It is the object of the board and coaches to create a team that will foster good sportsmanship and team spirit. We strive to improve the physical condition, self-esteem and technical skills of our team members through practice and competition. Together with you, our parents and volunteers, we look forward to a season that is enjoyable for all who attend and participate.
To register, your child MUST be between the ages of 5-18 and able to swim one length of the pool (25 yards/meters) unassisted for safety reasons. If your swimmer has not been in the water for several months and/or is not used to swimming a pool length (especially if they are a new swimmer), please consider enrolling them in swim lessons during March and/or April. New swimmer evaluations will be held in May, exact date TBD.
Team suits can be purchased from Blue Sky Endurance in Mt Pleasant directly through their store. Previous Creekside swimsuits can be worn if they still fit.
Tee shirts and a latex swim cap will be given to each swimmer at the start of the swim season. Replacement caps and silicone caps can be purchased for an additional fee.
Age group Description
Your child’s age as of 01Jun2020 will determine with which age group he/she swims this summer. Swimmers may swim up for relays per head coach discretion. Your swimmer must be 5 by June 1 to be eligible for swim team.
Please refer to the Practice Schedule tab on this website. In the event practice is canceled due to weather, we will notify parents with a text notification through TeamUnify. Please make sure your cell number is updated in your account.
Signing up for meets
Swim meet sign-ups will be performed through this website for each swimmer for each meet. The deadline for meet sign-ups is Noon the Friday prior to the swim meet. Late entries will not be accepted so please ensure your swimmer is signed up prior to the deadline.
Go to Meet Schedule tab, scroll to the meet for which you want to commit, then select Edit Commitment. Here, you can commit or decline your swimmer.
The coaches have to select events for over 150 swimmers, so it is critical they know by the deadline which swimmers will attend the meet. Please alert the head coach the day of a meet if your swimmer is unable to attend so relays can be re-assigned.
Arrival time for both Home and Away meets
- Home arrival: 4:45
- Home warm-ups: 5:00
- Away arrival 5:15:
- Away warm-ups 5:30
MEET START TIMES ARE ALWAYS 6PM
Day of Meets
When you arrive at a meet, please check in with the head coach. Swim Meets will end at approximately 9pm.
Swimmers should check in with the head coach before leaving the meet to ensure they have not been added to a relay.
For inclement weather, meets will continue at the discretion of lifeguards or in the event there is no lifeguard, at the discretion of the coaches and meet referee. A meet is considered complete after event 56 or during bad weather after event 38.
Heat sheets (list of swimmer’s events, names, and lane assignments) will be emailed out/posted on the website by the day of the meet. Events are chosen for your swimmer by the coaches based on number of swimmers at a meet, ability to swim the stroke legally, league restrictions, etc.
Using a sharpie, write your swimmer’s last name on his/her left shoulder blade. Also record the meet’s grid on your swimmer’s arm showing their event, heat and lane assignments. An example grid looks like this:
E H L
1 1 4 6/U girls relay
24 2 6 7/8 girls 25 back
There will be Wranglers for each age group and a Clerk of Course that will line up the swimmers, but having this information written on your child’s arm will facilitate preparing all swimmers for their races.
DQ = Disqualification
A DQ occurs when a swimmer completes an incorrect turn, stroke, start or other illegal part of the swim. The rules are different based on each stroke and event. Each meet will have a stroke and turns judge that watch each swimmer to ensure fairness and legality of each swim heat. When a swimmer is DQd, the stroke and turns judge will note the reason for the DQ, which will be passed on to the head coach. DQs will be discussed with swimmers at the next practice following the meet.
Basic meet information
For home meets, Creekside families should set up on the side of the Tikki Hut. Please help us keep the pool deck clean and encourage your children to throw away their trash in provided trash and recycling bins.
Please bring tents to share if you have one so all swimmers are shaded.
Bring bug spray and sunscreen. Also make sure your swimmer has enough water to drink – these late afternoons can be really hot and humid and especially hard on our younger swimmers.
For away meets, an email will be sent prior to the meet letting families know about concessions for sale, which side of the pool to be on, parking details, and other useful information.
Awards and Ribbons
Ribbons for individual events are given for places 1-6 (relays 1-3). Heat ribbons will also be awarded.
A ribbon box will be at the pool during subsequent practices where you swimmer can find their ribbons.
For Championship meets, medals are awarded for 1-3 place and ribbons for 4-8 place.
A participation award is distributed at the end of year banquet. We will also recognize swimmers for various accomplishments throughout the season.
Parent Volunteer Commitment
It takes many people to run a swim meet and ensure we have a successful season. Volunteers are essential to successfully organize and manage our swim meets and we need help from each family. Each family is required to volunteer for 3 swim meets per season (or approved equivalent). Please reach out if there are extenuating circumstances and we will work with you for a solution. Sign-up for volunteering will be done through the team website.
- Timers 1 Creekside timer and 1 dual team timer per lane
- Runner collects event cards from timers after each event & delivers them to scoring table.
- Starter/Announcer announces and starts each event; also responsible for swim meet pace
- Scoring Table and Ribbons Record swimmers times during the meet using laptop computers and meet management software, calculate team scores, prepare meet reports, and prepare ribbons for each swimmer for each event. Training on the Hytek meet management software is required and will be provided.
- Heat Ribbons deliver heat ribbons to the winner of each heat for 8 and under individual events.
- Wrangler and Clerk of Course gathers swimmers from team area and brings them to coaches prior to event
- Stroke & Turn Judges Stroke and turn judges watch the swimmers during their events, judge whether or not their strokes and turns are swum correctly, disqualify swimmers for incorrect strokes and turns, and in the process help swimmers learn their strokes and improve their technique. Training will be provided
- Concessions Home meets only. Duties include the purchase of food, working the barbecue, food prep, and sales.
- Unable to Volunteer the minimum of 3 swim meets – payment of an additional $175 will be charged to your account. If this is not paid by the end of the season, you will not be allowed to register for next season until this balance has been paid.
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