Welcome to the 2017 swim season!
Swim team is a fun activity that promotes teamwork, sportsmanship, and fitness. The information that follows should answer many of your questions as we progress through this year's swim season.
AGE DIVISIONS: 6 and under; 8 and under; 10 and under; 11-12; 13-14; 15-18.
The swim team season runs from May 30, 2017 to the middle of July. Week day practice begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and is held daily, Monday through Friday at the Genesis/Wood Valley pool. Weekly swim meets are held mainly on Wednesday evenings (usually 6pm to dark), and begin June 7. Meets are held in Topeka, and other local communities, usually within a 100 mile radius. (Wamego, Baldwin, Ottawa are cities we travel to). The League meet is a season culminating meet held in mid July.
Parents are responsible for transporting their swimmers both to and from the meets. Parents should also plan to help their child be aware of their race numbers and make sure they head to the clerk of the course when their race has been called. Information pertinent for each meet will be provided through the team website and at practice! Each swimmer is to arrive at the meet location an hour prior to meet start time for stretching and messages from the coach, and begin swimming their warm-ups. Carpools and caravans are available.
REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN SWIM TEAM:
The swimmer must be 5 years of age and able to swim the length of the pool unassisted. They should be familiar with basic swim strokes, (crawl, backstroke). WVST coaches work with swimmers on stroke mechanics and technique. Swim team does not replace the need for swimming lessons for young children.
Registration for 2017 is open! Cost is $180 and includes a team t-shirt, membership to USA Swimming, and the Kaw Valley Swim League dues. The swim suit is NOT included in the registration fee.
SWIM SUITS AND CAPS:
WVST swimmers will need to purchase a team suit and cap. Please see our Team Apparel tab at the top for more information. Additional info on ordering suits will be provided.
The safety of your child is our greatest concern. Swimmers who repeatedly disregard safety rules or whose behavior is regularly disruptive may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the head coach.
Wood Valley Swim Team is a non-profit organization run by the parent volunteers. We know that everyone has a busy schedule these days, but a successful swim meet requires many hours of volunteer work by dedicated parents. We need timers, stroke judges, etc…at each meet as well as concession workers, clerks of the course, and people to enter the swimmers times into the computers when we host a meet. Parent volunteers are essential for facilitating our home swim meets. Parents are expected to donate their time to help this be a quality program for your children. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help out!
Available Meet Official Positions:
Clerk of the Course (Home meets only)
Concessions Stand (Home meets only)
DROP OFF/PICK UP:
Use the south pool entrance to drop off and pick up your children. All parents and swimmers should keep their belongings on the south end of the pool. It is essential that you be here on time to pick up your swimmer, as coaches need to leave for other obligations.
Practice will be cancelled if there is dangerous weather (lightning, storms, etc...). If dangerous weather occurs during practice, we will take swimmers inside the main clubhouse for safety. If you are unsure of whether or not we are practicing, please DO NOT call the front desk at Maximus/Wood Valley Racquet Club. Prior notice of cancellation will be made through posts to Facebook and Twitter
facebook: Wood Valley Swim Team
How to follow us on TWITTER
To receive WV Swim Team Twitter updates via TEXT messages on your mobile phone:
Send a text message to 40404 with the words Follow wvswimteam from your mobile phone (if you do not have text messaging for your mobile phone, you should be aware that there may be a per message fee for this from your mobile service provider). You will receive a confirmation text letting you know you are now following wvswimteam.
To receive WV Swim Team Twitter updates via E-mail:
Go to www.twitter.com/wvswimteam and click on ‘FOLLOW’
We are guests of Genesis/Wood Valley Club. The main clubhouse, locker rooms, tennis and racquetball courts are for the use of Genesis Club members only. Please leave the facility cleaner than you found it!
WVST FAMILY FOLDERS:
Each family will have a file folder in the file boxes that will be out on the picnic table during practices. This is our method of communication, as you will find memos, ribbons/awards, and other important information. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD CHECKS THEIR BOX DAILY!