FAQs

TOPICS

HOW do I sign Up?

WHO can join?

WHERE and WHEN we you practice?

HOW much time is involved?

WHY do we need to volunteer for each meet?

WHAT do I need to bring to the meets?

WHAT is a typical Meet Timeline?

I’m new to swimming, WHAT do I need to know about the Smoky Hill Sharks? - download ==>>

New to Swimming

GLOSSARY of Swimming Terms - download ==>> Glossary of Swimming Terms

WHAT happens really happens at a swim meet? - download ==>> Bit of truth mixed with humor

WHAT are the order of events? - download ==>> Order of Events

WHAT are the volunteer areas and descriptions? - download ==>> SH Sharks Volunteer Areas &

Descriptions

WHAT are the timer instructions?- download ==>> TIMER INSTRUCTIONS

HOW do Prelims, Championships and All Stars work? - download ==>> Prelims, Championships, All

Stars and a Party

WHAT is a DQ (disqualification) and why was my swimmer DQ'd? 

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HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Go to the registration button on the home page.  

WHO CAN JOIN?

The Sharks swim team is open to swimmers aged 5 to 18 as of June 1st of the swim year.  Each swimmer must be able to swim at least one legal stroke the length of the pool (25 meters) without stopping or touching the side. 

However if the kids are close, the coach can allow them on the team to practice until they can swim the length of the pool.  Once they accomplish that, the swimmers can be entered into the meets.  Note: over the course of the season the swimmer will gain strength and confidence to make it across the pool. 

If there is a question of completing the task, the coach can conduct a try-out to assess the qualifications.  “Try-outs” are not intended to find the fastest x swimmers.  So if the kids meet the swim across the pool criteria (or close) there will be no issue and will be on the team. (i.e., there are no cuts)

Coaches reserve the right to make the final decision regarding swimmer qualifications.

WHERE and WHEN DO WE PRACTICE?

OUTDOOR PRACTICE:  Practices are held at the Smoky Hill Pool, 5405 S. Telluride.  Practices start the first Tuesday after Memorial Day, for 2020 that is May 26th.

Please see the practice schedule tab for exact times and group descriptions.

Friday evenings, are a little different this year. We'll meet at 6:45 p.m. to go over weekly awards and discuss the meet. Then, those that want to stay and participate, can stay for our Fun Night! A time for kids and parents to have some fun, make new friends, and build team spirit.

Schedules may change, please check the Practice tab for the current practice schedule

HOW MUCH TIME IS INVOLVED?

Swimmers are expected to attend at least three practices a week.  If they cannot make it to 3

practices, the swimmer must inform the head coach.

Each family is required to volunteer at each and every meet that they have a swimmer in the water, in addition to 1 social event.  Meets will be held at local pools on Saturday mornings (7:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) during May, June, and July. You are required to find someone to cover your shift if you are not available to volunteer. 

Vacation plans? No problem! We have many families that take vacations in the summer. You still need to

fulfill your volunteer requirements, but there are many opportunities outside of swim meets to get your

hours in.

 

WHY DO WE NEED TO VOLUNTEER FOR EACH MEET?

Volunteers are necessary to help run the swim team.  Without the active participation of parents, it is not possible to have any meets.  Each family is required to volunteer at each and every meet regardless of it being at home or away.  See volunteer position doc at the top of the page for additional information.

This year, all families are required to volunteer a shift per meet in which you have a swimmer participating.  If your child swims at Prelims/Championships/All-stars you will be required to volunteer additionally at those meets as well.

Volunteer Deposit is $300

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE MEETS?

Swim Suit & Goggles

Caps (if needed)

Spare Goggles & Spare Caps (they do break, or mysteriously disappear)

Lots of Sunscreen (and make sure to apply it often)

Towels/Blankets/Sleeping bags (it’s cold in the morning, and they get wet)

Sweat shirts and pants

Umbrella/Tent for shade

Lawn chairs

Sun Glasses

Chap-stick

Flip Flops/Sandals/Pool Shoes

Snacks/Lunch/Money for concessions

Sharpie to write event/heat/lane numbers on swimmers arm (parent’s too!)

Card games, books to read, things to do…

Money for Food/Drink: the Sharks have a concession stand.  Most teams do as well

Swimmers - Bring your PARENTS

And most important – Lots of TEAM SPIRIT!

THINGS TO KNOW AND REMEMBER

  • Be on time for warm-ups
  • Don't eat right before your race
  • Do your Best... work to improve on your seed time
  • Make sure you know when you're swimming and what events you are swimming..pay attention!
  • Write your event information on your arm:

 

WHAT is a Typical Meet Timeline

SHARKS HOME MEETS - For the Sharks we will start our home meets @ 7:30a.m.  The typical schedule is (see weekly communication for changes):

  • 6:15-6:45a.m. Volunteer check-in
  • 6:15-6:30a.m. Shark swimmers check-in and start stretching
  • 6:30a.m. Shark Warm-ups in the pool
  • 6:55a.m. Sharks out of the pool & get individual event sheets from coaches
  • 6:55a.m. Visiting team in the pool
  • 7:10a.m. Volunteer job meetings: 1-Timing & Heating and 2-Strokes & Turn
  • 7:20a.m. Everyone out of the pool
  • 7:25a.m. National anthem
  • 7:30a.m. Start first event
  • 12:30p.m. - 1:00p.m. Start Cleanup and End Meet

For away meets the Host team sets the schedule, here is a typical schedule (note we will use this for Saturday Dry-runs as well)

  • 7:15-7:20a.m. Volunteer check-in (suggest getting there early to find a spot)
  • 7:15-7:20a.m. Shark swimmers check-in and start stretching
  • 7:25a.m. Shark Warm-ups in the pool
  • 7:50a.m. Sharks out of the pool & get individual event sheets from coaches
  • 7:40a.m. Volunteer job meetings: 1-Timing & Heating and 2-Strokes & Turn
  • 7:55a.m. National anthem
  • 8:00a.m. Start first event
  • 12:30p.m. - 1:00p.m. End Meet (depending on Host team pool)