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FT Middle School Swimming

FTMS Swimming

 

Middle School swimming is separate from the club team…but closely linked in many ways.  Here are the highlights:

  • Swimmers have a lot of fun swimming for their school!  Middle school swim is combined East and West!
  • Swimmers in grades 6-8 attending FTMS East and West are eligible to tryout for the Middle School team.
  • All swimmers must tryout for the middle school team even if they are already on the club team.  The school schedules tryouts in December.
  • “Pay to Participate” applies for swimming middle school just like all other Franklin Township school sports.  These fees have been suspended for the 16-17 school year but any costs from the school (caps, shirts, transportation, etc) are separate from club and the responsibility of the athlete’s family.
  • Middle School coach(es) will likely be part of the existing Flashes Aquatics coaching staff.
  • It is not guaranteed that all swimmers from the Club team will be selected for the Middle School team.  There are many factors that go into the selection process, including the total number of athletes on the team.  None of this criteria is determined by the club.
  • If you are selected & join the Middle School team, you switch from club practices to middle school practices.  We don’t double practice.

During middle school season (mid December through the 1st week of March), club swimmers who are selected for the Middle School team have the option to remain on the club team and continue to participate in club meets, or swimmers may choose to leave the club team until the spring/summer season that starts back up in April.   All swimmers, regardless if they are selected for Middle School and choose to remain on the club team during middle school season, will be billed for December.  Depending on when the 1st MS practice starts, there may be a partial credit for December; such credits will not exceed 50% of the monthly dues. Those choosing to remain a member of the club team once Middle School season starts, will be billed $15 each month for January and February.

You will need to decide which of the following options applies to your swimmer:

If your swimmer is selected for the Middle School team …

  • YES- My swimmer(s) would like to remain on the club team during middle school season.
    • My swimmer(s) will be eligible for club meets and for championship meets (Divisionals or State - with required qualifying times).
    • My account will be billed for the month of December (partial credits may be issued)
    • My account will be billed $15 for the months of January and February.
    • My account will be billed for my swimmer’s participation in club meets. 
    • Swimmers qualifying for championship meets (Divisionals or State - with required qualifying times) will be advised of the March club fees once those are set based on practices and meet dates.
  • NO - My swimmer(s) would NOT like to remain on the club team during middle school season.
    • My swimmer(s) will be NOT eligible for club meets OR for championship meets (Divisionals or State - with required qualifying times).
    • My account will be billed for the month of December. (partial credits may be issued)
    • Swimmers qualifying for championship meets (Divisionals or State - with required qualifying times) will NOT be eligible to register for the meet under Flashes Aquatics.
    • My swimmer(s) will be eligible to re-join the club team for the Spring/Summer season 2018.

If your swimmer is not selected for the Middle School team or did not try out for the Middle School team …

  1. Your swimmer is in Middle School but was not selected for the middle shool team or decided not to tryout for the middle school team, they can continue with the club team during the winter.  Your account will be billed the full monthly charges for December, January, and February.  Not all swimmers are selected for the middle school team and some swimmers choose not to join the middle school team.
  2. Your swimmer is in Middle School but does NOT attend Franklin Township Community Schools, they can continue with the club team during the winter.  Your account will be billed the full monthly charges for December, January, and February.  Swimmers must attend FTMS to be eligible for middle school swimming