How well do I need to be able to swim in order to join the team?
The rules for Old Dominion Swim League state that a swimmer needs to be able to swim one length of the pool in order to swim in the meets. The coaches will not enter a child in a meet until they feel that he/she is ready and able to swim one length of the pool. It is best to contact the coaches and to discuss your child's readiness. We offer free swim evaluations to anyone thinking of joining the team, so please contact the team via email for more information.
What is the Mini-Team and who can be on it?
The Mini Team is designed to build the confidence and skills of the young swimmer who is not yet ready to swim the length of the pool unassisted. Once a swimmer can swim a length of the pool unassisted and has been evaluated by the coach, they will be eligible for competition in the larger meet. A “Mini” is a child 5 -7 years of age who has been evaluated and accepted into the Mini Program by a Red Rocket coach. According to the league we swim in, the Old Dominion Swim League, a child must be 5 by the 15th of June but no older than 7 by that date. Space for the minis is limited to no more than 15. The swimmer must be comfortable in the water to be on the mini team.
What kind of swim league is the team part of?
Our team is developmentally competitive and everyone is offered the chance to swim in every meet, if he/she can swim one length of the pool unassisted. We have friendly scored dual meets against other local neighborhoods with events (races) broken down by gender and age. We are part of the Old Dominion Swim League. Our primary focus is for the kids to become a better swimmer in all 4 of the competitive strokes while having a fun summer with their friends.
How are the age groups broken down for the races at a meet?
How long is the summer swim season?
Swim Team starts right after Memorial Day and goes until the end of July.
Do boys have to wear the little Speedo swimsuits?
No, our boys wear swim trunks called swim jammers and they come down almost to your knees.
Is my kid too young or too old?
The swim team is open to all children in our neighborhood from age 5 and up to and including 18 year olds. Our Swim League rules state that your child must be 5 years old by June 15th to join. This is a great summer sport for your teenager, because although he/she might know how to swim freestyle, a lot of older kids need practice with the other three strokes.
Do I have to swim the meets?
No, you do not have to swim the meets. Having said that, once you feel a bit more confident in the water, you will want to do the meets because it's FUN hanging out with your new friends and cheering for each other.
My child won his/her race. Why didn't s/he get the blue first place ribbon?
Your child may have won his/her heat but may not have won the event. For example, Johnny is a 6 year old. He is swimming in the 6 and under Freestyle race, Event number 1. The pool has 6 lanes. There are 12 children swimming the race. The first 6 children to swim are in HEAT 1 of EVENT 1 - Boys 6 and Under 25 meter Freestyle. The second 6 children are in HEAT 2 of EVENT 1 - Boys 6 and Under 25 meter Freestyle. Once all the heats for that event have been completed, the swimmers are ranked from fastest to slowest. The top 6 times from all heats are awarded a place ribbon, the remaining children receive participation ribbons.
What is the difference between the "Divisional Meet" and the "All-Stars Invitational Meet"?
Both of these end of the season meets offer a great opportunity for your child to swim against lots of other swimmers in the league in a big meet setting.
The All-Star Invitational Meet is swum at the end of the regular season. All swimmers must qualify for this meet by swimming faster than the All Stars cutoff times set for each event. The cutoff times will be determined this year, after the first two meets for the league and these times will be announced later. This meet has a restricted number of swimmers per event. At most, a swimmer may swim 3 individual events (as long as they have qualified for each event) and the IM (again, if they qualified for it). Please note that older teens (15-18's) must also qualify for the All-Star Invitational meet by swimming faster than the cutoff times.
The Divisional Meet is for all children who do not qualify for the All-Star Invitational meet. It is an opportunity for kids to see how they stack up against other swimmers in the league. It is an open meet which means that there is no cutoff time. This meet is only open to those kids who did not qualify to swim the All-Star invitational meet. At most, a swimmer may swim 2 individual events and the IM. There are one exceptions to the above rule.
- If a swimmer only qualifies for one event in the All-Star Invitational meet, she/he may opt to swim in the Divisional Meet instead. If the swimmer does opt for the Divisional Meet, she/he may not swim the event she/he was qualified for in the All-Star Invitational Meet.