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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – 2019 SWIM SEASON

How can I get cool NWB Merchandise?

We have made it super easy this year. Online sales thru Capital Sport and Swim. We will also have sales availble at Swim Meets and in the Guard House.

When will registration open and what are the costs?

Registration opens on May 1, 2019 for the swim team and pre-team.  Registration fees $100/swimmer for Team and $80/swimmer for Pre-Team.

What do our registration fees cover?

Registration fees cover salaries for our coaches, Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) membership dues and fees, concession purchases, ribbons and other awards.  We also subsidize the end of year banquet costs.

Why do we have a concession fees built into registration as opposed to donating items for sale in the Dolphin Deli?

With such a large team of close to 200 swimmers, it has become increasingly challenging to ensure that we have the products that we want to sell at Saturday and Wednesday meets and also comply with Montgomery County health and safety food regulations.  We take the guessing game out of concessions and have enough of what we need to run a successful concession stand for our members and visitors. Revenue from concessions is an important component of funding season-long activities including the end-of-year banquet.

Why can’t I see any events on the website or sign up to volunteer?

You must be logged into your account to perform these actions.  Much of the information that we post on our website is restricted to only our NWB team members. Once you are logged in you will be able to see all content and register your swimmers for events as well as sign up to volunteer.

How do I know if my child should join the pre-team or the swim team?

To join the team, your child should be able to swim one length of the pool freestyle and one length of the pool on their back. Our coaches would be more than happy to evaluate your child to determine where they should be placed.  

Can I switch my child from the swim team to the pre-team or vice-versa?

You may switch from the swim team to the pre-team at any time.  Pre-team coaches will evaluate the progress of each pre-team swimmer and may recommend that they participate in one of the team’s last Wednesday meets of the season.  Please speak with a pre-team coach about this.

Why does the pre-team not have the option for an evening practice?

This comes down to a staffing and pool availability issue.  All of our pre-team coaches are high school students.  They have other responsibilities and other commitments during the summer and cannot be available twice per day.  Additionally, the swim team cannot take up additional space away from NWB members who come to the pool in the evening.

What are the standards for swimming in  Saturday meets versus Wednesday meets?

Saturday meet lineups are determined by the Head Coach based on the fastest times for a particular event as well as which swimmers match up best against the opposing team and ultimately give the Dolphins the best chance of scoring points for the team to win. Wednesday meets are open to all team members; however, a swimmer may not swim a Wednesday meet event that she/he swam in the previous week’s Saturday meet.

What if I miss the deadline to declare my swimmer is available to swim in either Saturday or Wednesday Meets?

Unfortunately, we cannot extend the deadline for your swimmer, so if you don’t declare your swimmer available to swim, he/she will not be able to participate in that meet. Coaches and Automation require time to prepare the line-ups for the meets and there is a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work to do, plus they have their deadlines to meet. All Saturday meets can be declared at the beginning of the season.  We highly recommend that you do as soon as you know your summer schedule.  Wednesday meets can be declared typically the Sunday before the meet and we send out reminders for all meets so you don’t forget!

What are the requirements for volunteering?

We ask that you volunteer once for every that your child participates in.  This is a per-child requirement, so if you have two children on the team your volunteer commitment doubles.  Most of the volunteer opportunities do not require previous experience.  One of our biggest volunteer jobs is to be a timer during Wednesday meets.  If you can push a button, then you’re very qualified for this job!  There are many other opportunities to get involved and contribute to our team, so don’t hesitate to ask us how you can help!  Remember, that we post almost every single volunteer opportunity for each meet – both home and away.

How can I become more involved with the team?

You can become an official, you can help with apparel, you can help plan team social events, you can be a concession shopper, you can help us set up for meets on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, you can volunteer at the concession stand.  The point is that there are many opportunities to get involved.  See the tab BECOME AN OFFICIAL to register.

What do I need to know about practice?

Consistent attendance at practice will make your child a better swimmer.  Our coaches work hard to design practices to increase endurance and teach your children how to improve upon their strokes. It’s understandable that there are times when your child can’t make it.  In that case, please try and attend a make-up practice in the evening. Please know swim team practice is not babysitting. Please be availble to your swimmer if they need you during practice.

Can my swimmer attend practice with a friend or older/younger sibling?

Practices are separated by age groups and the coaches prefer that when possible you stick to the practice time for your child.  Please discuss any changes with one of our coaches before sending your child to a practice for a different age group.