New Swimmer Tryout

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How old should a swimmer be to tryout?
A:  Swimmers should be at least 6 years old, or turning 6 during the current season.
 
Q:  What should a swimmer bring with them to the tryout?
A:  A filled out tryout packet, swim cap, goggles and towel.
 
Q:  How long does the tryout take?
A:  The tryout can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on how many swimmers are trying out.  In some cases it might be longer but we strive to keep them quick for both the swimmer and the family.
 
Q:  What will my swimmer need to do at the tryout?
A:  10/Under swimmers will need to swim a 25 yard freestyle and a 25 yard backstroke without stopping.  Some 10/unders may be asked to swim additional strokes depending on what group the coaches are looking at them for.  11/O swimmers will be asked to swim 50 yards of freestyle, 25 yards of backstroke, 25 yards of breaststroke and 25 yards of butterfly.  High School swimmers or swimmers from other teams can email Head Coach Chuck Clark at [email protected] for an alternative tryout process.
 
Q:  My swimmer can’t do a certain stroke, should they still tryout?
A:  Yes, we look to take as many swimmers as we can and have knowledgeable coaches and different levels to allow for skill development.  
 
Q:  When will I find out if I make the team?
A:  An email will be sent out after all of the scheduled tryouts are completed. 
 
Q:  What is the cost to swim for the Rapids?
A:  All fees can be found on the website at the top under the current season information tab.
 
Q:  How many practices should my swimmer attend each week?
A:  There are no hard requirements, the more you attend the more you will grow in the sport.  We recommend Novice level swimmers attend 2-3x per week, Junior level swimmers attend 3x per week and Senior level swimmers attend as many as possible
 
Q:  When are swim meets?  How often are swim meets?  
A:  Meets are held usually 1-2 times per month and are held typically on weekends.