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 team, offers swim lessons. Check out their website: http://www.belwoodhomes.org.
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, please look at last year's calendar. We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in this situation.
What are the volunteer requirements?
5 meet shifts (approximately 2 hours per shift)
1 shift at the Championship meet (Champs)
1 Friday night set-up prior home meet/ one Saturday afternoon clean-up for the same home meet/snack shack donation
3 team spirit activities (volunteering or food donations)
How does registration priority work?
Membership priority criteria for the Belwood Dolphins Swim Team is as follows:
- Returning HOA Class A Member Swimmers
- New HOA Class A Member Swimmers
- Returning Class D Member Swimmers
- New Class D Member Swimmers
- Returning Attached Member Swimmers
- Siblings of Returning Attached Member Swimmers
- New Attached Members Swimmers
Am I Attached, Class A or Class D?
If you are attached: You are not a Class A or Class D member. You are only able to use the cabana during a swim team event.
If you are a Class A member: You are required to pay Belwood HOA fees every year and DID IT THIS YEAR. Members of the HOA who have not paid, cannot be on the swim team.
If you are a Class D member: You have the option to pay Belwood HOA fees every year and you PAID IT 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.
To view Class A and Class D map, click here.
For a list of addresses, click here. 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 the first week of March.
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.
I can't find the code of conduct or liability release forms. How do I print them?
Click here for the code of conduct.
Click here for the liability release.