Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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- General Swim Team Questions
- Billing & Registration Questions
- Website Operation
- Swim Team Practices
- Questions about the Club
- Swim Meets
- Swim Meet Officials
- Board Meetings and Directors
- Social Events
- Team Fundraising
General Swim Team Questions
Q: Why should my child swim?
A: Tomball Area Swim Club is the premier youth sports program in the Tomball area. There are many benefits to getting your child involved in competitive swimming, including:
- Swimming promotes physical development.
- Swimming develops aerobic endurance and is one of the most beneficial forms of cardiovascular exercise.
- Swimming enhances a child’s natural flexibility and promotes muscle development.
- Swimming develops superior coordination.
- Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.
- Swimming is a sport that will bring children fitness and enjoyment for life.
- Swimming promotes time management and is one of the top academically achieving sports.
- Swimming is an important safety skill for young children.
Q: What is the swim team and why would I want my child to participate?
A: It’s fun. It’s great exercise. It builds confidence. It’s a great way for your child to meet other kids in the neighborhood. It’s a great way for you to meet other parents.
Q: Who can answer my questions about the swim team?
A: Send your email questions to the the Contact Us button on the top of the website. Your question will be answered or direct you to the right person.
Q: What strokes do the swimmers use in competition?
A: Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
Q: What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?
A: If your child is 5 to 18 and can swim a lap of the pool then they should come to swim team practice and have the coach evaluate them for the team.
Q: What is a tryout and what should I expect?
A: A tryout is an evaluation done by our coaching staff to place each swimmer in the best possible group level. We start accepting swimmers out of learn-to-swim lessons. Each swimmer is different and may or may not be ready. The tryout will last about 10 minutes. Swimmers should be ready to swim with swimsuit, goggles, and a towel. If you are a senior level swimmer, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org before coming to a tryout.
Q: What to wear?
A: Swimmers must come to the evaluation session ready to swim. This includes:
- Proper swim training attire. Baggy shorts or ’beach wear’ are not acceptable. Call or email if you are unsure what this means.
- Goggles and a swim cap if the child needs one.
Q: How do I schedule a tryout?
A: We offer drop in tryouts at the Tomball ISD Aquatic Center. Please send an email to coaches or email email@example.com.
Q: I just want my child to learn how to swim better. Do they have to swim in competition?
A: You should discuss this with the coach.
Q: I see that there are different age groups for the swimmers. How does that work?
A: The age groups are 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. Every other year your child will have an "up" year when they are the oldest in their age group and a "down" year when they are the youngest in their age group. The system generally works well.
Q: What entities regulate the sport of competitive swimming for the team?
A: Gulf Swimming (GU) and USA Swimming (USAS) are the governing bodies of competitive swimming in our area and the U.S.A. respectively.
Q: How can I join Tomball Area Swim Club?
A: Congratulations on your decision. Here are the steps to follow:
1) Contact one of the TASC Coaches and discuss with them your swimming experience. You can get a feel for which group might be right for you by visiting the Swim Groups Descriptions page. The coach may ask you to attend a practice session to be evaluated. The practice times and locations for all groups can be found on the Group Calendars page.
2) After agreeing with the coach on which group is right for you,either register online or print out and fill in the Swimmer Registration Forms.
3) If you are using the paper registration forms, mail with your payment to:
Tomball Area Swim Club
30711 Howes Dr.
Spring, TX 77386
4) When the TASC processes your paperwork, your family account will be made ’Active’ and you will receive an email with your login password. Use your primary account email address as your login ID to sign-in to the website to view areas not accessible to the general public.
6) If you’ve trained/competed under a previous USA Swimming-affiliated club, complete a Gulf Swimming (GU) Transfer Form. Send this form along with your registration form to the TASC administrator.
7) Spend some time reviewing all of the TASC website – there is a lot of information available to you. If you have more questions, always feel free to ask one of the Coaches, Pool Representatives, Board Members, or Committee Chairs. We are all available to help.
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Billing and Registration Questions:
Q: What do I do after I submit my registration?
A: Once you have registered online, you will receive an email with your password to log onto the website. Depending upon your swimmer’s start date, you may also have training fees associated with your account. If you have chosen to mail a check in for your registration, mail to:
Tomball Area Swim Club
30711 Howes Dr.
Spring, TX 77386
Q: When will I know that I am registered for TASC?
A: You should receive email notification within a few days of submitting your registration. This email will provide membership log-in instructions. Please log into the website to review your information and consider signing up for the "auto-pay" feature which will charge credit/debit card your current invoiced amount automatically on the 1st of each month.
If you wish to pay your registration by check, your registration will be confirmed after we have received your registration check. If you have not received login instructions with 5 day of submitting your registration, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 281-382-4762
Note to credit card users: Credit card information must be on file prior to the 1st day of the month in order to process your automatic payment. If you miss getting your card information into the system by the 1st, please mail a check by the 15th of the month for your invoice balance.
Q: When and how do I receive my bill?
A: Invoices are system generated each month on the 21st. All activity in the system at that time will appear on your invoice which will be available to view on the website. An email reminder that your invoice is available will also be sent on the 21st. Any billing activity entered after the 20th will be on the invoice the following month, however, it may be processed via the auto pay feature if the billing information was entered between the 21st and the 1st. In order to view your bill log into the website using the email address you set up your billing account with.
Q: What does it mean when I receive an invoice email notification that says I have a balance due?
A: This means your TASC account had charges posted since the previous invoice and that you need to make a payment to TASC (if you have a balance of a zero or a credit, you don’t need to make any payments for that month.
Q: When are payments due to TASC?
A: Invoices are available to view online the 1st of each month. Payments are due on the 1st of the month. All credit card payments are automated on the 1st. Mailed payments postmarked after the 10th of the month are considered late. The late fee is $10.00 per month
Q: How do I make a payment to TASC?
A: There are two options to make a payment. The easiest is to set-up a pay by credit card (VISA or MasterCard). To set up, log on and click on the ’Auto Pay’ link at the top, change payment method to automatically charge CREDIT CARD. Follow instructions to enter card information. You credit card will be billed monthly on the 1st if there is a balance due. The alternative is to mail a check to:
Tomball Area Swim Club
30711 Howes Dr.
Spring, TX 77386
Please remember to mail the check ASAP to ensure it reaches the billing office before the 10th of the month to avoid late fees.
Q: Where can I see the detailed charges on my account?
A: After you’ve logged on, go to ’$ My Invoice/Payment’ tab. Under this tab, you can see current and past invoices and all payments you’ve made. You also can see any currently posted charges that haven’t yet been invoiced by going to the ’My Account’ tab as well.
Q: What kind of charges are posted to my TASC account?
A: All meet entry fees charges, session charges for all group swimmers (that haven’t paid in full for the whole season) will all be posted to your TASC billing account. Please note, that while it is unfortunate that a swimmer may become ill and unable to attend a meet, the member account is still responsible for those meet fees.
Q: How do I cancel my membership?
A: If you wish to cancel your membership, a written notice must be sent to Tomballswimclub@gmail.com by the 20th day of the month prior to withdrawal.
Q: What if my swimmer wants to take a break from swimming for a couple of months?
A: If you wish to become inactive from the club, we need written notice by the 20th of the month prior to becoming inactive. Send your email to email@example.com
Q: Who do I talk to if I have a question on my bill?
A: If you have a question on your bill, send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-382-4762
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Q: I forgot my password! What do I do?
A: On the "Sign-In" page, click the link and your password will be emailed to you. Your password will be auto-emailed to the email address on file with your members-only account.
Q: Can I change my password?
A: Yes. After you sign in, click on "Change Password" near the top-right corner of the home page. Then type the new password and click submit.
Q: How can I change my email address or other contact information?
A: After signing in, Click on "My Account" and change your personal information. Make sure to click "Save" at the bottom when you are done.
Q: Why require username/password to use the TASC website?
A: Members-only login protects private information. Because our website draws traffic from all over the country and around the world, each family’s username and password allows access to their specific family account. Some portions of the website are activated by signing-in and are viewable only by registered TASC families.
Q: Do I need a username/password for each family member?
A: No. Membership is set up as ONE ACCOUNT PER FAMILY. A family account can cover multiple swimmers in that family.
Q: Sometimes, some of the choices on the top navigation bar of the website are missing. How do I see them?
A: Some parts of the website are visible only after you sign-in.
Q: How can I get a Member Directory?
A: First, you must sign-in with your member name and password. Then, click the "Members" tab under the main navigation bar- this takes you to the Member Search page. Here you may look up individual members or groups. Swimmer names, parent names, street address, email address and home number are visible for all members who have not indicated a preference in the "My Account" page to not be listed. Note that if you are not listed you can not see the directory either.
Swim Team Practices:
Q: How do I know which training group is right for my child?
A: Returning swimmers must have coach’s approval before changing practice groups. New swimmers should use information at Swim Groups page to narrow down their choices, and then may attend trial practices and work with coaches to find the best fit. Coaches will always make the final group placement decisions. For a coach-to-parent discussion of your child’s needs please stop by a practice location, contact a coach (see "coaches" page) by email.
Q: When and where are practices for my child?
A: The Practice Schedules page shows the practice times and locations for all training groups. At the top of this page is a link to a map for all practice locations.
Q: How do I know what training equipment my child needs?
A: Look at the Swim Groups Descriptions for a list of workout equipment that your swimmer will need. If you have any questions, please ask the coach assigned to your swimmer.
Q: Can I stay at the pool and watch my child’s lesson?
A: While we understand a parent’s desire to see their child learn to swim, it is not encouraged that you talk to your athlete (eye contact, facial expressions or hand motions) while in the pool facility. For Developmental and beginner groups, parents may sit/stand in the spectator seating area to watch their child’s practice. However, we respectfully request that you do not interfere with the practice session being given and remain a bystander. Our highly trained coaches know the best way to instruct your child and parental guidance is not necessary during this time. Due to insurance regulations, parents are not allowed on the pool deck at the Tomball ISD Aquatic Center. At levels above White, it is in everyone’s best interest (swimmers, coaches, and parents) if you remain away from the pool deck until it is time to pick your swimmer up at the end of practice.
Q: Why is there sometimes a delay in the posting of the practice schedule?
A: In the interest of ensuring every group has access, sometimes the pool schedules are late to be posted. Because TASC does not own the facilities we train at, we have to coordinate the schedule for each month with the pool operator. Sometimes there are events that are scheduled by a pool operator or the TISD that will impact a training group which causes a mess with scheduling. With these challenges, please accept our apologies and know our intent is to get the schedule up as early as possible.
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