March 10, 2021
Team online registration is now open for the 2021 summer season for returning swimmers! New swimmers will start March 22. We look forward to celebrating the 51st anniversary of our team this year and would love to have you join us! Coach Kayleigh is returning as head coach, and Elle, Alec and Fiona will all be our Age Group Coaches. We plan also to have a few junior coaches to help with the younger groups.
While some things may look different, we will be offering plenty of opportunities in the water as usual and as many fun Fridays and traditions that we can safely do.
In-water practice will run from June 7 to July 23. We are planning on a daily morning practice schedule similar to years’ past This will be confirmed when we have final registration numbers.
We have dates reserved for four conference duals: June 15, 22, 29 and July 13. More may be added. The host will be determined for each week. If neither can host, the meet will be virtual. At this time, Huntley, McGuire Aquatics in Rockford and DeKalb YMCA are able to host meets.
The conference championship will be July 24 (and possibly 25) in DeKalb with multiple sessions. This means hell week for 13up will be July 12-16.
Some things to note:
- No parents will be allowed on deck.
- Village protocols for athletes and families at the pool are TBD (will share as this becomes available)
- There will be increased cleaning measures at the pool.
- Locker rooms will not be available so swimmers must arrive ready to swim and will go home in their suits.
- Evening practices will be from 7 to 9pm (with the schedule TBD)
- The 13up age group will be limited to 40 swimmers to accommodate restrictions.
- Plan to pickup immediately after practice ends.
- There will be no in-person parent meeting or suit try on. We will have apparel including suits and caps available soon for purchase.
Unfortunately, we are unable to host the Trails Invitational this summer, which is our biggest fundraiser every year. In its place, we are hosting a Swimathon on Saturday, June 26! This will be a fun social event for swimmers with a raffle, music and food! Be on the lookout for more information. We are asking that all families raise $100 in donations and pledges.Please let us know if you have any raffle prize suggestions or donations!
It is in anticipation of full participation in this event that the board decided to keep registration fees the same. If you would like to opt out of raising pledges for this event, there is an option for you to make a tax deductible donation to the team at registration.
We ask that you submit your registration checks before the early registration deadline of April 3 to hold your swimmer’s spot. We will not cash them until we are closer to the season, but we do need them on hand in order to pay our facility rental fee before the season starts. If you have a swimmer doing the evaluation at the beginning of the season, please send a note with the check (or write two checks) so that we can hold payment until after the evaluation period.
Mail registration checks to:
Trails Swim Team
PO Box 7752
Algonquin, IL 60102
QUESTIONS? Contact us! The full list of board members is available at the bottom of the Our Coaches page of the web site.
See you at the pool!
--The Trails Swim Team Board