The Frederick Area Swim Team (FAST) offers a competitive youth swim program for swimmers ages 8 to 18 in Frederick County, Maryland and surrounding areas. FAST is a member of Maryland Swimming, Inc. and United States Swimming (USS) and is a registered non-profit organization.

FAST has been founded on the premise of excellence in instruction and commitment to the athlete.


FEES

There are several fees associated with the 2022-23 Fall/Winter Season: THERE IS A 2 WEEK TRIAL PERIOD FOR ALL NEW SWIMMERS AND PARENTS TO DECIDE IF FAST IS A GOOD FIT FOR THEM. ALL INITIAL FEES EXCEPT THE $25.OO NEW SWIMMER FEE WILL BE REFUNDED IF A SWIMMER DECIDES NOT TO CONTINUE AFTER THE 2 WEEK TRIAL PERIOD.

  1. Swimming Dues: These are the main fees associated with being on theteam. Dues cover the majority of the costs needed to run the team.
    • Seniors (13-19 year olds): $1,786
    • Cadets (9-12 year olds): $1,429
    • Tykes (8 and under): $1072
    • Pre Team $298
    • Pre-Comp: $238
    • * This year, dues can be paid in full by October 31st to receive a $50 discount or you may pay the due over six equal monthly installments beginning October 1st.
  2. Membership Fee: Each family is required to pay a $175 Membership Fee for one swimmer, $225 for two swimmers, and $275 for three or more swimmers. To fulfill this requirement, you may earn rebate dollars through the SCRIP program, become an official, participate in a board-approved fundraiser, or other board approved activities. Any remaining membership fee balance will automatically be billed to your account on April 1st.
  3. USA Swimming Registration Fee: There is an $68 USS Swimming Registration Fee. This goes straight to USA Swimming.
  4. MD Swimming Registration Fee: There is an $29 Maryland Swimming Fee this will be billed during registration Fee.
  5. New Swimmer Fee: If you are new to FAST, there is one-time $25 New Swimmer Fee to cover the various costs of getting the swimmer established.
  6. New Swimmer Fee: Each family will be charged a $150 Volunteer Fee. If the family signs up for and completes eight hours of volunteering for the team, the $150 fee will be refunded. This is billed during registration.
  7. Meet Entries: Entry fees for sanctioned virtual meets this season are still to be determined. In a typical Winter Season, there is a $4-6 charge for each event your swimmer signs up for. These fees go to the team that is hosting the meet and covers the cost of running it.

SUGGESTED SWIM GEAR

  • 2 Practice Suits - Polyester suits generally last longer but other suits work as well. Rinse suits with cold water and let drip dry. Do not put suits in washer or dryer as this will shorten the lifespan of your suits.
  • 1 Competition Suit - This may or may not be a team suit but should only be worn at competitions. This will keep it from wearing out. It should fit a little more snug than regular practice suits.
  • 2 Pairs of Goggles - Always have two pairs of goggles ready! Broken straps can be replaced with “bungee” straps that can be purchased at any swim store or from a vendor at the meets. During summer swimming, you may want to purchase a reflective pair to reduce glare from the sun.
  • 2 Caps - You should have 2 caps available as one usually rips at the most inconvenient time! General care for caps is to rinse, dry and lightly powder the inside. Swimmers should wet hair before putting caps on.
  • Training Fins & Paddles
    • ​Ages 8U & Pre-Team: The coaches will provide tykes and pre-team fins and paddles at practice. We will use fins at least once a week so you are welcome to purchase a pair or use the ones that we provide.
    • Ages 9+: Training fins and hand paddles will be a required purchase since these will be used at each practice.
  • LABEL EVERYTHING with your swimmer’s last name

You can find any of these items at Pool Patios & Porches, 2 Wormans Mill Ct, Frederick, MD 21701 .  


PRACTICES

The Frederick Area Swim Team practices are broken into six training groups to promote individual achievement to the level of excllence desired by and within the physical abilities of each swimmer. The thirteen FAST coaches are experienced, dedicated, and talented individuals who are eager and excited to work with each FAST swimmmer to help them reach they full potential. 

Always refer to the FAST Swim Practice Calender on Google docs to see the current practice schedule. Last minute changes due to weather and pool availabilty may happen. It's best to get in the habit of always checking the schedule online.

Ages 8 & Under

  • Tykes - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - 5:00-6:00pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Pre Competitives - Tuesday and Wednesday - 5:00-5:45 pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Pre - Team - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - 5:45 - 6:30pm at Ft. Detrick.

9-10 year olds

  • ​Monday - 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Tuesday - 5:00 - 6:15pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Thursday - 5:00 - 6:15 pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Friday - 5:00 - 6:00pm at Ft. Detrick

11 - 12 year olds​

  • ​Monday - 5:00 - 6:30 pm Ft. Detrick
  • Wednesday - 6:00 - 7:45pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Thursday - 5:00 - 6:15 pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Friday - 6:00 - 7:30pm at Ft. Detrick

​Ages 13 - 14 - Juniors

  • Monday - 6:30-8:00pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Tuesday - 6:15 - 7:45pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Wednesday - 6:00 -7:45pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Thursday - 6:15- 8:00pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Friday - 6:00-7:30pm at Ft. Detrick

Ages 15-18 - Seniors

  • Monday - 6:30-8:00pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Tuesday - 6:15 - 7:45pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Wednesday - 5:00-6:30 AM at Walkersville High School
  • Thursday - 6:15- 8:00pm at Ft. Detrick
  • Friday - 5:00-6:30 AM at Walkersville High School

 

POOL LOCATIONS

Walkerville High School

 

Middletown High School

 

Onelife Fitness - North Frederick

 

FORT DETRICK

Everyone in the car ages 16 and over must have a Fort Detrick Access Control Visitors Pass.  

A very serious reminder. You will be driving on federal property. The speed limits are STRICTLY ENFORCED. You do not want a federal speeding ticket.

Retreat is sounded Monday through Sunday at 5 p.m. When Retreat is sounded, military, as well as civilians, should face the flag and stand at attention. Vehicles must stop and all passengers should get out and face the flag. If the flag is not within sight, persons should face toward the music. When “To the Colors” is sounded, an appropriate salute should be rendered by those in uniform, all others are to remain standing at attention.

CPT Jennifer J. Shafer Odom Fitness Center

1507 Porter St,
Frederick, MD 21702

  • Use the Amber Drive entrance and scan the pass at the gate and wait for the guard to wave you forward. 
  • Park in the large lot behind building 1507.Do not park in front of the bulding.
  • Swimmers enter the pool around the side of the building, across from the helipad. Parents can come in and watch the practice, but are not required to do so.
  • Remember same rules as FCPS apply: wear your suit to and from practice.
  • Swimmers will exit at the same door they entered the facility. Coaches will walk the youngest swimmers up the path to the parking lot.
 
 

Fort Detrick Access Control Visitors Pass

In order to enter Fort Detrick, everyone over the age of 16 will have to fill out the Request for Fort Detrick Access Control Visitors Pass Form. Those 18 and over will need to have a background check run at the Base. A one-year pass will be granted when the form is submitted to the Visitor Control Center located at 9000 Amber Drive. Hours are 6:00am – 4:00pm.

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PRE-MEET AND MEET REGISTRATION

How come some people seem to know everything that’s going on but I’m always having to ask questions?

Swim meets are complicated until you understand the flow. There are a lot of moving parts to understand. Relax and you will be a pro before you know it. One thing that will help is if you read the meet information that is posted on TeamUnify for each meet. It’s usually an attached .pdf or .doc listed right below the date/time/location of the meet. This document will explain exactly how the meet will be organized. Try to ask the coach your questions before the day of the meet. Once the day comes, the coaches are focused on the swimmers and aren’t always available to answer questions. Also, try to sit near other FAST parents and ask them for help. It’s more fun that way and you get to meet other really cool parents too! 

 

What is Team Unify?

The portal through which you register for meets. You will receive notifications when meets are “open” for registration and reminders about deadlines. You can make changes to your selections up to the deadline date. Your account will be billed for the meet fees for the events you registered for whether you actually swim or not. Meet fees include per event costs as well as additional team costs.  

 

What events should I register my swimmer for?

If you are on the FAST Swim team your swimmer is ready and able to swim any event available to them at registration as long as it’s not an invitational event. It is recommended that swimmers try every event, short and long, even if it’s not their favorite stroke. If you ever have questions about what events to pick have your swimmer talk to their coach about it and get their input. You can always email the coach or submit a comment during registration.

 

What do I need to bring to a swim meet?

  • A lot of it depends on the venue.
  • For outdoor meets you will need a tent and lawn chairs. Indoor meets may have stadium seating available, however some places don’t have enough so tents and chairs outside are still needed. The meet information will give details about the venue, but veteran parents are the best to ask about a pool that is new to you.
  • Be sure to pack healthy snacks and drinks for your swimmer. There may be a concession stand for you, but it probably won’t have much to pick from, so pack some food for yourself!
  • Your swimmer will need deck clothes and shoes to wear between events to keep their muscles and feet warm.
  • They need multiple towels as well.
  • The coaches will explain this to the swimmers. You will not be allowed on deck with your swimmer.

 

What are the different time standards and what are the used for?

There are different time standards for different meets. The typical standards used are the USA Swimming Motivational Times. B, BB, A, AA, AAA, and AAAA. These standards allow for meets to be catered to swimmers of like abilities for time purposes as well as competitive purposes. It is important that you pay attention to the time standard requirements in the meet information. All of the current time standards can be found under the team's RESOURCES tab

 

Should I register my swimmer for every meet?

Short answer is yes, if possible. Long answer is if your schedule permits it is best to swim at as many meets as you can to achieve better time standards. As the seasons progress the time standard requirements get higher and higher, therefore if you haven’t swam any of the early meets you won’t be able to register for the later ones. More importantly, your swimmers practice really heard nearly every day and the only way they see the fruits of that labor is to race!

 


GENERAL Q&A

How can I look up my swimmer’s official times?

There are several apps available.

  • Deck Pass is the official app of USA Swimming and holds all your child’s times achieved in sanctioned USAS meets. There are other neat features in that app as well. It is free with your registration. Deck Pass Plus has a small one time fee with a few more features.
  • Meet Mobile is the real time app that is used by most swim meets to post real time results. It will show you meet results for past meets but most effective on the current meet. It will also display the heat sheet (most of the time) so you don’t have to print it out. There is a small annual fee for this app.
  • Swimmetry is a subscription based mobile app that gives you the ability to analyze your swimmer's races, track goals and time standards, and visualize thier progression.

 


10 COMMANDMENTS FOR SWIMMING PARENTS

1. Thou shalt not impose your ambitions on thy child.
Remember that swimming is your child’s activity. Improvements and progress occur at  different rates for each individual. Try not to judge your child’s progress based on the performance of other athletes and don’t push them based on what you think they should be doing. The nice thing about swimming is every person can strive to do their personal best and benefit from the process.

2. Thou shalt be supportive no matter what.
There is only one question to ask your child after a practice or a competition – “Did you have fun?” If meets and practices are not fun, your child should not be forced to participate.

3. Thou shalt not coach thy child.
You are involved in one of the few youth sports programs that offer professional coaching, don’t undermine the professional coach by trying to coach your child on the side. Your job is to provide unconditional love and support and a safe place to return at the end of the day. Love and hug your child no matter what. Tell them how proud of them you are.  The coach is responsible for the technical part of the job.

Try not to offer advice on technique or race strategy or any other area that is outside your expertise. And above all, never pay your child for a performance. This will only serve to confuse your child concerning the reasons to strive for excellence and weaken the swimmer/coach bond.

4. Thou shalt only have positive things to say at a swimming meet.
If you are at a swimmeet, you should be encouraging, but never criticizing your child or the coach. The coach will know when mistakes have been made. And remember that “yelling at” is not the same as “cheering for.”

5. Thou shalt acknowledge thy child’s fears.
A first swim meet, 50 Fly or 100 IM can be a stressful situation. It is totally appropriate for your child to be scared. Don’t yell or belittle, just assure your child that the coach would not have suggested the event if your child was not ready to compete in it. Remember your job is to love and support your child through all of the swimming experience.  Sometims a swimmer’s fears are one’s you have given them.

6. Thou shalt not criticize the timers.
If you do not devote the time or do not have the desire to volunteer as a timer, please don’t criticize those who are doing the best they can.

7. Honor thy child’s coach.
The bond between coach and swimmer is a special one, and one that contributes to your child’s success as well as fun. Do not criticize the coach in the presence of your child, it will only serve to hurt your child’s swimming. An open dialogue IS important to your child’s coach however; and never feel wrong to ask questions.

8. Thou shalt be loyal and supportive of thy team.
It is not wise for parents to take their swimmers and jump from team to team. The water isn’t necessarily bluer in another team’s pool. Every team has its own unique culture. Children who switch from team to team are often ostracized for a long, long time by the teammates they leave behind and are slow to be received by new teammates. Often times swimmers who do switch teams never do better than they did before they moved.

9. Thy child shalt have goals besides winning.
Most successful swimmers are those who have learned to focus on the process and not the outcome. Giving an honest effort regardless of the outcome is much more important than winning. One Olympian said, “My goal was to set a world record. Well, I did that, but someone else did it too, just a little faster than I did. I achieved my goal and I lost. Does this make me a failure? No, in fact I am very proud of that swim.”

10. Thou shalt not expect thy child to become an Olympian.
There are 300,000 athletes in USA Swimming. Only 2% of the swimmers listed in the 10 & Under age group make it to the Top 100 in the 17-18 age group and of those only a small percentage will become elite level, world class athletes. There are only 52 spots available for the Olympic Team every four years. Your child’s odds of becoming an Olympian is about .0002%. Swimming is about much more than just the Olympics. Ask your coaches why they coach. Chances are they were not an Olympian, but still got much out of swimming that they wanted to pass the love for the sport on to others. Swimming teaches self-discipline and sportsmanship; it builds self-esteem and fit­ness; it provides lifelong friendships and much more. Most Olympians will tell you that these intangibles far outweigh any medal they have won. Swimming builds good people, like you want your child to be, and you should be happy your child wants to participate.