How much does it cost for my child to swim for the Dothan Dolphins swim team?
Dothan Leisure Services charges $60 per quarter for the first child. Each additional child that decides to become a swimmer will be discounted to $35. These dues are paid through your billing account on the team website. These fees go towards paying coaches and facility maintenance.
Booster Club dues are $50 per family per quarter. These fees go straight to the team. These fees are assessed to make sure we can have the most up-to-date equipment and awards.
When are try-outs?
Try-outs are held on the first Monday of each month. During the summer, try-outs are at 9:15 a.m. at the Westgate pool. During the school year, try-outs are at 4:00 p.m. Have them bring a pair of goggles. The tryout requirements are competently swimming 50 yards of freestyle and 15 yards of backstroke. The coaches have full discretion about who makes the team based on how well candidates are able to complete those two requirements, while also looking at stroke technique (including breathing technique and streamline/core ability) combined with the endurance to complete a 45-minute Level I practice.
How often do the swimmers practice?
The Dothan Dolphins are a year-round swim team. The schedule changes according the Dothan City Schools calendar. During the school year, swimmers practice after school starting at 3:30 for Level I, Level III, and Seniors. Level II practices at 4:30. During the summer practice moves to the morning.
The practice schedule is posted under the Practice Schedule section of the website.
Is practice mandatory?
No. Swimmers and their families have other jobs and responsibilities that sometimes keeps them from practice. It is okay. You will notice that if your child doesn't go to practice regularly it will take them longer to show significant improvement. The more often they are there and work hard; the more they will improve.
How many meets does the team attend a year?
Swimming is broken up into two seasons.
The short course season runs from around August until February. These meets are in 25 yard pools. We usually attend 7 - 9 each season. The long course season runs from April until July. Many of these meets are in 50 meter pools. The team usually attends 2 long course pool meets and 3 -4 short course pool meets during the summer. District and State fall during this season. Like practice, these meets are not mandatory, but they are fun and they give your child the opportunity to show off what they've learned.
*In order for your child to compete in these meets (excluding district and state), he/she will need to be USA Swimming registered. The forms are on the website under About DDST and in the black file boxes next the DDST board. Complete the form, turn it in, and your account will be billed.