2017 Season Information
Swim Team -- Division 8
Dive Team -- Division 1
Sideburn Run Recreation Association (SRRA) hosts both swim and dive teams that teach appropriate technique, team building, and preparation for local competition with nearby community pools. Our coaches and staff run a summer program that’s fun and challenging for all levels!
The swim and dive season begins with practice on May 30 and ends with the Awards Banquet, except for those competing in All Stars the first week of August. The Lil’ Sharks begin morning practice on June 26 and have a Lollipop Meet to celebrate their first official swim across the pool. The Awards Banquet (Swim on July 29 and Dive on July 30) will be held at the pool pavilion to recognize all team members with trophies for their contributions and thank the many volunteers who make the Sideburn Run Sharks program successful. Check the team schedule and the pool calendar for more detailed information about social activities and meets.
Who Can Join the Sharks
The swim and dive team is open to children of SRRA bond members and summer members. (If you would like to join the pool, click here for more information.) Generally, children aged 8 and under who can swim one length (25 meters) of the pool unassisted are accepted as swim team members. Children who are 9 and older must be able to complete two lengths (50 meters) to compete in meets. Any child 7 and under who needs assistance from the lane line to complete a pool length may be asked to swim in the Lil’ Sharks program. All interested children are encouraged to come and be evaluated.
Previous dive experience is not required; however, the child must be able to pass the pool swim test. In order to compete in the Dive “A” meet the divers must be able to perform the required dives for their age group.
Please remember that swim team is NOT swim lessons! Please feel free to discuss your child’s skill level with the Team Reps if you have any questions. Registration fees will be returned for those swimmers who cannot meet the unassisted swim requirement. Swimming lessons are offered by the individual lifeguards; please inquire at the guard shack. Private swim lessons are also available through our coaching staff for a nominal fee.
Registration will be done via Swimtopia. Participation requires a date-determined fee per swimmer/diver plus a registration fee of $25 per athlete. The maximum registration fee per family for one team (swim or dive only) is $300--regardless of how many swimmers/divers you have--plus a registration fee per athlete. The maximum combined swim and dive team fee is $350 per family plus a registration fee per athlete. Register early and save! Credit cards are accepted!
NEW Lil' Sharks Registration Fees: Starting in 2017 the Lil' Sharks registration has been reduced to $40 plus $25 per athlete registration fee. Lil' Sharks is no longer part of the family max but a separate registration. Their time in the Lil' Sharks program does count as time on the team and is included in calculating 5 and 10 year towels!
Early (by 5/12) -- $115 + Registration Fee
On Time (5/13-6/9) -- $125 + Registration Fee
Late (6/10 on) -- $135 + Registration Fee
NEW Lil' Sharks (any time) --$40 + Registration Fee
Family Max - 1 Team (swim or dive only) -- $300+ Registration Fees
Family Max - 2 Teams (on both swim and dive) -- $350 + Registration Fees
Registration Fee -- $25 additional per athlete
Ex. Family has 4 kids. All on swim team only. Total is $300 + $100 = $400
Ex. Family has 3 kids. On both swim and dive. Total is $350 + $75 = $425.
Ex. Family has 2 kids. Register on time for dive only. Total is $230+ $50 = $280.
Ex. Family has 1 kid. Register late for swim and dive. Total is $270 + $25 = $295.
Ex. Family has 1 kid. Register early for swim. Total is $115 + $25 = $140.
Volunteer Hours: A commitment from each family to volunteer during the season is essential to make things run smoothly for the team. All skills and positive personalities are welcome! A family must volunteer at least 10 hours to assist the swim team; 8 hours to assist the dive team; or 18 hours if on both swim and dive teams.
Swim meets require a large volunteer staff of over 40 people to time, officiate, and score. We need you! Meet officials receive free certification training at NVSL Officials Clinics held each year. Please consider attending if you’re interested in any official duties (see Swim Team Volunteer Job Descriptions, Team Contacts, and the 2017 NVSL Swim Officials Clinic Schedule for additional information).
Volunteers are also needed to help set up the pool for all home meets (Saturday A Meets–generally after the Friday evening potluck; Monday B Meets–arrive at the pool by 4 pm), run the snack bar during the meet, and tear down immediately after the meet to get the pool ready for members. There are other non-meet opportunities to help the team–serving Monday morning breakfasts, signing up swimmers for B meets, and assisting with team spirit and group activities. The Team Reps can always use some extra help, too!
Communicating with parents and team members is done primarily through email and the website. Always check your email and/or follow-up with the coaches and Team Reps when in doubt. Information will also be placed in your family’s folder, which will be available on the pool deck during practice.
While competing is part of what NVSL is all about, at Sideburn Run we place equal emphasis on all parts of summer swimming and diving. Our philosophy for the season is:
Sharks, coaches and parents having fun and working hard–both individually and as part of a team–in a respectful atmosphere.
In keeping with the NVSL’s goals and standards of conduct we hope to “develop in our children a love for the sport, advanced aquatic skills, teamwork and the principles of good sportsmanship.” We ask that all families and their swimmers and divers keep this philosophy in mind throughout the season and work together in the best interests of the team.