Please take a look at the below frequently asked questions as they will help answer any basic questions and help to become familiar with some of our policies regarding membership. If you have further questions about membership, please do not hesitate to ask.
When can I join? When are your seasons?
The Piranhas Swim Club has open registration all year long, although we do encourage registration before each season (Fall/Winter and/or Spring/Summer).
- The Fall/Winter Season runs from early September through the Minnesota Swimming State Championships in March. Registration for the Fall/Winter season will be open in early to mid-August.
- The Spring/Summer season runs from mid-April through the end of July/early-August dependent on end of season meets. Registration for the Spring/Summer season will be open in mid-March.
- Novice sessions: Novice differs from the other groups in their practice schedules. Novice is divided into three x ten-week sessions throughout the year (Fall, Winter, & Spring). Novice swimmers can participate in as little or as many of the sessions as they please.
We invite participation at any time of the year! Please direct all inquiries about new member registration to Lucas Baarlaer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Season Start Dates (all groups):
2019 Spring/Summer season begins April 8, 2019
2019/20 Fall/Winter will begin on September 19, 2019
How well do I need to be able to swim in order to join the team?
To join the Piranhas Pre-Swim Team, Novice level, your swimmer must have knowledge and some proficiency with the front crawl stroke (aka freestyle) as well as the backstoke. Swimmers should also have the maturity to participate in an hour-long practice. Most Novice swimmers have previous pre-competitive lesson experience (ie - community education swim lessons, Olympic Style Swimming lessons, or any other lesson program).
An evaluation will be required for all new or interested swimmers, typically held during a "Splash Night" OR "Tryout Night". Each season's "Splash Night" occurs at the beginning of that season. Splash Night will be announced on the "Events" tab on the Piranhas Swim Club homepage. Any interested families/swimmers who are unable to participate in Splash Night or who are joining the season late can schedule an assessment with Head Coach at any time, Lucas Baarlaer.
How do I register? What are the fees?
When you decide to join, you will register your swimmer(s) using our online registration system. Upon registration you are also responsible for paying first month’s dues, the Minnesota Swimming (MSI) annual registration fee, and the Piranhas Swim Club Family Volunteer Commitment Deposit. For more information, please read through the information contained on the Payment Information page.
Family Volunteer Commitment Policy per Season
Why require a family volunteer commitment? Piranhas Swim Club coaches are paid, professional coaches. Volunteers perform all other club functions. It takes a great deal of manpower to run our meets. Without the revenue from our volunteer-staffed meets, all dues would need to increase by 30% or more. Your volunteer hours enable us to keep a cap on our monthly dues while still providing an optimal experience for your swimmer. Please click HERE for a more in depth explanation of our Volunteer Policy.
For the Fall/Winter Season, the Piranhas Swim Club will host one full weekend meet and a minimum of two weeknight meets at RMS. Any family participating IN ANY WAY in the club (excluding promo, two week trial, and high-school tune up participants) at ANY POINT in a season are required to volunteer 14 hours (for Age Group Prep, Age Group 1, Age Group 2, Junior, & Senior family) and 8 hours (for Novice families). Our efforts in hosting these events support our team's community and financial goals.
For the Spring/Summer season, the Piranhas Swim Club hosts one full weekend meet at the Richfield outdoor pool and two weeknight meets during the season. Each registered family is required to volunteer 14 hours (for Age Group Prep, Age Group 1, Age Group 2, Junior, & Senior Families) and 8 hours (for Novice families).
Any families who are looking for other ways to volunteer can contact Club President, Amy Cook.
Practice Equipment Requirements
As in any other sport or activity, swimming requires specific practice equipment as well as a team competition suit.. All team swimmers are required to purchase basic practice equipment, determined by their practice group. Each groups equipment requirements can be found under our Practice Groups.
All practice equipment can be purchased online through the Elsmore Swim Shop.
Required and Optional Apparel
- Competition Suit (Team suit can be purchased through the Elsmore Swim Shop). Must be a tight fitting suit.
- Team Cap for swim meets (each swimmer will receive a team latex cap at the beginning of the season)
- additional caps can be purchased year round and billed to the member's account
- Latex Cap = $6
- Silicone Cap = $12
- Contact Head Coach, Lucas Baarlaer, if a new cap is needed
- Basic Grey Team Shirt (we require swimmers to wear Piranhas gear at swim meets)
- Each new family will receive a basic grey team shirt.
Optional - Many swimmers have much more apparel than stated above. The below items are optional, but we encourage all swimmers to have more than just the basic grey shirt as we require all swimmers to wear team apparel at swim meets.
- Team Warm-ups (jacket and pants) embroidered with name
- Team Parka
- We will offer a variety of different purchasing opportunities throughout the season also. Items include embroidered hoodies, beanies, a variety of t-shirts, and other fun options.
The club recognizes the need to provide scholarship opportunities for swimmers who fall below the federally set free and reduced lunch income scale. The scope and duration of the scholarships will be determined by the current fundraising and financial condition of the club. Please contact Head Coach Lucas Baarlaer for more information. email@example.com
Club members who continue to swim at the collegiate level are always welcome to return and train with the Piranhas and the Senior group. We encourage our returning swimmers to be role models for our developing swimmers by demonstrating leadership, commitment and responsibility.
Returning college swimmers will have the option to train during the summer and breaks with the Senior group for $125 a month. Returning swimmers must contact Head Coach Lucas Baarlaer, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss goals, team expectations, commitment and schedule before committing to the Senior group. College swimmers must be registered athletes through USA Swimming and are responsible for all meet fees incurred during the course of the summer. If a college swimmer decides to attend all practices they must register with the senior group.
College swimmers will also have the option to swim with the Master's group for a monthly fee of $25 or they can purchase a punch pass for $50, good for ten swims. Contact Maureen Mook, email@example.com , for information about swimming with the Master's program.