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 New Parent FAQ

1. I am new to the Damascus Swim Team. How do I get an account?  Go to Damascusdolphins.org and
click on “New Registration” or “Start Registration” Follow the steps and remember to it submit at the
end of the process.

2. Do we have to be pool members for my swimmers to participate on the swim team?  Yes, in order to
join the swim team, you and your children must be members of the pool.

3. When does the swim season begin and end?  Practices for Dolphin swimmers begin on 5/29 at 3:30.
Please check the website for times for the different age groups. This can be found on the team
calendar. For Porpoise swimmers, tryouts are on Thursday 5/31 at 6PM, and practice starts 6/18 at
10:45. If you can’t make the date for Porpoise tryouts, please contact the coach to set up a time for the
coach to evaluate your swimmer. The last day for Porpoise swimmers is 7/18, and for the team the last
day for most swimmers is 7/19 and for all star swimmers 7/27. The calendar on the website is fully
updated with times and dates.

4. How many obligation sign up sites are there?  There are two sign ups on Signup Genius for
obligations. One is for the snack bar and one is for meet obligations. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Dale
Miller, will send out these links the 2 nd week of May for you to sign up on. He will also send out an email
in early May explaining the process and the requirements. The spots are first come first serve.

5. Do I need to create a Signup Genius account to sign up for these obligations?  Yes, you will need an
account to sign up.

6. How do I declare if my swimmer is available?  This is done through the team website. For A meets go
to Damascusdolphins.org and go to the “events” tab. Click on each meet and you can check “yes” or
“no” if your swimmer(s) are available. They can commit any time between now and the Wednesday
before the Saturday “A” Meet. If you are going to miss a meet(s), please also let the
coach know via email or in person. For “B” meets, the swimmers pick the events they wish to swim
(Not just a yes or no)….. B meets are NOT open for committing until after the previous weeks A meet
and the commitment must be done by Tuesday at noon.

7. When are time trials and what are time trials?  Time trials is basically a practice meet at the start of
the swim season. All swimmers (with the exception of Porpoises) swim this meet. It is 6/9 at 8AM.
Swimmers are advised to arrive by 7:30. The team handbook page also has a ton of general information.

8. Who determines which meets my swimmer(s) will swim in?  The coaches decide (based on times and
evaluations) who will be swimming in the “A” meets on Saturday morning and in the “B” meets on
Wednesday evening. The coach will email the lineups out for Saturday and Wednesday meets a couple
of days prior to.

9. What is the difference between a Refreshment Stand Worker and a Snack Bar obligation?  If you work
at the snack bar during a meet, you are considered a Refreshment Stand Worker, and this will satisfy
one of your obligations, but does not count towards your mandatory snack bar shift requirement. You
are still required to work a snack bar shift during non-meet hours.

10. How long are the volunteer shifts?  It is dependent on the job. It usually is anywhere from 1-3 hours.

11. How many volunteers are needed per event?  Again, this is dependent on the event. For a swim meet it is anywhere from 25-30 people. For the pasta dinner, it could be 5. It varies per event.

12. What are the positions? What kind of experience do I need?  Dale Miller, our Volunteer Coordinator sends out an email prior to sign up detailing what positions are available. Examples of some are timers, parking
attendants, grilling helpers, ribbon writer, etc. The only ones that need experience are the officials spots, which
require actual training.

13. What happens if I can’t make it to the first meeting?  The link to sign up for obligations is sent to everyone at the same time. It is first come first serve. If you miss the general meeting, we are having a new parent orientation at the pool on 5/19 from 9-12.

14. How much are the swimming suits?  Our pricing will be listed on the website.  Does everyone need the suit and cap?  We do not require everyone buy the same suit and cap, but we do ask the suit be in line with the
team colors. We take orders at the general meeting for the suit the team is offering. Usually the same suit can
be bought online. At the general meeting we help size suits for the kids and they can add the option to have
the logo put on the suit.

*******A COUPLE OF QUICK NOTES*********

1. Our website is very thorough and contains a lot of information. It is best to focus on two main
sections of the website, which are the “Team Calendar” and “Events”. These two sections will
give you practice times and dates and the date and time of every swim team event.

2. Also, we will be holding a new parent orientation at the pool on 5/19 between the hours of
9-12. We will be there to answer any questions you may have. Sonja Roberts (who runs our
Snack Bar) will also be there to answer any snack bar questions and show parents how the snack
is run.

3. Finally, we will have a new Messenger Application (for your phone) we are rolling out this year.
It is called WhatsApp. It will be a forum for people to ask any questions them may have. The
group is called “Damascus Dolphins 2018” To get access, you have to download the application
and then text Gladys Lott at 240-676-0901 to request access to the group. From there you can
post questions and someone will get back to you.