The West Chicago Sharks FAQ

Thanks for your interest in the West Chicago Sharks (WCS). This site answers our parents' most frequently asked questions

What are the fees? Here is our current dues schedule. Each swimmer must also pay the annual $75 (and subject to change) USA Swimming membership too. When he or she swims in Illinois Swimming, Inc. (ISI) meets, your account will be billed for meet fees (usually $20-$50 per weekend, depending on the number of swims). If you are not a District 94 taxpayer, we also collect $10.00 per swimmer for facility usage.

When are the practices? Our practice schedule is listed on the Schedules page.

What group would my swimmer be in? Click here to see the descriptions for each of our eight practice groups.

Are practices mandatory? Senior State, National and Junior Elite groups have attendance expectations. All other groups do not have attendance requirements. Perfect attendance is not required, we offer multiple practices across each week so that you can find several to attend each week.

When are tryouts? We only have tryouts to be on our three elite groups (Junior Elite, Senior Regional-State, and Senior State-National). During the beginning of each season our coaches will evaluate your swimmer and make a group recommendation. If you want to come and see what the Sharks are all about, we offer a one week no-obligation trial. Please come and try us out! Just complete this form and bring it to any practice session. Trial Registration form.

How long is the season? Our Fall-Winter season begins with our September Conditioning Camp, available to all registered WCS swim families (register for camp in the events section of our website once registered for the fall/winter season).

Can we make payments? Our season dues are broken into monthly payments - the first payment is due at the time of registration and the rest billed on the 1st of November, December, January, and February. Senior groups have a year-round fee schedule. Meet fees are billed as your swimmers are signed up for meets and due the next month. Our season fees and payment plan are fully described here here.

Do all swimmers swim in meets? You bet! We have many meets for all our swimmers. We have Time Trials (only WCS swimmers), dual meets (with one other team), and weekend invitationals. All of our meets are designed to meet the competitive needs for swimmers of all abilities. Click here for the team calendar and all the meets we have to offer.

What is expected of the parents? WCS is a parent-operated team that is super successful in running swimming invitationals that bring in a great deal of revenue for our club. This revenue keeps our fees low (check out the other area teams and compare) and allows us to hire the appropriate coaching staff to keep our group sizes at a small, teachable level. We expect all swimmers to participate in all these meets (as well as other team events) and require that the parents to work at the meet as officials, timers, concessions workers, admissions, awards, etc. You will find it to be a fun time and the best way for you to meet the other WCS parents. Please review our Parent Manual for more information regarding your required volunteerism as a Shark.

USA Swimming (USA-S) is authorized to set regulations all clubs must follow. USA-S adopted regulations on bullying prevention and electronic communications which we have added to our by-laws. WCS welcomes these directives and clarifications. Our primary goal has always been to create a safe, friendly, and encouraging environment for our swimmers and families. Below are definitions and guidelines WCS and all USA-S clubs will follow. The complete listing of all the USA-S Safe Sport policies can be found on the USA-S website.

If you have any questions, please contact :

COACH DAN  at [email protected] Age Group Coach


COACH NICK at [email protected]  Senior Group Coach

Last update January 11, 2018