1. Why hasn't my child been moved up to the next Level if he/she can demonstrate the swim requirements? Moving a swimmer up is at the coaches discretion. There are many factors that go into deciding if a child is ready to go to the next level aside from swimming ability. One of the biggest deciding factors is maturity level. It is important that the swimmer listens & follows directions, doesn't take too many rest room breaks, or have frequent "issues" during class? These are signs the swimmer is not ready. Additionally, it is not always best to move a swimmer up away from their peer group.
2. When is the best time to talk to my child's coach? Please for safety reasons, do not interrupt the coach during class. Please email any questions to your coach, or request a phone meeting, or meet with the coach in person before or after classes.
3. How often are Swim Meets & is my swimmer required to go?
Regular Season: Meets are typically once a month and you must sign up to attend. There are additional charges for WST swim meets. Charges are meet dependent. We would like Levels 3-6 to attend as many meets as possible. However, attendance is not required. You may sign-up for swim meets on line or in person with your coach.
Summer Season: Meets are typically once a week. You are expected to be at EVERY meet- including the away meets! Our team can't be successful if the team members don't show up. There are no additional charges for summer swim meets. If you cannot attend a meet you must inform the coaching staff at least 48 hours prior to swim meet and 1 week prior to Championship Meet. Failure to show up at a summer swim meet, without adequate notification, will result in a $50 "No Show Fee" per swimmer, and failure to show up at the Championship Swim Meet is a $50 "No Show Fee". All swimmers going to Championships must swim a minimum of 2 swim meets during the season.
4. When will my child be ready to swim in a meet? For the most part, if a child can swim a legal freestyle and backstroke, they're ready to at least swim those events at a meet, and possibly participate in a relay. Meet readiness may also depend on the swimmer's maturity and the level of competition at a meet. Most Level 3 and some Level 2 swimmers are ready for competitions. If unsure, ask your coach.
5. Who chooses the races my child swims? The coaches choose for the most part. The coaches try to expose the swimmers to all of the events that they're capable of swimming, balanced with the team's need to score points.
6. What are the age groups?
Regular Season: 8-Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18
Summer Season: 6 & Under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
7. How do I make sure that my child doesn't miss their race? Before warm ups, either buy a heat sheet or find one hanging on the wall for the athletes, then write down their events on their arm or leg with a Sharpie (see below). Many meets will often organize the 10 & under swimmers in the "bullpen" to help make sure they get to the blocks when they are supposed to. For older swimmers it's up to the swimmer and parents to keep up with the action and know when to report to the blocks. It is not the coach's job to get the swimmer to their event.
8. How are meets scored? In a dual meet, the first 3 finishers in an event score on a 5-3-1 basis. No team is allowed to sweep all three places. As long as a team has a swimmer in an event, they will score at least 1 point. Relays are worth 7 points, winner take all. At District, the top 6 finishers score on a 7-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The same applies to relays, with points doubled. State scores the top 16 places. Winter meets are variable, but usually score at least the top 6 places.
9. How long does a swim meet last? Summer meets last 2 1/2- 4 hours. Winter meets can last all day, but are usually divided into sessions by age groups. If your family has swimmers across several age groups, you could be there all day. Otherwise, the meet might only involve several hours in the morning or afternoon for you. Some winter meets last 2-3 days.
10. How are relay teams chosen? The "A" relay team is comprised of the 4 fastest swimmers in an age group. If there are enough members in an age group, the next 4 fastest swimmers would make up the "B" team, and so on. Freestyle Relay teams are easy to determine. However, the Medley Relay is more complicated. The coaches use a software program to determine the fastest combination of four swimmers. It doesn't always work out like you'd think it would! Coaches do have leeway to remove a swimmer who is either injured or has demonstrated a poor attitude in practice or poor attendance, but this is rarely an issue.
11. What does "swimming up" mean? Sometimes at a meet we will have a shortage of swimmers in an age group to form a relay team. The coaches can take a swimmer from a younger age group and swim him/her up (example: 8 year old boy will swim on the 9-10 boy relay team). Swimmer can only go up in an age group and not down. The swimmers get a kick out of swimming with the big kids.
12. What should I bring to a meet? Portable chairs to sit in, something for swimmers to sit/lay on, extra towels, swim parkas (if they have one), and change of clothes. Make sure that your swimmer's swim bag is packed with an extra cap and set of goggles, and an extra suit. Just in case. There are usually equipment vendors at the winter meets, but not at the dual meets during the summer. Sunblock, sunglasses and hats can be useful in the summer. Bring money for concessions, and to purchase a heat sheet and t-shirt at the bigger meets. Healthy snacks for the swimmers are a plus. Before the meet, make sure to review the team's warm-up time, and make sure that you're comfortable with directions to the pool if it's an away meet. Bring a Sharpie marker or something similar to write your child's races on their arm or leg in the E-H-L format (event, heat, lane). Highlighters and pens come in handy to track results. Games help occupy your swimmer during their downtime, and to occupy your younger non-swimmers too. Electronic games and MP3 players are popular with the team for example.
13. Do we have an official uniform?
Regular Season: Yes. We will be using a
Summer Season: Yes.
14. What exactly is a Heat Sheet? This is the meet program, which lists all the events in order and all of the heats comprising them.
15. Should I be volunteering? If you can, yes. If you're a single parent with a young swimmer, this may not be practical. If two parents are present or your swimmers are older and self-sufficient, you should look for volunteer opportunities. We need many timers for instance. Ask a coach or Board member what you could do to help at a meet. The "volunteering" section on this site has more detailed information. Working a meet makes the time pass much faster and every job allows you to see your athlete swim.
16. How do I become an official? By volunteering to learn and then going through an apprenticeship process. Official positions include Referee, Starter and Stroke & Turn Judge. We can always use more volunteers in this capacity. Becoming a registered official is a great way to learn more about the sport and give something back to the team, and it's also an unbeatable way to get the best seat in the house during a meet- on the pool deck!
17. Am I required to purchase US Swimming Insurance for my swimmer-I already have personal coverage? Yes. As a US Swimming Club, we are required to have every club member covered under the USA Swimming insurance program. This insurance does not replace the need for your personal insurance.
18. Is transportation provided? No. You are responsible for getting your child to/from practice, WST meets, and Penguins meets. Many parents carpool and leave as a group from the Swimplex.
19. What equipment is my swimmer required to have? Swimmers will need a practice swimsuit (1 piece for girls) and goggles. Girls with long hair should wear a swim cap or pull hair back. All other equipment may be borrowed from the team, however; it must be returned in the proper place after each workout. Most of our flippers are donated from past swimmers and are limited in availability. You may want to purchase your own pair. Please write your name on all personal equipment, otherwise; it will end up in the community pile!
20. What does DQed mean? When a swimmer does not follow all stroke rules, including the start, finish and/ or turns during a race, they are "disqualified" or a. k. a. DQed.
21. When is my monthly payment due? On the first of every month, or the first Monday of the month. Late fees will incur starting the 10th. Late fee amount is $10 per month late.
22. Who do I give my payment to and what types of payment do you accept? pay in person, or mail to: Franklin County Swimming, 175 Brandi Way, Winchester TN, 37398. We accept cash or check. All checks should have swimmer's name and what the payment is for on the check's memo line. All cash payments must be in a closed envelope with swimmers name on or inside the envelope and a note stating what the payment is for. You may give your payment to Ms. Sue, Ms. Huffhines. Please do not give payments to the Front Deck Clerk at the pool.
23. Do you offer a discount for siblings? Yes. The second child is discounted by $5, and third or more children will receive a $10 discount.
24. Can my swimmer wear the team suit during practice? Yes, swimmers may wear their team suit to practice in.
25. How do I care for my swim suit? Your swim suits should NEVER be washed or dried in a machine-NEVER< NEVER< NEVER! The suits should be rinsed out EVERY TIME it is worn in the pool. Rinse in warm water with a little mild soap is fine. Manufactures recommend laying flat to dry. Before you remove tags, read the manufacture's care instructions and follow. Also, do not sit on concrete decking. It will pull the bottom of your suit. Sit on a towel.