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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS &

INFORMATION FOR NEW OR PROSPECTIVE SWIMMERS & DIVERS

Anyone who has an interest in swimming or who would like to try aerial gymnastics over water (diving!) is welcome to join the Anoka High School Swim & Dive Team!  Please review the following materials and email any questions to the Anoka High School Swim & Dive Booster or the head coach.

  1. Where does the team practice and when does the season start?

    The Anoka High School Girls Swim & Dive team starts practice in mid-August each summer and finishes in late November. 

Anoka High School Boys Swim & Dive team starts practicing in late November and ends early March.

Practices are held at the pool located at Anoka Middle School for the Arts (AMSA), Fred Moore Campus.

There is an after-school activity bus that transports students from Anoka High School to AMSA.

 

  1. What if I have never been on a swim or dive team in the past?  Can I still participate? 

    Yes! You do NOT need to be an expert at either to join the team.  The Anoka High School Swim & Dive team is a no-cut high school team.  All students are welcome to participate and learn the sport.  New swimmers will be introduced to the fundamentals of competitive swimming and diving.  All you need is basic swimming skills, an interest and a commitment to contribute to the team.  While club swimming experience can be helpful, it is not required. 

     

  2. How often does the team practice? 

    The team practices are every day after school on non-meet days.  On Saturdays there is either a meet or a scheduled practice.  There are no practices or meets on Sundays.  Varsity members may have “double” practices.

     

  3. How do I know the events my swimmer will compete in and how do meets work?

  • Each athlete can compete a maximum of four (4) events per meet.  They can be two (2) individual events and two (2) relay events or three (3) relay events and one (1) individual event.

  • The events that an athlete swims at each meet is determined by the coaches and is based on many different factors.

  • Dual meets are held on weekdays.  We generally compete against another team in our conference.  Teams typically swim in all odd or all even lanes with the fastest swimmers in the heat placed in lanes four or five.  Scoring can be found here:  (link)

  • If you are familiar with club meets, you will find the pace of the high school meets much faster.  (There is a break after the 50 Free).

  • The diving potion of the meet occurs near the middle of the swimming events.

  • At dual meets, there is a JV heat followed by a Varsity heat.  Sometimes there is an Exhibition heat prior to JV heat.  Exhibition events do not count for points but are great experience for new swimmers.

     

  • Send food, healthy snacks and beverages!  Your athlete is burning calories.  They will eat constantly.  It is very important that they bring snacks to eat before practice.  They will also want plenty of food on meets days.  Parents suggest sending a jar of peanut butter, honey and other healthy snacks.  Sometimes the bus stops at Subway Foods so the kids can purchase sandwiches.  If this is the plan, send money with your athlete.  Send snacks even if the bus stops at Subway for lunch. 

     

  1. How does my child get to/from the swim meets that are not at the home pool?

    The school district provides bus transportation to and from all “away” meets.  Swimmers are expected to ride the bus both ways with their teammates.  In special circumstances an athlete can ride home from a meet with a parent.  However, a written note must be given to the coach, stating that an athlete will be riding home with a parent and is signed by the parent and dated. 

     

  2. What costs are involved?

    • Athletic registration fee through the school district.  Go to the Anoka High School homepage at https://ahconnect.anoka.k12.mn.us.  Log into your secured account.  Click on the “Activities Registration” box.  Click on “Activities” (Athletics/activities/parking permits); find your athletes name and choose the correct sport activity.  Currently the fee is $280.00.  Please contact the high school activities director if the fee could be a barrier to participation.  

    • $100.00 booster club fee for equipment, capital improvements and team building events per first athlete of the family.  Each additional athlete per family is $50.00 annually.

    • Team suit(s) A team suit is selected each year by the captains and the coaches.  Typically boys wear a plain black suit.  The team suit should only be worn at meets during the season.  The typical cost is $30.00 - $40.00 (boys) and $50.00 - $60.00 (girls).  In addition, the athlete will require suits to practice in.  Elsmore Aquatics offers grab bag suits for boys at $22.00.

    • There is a team shirt that athletes are encouraged to purchase. 

    • They will need swim caps for practice and meets.  These are typically $15.00 (latex) to $30.00 (silicone) for two swim caps.

    • Goggles:  Approximately $20.00

    • Optional costs include warm up jacket and pants and other team clothing.  Parents also have the opportunity to buy team or fan clothing.

       

  3. How do I sign up?

    You must register for Anoka High School Swimming & Diving through the Anoka High School website, see instructions above (click here for a hyperlink).  There is a registration fee. You may be eligible for a fee waiver depending on your income.  In addition, there is a maximum family contribution for student participation fees totaling $850.00 for more than one student.  You must have a sport physical examination clearance form completed by a doctor.  In summary, you must:

  • Look for a parent meeting at the beginning of the season.  There are typically two parent meetings.  The first meeting is held before the season begins, the second meeting is usually held the first Saturday morning after practice sessions begin.  Refer to the calendar for scheduled meetings.

  • Athletic registration through the school district.  Go to the Anoka High School homepage at https://ahconnect.anoka.k12.mn.us.  Log into your secured account.  Click on the “Activities Registration” box.  Click on “Activities” (Athletics/activities/parking permits); find your athletes name and choose the correct sport activity.  Currently the fee is $280.00.  If you athlete receives free lunch, their $280.00 fee may eligible to be waived.  If your athlete qualifies for reduced lunch, the registration fee is reduced 50%, or $140.00.  Please contact the high school activities director if the fee could be a barrier to participation.

  • You must have an athletic physical, updated every three years, from your athlete’s primary physician.

  • Complete an Emergency Care Card (updated each season for each individual athlete) and give it to the head coach. 

  • Go onto this site and enroll your name and email address to receive information and updates. This is for both families and swimmers.

 

  1. What about fundraising?

    There may be fundraising opportunities available to the athletes, including sales of Mansetti’s Pizza cards or Subway coupon books.  Participation in these events is a great team building experience, and it also helps make swimming and diving even more affordable.

     

  2. As a parent, what do I need to bring to a meet?

    Seating in the pool is limited and is typically hot and humid. Dress in layers. Bring a seat cushion for added bleacher comfort. Wear your Anoka pride with maroon or super fan shirts.  Some parents find it helpful to have a highlighter or pen/pencil to make notes and highlight events of interest. There is an entry fee charged for dual meets, except at the designated “parents meet”.

     

  3. I volunteered to help make a meal for the team. What is involved?

    Feeding your active swimmer/diver can sometimes be a challenge! With daily practices and away meet departures immediately after school, we work together to provide meals for our swimmers and divers. Meals are typically provided immediately after practice the day before the meet.  Everything in a “pasta feed” is donated by parents or from solicitations from restaurants.  Pasta feeds include garlic bread, salad, milk, pasta with sauce, and some type of dessert.  You can volunteer to either assist coordinating a meal or donate food item(s).

     

  4. If I'm asked to be a “timer,” what does this mean? Do I need special training?

  • Volunteering for this task can be great fun! You're right on deck with the action of the meet and you enjoy comfy seats. In addition to the electronic touch pads used at the wall, each lane requires two to three additional timers. 

  • One timer operates a stop watch and “plunger”, one timer operates a stop watch, and one additional person records the times on a sheet of paper. 

  • In some instances, only two timers are used, and the non-plunger operator records the times. 

  • A timers' meeting takes place prior to the start of the meet, and the meet official provides complete training. 

  • Less experienced timers may feel more comfortable in lanes 1, 2, 7, and 8, as the outside lanes tend to have fewer swimmers.

  1. How do meet concessions work?

The Anoka High School Swim & Dive Booster Club is responsible for managing the concessions during swim & dive events. Your booster club will be asking for volunteers to assist in donating items to the concession stand or serve concession food items during meets throughout the season. The swim & dive team benefits each time you serve in this capacity.

  1. What volunteers are necessary?  There are a few paid volunteer positions for home meets and some unpaid volunteer workers needed. 

Paid Volunteers.  These volunteers earn $35.00 per meet they work.  Traditionally these paid volunteers have donated back the $35.00 proceeds to offset costs of equipment or maintenance needs.  This income stream is built into the booster club budget.  We ask those parents that volunteer for these positions to honor the tradition and donate monies earned to the booster club.

Announcer

Ticket Taker

Colorado Timing System

E-Dive program

Meet Manager Computer system

Unpaid Volunteers.  There is also a need for donations and chuck-a-duck and concession stand workers for home meets.  These are unpaid volunteer positions.  We ask each family to either donate goods or donate time during these home meets. 

**If you are interested in volunteering goods or time at home meets, please contact the booster club or send a message on this website.

  1. WHAT IS THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT?

Meet swim suit

Practice swim suit
Meet swim cap (personalized with your name) & practice swim cap
Goggles

Towels
Lock for the locker in the locker room
Snacks & plenty of fluids to drink during practice and meets

 

*You don’t need to purchase all of the clothing items offered.  Some apparel is optional.  Please see the list of required apparel above. 

 

  1. How do I know what size of swim suit to buy for my swimmer, what type of swim cap and what type of goggles?

 

The best way to determine your swim suit size is to try them on.  There will be sample suits available at the first parent meeting.  If you miss that meeting either go to a store and try on sizes or find a current swimmer that is about the same size as your athlete and ask what size they wear.

 

Similarly, the best way to determine the type of goggles or swim cap is to talk to current swimmers and find out what they wear and why.

 

  1. Swim caps are offered in both latex and silicone materials. 

LATEX:  Latex are made of a thin layer of latex and are less expensive.  They are very stretchable.  They can last a long time, but do tend toward ripping and swimmers can poke through latex while putting it on or pulling it off.  They fit most heads and can accommodate long hair.  Latex caps are non-porous and can trap a layer of warm water between the scalp and cap.  Some swimmers have an allergic reaction to latex.

SILICONE:  Silicone caps are top of the line.  They are super-stretchy, hypoallergenic and tend to be more durable than other types of caps.  They are subject to puncture, but are more resistant to that kind of damage compared to latex caps. Silicone is conforming, but not in a tight restrictive way.  They don’t pull hair the same way a latex cap can and are easier to put on. Silicone caps are more expensive than latex caps.  Some athletes wear a latex cap with a silicone cap over it.

Finally….

Words from a current swimmer:  “It is really fun!  The Swim Team is a family and the camaraderie is awesome!”