Lee Graham Swim Team

Mini Dolphins

The Mini Dolphins are a development team for kids 8 and under. Evaluations are held at the beginning of the season to determine if a child is ready to practice with the 8 & under practice group or Mini Dolphins, or if they need more lessons before moving up to Mini Dolphins. To be a Mini Dolphin, a child must be able to swim comfortably across the pool on his/her own.

2022 Mini Dolphin Evaluations:

​All swimmers age 8 and under who did not practice in the competition pool with the swim team in 2021 should plan to attend one of the evaluations. 

Evaluation Dates:

  • June 1 (Wed) from 5:30-6:30 pm
  • June 3 (Fri) from 5:30-6:30 pm
  • June 4 (Sat) from 10:00-11:00 am
  • June 8 (Wed) from 5:30-6:30 pm
  • June 10 (Fri) from 5:30-6:30 pm

Please print the Mini Dolphin Information Sheet, fill out the top information section only (parts 1 and 2 will be filled out by the coaches during the evaluation), and bring it with you to your child's evaluation.  PLEASE ONLY fill out the top portion with child's name/info and family info.  

Please note: your child will meet the coaches on the grass beside the slide (closest to the upper deck area)  and will need to walk with the coaches to the evaluation area without mom and dad (parents- you will remain on the grass and can view the evaluation from there).  Coaches will only say "You Did Great!" after the evaluation to every applicant - the Reps will follow up with parents once the coaches are able to confer.  

Mini Dolphin FAQs

1. Who is eligible to swim with the Mini Dolphins?  All swimmers 8 and under who did not swim with the team in the competition pool during the 2021 swim season are eligible to be evaluated to swim with the Mini Dolphins.  

2.  When do Mini Dolphins practice?  View the mini dolphin practice schedule here.  All swimmers are invited to Fun Fridays every Friday at 9:00 a.m.

3. My child didn't make Mini Dolphins. Can they get moved up later in the season? Yes! Sometimes our coaches recommend that a swimmer have more swim lessons after the evaluation. This ensures that all kids are safe and placed in the group where they focus on the skills they need to learn. Swimmers must make the mini dolphin team no later than June 27, 2022 to be able to meet criteria and be considered for team awards.

4. My child was placed on Mini Dolphins, but was hoping to be in the 8 and under group. Can this be changed? As the summer progresses, swimmers are sometimes moved into the 8 and under group as they become more proficient in their strokes. Please respect the coaches and trust their decision about where your child was placed. The placement is designed for safety and so each swimmer has the opportunity to work on the skills they most need to improve.  To be considered for team awards and meet team letter criteria, a mini dolphin must move up to 8 and unders prior to June 27th, 2022.

5. How much is Mini Dolphins? The dues for Mini Dolphins are the same as for the rest of the team.  Remember to register your swimmer(s) on this site.

6. Can Mini Dolphins swim in meets? Yes! Mini Dolphins are encouraged to swim in Monday night B meets, but meets are never required. In addition there is a special end of season fun meet (the Lollipop Meet) on the last Friday of the practice season that is just for 8 and under swimmers, including Mini Dolphins.

7. What team activities can Mini Dolphins participate in? All of them! We have a few team activities that are only for teenagers, but Mini Dolphins are welcome to participate in any activities that other swimmers their age can.  All Mini Dolphins should attend team picture day.

8. What will my child be asked to do during Mini Dolphin evaluations? The coaches will get in the pool with the swimmers and see how comfortable they feel in the water. They’ll ask the kids to swim on their front and on their back. Mini Dolphins do not need to be legal in official strokes yet. Attend whichever evaluation day/time works better for your schedule.