Corvallis Aquatic Team
2022 Trophy League

Thank you for interest in joining the Corvallis Aquatic Team! Trophy League is our Spring and Summer swim program for new swimmers in K-8th grade. It runs from April 1st through August 15th. Swimmers can join through July with the cost being adjusted based on the start date.

If your swimmer would like to transfer from another team or is in high school, please click here for info on our year-round program.

For those new to competitive swimming:

Children are generally ready to join CAT when they have passed level 6 in the Liquid Degree program (swim lessons offered by Osborn Aquatic Center), or can swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.  The child should also be comfortable in deep water and be at least 5 years old.

Guidelines for squad placement for new swimmers (may be adjusted after swimmer begins practices and is evaluated by coaches):

Ages 10 & under – Novice - practice up to 3x/week
Ages 11-14 (not yet in high school) – Junior 1A - practice up to 4x/week.


Cost

The cost of Trophy League is based on the month the swimmer starts in the program. It is a single, lump sum cost that includes monthly dues, pool rental fee for practices, USA Swimming fees, a t-shirt, swim cap, and a trophy at the end of the summer! Below are the costs:

April - $425

May - $350

June - $275

July - $200


Registration

Registration for Trophy League opens on Friday March 18th. Click on “Team Registration” at the top of this page and follow the simple steps.  You may pay with credit card or check; if you choose the check option, please leave a check in the CAT dues box at Osborn.  As part of the registration process, you will choose a password which will allow you to access your CAT account on the website.  This account can be used to review your invoices with the team as well as to sign up for meets.  Any questions about registration or cost should be directed to our Bookkeeper Kristin at [email protected]

Registration is required prior to beginning practices. Please register by Sunday, 3/27/21 so that we and Oregon Swimming have time to process your swimmer's USA Swimming membership in time for an April 1st start. Late registrations may not be able to attend practice on April 1st. 


Squads/Practices

Swimmers will be placed on squads according to age and ability.  Squads and practice times are:


Novice: 10&Under  Choose up to 3 practices per week
April 1st through mid-June (last day of school): 4:30-5:30pm M-F
Mid-June through August 15: 9:30-10:30am M-F, 5-6pm MWF

Junior 1A: 11-14 – Choose up to 4 practices per week
April 1st through mid-June (last day of school): 5:30-6:45pm M-F
Mid-June through August 15: 8-9:15am M-F, 5-6pm MWF


Meets


1. Trophy League Meets. There will be four Trophy League meets open to swimmers in the program. One each month from May through August. These will be in the afternoon from around 4-6pm. Dates are still being finalized and will be posted here once we know when they will be. 

Trophy League meets are fun, low-key meets perfect for the swimmer new to competition. The meets are not mandatory, but swimmers are encouraged to swim in them for experience, fun, and to earn points towards a trophy.  Sign-ups are done online on our website and instructions will be emailed when the sign-ups for a meet are available. If you have any questions about how to sign up for meets, please email Brandon at [email protected]  
 

2. Other Meets. As part of the Trophy League cost, swimmers are registered with USA Swimming and are therefore also eligible to swim in other meets as a part of CAT. There are additional costs in the form of entry fees associated with these meets. Most of them will be “long course” meets, which are swum in 50-meter pools; but one or two (Bend Open and maybe 1 other) will be “short course” meets swum in 25 yard pools and are especially suitable for the newer competitive swimmer. We also have "Fun Meets" during practice times; and a very casual, fun, non-timed meet with the Corvallis Country Club at their pool at the end of the season. If you have any questions about which meets are suitable for your swimmer, please reach out to Brandon.


Fun Stuff
 

1. Trophies. Each swimmer who participates in Trophy League meets will earn points towards a trophy. Points are accumulated from season to season so your swimmer will continue to receive larger trophies if they continue with CAT. Only those four meets designated as Trophy League will count towards the trophies. Swimmers earning at least 50 points in those meets, or competing in at least three of the four meets will earn a trophy.


2. CAT Picnic. Each July on a weekday evening there is a picnic for all CAT swimmers and their families, including the Trophy League participants.  The picnic is usually at a local park and lots of fun!


3. Trophy League party. In addition to the CAT picnic, there will be a party at a local park just for Trophy League swimmers and their families. This party will be held on a weekday evening in August, just after the season is over. Trophies will be awarded, and there will be snacks, games, and other fun activities.
 

Other Team Business
 

1. Communication.  Our CAT Team Manager, Sonia, will send out weekly “CAT Notes” emails which list the activities, meets, practice changes, etc. for the team for the upcoming week. Please read these emails and note any items which pertain to Trophy League swimmers and families. If you’re unsure as to if an item affects your family, please reach out to Sonia at [email protected]

                                                                                                                          

2. Year-round swimming. The fall swimming season begins on September 15. If you are interested in joining our team year-round, please watch for information in emails during the last part of the summer season about registration starting in the Fall.