Join Our Team

Swimmers transferring from another USA Swim Club should email the information below.  Our Coaching Staff will review your times in the SWIMS database and contact you shortly. 

  • Swimmer First and Last Name
  • Swimmer's Date of Birth
  • Club Name and Location
  • Date of Last Competition

Swimmers New to USA Swimming may tryout for open spots on the Clippers Roster on the dates below.  Please note that due to Roster Size Limitations, not all swimmers who tryout will be offered a spot on the team.
 
Swimmer Requirements:
  • Swimmers must be 6 years of age or older
  • Swimmers 10 & under must be able to complete one length of the pool unassisted and without stopping
  • Swimmers 11 & older must be able to complete two lengths of the pool unassisted and without stopping
  • Swimmers will be asked to attempt all 4 competitive swimming strokes (fly, back, breast, free) and a dive
  • Swimmers will tryout with the age group based on their age as of 1/1/2019

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Swimmer’s technique in all 4 strokes along with skills in diving and turns
  • How well the swimmer responds to direction
  • How comfortable the swimmer is in the water
 
Tryout Dates: (all tryouts held at Phelps Luck Pool - Map
  • Swimmers must signup for a slot and tryout with the age group based on their age as of 1/1/2019.  
  • If there are no time slots available please email susan.mcdonald@columbiaassociation.org.
         Sunday, June 17, 2018 
Online registration is now closed.  Walk in registration permitted based on staff availability.
8:30am
8 & under swimmers
9:15am
9 to 10 year old swimmers
10:00am
11 to 12 year old swimmers
 
         Sunday, July 15, 2018 
Online registration is now closed.  Walk in registration permitted based on staff availability.
8:30am
8 & under swimmers
9:45am
9 to 10 year old swimmers
10:45am
11 to 12 year old swimmers
11:45am
13 to 18 year old swimmers​
 
         Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Advanced Registration Required  Please sign up for a time slot applicable to your swimmers age as of January 1, 2019.  Do Not take any time slots designated for other age swimmers.
8:30am
8 & under swimmers
9:45am
9 to 10 year old swimmers
11:15am
11 to 12 year old swimmers
11:45pm
13 to 18 year old swimmers
 

Post Tryout Review:

  • After all tryout sessions are completed; the coaching staff reviews each swimmer's evaluation and places the swimmer in the applicable practice group based on their age as of 1/1/2019 and their ability level. 
    • If there are openings in the practice group, the swimmer is offered a spot on the team. 
    • If there are NO open spots in the practice group, the swimmer is placed on a waitlist.

​Swimmer Notification, Acceptance & Registration Deadlines: 

  • July 30th - Swimmers placed on the team will be listed in their assigned practice group by Evaluation # in the NEWS area on our website
  • August 3rd - Email susan.mcdonald@columbiaassociation.org to confirm acceptance of the assigned spot (note that swimmers accepting a spot must be a Columbia Association Member or a Resident living on Columbia Assessed Property)
  • August 6th - Registration Instructions sent by email 
  • August 13th - All forms and payments due to the Aquatics Office (9450 Gerwig Lane Columbia MD 21046)

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