Eligibility to Participate - Residents and a limited number of Non Residents of Loudoun Valley Estates may enroll their children aged 5-18 years old. Evaluations will be held on May 22nd from 12-1pm at Claude Moore Recreation Center. This is required for all new swimmers on the team as well as 2015 minis looking to join the team. For 8U swimmers, they must swim one length of the pool freestyle or backstroke unassisted. For 9 and older swimmers, they must swim 2 consecutive lengths of the pool freestyle or backstroke without assistance or touching the bottom. If a swimmer is not qualified for our competitive team, they may participate in the Mini Torpedoes if they meet the guidelines for that group. Swimmers who are not ready for our Mini T's are encouraged to take group or private lessons to prepare for the following season.
Suit and Equipment Requirements – Competitive swimmers are required to have a team suit, team cap, goggles, fins and kick board. Competitive swimmers may wear last year’s suit (black with logo) or purchase the new 2016 suit. Please consider coming to in person registration on April 24th from 1-4pm for a swimsuit fitting.
Our practice schedule varies from week to week. Please review the calendar tab on our website for a daily listing of practice times.
Swimmers are grouped by age, not ability. Practices are not considered swim lessons. Swimmers will work on stroke refinement, technique, speed, and other skills required during practices in order to compete in swim meets. Make-up practices will not be scheduled if practice is canceled. Evening practice/Monday morning early session is for families with two working parents and is limited. Swimmers who elect this group may not attend regular morning practice, these groups are not interchangeable.
Note: Age grouping is subject to change by the coach, which may change your practice time. You will be informed by the coach.
Inclement Weather Policy - If the pool is closed, all groups will be canceled.
Parent Meetings – There will be a mandatory parent meeting for all returning and new parents on May 30th and May 31st at 7 PM at the Clubhouse Pool. Parents may attend either meeting. There are a lot of changes this season and attendance is critical.
Volunteering Commitment - ALL families will be required to volunteer 18 hours at meets and in other ways during the season regardless if your child participates in meets. Families will use the Torpedoes website to register for volunteering positions. Exact hours required will be determined by the number of families committed as of June 1st and all families will be notified. A $20/hour penalty will be assessed for every hour short of the determined required hours. A swimmer is not eligible to register for future seasons until this fee is paid.
Refer to registration tab for fees.
Each swimmer will receive a t-shirt (if registered and paid by May 1) and swim cap. Please enter your child’s size carefully during registration. Note that there is no Child-Small size so if you enter “Small,” you will receive an Adult-Small. Because t-shirts are ordered according to the sizes entered in registration, we can’t offer exchanges.
Mini Torpedoes Elgibility must be 5 years old by June 1, 2015. Must be able to: submerge completely for 5-10 seconds, float on front or back for 5-10 seconds unassisted in 5 ft water, swim at least 15 meters freestyle or backstroke unassisted in 4 ft water, be comfortable in the water without a parent, be comfortable in a group instruction environment, and should already have had formal group/private swim lessons. Limited to 20 total positions. Mini T swimmers can progress to the team at any point in the season once they are able to complete 25 meters freestyle or backstroke. Our goal is to swim! Swimmers who are not ready for the Mini T program are encouraged to take group or private lessons to prepare for the following season.
Mini Torpedo Evaluations
Please bring your swimmer on Monday, June 6th at 5:00-5:30 pm for the MINI evaluations.
Mini T swimmers can progress to the team at any point in the season once they are able to complete 25 meters freestyle or backstroke. Our goal is to learn to swim!
Mini Torpedo Fee is $185 for (8) 30 minute sessions, 2-days (T/F) week beginning June 17th- July 19th.