Hammerheads and Pups 2019 Summer Swim Season

                               Welcome to the Hood Hammerheads 29th 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 Activities and Team Apparel)

Suneeta Rengen (Team Concessions Manager)

Stephen Lindell (Banquet Coordinator)

Michael Kokoski (Team IT)

Hood Coaches:  

Head Coach - Ashley Gardner

Assistant Coaches -  Calla Derr, Emma Lindell, Josie Hall, Charles Benicci, Hayley Taylor, Alexander Riedel

Jr. Coaches - Caleb Lindell, Nate Tilley, Kiersten Larsson, Lyndsey Brown and Trevor DeLauder

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

Registration :

Registration begins April 1 and closes on June 21Registration is now closed for the 2019 season

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 minus the non-refundable insurance cost.) 


Competitive team: $110 for the first swimmer in your family (this includes a $10 non-refundable insurance fee).  Additional (2nd/3rd) family Hammerhead swimmers are $100 each ($90 + $10 non-refundable insurance fee) and a flat fee of $90 each for the 4th or more swimmers in a family (maximum insurance fee for Hammerhead  swimmers is $30 per family)

Hammerhead Pups Pre-Team: $110 per Pup participant.  This also includes a $10 non-refundable insurance fee.


Competitive Team (Hammerheads):  

Pre-season weekend practice dates: (Still tentative) 

All swimmers must be registered and fees paid, before getting in the water.


May 4 practice 3-5pm  (3-4 is 12 & under, 4-5 13  &up)
May 11 practice 3-5pm  (3-4 is 12 & under, 4-5 13 & up)
May 25 & 26 practice 3-5pm  (3-4 is 12 & under, 4-5 13 & up)
June 1 practice 3-5pm  (3-4 is 12 & under, 4-5 13 & up)
June 8 & 9 practice 3-5pm  (3-4 is 12 & under, 4-5 13 & up)
June 15 1st Meet Hood vs CH at Clover Hill
June 16 practice 3-5pm  (3-4 is 12 & under, 4-5 13 & up)
June 22  2nd Meet Hood vs Urbana at Urbana
June 23 practice 3-5pm  (3-4 is 12 & under, 4-5 13 & up)
June 24 morning practice if FCPS school year is finished

*Updated-FCPS announced last day for students, June 19

Hammerheads Competitive Team Summer Practice Schedule - This year, morning practice will begin on Thursday, June 20.  

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 number 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 24 and end Thursday, July 25.  Practices are from 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 24th to determine the appropriateness of participation.

2019 Meet Schedule:

June 15 - Hood vs Clover Hill  (Away)

June 22 - Hood vs Villages of Urbana (Away)

June 29 - Hood vs Spring Ridge (Home)

July  06 -  BYE Week (No meet)

July  13 - Hood vs PVYA-Brunswick (Home)

July  20-  Divisional Meet @ Hood

July  27 - FSSL All Star Meet @ Robin Meadows 

Other dates to note :

Last day to register                    June 21

Picture Day                                 June 25 (during practice)

Ida Lee Water Park days               TBD

Pep rallies                                      TBD

Banquet                                          TBD

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 Training: (For  ALL  New and Returning FSSL Officials) 
Training dates will be posted soon 

 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. You are responsible for having your swimmers signed up to swim at the meets.  If they are not signed up by the deadline (Tuesday before that Saturday meet), they will not be able to participate in that weeks meet. 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 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 and last dual meets (June 15 and July 13) 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 22 and June 29 are both In Division meets and are important meets for ALL of our swimmers to attend.  We expect our registered swimmers to attend our practices and 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 - 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!