Practice runs from mid-September through mid-March. Practice times have changed this season, please make sure you review the daily practice schedule found in the Team Calendar.
HOW LONG IS THE SWIM SEASON?
Swim Team begins in September, with meets starting in October and ending in mid-March. There is a summer swim team program that runs from May through early August.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PRACTICE IS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?
The Coaches will let you know which practice is right for your child, it will be a combination of their age and swimming ability. If you are new to the team, you can talk to any of the coaches before the season starts to determine what practice to start with.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CHILD GO TO PRACTICE?
The more your child goes to practice the more improvement they will see in themselves. We recommend for 10 and under swimmers 2-3 practices per week. 11 and above swimmers should attend a minimum of 3 practices per week.
WHAT CAN I AS A PARENT DO TO HELP THE TEAM?
The Swim Team is completely made up of VOLUNTEERS and new help is always appreciated. Meets are a great place to volunteer as lots of help is NEEDED. We need people to: set up and break down for the meets, time, officiate, write ribbons, score, run between the timers and scorers. Monitor the locker rooms and work at the concession stand. All swim team parents / guardians are members of the BOOSTERS Club. Participation in the BOOSTERS Club is a great way to get involved.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A SWIM MEET?
A swim meet is a competition between two or more teams. There are actually three types of swim meets:
- Dual Meet - competition between two or three teams
- Invitational or Specialty Meets - many teams competing with a specific stoke, distance or theme
- Championship Meets - many teams competing for individual and team titles
The SENECY Championship Swim Meet is the biggest meet of the season for our team. This is the meet where all 14 teams swim each other. It usually takes place on the first weekend in March. This is a mandatory meet. All swimmers are expected to participate at this meet. When we host a meet in our pool, it takes a lot of people to make it run smoothly. This is a good time to volunteer to help.
HOW DO SWIM MEETS WORK?
Your child will be informed when to be at the pool (this is usually done at practice and a posting on our web site.), it is important to have your child at the pool at the correct time. This allows the coaches to tell the children what they will be swimming as well as give your child time to warm-up (swim) before the start of the meet. Each child is usually put into three events. It is VERY important that your child stay until they have swam all of their events - ALL swimmers MUST check with the Head Coach before leaving. Meets are long, hot and tiring. Be prepared to spend the afternoon. Typically, a dual meet will begin with warm-up around 11:30pm and last until 5:00pm.
SHOULD I BRING FOOD FOR MY CHILD DURING A SWIM MEET?
Yes, it is recommended that you pack healthy foods and plenty of water. No food is allowed in most pool areas but the swimmers spend most of their time in the bullpen area where food is allowed. You can also find concession stands at most meets that has hot dogs, pizza, drinks and a variety of baked goods. Parents will be asked to provide a food item for the stand. All proceeds benefit the swim team.
ADDITIONAL SWIM MEET INFORMATION
Make sure to bring 2 towels, sweat shirts, pants and flip-flops to all meets. Some swimmers even bring bathrobes since most bullpen areas are usually set up in gymnasiums which are much cooler than the pool area. Water makes the floors VERY Slippery! Flip-flops will prevent your child from picking up Planters Warts and Athletes Foot. Swimmers will not be allowed to leave the pool area in just a bathing suit. Remember that we swim during the winter months so bring a tee shirt and sweat pants to keep warm.
WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BE ON THE TEAM AND WHERE CAN I GET IT?
Please see the Swimmer Equipment page.
HOW MANY EVENTS CAN MY CHILD SWIM IN DURING A MEET?
In general, each swimmer is allowed to swim three events per meet.