Q: What is the WVSC and its
A: The Wallkill Valley Swim
Conference is a summer recreational program that is committed to
the development of the enjoyment of swimming while teaching
responsibility, camaraderie, sportsmanship with respect for
teammates and opponents, and establishing a positive attitude
towards competition. Summer recreational swimming is defined as a
program to encourage children to swim for self-improvement, to
establish a team identity and philosophy, and to develop a love for
a sport that could benefit them in the future. Coaches, parents,
and swimmers are to view competition with a positive attitude
whether the team or individual is victorious or not. These are
children and we want them to gain from this summer recreational
program is team spirit, self-worth, and a positive attitude about
themselves, others, and competition.
Q - Where can I find our meet
A - The meet schedule will be
known the last week of May. You will find the schedule on the HOME
page of this website through the bottom tab to the lefft of the
homepage. This will let you know when everything is
Q - How old do I need to
be a Newton Shark?
A - Swimmers must be
between ages 5 and 18 as of July 1st
Q - I'm a new swimmer.
What if I've never competed before?
A - That's okay! You just
need to swim 25 yards without assistance.
Q - I'm going to miss a
practice. What do I do?
A - While practice is
very important, we understand a missed practice here and there.
There is no need to contact coaches in these cases. If you will
miss a week of practice due to vacation, please tell your
Q - When is
A - Practice is offered
twice a day: AM and PM. 7:45AM 11 and up; 8:45AM 10 and
under. SIX AND UNDERS practice at 8:45AM EXCEPT for the first week
of practice due to varying school schedules. 6PM practice open to
ALL AGE groups EXCEPT 6 and unders the month of July. We ask
swimmers to attend only ONE practice per day.
Q - What do I bring to
A - Swimmers are
expected to be ready for practice at start time. Come prepared for
practice - wear your swim suit! Bring a towel, cap, goggles, and a
water bottle. We ask that all swimmers apply their sunscreen at
least 30 minutes before practice so it doesn't wash off in the
Q - What do I bring to a
A - Wear your team suit
and bring your team cap, goggles, towel, water bottle, snacks
and/or money for the snack stand, and a sweatshirt. It gets cool at
Q - How many meets during
A - We normally
have 4 home meets, 3 away. A current calendar will
be available in May.
Q - I'm going to miss a
meet. What do I do?
A - Please tell your
coach 48 hours prior to the meet. If you discover the day of the
meet that you will be late or miss the meet, please call/text Coach
Q - How many meets do I
need to swim in?
A - Team policy mandates
that swimmers participate in no less than 50% of our scheduled home
AND away meets.
Q - How will I know if I
qualify for Championships?
A - Qualifying times can
be found under the CHAMPIONSHIPS tab of this website. Coach Jess
will also publish cut off times and swimmers qualifying times
approximately the third week of July.
Q- What is the
A - The NW Jersey
Invitational is an all-day swim meet that the Newton Swim Team
hosts every summer. It is an all-day team building event where we
compete against 12 other teams and hopefully bring home a trophy
– or more! It is also another opportunity to qualify for
championships. Swimmers get to choose what events they want to
swim! Choose up to 4 events – including some 100 meter events
- to improve times for championships. The top 12 places are
awarded with ribbons and medals.
Q – What are Time
A – The Kittatinny
Barracudas host an evening event in conjunction with the WVSC
Swim-a-long. Unlike the invitational, this is not a team
competition, but an opportunity to swim 4 chosen events to improve
times for championships and raise money for our league chosen
Q – Swim-a-long?
All teams in the Wallkill
Valley Swim Conference collectively raise funds for a common cause.
This year, all teams will swim laps for one hour to raise money for
the Sussex County Food Bank. Swimmers are asked to solicit sponsors
by lap or for a set donation. For example, 10 cents or more per lap
OR a set dollar amount donation for the event. Newton Sharks can
swim more than 100 laps and more when motivated by a good
Q - What can parents do
to help the team?
A - This is a family run
swim team. The only paid adults are the coaches - all parents
volunteer to help run the meets and team. If you haven't
already, complete BOTH volunteer forms found in the documents
section. Families are expected to volunteer to work at least THREE
separate meets. Families are asked to donate food items for at
least two meets OR OPT OUT of food donations with a
$30 donation. Store bought donations for the Invitational are
MANDATORY as this is our largest fundraiser.
Q - I don't know how to
work a swim meet. What can I do?
A - NO experience needed!
We will teach you! While we won't be able to host our
traditional Mock Meet this year, we do encourage new parents to
shadow veteran parents during our first meet. Partner up and learn
how easy it is to run a meet as a team of parent
Q - Want to get more
A - Just ask! You can
volunteer to join a committee or train to become a member of
the board! We need parents to help with scheduling,
membership, invitational, awards, end of season picnic, historical
records, and social media. It's a fun and fast paced
season. Join the parent side of the fun!