Welcome to the 2022 Cool Sharks Fall Swim Team!
WELCOME TO THE 2022 COOL SHARKS FALL SWIM TEAM!
Please read the entire email below for important information about our fall swim team (there is a lot).
COACHES - Our Fall Team is led by Head Coach Mike and Assistant Head Coach Rebekah (see their bios here: https://coolsharks.swimtopia.com/coaches), and they will be joined by several of our junior coaches from Summer Team.
WEBSITE - If you haven't had the chance, please take a good look around our website (https://coolsharks.swimtopia.com/). This is where you will go for general information about the team. Please do not rely on the app for information - very little actual info is posted there and often without critical details. There is a lot of important information under the Fall Team tab, including schedules and FAQs. Many of the questions we get during the season (and we get a lot!) have answers which can be found on the website - please take a few minutes to search for answers there before emailing us.
APP - Be sure you have downloaded the SwimTopia app! The app is great for receiving notifications of team alerts (practice cancellations, weather-related issues, etc. - be sure you have notifications enabled). You can also view your swimmers' times and keep track of meet and job signups.
PRACTICES - Practices will start Monday Aug 1st. We do not have practice Labor Day Weekend (no practice Sat 9/3 or Mon 9/5). Practice schedules are on the website at https://coolsharks.swimtopia.com/practice-schedule-fall. Swimmers may attend as many or as few practices as they would like. There are no sign ups just come when you can.
All swimmers must attend practice with their assigned age group. We cannot honor requests for siblings or friends to swim together. Also keeping the age groups together is good for the team - think of each age group as a team within a team. The age groups compete together at meets so it is important for the coaches to see them together to decide who should swim which events or be on which relays. And it is important for the kids to get to know each other as teammates. Advanced swimmers should not "swim up" and struggling swimmers should not "swim down" - instead the coaches will work to provide them with an appropriate workout within their age group.
8&under swimmers compete together as one age group in the Fall League. So we will be doing combined practices for these ages divided by ability rather than by age. The Beginner practice will be focused on children who are new to swim team or who are still working toward proficiency in freestyle and backstroke (all 5 year olds should practice with this group). Swimmers in the Beginner group may also be introduced to butterfly and breaststroke as they are ready. The Advanced practice is ideal for returning swimmers who are already proficient in 2 or more strokes, and will focus on breaststroke and butterfly and turns, preparing swimmers to compete in these strokes as well as the 100 IM and 50 freestyle. Your swimmer should attend whichever practice they feel most comfortable in, and the coaches will let you know if they feel your swimmer would be better served in the other group.
MEET - We are once again hosting the End-of-Season Fall Meet at Garden Hills on Sat Sept 10th at 9:00am. This will be a large invitational meet with all the other Fall League teams. Information is posted on the Meet/Event Calendar (https://coolsharks.swimtopia.com/swim_meets) and details can also be found in our Fall Team FAQs.
SWIMSUITS & EQUIPMENT - It is recommended but not necessary to buy a team suit for Fall Team (any solid black or blue/black competition suit is fine for the meet, and any suit can be worn for practice). We will have a swimsuit fitting August 1st 5:00-7:00pm at the pool. You may try on and purchase swimsuits and goggles in person and take them home with you. Online ordering is also available for swimsuits, goggles, and other accessories (https://reddiset.com/collections/garden-hills-cool-sharks) and will be shipped directly to your home.
A good pair of goggles is a MUST for both practice and meets. No snorkel masks or play goggles from Target please. Nothing is more discouraging for a young swimmer than a poorly-fitted leaky pair of goggles. TYR Swimple and Speedo Hydrospex are good brands for young swimmers. Older swimmers need competition goggles such as Speedo Vanquisher, TYR Blackhawk or Blackops, Arena Tracks, Nike Vapor or Legacy, or similar. Goggles can be found locally at Dick's Sporting Goods (the Lenox store has a great selection), online at Amazon or SwimOutlet, or purchased online through our team swimsuit vendor (see below).
WEATHER POLICY - We will swim in the rain! Unless there is lightning or thunder, practice will go on as scheduled. If practice is cancelled, you will receive a notification from SwimTopia (be sure you have notifications enabled in your SwimTopia app or you will only receive an email). There will be no make-up. Please see https://coolsharks.swimtopia.com/weather-policy for our full weather policy.
REFUNDS - Swimmers who do not pass their evaluations during the first week of practice will receive a full refund. Partial refunds of $100 are available through the first week of practice (Aug 6). Partial refunds of $50 are available until Aug 15. ASA registration fees are refundable until Aug 15. No refunds will be given after Aug 15.
As always, please email [email protected] if you have any questions. We look forward to a great season! See you at practice!