1. How do I keep informed about what is happening with the Swim Team?
You can always go to the swim club website to find updated information: www.jc-barracudas.com. Emails are sent out on a regular basis with the practice schedule changes, upcoming meet information and deadlines, social events, and any other activity that may be going on with the club.
2. How often will my swimmer practice?
Depending on the group your swimmer is assigned to, your swimmer will be scheduled to practice three to five times a week. Although your swimmer is not required to come to every practice, please keep in mind that the more your swimmer comes the more your swimmer will improve.
3. Where do I make my payments?
All payments are made by auto pay (electronic fund transfer-EFT) from your bank or credit card.
4. What happens if I am unable to pay?
If you know you are not going to be able to pay, please speak to our Club President, Tommy Parker. If your fees become more than 60 days past due and arrangements have not been made for payment, your swimmer will not be allowed to participate until the fees are brought current.
5. As a parent, how can I become involved in the Swim Club?
Volunteers are always needed. You can get in touch with any board member and let them know how you would like to help. The board members are:
President- Tommy Parker
Swimmer Representative- vacant
6. What kind of equipment does my swimmer need?
- Suit - Girls should wear a one piece suit with straps that are preferably connected in the back near the shoulders so they do not slip off. Boys are encouraged to wear stretch type suits - jammers. A team suit along with a practice suit is required.
- Goggles - Goggles are strongly encouraged to allow the swimmer to keep their eyes open in the water during training for better awareness of other swimmers and the walls at the end of the lane. Goggles also reduce the amount of chlorine irritation.
- Swim Cap - Swim caps are worn by most of our swimmers, especially those with longer hair. A swim cap helps to protect their hair and cut down "drag" in the water.
- Swim Bag - A swim bag helps the swimmer to keep all of their swim equipment together.
- Fins, pool buoy, and kick board are provided, but you can purchase your own.
7. Does my swimmer need a team suit and cap?
Yes, your swimmer needs a team suit or a navy blue suit and team swim cap.
8. How often are meets held?
Meets are held usually twice a month on the weekend. The meets are usually held over a span of three days, however, the meets are split up by event and age. How many events and what days your swimmer participates is up to the parent.
9. Where are the swim meets held?
The swim meets are held at YMCA's or Universities within the Missouri/ Kansas/ Illinois area. The club usually does not usually travel more than six hours away.
10. How long do the meets last?
Meets can be 1, 2 or 3 days long. Each session of a meet will last anywhere from three to four hours. There are two sessions per day and sometimes a third or finals session. However, once your swimmer has competed in all of their events for their session, your swimmer is free to leave. You are not required to attend the entire meet. Just sign up for the day/days that fit your schedule.
13. What is a qualifying time and where do I find it?
As your swimmer competes and becomes faster there are meets he/she may be eligible for based on their qualifying time. Speak with your coach for more information.
14. What if my swimmer wears contacts/glasses, do they make prescription strength goggles?
Yes, all you need to know is your strongest prescription strength.