Registration 2023

Registration for the 2023 Season for RETURNING SWIMMERS and their siblings will run from January 16 – January 30. 

Registration for the 2023 Season for NEW SWIMMERS will run from January 23 – January 30.


About the Registration Process

Families will be notified of acceptance two weeks after the close of registration. Please note that your swimmer's registration is 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 (or dropped off) to SHSL Inc., 27 El Cerrito Avenue, 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 the first practice day of the season.

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.)

What are the team fees?

Please see the Team Fees 2023 page for pricing.  We offer sibling discounts. High School swimmers are free if registered during the January registration dates.  Please note that if you pay with credit card there is a three and a half percent (3.5%) processing fee that is non-refundable except for registrants that do not clear the wait-list.

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 family community and committing to help run the swim team.  Our swim meets (which require over 100 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 visit the SHST Family Commitment section of our website to learn more.

For what age group should I register my child?

Register your child based upon his or her age on the first practice day of the season.

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?

Assuming that all application documents are received by the registration deadline, members will be accepted based upon the following registration priority, up to the team’s capacity. 

  1. Returning swimmers from the 2022 season and their siblings,

  2. New applicants residing in Sleepy Hollow and Pups from the 2022 Spring season that are swim team ready, and finally,

  3. New applicants who reside outside of Sleepy Hollow.

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

In the event we do not have room for your child, we are suggesting looking into Swimarin at San Rafael High School or TidalWaves at Redwood. MAAquatics is planning to run their Pups Program as usual at the Sleepy Hollow Pool beginning in April. 

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 two weeks after the close of registration. Those who do not make the team will be put on a waiting list, and notified as well.

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 assessments 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 14, 2023.  

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 14, 2023.

What do I do if I missed registration?

Families who missed the registration deadline can contact [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.  Please note that there is a $25 late registration fee.  There is no guarantee that your swimmer will make it on to the team, as swimmers who registered during the timeframe of open regsitration will take priority.

High School Swimmers

We encourage High Schoolers to stay connected to the Sleepy Hollow Swim Team!  

High Schoolers should practice with their school teams, and are welcome to race with SHST at dual meets, All Stars and Champs. 

High School Swimmers need to register for the 2023 season, filling out all required forms.  Please note that there is a $25 late registration fee for anyone who does not register during the timeframe of open registration. There is NOT a volunteer commitment throughout the season with the exception of the All Stars and Champs meets.  

Once a Sea Lion always a Sea Lion!