Sharks Summer League Swim Team
Hosted by Team Swim Academy Swimming
Oak Grove, Missouri

SUMMER 2022

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Sharks Summer League Swim Team is to provide an exciting, entry-level competitive swimming experience for swimmers of all ages; to teach new swimming skills & fitness; and to offer a foundation and love for lifelong involvement in swimming.

WELCOME
Welcome and thank you for participating in Team Swim Academy’s summer league swimming program, known as the Sharks, a recreational swim team competing as part of the Suburban Municipal Swim League. Sharks swim team is open to any swimmer age 6-18 who can swim the length of a 25-yard pool UNASSISTED. Registration takes place online at our team website. Practices will be held at the Oak Grove Aquatic Center located at 1300 SE 30th Street, Oak Grove, MO and HOME meets will be held at the Oak Grove Aquatic Center as well. We look forward to a great summer swim season!

REGISTRATION   
Registration for the Sharks Swim Team will take place online at 
www.bluespringssharks.com  Monday, May 16th, 2022 through Wednesday, May 25th, 2022. Registration (including payment) must be completed entirely online with credit or debit card.

Late registration will be accepted (for an additional fee of $25) from Thursday, May 26th thru Friday, June 3rd. Late Registrations must be completed online and paid by credit/debit card. 

We encourage you to sign-up early to secure your swimmer’s spot on the team! For registration and practice purposes, swimmers are divided by age groups as follows:  8&Under, 9-11, and 12&Over. For competition, swimmers are divided by age groups as follows: 8&Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15&Over. Per league rules, swimmers compete all season at the age they are as of May 31, 2022.

SEASON START & END DATES
Summer swimming begins on Wednesday, June 1st. The season will end with awards presented during a pool party on the morning of Friday, July 22 at the Oak Grove Aquatic Center. (UPDATED 6/20/22)

PRICING
The registration fee for the Sharks Summer League is $150 for all registrations received by Wednesday, May 25th.  Registrations received May 26th or after will have a fee of $175. No additional registrations will be accepted after June 3rd.

TEAM SUITS AND CAPS
Team swim suits can be purchased separately at Swim Things, Inc. located at 3010 SW US Highway 40, Blue Springs, MO. Contact Swim Things, Inc. for pricing on suits. Other team apparel (Swim Caps and T-shirts) may also be purchased separately through Team Swim Academy, host of Sharks Summer League Swim Team. More information on additional apparel will follow. Please note that if a swimmer wears a cap during a swim meet, that cap must be a Sharks team cap.

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT
It is also recommended that swimmers have a pair of goggles for practice and swim meets. (Goggles are also available at Swim Things, Inc.) Swimmers may wear their team suits at practice. However, if swimmers choose to wear different suits for practice, it is recommended that suits are fitted to the body. Swimsuits with ruffles or baggy swim trunks weigh-down swimmers, making movement through the water more challenging and exhausting. Swimmers may also want their own kickboard.  There are some available for use at the pool, but they are limited. Also, don’t forget your towel! Swimmers may also want to bring their own water bottles labeled with their first and last name.

PRACTICE TIMES  
Please note, parents are not permitted to be on the pool deck. Parents who choose to stay for practice must sit in the designated spectator area. You are welcome to drop your swimmer at the pool and be there promptly to pick him/her up at the end of his/her practice session if you prefer. 

Swimmers Age 12 & Over                         
8:00 AM—9:00 AM
     Monday through Friday   at Oak Grove Aquatic Center

Swimmers Age 9-11
9:00 AM--10:00 AM  Monday through Friday  at Oak Grove Aquatic Center

Swimmers Age 8 & Under                                                                                                                                                            
10:00 AM--11:00 AM  
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  (3 days) at Oak Grove Aquatic Center (*Note: Due to swim lessons scheduled at the Oak Grove Aquatic Center from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM during the weeks of June 20, June 27, and July 11, the 8 & Under practice group will practice at an earlier time those weeks, combining with one of the other practice groups. Specific practice time will be determined after registration when numbers for each group are established.)

Practice times are subject to change within the practice window based on team enrollment.

 

SWIM MEETS  
We will have 5 swim meets this season:  4 regular-season swim meets and a Championship swim meet that will be divided into 2 separate evenings by age groups. Meets will take place primarily on Thursday evenings, but a Saturday morning meet is also scheduled. Championships will be divided between a Thursday and Friday evening.

To sign-up to participate in a swim meet, you must submit a swim meet entry via the online sign-up program by the entry deadline.  Entry deadlines will be provided at a future date.

Swimmers are NOT required to participate in swim meets. This season there is no minimum meet requirement to participate in the Championship meet, but prior meet participation is encouraged.

Meet disqualifications will be enforced at meets. Every effort will be made to inform swimmers of the infraction so they can learn and coaches can help them prepare for their next race. 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Running a successful summer league swim team requires the assistance of parent volunteers. All parents are expected to help! Parent help is needed with the set-up, running, and clean-up of the home swim meets and team functions. We also are required to provide parent volunteers at away meets as well. Volunteer positions include, but are not limited to, the following jobs:  Timing, Awards, Stroke-and-Turn Judge, Clerk of the Course (organizing swimmers for their races), meet set-up, meet clean-up, etc.  Please note there we be a Stroke-and-Turn training clinic on a date, time, and location to be announced. We NEED anyone interested in serving as a Stroke-and-Turn Judge at swim meets to attend this training. It is IMPERATIVE that we have some parents trained in Stroke-and-Turn. Without the judges (like with all volunteer positions) we cannot have the swim meets! No one may serve as a Stroke-and-Turn Judge unless he/she has attended this training. You do not have to be skilled/knowledgeable in swimming strokes to attend this training. You will learn what you need to know during the training!

SWIM MEET SCHEDULE & OTHER IMPORTANT DATES  – This is a TENTATIVE  meet schedule. Home (hosted) meets will take place at the Oak Grove Aquatic Center. Meet start times are To Be Determined.

Wednesday, June 1st              First Practice:  See practice schedule above.
Thursday, June 16               Sharks vs. Warrensburg @ Warrensburg (Away – evening meet – Time TBA)
Saturday, June 25             Sharks vs. Lee’s Summit @ HOME (morning meet – Time TBA)
Thursday, July 7               Sharks vs. Pleasant Hill @ HOME (evening meet – Time TBA)

Thursday, July 14                Sharks vs. Warrensburg @ Warrensburg (Away – evening meet – Time TBA)

Wednesday, July 20th            10&Under Championships @ Lee’s Summit (Away – evening meet – Time TBA) --UPDATED 6/10/22
Thursday, July 21                11&Over Championships @ Warrensburg  (Away – evening meet – Time TBA)            
Friday, July 22                 End of Season Awards/Pool Party @ HOME in MORNING (Time TBD) (UPDATED 6/20/22)


END OF SEASON AWARDS
End-of-season awards will be presented to swimmers on Friday, July 22 in the morning (time TBA) at a pool party at the Oak Grove Aquatic Center. (UPDATED 6/20/22)

PRACTICE CANCELLATIONS  
Should the need arise to cancel practice due to summer storms, pool maintenance issues, etc, the information will be e-mailed prior to the scheduled practice (if time permits).

KEEPING UP TO SPEED / TEAM COMMUNICATION
The team website is www.bluespringssharks.com.  We will frequently send out e-mails with announcements and important information, so make sure your e-mail address is accurately typed in the online registration form so you can be included. If you want additional family members copied in the emails, be sure to include those emails in your online registration. Also, be sure you include our team in your address book so that your email service does not send your emails to your JUNK file. You may update your account online as necessary. 

REGISTER ONLINE AT www.bluespringssharks.com
BEGINNING May 16, 2022.