START OF THE SEASON TRYOUTS: We do not currently have any group evaluations scheduled. Due to the closure of the Emma Hood Swim Center, we are short on pool space this season. Our Copper group is currently full and we do not intend to add additional swimmers to that group at this time. We anticipate having spaces in Nickel and Silver/Gold. If, after reading the group requirements you feel like your swimmer might qualify for one of those groups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in a spot on the team, please check back in mid to late September for evaluation information. If your child is a true beginner, however, we do recommend a season of our recreational program to try the team on for size. Unfortunately, we will not be running our fall recreational program this season. We hope to resume that program in the winter.
If you are an experienced swimmer with PC-JO and/or USA Swimming A times or better, and you would like to try out the Gators, please contact us to set up a trial period - we may still have space for you.
Following each Open House, all participants are invited to TWO FREE WEEKS of practice with their recommended practice group, before making a final decision about whether to join the team. We do have each swimmer register for the team and pay registration fees in advance of the two-week trial. This way all of their contact and medical information is in our system in case of emergency. Those fees are refunded immediately if for any reason you tell us within the two weeks that you will not be joining the team.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q. What level or age does my child have to be to join the team?
A. There is no set answer to this question. The readiness of a child to join the team depends on a combination of factors. This can all be discussed at placement. In general, we accept children who are 5+ years old and are able to swim a lap in the pool unassisted and without stopping. The coaches also assess whether or not your swimmer is ready and able to participate in and successfully complete a one hour workout. No specific skill level is required in any of the competitive strokes, but your child is most likely to enjoy the program if they have some working knowledge of freestyle and backstroke.
The coaches reserve the right to decline swimmers whose inexperience or other attributes pose a safety risk to the group as a whole or to the individual swimmer even if they meet the above qualifications. Some attributes that may limit participation can include, but are not limited to, ability to follow directions, speed at which they are able to swim, or any other factor that the coaches notice during an evaluation. Please remember that even if your swimmer isn't ready yet, we are more than willing to evaluate them again in a few months. We are committed to on-boarding every interested swimmer once they can safely and ably participate in our program.
We want your swimmer's first experience with the team to be a positive one, so sometimes we will recommend a bit more time before joining.
Q. What do I need to bring to placement?
A. Swimmers participating in the Open Houses should bring a swimsuit, goggles, and towel. For individual placement appointments later in the year, swimsuit, goggles, towel, and a completed medical release form will be needed at the time of tryouts. Please make sure that a parent or other guardian accompanies the child to the evaluation.
Q. Can I chose the time that my child swims?
A. Swimmers are placed in practice groups according to their skill level, not their preference of times. Please note that is not always possible to have all siblings swim at the same time.
Q. How often is practice and what are the minimum number of practices my child must attend?
A. In general practice is offered 5 days a week. For the beginning levels of our team, our swimmers can come as many or as few days as they wish. As swimmers move up in levels, the minimum recommended practice days change.