Bartram Springs Barracudas Swim Team - FAQ
FAQ about the Swim Team
The Bartram Springs Barracudas offer recreational, competitive swimming for ages 4 to 18 with individual events in four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), individual medley (all four strokes in one event), medley relay, and freestyle relay. There are six age groups: 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. Besides offering swimmers the opportunity to develop their skills in competition, the Bartram Springs Barracudas swim team provides a great way for kids to make friends!
General Swim Team Questions
1. What is the swim team and why would I want my child to participate?
It's fun. It's great exercise. It builds confidence. It's a great way for your child to meet other kids in the neighborhood. It's a great way for you to meet other parents.
2. Who can answer my questions about the swim team?
Hopefully, most questions are answered in this FAQ, but if not you can contact [email protected] to ask any additional questions.
3. When does registration open for swim team?
Registration opens March 18th until age groups are filled. You can register on-line through our website.
4. What are the registration fees?
SEE Team Information tab > Registration fee tab
5. When does the season start?
The swim season (including practices) runs April – July. See the website calendar for more details.
6. What strokes do the swimmers use in competition?
Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
7. What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?
Your child does not need to know any strokes to join the swim team. They do however, need to be able to swim the length of the lap pool (25 yards), without assistance.
8. What is SJSSL?
SJSSL is the St. Johns Summer Swim League. This is the league that Bartram Springs participates in. Their website is https://stjohnssummerswimleague.swimtopia.com/ .
Swim Team Practices
9. How often and when is practice?
The practice schedule is available on the website. Practices while school is in session are in the afternoons. Once school is out, swim practice is in the mornings.
10. What happens if we have a conflict and my child is not able to attend practice?
Practices are offered 4-5 times a week. It is at your discretion how many practices your child attends. You will see the most progress if your child attends 3 or more days.
11. Does a child have to swim in a particular number of practices during the week in order to swim in a meet?
12. Does my child need to wear the team swim suit during practice? During a meet? What brand, and where do I buy it?
No special swim suits are needed during practice, except that girls must wear a one piece swimsuit. Swimmers who do not wish to purchase a new suit are welcome to wear a black, dark green, or previous season's Bartram Springs Barracudas' suit. The website has information on the suit for this season and where it can be purchased.
See- Team information tab> Swim Suit ordering.
13. When are the meets, and where are they held?
The meets are on Saturday mornings. We have home meets at Bartram Springs (see the Documents tab for maps) and away meets throughout St. John's County.
14. How long does a meet last?
Normal Meets (two teams total) usually last about 3 - 4 hours. Mock Meets and Virtual Meets last 1.5 - 2.5 hours.
15. Do swimmers have to attend every swim meet/practice?
We know things come up, so we try to make swim team as flexible as you need it to be. Attending all meets and practices is beneficial, but please do not rearrange schedules or move vacation plans. Summer swim team should be a fun, supplemental summer activity, not a burden for your family.
16. What is a dual meet? And tri-meet?
A dual meet is held between two swim teams and a tri-meet is held between three swim teams at the same time. One swim club is the host team and the other(s) is the visiting team. The schedule is posted on the website under the tab labeled Swim Meets. There is a championship meet in July.
17. Are there any parent volunteer requirements?
Yes, each swim family must volunteer a minimum number of sessions each year. The number varies depending on many factors and will be communicated each year. The swim meets are entirely volunteer-run.
18. How can I help the team?
It's an all-volunteer effort, and there is always something more that can be done. Consider becoming a starter or stroke & turn official. The officiating is all volunteer, and it always helps to have more people trained to step in when others have scheduling conflicts for a meet. You may also enjoy the meet more when you know the rules well, in addition to being able to help in your child's swimming development.
It takes approximately 50-60 volunteers to run a normal home meet:
-Starter (league training required – once a season)
-Stroke & Turn Officials (league training required – once a season)
-Setup & Breakdown
-Computer Data Entry
-Clerk of Course
Look forward to seeing you on the pool deck!