Arkansas Dolphins/Lasers are a year round swim team, with full time
coaching staff and expenses. Our fees are based on a year
round program and fall into several categories.
A variety of different training tools are
needed for swim training. These are items you purchase
yourself for training.
- Comfortable swim suit (training
suit) - available in many sizes, colors
and styles. Purchase at swim meets, online sites Little
Rock Athletic Club - Aquatics Dept. or Splashwear Aquatics in
Little Rock. Price varies, however cost should be between $30
- $50 for female suits, and $20 - $40 for male suits.
- Goggles - available at the same
locations as training suits. Price varies, however cost
should be between $10 - $30. Reflective lenses are needed
when swimming outdoors (summer). An extra pair of goggles or
extra straps for goggles should be available with the swimmers
equipment in case of loss or accidental breakage (it does
- Fins - available at LRAC - Aquatics
Dept., Splashwear Aquatics or online sites. Price will be
around $30 to $40.
- Swim Cap - available at swim
meets, online sites, LRAC Aquatics Dept. and Splashwear
Aquatics. Price will be from $5 - $10 and available in latex
(tighter fitting and less expensive) or silicone. Team cap
(latex) will be provided once each season to competitive swimmers,
and should be worn at swim meets. Silicone team caps will be
available for an additional price.
- Swim Bag - for storing all the
training items in along with your towels and dry
clothing. Available at online sites or Splashwear
Aquatics. Priced from $50 to $100.
- Paddles - available at LRAC
Aquatics Dept., online sites or Splashwear Aquatics. Price
will be from $10 - $20. Check with your coach to see if
paddles will be used for your training level.
- Center Mount
Snorkel - available at online sites or
Splashwear Aquatics. Price will be from $40 - $60. (Age
Group & Senior Level only)
- Kick Board - Many swimmers prefer to
purchase their own kickboard, although some will be available at
the Racquet Club pool for practices. If you choose to
purchase your own, they are available through online sites.
Prices range from $10 - $20.
- Pull Buoys - Many swimmers prefer to
purchase their own Pull Buoys. A limited number will be
available at the Racquet Club pool. Prices range from $10 to
suit - available at Splashwear
Aquatics, online sites and LRAC - Aquatics Dept. Price will
be from $50 - $100 (or more for more advanced swimmers). Suit
should fit as tight as possible, and only worn for swim
Goggles - Every swimmer should have extra
goggles for swim meets. Competition goggles are available,
however it is most important to have an extra pair of well fitted
goggles. Many times goggles will break a strap at a meet, and
you may not have the time to adjust a new pair. If the meet
is outdoors, make sure you have reflective lens goggles.
Prices on goggles range from $10 to $30 and even
Where to Purchase
Rock Athletic Club has a full supply of swim
equipment. Ask for the Aquatics Department.
Little Rock, Arkansas has a year round swim shop called
Splashwear Aquatics. They are located at
9855 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock, next door to Senor
Tequila. 501-753-4998 is their number. http://arswimwear.com/ is the link to their webpage.
Some of the many locations parents have successfully purchased
items online include:
http://djsports.com/ D & J Sports - headquartered in Dallas, TX
http://www.swimoutlet.com/ SwimOutlet.com with their free shipping on orders
http://www.speedo.com/ Speedo’s own website
http://www.nike.com/index.jhtml#l=nikestore,swimming&re=US&co=US&la=EN Nike’s swim area
http://www.tyr.com/shop/ TYR’s swim site
Meet Expense Fees
Swim meets are paid for according to your
participation. When you choose to swim in a swim meet, you
will enter online and will pay for only the events you are
swimming. There is no fee if you don’t swim in the
meet. The meet fees are divided up into surcharges and entry
fees. The surcharge is an amount you pay per athlete.
This is typically $6 per swimmer for most meets, and $16 per
swimmer for meets held in University of Arkansas pools (UALR or U
of A) and covers relay fees. Additionally, you pay an amount
based on how many events you will be swimming in. The
charge is usually $2.50 per event for Arkansas meets.
So, meet charges will run from $10 - $30 per meet, depending on
the type of meet, location of the meet and how much you swim.
This entry fee is billed by the Booster Association and due by the
19th of each month. There are no refunds; after the team
deadline, the team hosting team already has the check. If you
sign up for a meet, you must pay for the meet, there are no
Swim meets have a dual purpose. They give our swimmers the
opportunity to race. But they are also used as fund
raisers for the host team, and the LSC (Local Swim Committee - in
our case ASI or Arkansas Swimming, Inc.). Money raised by ASI
helps all Arkansas swimmers. This money is
used to send Arkansas swimmers to Zones, Nationals and
No swim team can exist without the additional
help of sponsors and workers. Our swimmers all have
many additions to their training and competition with help
from some wonderful corporate sponsors. OneBanc, Stephens,
Inc., TYR, Little Rock Racquet Club, Little Rock Athletic Club to
name a few. There is always room for more. The
Dolphin-Laser Booster Association is a 501(c)3 organization,
and as such most donations are tax deductible.
When we host a swim meet, we need lots of volunteers. One of
the primary purposed of hosting a meet is to raise money for
the team. We depend on help financially and with your