Fort Myer Swim Team

Who can join the Swim Team?

Participation on the Fort Myer Swim Team is a benefit for families who are members of Patton Hall (formally Fort Myer Officers’ Club).  Our agreement with Fort Myer requires 90% of our families maintain an active Patton Hall membership.  A small number of families who are not eligible to join Patton Hall are able to join the team with priority given to returning families.  All swimmers must be under the age of 18 and able to swim a 25 meter length of the pool (any stroke) unassisted prior to the start of the season.  


What happens if one of my children is registered for one age group, but my other child is wait-listed for another age group?

We try to accomodate as many swimmers as possibIe as long as we stay within our cap of 175. We can not guarantee that we will be able to accept all swimmers from the wait list.  


Can I join the pool?

Yes!  Everyone is welcome to join the pool.  If you are Patton Hall eligible you are required to join both Patton Hall and the pool.  If you are not Patton Hall eligible you may still join the pool.  Pool membership information and forms can be found here.  

What are the swim team fees?

The fee is $225 for the 1st swimmer in a family;  $400 for 2 swimmers in a family; and $550 for 3 or more swimmers from a family.  In addition, there may be other fees that will be determined when Fort Myer finalizes their Memorandum of Agreement with the team for the 2019 season.   

Does my child need to attend every practice?

It is okay if your child can't make it to every practice. The coaches would like to see your child at practice least 2-3 out of the 5 practice days per week. This will allow for misses due to illness or if your swimmer just needs a break.  However, the more your child practices, the more they will improve! If you do not have schedule conflicts, it is good to *try* to come to every practice.  Let the coach know if your child will miss more than 2 practices in a row (e.g. you are out of town or they are sick), or if you'll miss a meet for any reason.


What is the purpose of Time Trials?

Time Trials enable coaches to place your child properly in relation to other swimmers in his/her age group. Being placed properly will allow your child to compete against swimmers of comparable ability/speed. Also, this will allow coaches to get times in every stroke for all swimmers for placement in upcoming meets. It also allows kids to get a feel for how a meet works.


How will I know if my child will Swim a Saturday Dual Meet?

Every Friday a team email will be distributed to announce the line-up on a Saturday Dual Meet.


What if my child is scheduled to swim on a Saturday Dual meet and they are unable to swim?

It is absolutely essential that the Head Coach be notified no later than the prior Tuesday if a swimmer cannot participate in a Saturday Dual meet. If your child wakes up sick on Saturday morning, text or call the head coach as soon as possible. This is extremely important so that we can make a substitution for your swimmer.


Will a meet be canceled?

Meets are sometimes delayed or canceled because of inclement weather. We will make notifications to the team as soon as we can, should a cancellation occur.  You and sign up for text alerts via Rained Out (go here for instructions)


When should I arrive at a Saturday Dual or Wednesday night B meet

Swimmers should plan to arrive 1 hour before the start of the meet to set up and participate in warm ups. Specific arrival times will be provided by the coach in the weekly meet email.


How long will the Saturday Dual meet last?

Saturday meets start at 8:00am and end around 11:00am. 


How long will the Wednesday night meets last?

Wednesday night B meets start at 5:00pm and end around 8:00pm or until it gets too dark to swim.


How do I know if my child is swimming on a Wednesday night B meet?

Wednesday night meets are open to everyone. Swimmers who have placed 1-3 in an event on the prior Saturday A-Meet may not swim that event on a B-Meet. An email will be sent to parents (usually on the Sunday prior to a B-Meet with information on how to sign-up your swimmer for events for the upcoming meet.


Can my child train with an older sibling?

As a general rule, no. Swimmers receive the most effective age group-specific training when they practice within their respective age groups. In addition, ensuring that swimmers are at their appropriate practices means that all those participating get the attention and coaching instruction that they need. When a younger swimmer practices with the older swimmers, it usually results in one coach needing to be with the younger swimmer – that is not fair to the rest of those at practice.  The exception is when your younger child has been assigned to one of the developmental practice groups that swim during the older swimmers practice time.


How will I know if a DQ occurred?

Unlike in other sports, there will not be a whistle to announce a rule violation. When a swimmer has disqualified during a race either by start, stroke, turn or finish violations the judges fill out a slip that then goes to the Referee who verifies a violation did occur. That slip is then given to the team rep to make its way to the coach and in turn the swimmer at a later date.  Every official on deck will always give the benefit of the doubt to the swimmer.  When the swimmer's times are posted, there will be a "DQ" instead of a time. The coaches will address the DQ during practice and will work to correct the problem.


Can I get a base pass so that I don't have to do a car inspection every time?

Yes, you will need to submit the paperwork for a temporary base pass.  Go here for more information.