Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the requirements to join the team? 
Swimmers must be at least 5 years old and no older than 18 years old on June 1st with no exceptions. All swimmers must be water safe and be able to swim at least 25 yards (1 pool lap) unassisted and without floaties.  
2. Are there residency requirements to join the team? 
Irvine Swim League (ISL) requires all swimmers to reside or attend school in Irvine. As a “city team”, we can accept swimmers from any part of Irvine. 
3. What documents do I need to submit for age and residency verification? 
For a list of acceptable documents, please click here
4. How do I register as a new family?   
Once registration opens for new families, you will be invited to join on a first-come first-serve based on the order in the interest list. If you would like to add your name to our no-obligation interest list, please click here.
5. Is there a limit to the number of swimmers that can register? 
Irvine Swim League (ISL) allows a maximum of 130 swimmers per team so do not wait to add your name to the interest list. 
6. We will be away for part of the season; can we pay partial fees? 
Many families do go on vacation during the season and that is fine but there are no partial fees. Registration must be paid for the entire summer season.
7. What is the refund policy? 
Full refund before June 1st, partial refund before Time Trials and no refund after Time Trials. For the complete refund policy, please click here.   
8. When does the season start? 
The season usually starts the first week in June and runs for 10 weeks. For more information, please check the Important Dates section in our homepage.   
9. What volunteer responsibilities do parents have? 
South Irvine Dolphins is a volunteer-based organization so every parent’s participation and cooperation are required. For detailed volunteering requirements please click here
10. We booked a trip and will not be able to volunteer at the next meet, what should we do? 
We recognize that plans change. If you are unable to come for your volunteer job, it is your responsibility to find a replacement. The best alternative may be trading shifts with a family scheduled to volunteer at a different date. 
11. What is the $100 volunteer deposit check for? 
The volunteer deposit check will be cashed if you miss your volunteer shift. If you miss a second volunteer shift, your swimmer(s) may be removed from the team. If you fail to meet your volunteer obligations for the season, your swimmer(s) may not be able to return to the team next season. All uncashed checks will be shredded at the end of the season. 
12. How many practices per week do we need to attend? 
There is no mandatory number of practices to attend. You can attend as many or as few practices as you want but keep in mind the best way to improve your swim technique is to come and train with our coaches as much as possible. 
13. Where are practices held? 
Practices are held at the University High School pool (4771 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612). 
14. What time is practice? 
Swimmers age 5-8 swim Monday thru Friday from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Swimmers age 9-18 swim Monday thru Friday from 4:30pm – 6pm. 
15. What do I need to bring to meets? 
Make sure to bring the team swimsuit, team cap, goggles, sunscreen, towel, fold-up chairs and cash for food and treats at the concessions stand. Consider bringing a canopy tent as it can be sunny or coordinate with other families to share a tent. Also, we love to see the families come in orange to support the team and the swimmers! 
16. When and where are meets held? 
Meets are held on Saturday mornings and usually end around noon. There are Home meets held at the University High School pool and Away meets at other Irvine teams’ pools. For the meet schedule, please check the Important Dates section in our homepage.
17. Do I need to participate in all the meets? 
No, you can participate in as many or as few as you would like. Competing in the meets is a good way to show your progress along the season. Keep in mind that time improvements in the meets will earn you Dolphin Dollars that can be exchanged for treats, toys and gift cards at the Dolphins Store!
18. What is the Championship meet? 
This optional meet includes all 20+ Irvine Swim League teams in the city and is held at the end of the season in mid August. Every swimmer is eligible to participate in at least one event and may be selected for a relay regardless if they achieve a qualifying time or not. Swimmers who achieve qualifying times can swim in up to four events including up to three individual events and relay(s). 
19. Do I have to wear the team swimsuit and team cap at practice and meets? 
Team swimsuit and team cap do not need to be worn for practice. ISL rules only require team swimsuit and team cap be worn at the swim meets.  
20. Where do I purchase the team apparel including swimsuit and cap? 
For team apparel, please click here.  
21. Can I become a sponsor? 
Anyone is welcome to become a sponsor. We welcome families and businesses to be a team sponsor. We have different levels of sponsorship. For more details, please click here
22. Why are sponsors important? 
As a city team, we do not have access to free use of a HOA pool and we rely on the support from families and local businesses to cover our costs.
23. Are my donations tax deductible? 
South Irvine Dolphins is a nonprofit organization and your donations may be tax deductible. Please consult a tax professional.