WELCOME TO THE STINGRAY SWIM TEAM!!!
An Inclusive, Family-Friendly, Competitive Swim Team in Snohomish County Washington.
Want to Tryout?  Email [email protected]

 

2022-2023 REGISTRATION INFO! 
REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 22ND

Registration is online.  Go to home screen and click on Registration Button.

 

NEW SWIMMERS:  All prospective SRST swimmers must be evaluated before registration.  Please note that the minimum standard for entry onto the team is to be able to swim 50 yards (down and back in a 25 yard pool) with no stopping doing both Freestyle and Backstroke.  Swimmers must show side breathing on Freestyle and in both strokes maintain horizontal body position (legs cannot sink).  Even though we are a year round sport, you can join any time during the year and all memberships are month-to-month (see membership FAQ's at bottom of page for more info). 

VERY IMPORTANT: Youth sports teams attract all kinds of families with different ideas and opinions about how to approach sports.  SRST has a unique approach to sports and youth development and while we encourage diversity (and diversity in thought) we think it's helpful to disclose up front, what kind of team we are so families can make an informed decision to join our swim team family.  Here is a link to our team philosophy page that outlines some of our thoughts:  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

To schedule an evaluation/tryout please email Coach Ben at [email protected] to request.
 

SUMMARY:
 

There is a massive amount of info on this page, in the online registration and throughout the website.  The intent behind all this information is to make sure folks can truly make an informed decision about joining the team.  We want our members to be happy and not feel surprised (especially by the fees).  I highly recommend penciling out 30-60 minutes in a quiet place to go over everything.  Many of our swimmers are on the team for 4 years or longer, so it's worth it to really understand how the team works.  

Please note that team policies and procedures are constantly evolving and changing to help the team run more effeciently, keep kids safe, adjust to requirements by PNS/USA Swimming (and in some cases national and local health codes...think COVID) and improve member experience.  When policies are updated members will be notified via email and info will be posted on our website.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
SRST does not have an attendance policy, but the more you come the better you get and there are no prorates for missing workouts.

ALWAYS CHECK THE CALENDAR TAB (WEEKLY) FOR POOL SPECIFIC CLOSURES AND SCHEDULE CHANGES.


SNOHOMISH AQUATIC CENTER LOCATION

Pool Location Info: Click Here

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE: SEPT. 5TH, 2022

 

Snohomish Aquatic Center:
Group Monday   Tuesday Wednesday   Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Gold 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM   6-7 PM
AG1 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM   6-7 PM
AG1 Dryland 7-8 PM   7-8 PM   7-8 PM    
AG2 7-9 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM   7-8 PM
AG2 Dryland   8-9 PM   8-9 PM      
Senior 7-9 PM 7-9 PM 7-9 PM 7-9 PM 7-9 PM   7-8 PM
Senior Dryland 6-7 PM   6-7 PM   6-7 PM    
Senior Distance Group Dryland 6:30-7 PM 6:30-7 PM 6:30-7 PM 6:30-7 PM NA NA NA

THE FOLLOWING NOTES APPLY TO ALL MEMBERS (FROM EACH POOL LOCATION)...

SUNDAY PRACTICES: Please ask your coach if Sunday workouts are appropriate for you.  If the coach believes Sunday workouts will help you they will approve you for the extra workout.  Sunday workouts are typically one hour.  The early group is 6-7 PM and the late group is 7-8 PM (the times can change on occasion and if they do we will list the changes on the Calendar Tab).  Sunday workouts are listed in the Calendar Tab and they are $5 extra per workout. Coaches will take attendance and the practice will be added to the family account as a $5 invoice.  Sunday workouts will only be held at SAC.

OTHER PRACTICES:  From time to time we may add additional workouts at either SAC or Mariner.  Extra fees and schedule info will be announced via email if/when these practices are added.

CLOSURES: Snohomish Aquatic Center is open all year with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Outside of these holidays, the only shut-downs are usually due to conflicts with swimming competitions and a rare maintenance issue.  If SAC is shut down we will try and run an alternative schedule at Mariner HS in Everett.  These schedule changes will be announced via email.

SUMMER TRAINING HOURS:  SRST keeps the same evening schedule all year round.  We find this is helpful for families who have set work schedules.

PLANNED BREAKS: SRST takes a planned break in the month of Aug.  This break can be 2-3 weeks and the specific timing of the break will be announced some time in the summer.  This is the only month of the year where we reduce the fee schedule.  Typically members can expect to pay 50% in the month of Aug.

 

 

USA SWIMMING REGISTRATION:
ALL MEMBERS (ATHLETES) OF SRST ARE REQUIRED TO BE MEMBERS OF USA SWIMMING.  PLEASE CREATE AN ACCOUNT AND PAY USA SWIMMING FOR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP (THIS IS REQUIRED):

CLICK HERE TO JOIN USA SWIMMING

MEET SCHEDULE:

 

VERY IMPORTANT:
We are a competitive Swim Team.  It should be noted that coaches are training swimmers for championship meets in the following months:

  • December
  • March
  • July

Coaches would love to see all swimmers available for the championship meets during these months.  Often swimmers who do not meet qualifying time standards are invited to participate in relays.  SRST will send out relay notifications close to the championship meet and all families should review these invitations and respond quickly at that time.  Going on vacation within 45 days of a big swim meet is a very bad idea because it will impact the conditioning and performance of the athlete.  While each swimmer participates in this sport individually, we are a TEAM and ask that families plan accordingly.  

2022-2023 Swim Meet List

NOTE: SRST WILL TRY AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE MEET ON THE CALENDAR PER MONTH FOR EACH OF OUR SWIM GROUPS.  MEETS MAY BE ADDED TO THIS LIST AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE VIA EMAIL WHEN THIS HAPPENS.

Meet Name Date Location Group Host Team
IST Sockeye Sprints Sept. 24 SAC All IST
SRST Age Group Challenge Oct. 1-2 SAC TBA SRST
BC Senior Challenge Oct. 15-16 SAC TBA BC
CSC Cascade Fall Classic Oct. 22-23 SAC All CSC
BBST Invite Nov. 12-13 Bellingham All BBST
Age Group Invite Nov. 19-20 Anacortes TBA TAC
Fall Divisionals Dec. 3-4 SAC All SRST
14 & U PNS Champs Dec. 9-11 KCAC Qualifiers  
Senior PNS Champs Dec. 15-18 KCAC Qualifiers  
Washington Open Jan. 12-16 KCAC Qualifiers  
Winter Challenge Jan. 28-29 SAC   SRST
IST Distance Meet Feb. 5th SAC All IST
Age Group Invite Feb. 24-26 SAC Qualifiers BBST
Speedo Champs (Sectionals) March 9-12 KCAC Qualifiers  
Age Group Regionals March 16-19 KCAC Qualifiers  
Spring Showdown March 25-26 KCAC Qual/Dequal  
Marlin Madness April 15-16 SAC All MMSC
Pac Coast May 20-21 SAC All SRST
Senior Champs July 20-22 KCAC Qualifiers  
14 & Champs July 28-30 KCAC Qualifiers  


YELLOW HIGHLIGHTED MEETS ARE SRST HOSTED MEETS WHERE ALL PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER; PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW.

 

Meet Notes:


VOLUNTEERING APPLIES TO ALL SWIMMERS (FAMILIES) EVEN IF NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE MEET AND EVEN IF DOING HIGH SCHOOL SWIM; NO EXCEPTIONS.

  1. We may add additional meets. 
  2. Meets cost extra.  See fees info.
  3. Members are 100% responsible for signing up by SRST posted deadlines.  Coaches do not enter swimmers into meets unless asked.  You should log in/out after entering a meet to ensure you have signed up properly.
  4. Members are 100% responsible for paying all fees.  This means members must read the meet info.  If you sign up for a meet and you cannot attend (for any reason) you must still pay.  So it really does "pay" to read the meet info.
  5. Members should consult with their direct coach (not Coach Ben) to see which meets are appropriate and which events are appropriate and recommended.
  6. All members are responsible for volunteering 2 shifts (per family) per SRST hosted meet.  These shifts are required even if you are not participating in the competition.  Members not volunteering must pay the fee outlined in the fee section.  
  7. Some meets we go to require attending teams to help with volunteer timing.  This is required.  Fees will be applied and reimbursement will be credited (see info in fees section).
  8. Meets will be restricted when accounts carry an $800 balance or higher.

Required SRST meet uniform includes:
-Red SRST t-shirt
-Black SRST cap
-Black suit (any black suit); exception for speed suits (these can be any color).  Any brand of suit is acceptable.
-Optional: team warm-ups, parkas, towels, hats, sweatshirts, etc.

VOLUNTEERS:

  1. Volunteering at our hosted swim meets is required.
  2. The yellow highlighted meets in our swim meet schedule indicate we are hosting the swim meet.
  3. We are a year-round team with year-round members (even though payments are monthly and members can cancel at any time).  This means that our families doing high school swim must volunteer.
  4. Families must volunteer (at our hosted meets) even if their swimmer is not participating in the swim meet.
  5. A volunteer can be any 13 year old (or older) capable of doing the job and this can be a great opportunity for students to log volunteer hours for various organizations.  Typical jobs include things like timing (using a stopwatch), posting results, helping keep the pool safe (deck marshal), etc.  Most of the jobs require no experience and we always train the volunteers on site.
  6. Parents who are out of town are encouraged to get a family member or friend to cover for them.
  7. Fees apply to families who do not volunteer.  See the fee section for details.
  8. We require 2 shifts per family per hosted swim meet.
  9. Shifts can last anywhere from 4-6 hours.
  10. Parents need to bring their own food and water to swim meets.  We will provide snacks for those working shifts during the meet.
  11. Swim meets are a source of income for teams.  We cannot run meets without your help.  If SRST cannot run swim meets, the monthly fees would have to increase 23%.  
  12. During the week of the swim meet, an email will go out to parents inviting them to sign-up for volunteer shifts.  The volunteer sign-up will be an online process and it will be first come, first serve.  Parents are responsible for making sure they sign-up for a shift in the session they want.  Some parents want to volunteer in the session their swimmers are participating in and some do not.  SRST cannot guarantee that you will get a volunteer position in the session you want.  If all the jobs are taken in a session you want to help out in, you can email Angela Olszewski (our Volunteer Coordinator, Ben's wife) and she may be able to create a job for you, but we cannot guarantee this and ultimately the requirment to volunteer and the associated non-volunteer fees will apply equally to all SRST families.
  13. The maximum number of meets we will require Volunteering (with financial penalty for non-volunteering) is 5 meets per year.  The swim "year" goes September thru late July/early August.  SRST reserves the right to add additional meets up to this limit.  If additional meets are required to serve the interests of our athletes, there will be no financial penalty.
  14. All families are responsible for checking in at the volunteer desk to get credit for their shift.  Families must stay for their entire shift after checking in.
  15. Some meets (that we do not host) also require volunteer timers.  Please see the Fee Section below for details (scroll down to "Other Fees and Notes" and look for item #12).


FEES:


ANNUAL FEES:

1)  $400 - BI-ANNUAL SRST REGISTRATION - (2 PAYMENTS OF $200.  ONE IS PAID IN AUGUST AND ONE IS PAID IN MARCH....THIS IS A PER FAMILY FEE).

This chart shows the Bi-Annual Fee charged based on what month you join.  There are some months that show a reduced fee.  It's not a straight pro-rate.

Month Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar April May June July
Annual  $200 $200 $200 $200 $150 $150 $100 $100 $200 $200 $150 $100

2)  $81 - USA SWIM REGISTRATION - (SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY USA SWIMMING....ALL REGISTRATIONS WILL NOW BE DONE DIRECTLY ON THE USA SWIMMING WEBSITE....A LINK WILL BE PROVIDED AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE).

ONGOING FEES (PAID MONTHLY):

SAC:

Gold Rate: $200/mo

AG1 Rate: $220/mo..........HS Rate is $130/mo (you get 3 SRST practices per week).

AG2 Rate: $240/mo......HS Rate is $150/mo (you get 3 SRST practices per week).

Senior Rate: $260/mo....HS Rate is $170/mo (you get 3 SRST practices per week).

Note 1: Swimmers doing HS can be on the reduced rate for a maximum of three months (the length of the high school swim season).

 

Note 2: Swimmers have the option of swimming with SRST full time during their high school swim season and in this case they pay the normal rate.

WEEKEND WORKOUTS: $5 PER WORKOUT.  COACHES INVITE SWIMMERS TO WEEKEND WORKOUTS.  ATTENDANCE IS TAKEN AND COACH BEN MANUALLY ADDS $5 PER WEEKEND WORKOUT TO INVOICE.

MARINER:

Age Group Rate: $240/mo.......Register as AG2 in the online registration system.

Senior Rate: $260/mo

WEEKEND WORKOUTS: (HELD AT SAC) $5 PER WORKOUT.  COACHES INVITE SWIMMERS TO WEEKEND WORKOUTS.  ATTENDANCE IS TAKEN AND COACH BEN MANUALLY ADDS $5 PER WEEKEND WORKOUT TO INVOICE.

NOTE: WE HAVE A FAMILY MAX OF $450 FOR OUR MONTHLY TRAINING FEES.  If a family is on the $450 Max rate, please note that in prorated situations, where the total monthly training fees are less than $450 the prorates are on the normal individual swimmer rates.  In other words, the $450 Max is simply a financial safety net for larger families. 

OTHER FEES:

1)  SWIM MEETS ARE EXTRA.  SWIM MEET FEES VARY BASED ON THE NUMBER OF EVENTS ENTERED AND EACH MEET IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT.  NOTE: SRST CHARGES $15 FOR EACH SWIMMER ON TOP OF ALL FEES OUTLINED IN THE MEET INFO.  THIS HELPS US PAY FOR RELAYS AND IT COVERS COACHES WAGES. SRST DOES NOT CHARGE FAMILIES FOR RELAYS, BUT PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WHEN MEET FEES SHOW UP IN YOUR INVOICE IT WILL LIST RELAYS (EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NOT BEING CHARGED FOR RELAYS).
2)  ALL EQUIPMENT IS PAID BY THE FAMILIES (KICK BOARDS, BUOYS, TEMPO TRAINERS ETC.).
3)  ALL APPAREL IS PAID BY THE FAMILIES (SHIRTS, CAPS, ETC.).
4)  ALL TRAVEL AND ASSOCIATED FEES ARE PAID BY THE FAMILIES.

HIGH SCHOOL FEE POLICY:

SRST is a year-round team with year-round financial responsibilities.  Our team charges swimmers during high school swim.  I want to state it again to be very clear: SRST CHARGES ALL FAMILIES DURING THE HIGH SCHOOL SWIM SEASONThe reduced rates are listed above.  Paying the reduced fee during high school swim allows families to swim with SRST 3 x per week, attend swim meets, keep their spot on the team, and all HS times will be eligible for our top ten list and record board.  If a family chooses not to pay during HS and then asks to return to the team, they will be charged at the following rate (this applies to anyone who was on the roster within the last 12 month and did not pay during HS....this increased rate will extend thru the end of summer and then reset to regular rates the following season):

NOTE: THIS ALTERNATIVE FEE SCHEDULE DOES NOT IMPLY THAT YOU WILL HAVE A SPOT SAVED ON THE TEAM IF YOU CHOOSE TO NOT PAY DURING HIGH SCHOOL SEASON.  THIS FEE SCHEDULE WILL ONLY APPLY IF THERE IS A SPOT AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO RETURN (BASED ON LANE SPACE).  ANYONE NOT PAYING DURING HS SWIM IS SUBJECT TO A TRYOUT WITH OTHER SWIMMERS WHO MAY BE LOOKING TO JOIN (AGAIN...THIS IS ASSUMING WE HAVE SPACE AVAILABLE).

Gold (hs girls): $250/mo
Gold (hs boys): $280/mo (boys rate is higher because we have fewer months left in the year to recoup lost revenue).

AG1 (hs girls): $250/mo
AG1 (hs boys): $280/mo 
(boys rate is higher because we have fewer months left in the year to recoup lost revenue).

AG2 (hs girls): $276/mo
AG2 (hs boys): $330/mo 
(boys rate is higher because we have fewer months left in the year to recoup lost revenue).

Senior (hs girls): $323/mo
Senior (hs boys): $362/mo 
(boys rate is higher because we have fewer months left in the year to recoup lost revenue).

 

BECOME AN OFFICIAL AND SAVE BIG MONEY!:

1.      We pay for all your Officials-related expenses.  Save receipts for your training class and email to me.  Do the same for your non-athlete application with USA Swimming.  I reimburse via an account credit for these.

2.      For every session you work at our meets you get a $25 credit.  There are 4 sessions per meet, so one person can get a $100 credit per meet.  If you work 5 meets it would total $500 which would be a 16.7% savings for you on your monthly SRST fees over the year.  If two people work all of these it would obviously double that and be a big number at over 30%.  In addition, we highly encourage our officials to help at meets we attend (where we are not the host).  When you do this you can earn $15 per session.  SRST will reimburse 8 of these per official, per family for the swim year (Sept. - Aug.).  If you want to help at even more meets, you can, but we cap our officials credits at 8 for the year.  Again, these reimbursements will show up as account credits, post swim meet.  You will not need to inform us when you work SRST hosted meets because our Meet Ref will be keeping track and providing us a summary of officials and the sessions worked.  You will need to email me when you do other non-hosted SRST attended meets, so I'm aware, and can post your credits properly. 

3.      Once you are done with certifications, we will provide you with two free SRST officials shirts.  Just let me know when you are certified and make sure I have your preferred size for your shirts.  Angela will be ordering these for you if we do not have your size on hand.

4.      At swim meets you will have access to the hospitality room (for meets you are actually working).  There is usually great food at meets so this is a nice perk!

5.      Being on deck at meets sets a great example for the kids and we sincerely appreciate all our Super Parent Officials.  Without you there is no sport!

6.      If you are an achiever-type, there is a whole process of advancing thru the ranks of the Officiating world.  We really encourage this.  In the beginning you'll be a Stroke and Turn Judge and by the time you get to the final stage you can wear the famous blue shirt and be the Meet Referee (this person runs the entire meet on race day and works behind the scenes with the Meet Director to ensure everything is set up correctly).  As you slowly gain experience, you will learn from Deb how to advance.  There is no rush to advance and some folks stay Stroke and Turn Judge throughout their time on deck....this is just to give you a little summary of what you can do.

 

BECOME OUR HOSPITALITY DIRECTOR AND SAVE BIG MONEY!:

 
SRST runs 4-5 swim meets per year and we have to feed all the coaches and officials.  Organizing the food and managing the hospitality room is a BIG job that takes a lot of prep before race day and involves being at the meet BEFORE and AFTER each day of racing.  This year will be our current Hospitailty Director's final year and you have an opportunity to apprentice and become the next director.  This job requires someone who is a tireless worker, has attention to detail, is great with customer service and has excellent communication skills.  Each hosted meet is an opportunity to have your entire month of membership dues (for your highest level swimmer) paid for.  Let's say you have a Senior swimmer paying $260/mo and your run 4 meets...this would be a savings of $1040.  If we run 5 meets it would be $1300.  Every volunteer job on SRST is important, but there is not a single job that requires the level of time, energy and commitment that the Hospitality Coordinator requires.  This job is not for everyone.  You should have a food handlers permit and experience in hosting and food prep.  If you are interested in this job you can send your resume or basic background to Coach Ben at [email protected]  We will likely only select one Hospitality Coordinator Apprentice, so please do not apply if you are sensitve (because only one person will be selected) or would be offended by not being selected.  If you want to apply, please review the swim meet list and note the meets highlighted in yellow.  These are our hosted swim meets.  Note that if only 4 meets are highlighted in yellow, we may add a 5th meet if it's in the best interest of serving our athletes.

 

SRST does not charge any other "fundraising" fees.

Other Fees and Notes:

  1. Month-to-month membership.  Members must email Ben within 48 hours of monthly invoicing to cancel membership.  If members do not email Ben within this timeframe there will be a $30 fee to cover bookkeeping services.
  2. HS Swimming and time off:  SRST charges a reduced rate (see fees above) for up to 3 months max for swimmers doing other sports such as HS swim.  This rate may or may not be a discount depending on what group you swim in.  This fee is charged regardless of whether swimmers are training with the team.  We are a year round team with set monthly expenses.  Swimmers are able to participate in SRST practices and swim meets during their HS season and we encourage it.  Swimmers paying a reduced rate can swim 3 SRST workouts per week and participate in meets.
  3. Swim meets are extra.  SRST charges a $15 surcharge for swim meets (per swimmer).
  4. SRST does not charge for relays.  Please note that our system (Team Unify) will show relays on the invoice even though you are not charged for relays.
  5. SRST charges families an extra $15 per hosted swim meet (refer to the Join Team page to see how many meets we are hosting).  This charge is to cover the purchase of food for officials and coaches as well as copies, awards, and other supplies to run the meet.
  6. Transfer swimmers must pay a $5 transfer fee.
  7. Apparel is extra.
  8. Equipment is extra
  9. Participation (Volunteering) at our hosted meets is required.  There is a $100 charge for families not showing up for their volunteer shift.  This fee will allow SRST to hire workers to cover shifts.  Each family is responsible for 2 x shifts per hosted meet.
  10. We have a Bi-Annual fee of $400 total (split into 2 equal payments of $200); this is a per Account charge (not per swimmer).  This fee helps us during the time of year when expenses are high and income is low (Aug./Sept. and March/April timeframe).  Families leaving the team prior to the second installement of the payment are not obligated to pay the second installment if they are leaving the team permanently.
  11. Credit card usage: .30 per transaction fee/3% of total transaction.
  12. VOLUNTEER TIMER CHARGE: At some meets, other host teams will require visiting teams to provide timers.  When this happens, a timer list will be created by Coach Ben.  All families are required to time and families who do not time will be charged an additional $50 non-participation fee.  Here are some notes regarding this policy:
    A)  If your swimmer is not swimming in the session where timing is required you are off the hook to time.  In other words, we won't make families drive all the way to Federal Way just to time on a day you are not swimming.  
    B)  Coach Ben will divide the total number of hours required for timing by the number of families in the session and post a first-come-first-serve list for volunteer timers.  This list will be via our Team Unify system and all sign-ups will be in real time, so Coach Ben is completely taken out of the equation...truly a first-come-first-serve set-up.
    C)  If you are willing to time extra shifts (covering for those who do not time) please indicate this in the notes section in your swimmer's online meet entries.  In the case of you being selected by Coach Ben to cover an extra shift, Ben will communicate with you via email to make sure you are still good to go for the extra work.  If everything lines up and you do the extra shift you will get a $15 credit on your account.
    D)  Coach Ben will make every effort to disclose in advance if timers will be required, but in the event this info is not made available to Coach Ben (or if Coach Ben forgets to inform the team) all members are still on the hook to help out or pay the price on not volunteering.
    E)  This non-volunteer charge for meets we attend is on top of all other fees.
    F)  Note: It's also important to know that no matter what shift you sign up for, it's possible (and likely) that the host team will require ALL VOLUNTEER TIMERS to show up for the initial pre-race timer meeting (due to MAAPP training and to ensure quality timing throughout the competition).

HOW TO PAY YOUR BILL:

Each month is invoiced on the 1st of each month.  SRST would like payment by the 5th of the month.  This is very important because pool bills are due by the 8th AND we like to pay our coaches as early in the month as possible.

  1. To avoid paying card fees (other than a .30 per transaction fee) you can set up ACH in your payment preferrences in your online account.  This is an auto-pay option that pulls money from your checking account each month on the first of the month.
  2. Another way to avoid extra fees is to hand a check (made out to SRST) to the Site Manager Coach.
  3. Set-up auto-pay with credit card in your online account.  Your total account will be paid in full each and every month on the first of the month.
  4. Pay by cash.  We have a new policy on cash payments.  Only give cash payments directly to Coach Ben.  Make sure your payment is in an unsealed envelope with your account name printed on it AND the amount of the payment.  At the time of the exchange, Coach Ben will count the cash in the envelope in front of you to ensure it matches the amount you wrote on the envelope.
  5. For people paying by check, you do have a second option (besides handing the check to the Site Manager): Mail your check made out to SRST to PO Box 652, Monroe WA 98272.

Note: Some people have their account set-up with Auto-Pay, but choose to pay by check and have the auto-pay function act as a back-up. People who have their account set up this way will occasionally have a credit on their account.  This happens when they have given a check to the Site Manager late in the month and there is a delay in getting it into the system.  In this case the auto-pay clears all fees on the account and then Coach Ben applies your check as payment to an account with a zero balance (and this creates a credit).  All credits carry over to the next month and offset new charges. 

How you set up your account is completely up to you and you can login and change your preferrences any time.  

Note: Coach Ben does not see any credit cards or card numbers (just the last 4 digits).  This means Ben cannot run your card mid-month.  Cards and ACH are only run on the 1st of the month and it's an automated process.  If you wish to do a stand alone card payment you can and the details are below...

NEW: ON DEMAND CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

Go to the SRST website:

  1. Sign In.
  2. Go to My Account
  3. Go to Invoices & Payments
  4. Go to Make a Payment
  5. Fill out information and submit payment.

 

 

 

 

 

EQUIPMENT (BY GROUP): 
Different Coaches prefer different equipment, so this will vary by coach and pool and group.

  Kickboard Fins Buoy Mesh Bag Tempo Trainer Hand Paddle Front Snorkel Waterbottle/snacks
GOLD x x x x       x
AG1 x x x x x x x x
AG2 x x x x x x x x
SENIOR No information provided...families must ask coach.             x
SENIOR DISTANCE x x x x x x x x
MARINER GROUP x x x x   x x x




 

 

 

 

SAFETY:


SRST Coaches are responsible for keeping kids safe at practice, but there are limitations on the supervision provided.  Please note the following safety bullet points...

  1. Coaches only monitor practice during the set practice hours (not before or after).
  2. Coaches watch over the pool area where the water is and designated dryland exercise areas.
  3. Coaches do not monitor locker rooms/bathrooms.  SRST recommends a buddy system for using the bathroom.
  4. We recommend parents make sure a coach is present and the pool doors are unlocked before dropping off their swimmers.
  5. We recommend parents come into the pool before the end of practice to escourt their kids out of the building.
  6. Kids waiting outside the pool are not being supervised by SRST!
  7. At Mariner (or any Everett pool), Coaches must wait until all swimmers are picked up or leave to drive home.  At SAC, there are pool staff present and coaches can leave immediately after workout.
  8. We recommend kids arrive in their suits and shower at home after practice to reduce the amount of unsupervised time in locker rooms/bathrooms.
  9. Swimmers should report all injuries to their coach immediately.
  10. Swimmers should report all bullying or behavior issues to the coach immediately.
  11. Swimmers should always follow the instructions of coaches and pool staff.
  12. Parents of swimmers should only parent their own kids and not try and reprimand kids that are not their own, unless there is immediate danger.  Parents should report problems they witness to coaches.
  13. Swimmers with injuries or health concerns should share this information with Coaches BEFORE practice.  If coaches give practice instructions that are in conflict with swimmer injuries/health concerns, swimmers should remind coaches of their health issues and modify.  Sometimes Coaches forget individual swimmer issues when coaching a large group, so the swimmer needs to advocate for themselves if the coach forgets.  Basically a coach would never purposefully instruct a swimmer to do anything that would cause pain or injury, so a swimmer should always feel free to modify exercises accordingly.  If the need to modify practices is ongoing, a coach can ask for a doctor note to help them fully undersand the limitations and time frame of the necessary modifications.
  14. Swimmers with inhalers need to communicate their health issues with their coach and ALWAYS have their inhaler in a designated area at the end of the lane so they can use it (or if necessary a coach can get it for them).  Swimmers who use inhalers are not allowed to practice if they forget their inhaler.  Respitory emergencies are serious and it's not worth risking it for a practice.  At swim meets, each athlete with an inhaler is responsible for setting up a buddy to be ready to hand them their inhaler at the end of their race.  At swim meets, althletes with inhalers should be closely monitored by their coach and the coach should carry the inhaler.  All inhalers should have the name of the athlete printed on the side of the device with parent phone number.
  15. Swimmers with diabetes or other health concerns that require medication should have a plan set up with their coach to deal with medication distribution and protocol for getting through practice safely.  
  16. Parents should have all pertinant medical and contact info set up in their SRST team account.
  17. Swimmers should never be alone with a coach or anyone 18 or over unless it's immediate family/parent/guardian.  The buddy system is always recommended.
  18. Swimmers should arrive at practice hydrated and with some food in the system about 1.5 hours prior to workout.  Swimmers should always have a water bottle and use it throughout the practice.  It's recommended swimmers have a carb based snack packed, just in case they need it during a workout.  Swimmers should refuel ASAP after each practice and be sure to include some protein to help in the repair of muscle.
  19. SWIMMERS SHOULD NEVER EVER DIVE INTO THE WATER WITHOUT A COACH DIRECTLY SUPERVISING.  SWIMMERS SHOULD NEVER DIVE INTO THE WATER UNLESS AN SRST COACH INSTRUCTS THEM.
  20. COVID-19 and other public health concerns:  SRST will follow the updated CDC guidelines and any other rules/guidelines/requirements associated with our local pools.
  21. Eating disorders: Unfortunately eating disorders are common in swimming.  This is a very sad truth and it must be faced head on because the outcomes can be deadly.  Bodies come in all sizes and shapes.  We highly recommend that parents/coaches/other swimmers/(basically all people) refrain from making comments about people's physical appearance.  An innocent remark like, "wow you are really looking like you are in great shape" can go horribly wrong.  An innocent comment like this can be interpreted as a connector between self-esteem/self-worth and cause someone to think the only way they can get positive validation is to workout more and eat less.  We must be VERY careful with what we say.  Please keep your comments away from anything related to the physical body.  Obviously coaches will talk about how to position the body in the water and technical things, but avoid anything related to physical appearance.  KIDS NEED TO EAT AND STAY FUELED IN ORDER TO WORK AND GET BETTER.  Be aware of who your kids hang around and what things they say to each other.  Be aware of what they are seeing and hearing on social media.  Body image is a very delicate topic and our kids are under constant pressure.  We have to be very careful to protect them.  Also...this topic is NOT just a "female issue"....we've had plenty of males who have struggled with body image issues and eating disorders.
  22. Seek counseling and medical help for mental health issues early on.  We have unfortunately lost some of our swimmers (in Pacific Northwest Swimming) recently to mental health issues that have gone terribly wrong.  Take it seriously.





 

 

 

APPAREL:
 

And Swim Gear!

SRST offers lots of options:

1)  Online Team Store:  CLICK HERE.  Shop here and the team gets 10%.  Perfect for people who like to shop online.

2)  Snohomish Aquatic Center Pro Shop (Located in the Lobby of SAC):  When you buy anything with an SRST logo at SAC the team gets 10%!  Perfect for people who like to see the product before they buy it.  Check out the cool team suits and the new SRST kick boards here!  SAC can also custom order you tech suits; just talk to Coach Chris!

3)  Coach Ben has the following in stock:
A)  Unisex red SRST shirts - $12
B)  Front Snorkels - $15

C)  Silicone Team Caps - $12 ea.
D)  Latex Team Caps - $5

E)  SRST Sticker/Car Decal - $5 For 2, $3 each

 

Check with your direct coach to see what equipment they recommend!

 

Custom Name Silicone Caps - Must Order 2 with Same Name for $30:

Several times during the year, we will do an order for custom name silicone caps.  Stay tuned for an email announcement.  We only collect names for caps during specific times and all members will get an email.  Your account must be current and paid in full to be eligible to order a custom name cap.  Once the list is gathered, we will bill your account, and place the order. Please note that custom name caps can take up to one month to receive.  Once Coach Ben has them from the company, you will receive an email to facilitate pick up.

 

Do not ever turn in money or paperwork to Snohomish Aquatic Center or Mariner HS or any of our facilities.  All paperwork and payments go to Coach Ben.  Checks are always made out to SRST. We rent space from these facilities and are not associated with their accounting.

COMMUNICATION:

 

The primary form of communication on SRST is Email.  It is critical that parents update their accounts with up-to-date email addresses.  Please make sure that SRST emails are not landing in Spam (mark them "not spam").  For families with teens who are taking on the responsibility of club communication, it is important that the athlete has their email input to the system as well.  Our other source of communication is our Facebook Group Page.  Please email Coach Ben to let him know what name to look for when asking to join the Facebook Group.  Coach Ben is very protective of the Facebook Group page and won't approve anyone unless they are a member of the team.

Who to talk to....

DIRECT COACH OF YOUR SWIMMER - Reach out to them for questions related to daily training, nutrition, event selection for swim meets, behavior issues, moving groups, etc.

COACH BEN - Reach out to Coach Ben for issues related to your financial account.

ANGELA OLSZEWSKI (COACH BEN'S WIFE) - Angela is in charge of coordinating volunteers for swim meets.  Her email will be available in emails sent out to the team when we host a meet.

Register For Our Facebook Group Click Here

StingRay News:  Once your account is active you will get the SRST newsletter email that comes out every Monday.  If you are brand new please text Coach Ben at 425-736-5600 to make sure practice is "on".  Since it takes time to set up your account you might not be in the loop as to schedule changes/closures yet.

NEXT STEPS AFTER REGISTRATION:

1)  Members should know their group assignment based on the email sent after the tryout.

2)  Members should review the JOIN TEAM page of the website to review the practice schedule.

3)  Members who have had an evaluation, been accepted onto the team, and have fully registered online with SRST and USA Swimming are welcome to start practice immediately.  There is no need to inform the coach...simply show up!  If you don't know who your coach is, simply approach any coach on deck and let them know you are new and tell them what group you are in (Gold/AG1/AG2/Senior)....they will direct you to your coach!

4)  Buy the equipment you need for your group assignment.  The required equipment for each of the groups is listed on the Join Team Page of the website.  This gear can be purchased at Snohomish Aquatic Center or online.

5)  Since members join the team at random intervals throughout the year it's very likely they are unfamiliar with the latest team info.  It's smart to go to the NEWS section of the website and review a week or two of recent posts to get caught up.

6)  Log into your SRST account and make sure all your information is entered correctly.  Add any emails you might want team info to be distributed to, update your payment preferences and basically review to ensure all details are accurate.

7)  If you joined mid-month, Coach Ben will prorate the monthly fee.  This is the only time a prorate will be provided.  Sometimes Coach Ben misses entering a prorate for the monthly fee.  If you have been on the team for 2 days and Coach Ben has not added your prorate you can send him a friendly reminder via email.  Prorates are by the week and assume 4 weeks per month.

8)  Review the Team Philosophy.  This is a tab on our website.  

9)  Come to practice as often as possible and employ the following (swimmers):  Work hard, listen, be respectful, communicate with your coach, report injuries (to coach), report bullying or disruptive behavior (to coach), attend swim meets, set goals, dream big and do something every day better than you've ever done it before.  Make friends and smile :)

Parents: Feed your kids good nutritious food from home.  Make sure they stay hydrated.  Get them to practice every day (or as often as possible).  Help them sign up for swim meets.  Sit back, don't stress, and enjoy the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQS:
 

MEMBERSHIP FAQS

  1. Do we have to be on the team all year?
    No.  We are a year-round program but you pay month-to-month.  
  2. If we leave, is our spot secure for when we return?
    No.  
    Families can leave for up to 3 months but must pay the HS rate.  Often high school swimmers do this during their HS season.  
  3. Do we have to commit to going to every practice?
    No.  There is no attendance policy, but the more you come, the better you get.  Also, swimmers who keep up with their training will have less injury.  We will not prorate or refund for practices that you miss.
  4. Are swim meets required?
    Yes.  Swimmers should ideally go to one meet per month and our minimum requirement is to attend 3 meets per season (3 meets between Sept. and end of March and 3 meets between April and end of July).
  5. Do you accept cash?
    Yes.  The only coach you are allowed to give cash to is Coach Ben.  Coach Ben does not keep a receipt book, so please double check your account 7 days after giving payment to Ben to ensure your payment was recorded.
  6. Are Silver and Gold swimmers allowed to compete?
    Yes.  All swimmers on SRST are full USA Swimming Members and allowed to compete.  In fact, we encourage it!
  7. Do coaches sign the swimmers up for the swim meets?
    No.  All families are in 100% control of their own meet entries.  If you want advice from your coach as to what events might be most appropriate, please ask your direct coach.  The learning curve for swim meets is pretty big.  We have a wealth of info related to swim meets that you should begin to familiarize yourself with ASAP.  Go to Team Info/Swim Meet Info: DIRECT LINK CLICK HERE.
  8. Is there a minimum skill requirement to join the team?
    Yes.  Swimmers must be able to swim 2 lengths in a 25 yard pool (no stopping allowed) with both Freestyle and Backstroke.  For Freestyle, the swimmer must have good side breathing technique.  For both Freestyle and Backstroke, the swimmer must have a good horizontal body position (in other words, the legs cannot be sinking).
  9. Are you supportive of high school swimming?
    Yes.  We encourage swimmers to participate on their high school swim team.  Our preferred choice is to have the swimmers come in 3 times or more per week to swim with their SRST coach during the high school swim season and also participate in SRST meets.
  10. Can parents watch practice?
    Yes.  Feel free.  Remember that improvement in swimming happens over weeks, months and years.  If you watch practice every day you might feel frustrated because the process is slow.  Sometimes it's best to come in every couple of months or if you are at the pool daily, read a book.