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Swimmer Eligibility and Evaluations

All swimmers must be between 4 and 18 years old on June 15th

EVALUATION DATES:  MAY 28 (primary) and May 29 (makeup) Evaluations are held 6-7 pm at the Chantilly Highlands pool).  No registration is necessary. You only need to attend one day. Anytime between 6-7 pm time.

Look for a Dolphins Committee member in a purple shirt under the patio umbrellas. Parents are asked to stay on the patio while the coaches work with your swimmer. Assistant coaches will be in the water with younger swimmers.

Who must attend the evaluation:

- Anyone new to the team (regardless of age)

- Any returning swimmer (regardless of age) who did not participate in a meet the previous season and achieve a legal time in at least freestyle

- Any returning swimmer who will be in the Juniors group.

- Any swimmer (age 8 and under) registering to attend Camp Practice

Mini Dolphins

Generally, these are our youngest swimmers who are comfortable in the water, will put their face in the water, and will attempt to swim. Mini Dolphins are ages 4-6 (7-year-olds MAY be added with coach approval).  Swimmers age 4 & 5 may join the program at the discretion of the head coach. Only those participants who are determined to be comfortable in the water and comfortable in a group setting, (with the attention span required to ensure their safety) will be considered. In order to ensure the safety of these swimmers, the size of this group is limited.  Mini Dolphins begin practice Friday, June 14. There is a 5-day refund policy for this group.

Junior Dolphins

This group is generally for swimmers ages 6-8.  Swimmers must be able to make it across the 25-meter pool (or almost across) in at least freestyle.  These swimmers aren’t quite ready for the training ritual of the 8 & Under practice group, but are often competing in at least one stroke. The Head Coach determines whether a developing swimmer is a Mini, a Junior Dolphin or an 8 & Under swimmer, and will often move swimmers up to a more advanced group as the summer progresses. Junior Dolphins, like the minis, do not start practicing until school is out due to lane restrictions.  Please do NOT register your child as a Junior unless they meet these requirements.  We do not have the ability to move swimmers registering as a Junior to the Minis group if the Minis group is full.

Age Group Swimmers

This is a competitive swim team.  A minimum swimming level is required. The evaluation for this group consists of observing the swimmer while he/she swims the length of the pool freestyle & backstroke.  Swimmers do not need perfect strokes, but must meet the minimum requirements outlined below. Swimmers must also swim at a level which will not impede the practice group.  In addition to swimming ability, comfort in the water and in the group setting, age, and maturity are considered.

Age group Swimmers

For age group swimmers, there are minimum requirements to be on swim team.  9+ swimmers must be able to swim 50 meters freestyle completely unassisted (by lane line, pool bottom, kickboard or coach). 9-year-old swimmers unable to swim 50 meters may be requested to start with the 8&U practice at the discretion of the coach.

8&Under:  At a minimum, must be able to swim 25 meters freestyle completely unassisted (by lane line, pool bottom, kickboard, or coach)  No exceptions.