Hood Hammerheads

                           2018 Summer Swim Season


 Welcome to the Hood Hammerheads 28th season!  We are very excited for this season to begin!!!  Hopefully all your questions will be answered here.  If not, please feel free to email us and we will respond as quickly as possible.

  Mission :
The Hood Hammerheads Swim Team mission is to provide ALL participants with an enjoyable experience, developing great sportsmanship, furthering competitive swimming skills, and cultivating special friendships and lifelong memories.


Hood Parent Board

Alex Brown (Team Rep) 

Laurie Larsson (Team Treasurer),

Jennifer Lolli-Hall (Team Activitites and Team Apparel),

Suneeta Rengen (Team Concessions Manager),

Stephen Lindell (Banquet Coordinator),

Michael Kokoski (Team IT)


Hood Coaches:  

Head Coaches - Mitchell Reynolds and Ashley Gardner

Assist.Coaches - Natalie Kucsan, Haleigh Seek, Calla Derr, Emma Lindell, Yahsh Garcia and Charles Bennici.

Jr. Coaches - Josie Hall

Swimmers: We as coaches, ask that all swimmers be able to swim a length of the pool unassisted before joining the team. If you have a little one who can’t quite make it yet, we suggest our Hammerhead Pups Pre-team program. 


Registratiion begins April 1, and will have to close the registration on June 22.  

All swimmers must be registered and paid for by this date or they may not swim in the league this season . Registration will be online on our Team Unify Website (payment will be sent to the Team Treasurer or handed in at the first practice your swimmer(s) attend.  We do have a trial period of one week (we will refund your registration cost except the non-refundable insurance cost.) 


Competitive team:

$100 per child/$90 for each additional family member.

Hammerhead Pups Pre-Team-

$110 per child for the 5 week session

 The Hammerheads will be charging $10 per swimmer for the first 3 swimmers and a maximum of $30 per family, to provide insurance for the team (this fee is included in the Pups cost).  This is a non-refundable fee.

2018 Practice Schedule: 

Competitive Team:  Pre-season weekend practice dates: 

May 20 from 3-5pm 
May 26, 27 from 3-5pm 
June 2,3 from 3-5pm
June 9,10 from 3-5pm 

Hammerheads Competitive Team Summer Schedule will begin at the Hood pool once the Frederick County Public Schools are closed for students. This year, morning practice will begin on Monday, June 18.

Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The first hour of practice is for our 12 & Unders and the second hour is for our 13& Up swimmers. 

Note: This may change depending on the amount of swimmers registered in each age group hour. Our younger age group was very large last year, and we may need to move an age group to the 2nd hour if the same is true this year.


Also to note: If you have children in 2 different age groups/practice times (competitive team) and need them to swim at the same time, let the coaches know and they will make every effort to work that out for you. (This does not include Pups)  

Hammerhead Pups Practice Schedule:

Pups will begin Monday June 18 at 10:30 to 11:15 Monday through Thursdays.

Interested swimmers will be evaluated by the Coach during a swimming skills assessment & registration session on our first day of Pups practice on June 18th to determine appropriateness of participation.

2018 Meet Schedule:

June 16 - Hood vs Holly Hills  (Away)

June 23 - Hood vs Mt Airy  (Away)

June 30 - Hood vs Villages of Urbana (Home)

July  07 -  BYE Week (No meet)

July  14 - Hood vs Dearbought (Home)

July  21- Divisional Meet @ Villages of Urbana

July  28 - FSSL All Star Meet @ TBD 

Other dates to note :

Last day to register                    June 22

Picture Day                                 June 25 during practice

Ida Lee Water Park days               TBA

Pep rallys                                      Friday, July 13

Banquet                                          July 21  5-9pm  (Same day as our Divisional meet)


Suits and team apparel:    

Once logged into our website, you can view the Team Apparel tab for all suit information!


The Hammerhead Swim Team is run by many 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 2016 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 Trainingfor ALL New and Returning FSSL Officials :

Last Training for the 2018 season is this Sunday, June 10th 7 - 9:30 PM, presented by Nancy Pressley, Spring Ridge Visitor's Center, 9090 Ridgefield Dr, Frederick, MD, 21701
 Things to know once you have registered your swimmers online with us:

The Hammerheads work off of Team Unify (TU).  TU allows you to sign your swimmers up for specific meets (declaring their attendance) and to sign up for your volunteer responsibilities.  Note that you will not choose the events that your child will swim in, the coaches will handle that.


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/ Divisional and All Star Meet requirements:

We have 4 regular meets, 1 Divisional meet and an All Star Meet (invitational meet with time requirements).  Our first and last meets are Out of Division meets (not scored and no points are awarded to the team towards our Divisional standings. Ribbons are awarded.)  These are good meets to miss if you have to miss one.  Our meets on June 23 and June 30 are both In Division meets and are important meets for ALL of our swimmers to attend.  We expect our registered swimmers to attend our 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 14 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 attendent - 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 - New to the League. 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!