before you leave.
- Have fun!
3. Board Members
Your swim team parent board is made up of a group of volunteers. Our job and responsibility is to ensure that we create an environment where every swimmer can have a good swim team experience and enhances his/her swimming abilities. We are here to help organize, run the team, and listen to you, as parents, for ideas and suggestions for the team as a whole and for your swimmer. Please feel free to contact any member of the board with questions or concerns. See the Contact Us tab for the latest board positions and members.
4. Coaching Staff
All of our coaches bring a wealth of experience to the team. They will work with your swimmers, encouraging them to have good sportsmanship and team spirit and learn to become better swimmers. If you have any questions regarding your swimmers, please do not hesitate to talk to any of the coaches. Also, if you are interested in private lessons for your child, find a coach and ask. Most coaches give private lessons on the side. See the Coaches tab for the coaches' contact information.
5. Practice Schedule
See the Practices tab for the practice schedule.
*Please note that pool management needs to clean and prepare the pool to open at noon. Everyone must be out of the pool and cabana area by 11:30 a.m. If you would like to wait around until the pool opens, it must by outside the fence. No one outside of swim team should be inside the fence until the pool opens at noon.
6. Meet Dates and Times
To see the date and times of meets or to sign your swimmer up to participate in the swim meets, please visit the Meets and Events tab.
7. Stroke Clinic Information
Coaches may offer optional stroke clinics. The price will be $5.00 per clinic, paid at the pool at the time of the clinic. Clinic times and details will be posted on the bulletin board and on the website.
8. Special Events
We have many special events, such as the Swimming Under The Stars and family night at Pirates Cove. Please check our schedule for dates and times. The annual banquet and sleepover will take place on July 13 after the championship meet.
9. Saturday Swim Meet Expectations
Swimmers, please be on time for warmups in order to familiarize yourself with the pool and loosen your muscles. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR EVENTS!
Check the program to find the events you are swimming in and write the event numbers on your hand or arm. Swimmers are listed alphabetically. Bring a marker to the meet! Know where your goggles and/or swim cap are at all times so you don’t have to go hunt for them when your race is called. Please have all of your belongings clearly marked with your name. Listen for your heat to be called and report to the heating area when your event is called. If you do not come to the heating area when your event is called, you may be pulled from that event. If you have a problem with an event, please let the coaches know immediately!
Please wear a swim cap for the meets. It will make you faster!
Eat healthy. Please do not eat sweets until you have completed ALL of your events; this includes your relays!
Bring warm clothes/sleeping bag/blanket, as it can be quite chilly in the early summer mornings. Remember to apply sunscreen before you get to the meet and often throughout the meet.
Each family is required to fulfill six points' worth of volunteer shifts. See the Volunteers tab for all information pertaining to volunteer shifts and positions.
11. Swim Meet Rules and Scoring Format
Each meet will have a schedule of ninety events. There may be limits on how many individual events and relays each swimmer can do. Points are awarded to the top finishers for each individual event and relay.
12. Fees & Refund Policy
The cost of swim team is $130.00 per swimmer and each family must have six volunteer points (see Volunteers above). The fees and volunteer obligations will not be prorated if you join after the start of the season. All refunds must be requested prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day after the first regular season dual meet. By then, the team will have already ordered team T-shirts, paid insurance for the swimmers, spent several weeks coaching the swimmers, and put on the Fun Meet. Contact a parent rep or treasurer for a refund, if desired, within this required time frame.
13. Pool Policy
The pool is officially closed during swim team practices and meets. There are no lifeguards on duty. The baby pool will open at 11:00 a.m. during swim team practice.
The Mudskipper program is an opportunity for kids who are not ready for swim competition to develop their swimming skills and participate in the fun of the neighborhood swim team. The goal of the program is to prepare kids to move up to the competition team by the following season or within the season, if ready. The Mudskipper program also allows us to fuel the future of the Sundance Sailfish team by introducing kids to the sport of swimming in an age-appropriate and comfortable environment.
Please see the Mudskipper tab to learn more information about our program.