Minimum Swimming Requirements
Every swimmer must be able to swim one length of the 25-meter pool unassisted and swim comfortably with their face in the water. While stroke development and teaching are a very important part of what our coaches do, with so many swimmers, it is not possible for coaches to be in the water teaching the swimmers techniques on a one-on-one basis during practice sessions. Viperfish board does not believe it would neither be fair nor safe for the other swimmers if the expectation from parents is for coaches to teach their kids the right technique by being in the water alongside the kids. The coaches will assess the ability of all swimmers during the first two weeks of practice. The coaches will recommend additional private swimming lessons for those swimmers who do not meet the swim team minimum requirements.
Swimmers should make every effort to attend all practice sessions. Situations such as long term illness, vacations, or camps are expected, but should be reported to the coach in writing. Please place any written notices in the Coaches Folder. Any illness or injury during a practice should always be reported to the coach immediately. Only swim team members will be allowed in the pool in the permitted lanes during practice sessions. An adult must always accompany any other younger siblings and non-swim team members in the pool area. The baby pool is closed during swim team practice sessions. Your cooperation is appreciated. In the event of rain, practice will be held with the exception of thunder or lightning. If practice is canceled due to inclement weather, we will post a notice on our website. We will also send out an e-mail notice.
The coaches select meet entries for the swimmers including relay teams. Meet event assignments will be posted on the Viperfish website in the Meet Schedule link by Wednesday morning for Wednesday evening meets and by Friday afternoon for Saturday morning meets. Swimmers and parents are asked to check the website prior to the meet so they know their assigned events. If your swimmer is selected for a relay and CAN NOT participate, please contact the Head Coach immediately.
Swimmers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the meet warm-ups to allow time for check-in. All swimmers must check-in with their coach when they arrive for the meet so the coaches know that they will be available for their assigned events.
During the meets, swimmers are required to stay in the designated team areas. The Clerks of Course will be calling for swimmers prior to their assigned events and lining them up. Parents should remind their swimmers that it is the responsibility of the swimmer to stay in the team area and be ready when their name is called or else they may miss their event/heat.
Good sportsmanship is beneficial to building team morale. Swimmers are to stay in the water until all swimmers in their heat finish the event. Congratulate swimmers from the other team as well as your own. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to all meets. You may want to arrange carpools with other parents if you cannot attend a meet in person.
PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES AT MEETS: All Parents are expected to volunteer for one of the many positions that need to be filled that allow the swim meet to run in our volunteer run organization. This is a requirement of all swim meets attended. More information on each of the positions that are needed to run an effective meet can be found in the Volunteer Positions in the Team Info Tab.
Swimmers are expected to attend swim team practices and meets. All planned vacations and absences should be communicated to the coach prior to the start of the first practice. Unexpected absences due to illness or other obligations must be submitted to the Head Coach via email as soon as possible. It is crucial that the coaches know who will be attending the meets when they are preparing the meet entries. Our meets are seeded (heat and lane assignments) in advance and this helps to avoid last minute shuffling of swimmers.
If a swimmer or a parent volunteer is sick the day of the meet, please call the Meet Manager as well as Computer Operator so they can relay this information to the Head Clerk of Course and Head Coach.