The Deerfield Bluefins is a community summer swim team and
is a member of the Irvine Swim League (ISL). The non-profit ISL is
organized and operated exclusively for providing the various Irvine
neighborhood swim teams with the opportunity to join and
participate in a summer swim league, with an emphasis on water
safety, stroke instruction and individual improvement.
According to the Irvine Swim League website the league was
founded in 1985 when there were only 260 swimmers on five teams
that first season. Now, representing twenty-two teams, over 2700
swimmers participated in the 2018 season.
Swim Practice Information
Practices are held every weekday in 2021 from June 7th to
August 13th. Swim practices are located at the
Junior Olympic Pool adjacent to Rock Springs Park in
Irvine. Practice schedule indicates "in pool" time
for swimmers. Please ensure you arrive 15 minutes early
to get ready and participate in team coaching/stretches 10 minutes
before call time. All personal items should be labeled with
swimmers first and last name with a sharpie pen.
Swim Practice Attire
Please review the following supplies for our season
that need to be with your swimmer at every practice. Please
write your child’s first and last name on ALL personal
items. We recommend keeping all your child’s towel and
supplies in a bag with their name on it as well. No shared
items except between family members allowed.
- Swimsuit - Click HERE for suit styles on our CAS team
store. Online team code: DFB.
- Swim Goggles - Click HERE for coach recommendations
- Swim Cap - Click HERE for coach recommendations
- Kick Board* - Click HERE for coach recommendations
- Swim Fins* - Click HERE for coach recommendations
* In prior years, the Deerfield Bluefins supplied
kickboards and fins for our swimmers. Starting in 2021, due
to COVID protocols, there will be no shared equipment. Stay
tuned for a flash sale of our stock pile of former gear in the
first few weeks of practice.
- CAS (Competetitive Aquatic Supply) -
Online team code: DFB. Or visit in store on Barranca &
Culver for help with sizing.
At the parent meeting on 5/26, Bluefins Team
apparal will be available for purchase and is highly encouraged to
show team spirit throughout the season.
Tentative Practice Schedule*
Group 1: 6-10 year olds (Blue) 2:00pm-2:50pm
Group 2: 8-12 year olds (Blue) 3:00pm-3:50pm
Group 3: 5-8 year olds (Gold) 4:00pm-4:50pm
Group 4: 9-12 year olds (Gold) 5:00pm-5:50pm
Group 5: 13 year olds and up dry land 5:00pm-5:50pm AND swim
*Please keep a look out for an email from your coaches with your
child's group before the start of the season. Practice grouping
is subject to change within the first weeks of practice,
depending on your swimmer’s abilities.
Swim Meet Details
A tentative schedule of the Saturday swim meets
is be posted on the "Events" tab once approved by the Deerfield HOA
and ISL. Our 2021 swim meets will most likely be intra-squad,
with the goal on time improvements. The
intra-squad meets will be much shorter in time, as there will
be fewer people. Should it be permissable, there may be a
possibility for dual meets with other local teams before the end of
At this time, there will not be a snack bar and a
masked, reduced occupancy will be allowed on deck. We hope to
keep these decisions fluid as guidance allows and will communicate
any changes with parents as the season gets underway.
Swim Meet Attire
Swimmers must wear competitive swim wear at all
swim meets. Click HERE for coach
recommendations on our CAS team store; typically
mandatory for all swim meets. With the intrasquad meets in
2021, a plain royal blue competitive swimsuit with no team
affiliations to any other swim clubs or schools will
be permitted with President approval. Stay tuned for
instructions on this approval process if you do not purchase an
official team swim suit from CAS. If you plan on
participating in the ISL Pentathalon or ISL Championships, a
Bluefins official swim suit will be mandatory.
- Swimmer Fee Child 1 is $290 which includes:
- A $50 Irvine Swim League fee,
- One swimmer official Bluefins tee shirt,
- One swimmer official Bluefins swim cap for the ISL Champs
- Multiple swimmer per family discounts offered.
- A $300 deposit check per family for volunteer committments.
* Provided ISL Champs Swim Meet proceeds as planned
per the current COVID protocols.
Current COVID Procedures
The Deerfield Bluefins is working closely with the
Irvine Swim League to ensure we are in compliance with City, County
and State guidelines and regulations. We are closely
monitoring the changes to COVID protocols and will adapt these
proceedures as needed. Please be patient with us during this
process as we expect our proceedures to adapt as our tiers and
reopening plans change.
At this time, due to HOA pool capacity restrictions,
plan on wearing a mask at all times while on the pool
deck/restrooms and maintining an acceptable social distance from
other families. All persons 2+ years will be asked to use
hand sanitizer prior to entering the pool facility.
During practice, the coaches in the water will
wear face shields. Swimmers will be limited to 6 kids per
lane. There will be a 10 minute time period for clean-up between
each swim group. At this time, there will not be an open
swim lane, as in prior years. All 6 lanes will be used for
practice to spread out swimmers. At the end of practice
times, all swimmers will be required to leave the pool deck.
According to the Deerfield HOA pool signage posted, the
following guidelines should be followed:
- By entering the pool area, you take responsibility for your own
protection and for disinfecting your hands and anything you touch
in the pool area.
- Use your own handsanitizer before entering the pool facility.
- Do not enter the pool area if you have a cough, fever or any
symptoms of illness.
- Per City of Irvine, wear a face covering when you are not in
the swimming pool.