Corvallis Aquatic Team
2020-21 Season
Information for New/Transfer Swimmers

Thank you for your interest in the Corvallis Aquatic Team!  Our 2020-21 year-round season begins September 8 and will run through August 15, 2021.

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.

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.
High school age – Senior 1- practice up to 5x/week.

For those with previous competitive swimming experience transferring from other teams:

Please email Rick (high school aged swimmers) at surfswimcat@aol.com or Brandon brandonshreeve0422@gmail.com (elementary and middle school aged swimmers) at for information about squad placement and other items.

For all new and transfer swimmers:

To sign up for the team, please visit our website at www.corvallisaquaticteam.org and click “Start Registration” on the left side of the home page.  This must be completed before your first practice.  Registration will charge you for your first month dues (this will be prorated based on the day you start), annual Osborn fee of $230, and USA Swimming membership of $74 (transfer swimmers with current memberships will be credited for this.)  Future month’s dues will be charged on the 1st of each month.

If you would like a trial week before you commit to joining, choose “pay by check” during checkout and email rhondasoule@gmail.com to say you would like the trial. 

Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in to your account on our website.  You will also begin receiving emails from the team, including how to sign up for practices for the following week. The practice schedule is posted on home page of the website. If you register during the week you may email brandonshreeve0422@gmail.com for instructions on how to sign up for practices for the remainder of that week.

Until further notice, the locker rooms at Osborn are closed and swimmers should come to practice ready to swim with their suit under their clothes.  Masks or face coverings are required when on the Osborn property, except when in the water.   Swimmers should also have goggles and a cap for shoulder length or longer hair.  Please enter through the gate into the outdoor pool area on the west side of the facility (across from the Boys and Girls Club). 

Dues and Fees

  • Annual Osborn fee of $230 - prorated for those who start after December 1, but non refundable for those who leave the team during the season.  This fee is waived for the 3rd and subsequent swimmers in a family. 
     
  • Annual USA Swimming membership of $74 – non-refundable if a swimmer leaves the team during the season.
     
  • Monthly Dues – charged monthly on the 1st of each month.  Dues will not be charged in months that a swimmer does not participate but you must notify rhondasoule@gmail.com prior to the 1st of the month if you wish to pause your dues.
    • Novice - $55
    • Junior 1B - $65
    • Junior 1A - $65
    • Junior 2 - $85
    • Senior Prep - $110
    • Senior 1 - $85
    • Senior 2/3 - $140
       
  • Other Costs
    • Concessions/Hospitality donation – required - $15/fundraising meet
    • Meet fees – optional for those who attend sanctioned meets
    • Travel charges – optional for those who participate in team travel meets and training trips
    • CAT Den charges – optional for those who purchase items from our team store
       
  • Payment methods:
    • Credit card – Please note that beginning September 1, 2020, there will be an additional 3.25% fee for credit card use.  This will apply to both registration and autopay payments made on the first of each month.
    • ACH – Direct withdrawl from a bank account (no additional fee)
    • Check – (no additional fee) Mail to CAT, c/o Rhonda Soule, 2035 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330
    • Cash – (no additional fee) Contact rhondasoule@gmail.com to arrange cash payments
       
  • Other payment information:
    • To set up credit card or ACH payments, log into your account on the website and click “Setup Autopay”.
    • Invoices are generated on the 1st of each month. They will be emailed and are also available for viewing in your account on the website.
      • Credit card and ACH payments for your invoice balance will be made via autopay on the 1st of each month
      • Check or cash payments for your invoice balance are due by the 15th of each month

Family Service Hours and Volunteering

CAT is a non-profit organization with an all-volunteer board of directors and depends on its membership to volunteer their time to help run swim meets, coordinate team events, and fulfill other duties as needed. 

In addition to volunteer needs for small meets and events, the team has mandatory service hours required of all families at our larger fundraising meets held throughout the year.  In a typical year there are 5 fundraising meets held from December-May and new families are required to work a total of 10 hours at one or more of these meets.  For 2020-21, the service hours will be announced once the fundraising meet schedule has been determined.