Team dues must be paid prior to participation in Team activities. The required payment method is website autopay (credit card or bank draft).  Auto pay is required for all families. On the 1st of each month, you will receive an electronic invoice with dues for the upcoming month plus any unpaid fees.  Payment is considered late after the 20th of the following month. Swimmers without a paid USA Swimming registration are prohibited from entering the water for insurance purposes. 

Blaze's year is divided into two seasons: 

  • The Short Course Yards (SCY) Season runs from September through February. 
  • The Long Course Meters (LCM) Season runs from  April through July.

​Registration Policy for Blaze

You can register at anytime if you have been approved by a coach or passed a swim test. Please contact the Aquatics Coordinator if registration has closed and you are still interested. If you are new to our program or are just in need of a test, click the link here

Annual registration is required for each swimmer in our program. Annual registration begins in mid to late August before the start of the Short Course Season. Swimmers may join the team at any time during the season.

Registering for the team is a commitment to pay dues for the duration of the season for all swimmers. By continuing to swim with the team during the long course season (beginning late March/early April), you are agreeing to pay dues for the entire long course season.

High school swimmers will have their dues adjusted during the short course season based on their high school season.

 

At the time of registration, credit card payment of three charges is required for each swimmer:

  • USA Registration – All swimmers in our program are required to be USA Swimming members. USA Registration is paid annually at the time of registration. The fee for USA registration is currently $78.

  • BLZ Seasonal Fee – This $47 fee is assessed twice per year. It will be charged at registration for the Short Course Season and again in April for the Long Course Season.

  • First Month of Swimmer Dues – This amount varies based on the swim group and day of the month the swimmer joins. Swimmers are assigned to a swim group by the head coach or the head age group coach.

The USA Registration fee and BLZ Seasonal fee are non-refundable. Refunds of swimmer dues are only offered if the Extended Leave Policy applies.

 Cancellation Policy for Blaze

 30- day cancellation is required and should be submitted to the Aquatics office. There is also a $5 processing fee for anyone who signs up and cancels their registration due to failure of swim test. Cancellation forms can be found here.

                                   Team Membership Fees and Information

Swimmers are only allowed to attend their scheduled practice group day/time. They cannot make-up a missed practice by attending a practice with a different practice group.

Registration opens online on the date indicated below and continues throughout the deadline*

Registration fee is due prior to first practice

Session

Dates

Fee

Registration Opens

Annual Registration Fee:

Paid for each swimmer each year. Fee includes: swim tee, cap, USA membership & admin fees

9/8/21-7/29/22

Due yearly upon initial registration**

$125

Pay when swimmer registers for first session of 2021 swim year (Sept 2021-Aug 2022)

Coaching Meet Fees:

Assessed to participants of AWAY swim meets where travel accommodations are required for coaches

No Coaching Meet Fees for DSM metro area  swim meets

$7

Fees added to swim meet invoice per swimmer registered in a meet

Short Course - Age Group

Practice Tu/Th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Sat 10-12 PM

       9/8/21- 2/28/22   $70/Month         August 15, 2021

Short Course - Challenge Group

Practice MWF 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Sat 10-12 PM

       9/8/21- 2/28/22   $85/Month         August 15, 2021

Short Course - Select

Practice M-F 7:00-9 PM; Sat 10-12 PM 

       9/8/21- 2/28/22   $145/Month          August 15, 2021

Long Course - Age Group

Practice Tu/Th 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Sat 7:00 AM- 9:00 AM 

      3/28/22- 7/29/22 TBD                March 15, 2022

Long Course - Challenge Group

 Practice M/W/F 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Sat 7:00 AM- 9:00 AM 

      3/28/22- 7/29/22 TBD                 March 15, 2022

Long Course - Select Group A

Practice M-F 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM, Sat 7:00 AM- 9:00 AM 

        3/28/22- 7/29/22 TBD                  March 15, 2022

Long Course - Select Group B

Practice M-F 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM; Sat 7:00 AM- 9:00 AM 

       3/28/22- 7/29/22 TBD               March 15, 2022

**Annual Fee is due the first time you register each year. Good for current swim year only.

Volunteer ExpectationsAll families are expected to volunteer, as the success of our team depends on the support of the family. 

Credit Card Processing Fee - All accounts that have their billing set to charge to a credit card will be charged a 30-cent transaction fee and a 2.95% processing fee at billing time on the 1st of the month or if an On-Demand payment is processed during the month. There will not be a fee charged for using ACH.

Family Discount - Families with three or more swimmers receive a discount on their swimmer dues. The registration fee for the third swimmer and additional swimmers beyond three is reduced by 50%. This reduction applies to the swimmer(s) with the least expensive dues.

 

Additional Fees:
Meet or Splash Fees: Set by hosting site to swim in events.
Coaches Fee: This fee may be charged to assist with costs associated with sending a coach to some USA meets where a large number of Blaze swimmers have registered.

USA meets do have a fee called a splash fee that is paid to the host team and individual race fees.  Generally the splash fee is $5 and race fees are $6/race entered.  Swimmers do not have to participate in any of these meets, but if they do, then you as the parent would be responsible for those fees.  After you register for meets through Team Unify, your meet fees will be added to your account.  You will receive monthly invoices if you have a balance on your account.

Team practices will be divided by training groups.  At meets, members will swim according to USA divisions (8-under, 10-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18).