Team Frequently Asked Questions
Is my child ready for the swim team?
Children who are new to the swim team and under the age of 8 need to do an evaluation with the coaches to be sure they are swim team ready. They should be able to do a length of the pool without assistance.
What is included with registration?
After registering a swimmer and paying, each swimmer will receive a Crocs t-shirt. The shirts will be given to the swimmers a couple of weeks after practice has started. Parents can buy extra shirts as well.
Team suits are not included in the price of registration. Swimmers should wear a team suit to every meet. New team suits will be picked every two years, so swimmers can use their suit for two seasons. D&J Sports will have the suits available at their store and will come to the parent meeting at the beginning of the season as well.
Team caps are not included in the price of registration, but they can be purchased at the parent meeting.
How do I get on the team website?
The team website – www.colescrocs.com - has password secured areas. In order to create a password, you must register a swimmer. You can access the website only after you are approved by the team (simply safety purposes). The website holds important information regarding meets, practices and committing swimmers to attend meets. Be sure to contact a board member if you have a problem once the season begins.
How do I know what practice my swimmer attends?
Practices are separated by age groups. Swimmers attend the practice based on their age. Extreme circumstances can be discussed with the coach. Practices are offered Monday – Thursday, with Friday for lessons and clinics.
What should my swimmer expect during practice?
Swimmers need to be ready to go with appropriate suits, goggles and caps (as desired by swimmer). Swimmers are expected to be attentive to the coaches for the best learning environment for all participants. The coaches will teach swimming technique appropriate for each group. Younger children can expect to learn a lot of skills. Speed can only come after swimmers have the base and proper technique for the different strokes.
What do parents do during practice?
All parents need to stay off the pool deck for the safety and respect of all involved. If a parent talks to a swimmer or a coach during practice, every swimmer will focus his or her attention on that parent, when it should be on the coach. Parents can stay during practice on a chair or in the grassy area. All in all, be a parent, not the coach.
When are dual meets and how do we participate?
Dual meets are Saturday mornings during the season. Dual meets are against one other team. The meets take place at home (Coles Crossing lap pool) or away at another pool.
In order to participate, each swimmer must be entered in the meet online through the team website. Go to “events” and “edit commitment” to say “yes” or “no” for each swimmer involved. The swimmer or family chooses the events the child will swim; however, the coaches will make all final decisions. If a child is not legal in a stroke, he or she will not be entered in that event.
(More specific information will come before every meet on entering swimmers in a meet and specific questions on strokes can be directed to the coaches.)
What can we expect during a meet?
All swimmers must “circle in” (basically attendance to make sure all swimmers are accounted for) no later than 7:30 a.m. This is necessary to confirm that swimmers are indeed at the meet ready to swim individual events and relays. The heats are then determined based on people confirming their participation.
Swimmers warm up with the team and swim during their particular events. Swimmers age 10-Under should report to the shepherds’ tents so they can go to the ready bench with their teammates. The children are encouraged to stay in the shepherds’ tents so all swimmers are accounted for throughout the meet. Only volunteers should be at the ready bench.
Swim meet terms and their meanings
Shepherds’ Tents: Where swimmers should report prior to their events.
Ready Bench: Where swimmers wait a few heats prior to their own swim.
Heat Sheets: Lists the swimmers swimming in each event.
Event: Each event is separated by the gender, age and stroke of the swimmer.
Heat: Each event is separated in heats. All the heats are the same age, gender and stroke, but there simply isn’t enough space for all swimmers at one time.
When do we leave?
Families can leave as long as their swimmers are finished with all of their events. Swimmers should check in with the coaches before leaving, especially if they are uncertain of any future events.
Why is there a requirement for volunteering?
It takes a village to run a swim meet. Swim meets require a lot of help so the swimmers can be in the correct place at the correct time, hear what is happening, be timed, get awards, and even eat at the concession stand. Without volunteers, swim meets cannot be run. Coles Crocs volunteers are extremely valuable and appreciated.
What is an Invitational Meet?
An Invitational requires swimmers to have specific times in order to participate. These are extra meets and not required. There are splash fees, which is a fee placed on all individual events the swimmer swims ($5 per swim).
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