CCH Mini Shark Program Information Sheet
Our Mini Sharks team is a five-week, lesson-based program where we instruct our young swimmers through the core fundamentals of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to help make the Minis feel comfortable and confident in the water while helping integrate them into the larger dynamic of the CCH swim team.
We will teach the young Sharks freestyle and backstroke, how to tread water and blow bubbles, how to dive, and how to float on their backs. We also have loads of fun while learning. We play games like Ring Around the Rosie and Red-light Green-light to help reinforce the fundamentals of the lessons, and all of our Mini Sharks are invited to participate in the team pep rallies.
At the peak of all the fun, we have our Lollipop Meet held on the last day of Mini Shark practice to allow all our swimmers to show off their new skills and strength. Each swimmer swims the length of the pool, and, at the end of it, they are rewarded a huge and colorful lollipop along with a ribbon of equal size and color. This meet is always a huge success.
The Mini Shark program is offered to all CCH members between the ages of 5 and 8; however, given the strength of the swimmer, exceptions can be made. We will hold swimmer evaluations where each swimmer will be asked to attend at least one of these evaluations. The evaluations are used to observe the general strength and abilities of each child in order determine the placement of the swimmer.
WHAT MINI SHARKS GET TO DO AND RECEIVE
- Mini Sharks are eligible to swim in meets as soon as they demonstrate an ability to swim the full length of the pool.
- Mini Sharks receive the same T Shirt as members of the Competition Team.
- Mini Sharks are invited to participate in Friday pep rallies, pancake breakfasts, team banquet and other social activities, just like members of the Competition Team.
VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS OF MINI SHARK PARENTS
- The volunteer requirement for families with only mini-shark members (no competition team members) will be to help with the end-of-season Lollipop meet and the Woodley mini-meet if their children are participating.
- If your mini shark moves up to the competitive team at some point in the season, you will be encouraged to volunteer at the meet they swim in to get introduced to various volunteer positions. For example, being a timer for half a meet may be an appropriate experience.
For details about Enrollment Criteria and Age Waivers, view the Eligibility Criteria chart.