Mini Dolphin Program Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When does the Mini Dolphin program start?
A: The Mini Dolphins start later in the season after school is out. The reason for this is before school is out, the pool is not open during the day, and we are only able to have competitive team practices in the evenings. After school is out, we use the pool in the mornings before it opens to the public. This gives us the entire pool, and in particular, the shallow end to work with our younger swimmers without interfering with pool patrons. Practices continue through the entire season which ends the last weekend in July. This way, if any of the Mini Dolphins are ready to swim in a meet, they will have the opportunity. See the practice page for specific practice times for the various groups.
Q: Will my Mini Dolphin be registered to swim with the PWSL?
A: Not at first. For the Summer Competitive program, the PWSL requires a per-swimmer registration fee that Wellington pays on your behalf from your registration fees. If it is determined mid-season that your swimmer is ready to compete, we will submit the registration with the League. The League has no deadline, and will accept additional swimmers throughout the season.
Q: Why is there no registration deadline for the Mini Dolphin program?
A: Again, the deadline is in place for the Summer Competitive program to encourage families to register early. Since those in the Mini Dolphin program won’t be participating in Time Trials or Meets, there is not a time-sensitive urgency to get the swimmers who will be competing in place. The League has no deadline, and will accept additional swimmers throughout the season.
Q: How many Mini Dolphins will you accept to the program?
A: We take forty swimmers for Mini Dolphins each summer.
Q: Will the Mini Dolphins participate in Meets?
A: If a Mini Dolphin progresses and the coaching staff thinks they are ready to swim in a meet, they will recommend promoting the Mini Dolphin to swim in the meet the following week. We will notify the parents and discuss the possible promotion to the Competitive Team.
Q: Is there a Meet just for the Mini Dolphins?
A: Yes! We hold a Mini Meet in late-July for the Mini Dolphin swimmers.
Q: Is my child expected to graduate from the Mini Dolphins into the Summer Competitive program during the first season?
A: Every child is different, so there is no hurry or pressure. There is no deadline or limit on the amount of time your child can be part of the Mini Dolphins Developmental program through age 8. As long as the Mini Dolphin Coach and Head Coach feel that it is in the best interest of the child to remain in the Mini Dolphin program, they can remain there. The Coaching staff is committed to you and your swimmer to ensure the right fit, and most of all, to make sure your child is having fun!
Q: Will you accept a child over 8 into the Mini Dolphin program?
A: The program is designed for 3 to 8 year olds. By age 9, we feel that a swimmer should have the physical and mental ability to be part of our Summer Competitive program. If you have special circumstances, we will discuss them with you and our Head Coach.
Q: Do I need to purchase a Wellington Team suit for my Mini Dolphin?
A: No. We do not recommend that swimmers wear their team competitive suits during practice. We do encourage purchasing a Wellington team cap to help your child feel part of the team. If your swimmer moves up to the Summer Competitive program, he or she will be expected to compete wearing the team suit or other approved suit per the team’s guidelines.
Q: What is expected of me in terms of Volunteering if my child is part of the Mini Dolphins?
A: If you have no other swimmers on the team in the Summer Competitive program, you are not expected to volunteer to help with meets. There may be special activities geared towards the Mini Dolphin program, so we may call upon you to assist, but that remains to be determined. The purpose of the Mini Dolphins is to develop your swimmer to be able to compete. It is not a program for parents who are looking for swim stroke development lessons but don’t want to be involved with the team.
Q: If my child moves up to the competitive program, will I be expected to volunteer?
A: Yes. And the Board of Directors will take into consideration the remaining time in the season when determining a pro-rated Volunteer Hour Commitment.