Who can tryout and what does the swimmer have to do?
Aulea actively recruits year-round. We welcome swimmers age 7 to 18. Good freestyle and basic knowledge of breast and back strokes are expected. Basic butterfly is desirable. The Beginner group regularly swims 800-1000 yards a day. A swimmer should be able to do sets in lengths of 25, 50 and sometimes 100 yards. Swimmers without this ability often receive private lessons from an outside instructor and then come to join Aulea.
Is there a beginning group for younger swimmers?
No. Aulea does not have a Learn to Swim class. Our youngest group has the minimum skill discussed above.
When are tryouts?
Please call 263-SWIM (7946) for an appointment. Please avoid coming without appointments. For other information you can e-mail email@example.com.
The team conducts daily swim workouts between 5 pm and 7 pm, Monday through Friday. The younger swimmers finish earlier. They do not need to swim all five days but a minimum of three days a week is recommended to progress.
Meets: Who does my child compete against?
The beauty of the US Swimming format is they have swimmers compete against others of similar ability. To do this they have divided swimmers into divisions. There are separate times by age; the age groups are 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. You will hear about them at meets and potlucks. In brief, a 'C' swimmer has no time. There are time levels for each age group, they increase in their competitiveness in the following order: 'B', 'A', 'AA' (can go to an Invitational), 'Qual' (can go to the State Meet), 'Zone' (can go the the regional US Zone Meet). After that it does not matter how old you are, you are fast and can go to 'Sectionals' or further. So at a meet the swimmer with an 'A' time in the 50 breast competes for ribbons with other 'A' swimmers, even if there are 'AA' swimmers in the same heat. The perception of the swimmer is they move up a ladder. You can look forward to them proudly proclaiming: I got my 'A' time!
Is there play time during practice?
In general, no. There is both conditioning and stroke technique work that occupies most of the practice time. On some Fridays there are some 'games'. Keep in mind that there is camaraderie, and team spirit that should be experienced with practice. And for the children that stick with swimming, there is a lot of gratification when they see their times improve. It takes time to see that improvement. I would recommend to a new swimmer that they commit to a 6 month trial. That will give them enough time to get through the initial learning curve and be rewarded for their efforts!
How much does the team cost?
Dues are paid on a monthly basis: $72 for the first swimmer and $55 for each additional swimmer from the same family. In addition there is a $65 annual registration fee for the United States Swimming organization ($34 for Seasonal membership - May through August). There are also entry fees for swim meets.
What supplies will the swimmer need?
For the tryout, wear a suit and bring a towel. Goggles are also recommended. Also, parents should bring a completed Tryout Form (see below).
Who do I contact for more information?
Call 263-SWIM. Also, look over the documents below beginning with "Read First..."
What form do I fill out?
Click here for the Tryout Form or get one at the pool. Note that other forms will be required for joining.
For prospective members who want to try out:
Tryout Form (Required to be submitted before new swimmers can enter the pool)