Q. If I join the Swim Team, am I committed to a long term commitment?
A. No. Athletes can stop with the club whenever they choose, but proper notification must be done. When a family decides to take a break or stop swimming or diving with the club they will need to complete a "INACTIVATION FORM" that can be found under "Forms & Documents" on our webpage. Simply complete the form and return to your childs coach. For more detailed information please see our team handbook. It is the responsibility of the family to complete the appropriate paper work. Do not rely on the coach to do it for you.
Q. Can I tryout the swim team before I commit to joining?
A. Yes. We allow and encourage swimmers and parents to give the program a 1 week trial period and see if it is something you want to do.
Q. Does my son have to wear one on those little speedo swimming suits?
A. No. Many of our swimmers and other swimmers wear a jammer suit, which is similar to biking shorts. Some kids prefer the speedo, some don't - it's a choice.
Q. What is the $105.00 registration fee for?
A. $70.00 of the fee goes to USA Swimming for insurance coverage for your child and the Magnolia Aquatic Club that covers you at practice and meets.
The remaining $35.00 is what the club retains for general operating expenses.
Families who are on the Free & Reduced Lunch Program may be eligible for discounted registration and reduced entry fee's for meets.
Q. What do my monthly dues pay for?
A. Unlike some youth organizations, United States Swimming Coaches have strict requirements to be a coach and are professionals in their field. Your dues go toward paying for our coaching staff.
Q. Do I have to compete if I am on the swim team?
A. That depends on the team level you are in. We are a competitive swimming program and everything we do is geared toward teaching kids how to compete in swimming. At our developmental levels we will allow kids to gain some confidence before we put them in a meet, but in order to move to our more advanced groups, meet competition is required.
Q. Is there a uniform required?
A. Magnolia Aquatic Club does have a competition team suit with our logo. You can also purchase warm ups, parka's and backpacks if desired. The vendor of choice for the Magnolia Aquatic Club is D & J Sports in Tomball.
Q. Can this sport become very costly down the road?
A. Family members can expect to pay an annual registration of (Approx. $100.00), and monthly dues that range from ($65-$150) per month depending on what group you are in. Other cost may include a team suit (Girls $60 / Boys $40), practice suits (Girls $50 / Boys $30), Goggles ($8-$12), Swim Cap ($5-$15).
The main cost throughout the year would be entry fees to swim meets. Swimmers are charged an entry fee per event entered in the meet. Entry fees for most meets are ($5.25 per event + a $2.00 sur-charge) but championship meets and meets at major universities may be slightly higher. Swimmers are allowed to swim 3-4 events per day and most meets are 2 1/2 days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) and are offered at least once per month.
Q. What will it cost me to get started with the club?
A. When joining any USA Swim Club you must become a registered member of United States Swimming. The annual registration Fee is $105.00 per year per athlete beginning September 1 of each calendar year & beginning in May you can register as a seasonal athlete for $55.00. Everyone re-joins in September. The registration fee covers all registration and administration cost for your swimmer.
There is a Service Hour Deposit Fee required @ $200 per family (With a $500.00 No Obligation Buy Out Fee). When a family meets it's Service Hour Requirements, families will be credited the money back to their account or it can be rolled over to the next year. Ideally, a family would only pay this one time once they join the team and roll it over each year. Those joining after February of the current year will be pro-rated accordingly. See our team handbook for complete details.
Q. Who owns and operates the club program?
A. The Magnolia Aquatic Club is owned by the Magnolia Independent School District. All coaches are employees of the district and all fees are paid to the district.
The M.I.S.D. Aquatics Director and Head Coach directly oversees the club program and its operation.
The club does have a parent booster club that serves as a support group for the club.
Q. Do I have to live in the Magnolia Independent School District to be on the team?A. No. We have swimmers from all over the area that swim and participate with our program.