Did you know... - Our version of an F.A.Q.
Some things you may not be aware of, but need to know!
Swim requirements: Your child must be able to swim 25 yards. Our coaches will work on their strokes and speed.
Residency: Your child must live in or attend school in Irvine. The Irvine Swim League requires a copy (for us to keep) of your child's proof of age (birth certificate, passport, driver's license or DMV identification card) and two proofs of Irvine residency such as utility bills.
Age: Swimmers must be between the ages of 5 and 18 on June 1.
Pool distance: 5-6 and 7-8 year olds swim 25 yard races. The older swimmers swim 50 yards.
Race event numbers: Boys swim even numbers and Girls swim odd numbered events.
Race order: Medley Relay, Butterfly, Back, Individual Medley (9-10 and older), Breast, Freestyle, Freestyle Relay.
Age Groups: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. Age group is determined by age as of June 1.
Swim Meets: Swim Meets are Saturdays 8am to 1:30pm. We have three swim meets at the Colony pool and two away swim meets. Meets typically involve two ISL teams, sometimes three for a tri-meet. Swimmers are to be at the pool at 7:30am.
Practices and Meets are not mandatory, but to get the most out of the season try to attend at least three practices per week. You must declare your attendance by Tuesday prior to each swim meet in the parent portal to be assigned to Saturday meet events.
To be able to swim in the ISL Championship Meet at the end of the season, swimmers must have competed in at least two regular season swim meets.
Soft DQ: A soft disqualification applies only to swimmers in the 5-6 age group (for the first four swim meets of the season) and the 7-8 age group (for the first 3 swim meets of the season). It represents a rule infraction, but does not penalize your child by altering their placement or time improvement standings. It is intended to be instructional and informative and to provide the swimmer with feedback for correction. The coaches will take this information and work with your child on the cited rule infraction(s).
DQ (Disqualification): Disqualification due to rule infraction. A DQ results in the swimmer's time in that race not being recorded. They will receive a participant ribbon for that race but will not be eligible for placement or time improvement ribbons.
Volunteering: All families are required to work 7 shifts (a shift is generally half a swim meet) and hold a chairperson position. In the event you are unable to work your shift, you may hire a substitute who is older than 14 years. If you miss your shift, your $50 volunteer check will be cashed (it will otherwise be shredded if you show up for all your commitments).
Sponsors: Please support our sponsors! If you are interested in sponsoring the Colony Red Hots, please view our sponsor information page.
Coaches: In order to provide continuity between our swim seasons and advanced skills training for our student coaches, we have hired a professional swim coach and former Colony Red Hot, Ray Wong. Ray will be heading a carefully selected and committed team of current and former high school and college Red Hots to instruct your swimmer.
Volunteer Coaches: All 15 year old Red Hot swimmers are welcomed to apply as a Volunteer Coach to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1. Interviews will be conducted in March so please prepare a coaching resume to bring to the interview.
Dates & Times
Registration: Registration begins online on March 1 of each calendar year. Please submit copies of TWO different utility bills along with your child's birth certificate (new swimmers only, or past swimmers that did not swim last year) for us to keep. Please contact Ciara Knerr (Registar) at email@example.com to arrange submittal of paperwork (either through email or drop-off at physical address).
Season: The season starts with a Potluck Kickoff on Monday, June 1 and ends with the End of Season Awards Banquet August 9th, the day after the ISL Championship Swim Meet.
Practice Times: Practices begin Monday, June 1. The youngest swimmers swim first (generally between 3:00 and 4:00 pm) and the oldest group swim last. Practices are Monday through Friday. See Practice Schedule tab for more information about practices.
Time Trial Meet: Friday, June 12h 5-8pm. The time trial meet is a mandatory event for every family. Swimmers and at least one parent must be present.
Ribbons: Swim Meet ribbons are handed out the Monday after a swim meet after each age group's practice for swimmers in the under 13 age groups. Swimmers are recognized for personal improvement.
Swimmer of the Week: One boy and one girl are chosen by the coaches in each of the under 13 age groups as the Swimmer of the Week on Fridays. The swimmers are chosen based on effort, sportsmanship, improvement and teamwork!
Taper Week: The week of Champs when workouts are lighter.
Carbo Load: This is the night before Champs when Red Hot families gather for a pasta potluck dinner.
Championships or "Champs" / ISL Qualifying Times (ISLQ): All swimmers are encouraged to swim at least one event (you do not have to have a qualifying time to swim one race). If you have qualified for multiple strokes, swimmers can swim one relay event and three individual events. Champs this year is Saturday, August 7th at William Woollett Aquatic Center and involves all ISL teams. See ISL qualifying times (designated on your swimmer's post race ribbon as "ISLQ").
End of Season Banquet Potluck: All families gather at the Colony pool to conduct our annual parent meeting and recognize our swimmers and coaches. The End of Season banquet is usually the Sunday following the ISL Championship meet.
Team Business Meeting: This meeting happens prior to handing out trophies at the End of Season Banquet. It is our only meeting and an important process for our volunteer organization. At this meeting all Board and Committee heads are nominated and voted in for the next year. It is vitally important that each family is part of the board, committee head or committee member in addition to regular volunteer duties. Awards begin once all committee and board slots are filled