Hammerhead Pups Practice Schedule:
Pups Practice: 11:00-11:30am
Interested swimmers will be evaluated by the Coach during a swimming skills assessment & registration session on our first day of Pups practice on Monday, June 21 to determine the appropriateness of participation.
FSSL Weather Policy for Practices and Meets can be found in the Parents section below.
2021 Meet Schedule:
June 26 Red VS White
July 03 - BYE Week (No meet)
June 10 DC VS Marvel
July 17 Disney VS Universal
July 24 Theme TBD
July 31 Celebration Day Mini AS meet and Banquet
Other dates to note :
Last day to register June 24
Picture Day June 28 Click here for Picture Order Form
Ida Lee Water Park days TBD
Pep rallies TBD
Banquet July 31 (tentatively)
Suits and team apparel:
Once logged into our website, you can view the Team Apparel tab for all suit information! -
FSSL Weather Policy for Practices and Meets:
The leagues inclement weather policy is that we practice and compete if it's raining.
In the event that we have thunder/lightning when your child's practice is scheduled, practices will be cancelled (I'll send an email out as soon as I hear). If it is thundering/lightening at 8:30, no practice for 9:30, if it's doing the same thing still at 9:30, the 10:30 practice will be canceled as well. Use your judgment before leaving home. I know it's hard for some of you to judge when you live outside of the city and the weather can be vastly different from town to town, so if you have a friend in the city, give them a call first.
For meets, if you wake up and it's raining and an email hasn't been sent out, the meet is scheduled to go on as planned and we expect you to be there. If, while we're at the meet, thunder/lightning starts, we stop the meet for the required time (around 30-45 minutes) to see if we can continue. If it is raining hard with no thunder/lightning we still go on unless the visibility of the drain in the pool is obstructed. The stopping of the meet or a postponement, is called by the Pool Operator on Duty, not the Team Reps or coaches. Do not leave the meet without speaking to Coach Ashley!!!
If we have begun the meet and have to completely stop, here's what happens... If we have passed the first half of the meet (end of event #34), the two teams have the choice of calling the meet at that point "finished" or (if it's a close one) we can also choose to do a "make up meet" during the week. If we have not passed the half way point, we will have to schedule a make up day that both teams agree on to complete it. If that happens, we have to keep our same line up, we cannot add swimmers that we not on the original entries for that meet.
We will post on Facebook a notice if a cancellation is happening and send out emails through Team Unify and the alternative Distribution list I send from my personal email. Again, If you have not received an email or you don't see it on Facebook, we expect our swimmers/volunteers to show up.
The Hammerhead Swim Team, with the exception of our paid coaches is completely run by volunteers. In order to make it a fun and successful season, we require that each family volunteer for, at minimum, four meets during the season. If you will not be able to attend 4 meets, we still need the volunteer time filled. That can be done by volunteering a whole meet one or two times to help meet your requirements.
Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to Timing, Stroke & Turn judging (see below), Clerk of Course (getting kids to the seating area), concessions, ribbons and set up and tear down of tents and pool deck area and more!. You will be able to sign up electronically on our Team Unify website.
Stroke and Turn Training:
If you are interested, and we really need your help, you can volunteer as a Stroke & Turn official or Starter. It is mandatory you attend one, 2-hour clinic to be able to officiate a meet (returning judges from the 2019 season must attend one of the refresher sessions or any new trainings). You need only attend one of the sessions offered.
FSSL Mandatory Annual Official's
Tuesday, June 8, 7-9pm
Thursday, June 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, June 12, 3-5pm
Monday, June 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Meeting ID: 160 743 0603
Wednesday, June 16, 7-9pm
Entering your swimmer(s) for meets:
Swimmers will be signed up (or "declared") for meets (by you) on our Team Unify website (if you are unfamiliar with Team Unify, directions will be sent out to guide you).
Swimmers must be "declared" for the meets by Tuesday afternoon to be entered in the following Saturdays meet. Swimmers should only be "declared" if you know the swimmer will attend the meet. (The team will be penalized if the swimmer is entered into events and doesn’t show.) Of course, we know you can't anticipate illnesses, but if your child does fall ill, or if for any reason they cannot make a meet they are "declared" for, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can adjust our line up if need be.
Swim meet attendance and Divisional and All Star Meet requirements:
Meet Attendance: We have 4 regular meets, 1 Divisional meet and an All Star Meet (invitational meet with time requirements). Our first dual meet (June 13) is an Out of Division meet. (not scored and no points are awarded to the team towards our Divisional standings. Ribbons are awarded.) This is a good meet to miss if you have to miss one. All other Dual meets are In Division meets and are important meets for ALL of our swimmers to attend. We expect our registered Hammerhead swimmers to attend our practices and to participate in the meets.
Divisional Meet: To be entered into the Divisional Meet, swimmers must have participated in at least 2 Regular season Meets to swim for points for the team. Exception: Swimmers can swim at this meet as an Exhibition Swimmer for All Star times as long as they have competed at one regular meet. (This would also give that swimmer the second meet for the meet attendance requirement for All Stars.)
All Star Meet: This meet has a 2 Meet attendance requirement as well as an Event Time Requirement. If swimmers meet both requirements, they are invited to swim in this meet that includes all 15 teams in our League.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Clerk of Course- This is the area where swimmers line up for their events. We need people there to help get them in the correct order for their events. You will be given a program so you have the names to call, and there will be a few of you there to work together with. Great job if you like being with the kids, and it's the best way to get to know the team!
Concessions- Concessions is our only way of fundraising for the team. We need several people to make this work. You will be serving food, and depending on which half you work, you will either help finish setting it up, or help clean it up at the end.
Head Timer - At Home meets only. This is usually someone who has Timed before. The Head Timer has 2 watches they star at the beginning of race and they keep an eye on the Timers in case someone needs a replacement during the race (ie: they forget to start theirs or a malfunction after the start of their watch) they will exchange one of their watches with that Timer until the finish of the race and the time is given.
Heat Ribbons - Heat ribbons are the ribbons the swimmers earn if they come in first in their Heat. The Heat Ribbon person keeps an eye on the heats and hands one of these ribbons to the swimmer who touches first. You have to keep an eye on the swimmers.
Heat Sheet Runner - Each lane has a clipboard that the Heat sheets are on. After each event or a couple of events, this person collects the sheets from each lane and takes them to the scoring table in the conference room.
IT Support - Our scorers table needs one other person to help read the times to the IT person, or helps an any way that they may need with the timers sheets.
Parking Attendant - We have a public road that runs right through our team areas. We have to have this monitored at all times. Swimmers and spectators cross the road from our team area, and our visitors are not often as aware that there will be an occasional car that will drive through.
Ribbon Writer - Our ribbons will have a sticker placed on the back for each swimmer that comes in 1st-12th. We need people to place those stickers on the ribbons. This is done in the conference room at our pool, and we will let you know of the location to do this at our Away meets.
Safety Marshal - This person wears a recognizable vest and walks around our team area and any other area where the team may be (concessions area, bathrooms, play areas etc) to make sure we are acting appropriately and report to your Team Rep if we are not.
Stroke & Turn Judge - This is the only position that requires training. These persons are responsible for watching swimmers and making calls if the swimmers have made incorrect stroke, turns or other violations while swimming their event.
Stroke & Turn Runner - At Home meets only. This person will collect the DQ slips from the Judges.
Timer - There are 3 Timers at the top of every lane. In dual meets they will split it up so that both teams have an equal number of Timers for each half and equitably placed in the lanes so no lane has timers from only one team. This is quite possibly the best job to have. You right there in on the action, you won't miss your child's events (you can still watch your child swim even if they are not in your lane), you just have to make sure you keep an eye on your lane so you can stop your watch. You will simply be hitting the plunger on the watch at the start of the race, and stopping it at the end. You will read your time to the person in your lane that has the clipboard to record the times. If you have the clipboard, you will record the times as well as time the event.
Water Runner - Only at Home meets. You will make sure all volunteers on deck either know where the water is to grab on their own, or bring water to the volunteers.
Looking forward to another great season! GOooooooooooooo Hammerheads!