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The Mentor Marlins Swim Team is an age group summer recreation swim team for competitive swimmers ages 4 through 18 hat swim against local communities in Northeast Ohio, as a member of the Northeast Ohio Suburban Swim League.  The end the season finishes with Championships scheduled for the weekend of July 24-25, 2021 and will be conducted virtually. 

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Practice Schedule:

The Marlins' home pool is Mentor Civic Pool.  Please check the Events calendar for the swim meets schedule, which will be posted once it has been approved by the SSL Board.  

The practice schedule starting June 7, 2021:

  • Mondays 11:00-12:30; 6:30-8pm
  • Tuesdays 11:00-12:30
  • Wednesdays 11:00-12:30; 6:30-8pm
  • Thursdays 11:00-12:30; 6:30-8pm
  • No practices on Friday

Swimmers need to attend at least 3 practices a week to swim in the meet that weekend. Swimmers may not attend more than 5 of the 7 practice times.

Policy For Fee Reimbursement:

If a swim team member decides competitive swimming or the Mentor Marlins Swim Team is not a good fit for him/her and desires to quit the team; it is the policy of the Mentor Marlins Swim Team LTD, as set forth by the Mentor Marlins Parent Board, to reimburse registration fees under the following considerations:

1)  Before or during the first week (within first five days) of practice, registration fees will be reimbursed for the full amount paid at the time of the swimmer's initial registration.

2) During the second week of practice; registration fees will be reimbursed at a reduced prorated amount that was paid at the time of the swimmer's registration, to account for coaching and pool utilization during the swimmer's tenure on the team.  

3) If a swimmer decides to quit the team after the second complete week of practice, registration fees will not be reimbursed.

4) Case by case basis:  the Mentor Marlins Parent Board reserves the right to reconsider these policies on a case by case basis if a swimmer must quit the team due to (but not limited to) injury, medical emergency, or family emergency/situation.  

Cold/Inclement Weather Practice Cancellation Policy:

If the outside air temperature is 55 degrees or lower, swimmers will NOT get into the pool for swim practice but should always bring athletic shoes and clothing in the event the coaches elect to do a "dry-land" workout instead.  The dry-land workout will still be at Garfield park but the team may move from the pool to the lower park area for their workout.  Parents can expect to still pick up their swimmers at the pool at the usual end time of their swimmer's practice session. 

Dry-land practices may include cardiovascular exercises such as (but not limited to) running and jumping jacks; and strength building exercises such as pushups and sit ups. Dry-land workouts are determined per the coaches' discretion and will only be accomplished if the outside air temperature is too cold to swim. It is possible that the team will do a dry-land workout before getting into the pool, weather-permitting.    SWIMMERS SHOULD ALWAYS DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER!!!

If the weather is forecasted to be severe (thunderstorms, heavy rain, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc) before practice times, practice will be canceled within 30 minutes before the start.  If the weather appears to progress during practice times, practice will be canceled within the first 15 minutes. Parents/swimmers will be notified via Team Unify email and the On Deck smart phone app. It is recommended that all active account holders download the On Deck app for their smart phones, as applicable, and all desired contact email addresses and cell phone numbers be added and verified for each Team Unify account to ensure widest dissemination of team information and communication. Be sure to check your phone messages and emails before you head to the pool for practice for up-to-date information!

If the weather becomes inclement during practice, swimmers may be required to exit the pool temporarily.  It is the City of Mentor's policy, that lightening visible in the area will require all swimmers to exit the pool.  If, after 20 minutes of no lightening present, swimmers may re-enter the pool and continue with practice. If the weather continues to deteriorate, practice will end and swimmers will be recalled from the pool, get dressed and wait for their parents/guardians to pick them up. If lightening is present in the area, swimmers will remain inside the guard building locker rooms for safety.  There is a covered area outside the guard building and swimmers may wait there for parent/guardian pick up if the weather permits (no lightening present).  

Notification of practice cancellation will be sent via Team Unify email and On Deck app message. Team staff (coaches and/or parent board members) will remain at the pool until all swimmers have been picked up. Parents/guardians need to be prepared to pick up their swimmers from practice early if the weather deteriorates.  Swimmers who ride their bicycles to practice must check out with their coach or a parent board member before they leave; and may be required to stay at the pool in a safe area, if the weather is unsafe for them to leave on their bicycles.  

The Mentor Marlins swim team coaches, parent board members and City of Mentor pool staff will do everything we can to use sound judgment in decision-making with regards to practice cancellations; keeping safety a priority for our swimmers.  It is ultimately up to parents/guardians to decide whether to send their swimmers to practice on a day when the weather may be questionable.  There is no penalty for the 3-practices a week requirement when practice gets canceled; all swimmers will be given attendance credit for the canceled practice so even if they only attend two other practices that week, they can still participate in that week's dual swim meet!  

Behavior Expectations:

Please remind your swimmers that any inappropriate, insubordinate/disrespectful or unsafe behavior in the pool, locker rooms, bath rooms or anywhere else inside the pool facility will not be tolerated.  Swimmers will be a given a warning for a first offense from team staff or pool staff (lifeguards/pool managers) and may be directed to sit out of the pool temporarily (given a timeout). All behavioral infractions will be reported to the parents/guardians of the swimmer(s) involved.  If subsequent behavior infractions continue, the swimmer(s) may be subject to permanent removal from the team for the remainder of the season without reimbursement of fees paid. The decision to remove a swimmer from the team will be at the discretion of the coaching staff and parent board.  Mentor Marlins swimmers are ALWAYS expected to display good sportsmanship, and be respectful to pool staff, coaches, other swimmers and their guests.