(SWIM SEASON) CALENDAR
8025 Waterman Rd, Sacramento, CA 95829
2021 TSUNAMI TEAM
year the official team swim suit will again be the
TYR Phoenix Splice, black with yellow accents.
The team suit is optional but recommended for all meets. We suggest
you consider purchasing 1-2 inexpensive suits for practice. Boys
have the option to choose between the jammer or racer style. Suits
can be ordered through our online “storefront” at Swim
Northern California Swim League
rules require that only official team suits, or swimsuits of
similar or lesser technical construction, are allowed in any league
competition meets. High-performance technical and/or compression
suits are prohibited.
Parents and family members'
participation are necessary to ensure the success of the Sac
Town Tsunami at both home and away meets. Assistance in the various
activities involved in operating a meet, such as timing swimmers,
running the ready bench, or working in the snack bar are needed in
order to accomplish a well-organized and efficiently-run
meet. This makes the meet more
fun for swimmers, parents, and other participants.
Prior to the first
meet of the season, parents and family members will be
directed to this website to sign up for areas you feel
comfortable helping with. We will need 1-2 family
members to help for at least half of each meet. But don't
worry, every task will have a great view of the pool, so you
won't miss a single race your kids participate in.
Every effort will be
made to accommodate everyone's primary choices; however, you may be
asked to assist in another assignment on meet day. Once assigned,
it will be your responsibility to obtain an alternate if an
unforeseen event prevents you from participating in your
assignment. An alternate list will be provided for each job
assignment. And as a last resort, you can always contact the
Volunteer Coordinator for assistance.
On meet day,
volunteers with job assignments must check-in with the Volunteer
Coordinator at least one half hour before the start of the
meet. This will allow the Volunteer Coordinator time to assess
assignments and ensure all positions are staffed appropriately and
SWIM MEET FAQs
What should I bring to
a swim meet?
Remember to mark your items for
- Swim Suit
- Extra clothes
- Something to sit on (sleeping
bag, old blanket, etc.)
- Parkas/Sweats to keep warm and
- Games (cards, travel games,
coloring books, books, etc.)
- Food (in a small cooler).
- Suggestions for items to bring: fruit juice or
Gatorade; granola bars, fruits, yogurt, cereal, sandwiches.
- Water, please avoid sodas,
carbonated drinks, sugary drinks.
- Pop-up Tent
- Money for snack bar
What if we have to
leave early for a meet or my swimmer can’t be
If you are going to miss a meet or
leave a meet early contact a coach or a board member as soon as you
possibly can, the earlier the better.
In case of sudden illness, family
emergency, etc, please call/text Katie Feldman at
Is there a minimum
number of swim meets my child is required to
Yes - To qualify for participation
at Championships, a swimmer must swim in at least two events at two
conference meets. The board member in charge of records keeps track
of all swimmers to make sure everyone meets this league
Do I have to attend
all meets with my child?
It is fully expected that at least
one parent/guardian attend the meet to supervise and cheer on their
own child. The team is not responsible for your child’s
conduct during the time in between – the parent is. Please do
not drop your child off and assume that someone else is responsible
for them – they need you!
Does my child have to
stay in the team area?
As long as your child stays in the
general area, the team will try their best to get them organized
and make sure they know when to get to the ready bench on time.
Please keep in mind if your child does not stay in the team area it
will be your job to get them to the ready bench on time. Make sure
your child understands this, as sometimes they leave the team area
without your knowledge.
What should a swimmer
do when they have completed a race?
When a swimmer is done with their
race they should wait until all competing swimmers have reached the
finish wall. All swimmers should congratulate their neighbor
on a good swim either at the finish wall or exiting the pool area.
This includes the last swimmer in relays. Announcers
will let them know when to exit the pool. Remember to keep
ALL comments positive including the opposing team. Practice good
sportsmanship at all times.
Why is Champs two days
and do I need to go to both days?
Champs meets last for two days
(Saturday and Sunday) from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
with check-in at 6:30am on both days. Saturday events start with
the Preliminaries for the individual medley (IM), short free, and
back. There is a short break and then Finals for IM, free,
backstroke, and medley relays are ran. Sunday events start
with Preliminaries for the long free and continue with
Preliminaries for the breaststroke and butterfly. After a
short break, the Finals for long free, breast, fly and free relays
Events for 6 & Unders are on
Once you have determined that your
swimmer is NOT in the Final Relay and you wish to leave, please do
not do so without checking with the coach or board member to verify
your swimmer is or is not in a Finals Relay. A missing swimmer
will cause a relay team to scratch and forfeit any chance for team
points or individual medals.
What do I need to
bring to Champs?
Bring double the items you
normally bring for meets since Champs are 2 days. You may also want
to bring money for purchases at the snack bar, programs, or
championship apparel. Make sure to have adequate shade for your
section in the team area as well as plenty of water and sunscreen;
Championships are in the middle of the summer and it's usually
COMMITTING OR DECLINING YOUR SWIMMER FOR
It's very important that
you let your coach (and your team) know if you are not going
to be at a swim meet. We starting planning the meet 6 days in
advance of the meet and the coach determines which event each
swimmer will swim at. The coach also decides who will swim in
By the time the Thursday
before the meet arrives, we have already sent our meet file to our
registar or the opposing team's registrar. On swim meet mornings,
we have only a few minutes to update the computer system with the
swimmers that didn't show up. This is a very quick window to update
our relays and our heats.
We can't stress enough
how important this process is.
Here is an <<<
instructional sheet >>> on how to commit/decline your
stands for the Northern California Swim League. We are 1 of 23 swim
teams that swim under the league umbrella.
The league is broken up
into 5 conferences (Comstock, Gold Rush, Eureka, Mother Lode,
Nugget). In years past, Tsunami has swum in the Nugget and Mother
Lode conferences. Conferences are determined by swim team size. The
bigger the team, the higher up in the conference they
During the swim season,
each conference swims against each other throughout the summer
(Tsunami v Rio Vista, Tsunami v Highlander, Rio Vista v
Highlander). Then there is a championship meet at the end of their
season for each conference which brings all those conference teams
together at one location for a 2-day swim
For 2021, NCSL is doing
things a little differently. Normally each conference sets their
own dual swim meets, but because many teams are not able to host
meets, NCSL has done the scheduling for us. They have also chosen
to forego conference lines which is why we are swimming against
new-to-us teams (Arden Park or Dixon) in addition to our normal
teams (Rio Vista).
There will not be a
conference championship this year so that means that your swimmer
can swim at as many or as little dual meets as you want. The
requirement to swim at at least 2 conference meets in order to
qualify for the championship has been lifted for
Why do I
have to pay $15 for the NCSL fee?
$15 that is paid to NCSL (separate of any Tsunami fees) is to
ensure that all our swimmers are covered under NCSL's insurance
policy. This fee is paid directly to NCSL through their website and
Why are we only
swimming in 1-hour cohorts?
rent our swim time from Southgate Recreation & Park District.
They control our current pool (The New Aquatic Center) as well as
our old pool (Fruitridge). They also have rules that we must follow
which is limiting the amount of swimmers in the pool, limiting the
amount of people on deck, and ensuring there is a safe transition
time between groups.
When they reopened the
pool last July, we were the first group to sign up and we
successfully held clinics in July, August, September, October,
November, February, March, April, and May. These clinics were held
to certain swimmer limitations, but we are proud to say that we
never had to turn anyone away. Everyone who signed up, even if they
signed up on the waitlist, made it into the
Many of SRPD's events
were put on hold during the pandemic, so they are playing catch up
and that unfortunately means that swim times for Tsunami are
limited. We are doing the best we can given the times that we
are given. For the 2021 swim season (June/July), we will have to
make do with 2 hours a night. This is definitely down from the
3-1/2 hours a night that we swam in 2019. We still don't want to
turn swimmers away, so our intention is offer a creative schedule
that will allow us to have as many swimmers as
Why was clinic so
Our clinics had to be
priced in order to pay for the pool time and our coaches. Since we
could only fit in 22 swimmers in per hour, we had to spread out the
cost throughout those swimmers. Now that we're at 44 kids per hour,
we can spread the cost throughout those 44 swimmers. Our creative
approach to the swim season will ensure that Tsunami is able to pay
for our pool time and our swim meets as well as for our