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 schedule of the Saturday swim meets is be
posted on the "Events" tab. Our 2021 home swim meets
are intra-squad, with the goal on time improvements. The
intra-squad meets will be much shorter in time, as there will
be fewer swimmers. Should it be permissable, two dual meets
with other local teams have been scheduled for their pool
At this time, a limited snack bar with pre
packaged food may be available. Our swimmers and families
will set up camp sites outside of the pool deck and remain masked
when not socially distant. A reduced occupancy will be
allowed on deck for proper swim meet function and family viewing of
their child(ren)s races. 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 if not fully vaccinated at all times while
on the pool deck/restrooms. All persons will be asked to self
check symptoms prior to arrival and 2+ years will be asked to
use hand sanitizer prior to entering the pool facility.
During practice, all lanes will be used for practice
to spread out swimmers and the final 6th lane reserved for HOA
residents not on the team. 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.