Dear Dolphins Families,

Welcome Dolphins! I am excited to gear up for this upcoming Fall/Winter season with familiar and new faces on deck. Whether you are a longtime Dolphin or a newcomer, everything you need to know about registering for our team this season is listed below. Please read everything carefully as it is all important information.

Our registration is a two-step process:

  1. To register your swimmer please for the Fall/ Winter 2021-2022 season please Click here. If you have issues with registration, please reach out to Meg O'Connor,  [email protected] 
    • ** If you are NOT paying in full, only register for 8/1-8/31 for now; we'll schedule the rest! 
    • If you have trouble accessing your account, contact  Meg O'Connor for assistance.
    • There will be a $15 registration fee for our Fall/Winter season.
  2. Participants are required to have an account in TeamUnify
    • Returning members: Make sure you update ALL information in your account!
    • New members: We will email you an invitation to join TU.

Through TeamUnify you'll get access to your own private account that will enable you to easily declare for swim meets, sign-up for jobs, see your children's swim times history, maintain your own contact information, and more.

Practice Group Selection:

  • Returning swimmers should register for the practice group that has been recommended by WFYD coaches. If you have questions about placement, please Head Coach Carlo Arellano; [email protected]

  • If a swimmer is registered for a practice group that has not been recommended, we reserve the right to change the practice group and to charge applicable fees. If this is the case, we will contact you.

Practice Schedule:

Please refer to this link for practice times for each practice group. 

Some things to note:

  • A schedule that includes all the coaches will be released very soon. We are happy to be bringing back some familiar faces, but that information will be released once all is finalized.

  • Some practice times at Sheehan may be altered due to High School swim meets that take place before our practice time. An email and a TeamUnify update will be sent to all families ASAP if this is the case. 

 

USA Swimmers:

  • USA Swimming is not recommended for all swimmers. If you are interested, please contact Head Coach Carlo Arellano; [email protected]. Coaches will discuss whether this is the right path for your swimmer at this time.

  • USA Swimming requires a current USA Swimming membership, plus there is an additional fee. If you are a current USA swimmer, remember to register for this as well.

  • Returning USA Swimmers registering for our Fall/Winter season please click here.

  • **Additional fees may be added during Championship season.

Discounts:

  • Siblings receive a discount of 5% each on practice group fees. Enter code “Dolphins Siblings” when registering online.

  • Pay in full for the whole season and receive a discount of 5% on practice group fees. Enter code “PIF” when registering online.

  • High school swimmers please register here: Girls High School Season/ Boys High School Season

  • The Wallingford Family YMCA offers financial assistance on all programs & services. For more information or to apply for assistance, contact Meg O'Connor,  [email protected] 

Covid Protocols:

We have very strict protocols in place for the safety of our swimmers, our families and our employees during this time. There will be no tolerance for people not following the protocols. 

  • Parents/other family members will not be allowed to observe practices at this time.

  • Swimmers should arrive 15 minutes prior to practice time for showers & to arrive on deck ready to go.

  • Swimmers will need to be on their best behavior! 

  • Masks will be required at all times except when swimming/approaching the pool to swim.

  • For practices at Sheehan:

    •  Locker rooms will not be available for changing or showering. 

    • Parents/other family members will not be allowed to observe practices at this time.

**All COVID protocols are subject to change at any time as we follow the guidelines set by each facility. If any changes are made, we will notify you promptly.**

Upcoming Events:

  • All-Parent Meeting: 

    • There will be an All-Parent Meeting at the beginning of the season (date/venue TBD) which all swimmers’ parents are highly encouraged to attend. We will be doing a meet-and-greet with all the coaches, discussing our season plan, introducing our Parent Association, and having a Q/A. 

  • YMCA/USA Meet Schedule

    • ​Please refer to this link for a schedule of YMCA and USA meets up until December. Please note that all meets are subject to change, but appropriate notice will be given

Mandatory Volunteer Policy

This season, we are mandating that every parent/family volunteers at team functions,  meets, socials, and fundraisers. Roles will be assigned and the proper instruction/training for each role will be given to every volunteer.  Swimming isn't like other sports; it requires parents and families to be participants, not just spectators.  For a swimmer to participate on the team and to be a member in good standing, families are required to meet a minimum volunteer commitment as determined by the Head Coach and PA each season. 

The team's success depends on the commitment of its members. Past experience has made it necessary to make this a requirement for our families.  We understand that some families have extenuating circumstances that make volunteering difficult, and we will work with families to help them meet the volunteer requirements. Not all volunteering is done at the meets. Flexibility and understanding are necessary as changes and adjustments can be made to volunteer assignments before, and even during a meet. All job assignments are at the discretion of the Head Coach and PA. Please be courteous if you are asked to switch jobs.  

We will be discussing more about our Mandatory Volunteer Policy during the All-Parent Meeting.

 

We look forward to being a part of the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins and are excited to begin another great season! If you have questions at any time, please reach out to us.

**Remember that registration for WFYD is a commitment for the full season (September 2021-February 2022).  While payment can be divided into monthly payments, registered swimmers will be responsible for the full amount even if they withdraw from the program early.  Swimmers who qualify for championships and who extend beyond Clusters will be charged an additional fee.