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The Lake Isle Swim and Dive Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers from ages 5 to 17. A swimmer must not be older than 17 as of July 1. It is the goal of the Lake Isle Swimming and Diving Team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each  to the best of THEIR abilities.  We compete in dual meets for the month of July followed by championship meets in August.

The Preteam program allows young swimmers to be instructed in competitive swimming techniques, preparing them for the Team. To join our Preteam, a child must be between the ages of 5 and 8, able to swim the width of the pool twice with minimal assistance, have the ability to be on their backs in the water and put their face underwater while stroking.  Preteam practices are from 12:30 to 1:30 PM each day after school is out until the last Friday in July.  All our coaches can assist you with private lessons.  Please speak to them directly. 

 

Please see the Swim Group Tab for more detail on the Swim, Dive and Preteam. 

 

       FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE TEAM

  • The Family must be a member of Lake Isle. (There is an exception for Town residents over 16; in that case a junior membership is sufficient, but you must live in Eastchester, Tuckahoe or Bronxville just like for the pool resident membership.  If you are an out-of-town resident the front desk may tell you a Junior Membership is sufficient.  It is to be a member of the pool but not the team.  This is a conference rule and we must enforce it.)
  • The ability to swim at least two strokes. 

2. PRACTICE

  • The first Monday in June will be the first day of practice for all, including returning team members. This includes any Preteam member from the year before who wishes to move up to the Team level. Attendance is important; we understand there are still many obligations during the month of June so it is important that the swimmers attend as many practices as possible.  Check out the calendar for the practice times which are between 3:30 to 5:30 PM and divided by age group.
  • After the Eastchester Schools are out of session for the year (June 26, 2019), practice is in the morning and is scheduled between 8:30 to 11:30 AM and ranges from 1 hour to 2 hours. Groups are divided by age and ability. The Head Coach will advise your child which practice they will attend after placement.
  • Attendance is required daily, Monday through Friday.  No practice on the weekends!
  • Our Website now has the ability to send a text to your phone when there is a cancellation. Please sign up online under your account for SMS (text messaging capability).  You can also list two additional emails to your account. All email and SMS accounts must be verified or messages will not be sent to them.

3. MEETS

  • There are five dual meets during the month of July. 
  • This year there will be 3 home meets at Lake Isle and 2 at other clubs.  Directions to all clubs are available online at wcsc.usswim.net or on the Website under the event.
  • Swimmers can compete in 4 strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.  A swimmer can only swim in 4 events at any meet; diving counts as an event.
  • Competition is divided by boy/girl and age group: 6 & Under, 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under and 17 & Under. Diving is 10 & Under, 13 & Under and 17 & Under.
  • There are also relays at every dual meet where teams of 4 swimmers compete in a freestyle race. 
  • While we are a very competitive team, every child has an opportunity to participate at meets.
  • Please notify the Coach of any times you will miss a meet in writing, either by note at practice or through email.  Having your child mention it at practice is not effective notice. 

4. CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS

  • The culmination of our competitive season takes place during the “Counties” at Rye Playland Pool where we compete against all of Westchester County’s Country Clubs and Pool Teams.  There are 4 nights of competition encompassing all strokes, age groups from 10 and Unders and older (no 6 & Unders or 8 & Unders), IM’s (individual medley-a race of all 4 strokes) and relays both medley (4 swimmers-one for each stroke) and freestyle.
  • The second week of August finishes the competitive season with the “Conferences” where Lake Isle competes only against those teams in the (Southern) Westchester Swim Conference.  Specific age groups compete at trials on one of 3 days (6 & Unders included).  Finals for all age groups are held at the Westchester Country Club on the last day, Thursday. Diving competitions take place on the Friday before swimming competitions. 
  • These competitions require a certain level of skill, so not all teammates participate, but all are invited to cheer on the team.

5. PRETEAM

We are very proud of our Preteam Program where swimmers are instructed in competitive swimming techniques, preparing them for the Team. Please note these are not swim lessons for the child who has not been in the pool before.

  • To join our Preteam, a child must be between the ages of 5 and 8, able to swim the width of the pool twice with minimal assistance, have the ability to be on their backs in the water and put their face underwater while stroking.  The child should be able to swim in some form.
  • Please see the calendar for the dates to bring your child for a tryout.  There is a limit of approximately 50 swimmers, representing an 8:1 ratio of swimmers to coach. 
  • Selection of Preteam swimmers is at the discretion of the Head Coach. 
  • All Preteam applicants must register for the Preteam online and make a payment in advance of the scheduled tryout dates.   If your child does not make the team, your money will be refunded.  
  • Refunds for children who decide not to participate after practice begins will be made until June 30.   You may request a refund by emailing the Treasurer.  Click on the Coaches & Board Tab in the upper left hand corner for the Treasurer.
  • At the end of the season we hold a Preteam Ribbon Meet, where our Preteam members proudly display their accomplishments of the season and are awarded medals.  The children celebrate with an Italian Ice Party afterwards. 
  • Preteam members may be called on to swim in meets.  The coaches will let you know if your child is going to swim at a meet.

6. ANNUAL AWARDS FAMILY DINNER

  • The Annual Awards Family Dinner at the club for all team members and their families.  We celebrate our season, awarding participation trophies and special accomplishment trophies.  Our Publicity team provides us with a slide show commentating our season. Children aged 14 and under are not permitted to attend without an accompanying adult. 

7. SWIMSUITS

  • Our team suit is a new design this year. You will be able to order your team suit and other Lake Isle merchandise online. Info is available on our website. The swim suit fittings will be on deck in the afternoons in June (please check the calendar).  You will have the opportunity to purchase other Lake Isle merchandise as well, through the Team Store. 
  • Team suits are not required for Preteam members, but you may purchase them.
  • Team T-shirts are provided to all members of the Team and Preteam along with a Lake Isle swim cap, drawstring bag and an identifying carabiner for their swim bags.

8. COMMUNICATIONS

  • Email is our main form of communication.  Please make sure we have your correct email.  We can take up to three email addresses and 2 SMS numbers. Please check the Team Website. We also send SMS or text messages. The email or phone number must be verified to receive emails or messages.  If it is not verified it may be removed by the system.
  • We utilize the team bulletin board located by the lap lanes to post results of our meets and notify members of any special events or changes to our schedule. 

9. VOLUNTEERS

  • We are a volunteer organization.  Although we receive assistance from the Town of Eastchester and the use of the Pool from Lake Isle, all aspects of the Team are run by volunteers, except for the coaching. 
  • To run our swim meets we require the assistance of our family members.  We also need assistance for the many events we sponsor for the team.  You can volunteer by signing up online after your registration is complete..  We will train you for any or all of the jobs you volunteer for and you will always have an experienced person to assist you.  You are able to watch and enjoy your child’s swimming while timing, running, ribbon writing or scoring.  
  • If you are not available for swim meets, you can volunteer for one of our Standing Committees.
  • If you are not able to participate at all, we do require an “opt-out” fee be paid. 
  • We will have special training this year for scorers and diving.
  • Note:  The volunteer rule applies to Team Member parents and although we welcome your help, families with only Preteam membership do not have to volunteer or pay the “opt-out” fee.

10.  COST

  • Swim and dive team registration fees are $150 for first child/ $125 for second child and $100 for each child thereafter plus a one-time family registration fee of $20 for the season. Preteam is $185 for each child on the Preteam with a one-time $20 per family registration fee. The sibling discount is not applicable for Preteam. There is also a $50 opt-out fee if you do not wish to volunteer for the season (please note the opt-out only pertains during the regular season and not during Championship weeks in August).