Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does my swimmer need to try-out for the 2019 swim team?
A: No, but Six-year olds and under must be able to stay in the pool comfortably on their own without moment to moment supervision.Children seven years and up must be able to complete one length of the pool swimming freestyle. If the coaches feel a child is not at these minimum levels, they will recommend the appropriate swimming lessons with the opportunity to participate on the swim team when the necessary skill levels are reached.
Q: Do we need certain supplies for swim team?
A: Yes. Your child will need to purchase a bathing suit, goggles, swim cap(if needed), and towel. It is recommended that a team suit be purchased, but not mandatory.
Q: We are going on vacation/participating in summer camps etc. during swim season. Is it OK to miss practices and meets?
A: Yes, we realize that families have lives outside of swim team. There will be an online sign-up for meets where you can indicate if your child will be absent and we ask that you let the coaches know if your child will not attend a meet. Swimmers are encouraged to come to every practice, but minimum of practices day of meets. To be eligible for GDSA Semifinals, swimmer must participate a minimum of 2 meets.
Q: What if it rains or the weather looks questionable on meet or practice day?
A: Inclement Weather Policy:
Meets: If weather is too severe to swim, the meets may cancelled by agreement of the Team’s League Representatives. Meets are held rain or shine and only delayed or cancelled during thunderstorms. You will be contacted via remind text if a meet is cancelled.
Practices: Practice is not canceled due to rain or impending rain. We follow our pool’s general rules regarding lightning and thunder. The presence of either requires that we vacate the pool and stay out for 30 minutes. Sometimes that can mean that a particular age group’s practice will be canceled or cut short, but other groups will not be affected. Your child’s safety is an utmost priority. As much as possible, we will communicate through Remind Me texts regarding weather-related issues. We will also update the home page of the website with bulletins as often as we can.
Q:What do I do if my swimmer or I won’t be at one of the meets?
A: Indicate on our website pinecrestswim.com no later than 72 hours before the meet to let them know which swimmer(s) will not be at the meet. It is extremely helpful to know in advance so the coaches can accurate meet entries.
Q: What is the volunteer requirement and what positions are available?
A: Our swim team is run 100% by parent volunteers, besides coaches, and we ask that every family pitch in to help our meets run smoothly and to ensure our swimmers have the support they need to swim their best. We require every family to work a minimum of 4 points. There are numerous opportunities to help out. Please review the complete listing of volunteer positions and their descriptions to see how you can help
Q: How do I know what my swimmer is swimming?
A: The morning of the meets the coaches will post a printout of team entries by name. Also, you can login to our team website pinecrestswim.com. Another option is download Swimtopia’s mobile app.. Heat and Lane of swimmer will be known starting 3:00pm day of meet.
Q: Why doesn’t my swimmer have a seed time or time of “NT”?
A: Seed time is established the first time a swimmer swims an event or from their best time if they have swum the event in the past."NT" just means No Time.
Q: Do you offer refunds?
A: No, we do not offer refunds for the swim team. However, if your swimmer is new to the team and does not meet the requirements of safe swimming the first week of practice, we will give a full refund less cost of T-Shirt.
Q: Which summer league do we belong to?
A: We are part of the Greater Dayton Swimming Association (GDSA) gdsaswim.com
Q: How many swimmers are on the team?
A: This past season we had 95 swimmers!