Registration Process

Registration will be open for returning swimmers and their siblings from January 13, 2020 through January 27, 2020.  Registration for new swimmers will be open from January 20, 2020 through January 27, 2020.  Families are usually notified of acceptance about a week after the close of registration. 

Please note that your swimmer's registration not complete until you have completed the online registration on this website and paid all SHST fees.  NOTE: If you choose to pay your fees by check, your registration will not be complete until we receive the check.  Checks should be made Sleepy Hollow Sea Lions, Inc. and mailed to SHSL Inc., 4 Fox Lane, San Anselmo, CA 94960.  Please note that if you pay by credit card and request a refund by the refund deadline, we cannot refund your credit card processing fees unless your swimmer does not clear our waitlist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the swim team requirements for all swimmers?

Swimmers must be at least five years of age by May 1, 2020

Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool and demonstrate swim team “readiness” (ability to follow directions, pay attention to coaches, water safety etc.)

Swimmers may not practice with any other swim team after February 24, 2020 (with the exception of high school-related activities).

What are the team fees?

Our fee for one swimmer is $500.  We offer sibling discounts.  Please go to the Team Fees section of our website for a more detailed explanation.

What is the SHST Family Commitment?

The Sleepy Hollow Swim Team is a family program!  When you sign your swimmer(s) up for the team, you are also joining a wonderful community and committing to help run the swim team.  Our swim meets (which require over one hundred volunteers each) are entirely run by parents.  Parents also organize and lead the many fun activities we do as a team throughout the year.  This is what makes our community unique and our team so successful!  Please CLICK HERE to read more about the SHST Family Commitment. 

For what age group should I register my child?

Register your child based upon his or her age on May 1, 2020.

What happens if my child celebrates a birthday during the swim season?

If during the swim season, a swimmer has a birthday that will move him or her up to the next age group, the child must move up to that age group at the next swim meet. For example, if your child is ten years old at the start of the season and has a birthday in June, your child will move up to the 11-12 age group at the swim meet following his or her birthday.

How is membership priority determined?

Members will be accepted based upon the following registration priority, up to the team’s capacity (assuming that all application documents are received by the registration deadline):

  1. Returning swimmers from the 2019 season and their siblings,
  2. New applicants residing in Sleepy Hollow,
  3. Pups from the 2019 Spring season that are swim team ready, and finally,
  4. New applicants who reside outside of Sleepy Hollow.

No swimmer is guaranteed a place on the roster, regardless of registration priority.  Acceptance on the team is at the discretion of coach Mark Anderson and the SHST Board.

My child swam for Sleepy Hollow a few years ago.  Is he/she considered a "returning swimmer"?

For registration purposes, he or she will be considered as a new applicant.  "Returning swimmer" means that he or she swam for Sleepy Hollow in the prior season (see item #1 in the above registration priority list).

When will I know if my child made the team or not?

New swim team members will be notified of acceptance about one week after the close of registration. Those who do not make the team will be put on a waiting list.

If I my child is put on the waiting list, what is the likelihood of making the team?

In the past few years, some swimmers on the waiting list have ended up making the swim team. It all depends on how many swimmers drop off the team during the first couple of weeks, the numbers of swimmers per age group and practice group, and our team capacity. We do our best to keep you informed of your status throughout this process.

What happens if the coaches feel that my child is not swim team ready?

Mark and his assistant coaches assess the capability and readiness of all new swimmers at the mandatory swim clinics held for all new swimmers prior to the start of the season and during the first couple weeks of regular practice.   

A coach will notify you within the first two weeks of regular practice if your child is not ready to join the team. He or she may recommend enrolling your child in the Pups program. More information about the Pups program can be found at 

Will I receive a refund if the coaches determine that my child is not swim team ready?

Yes. You will receive a refund check within two to four weeks of being notified.  If you paid by credit card, we will refund all but the processing fees on your card.

What do I need to do if my child decides to quit the team?

Refunds are available if the swimmer drops off the team and notice is emailed to [email protected] no later than March 10, 2020

We will deduct a $10.00 processing fee per application to be dropped.  Credit card fees will not be refunded.  There will be no refunds processed, under any circumstances, after March 10, 2020.