Welcome to Aulea! Please read below about tryouts, registration and Aulea Swim Club.
Our 2019-2020 season is in session! The next tryouts HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, January 27th, 2020 from 4:45-5:30 PM at the Kailua District Park Pool. There will be a makeup tryout date on Wednesday, January 29th from 4:45-5:15 PM. Please report to the pool @ 4'45 on these dates to tryout with your tryout forms in hand. The only exception for this is for registered USA swimming members/YMCA swimming members or summer league swimmers who have proof of times. Tryouts will be scheduled for these swimmers as availability permits. For swimmers trying out who are not accepted in to one of our 7 groups we do have a swim school that we operate in 3 month sessions. If you are not accepted on to one of our team groups, we have three swim school session next season:
i. Fall session (12 weeks): Sept 9th- November 25th
ii. Spring session (13 weeks): Feb 3rd- Apr 27th
iii. Summer session (12 weeks): May 11th- July 31st
Swimmers who participate in swim school will gain all the necessary skills to be team ready. However, as each child learns at a different rate it may take some children more than one swim school session to be accepted on the team whereas others may be accepted after their first swim school session. Sign-ups for our spring 2020 swim school session will be posted by November 27th under the swim school section of our website.
After the tryout (immediately or that evening), you will be notified of the outcome. If there are no openings on the team at that time, your child will be put on a waitlist for the next available opening. For more information, please call 263-SWIM or email Coach Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tryout dates rarely change but you can always email in advance to make sure the tryout is still happening.
The purpose of the tryout is to assess minimum requirements and also to place each swimmer in one of 7 swim groups -- or to recommend Swim School.
Step 1: Tryout. As noted above, please show up for one of our 3 annual tryout dates. Please print, complete and bring this TRYOUT FORM to your child's tryout. Please have your child wear a suit and bring goggles and a towel to the tryout. If your child makes the team, he or she may be invited to stay for practice that day.
Next Step: Two Week Free Trial: If your child comes to try out and meets Aulea’s minimal requirements -- and there is availability in the club -- he/she will be welcomed to the team and given a free two-week trial. He or she can attend as many practices as desired. Prior to the end of the two week time period, parents will need to complete an online registration process so their child can continue swimming.
Third Step: Registration: Your online registration needs to be completed within two weeks of your try out. Parent will initiate the registration process at www.aulea.org (on left Systems/Start Registration) and a representative from Aulea will approve and finalize registration. You’ll need to provide account and member information, email a birth certificate and pay the initial fee by credit card. Once you are registered with Aulea and you have access to your account, you can switch your payment method to automatic checking account withdrawal (ACH).
How much does the team cost?
Monthly dues are between $70 and $110 depending on the swim group. A 20% discount is given to each sibling. In addition there is a $72 annual registration fee for the USA Swimming organization. There are also entry fees for swim meets (typically $2-3 per event and most kids swim 3-4 events per meet). Aulea requires all parents to pay by automated checking account withdrawal or credit card.
When are practices?
The team practices at 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The novice swimmers finish at about 6:00; the most experienced swimmers go until 7:00, and the four other groups finish sometime in between. Most experienced swimmers want to and are encouraged to swim five days per week. We encourage swimmers who are brand new to competitive swimming to attend practice three days per week, but ultimately it will be your decision which days you opt to swim and how many days.
How are parents expected to get involved:
Practice, meets and special events/activities (which are critical to helping form friendships and bonds and keep kids interested in swimming) are not possible without parent volunteers. Aulea expects parents to volunteer in some way for at least 20 hours per year.
How often are meets?
Swim meets on Oahu occur about every 3 weeks, but not every swimmer is eligible for each meet. In brief, a 'C' swimmer has no time. There are time levels for each age group, they increase in their competitiveness in the following order: 'B', 'A', 'AA' (can go to an “Invitational” meets), 'Qual' (they can go to the state meets), 'Zone' (can go the regional US Zone Meet). After that it does not matter how old you are, you are fast and can go to 'Sectionals' or further.
What if my child does not want to swim at meets?
Aulea is a competitive swim club and swimmers are strongly encouraged to compete. However, some swimmers and parents initially feel overwhelmed by the process, the events, heats, numbers, etc. We recommend kids attend some meets even if they don’t want to compete; they can watch their friends and hopefully see that 'I can do it too.' With time, the meet becomes a way to measure improvement and many children look forward to the opportunity to see that improvement.
Do swimmers have to wear a uniform?
We encourage swimmers to buy and wear Aulea swim caps (kids with long hair at practice; all kids at meets). Swimmers need to wear goggles and swim suits appropriate for competitive swimming. At this time Aulea does not have a uniform, but that may change.
Is there play time during practice?
In general, no. Kids are encouraged to form friendships outside the pool – Aulea plans numerous social activities and many kids come a bit early or stay a bit late to socialize with friends. During practice, kids do interact with each other and further their friendships, but they are focused on conditioning and stroke technique. Once a year, Aulea does host a week-long “Aulea Olympics” that is completely focused on camaraderie, team spirit and fun.
Forms & Documents
TRYOUT FORM - Completed form required before new swimmers can enter the pool at tryout