Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re new to swim team and are questioning if it’s right for your family, below are some commonly asked questions. More details about practice, meets, parent commitment, and more can be found on the pages of our website. If you’re still not sure, contact Coach Greg and he will be happy to answer your questions.

We will be holding try-outs on Friday, March 13 and Friday, March 20. Contact Coach Greg and come by so he can assess if your child is ready to join swim team. We also highly recommend that you attend our February 24 registration meeting where you can meet the coaching staff, parent board, and begin learning all about swim team life!

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What is swim team and why would I want my child to participate?
It's fun! It's great exercise, and it builds confidence. It's a great way for your child to meet other kids in the community. It's also a great way for you to meet other parents. 

What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?
We will teach your child the 4 strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. No prior experience with swimming these strokes is necessary. We do require that your child can swim the length of the pool unassisted. For children who are not quite able to do this, we highly recommend our friends over at Little Whale Swim School to help get your child ready for swim team.

I just want my child to learn how to swim better. Do they have to swim in competition?
Yes, participation in swim team means competing in swim meets. We ask for participation in 2 meets minimum, plus Championships. 

Can my child play baseball and be on the swim team?
Definitely. We have many swimmers who do both. Swim practice is Monday-Friday starting April 1. You can attend as many practices as your schedule allows, although three practices per week are encouraged. We ask for participation in 2 swim meets minimum, plus Champs.

Can my child attends summer day camp/summer school and be on the swim team?
Yes. We switch to morning practice on June 10 but still offer make-up practices for swimmers that attend camp or summer school. Details and times can be found here. We ask for participation in 2 swim meets minimum, plus Champs.

Do I have to attend all meets? 
No. Your child is automatically entered into all meets, so if you are going to miss a meet you simply need to sign out by the Monday before the meet. You need to participate in 2 meets to be eligible for Championships, and we encourage all swimmers to attend Championships.

Should I stay and watch a swim practice?
You're welcome to watch. Please refrain from talking with the coaches during practice. Practice is when the coach spends time with the swimmers. Please hold your questions for the coach until before or after practice.

If we can’t make our regular practice time can we come to a different one?
No. Our practice groups are organized and coached with a variety of factors taken into account. Your child will not be permitted to swim outside his/her assigned practice group.

What about the parent commitment?
Swim team is run solely by parent volunteers. Each family is required to fulfill service credits each season. Information about fulfilling this commitment and more about these policies can be found here

What are March Swim Clinics?
During the month of March, we offer a four-week program focusing on a different stroke each week. This includes instruction before the regular season gets underway. It is highly suggested for new swimmers to introduce them to the drills and strokes, as well as a refresher for our returning Dolphins. Details on March Clinics can be found here. To sign up, you must be fully registered by February 21, and attend the mandatory parent meeting on February 24 to present your registration documents. Clinic sign-ups will be held at this meeting.

What does swim team cost?
Details can be found here.

How do I join the team?
Details can be found here.

Who can I contact if I still have questions?
You can contact our Head Coach Greg Varozza here.