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
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
Alex Brown (Team Rep)
Laurie Larsson (Team
Jennifer Lolli-Hall (Team
Activitites and Team Apparel),
Suneeta Rengen (Team Concessions
Stephen Lindell (Banquet
Michael Kokoski (Team IT)
Head Coaches - Mitchell Reynolds and Ashley
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
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.)
$100 per child/$90 for each
additional family member.
$110 per child for the 5 week
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:
weekend practice dates:
May 20 from
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
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30
The first hour of practice is for
our 12 & Unders and the second hour is for our 13& Up
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
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
Hammerhead Pups Practice
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
June 16 - Hood vs Holly
June 23 - Hood vs Mt
June 30 - Hood vs Villages of
July 07 - BYE
Week (No meet)
July 14 - Hood vs
July 21- Divisional Meet @
Villages of Urbana
July 28 - FSSL All
Star Meet @ TBD
Other dates to
Last day to
25 during practice
Ida Lee Water Park
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
Stroke and Turn
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
FSSL Mandatory Annual Official's
New and Returning FSSL Officials
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
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
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
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
Looking forward to another great
season! GOooooooooooooo Hammerheads!