Frequently Asked Questions
I just missed registration for the current session, can I still sign my child up?
If within the first 1-2 weeks of the session, email coach Gunnar (firstname.lastname@example.org) as you may be able to still register your child. If longer than that many of our sessions have a mid-session sign up. This allows your child to participate in a "half" session. Half sessions are available during the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions, but are not offered during the summer.
I am interested in signing up my child for swimming, but they haven't had lessons yet. Is the Swim Club the right place for him/her?
If your child has never done swim lessons, that is where he/she will want to start. NSC is a competitive swim club. Once a child has mastered the lessons level of swimming they can continue on with our club with the focus on competitive swimming vs learning how to swim.
Swim Lesson options in Northfield include:
What is USA/MN Swimming Registration and why is it required?
The Northfield Swim Club is a member of USA/MN Swimming and therefore it is required for EVERY swimmer who is a current swimmer with the Northfield Swim Club to register with MN Swimming. The registration covers a full year so is not required every session and the application process is handled by the club. Accounts are billed based on the type of registration required (outlined below):
Full Year Registration: If registration is due (i.e. new swimmer or expired swimmer) during the fall or winter session the club will register that swimmer for the full MN Swim Registration (currently $64) and it will expire the end of December the following calendar year (i.e. swimmers registered or renewed in fall or winter of 2016 will be registered through December of 2017).
Seasonal Registration: If registration is due (i.e. new swimmer or expired swimmer) during the spring or summer session the club will register that swimmer for "Seasonal" MN Swim Registration (~Approx $48) and it will expire the August of that calendar year (i.e swimmers registered or renewed in spring or summer of 2017 will expire in August of 2017).
What is included with my child's USA/MN Swimming registration?
USA Swimming Members enjoy a multitude of benefits. From our extensive Times database, to top tips and training advice, to the opportunity to enter the nation's most prestigious events, USA Swimming membership is a must for any competitive swimmer or coach.
Along with all the above, members receive:
- Six issues of USA Swimming's award-winning Splash Magazine
- Opportunity to qualify for and compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets- Zones to Olympic Trials!
- New member welcome kit
- Eligibility to participate in local and national swimming camps.
- Ability to track your times and improvement through our extensive times database
- Excess accident and liability insurance
- Motivational programs such as Age Group Top 10, Scholastic All-America and more
How often are swim meets and are they required?
Swim meets are offered from every week to every few weeks throughout the year. Swim meets are optional but encouraged. The coaches will help guide you on which meets are good options for your family.
What is the difference between an "A" meet and an "ABC Open"?
Time standards are sometimes used to determine which kids will be eligible to swim at a particular swim meet. ABC open means a child with any A, B or C time is eligible to swim those events at the meet. At an "A" meet, kids are eligible if they have an A time or faster. Information on the type of meet and which kids are eligible is usually posted on the meet page. Go to the Home page and see the events at the bottom. Click on the Name of the event (not Job Sign-up or Edit Commitment) to learn more about the specific fees and any additional details about the meet.
Are meet costs included in my registration fees?
Since meet participation is optional (though encouraged) the costs of swim meets are extra and not included in registration fees. Each swim meet carries different fees. Sometimes there is a "splash" fee where you will pay per event your child is entered in (the cost of relays are covered by the club), which might be $1.50 per "splash" or event. If your child is entered in 4 events, the splash fees would total $6. Often times there is also a flat entry fee on top of splash fees. Coach Gunnar will list the fees on each meet page. Go to the Home page and see the events at the bottom. Click on the Name of the event (not Job Sign-up or Edit Commitment) to learn more about the specific fees and any additional details about the meet.
What should my child bring to a swim meet and how early do we need to be there?
Coach Gunnar will send out an email prior to your first swim meet and will provide reminders on what your child should bring to the meeting. Here is a general list of what you should include in their backpack:
- Healthy snack (fruit, veggies, cheese stick, granola bar)
- Beverage (water is fine, gatorade is an option but not necessary)
- Towels - 2
- Swim suit - 2
- Goggles (good idea to have an extra pair as goggles can break)
- Warm clothes (sweatshirt, pants, parka)
- Deck shoes
- And something to put it all in
Does the coach automatically sign up my child for swim meets or do I need to do that?
On our website, swim meets will be listed under "Events." Every family will be required to select whether or not they desire to attend. After the deadline, the head coach will elect events for all who have committed to swim. If you do not take action, you will not be entered into the meet. Each event has a minimal cost that will be billed to your account.
There is a spot for comments while signing up where every swimmer is allowed to either select one event they would like to do OR one event they do not want to swim. No more, no less! Part of becoming an exceptional competitive swimmer is trying new and difficult events. Who knows...maybe your swimmer is good at the 200 Fly! The coaching staff will not sign your swimmer up for an event s/he thinks is undoable. The comments section is also where you can let the coach know if you can only attend on one day.
Competing is essential to the progress of all swimmers of all abilities. It is also helpful for the coaching staff to see where the team is excelling and what skills we have to work on during practices.
To decline or commit:
- Click Events
- Choose the meet you want to decline or commit to by selecting: Attend this Event
- Select your child
- Choose No/Yes
- Save Changes
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