New Family Registration:

1. Please read the information below

2. Swimmers will need a PCCC Team Swim Suit and possibly other equipment depending on their swim group.



    We hope this web page will help our "New Swim Families" have a much better understanding of the team.  Please click on one of the items below that is underlined to get more information on the particular topic. 

Swim Team Requirements

Practice Schedule


Championship Meets

What To Do At A Swim Meet

When You Arrive At The Meet



Swim Team Requirements

Palma Ceia welcomes all PCCC members and grandchildren to the team! New swimmers are required to be able to swim one length of front crawl (freestyle).  In consideration of all who practice, a swimmer who regularly holds up their group may be requested to schedule and self pay for private swim lessons. Those requests are left up to the discretion of the coaches.

Parents will also need to sign-up for at least two shifts for the season to work a Palma Ceia Swim Meet.

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Practice Schedule

Practice times are arranged by ability and age groups.  If you have a conflict with your designated practice time, please see Coach Todd.  Swimmers need to make two practices a week (or 1 practice 1 meet) to be eligible for relays.

§  Your child will need to bring goggles, a swim cap (optional) and a towel to each practice.

§  It is important to be on time for practice and ready to swim with goggles and caps on so that your swimmer will have the advantage for a proper warm-up time.

§  Apply sunscreen to your child before practice and administer ear drops after practice if you so desire. They are over the counter and help dry out the ears and prevent infection (i.e. Swimmer’s ear)

    §  Be sure to review the website regularly

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Dual and Tri- meets are practice for the championship meets. It is when our team swims against one or more teams. They can be located either at our club or at our opponent’s location. These meets are important to attend because it gives your swimmer an opportunity to get accustomed to swimming in meets, a chance to have their swim recorded and logged to see improvements, while at the same time creates camaraderie within our team.

During most dual and tri-meets, swimmers will usually swim at least 2 or 3 individual events and maybe a relay event. The hosting coaches choose the events that the swimmers will be swimming. There may be an “IM Meet” where each swimmer swims the Individual Medley (IM). In the IM event each swimmer swims all four strokes equaling 100 yards. (25 yard butterfly stroke, 25 yard backstroke, 25 yard breaststroke and 25 yard freestyle).

Warm-ups typically begin at 5:00p.m. with the meet starting at 6:00 p.m.  Again this is a general guideline – ALWAYS BE SURE TO CONFIRM MEET WARM-UP AND START TIME.

Be sure to arrive by the start of warm-up.  This promptness will also ensure adequate time for the swimmer to adjust to the opposing teams pool and get the proper amount of time to warm –up, which will help eliminate injuries such as muscle strains.

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Championship Meets

Championship meets are important to attend. These are “team” meets where our team’s combined score could qualify us for a trophy. These meets are large and more formal. There are many teams participating. Swimmers can be disqualified due to incorrect technique of starts, strokes, turns and finishes. If your Swimmers receive 1st16th place or are identified as an alternate, you will need to come back in the afternoon/evening to swim in the finals for the PCL meet (1st8th swim together and 9th16th swim together and the alternates substitute for “no show” swimmers)

The 6 & Under swimmers may have a separate schedule from the other swimmers. In the past, it has been on Sunday afternoon and are timed finals.  6 & Under swimmers do not come back for finals. Please pay attention to the Palma Ceia Swim Team website to ensure your swimmer is present at the appropriate times.

There is a big team party at the club on Sunday evening after these meets. The Championship Meet Party includes dinner and fun!  Information will be provided to RSVP for the parties.  Please check the website for this information.

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When going to any meet, bring the following:

§  Goggles (extra pair, if possible)

§  Swim Cap (girls should have them, some boys like them) must be a PCCC swim cap.

§  Towel(s)

§  Permanent marker and highlighter for heat sheet

§  Snacks (usually available for purchase at a snack bar; some locations do not allow coolers)

§  Bottle of Water or Sport drink


§  Shoes that can get wet and easily slip off when ready to swim

§  Folding chairs for both you and your swimmer (s)

§  Championship Meets: Highlighter, pen (for heat sheets) and permanent marker for writing heat/lane information on the swimmers hand

§  Game boys, DS, books, card games are useful to pass time between heats. You are responsible for these items

§  Wear your Palma Ceia apparel; we are a big team and it is great to be able to show it off.

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Check you swimmers(s) in with the coaches.  Make sure they get to their warm up area. Younger children (6 & Under and 8 & Under groups) will have designated areas to sit and coaches to assist them.  If you leave the team area with your child it is your responsibility to make sure your swimmer is lined up when it is time for them to swim.

Find yourself a place to situate your chairs. There is usually a Palma Ceia Swim Team area. You can find it by looking for people wearing our team gear. If you are at a championship meet, purchase a heat sheet and identify your child’s placement in the events so that you know when your child will swim. Write event #, heat/lane information on your swimmers hand, so they will be sure which heat/lane they are in.

After warm-ups, the meets usually progress by gender, event and age group.  Girl’s events will always be odd numbered and boy’s events will always be even numbered.  Most large meets will have scoreboards that have the event number listed.

Below is an example of the events scheduled for a meet:


Event # 1 - 25 Yard Freestyle 6 & Under Girls

Event # 2 - 25 Yard Freestyle 6 & Under Boys

Event # 3 - 25 Yard Freestyle 8 & Under Girls

Event # 4 - 25 Yard Freestyle 8 & Under Boys

Event # 5 - 50 Yard Freestyle 10 & Under Girls

Event # 6 - 50 Yard Freestyle 10 & Under Boys


The events are separated into what they call “heats”.   Each “heat” is comprised of the number of swimmers for which there are lanes available.  For example, at our pool we have 6 lanes so we swim 6 swimmers at a time.  Some pools will have 8 lanes and some many have 10 lanes.  There will be multiple heats for each event.

Relay Teams are chosen based on Coaches discretion and will be posted on the bulletin boards prior to the meets.  Be sure to check with the coach before you leave a meet because your swimmer may be in a relay.

The Swim Team hopes that this information was helpful.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Carrie Fowler, Stephanie Andrews or Coach Todd Hoffmeier (email)

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