Swim Team Frequently Asked Questions

What ages of kids can participate?

Swimmers must turn 5 by 06/15/21 to participate in Speedy Sixers, and our oldest Maddogs are our graduating seniors, yay c/o 2021!

 

How do you know if your child is ready?

Kids ages 5-8 must be water-safe and able to swim 25 yards with little to no assistance (any kind of swimming is fine - doesn't need to be a legal stroke). Kids 9&up should be water-safe and able to swim 50 yards freestyle without assistance (11& up should be able to do so without stopping).

 

Can parents and siblings be on deck to watch practices?

Yes, as long as they check in, wear a mask, and stay 6 feet away from non-family members.
 
How will meets work this year?
The plan is still coming together, but here are the details we know so far. Instead of our normal 7 dual meets, we will swim 4 dual meets, with each dual meet being broken up across two days. Ages 10 and younger will always swim on Tuesday evenings, while ages 13 & older will always swim on Thursday evenings. Ages 11-12 will swim on whichever evening allows us to evenly balance our number of participants. For example, if our opponent has more 13+ swimmers, the 11-12 year olds will swim on Tuesday with the younger kids to balance the numbers.
 
The dual meet season will run 4 weeks, June 29 - July 22. There will be post-season meets for those who qualify the last week of June, and an All City meet on August 3 (qualifiers only).
 
Do I need to buy a team suit?
No. Your swimmer can wear any swimsuit they are comfortable in for both practice and competition, but snugly fitting athletic style suits are recommended, as are goggles and a swim cap for swimmers with hair past their ears. Contact team coordinators for help with sizing.
 
Do I need to volunteer at swim meets?
Yes, one adult (or responsible teenager) from each family needs to plan to volunteer at each of our 4 dual meets. Volunteering is fun and you will get to watch all your swimmer's races, no matter what your volunteer assignment is. More details on how to sign up for jobs will be communicated soon.
 
My swimmer is new to the team, will they receive stroke instruction at practice?
Yes! We have more new swimmers this year than ever before! There will be lots of specific stroke instruction at practices, especially for the younger age groups. Private lessons will also be available for those who want more practice and instruction.
 
My child is doing multiple sports and needs to miss practice, is that OK?
Yes, especially in the early season. Use the Remind App to let Coach Ken know when your swimmer will miss practice. Later in the season, it becomes important to be more consistent with attendance in order to prepare for swim meets. 

 

How does post-season work?

A Covid-safe post-season plan is still being worked out this year. Here is how it typically works: Each year, the league publishes Prelim qualifying times for every event and every age group. If your swimmer posts a time that meets the qualifying time for Prelims, they can participate in Boys or Girls Prelims the final week of July. The top 6 times posted at Prelims in each event move on to Southern Division Championships, held on the last Thursday of July. The top 6 times from both Southern and Northern Divisions combined move on to All City Championships, held on the first Tuesday of August.

 

If your swimmer does not qualify for Prelims, they are invited to swim at B-Champs on the Thursday of our last week of dual meets (the week before Prelims).

What is the GSSSL?

The GSSSL (Greater Seattle Summer Swim League) is the governing body of our swim team. We follow high school swim rules with a few exceptions. 

 

Where can I find the WA State High School Swimming Rules?
High School Rules

 

Where can I find the GSSSL Rules?
GSSSL Operating Rules

What constitutes a legal stroke? These are the rules that will determine if a swimmer is disqualified (DQ). 
GSSSL Stroke Rules  

Want to know more about swim meets? 
Read this helpful guide with tips and information about getting ready for a meet. This is a pre-COVID guide. Timing and scheduling will be subject to change for 2021. 
Swim Team Meets 101

Ready to make some personal goals for this swim year?  Download this helpful goal setting sheet specifically for summer league! 
Swimmer personal goal sheet

If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to ask another parent, an older swimmer, a coach or email [email protected]

**All of the above is how the league normally functions, this is subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.***