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Requirements

Swimming age or requirements:

Your child or adolescent needs to be able to swim on his or her own. It is preferred that swimmers have previously completed at least some swim lessons. Our program is designed for swimmers 6-18 years of age.  We do, however, have swimmers as young as 5 years of age (typically younger siblings of older swimmers).  Our professional coaches work with swimmers to develop the four main swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke).  Ideally, swimmers are capable of completing a length of each stroke with the knowledge of how to do the strokes when they join the team.

 

Parental responsibilities:

*Parents’ Club - Parents are required to be actively involved with the Parents’ Club through participation of a volunteer position. This enables us to all share our time and areas of expertise to help benefit our swimmers. If you are unable to participate in this requirement, you can pay the buy-out of $175 for short course season (September-March) and $100 for long course season (April – August). The parent volunteer positions available are located on our website.  New parents have a 30 day reprieve from Parents’ Club and fundraising obligations.

*Fundraising - Families are required to participate in at least two fundraisers per year on the team.  The funds we raise help to keep monthly dues reasonable by filling the gap between income and expenses and all team members benefit. The mandatory fundraisers are – Swim-a-thon in March 2018 and the Auction in September 2018. All swimmers are required to raise $150 for Swim-a-Thon (1st swimmer, additional swimmers per family are $75).  There is a $250 buyout option for the auction if families do not participate.

*Mandatory Bi-annual Parent Meetings - (September and April) - At least one parent of each swim team family is required to attend each meeting. There is a $50.00 no show fee for missing the meeting.  New parents have a 30 day reprieve from Parents’ Club and fundraising obligations but need to attend the parent meetings.

*Changes in membership status - Parents must give 30-days advance written notice if their swimmer(s) will take a leave of absence or resign from the team.  Complete the Leave of Absence/Membership Discontinuation form (log in to the team website and go to >Parents>Forms) and send it via email to the Head Coach and Treasurer (email addresses on the form).  Leave of absence may be as long as 3 months. If the leave of absence is longer than 3 months, a reactivation fee of $35 will be charged when returning to the team. There will be no refunds for dues paid in advance if the swimmer does not attend practices until the end of the 30 day notice period.  Families on Leave of Absence from the team are still responsible for fulfilling Parent Club duties, Fundraising requirements, and attending the biannual parent meetings.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in the buyout fees being charged.

*Swim Meets - The team participates, on average, in 2 swim meets monthly. Meets are not mandatory, but highly encouraged for all. The team does not have an automatic sign up policy.  You will need to log in and declare if your swimmer would like to attend a meet.  While signing up please make note if the swimmer can only do certain days of the meet or you have a special request for the coaches. This needs to be completed prior to the announced meet sign-up deadline. Meet fees are determined by the hosting team.  Meet information will be posted on our website as soon as it’s available and will contain information on the meet fees they charge.  The Tornadoes will charge an additional $10 per family for all local swim meets and $20 per family for all travel swim meets (travel meets are those more than 2 hours away).  These fees help offset the cost of travel expenses for coaches (mileage, food, hotel costs). Absences at meets due to extenuating circumstances (e.g. funerals, last minute illnesses, etc.) will be considered excused absences only if the swimmer’s family contacts the Coach via cell phone prior to the start of the meet. Coach Sophia’s cell phone # is: 360-609-1030, Coach Megan’s cell phone (503) 504-4062.  Meet fees will still be due.  If you do not notify a coach that your swimmer will not be there, a $10 fee will be charged to your account.  If your swimmer’s absence causes a scratch of a relay, you will be responsible for the meet fees charged to the other swimmers for that relay.

Equipment Needed:

Coach Equipment Needed
Megan

water bottle, fins, kick board, snorkel, hand paddles

Colette

Sophia 

water bottle, fins, kick board, snorkel, hand paddles, pull buoys, extra towel for land training

 

Lane Standards:

*F1 -

F1 swimmers are 12 & under swimmers who are ready for the competitive team.  These swimmers have an understanding of all four strokes and can swim them for 25 yards.  This group will focus on increasing swimming knowledge, technique, and endurance.  Novice meets Monday-Friday from 4:30-5:15pm.  To get the best benefit, swimmers should be attending two to three practices a week and show interest in attending swim meets.

Tryout with Coach Megan.  To schedule a tryout, click the Contact Us link and request a try-out.

 

*F2 -

F2 swimmers are 12 & under and ready to compete in the swimming world and are close to achieving Championship qualifying times!  These swimmers have an understanding of all four strokes and can swim all four at least 50 yards.  These swimmers are focusing on balancing speed and endurance work to reach in addition to terminology, technique, and endurance.  F2 meets Monday-Friday from 5:00-6:30pm.  For swimmers to get the best results from their practices, swimmers should be attending 3 to 4 practices a week.

Prerequisites: Recommendation from F1 coach.

OR

Tryout with Coach Megan. To schedule a tryout, Click the Contact Us link and request a try-out

*F3 -

The F3 group is for swimmers who are new to swimming, but are older than the F1 or F2 swimmers, ages 13 and over.  This group will learn to swim all four strokes legally, with starts, turns, and finishes.  F3 meets Monday-Friday from 4:30-6 pm.  For swimmers to quickly increase and retain their swimming knowledge they should expect to come 4 days a week.

Prerequisites: Tryout with Coach Megan.  To schedule a tryout, Click the Contact Us link and request a try-out.

*F4 -

F4 swimmers have been around swimming for at least a year, are 13 years or older, and are working on a variety of goals, ranging from reaching Championship qualifying times, preparing for high school swim seasons, or moving up to the Senior group.  Swimmers increase their knowledge on time management and goal setting.  F4 meets Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30pm and Saturday from 9-11am.  Land practices are offered on Saturday from 8-8:45am and strongly recommended for all F4 swimmers.  The last half hour of the weekly practices are land training on deck.  Swimmers should expect to attend 5 swim practices per week to achieve their goals.

Prerequisites: Recommendation from F2 or F3 coach in conjunction with the F4 coach.

OR

Tryout with Coach Megan.  To schedule a tryout, Click the Contact Us link and request a try-out

*F5 -

The F5 group is composed of swimmers 14 and over who are committed to competing at Championships and beyond.  Swimmers develop time management and goal setting skills.  F5 meets Monday-Friday from 5:30-7:30pm and Saturday from 9-11am.   Land practices are offered on Saturday from 8-8:45am and strongly recommended for all F5 swimmers.  The first half hour of the weekly practices are land training on deck. Swimmers are expected to attend all swim and land practices offered to accomplish their goals.

Prerequisites: Recommendation from group coaches in conjunction with Coach Sophia

OR

Tryout with Coach Megan. To schedule a tryout, Click the Contact Us link and request a try-out