NOTE: COVID-19 has changed much of our procedures. FAQ below covers normal operations. If you have questions about joining the team, please contact Head Coach Gaku Ito <[email protected]>


Pacifica Sea Lions FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

My child is interested in trying out for the team. What is the procedure and when can they try out?

Tryouts are currently held Mon-Fri at 3:45pm, 5:10pm or 6:10pm by appointment. We are currently able to see one family at at time. To make an appointment with our coaches, email [email protected]

To make arrangements for a tryout at another time, email [email protected]

Athletes with previous swim team experience may be invited to a trial workout instead of scheduling an individual tryout

What are the fees to participate on the Pacifica Sea Lions Swim Team?

There are two monthly fees and one annual fee to participate on the PSL Swim Team.  Additional fees apply to competition and events (see FAQ about entering meets below) 

MONTHLY

  • Practice Dues - Depend on group assignment as determined by the coaching stafff
    • ​Junior Sea Lions $79 per swimmer
    • Bronze $94 per swimmer
    • Silver $109 per swimmer
    • Gold $124 per swimmer
  • Family Dues - The Pacifica Sea Lion Aquatics Club Parent Board requires families to pay dues to support all aspects of the team. These dues are broken up into monthly installments of $21 per family (regardless of the number of swimmers) as of 3/1/2020.

Monthly Dues are auto-deducted from the credit card you put on file after joining the team

ANNUAL

  • All swimmers must be members of USA Swimming to practice with the team (and compete at meets). Membership for USA Swimming is $84 per year (as of 2022). USA Swimming Registration Fees are charged to the credit card you put on file when your child(ren) joins the team. USA Swimming Registration must be renewed every year, usually in the Fall for the following year

My child has tried out for the team and wishes to join. What is the process to do that?

You need to create an account on www.pacificasealions.com

To log in for the first time:

  1. Go to www.pacificasealions.com  and click on “Sign In”
  2. Follow the instructions to “Reset your password” by clicking on the link provided
  3. In the new window, enter the email address you provided when you signed up and click “Submit”
  4. Password instructions will be sent to your email address and will guide you through the login process

Is there an app for my phone that will enable me to access information about my account and my swimmers?

Yes. You will need your login/password from our website to access the online app which has a much better features related to standards comparison. To get and use the app:

  1. Search for “OnDeck Parent” from TeamUnify through the appropriate app store to match your device.
  2. Your user name/password is your email login/password from our website. Our alias is “psl” (lowercase). Follow the set up instructions. While the app will automatically refresh, use the “Sync” after you make any significant changes.
  3. Set the standards to compare under “Prefs”. Our specific standards are located under “PC”. For all the current standards, choose: PC 2013 SC Times (displays both “B” and “A” times), PC 2013 SC PRT and PC 2013 SC JO & FW (displays both JO and FW times). As soon as Long Course season starts, add the current year standards for Long Course. Make sure you SAVE your preferences!
  4. Click on Account home to view your swimmers. Click on your swimmer to view attendance, meet performance and best times. From best times, click on the specific event to view each performance, then on the tab show standards to compare. 

What organization is the PSL Swim Team affiliated with?

The team is affiliated with Zone 1 North of Pacific Swimming. Pacific Swimming is part of USA Swimming. To learn more go to www.PacSwim.org

How do I register my child(re) for USA Swimming?

All swimmers must join USA Swimming. Membership for USA Swimming is $84 per year.  This amount will be deducted from the credit card you put on file with the team.

What is the difference between the pre-competitive and competitive PSL Swim Team Practice Groups?

Group assignments are typically based on the following criteria:

  • Experience & Commitment
  • Practice performance
  • Age & Grade
  • Attitude & Maturity
  • Meet performance

Since all team members are required to register with USA Swimming annually, pre-competitive team members can compete in meets. Coaches work with pre-competitive members to determine when it is appropriate to attend meets. Swimmers in the competitive groups are expected to participate at all meets on the schedule.

What are my obligations as a parent of a PSL swim team member?

All PSL familes are expected to volunteer to help us host our swim meets (twice/year), time at other meets, run fundraising events, etc.  

My child no longer wants to swim on the team. How do I withdraw them and stop automatic charges to my credit card?

Contact [email protected]

My child needs to take a few months off from the team (due to injury, other commitments, vacation, etc.).  Can our account be placed on hold during that time?

Yes. Contact [email protected] when your child will stop participating and when they intend to rejoin.

When does the PSL swim team practice?

Practice times vary per practice group. Group assignments are determined by the coaching staff. Our current practice schedule:

  • Junior Sea Lions 1 & 2 6:20-7:00pm - Recommended 2+ practices per week
  • ​Junior Sea Lions 3 5:30-6:10pm - Recommended 2+ practices per week
  • Bronze 4:00-5:05pm - Recommended 3+ practices per week
  • Silver 4:00-5:20pm - Recommended 3+ practices per week
  • Gold Mon/Fri 5:00-6:50pm, Tue/Wed/Thu 4:30-6:50pm - Recommended 4+ practices per week

Are there age and/or skill requirements to join the PSL Swim Team?

Yes. Children who wish to join the team must be between 5-18 years of age and be able to swim independently.  Experience with all four swimming strokes is encouraged, but not required to join pre-competitive groups. In considering whether your child should join the team, you should remember that this is a swim team, not swimming lessons.

My child has joined the club, but I am not receiving any emails from the coaches or Board. What should I do?

Contact [email protected] & [email protected] to request access.

How can I get involved and support the PSL swim team?

Volunteer at meets, participate on the PSL Parent Board, help with fundraising, cheer!

How do I know what meets the team will attend?

Each year, the coaches prepare a list of the swim meets our team is likely to attend. The schedule is shared with the club via email.

Where are swim meets held?

Generally speaking, PSL competes in meets held at pools in the Bay Area between South San Francisco and San Jose. Many meets are held at our pool even if we are not the host team because other teams rent our facility to host their meet.

How do I enter my child in a meet?

The coaches will send out an email to team families when a meet opens. The email will contain a link to the online system used by the meet host to enter the meet (generally either swim connection or fastswims).

What is the address for the team website?

www.pacificasealions.com

How will I receive information about meets, practice changes, team events, etc.

The coaches and/or the PSL Board will email the family email addresses on record with this type of information.  All communication regarding the team is through email.

Information is also available on the website once you are logged in.  You can:

  • Use the “Calendar” to plan for upcoming meets and events.
  • Check out the “Team News” for the latest accomplishments of our competitive swimmers. Did you get some great pictures from the last meet? Send them to [email protected] to be included. Meet results are usually posted by the Wednesday after a weekend meet.
  • Use “Links” for shortcuts to enter meets, see current time standards and get more information from swimming specific websites.
  • From the left hand navigation bar, click on “My Account” to update your account information or to change or add an email address. 
  • Click on “My Meet Results” to view all your swimmer’s performances since September 2012. Use the filters to fine-tune the information you receive.
  • Be sure to check out the “Top Times” tab to see the three fastest PSL swimmers in each event. We’ve also added a tab that shows PSL Team Records…. Will your child hold this prestigious distinction for years to come?

What does the PSL Parent Board do?

The Board maintains the PSL website, plans fundraising and away meet travel, plans events for swimmers, allocates money to buy new equipment and other supplies for the team, assists the coaches with communication to families, communicates family concerns to the coaches, etc.

I want to get more involved. When and where does the PSL Board meet?

The Board meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7 PM via Zoom. Email [email protected] to get involved!