Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to our FAQ's page, in here you will find
the most popular asked questions from how to join our team to who
are the coaches and what is our program format. If you have any
additional questions please ask them using our Contact Us
How can I
If your are interested
in more information about RMT, please see the team infromation menu
on this web site. Information on our training groups and their
requirements can be found under the Training group
menu. If you would like to join the team you must
attend a team tryout after the first week of September, if you do
not attend our free week of swimming (
Exceptions: swam at
least 1 year with a USA team, qualified for silver state, CSI
State, summer club league or summer club state. Call the head
coach for group placement.
Tryouts are designed to
accomplish 3 things:
1. To make sure
swimmer is ready for the competitive team.
2. To make sure that our
program is the best fit for the swimmer.
3. To determine what
group is best for the swimmer.
During a tryout week, a
swimmer should participate in at least 3
Is my swimmer ready for the Rocky Mountain
We are a highly
competitive, year round team and our swimmers are expected to
meet technique/training/meet attendance requirements as well as
minimum time and technique standards. 12 and Under swimmers are
expected to be able to swim the full length of a 25 yard pool
backstroke and freestyle, as well as demonstrating some knowledge
of butterfly and breastroke. 13 and older swimmers must be
able to do demonstrate all 4 strokes and swim at least a full 50
yards backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
The best way to know if
your swimmers is ready is to call or email the head
coach (720.295.3010 firstname.lastname@example.org
) and schedule a team tryout. We hold tryouts every week,
Mondays through Wednesdays after the first week of
How many days per week will my
This depends from group to group. Most of
our 8 and unders will have practices 2 or 3 days a week for about
an hour. As they progress through the program they will be given an
appropriate number of workouts for their age.
Are there tryouts?
have specific "tryout" days. However, these try outs are more for
both team and swimmers to try each other out. It really helps
coaches to determine what group or groups a swimmer should swim
swimmer isn't ready that is ok, swimming is a learned skill and
some swimmers will be recommended for more lessons – some may
be ready for a stroke clinic – some may need some more
experience before being ready for the upper levels at
a place for everyone in the sport of swimming! We will do our best
to place everyone that we can properly.
When can we
new swimmers will start in September each year, but you can join at
anytime. Just call the head coach and we will make it
will be coaching each group?
Right now, as we do not know the number of swimmers for each group.
Brent will be working with both the Senior and Age group swimmers
along with the prep kids on technique during certain
Alexis current groups are White and
Greg current groups are Blue and Black
Nathan current groups are Yellow and
Brent’s current groups are Senior Division
Masters 1 and 2 will be coached by Brent, Greg and
Will there be any other coaches?
We will be adding additional coaches as needed.
What about meets?
We try to attend a meet
every 4-6 weeks from October-July. Most of our meets are in the
Denver area but we do have a few opportunities for a travel as
well. Most of the meets have swimmers from many different teams in
Colorado (some even have swimmers from different states or
countries). We occasionally will have a smaller meet with just our
team. Some of the meets are for swimmers who are just 8 and younger
or 10 and younger – these are called 10 and under meets. Some
of the meets are for swimmers 9 and older. Some are for swimmers
faster than a certain time. Some are for swimmers who have not yet
reached a certain time. This will all be explained more clearly
once you are on the team! It really isn't that
there be a dry-land Program?
Over the last year Brent with the help of various dry-land
specialists has developed a dry-land program the best fits RMT
swimmers. All of the groups at RMT have some sort
of out of the water activity – this is called "dryland". We
start with the youngest swimmers and we teach them movements that
will help them in the water as well as helping their progression of
dryland training as they move from group to group on RMT. We slowly
build the amount of dryland that we do as the swimmers are ready
2. Can we take private stroke
You bet you can, just set up your lessons
with your coaches, outside of practice time.
Why are your monthly fees set at the price they
Since we are a coach owned and operated team, setting the lowest
price possible while still
obtaining the maximum pool time available is our goal. We feel that
kids 12 and up should be
getting four to five practices per week, each lasting at least one
and ½ hours. Some teams in
our area are lower in cost but do not offer the amount of pool time
that we feel would be
beneficial for swimmers of that age.
Is there a Board of Directors?
As RMT is a non‐profit corporation, there is a board of
directors but there is not a parent board. We are coach owned and
5. What is the parent’s
We will need assistance from parents that
are willing to help with our Thunder Club. This club helps with
social events, team travel arrangements, website development and
maintenance. They will help with team newsletters and new parent
orientations. We also believe coaches should coach and parents
should parent and swimmers should swim. Most of us prefer it that
way. Open communication is vital and will occur. PLEASE COME AND
TALK TO US IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.
Are Parents allowed on deck during practices?
You may observe for the first and last 10 minutes of practices,
otherwise, we ask the pool area be reserved for swimmers and
coaches to focus on the task at hand. We feel this allows your
swimmer to take ownership of their own swimming, which is necessary
for their successful, long‐term progression in the sport. If
you need to be on deck, you may with a coach's
Most club teams do fundraising. Does this team?
At this time we do not anticipate any fundraising activities for
this team. The RMT USA Swimming Membership Fee is designed to get
rid of the need for fund raising. We pursue sponsorships and
donations of course. However, we do, do a fundraising events every
fall and spring to help a local charity and over the last 6 years
we have raised over $85,000 for these
Can my child participate in High School Swimming and RMT swimming
at the same time?
We love our swimmers to swim high school and encourage them to
participate. During the actual high school competitive season for
either girls or boys, if a swimmer chooses to compete for their
high school, they should train with their high school team at least
3 days a week (except for official non‐contact days) and
least 2 days with RMT. Some swimmers may choose not to compete for
their high school teams and they will continue to train with RMT
and compete in USA swimming meets. This helps create a team
atmosphere for the high school and eliminates any potential for
conflict of interest. This concept is strongly supported by most
high school coaches. We are open to meeting with your high school
coach to discuss season plans if desired. Talk to Coach Nick or
Brent if you have any questions.
Is my swimmer allowed to swim both RMT and a Summer Club
Unfortunately, Summer Club Swimming in the local area does not
allow swimmers to be on a USA team and a Summer Club Team at the
same time. However, RMT is a huge supporter of local Summer Club
teams. We do our best to get kids ready for summer club if they
wish to swim it. We strongly encourage swimmers to stay with us
over the summer but support any choice the swimmer makes in this
How should interested swimmers be approached?
USA Swimming does have a strict recruiting policy and RMT expects
all future and current members to adhere to these guidelines. If
you are approached by a current member of a USA Swim team that is
interested in RMT, have them contact a RMT coach via
Please contact an RMT Coach if you have
further questions or
need clarification. Thank You.