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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Practice

What is the practice schedule?
We practice at the Jess Odom Community Center in Maumelle and only have access to the pool when it is closed to the public. Generally, there is a morning practice around 7:30am and evening practice varies depending on day of the week. Generally, Mondays are earlier while Tues, Wed & Thurs are later. Check the practice schedule page for more information.

When does practice start?
Practice generally starts the week before Memorial Day, but is dependent on the pool being filled and warming up. Some years we have been able to start earlier, others have been delayed. Watch the practice schedule page of the website as well as the Facebook page for updates.

What do we bring to practice?
You only need a towel, goggles and swim suit. Any other equipment is provided.

Is practice required?
No, we do not check attendance at practice. However, the more practice a swimmer attends, the more progress they will make.

Do we have to choose only morning or only evening? Can we mix depending on the day?
You may attend as many practice sessions as you wish, whenever works for your family.

I have multiple children. Can they practice at the same time?
Practice times and groups are based on skill level. If your children are not in the same skill level group, they may not practice at the same time. This is for the benefit and safety of your swimmer as well as the other swimmers in the pool with them.

Can I talk to the coach(es) during practice?
You are welcome and encouraged to talk to the coaches before and after practice or by email at your convenience. If you have an issue during practice, please find a parent rep or board member. They may be able to answer your question, or they will bring it to the coach during practice.
Parents are not allowed on the pool peninsula or the edge of the pool during practice.

Swim Meets

Where can I find the meet schedule?
On the homepage, click on “Season Information.” The meet schedule is listed there as well as other important dates you don’t want to miss.

Are swim meets required?
No, meets are not required, but swimmers are encouraged to participate! We will have a mock meet before the first meet of the season to practice how a meet runs.

Will the coach tell us what we should swim?
Parents are responsible for registering (called ‘declaring’) their swimmer for the swim meet and the events they want to swim. If you aren’t sure, you should certainly talk with the coach and get their input!

What is the 25-yard medley?
The kickboard event is called the ’25-yard medley’ at swim meets and in the registration system. This event is only for 6 and under swimmers.

How do I register for the swim meet?
You will receive a notification when registration is open for an upcoming meet. Here are easy instructions to follow: https://support.teamunify.com/en/articles/21-parents-sign-up-athlete-for-meet-commit-to-events

What about relays?
The head coach will assign relay teams in each age group. Not every swimmer will swim a relay at every swim meet. In order to swim on a relay team, the swimmer MUST attend warm-up prior to the meet start. If a swimmer is not present at warm-up, they will be replaced with an alternate relay swimmer.
**If you know that your swimmer will not be at warm-up or they simply do not wish to be on a relay team, please include that information in the ‘notes’ portion of the registration.** Again, instructions for meet registration can be found here: https://support.teamunify.com/en/articles/21-parents-sign-up-athlete-for-meet-commit-to-events

Volunteering

Is volunteering required?
Yes. When you registered your swimmer, you accepted the parent policy that clearly states volunteering is required. It takes around 60 volunteers to run a swim meet, and if we don’t have volunteers in place, the meet will stop until those spots are filled.

What job can I do?
Even if you are brand new to swim team, the volunteer jobs are all easy-to-learn. Talk to a parent rep, and they will help match you with a job!

Can I still watch my swimmer if I’m volunteering?
Absolutely! All of the volunteers are parents just like you, who are there to watch their swimmer compete.

How do I sign up to volunteer?
The volunteer sign-up will open at the beginning of the week prior to a swim meet. Several reminders will go out. Here are instructions on how to sign up to volunteer: https://support.teamunify.com/en/articles/391

Team Swim Suits

Is a team suit required?
A team suit is not required, but the swimmers really like them and it fosters comradery among the team.  If you choose not to order a team suit, swimmers can wear any suit that has black or yellow (Marlins’ colors). Competitive suits are not sized like the suits you find in department stores. It’s important to be properly fit for a suit before purchasing. The team will host at least 1 team suit fitting event, generally in April or early Mary.

What if I miss the suit fitting?
Swimmers can wear any black/yellow suit to match the Marlins’ colors. We encourage our swimmers to support our local swim store, Splashwear Aquatics, to be properly fit and they will most likely have a suit in the Marlins’ colors that will work.

Logistics

Who is “in charge” at practices and meets if I have a problem?
There are usually 2 or 3 ‘parent reps’ that manage the team. It should become obvious to you pretty quickly who they are because they’ll be checking swimmers in at the first practice, making sure everyone has what they need, talking to coaches during practice, sending out all the email announcements, and answering any and all parent questions at practice. They will also introduce themselves at the first practice and possibly on the Facebook page so you recognize them.

How do I stay up-to-date on announcements and deadlines?
Follow the Maumelle Marlins Facebook page for public information and join the closed Facebook group for team-only announcements. All time-sensitive information is also sent out via email.

How can I ask a question?
There are 3 ways to reach a parent rep quickly:

  1. Find a parent rep at practice.
  2. Click ‘reply’ to any email from a parent rep and it goes directly to them.
  3. Send an email to maumellemarlins@gmail.com