Frequently Asked Questions. . . and Answers

Who do I go to if I have a questions?

If you cannot find an answer to your question in the handbook, website or by asking one of the parent steering committee members at practice, please email  Parent steering committee members will be wearing neon yellow FST t-shirts with “Volunteer” written on the back at practices and registration.

What is the best way to contact the coaches?

Please email

Who do I call/contact if my child cannot make it to a meet due to illness?

If the team is expecting your child at a meet and you are unable to make it, please contact the head coach so that adjustments can be made to the roster and entry.

For the summer team contact Shawn O’Leary immediately (508)641-6220

For the winter team contact Arnie Cohen immediately (508) 561-7295

How many events will my child swim in a swim meet?

Each swimmer is eligible to swim “officially” in two individual events and one relay. Whether or not every swimmer swims in a relay at the meet is dictated by the number of swimmers in attendance.  We do try to get many swimmers into a relay.

Who chooses what events my swimmer will be in?

The coaches choose the events that swimmers are entered in.  The coaches place swimmers in events based on previous times, a swimmer’s ability to compete “legally,” as well as taking into consideration the opposing team.  The coaches and the relay teams work together to determine the order of swimming in relays.  Parents must trust the judgment of the coaches and respect their decisions about the entries.

How do I find out if my swimmer has qualified for “A” Championships?

Swimmers’ individual times will be posted on the website within a week after each dual swim meet.  There are cut-off times to qualify for “A” Championships.  These times will be posted on the website.  If your swimmer has posted a time equal to or lower than the posted times, you can assume they will be going to “A” Championships.

What do I do if I can’t fulfill my family’s volunteer commitment?

Please email and let the Parent Steering Committee know and discuss other ways your family can contribute to the team.  If you are unable to make your volunteer assignment on the day of the meet, please find another parent to replace you and email the team to notify us of the change.

In the summer, what do I do if there are Thunder and lightning in the area at practice time?

Swimmers are not allowed in the water or on the pool deck for 30 minutes after active thunder and lightning.  If there is active thunder/lightning in the area at 6 pm or later on any practice day, the 1st practice (6:30-7:15 pm) will be canceled.  2nd and 3rd practices will be held regardless of the weather.  If swimmers are not allowed in the pool there will be dry-land training

In the summer, what do I do if there is Thunder and lightning at a swim meet?

Thunder and lightning will cause delays during swim meets.  Coaches and lifeguards consult weather radar and determine whether to delay or cancel meets.  All families must assume that the meet is ON unless they receive an email from the team about the cancelation. Since the summer schedule is tight, every effort is made to complete meets as scheduled while keeping everyone safe.  Never leave a meet due to thunder and lightning without consulting the coaching staff.


Updated 1/13/20