Wyoming Seadragons Swim Team FAQ’s
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do I know if my kid should Junior Seadragons vs. Seadragons (age group)? Junior Seadragons is designed to help bridge swim lessons and competitive swimming. Swimmers should be able to swim and be in the water unassisted, but may need to gain more confidence and learn breathing/stroke techniques. For Junior Seadragons, Coaches are in the water more assisting and directing swimmers. Seadragon swimmers can typically swim freestyle and backstroke, might be learning the techniques of breast stroke and butterfly, and are working on their dive starts and flip turns. For Age Group Coaches are directing on deck with some water time to demonstrate drills/technique. If referencing the levels for Swim Lessons through the Wyoming Rec Center, the level preference for swimmers is Octopus for Junior Seadragons, maybe Jellyfish.
What if my kid doesn't know all the strokes? Swimming is a highly technical sport. Swimmers join a summer swim team with a wide range of abilities. Our coaches will make their best effort to ensure your swimmer learns the strokes at the level appropriate for their ages. Please note, the summer swim season is a very short 7 weeks, and many of the nuances of proper techniques take months and sometimes years to achieve. Swimmers will be assessed at the beginning of the season, and placed within the appropriate practice groups.
When are the swim meets? There is one exhibition meet and 7 regular season meets in the summer season. Regular season meets are held on Tues and/or Thurs evenings. The full schedule is posted on the website. Swimmers must have competed in at least 2 swim meets in order to qualify for the end of the season Championship Meet. The Championship Meet brings the whole Northern Suburban Swim League together. The 2021 Championships will be held July 19/20 at Blue Ash, so be sure to mark your calendar! This is the season highlight and goal meet. You want to your swimmers make their best times and have fun during Championships. More details about Championships will be provided as we get closer to the date.
How do I sign my kid up for meets? Sign in to the team website, then click the "Attend/Decline" button next to each meet, to sign your swimmer up. Be sure to DECLINE those meets you know you will not be able to attend.
Will there be a Kickoff Meeting? The Team Kickoff Meeting will be at the Wyoming Recreation Center on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. This will be your chance to meet the coaches and other parents, order team suits, and get lots of information about the Seadragons. [TENTATIVE - Sign up for a time slot to attend]
What kind of gear do my kids need for swim? The gear is pretty simple. Cap, goggles and a swim suit is all you need to get started. Caps are provided by the team, practice suits can be picked up at any swim outlet (other stores work too). “Official” team suits can be ordered at the Kickoff Meeting/Team Suit fitting. At the meets, swimmers should wear their official team suit or any Navy suit.
Will there be a parent meeting? There will be a Parent Information Session on Sunday, March 28th at 7:00pm - virtually [ Register Here] and Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00pm - virtually [ Register Here]. We will also have the Team Kick-Off Meeting to get families together on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. In the meantime, have a question that isn’t answered on this FAQ list or on the website? Reach out to April Robles, Parent Board President at [email protected] or 513-259-4613.
Will I need to volunteer at the meet or events? YES!! Swim Meets typically require lots of parent involvement, from officials and timers, to moms and dads and grandparents to help assist the younger swimmers in getting to their races. It is truly a family sport. Job signups will open at the beginning of the season. You can sign up by clicking the "job signup" button next to each meet. [TENTATIVE] Each family will be required to volunteer 3 times during the season. More information about worker assignments and how to sign up for slots will be provided at the Kickoff Meeting. We are also learning more about the restrictions that may happen as a result of COVID-19
When do we meet the coaches? Coaches will be available for meet & greet/questions at the Kickoff Meeting on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Wyoming Rec Center. Be sure to mark your calendars!
When does the season start? For 2021: First practice is Tuesday, June 1st. The full practice schedule for each group can be found by clicking the Practice Schedules Tab on the website. The first exhibition/intersquad meet will be Thursday, June 10th and the first meet will be on Tuesday, June 15th.
See you at the pool!!!!