Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How old do you have to be to sign up for the swim team?
A. Children as young as 3 can join this swim team. However, they must be able to swim a length of the pool unassisted. The maximum age is 18.
Q. I don't know all of the strokes, can I still join the team?
A: Yes! It's not necessary to know all the strokes. In fact, most people in their first year of a swim team are not skilled in the strokes. You'll learn everything you need to know about the strokes at practice. Please keep in mind that swim team is not swim lessons. There will be a swim test for all new swimmers ages 8 and under that requires the ability to swim the length of the pool unassisted the best way the swimmer knows how (doggy paddle is perfectly fine).
Q. Do you have to know how to dive?
A. No. Many of our younger swimmers just jump off of the side or off of the block at the first meet. Eventually, in their own time, swimmers learn to dive.
Q. Do I have to purchase a team swimsuit? Where can I buy the team suit?
A. Team suits are highly encouraged to promote team unity but are not required. Team suits can be purchased in our Team Store. Every swimmer must wear a team swim cap at all swim meets. Swim caps are included in the cost of registration.
Q. How do I know which swimsuit size to order online?
A. We will have a sizing kit in the pool office to try on suits for sizing. Come to the pool office during the first 2 weeks of practice or email email@example.com to ask for an appointment.
Q. How often are swim practices held?
A. Practices are held four days a week, Monday through Thursday at the Atlantic Rec Center pool.
Q. Do I need to attend every practice?
A. No. We do not require swimmers to attend every practice. However, the more time your swimmer spends at practice, the more improvement he/she will see and will be better prepared for swim meets. If you expect that your child will not be able to attend practices on a regular basis, please talk to the coaches. Swim team is not a “drop in” sport and does require a commitment for the season.
Q. What equipment will my swimmer need?
A. During practice, it is important for all swimmers to have the following items:
- A practice suit, not the team suit (girls need to wear 1 piece suits)
- Swim cap
All of these items can be purchased on our Team Store.
Q. Should I stay and watch swim practices?
A. You're welcome to stay and watch (during non-covid restricted practices). Please refrain from hovering at the side of the pool, critiquing your child, and distracting the coaches during practice. Your child may behave differently if you hover at practice. We want your child to be focused on the coach vs their parent. If you chose not to stay at the pool during practice, make sure the coach or another parent who is staying knows how to reach you in case of an emergency, weather cancelation, or other needs pop up.
Q. It's raining. Will practice be canceled?
A. Practice will not be canceled due to rain alone. However, safety is our first priority. At the first sign of thunder or lightning, the pool will be cleared for 30 minutes. The decision to cancel practice will be made by the head coach based on the current conditions as well as the forecast and will be communicated via one or more of the following ways: email blast to the team, text, and Facebook. You can also check the “Thor” status on our website. If the Thor status is red, practice will be canceled.
Q. What if we go on vacation or my swimmer goes to camp?
A. Please tell the coaches. There are many kids who miss a week of practice here or there for these reasons. This should not prevent you from signing up for the swim team. However, we require all members to participate in a minimum of 3 swim meets. If your swimmer is not able to meet this requirement, please do not sign up to be on the swim team.
Q: What time do swim meets start?
A: Gates open at 7:45 am. Warm ups start shortly after 8:00 am. The meet starts at 9:00 am.
Q: What do I do when I arrive at a meet?
A: The first thing you should do upon arrival at any meet is check in with the volunteer coordinator at the entrance of the pool deck. Your swimmer will need to check in at the swimmer registration table.
Q. What should I bring to a meet?
A. Here is a list of items you will want to bring to swim meets:
- Swim cap
- Goggles. It is a good idea to bring an extra pair for backup.
- Team swim suit
- Activities to entertain your swimmer between events. It is a good idea to bring items that the swimmers can play with together.
- Money for concessions
- Chairs for every member of your family.
Q. How long do meets last?
A. You should plan on attending dual meets from 8 am until approximately 1pm on Saturdays. Some meets will finish earlier, some later.
Q. What are heat sheets? Where do I find them? What about meet results?
A. Heat sheets are a timeline of all events for all swimmers in the meet. You can use the heat sheet to determine which event, heat and lane your child will swim. Heat sheets are sold for $2.00 at each swim meet. Results are posted to the Results page of our website.
Q. Does my swimmer have to attend every meet?
A. Swimmers are required to attend a miminum of 3 meets. Also, in order to participate in championships, a swimmer must have swum in 3 dual meets in the current season. Swim team is a competitive team requiring a commitment from every family and swimmer. Every swimmer is valuable to the team.
Q. How do I sign up for a meet?
A. TFS has an online meet sign up process. Instructions for signing up for each meet will be emailed out prior to each meet.
Q: Do I have to volunteer at the swim meets?
A: Yes. Parent volunteers are vital to our swim team. We could not operate without the generous work of parent volunteers. For this reason, we require every TFS family to volunteer a total at least 1 shift per meet. We have several volunteer options during meets as well as set up on Friday night to fit your family's needs. You will receive an email when volunteer sign-up is open for the meets. Please check email frequently throughout the season. Please see our website for specific details on our volunteer guidelines.
Q. How do I sign up to volunteer?
A. You can sign up for all volunteer positions on the Meets & Events page of our website. Instructions will be emailed to you prior to each meet.
Q: When I volunteer at a meet, what time do shift 1 and shift 2 occur?
A: The first shift begins at the start of the meet. There will be an announcement calling all first shift volunteers approximately 15 minutes before the first event of the meet. Listen for the announcement so you will know when and where to report for your assignment. The second shift will begin after approximately half of the events are complete. Again, there will be an announcement calling all second shift volunteers.
Q. What are Championships?
A. Championships occur at the end of the season. All teams in our league participate. Championships are like one great big swim meet with all teams participating. IT IS FUN!! Please note: In order to participate, your swimmer must have swum in at least three dual meets from the current season and have a valid time in each event they want to swim.
Q. I have more questions. Who do I contact?
A. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org