Joining Coral Springs Swim Club CSSC in South Florida

Becoming part of CSSC is simple:

  • Decide you and your swimmer are interested
  • Complete the preregistration paperwork
  • Tryout
  • Complete the one week free trial without deciding to move on to something else
  • Finish registration

It seems too simple. Don't worry. Figuring out the fee structure will keep you occupied during your swimmer's one week trial period.

In a hurry to be off? Print out the current CSSC Brochure (03/19).

Interest

You will know if your and your swimmer are interested because swimming will already be a part of your life. Swimmers are expected to know all four strokes and be able to swim 50y/m (yards or meters).

Granted it might take a special proud parent's or coach's eye to determine exactly what stroke the younger swimmer is actually doing.

What is important is that the swimmer should have the bare fundamentals of swimming to the point where he or she is safe in the water.

The Preregistration Paperwork

Welcome to the dark side of swimming. Once the coach has determined which group would be right for your swimmer, he or she gets a one week free trial. To take advantage of the free trial, you must:

  • Complete the combined CSSC and the United States Swimming registration forms.
  • Attach a check for the amount of $175, payable to Coral Springs Swim Club.
  • Hand these to the coach or the registrar.

Now you're ready to enjoy the free trial week.

Note: Your check will be held uncashed for one week. If you choose NOT to join CSSC, call the registrar or Laura Azevedo at 954-340-5032 before the end of the trial week and she will destroy your check.

The Tryout

The tryout takes a few minutes and answers two questions:

  • Is the swimmer safe in the water?
  • Where would the swimmer best fit within the CSSC program?

The coach makes these determinations.

VERY IMPORTANT - Your swimmer should be prepared to swim:

·  swimsuit (no swimsuit, no swimming)

·  towel

·  cap (optional)

·  goggles (optional, highly recommended)

The Trial Week

The trial week is important. During that week you, your swimmer, the coaches and the team will become better acquainted.

If any adjustments are needed, such as moving your child to a different group, these will be made during this week.

Remember: Call our administrative assistant Laura Azevedo at 954-340-5032 before the end of the trial if you choose NOT to join CSSC and he will destroy your check. If you don't call, you will be making extra work for everyone, including yourself.

Finishing Up

Attachments

CSSC Brochure - Winter 2019

Escrow

Online Escrow Payments

For your convenience, CSSC families can now make escrow payments online. Payments by check may still be dropped of at the Aquatic Complex office.

To make an online payment, please enter the Swimmer's Full Name, and then click on Pay Now

Registration

Sounds simple and it is. It's just that registering a swimmer means registering with and paying a fee to:

  • CSSC (annual registration fee)
  • Coral Springs Aquatics Complex (quarterly or annual fee)
  • Florida Gold Coast (fee paid by CSSC registration fee)
  • USA Swimming (annual fee)

None of these fees have anything to do with the monthly coaching fees. Paying these fees and registering with these organizations, entitles you to pay the monthly coaching fees and allows your swimmer to get into the pool to be coached.

First Time Registration

is a two step process covered in detail in Getting Started. The fees are the same for first timers and veterans. So, come on back when you are finished there.

Annual Registration

At the beginning of December every swimmer's family will receive a registration packet. It will include the same forms first timers have to fill out because we all have to fill them out again; and, yes, pay the annual fees again as well. After a couple years even the younger swimmers will be able to fill everything out from repetition.

These documents must be filled out, returned to to the CSSC Registrar and the appropriate fees paid; or, your swimmer will not be able to attend practice. There's an obvious reason for this ("No Ticket, No Entrance"), but, there's another, not so obvious reason. A Portion of the various fees fund casualty insurance. Signing the documents and paying the fees means that you have expressly agreed to abide by the covenants of that insurance, and that you and your swimmer will behave in a safe and responsible manner at practice and at swim meets. We live in a litigious age. Without proper insurance and proper behavior there would be no organized swimming

The documents that are part of the current annual registration packet can be found here.(put link in when it exists) 

Fees And Other Costs

Swimming families pay several kinds of fees:

Swimming Organization

Annual dues for memberships in the several organizations which are part of the hierarchy tasked with overseeing competitive swimming from the local pool to the Olympics.

Coaching

Payment to the coaching staff for their time, patience and expertise. CSSC's coaching fees are due monthly.

Facility

Payment for a place to practice and other physical plant based services. CSSC families pay the Aquatic Complex of Coral Springs memberships fees which are due either quarterly or annually, depending on the contract the family chooses. City of Coral Springs Aquatic Complex memberships are for the use of the various complex facilities and are entirely independent of the Swim Club.

Meet Entry

Fees for swimming in sanctioned meets. Also, fines for violating the entry rules at sanctioned meets.

Gate

If you want to see your swimmer perform, your going to have to buy a ticket... unless you.... Volunteer! Also, there are t-shirts, and heat sheets, souvenirs and refreshments to buy, of course.

Other Costs

It's not auto racing but age group swimming has its share of operating costs:

Swimsuits

You will be amazed.

Training Equipment

Goggles, towels, sandals, flippers. warm up suits (yes, even in SO FLA), and parkas. Older swimmers will want their own training equipment, such as hand paddles, kick boards, in and out of water resistance equipment, flippers of various lengths for different kicking drills, counters and stop watches.

Travel and Lodging

Away meets are sometimes very far away. Even our youngest swimmers will have the opportunity to compete in places like Key West or Largo (not the Key) or even Baton Rouge.

CSSC Social Events

The annual awards banquet, pre-meet pasta suppers, Halloween parties, etc. All have modest costs attached.

Fund Raisers

Band candy isn't just for the band.

Member Families

To put a single swimmer in the water in a USA Swimming sanctioned event, one needs a coach, three officials, and at least one timer. It's pretty certain that the officials and the timer are related to a swimmer and are volunteering their time.

Swimming is a family affair. Even if a family has just one swimmer, parents and siblings will become part of the sport. Getting the swimmer to and from practices and meets, making certain the swimmer follows the coaches diet and exercise recommendations, and helping run swimming meets become part of the swimming family lifestyle.

CSSC is fortunate to be a premier swim club with superb facilities which also happen to be centrally and conveniently located in a very fast, competitive LSC. Along with this good fortune comes responsibility. CSSC regularly hosts swimming meets, little and large. A big meet like the Junior Olympics can require as many as 150 volunteer slots which need to be filled. Most of those slots are filled by CSSC Members' families.

The Booster Club

Our Booster Club is tasked with organizing, staffing and operating our home swim meets. Additionally, its members take on many of daily administrative chores for the club, raise funds for travel meets, organize and manage club social activities, help set club policy, and , help determine how best to spend the funds raised. If you have a CSSC swimmer in your family, you are automatically a member of the Booster Club. It's free!

Our Volunteers

On the other hand, you don't need to be a member of the Booster Club to be a volunteer. High school students in need of service hours, former swimmers needing to smell the chlorine again, current swimmers between meets, philanthropists and do-gooders of all stripes, we take take them all. And, we're happy to have them.

Finally, remember our Volunteer Motto: "We Work for food (and inexpensive T-shirts, too!)"

For more information, don't hesitate to contact us.