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General FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

WHY SHOULD SOMEONE JOIN A SWIM TEAM?

A summer recreational team stresses learning and fun as well as competition. Swimming is an excellent all-around exercise which combines an individual sport with a team sport. Any swimmer, regardless of ability, has the opportunity to participate. In a summer recreational league swim program, a child has the opportunity to make new friends, improve his/her swimming ability and have fun all summer long!

CAN A SWIMMER START WITH THE TEAM MID-SEASON?

Yes! Swimmers are welcome to join the Seals at any time, but must swim at least two conference dual meets to participate in the Walnut Creek Conference Meet at the end of July.

WHEN IS IT TOO LATE FOR MY CHILD TO START SWIMMING ON A TEAM?

It is never too late to start! Our team welcomes swimmers of all abilities. Unless a swimmer is exceptional, you shouldn’t expect success overnight. But with a little hard work, a newcomer can soon catch up to other, more experienced swimmers his/her age.

HOW MANY PRACTICES ARE THERE PER WEEK AND HOW MANY MUST A SWIMMER ATTEND?

RMST is the only recreational swim team in Walnut Creek that offers both day and night practices during the summer swim season. The practice schedule is located on the website. Typically, practices are held five times per week, including Wednesday mornings before the evening meets. Swimmers should plan to attend all practices. Obviously, this is not always possible. But, repeated/unexcused absences will not only affect a swimmer’s performance, but will be taken into consideration as the coaches plan their meet line-ups.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS AND THE DISTANCES THEY SWIM?

6 & Under 25 yards (one lap)
7 - 8 25 yards
9 - 10 50 yards (two laps)
11 - 12 50 yards
13 - 14 50 yards
15 - 18 100 yards (four laps)

The Individual Medley (I.M.) is a 100 yard event and is swum by children seven and older.

WHAT IS THE "PENTATHLON" MEET?

This is a practice meet for swimmers, parents and coaches. At this meet, times are recorded for all individual events for each swimmer. These pre-season times are used as a basis to judge improvement in future events. Times obtained at Time Trials are not eligible to qualify a swimmer for County.

DO YOU HAVE A PROGRAM FOR PRE-SWIMMERS?

Yes, our Seal pup program is for children 4 – 6 who are not yet ready to compete in meets.  There is the occasional 3 year old who may be ready for seal pups, this is determined by our coaching staff. Please see our Seal Pup page for additional information on this special program.

CAN I JOIN RMST IF I DON'T LIVE IN THE RUDGEAR MEADOWS HOA?

Yes.  There is a splash fee of $135 for your first swimmer and $195 for two or more swimmers.  Non-RM HOA swimmers can use the pool for team practice and swim meets and are welcome to swim as guests of a Rudgear Meadows homeowner family.

WHAT ARE THE PARENT/GUARDIAN REQUIREMENTS?

Each family is responsible for completing one committee job, working 6-8 meet jobs, working at City Meet (if attending) and our Conference Meet each season.

IS IT IMPORTANT TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE SWIM MEET?

YES!!!! This is the culmination of your swimmer’s hard work!

HOW DO I COMMIT (SIGN IN) MY SWIMMER TO A MEET?

Go to "Events" on this website and select the meet you are interested in. Then choose to declare whether your swimmer will attend or decline the swim meet.

WHAT IS THE COMMIT DEADLINE FOR A SWIM MEET?

We highly recommend that you enter all your commits at the beginning of the season so you don't need to keep track of the weekly deadlines. The deadline for a Saturday meet is midnight on the Saturday one week prior to the meet.  The deadline for a Wednesday meet, is midnight on the Wednesday one week prior to the meet.

CAN I LEAVE A MEET EARLY?

This is not recommended however always let a coach know if you need to leave a meet early.  Make sure your child is not in a relay at the end of the meet.  If you leave and your child is in a relay you could cause the entire relay to forfeit.

WHAT TIME DOES MY SWIMMER NEED TO BE AT A MEET?

By 8:00am for a 9:00am Saturday meet; and 4:30pm for a 5:30pm Wednesday night meet.

IS MY CHILD ALLOWED TO SWIM/WARM-UP IN THE DEEP END OF THE POOL DURING A MEET?

No.  There are no lifeguards on duty during a swim meet.

IF MY CHILD IS ON RMST BUT WE ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE HOA, CAN WE STILL USE THE POOL?

Only Rudgear Meadows Homeowner Association families are allowed to use the pool outside of swim team hours.  However, Non Rudgear Meadows HOA families may use the pool if they are guests of a HOA family.