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FAQs

Does my child have to know how to swim to be on the team?
Yes! For safety reasons, every swimmer needs to be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) by time trials. The Belwood Cabana (not swim team), offers swim lessons.  Check out their website:  http://www.belwoodhomes.org for more information.

My child does not swim very fast, can he/she still be on the team?
Yes! Team points are awarded for swimmers who place and swimmers who improve their times at meets. Everyone can contribute to the team.

How often is my child required to go to practice?
Once practice starts, practice is available 5 days a week.  While school is in session, go to practice as often as you are able to attend.  We do realize that other sports and activities can conflict with swim practice in the spring.  Come when you can (1+ days a week is fine), but don't wait until May to show up to practice! Once summer starts, your child is encouraged to swim 5 days a week. Remember, you get out of practice what you put into practice. Therefore, come to practice!!!

What time is practice? 
Please check our calendar. If times and dates are not up yet for the current year, you can look at last year's calendar for guidance. We tend to follow a similar pattern every year.

Is it a problem if I can't go to all of the meets?
Making it to all of the meets is strongly encouraged because low attendance at meets affects our team score. However, you are allowed to miss one dual meet during the season. If you can, try to schedule your missed weekend over Bye Week, Fourth of July weekend.  Make sure you let the head coach know by declaring or not declaring your swimmers in the Team Unify System. It is expected that families make every effort possible to attend Champs (because attendance affects our scoring). There is a $50 fine per swimmer who does not attend Champs at the end of the season. Swimmers will automatically be put on the waitlist during registration if they cannot attend Champs. This is to ensure that swimmers who can attend Champs have priority. Please e-mail belwooddolphins@gmail.com if you are in this situation.

What are the volunteer requirements?
     - Complete 1 support shift at each of the 5 swim meets (approximately 2 hours per shift).
     - Complete 1 support shift at the Championship Meet (Champs).
     - Complete 1 Friday night set-up (prior to a home meet), 1 Saturday afternoon clean-up for the same home  
        meet, and 1 assigned snack shack food donation during the season.
     - Complete 3 volunteer shifts or food donations for a team spirit activity during the season.

How does registration priority work?
Membership priority criteria for the Belwood Dolphins Swim Team is as follows:
     1) Returning HOA "Class A" Member Swimmers
     2) New HOA "Class A" Member Swimmers
     3) Returning "Class D" Member Swimmers
     4) New "Class D" Member Swimmers
     5) Returning "Attached Member" Swimmers
     6) Siblings of Returning "Attached Member" Swimmers
     7) New "Attached Members" Swimmers

Is my child considered a 'Returning Swimmer' if they swam in the Fall Swim Program?
The Belwood Summer Swim League is different than the Fall Swim Program. If you did not swim in the Summer Swim League the previous year you would be considered a 'new swimmer' for registration purposes, even if you actively participated in the Fall Swim Program.

Am I an Attached, Class A or Class D Member?
Class A Member:  You live in the “Class A” Belwood neighborhood (click to see map) and are required to pay Belwood HOA fees every year and you PAID THIS YEAR.  Members of the HOA who have not paid, cannot be on the swim team.

Class D Member:  You live in the “Class D” Belwood neighborhood (click to see map). You have the option to pay Belwood HOA fees every year and you PAID THIS YEAR.  If you did not pay the HOA this year, you are considered an "Attached Member" in our system for swim team purposes during registration.

Attached Member: You do not live in the “Class A” or “Class D” Belwood neighborhood (click to see map) OR you are "Class D" member but did not pay HOA this year. With this membership you are attached to the Belwood community via active participation on the swim team and only able to use the cabana during a swim team events.

For a list of addresses, click here and then go to the bottom of the document.

When do I find out if my child is on the team or not?
A confirmation email will be sent out to most families in mid-March. However, if you are on the waitlist you may not know for sure until May. We will communicate updates regularly on the status of your registration.

Did you get the registration check we mailed (or dropped off)?
You will receive a personal email regarding payment only if we have NOT received your check. If you do not get an email from the registrar about payment that is good news. Please note due to the detailed process we go through in finalizing our team roster registration checks will not be cashed for a number of weeks. Especially if your family is on the waitlist.

Can I get a refund if things don't work out?
Yes. Check the calendar for the last day to get a refund. It's usually 2 weeks after tryouts.