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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have questions not addressed below regarding the swim team please contact Head Coach, Joe Pereira or any of the Board members.

  1. Where are practices held?
    Swim practice is currently held at Skyline High School.

  2. What are the practice times?

During the school year:

Group

Practice Times

 Eaglets

M-F 6:00-7:00 pm

  Junior

M-F 4:30-6:00 pm

  Senior

M-F 4:30-6:30 pm

  National (9th > 12th Grade)

M-F 2:30-4:30 pm

  1. Is there a try-out to join?
    There is no try-out to join.  We accept all who want to swim ages 5 & up. The only requirement is that the swimmer is water safe and can swim, in any fashion, the length of the pool. No previous knowledge of strokes or technique is required.

  2. What does it cost to join the team?
    Initial swim evaluation is free. Team sign up requires a $80.00 annual fee payable to USA Swimming and a monthly or quarterly fee payable to EAT. The monthly and quarterly fees differ by swimming level. The fee structure can also be found in the EAT Handbook located on the website home page.

  3. Do you teach kids to swim?
     We teach and train swimmers endurance in the water, how to swim all four strokes (butterfly, back stroke, breast stroke, and freestyle), turns, dives, and technique and water safety. Swimmers can then test into Eaglets after coach evaluation.

  4. Is EAT a competitive swim team?
    Ours is a team for those in the community who want to stay in shape, improve their swimming endurance, stroke, and speed with the opportunity to compete in meets. We do not require meet participation or practice attendance. We support each swimmer to be as competitive as they choose. Every year we have swimmers qualifying for the State Championship meet and some go on to Far Western, Regional and Sectional championships.

    1. What equipment do I need as a swimmer?
      Each level has a different set of requirements but see the list below. Some items are available via the team gear section of this site.
            Eaglets – Fins-semi soft rubber, goggles, kick board.
            Junior – Fins-semi soft rubber, kick board, goggles, and TYR catalyst paddles.
            Senior – Long Fins, Tyr catalyst paddles, parachute, pull buoy and kick board,   goggles and snorkle 
            National – Fins: Everyone:    Speedo, TYR, or Tritan semi soft rubber Fins,
                           Stroke fins:           Butterfly – Finis Mono fin
                                                           Breaststrokers – Speedo Breaststroke fins
                             
      Paddles:                TYR Catalyst-lite, most common size #2,  occasionally #3
                              Snorkel:                Stroke style rather than the Freestyle design
                              Bands:                  Ankle straps – Speedo or coach Joe from broken tubing

      ​                       5 gallon bucket with tether and belt​​
  5. Do we have an attendance requirement for practices?
    We do not have an attendance requirement however, the more an athlete practices the stronger and more efficient they become.

  6. How often are swim meets held?
    Generally we participate in 2 meets per month. Usually one meet is a smaller/shorter developmental meet and the other a bigger/longer invitational. This is a great way to measure your performance

  7. How often are intra squad swim meets held?
    Generally we conduct 1 per quarter.  This is a great way for our younger and newer swimmers to see what a swim meet is like.

  8. What are the age groups?
    Although we train and practice by skill and experience level, not by age group, in competition swimmers compete by age group and gender. Competition age groups are:     
     17 & over
     15-16
     13-14
     11-12
     10 & Under.

  9. What is USA Swimming and why do I have to join?
    USA swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States. It is a 300,000 member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. The USA Swimming registration fee also provides secondary insurance and is required by all participating swimmers. EAT is governed by USA Swimming and requires annual membership.

  1. How will I know if there is a schedule change or cancellation?
    Cancellations or changes do happen from time to time, usually due to pool closures for maintenance /repairs or school functions. When cancellation is necessary an email is immediately sent to all enrolled swimmers.

  2. What is a swim meet and when are they held?
    We participate in and host meets sanctioned by USA Swimming. Participating swimmers are timed in the events they register for and those times will be available on USA Swimming’s website for your reference. Swimming in meets, although not required by EAT, is the best way to track your progress.   Each year we offer developmental meets where new swimmers can learn the ropes in a casual environment and still obtain USA Swimming times. Our goal is to have at least one meet opportunity per month. You will be notified by email about upcoming meets and how to register.

  3. Are the costs associated with a meet covered by swimming dues?
    No, meet entry fees must be paid separately for each meet you register for. Meet entry fees vary but typically include a surcharge ($10 to $30) and then a small charge ($2 to $5) for each individual registered entry.

  4. Do I have to work during a meet and what are the jobs?
    Yes, everyone is requested to work for a short time and suffice it to say, the more workers, the shorter the assignment. Being on-time is also very important to share the workload correctly. There are a small range of jobs possible from selling fruits/snacks, gathering and sorting timer slips, and timers. There isn’t much expertise/training needed for any of these assignments although they are very important.

  5. As a parent what other supplies/equipment do I need at a meet?
    Lawn chairs or stadium seats, spare set of goggles, towel, cold drinking water, healthy snacks.

  6. What should a swimmer eat prior to an event?
    Each individual is different as they have specific nutritional and medical needs. As a guideline, a competitor should consume a larger amount of complex carbohydrates and a smaller amount of protein 1.5 to 2 hours before competition. After the event competitors should consume a larger amount of protein and a smaller amount of complex carbohydrates. Visit the Nutrition site under “Links” on the website for more information.

  7. What if I have more questions, who do I ask?
    Check the EAT Handbook (found on the home page of the website) for additional information. Otherwise, please contact our Head Coach, Joe Pereira or any of the Board members.