The Arlington Muskie Swim Team is a recreational swim program for youth up to 18 years of age. The emphasis of the program is placed on learning competitive skills, enjoyment of the sport, and lifelong participation in swimming. The program is designed with the mid-level swimmer in mind. The Muskie Swim Team competes in dual meets and finishes the season with a championship meet. It is the intent of the program to produce well-rounded swimmers with good technique.

In order to maintain a quality program and accommodate a large number of swimmers, the team will be split into two squads. We believe that the two-squad system allows swimmers to compete and place in more events at dual meets. This will allow each individual to gain self-esteem and confidence by competing against other swimmers at their appropriate level. Squads will be determined using time trials or times achieved at an Arlington Heights Park District Swim Meet. The top overall swimmers in each age group will make up the black squad and the remainder of the swimmers will make up the red squad. A red squad will not be formed for any age group/gender that has less than 12 swimmers.

Muskies Swim Requirements:

  • 6-8 year olds must be able to swim 25 yards of the pool proper freestyle with rhythmic breathing. Swimmers should be able to demonstrate knowledge of backstroke and breaststroke. Swimmers must also be able to practice for one hour and follow instructions given by the swim coach.
  • 9-10 year olds must be able to swim 50 yards of the pool with good technique of freestyle and backstroke. It is helpful if swimmers have knowledge of all four competitive strokes and can demonstrate skills in each. Swimmers must also be able to swim for an hour practice and follow instructions given be a swim coach.
  • 11-18 year olds must be able to swim three competitive strokes for at least 100 yards with good technique. Swimmers must have knowledge of all four stokes, dives and turns and be able to swim for at least an hour and a half while following instructions given by the swim coach.

*Swimmers not meeting minimum requirements for Muskies may be re-directed to our Otters Swim Team program or swim lessons.*

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