Frequently asked questions:
Does my swimmer have to compete if he or she joins the team?
No! Competing is always optional; however, it is strongly encouraged. Yes, swimming is a great exercise that will help encourage healthy habits for a lifetime, but most kids are not motivated by those kinds of "adult" goals. Kids' goals are more immediate, whether they're highly competitive or not. They want to feel that they can do something. Competitive swimming is a terrific way for kids to feel a sense of individual achievement while at the same time being part of a team. While not every swimmer can come in first, every swimmer can strive to achieve their personal best in every event they swim. Dropping a second or more off your previous time in an event is always a reason to celebrate and proves that hard work at practice pays off.
Do I have to buy a USA Swim Card to join the team?
Yes! We require all of our swimmers to have a USA Swim Card. This fee is in addition to the registration fee and is non-refundable. It must be paid in full at the time of registration. Benefits include:
* Subscription to USA swimming's award-winning Splash Magazine.
* Opportunity to swim in USA Swimming meets, open only to members!
* Eligibility to participate in local and national swimming camps.
* Opportunity to qualify to become a member of the U.S. World or Olympic Swim Teams!
* Ability to track your times through a "My USA Swimming" account.
* Excess accident and liability insurance – covers all USA Swimming-sanctioned activities.
* Opportunity to receive a certificate of accomplishment by achieving Top 10 times.
* Discounts on travel – special rates on United for travel to USA Swimming events. Check out this link for more information http://www.usaswimming.org
Also, if your family qualifies for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program, you may purchase USA Swim Cards at a reduced rate of $7.00. You must bring a letter from your child's school stating that you qualify for the program to receive this discount.
Does my swimmer have to attend every practice?
No! The team typically practices 5 days a week. Your swimmer does not need to attend every practice; however, the more your child practices, the more improvement you will see. Coaches would like to see swimmers attend practice at least 3 days a week. Please review our handbook for more information.