Who can join the Willowick Wildkats?
Any child between the ages of four (4) and eighteen (18) on or before June 1 of that year is eligible to swim in the Suburban Swim League. In order to swim for the Wildkats, you have to live in Willowick. Other extenuating circumstances are sometimes allowed for those who do not live within the city limits, but those cases must receive approval from the league.
What if I/my child(ren) have never been on a swim team before? What are the requirements?
We welcome and encourage kids who have never been on a swim team before but are interested to join our team. However, there is an understanding that you/your child can swim an entire lap (25 meters) without assistance. There is a difference between the swim team and the Learn-to-Swim program.
When are the practices?
Practices for the 11-12 and 13-15 age groups are weekdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Practices for the 8&U and 9-10 age groups are weekdays from 5-6 p.m. Starting the second week of practice there will also be an 8-9 a.m. practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the 11-12 and 13-15 age groups.
Is there a minimum number of practices I/my child(ren) have to attend?
Of the five full practices offered to each age group, the minimum amount of practices each week is three (3) in order to swim in that week's meet. We do, however, encourage swimmers to make it to as many of their age group's practices as possible.
What if I/my child(ren) have a conflict and can not attend practice?
We understand that families and children are often involved in many things during the summer months. That is why we only require each swimmer to make it to three practices a week. If you have a conflict that will require you to miss more than two practices a week, please talk to one of the coaches about your situation.
How do I let the coach(es) know my child won't be at practice?
If your child is going to miss more than required amount of practices please email us or talk to one of the coaches.
How do I find out if practice is canceled?
We make every attempt to get all our practices in. However, if there is thunder and/or lightning in the area, we are required by the Red Cross not to allow anyone in, or even near, the water. If we need to cancel practice, we will most likely not do it until the very last minute, but you will be made aware of cancellations by following our team on Facebook or Twitter (links are on the home page). All notifications will be at both places. If we can get an email out fast enough, you will also be notified that way. If there is a question about whether practice is still on or not, a message will only be sent if it is canceled.
When are the meets? How often are they? How long do they last?
Swim meets are every Saturday morning throughout the summer, starting with our Red & Black intersquad scrimmage and ending with the league-wide Championships, which is a two-day event in late July or early August. Championships is the only time we swim on a Sunday.
The meets begin at 8 a.m. (although you need to arrive between 6:45 and 7 a.m., depending on if the meet is home or away, for warmups) and are typically over by 12:30 p.m.
How are the meets run?
Each swim meet has 66 events, which includes events for each of the eight age groups — 8&U boys and girls, 9-10 boys and girls, 11-12 boys and girls, and 13-15 boys and girls. There is a medley and free relay for each, along with races in the four competitive strokes — backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.
As a parent, am I required to help out at meets?
We ask that at least one parent per family help out at every home meet. There are many jobs to be do to make sure the meet can run smoothly. Please see any of our board members to volunteer to help out as we need people to be timers, officials, scorers, work in the concession stand, etc., etc.
We also need about 12-15 timers for away meets too.
Do I/my child(ren) have to compete at every meet?
Swimmers do NOT have to compete at every meet (we have six per season). But in order to be eligible to compete at Championships, swimmers do need to compete in at least three meets.
How do I let the coach(es) know my child won't be at a meet?
All notifications that your swimmer(s) will not be at a meet are due the Wednesday before the meet. Swimmers are automatically listed as planning to attend each meet. To change a swimmer's commitment:
- Go to the EVENTS Tab
- Click the EDIT COMMITMENT button for the specific meet
- Click on the swimmer(s) who will not be at the meet
- Change their Signup Record from Yes to No. Put the reason for missing in the Notes section
- Make sure to Save Changes (bottom right)
I/My child(ren) was disqualified (DQ) in an event, what does that mean? What should I do?
The meets are officiated by parent volunteers who have attended classes to learn the rules by which the Suburban Swim League is governed. After each meet, the coaches are given the DQ slips on which the officials write down the infraction. The coaches will talk to the swimmer either at the meet or at practice the following week about what he/she did wrong and how to go about correcting it.