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Parent Info

Welcome to the Parents Page! We have included a little bit of information on many different topics on this page. However, detailed information can be found in the Parents Handbook and throughout the website. Check out our FAQs too!

We know that sometimes you just need to talk with someone! Feel free to reach out to your child’s swim coach or anyone on the PPSC Board. Another great resource is the Parent Liaison - a seasoned PPSC parent who has been through it all before, and can answer your questions or find the answer for you. 

If you need to reach the team by mail, our address is:
Portland Porpoise Swim Club, PO Box 3817, Portland, ME 04104.

Code of Conduct
PPSC requires that parents/guardians read, understand and sign our Parent Code of Conduct form prior to the first practice of the season. 

Registration and Payments
PPSC has electronic payment processing and registration. The process is simple for both new and returning members. You'll get access to your own private account that will enable you to easily declare for swim meets, sign-up for jobs, see your children's swim times, pay fees, maintain your own contact information, and more.

During registration you’ll pay the USA-S registration fees, the first installment of the membership dues, and any previous account balances, if applicable. Payments made during registration are nonrefundable. Invoices for subsequent membership dues payments, as well as meets fees and other expenses, will be sent electronically once the season begins. Please note that registration for Senior 1 or Senior 2 constitutes a commitment for the entire season. PPSC requires that payments are automated via credit card or withdrawal from your bank account. This helps the club best manage our expenses. For more information on fees and seasons for each group, see our Membership Dues Schedule.

Practice Schedule and Team Calendar
Keep the
practice schedule handy – whether it’s one of your favorites or you print it out and post it on your fridge. The schedule on the website shows the schedules for all swim groups by season. Any changes to the regular practice schedule (such as vacation, holidays, pool closures, meets, etc.) are noted on the Team Calendar. Check the calendar often for updates.

Meets
The Portland Porpoises
meet schedule is posted on the website. Please check there for information related to each meet.

The Porpoises have traditionally attended approximately one meet a month; however, new meets may be added to enhance the swimmers’ development. The coaches expect that all swimmers will attend meets during the long course swim season (October thru March). 

The head coach will send an email 3-4 weeks prior to the upcoming meet soliciting meet responses. Parents are expected to read these emails and be aware of upcoming meets and plan accordingly. A parent must respond via the website whether they are attending the meet or not prior to the stated deadline. If the parent fails to respond by the deadline, your swimmer will not be entered into the meet. The head coach, with the input of level coaches, is responsible for the meet entry process (i.e. entering your child into the events they will swim at the meet).

Please refer to the Parent Handbook for information related to meet expectations and charges.

Equipment
As with any sport, your swimmer is required to have equipment which assists them with their training and development. Check out the
Equipment page on the website for a list of required items, by group. To purchase equipment, team suits or apparel, visit the PPSC Gear Store

Volunteer
The Portland Porpoise Swim Club's Board is run exclusively by parent volunteers. As with any volunteer organization, there is a lot of work that goes into making it run efficiently, whether related to meets, fundraising, public relations, etc., and we're always in need of additional help. Contact the Board if you’d like to assist.

The Seasons

Short Course Season (SCY, SCM)
Competitive swimming consists of two seasons. The short course (SC) season typically runs from September to March and culminates in the State Championship Meet in March for those swimmers achieving a state cut time. Typically meets are held in SCY (short course yard) pools such as Reiche, or SCM (short course meter) pools such as Riverton.

Long Course Season (LCM)
The second season of the year is the long course (LC) season and typically runs from April to the end of July and culminates in the Summer Championship Meet for which there are no required cut times to participate. All age groups compete together at this meet. Typically meets are held in a LCM (long course meter) pool (also known as a 50-meter, Olympic-size pool). The state of Maine currently does not have a 50-meter pool so some of the meets and the summer Championship are held out of state.