2015 Swim Team
Welcome to the Fairfax Frogs!
For those of you returning, welcome back. For those who are new to the Frogs, welcome to the team. We look forward to many great summers together! Please read our 2015 season welcome letter, below.
Our goal is to promote the philosophy of the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL):
To develop in each and every child a love for the sport, advanced aquatic skill, teamwork, and the principles of good sportsmanship.
The Frogs philosophy is to encourage our swimmers to have lots of fun while doing their best. Personal development is what is most important. For a swimmer, that means improving your times, being courteous and enthusiastic and having a good time. The process of placing teams in a division is designed to make the meets very competitive. We would all like to be division champions, but only one team out of six usually can claim this honor. We believe that, by establishing a healthy environment that encourages the kids to do their best by recognizing their contributions, and by providing fun for the entire family, we will meet our goals.
We are looking forward to a great season this year at the Fairfax Swimming Pool. We will swim in Division Three this summer. The other teams in our Division are Fairfax Station, Little Rocky Run, Mount Vernon Park, Vienna Woods, and Dunn Loring.
We will not be hosting a registration day this year, so in order to register for the swim and/or dive team, please follow the directions for our new, two-step online registration and payment process (click here).
New this year – Online payment for the team is now available, as an alternative to the usual payment by check. If you would like to pay the old fashioned way, you may bring your payment to the pool on the first day of practice, but it is imperative that you complete Step 1 of our new online registration process to fill out and email a registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
2015 Registration fees are as follows:
****As always, One registration fee covers your child's membership in both the swim and dive teams. Try them both!! Only at Fairfax Swimming Pool!!****
One swimmer/diver is $100
Two swimmers/divers in one family is $170
Three or more swimmers/divers in one family is $225.
The fee for Tadpoles is $100. (The fee for Tadpoles is a separate fee from the swim/dive registration fee.)
** All new 8 & Under team members will attend an evaluation the week before practices begin to determine which group would be best for them - Swim Team or Tadpoles.**
Evaluation Criteria to make the Team: All new 8 & Under swimmers will demonstrate their ability to swim the length of the pool (25 meters) unassisted.
Evaluation Criteria for Tadpoles: Age of at least 4 years, comfortable wearing goggles, comfortable leaving parents and joining a small group, and comfortable going under the water and propelling themselves to an instructor. (See Tadpoles for more detailed information about joining the program.).
In addition to our registration fee, we ask each family to make a donation of drink items to sell at the snack bar (specifics to come), and to please volunteer at no less than four (4) meets.
PRACTICE TIMES (Changed for 2015!!)
Practice schedule before school is out. (Beginning Monday, June 1st)
Monday – Friday
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 8 & Under
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm: 9 to 10 Year Olds
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm: 11 to 12 Year Olds
6:45 pm – 7:45 pm: 13 & Older
Weekday practices before school is out are limited to four lanes. Swimmers should attend the practice scheduled for their age. Very hot weather and pool crowding may force practice changes. Please remain patient and flexible with after-school practices.
Practice schedule after school is out. (Beginning Monday, June 22nd)
Monday - Friday Mornings
7:30 am – 8:30 am: 9 to 10 Year Olds
8:30 am – 9:15 am: 8 & Under
9:15 am – 10:15 am: 11 to 12 Year Olds
10:15 am – 11:30 am: 13 & Older
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings
6:45 pm – 7:45 pm: Opportunity for any swim team member who was not able to make that day's morning practice due to camp or an appointment. This opportunity is not meant to replace morning practice. Registration via Sign-Up Genius is required in advance and is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a few instances where Wednesday evening practice will not be available and another day that week will be chosen. Sign-Up Genius registration is forthcoming in June.
VOLUNTEERS AND OFFICIALS CLINICS
Swim meets require a large volunteer staff. A commitment from the families of the swimmers is essential to make the meet run as smooth and fair as possible. All skills and temperaments are welcome — there are jobs before, during, and after the meets that can put your good talents to use. We request all families to volunteer at meets at least 4 times during the season. Here is a sampling of how you can fulfill your meet commitment:
Meet Set Up Announcer
Timers Relay Take Off Judge
Clerk of the Course Starter
Runner Stroke and Turn Official
Score Table Referee
Ways to get involved and meet your commitment will be forthcoming! Thank you so much for thoughtful consideration now of how you'll be able to help.
If you are interested in volunteering in any official capacity (as underlined above), you will need to attend training hosted by the league. All of the Officials Clinics are listed on the Swim Team Calendar, which is located below, with the location addresses, maps and directions.
We have a new team swim suit this year and next: Nike Epic Lights in color Green. Both jammers AND speedo cut will be available for our boys in this style. Team suits are not mandatory. We are not hosting a registration day this year, so if you would like a suit, they are available for trying on and purchase at Suit Up Water Sports in University Mall. Please tell them you are a member of the Fairfax Frogs for team pricing. Suit Up Water Sports also offers online ordering for in-store pick up or, shipping to your front door.
***We have been informed by Suit Up Water Sports that girl's size 24 in our new style will not be available until late July, so we have sourced that size ourselves and have a limited number to sell. If your daughter will need a size 24, please contact Kelly or Michele at email@example.com.
The team will also offer a number of spirit items for sale — t-shirts, latex and silicone caps, and car magnets. T-shirt orders are due on June 5th. Specifics to come!
The primary means of communicating swim team news is via email and our pool's website.
To access individual events on the Swim Calendar, click on the event to view event details, including practice times, warm-up times for meets, maps and directions, etc. The calendar will be updated throughout the season, so check it often!
We look forward to a great season. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! For those families new to swimming, please join us at our Dessert Social on May 31st, and make sure you request a copy of the Frogs Swimmer & Parents’ Handbook. This handbook explains the many facets of swimming.
Michele and Kelly