1. What is the difference between SHARKS and other summer league swim teams?

The SHARKS swim team is part of the Sienna Plantation Aquatics (SPA), which is the year-round swim team that is affiliated with USA Swimming.

All the SHARKS coaches are USA Swimming trained and certified.   All our coaches go through on-going training and background checks.

All the SHARKS swim meets will take place here in Sienna Plantation on Saturday mornings. Meets last around two hours.

This is a great opportunity for your kids to be introduced to the sport of swimming, with the option to continue with SPA for year-round swimming.

And, most importantly, we focus on the kids having fun!

  1. What are the registration fees?

The 2019 registration fee for Sharks is $170, same as last year.   We are offering an early registration discount of $145 through March 18th, 2019.   We also offer discounts for siblings.   If your child is already part of SPA, the “Meets Only” fee is $75.

  1. Why do I have to register with USA swimming?

SHARKS is affiliated with Sienna Plantation Aquatics (SPA), which is a USA Swimming team.  The registration is required by USA Swimming.  

  1. Who will be coaching the SHARKS?

The SHARKS welcome Head Coach Betsy Partin.  Coach Betsy is a lover of all things aquatic! As a mother of five swimmers (her oldest is a former competitor, three are currently competing, and the youngest is aspiring to compete in the future!), she has been able to share her passion with all of her children. Betsy is former group fitness & swim lesson instructor and USA/YMCA swim official who made the transition to coaching 4 years ago in Clarksburg, WV. Then, while coaching in Midland, TX also became a certified Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) Self-Rescue Instructor. She is very passionate about water safety, injury prevention, and fostering a love of the sport of swimming. 

  1. What is the age requirement to participate in SHARKS?

Swimmers must be 5 years old by May 6, 2019, which is the first day of the SHARKS swim season. No exceptions.

  1. What skill level is required of new swimmers?

All swimmers participating in SHARKS must be able to swim the length of the pool, 25 yards. Sharks’ swimmers from last year will not be required to complete an evaluation. All NEW swimmers will be required to participate in a SHARKS evaluation, which will be held on multiple dates in April. Information about the clinics and evaluations will be sent out later.

  1. Will swim coaches be available for private lessons?

Some Sharks coaches as well as other SPA coaches may be available to offer private lessons. You can contact the coaches directly to arrange for lessons.

  1. What equipment are swimmers required to have?

It is required that all swimmers have a team suit, kickboard, fins and goggles. SHARKS will provide each swimmer with a swim cap.

  1. How do we purchase the swim gear and suits?

Swim Shops of The Southwest will be on site Thursday, April 25th 430-8pm.  They will have swim gear on hand as well as team suits for your kids to try on and purchase/order.    The suits are two-year suits, and all swimmers are required to purchase a suit this year.   Girls’ suits are $56, while boys’ suits are $36.

  1. How are the teams divided?

The SHARKS are comprised of 4 teams: Red Sharks, Yellow Sharks, Blue Sharks and Purple Sharks.  Coaches divide the swimmers into 4 teams based on age and gender, not ability.   For example, all 7-year old boys are divided equally among the 4 teams.

  1. When do the swim meets take place?

The swim meets take place on Saturday mornings, beginning at 8am, at Club Sienna Pool.   The meets usually last about 2 hours.

  1. Will I be required to volunteer at the meets?

Yes, parent volunteers are required to run the meets. There are lots of ways to help at the meets including set up/tear down, timing, gathering swimmers. A Sign-Up Genius email will be sent the week before each meet to allow you to sign up for a volunteer position.   This year, teams will be assigned to volunteer for the meets.

  1. I see that my child’s age group is scheduled to practice every day of the week. Is there an attendance requirement?

There is not an attendance requirement. However, the best way for swimmers to improve and have fun is to attend practice.

  1. How will I know if practice is cancelled due to weather?

SHARKS coaches use the Remind app and text messaging to communicate timely information about weather related changes. To join the group text @sharksal to 81010.

  1. How can I watch practice if I am not allowed on deck?

You can watch your swimmer from the patio of the Club Sienna Building. For safety, security and insurance reasons, only Sharks Coaches and Swimmers are allowed on the pool deck. While watching practice, please do not talk to or signal your swimmer. Distracting them from what they are doing and what the coaches are saying will only hurt their experience.