2014 Swim Team (updates for 2015 pending)
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 2014 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 Pool. We will swim in Division Four this summer. The other teams in our Division are Dunn Loring, Langley, Pinecrest, Cardinal Hill and Ravensworth.
To register for the swim or dive team, please fill out the Swim and Dive Team Registration Form, save it to your computer, then email, as an attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will offer a number of spirit items for sale — see Team Apparel below for details.
One registration fee covers membership in both the swim and dive team.
Registration fees are as follows:
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: All new 8 & Under swimmers will demonstrate their ability to swim the length of the pool (25 meters) unassisted.
In addition, we ask each family to make a donation of drink items to sell at the snack bar. Specifics will be provided at a later date.
Practice schedule before school is out. (Beginning Monday, June 2)
Monday – Friday
4:30p – 5:15p: 8 & Under
5:15p – 6:00p: 9 to 12 Year Olds
6:00p – 7:00p: 13 & Older
Weekday practices before school is out are limited to three 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 Thursday, June 26)
**Practice schedule subject to change due to snow days.**
Monday - Friday
7:50a – 9:00a: 9 to 12 Year Olds
9:00a – 9:45a: 8 & Under
9:45a – 11:00a: 13 & Older
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.
If you are interested in any official capacity, all of the Officials Clinics are on the Swim Team Calendar, which is below, with the pool addresses, maps and directions.
If you have any questions regarding the volunteer jobs or official positions, please do not hesitate to ask.
We are in our second and final year of our team suit, the Speedo Vortex. Team suits are not mandatory. If you would like a suit, they are available for purchase on registration day or at Suit Up Water Sports in University Mall.
The team also offers a number of spirit items for sale — t-shirts, latex and silicone caps, car magnets and water bottles. T-shirt orders are due June 6.
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 make sure you request a copy of the Frogs Swimmer & Parents’ Handbook. This handbook explains the many facets of swimming.