FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
 
1) Tell me more about your club?  See About FAST.
 
2) Where does FAST swim?
Our primary pool is at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center (WGAC) in south Fort Worth. Our team does make use of other pools when WGAC is not available and for summer morning practices. We have Directions and Maps on the About Fast page.
 
Most of the meets are in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. A few meets will be a little farther. As the swimmers progress and qualify for state meets and beyond, there will be additional travel to provide quality competition.
 
3) How often are the meets?  
FAST selects meets for our swimmers to attend so they are competing about once every 3-6 weeks during the main part of the season. Meets are generally "classified" for swimmers of a particular ability level, with novice swimmers beginning as "C" swimmers and progressing to "B", "BB", and "A" classifications as they achieve time standards. The meets FAST will attend are listed on our Calendar webpage throughout the year.
 
Our Masters swimmers may compete as often as they desire, based on meet availability. FAST Masters who choose to compete typically attend 4-7 meets a year as a team with a coach present.
 
4) What is the tryout for? 
The coach will determine which of our practice groups will provide the best environment to develop your swimmer based on their skill level, endurance and size. On tryout days we have a "pool parent" volunteer available to assist with the tryout, answer questions, and help you complete paperwork and register online.
 
Some swimmers will need additional instruction before they will be ready to join our competing group practices.  
 
For our Masters, there is no requirement for a tryout. If you are interested in becoming a Masters swimmer, please email treasurer@fastswimming.org.
 
5) What days and times are practice? 
Please go to the FAST Calendar to view swim group practice days/times. Please note that these schedules are subject to change.
 
Each of our practice groups meet at different days and times as appropriate for their level.
 
6) How much do the swimmers practice? 
FAST has several different practice groups based on the swimmer's age, maturity, skills, conditioning and goals. Our philosophy is to allow for an organized progression that allows younger swimmers to be successful and learn skills while still allowing participation in other activities and "being a kid". As they grow and become more committed to the sport, their practice duration, frequency and intensity gradually increase over the years for continual improvement. Our goal is to produce swimmers prepared for competition in college or beyond when they have physically matured. There are no 8-year-old swimmers at the Olympics, but all Olympians were once eight years old and were learning fundamental skills and having fun in swimming. Most Olympians also developed their aerobic capacity while 10-14 years old.
 
7) How much does it cost and why? 
Training fees per month will depend on which practice group a swimmers is assigned to, ranging from $85 to $170 per month. Please see the "How To Join" page for more information about registration and training fees.
 
All of our age group swim team members must register with USA Swimming each year.
 
Our adult swimmers register with US Masters Swimming.
 
There is a one-time fee to join FAST to cover our administrative costs.
 
On the 1st of every month, we charge the credit card on file for training fees and any additional expenses accumulated.
 
Training fees cover our pool rent, coach salaries, and other operating expenses.
 
The FAST Board of Directors sets an annual budget and calculates training fees and plans fundraising events accordingly. We are a year-round program, so training fees are a 12-month average of annual costs. Fundraisers are used to balance the budget and some are mandatory participation while others are optional. Swim-a-thon is mandatory or an opt-out fee will be applied.
 
If you have been a member of a different USA Swimming Team in North Texas, you will need to have been in good financial standing (no outstanding bills) on your former team. Swimmers returning to FAST must bring their accounts to good standing.
 
Swimmers pay their own expenses for most swim meets. This includes meet entry fees, any travel to competitions, meals, and lodging.
 
Most meet entry fees are $10.00 swimmer surcharge and $6.00 for every event a swimmer enters at a meet. FAST charges a $20.00 surcharge per swimmer to help cover coach expenses and other related fees for the meet. You will need to look at the meet information sheets for each meet for exact fees.
 
8) What do I need to buy? 
Please click here to see required equipment per swim group: FAST Swim Store
 
For all swim meets, your swimmer is required to wear an ARENA brand swim suit with the FAST logo. Swimmers must also have a FAST swim cap and a FAST t-shirt.
 
We strongly encourage (but do not require) purchase of a team warm-up suit, parka, swim bags, and other gear. These items are available as special orders for those swimmers who want them. Go to our online Store for orders.
 
9) Is my swimmer “good enough” to be on a swim team? 
FAST has programs for children of all ability levels. New swimmers should be able to swim one length of the pool (25 yards) and have some knowledge of all 4 competitive strokes. While we do not expect a 5 year old to swim butterfly perfectly, they should know how to do a dolphin kick.
Our coaches determine which swimmers are ready to compete and will advise parents to enter the meets accordingly.
 
Our adult Masters swimmers should be able to swim 25 yards freestyle comfortably. 
 
10) My child has some special concerns; can my child still join? 
If your child has a medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, please make sure you let us know. Our coaches do have experience working with swimmers with these conditions. The swimmer's safety is our first priority although we may require a doctor's release to participate in swimming activities.
 
If your child is extraordinarily talented, we will recognize this and provide appropriate challenges to develop them.
 
Other issues should be discussed with us.
 
11) How do I contact FAST? Please use the Contact Us page.
 
12) What other teams are in the area? 
Check out the North Texas Swimming website and view their "Teams" page for a list of other USA Swimming teams in this area. We do hope you will join FAST but also want you to find the team that is the best "match" for you. 
 
Masters swimmers should check the North Texas Masters Swimming website.
 
   
 
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