2020 Update - No evaluations will be held this year. Swimmer eligibility is as follows.
All swimmers must be between 5 and 18 years old on June 15th.
Swimmers who cannot meet required swim minimums may be removed from practice until they are able to independently swim per the Government guidelines on social distancing.
A minimum swimming level is required. This means 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. 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.
2020 Update - There will be no Minis or Juniors program. Details below are for informational purposes only.
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
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.
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.