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Winter Schedule

The Fall/Winter swim program competes in Northern Illinois Winter Swim Conference meets and Illinois Swimming Inc. (ISI)/ USA official meets. Note: All swimmers are required to be registered with USA swimming which requires a yearly $80 membership fee. USA swimming fee included in team pricing. Practices are held at the Merkel Aquatic Center (201 S. Green Street) until the McHenry West High School swimming pool renovations are completed. Practices begin Mon, Sept. 16 and continue through late February.

TRY IT FIRST ON MON, SEPT 9: Children ages 5-7 trial at 6:00 pm. Children ages 8 & up trial at 7:00 pm. Do you wonder if your child will like swim team? Want to know what it takes to be a Marlin? Children will meet with coaches, spend 15 minutes on land and 30 minutes in the pool being evaluated. Parents and swimmers will learn about the team and be assigned a practice level. Tryouts are free and will be held at Merkel Aquatic Center pool. Children need a suit, goggles, and towel for tryouts. MUST be able to swim 25 yards unassisted.

4-Day Trial: First-time swimmers can do a 4-day trial from September 10-13. The week will consist of mini practices before swimmers join their normal practice times. Mini-practices will be from 5:30-6:30 pm, Tuesday-Friday of that week. Swimmers will have to withdraw or pay by first day of regular practice on September 16. 4-day trial swimmers must attend try-out day and still complete the registration form prior to the try-out day.

Scholarships/Payment Options/Multiple Child Discount: The McHenry Marlins parent board is proud to offer scholarships for families in need. Scholarship forms are available by e-mailing nthompson@cityofmchenry.org. Scholarship forms are due by September 25 to be considered for fall/winter season. Payments options are available to help families as well. Early bird payments of full season amount will receive special discount pricing. Discount excludes High School swimmer pricing. Families with two or more swimmers will receive a $10 discount per additional child enrolled on the team.

 

Note: Pool size and space determine team size. We strive to provide a program that allows our coaching staff to provide specific trainings per age group. To assure your child’s spot on the team, please register early. Max swimmers per Blue (15 swimmers), Bronze 1 (30 swimmers), Bronze 2 (20 swimmers), Silver (30 swimmers), Gold (25 swimmers), Platinum (25 swimmers). Swim team is not swim lessons. Coaches might suggest another year of lessons before children are ready to join the team. Coaches & Aquatics Supervisor have final decision on level placement for ALL swimmers.

Blue Level (Beginner): This level is for swimmers that can strongly swim 50 yards unassisted. Blue offers a basic introduction to the four competitive strokes used in swimming and the other skills necessary to swim competitively. The emphasis is on fun and structure as swimmers learn to swim competitively. Blue level swimmers must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. Practice 3 days/week.

Bronze Level 1 & Level 2 (Age Group): These levels are for the growing swimmers who can perform the following: 50 yards of freestyle from a standing dive; 25 yards each of butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke (25 yards streamline dolphin kick may be substituted for the butterfly); and a freestyle flip turn. Bronze level is required to attend 3 rec meets and at least 1 ISI meets. Level 1 is the normal Bronze practice and will combine with Blue level during the week. Level 2 is for the swimmers that are in a transitional year and looking to take their practice to the next level. They will combine with the Silver level during the week. Practice 3 days/week.

Silver Level (Intermediate): This level is a for swimmers who have achieved a designated level of success based on effort, practice consistency, meet participation, and time standard achievement. Swimmers must be able to perform the following: 50 yards of all four competitive strokes with legal turns and finishes, 200 yards of continuous freestyle with flip turns, and a 100 yard IM with legal turns. Silver level required to compete in a minimum of 3 rec meets and at least 2 ISI meets. Practice 3-5 days/week.

Gold Level (Advanced): This level comes with an emphasis on refining competitive stroke technique, building endurance, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and exposing swimmers to greater race opportunities. Swimmers must be able to perform the following: a legal 200 IM with correct stroke and turn technique. Must have obtained or been within reach of a least one regional cut time. Gold level required to compete a minimum of 4 rec meets and a least 3 ISI meets. Practice 3-5 days a week.

Platinum Level (Elite/HS/Club): This level is designed for the swimmer that are committed to the sport of competitive swimming. Swimmer are looking to compete on an elite club team or college swimming careers. This level requires 100% commitment and dedicated to following coach and team expectations. Swimmers are progressing towards being top-level athletes at state and national levels. Swimmers must be working towards or have obtained four regional cuts or one state cut, have a very proficient stroke technique, be able to read a pace clock, and have a strong work ethic. Platinum level swimmers will work on goal setting and assist with promoting team culture by learning what it takes to coach and working with younger age groups. Platinum level swimmers required to compete in a majority of meets including a minimum of 3 rec meets and most ISI meets. Practice 5 days/week.

Team Website (www.macswimmers.org): Our website is the go to place for swim team families. The team website offers a monthly calendar of meet and practice changes for your swimmer. The website is a place to keep track of team news, find equipment, events, and results.

 

Team Information:

Registration & Mailing Address                                  Practice & Home Meet Facility

McHenry Marlins Aquatic Club                                   McHenry West Campus Pool

3636 Municipal Drive                                                     4724 W. Crystal Lake Road

McHenry, IL 60050                                                           McHenry, IL 60050

Team Website: www.macswimmers.org

Our website is the go to place for swim team families. The website offers a monthly calendar of meet and practice changes for swimmers. The website is a place to keep track of coaches, team news, find equipment, events, and results.

Practice Changes: Practice dates and times can vary depending on school events, high school home swim meets, special events, weather related closures, and district holidays. No discounts or make-up practices will be given for cancellations by administration, school, or parent board. Any changes to schedule will be posted on team website. Swimmers may not attend another practice out of their practice group. Any swimmer moved levels by coach must be notified to the Aquatics Supervisor. Difference in fees will be due immediately upon being moved up.

 

LEVEL

REG #

MON

TUES

WED

THU

FRI

EARLY BIRD

(Paid in Full by 8/30)

*FEE

Note: Fee includes USA swimmer registration fee

BLUE

352201A

(3-Day)

5:15-6:00 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:00 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:00 pm

 

$405/R

$415/NR

$455/R

$465/NR

BRONZE 1

352201B

(3-Day)

5:15-6:15 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:15 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:15 pm

$505/R

$515/NR

$555/R

$565/NR

BRONZE 2

352201C

(3-Day)

6:15-7:15 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:15 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:15 pm

$505/R

$515/NR

$555/R

$565/NR

SILVER

352201D

(3-Day)

6:15-7:30 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:30 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:30 pm

$530/R

$540/NR

$580/R

$590/NR

SILVER

352201E

(5-Day)

6:15-7:30 pm

5:30-7:15 PM

6:15-7:30 pm

5:30-7:15 pm

6:15-7:30 pm

$665/R

$675/NR

$715/R

$725/NR

GOLD

352201F

(3-Day)

7:15-9:00 pm

No Practice

7:15-9:00 pm

No Practice

7:15-9:00 pm

$555/R

$565/NR

$605/R

$615/NR

GOLD &

PLATINUM

352201G

(5-Day)

7:15-9:00 pm

5:30-7:15 pm

7:15-9:00 pm

5:30-7:15 pm

7:15-9:00 pm

$690/R

$700/NR

$740/R

$750/NR

 

* Early Bird discount: Payment is due at the time of registration and early bird discount will be applied. Registrations must be received and processed before 8/31/19 for discount. Early bird discount excludes payment plans and high school swimmer fees.

*Payment Plan: 50% due at registration & remaining 50% due by 11/15/19. Any remaining balances after 11/15 will result in a $50 late fee. If fee not paid by 12/1/19, swimmers will be removed from the program.

 

Payment Information

Team fee must be payable to the City of McHenry. Payments may be made by check, credit card, or cash for team fee. Account balances for ISI meets are due upon registration deadline date for each meet. Any late ISI balances will result in swimmers restriction from attending and registering for future ISI and rec meets. ISI (Illinois Swimming Inc.) yearly membership is REQUIRED for all swimmers regardless of swimmers plan on attending any ISI/USA swimming meets.

 

Yearly registration form, ISI athlete form, and 50% of payment must be made prior to September, 16.

 

High School Swimmers

MMAC welcomes high school swimmers outside of their HS competition season. Swimmers must still complete both a team and ISI registration. Price listed includes mandatory ISI swimming fee.

High School Boys Fee: 3-day practice $275/R - $285/NR or 5-day practice $405/R - $415/NR

High School Girls Fee: 3-day practice $295/R - $305/NR or 5-day practice $435/R - $445/NR