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Tidalwaves Swim Team is dedicated to providing access to the sport
of swimming and a high quality competitive experience for members
of our community to develop self-esteem, swimming skills,
sportsmanship, and a strong sense of team spirit and achievement.
We are open to swimmers of ALL ABILITIES ages 5-18.
and all teams in the Marin Swim League, depend on the active
support of the swimmer’s parents during the season. At least
one parent in each swimmer’s family is asked to work at swim
meets in which the child participates, or assist with other
team-related activities. During the course of a typical Saturday
meet, at least 50 adults representing the HOME team are “on
deck”. Throughout the season we have over 700 jobs filled by
parent volunteers! Training will be provided for all jobs, and
all volunteers need to check in at the Check In Desk at each swim
family will be required to complete at least 18 points worth
of volunteer service during the 2018 Tidalwaves season (~18
hrs.). The volunteer obligation is per family, regardless of the
number of swimmers in the family. Jobs must be chosen
on-line. Each job assigned to a family, but not completed, will be
assessed a $35 per point fine. It is the responsibility of
your family to know your assignments and to arrange a replacement
if necessary. For this purpose, all jobs and volunteer
contact information will be posted on-line. If you prefer, your
service commitment will be waived upon receipt of your
“buy-out” payment in the amount of $600.
Job opportunities will be
open for commitments as
of February 21st and
sign up pages can be found under the EVENTS/JOBS tab. Please
use the Event Category drop down and select "Volunteer
Jobs" to see the sign up pages. The categories of
volunteer jobs are: Full Season Jobs (18 points), Meet Jobs
(5 points/each), Team Event Jobs (3 points/each), and Event Lead
Jobs (13, 10, or 8 points).
more information on volunteering, read our
Volunteering page under our Program FAQ's.
read the job descriptions for all the possible volunteer
opportunities read our
Job Descriptions page (also under the Program FAQ
questions or issues with the sign-up system, volunteer points,
buy-outs etc., please contact the Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com).
For further information about a particular job, please
contact one of the volunteer leads.
On our team, everyone – coaches,
swimmers, referees and parents – has a responsibility to make
our practices and meets fun for everyone by embodying the
principles of good sportsmanship set forth in this plan. From the
shyest to the most competitive, there is a place for everyone on
Treat all swimmers, coaches,
spectators and referees as you would like to be
Swim for the “fun of it”
and not just to please your parents or coach.
Never argue with a referee or
Control your temper. Physical or
verbal abuse of other swimmers, coaches or officials will not be
NEVER use foul or inappropriate
Demonstrate your commitment to the
team. Be on time to all practices and
Appreciate good efforts, whether by
your team or your opponent.
Win (or lose) with GRACE. A quitter
never wins and a winner never quits.
Give 100% all the time, and know that
how hard you try is more important than winning or
When unsupervised, behave as you are
expected to behave on the pool deck.
Families and Parents
Never ridicule or shout at your child,
or others, for making a mistake or losing a
Applaud good efforts, whether by your
team or your opponent, but refrain from coaching or directing
swimmers during the meet or at practice.
Let the swimmers swim, the coaches
coach, and the judges officiate.
Never question or argue with a referee
or judge. Trust their judgment and integrity and recognize that
they are volunteers.
Recognize the value and importance of
coaches who devote an enormous amount of their time to help and
educate your child. Respect and trust their judgment and
Communicate directly with the coach in
a positive manner with concerns for your child, respecting their
need to focus on the swimmers during meets or practice. E-mail and
phone number is provided: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 415-453-9563.
Help ensure that swimmers are on time
to every meet and practice.
Be on time and prepared for all your
Do not talk to your children while
they are practicing. Instead, talk to the coach if you need to get
your child’s attention for an emergency.
NEVER use foul or inappropriate
Support an alcohol, drug and
Accept the results of each race.
Encourage your child to be gracious in victory and turn defeat to
victory by working towards improvement.
Disciplinary Plan for Unsportsmanlike
Any behavior by a swimmer or parent
which does not meet the standards of the Code of Conduct may be
deemed “Unsportsmanlike” and subject the individual to
disciplinary action by the Tidalwaves Board of Directors. The Board
will treat parent or swimmer misconduct and unsportsmanlike
behavior very seriously. Our policy is intended to be
“self-policing” in that we expect all Tidalwaves
members to be on their best behavior at ALL
Parents and Swimmers are expected to
comply with Tidalwaves’ Code of Conduct. Complaints or
observations of behavior contrary to the Code should be documented
and submitted to the Tidalwaves Board.
Please provide as much detail as
possible with examples. Please provide date, time and
location of observations. If possible, provide documentation
from multiple sources.
The Tidalwaves Board reserves the
right, at any point in the season, to dismiss a child from the team
whose own behavior, or that of their parent,
doesn’t adhere to the Code. Disciplinary action, including
dismissal from the team may result if the Coaches or the Board are
informed about behavior which reflects badly on the Tidalwaves team
during team events.
Registered before 2/1/2018
Registered on or after 2/1/2018
|Regular Season 1st
Additional Swimmers' Fee
|High School Season
|Assessment Fee (only
for NEW 8 & Unders)
* Note the High School Swimmer Season
registration rate applies only to High School swimmers who, due to
commitments to their high school team cannot begin practicing with
Tidalwaves until the completion of their high school season in
** 'Additional Swimmer'
discount not applied for Tadpole swimmers. Higher tadpole
rate due to higher coach to swimmer
the popularity of our program, and capacity constraints at College
of Marin, Kentfield and Redwood High School, Tidalwaves is again
instituting caps on our registration numbers on an age group by age
group basis. If you attempt to register your child for an age
group and receive a message that the age group is full, we suggest
that you instead register for the Waitlist group and have your
child attend Splash Week assessments. If space opens up on
the team (or we are successful in negotiating additional pool time)
we will move swimmers from the waitlist to the team and you will be
2018 8 & Under Program
in 2015 we began requiring and scheduling assessments of New 8 & Under
swimmers prior to charging the full registration fee
and having the swimmer join the team. This year we are
scheduling early assessments for our newest and youngest swimmers
on a Sunday afternoon at Redwood, as well as 2 weekday afternoons
at College of Marin, Kentfield before Splash Week.
Well, we are
often asked if we think a child is ready for the team or if we
think s/he should register for Tadpoles or the team.
Always good questions, but really ones that can only be
answered through Coach assessment. With our approach, you will register for a $5.00
assessment, then sign up for a time slot, receive the coach's
assessment and know before the season starts if your young child
can register for our team this year, our tadpole program (if the
program time works for you), or continue to seek private lessons
for your child and try again next year.
fee for an assessment is $5.00. If Coach Marie feels
that your child is ready for the team, she will advise you, we
will move your child onto the team (or waitlist) and apply your
$5.00 assessment fee toward the registration fee.
Please note that Assessments are
only required for swimmers who will be 8 years or younger as
of our first meet of the season (usually the last Saturday in
What is the
Assessment Schedule for the Spring
Tidalwaves offers practice for
our New 8 & Unders at both College of
Marin, Kentfield and at Redwood, we
will be assessing these two groups of swimmers separately, as shown
in the chart below:
| Child's Practice
of Marin, Kentfield
||College of Marin, Kentfield*
pm - 3:30 pm
pm - 3:30 pm
pm - 2:30 pm
of Marin, Kentfield Address: 835
College Ave, Kentfield.
Ready Assessment" time for NEW 8 & Unders is available during Splash Week if your
swimmer cannot attend the February 4th, February 13th, or
February 15th assessments. However, we
strongly encourage attendance at these earlier
dates. Even if
cannot make the early assessment date, please choose "New 8
& Under Assessment" during registration anyway.
Anyone who registers to this group will have an opportunity to sign
up for a 20 minute assessment time slot via Sign Up
Genius. You will be contacted and your registration will be
completed after your child has been assessed as either ready for
tadpoles or the team.
Answers to Popular
your child is a NEW 8 & Under, but is a "Tadpole Graduate," please check
with Coach Marie directly on whether she would like to do a "Team
Ready" assessment of your tadpole graduate before you
determining your child's age, we use the date of our first dual
meet, so age as May 5th
for the 2018 season.
NEW 8 & Under swimmer's practice location is for you to
choose. COM is ideal for novice swimmers in
their first or second year of swim team experience and who can make
the earlier practice time. Redwood will have both first
and second year novice swimmers as well as more advanced 8 &
Unders and practice starts
later. Of course they can go to either, but it is best for
everyone (especially your swimmer) if you can try to stay
- Practices for
'team level' swimmers are offered at College of Marin from 3:00 -
3:30 pm Tu, Th, Fri. Ideal for Bacich K-2nd
graders. And, yes, they will have the option to attend
practice at Redwood as well--but it is better for everyone,
including your child if you try to make all practices at one
is offered at Redwood from 5:30 - 6:00 pm on Monday
- Friday for our most novice 8 & Unders and from 5:30 - 6:15 for our more advanced 8
is offered ONLY at College of
Marin from 2:30 - 3:00 pm on T, TH, F. We regret we do
not have enough pool space to offer this program at a later time or