Welcome to SHARKS Swim!
Important Swim Team Information
ALL swim team families must register with our SWIMTOPIA online portal. This is a mandatory step that simplifies parental interactions with the team from choosing meet entries to volunteer sign ups.
Contact Information: For information about our swim program, please direct questions & concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome back to all of our returning swimmers. We would like to welcome any new SHRA members to come and join our outstanding swimmers and terrific team. Our team includes individuals from all ages as well abilities. Practice times are arranged by age group; however our coaches may ask swimmer(s) to attend different practice times based on abilities.
For the youngest swimmers just starting out, we have the very popular Minnows Program. As long as your child is comfortable in the water and is able to participate in a group setting; he/she is welcome to join the Minnows. Additional coaches are hired for these practices in order to try give as much individualized attention as possible. Our Minnows did a great job last year and we expect many of them to be the rising stars of the SHRA Shark’s.
The summer swimming season is short; only 6 weeks. For the team to do its best, we need every swimmer from June 17th through July 27th. Please try to schedule vacations and other activities after this time frame – your team needs you!
Swim Team Philosophy
The Sleepy Hollow Recreation Association (SHRA) swim team is a family-oriented team with the primary goal of providing swimmers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to have a great summer swimming experience emphasizing fun and fundamentals. The involvement of parents in the activities of the team is expected – since we feel that parental involvement and support is essential to the success of the individual swimmer and the team as a whole. The coaching staff at SHRA believes that every successful swimmer has a love for the sport of swimming. The coaches nurture this philosophy by developing each swimmer at their own pace and constantly work to help swimmers enhance all four competitive strokes, improve racing technique, build self-confidence, become good team members, and learn that winning and succeeding are not always the same thing.
There were no major changes to the League’s rules for the 2016 season. A couple of things to remember:
- No swim or dive practices on 6/20 due to the swim home b-meet
- A swimmer’s age on June 1 will determine their eligibility to compete in a particular age group. Swimmers will no longer be moved to the next age group if their birthday falls during the season
- We participate in several different types of meets
- A Meets – are every Saturday morning from mid-June to the end of July; SHRA swimmers compete against other pools in a 6-team division; the meets are competitive and how our swimmers perform is important to them individually as well as the team.
- B Meets – are every Monday evening and are open to all swimmers. No team score is kept and all swimmers are encouraged to participate.
- Relay Carnival – on a particular Wednesday evening, SHRA’s relay teams compete against the other teams in our division.
- IM Carnival – on a particular date, SHRA swimmers can elect to swim an Individual Medley against swimmers from across the region.
Please check the main TEAMS page for the age group practice schedules. We look forward to seeing you all again soon and welcome your feedback and questions (and offers to volunteer!). Rachel Mosher-Williams and Jamie Sample, email@example.com To ensure you get all team notifications, click to register for the SHRA dlists here.
Head Swim CoachDave has been a swim coach for over 20 years. He was the Head swim/dive coach for Swanson Middle School in Arlington and the Head swim coach for Yorktown High school. He has worked for over 10 years with different NVSL teams. Dave worked with York Swim Club, and as a camp counselor, a sports announcer for Arlington County at most W&L sporting events, a lifeguard and pool manager for several different pools over the years.
Some of his many accomplishments include:
You can reach David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Swim practices for all age groups except Minnows are held after school until school releases for the summer. Once school is finished, all teams, including Minnows, will have their practices in the mornings.
Attendance by every swimmer at every possible practice is critical for personal growth and the teams’ success. We swim rain or shine! Make sure you call or check this site for weather related cancelations!
If you are going to be absent from practices (or meets) please notify the coaches either by email (email@example.com) or put a note in their folder. The coaches are often busy during practices and may not remember who told them they would be absent.
The more experienced competitive swimmers participate in the Saturday morning “A” meets. The developmental “B” meets on Monday nights are a chance for all SHRA swimmers to compete, improve their stroke techniques and times.
If you are not available for a Saturday meet, please inform the coaches no later than the Wednesday morning before that meet. For Monday night meets, you must complete a yellow entry card for all events you wish to participate in. You may pick up the cards at the front desk. Click here to see all the SHRA swim events on the SHRA calendar.
Team Records: Sharks sure swim fast – see the proof in our swim records!
Swimmers must wear the Shark’s team swimsuit and SHRA swim cap for all meets. SHRA team suits and flippers will be available for purchase through our swim partner, please check the calendar for the dates the partner will be onsite at SHRA for sizing or contact the swim rep at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to a swim suit, every swimmer should bring a pair of goggles, flippers, a towel and a t-shirt to all practices and meets (SHRA shirts should be worn for meets). You might also consider buying flip flops, a sweat suit (for cool days), a swim cap (required for hair longer than ones ears), a hat for protection from the sun, water bottle and a bag to carry everything.
Put your name on everything you bring to the pool, that includes suits, flippers, towels, goggles – everything!
Parent Participation Needed in 3 Meets
With over 200 kids participating in 50 events in two hours, it takes 35 adults to run each meet, so we need everyone’s help (plus, it’s a great way to support your swimmer and meet new families)! These are the major types of participant help we need:
- 9 timers for each meet (no training required 🙂
- 2 deck marshals to help herd the little ones (no training required 🙂
- 3 snack bar helpers for each home meet (no training required 🙂
- 2 records/ribbons helpers (a little bit of training required 🙂
- 1 announcer for each home meet (a little bit of training required)
- 5 people to help set up tables and chairs and take them down after the meet (no training required 🙂
- We can always use several chair persons for a variety of seasonal volunteer roles including social, team breakfast, computers, pictures, officials and more. A great way to help out and meet some new friends.
There are several Officials clinics at the start of the season, see the calendar for more information. Regardless of where you volunteer, you will always be able to watch your child swim, and your time is appreciated.
Parent participation is expected for at least three meets, but we’d be happy to have you for all of them!
If you have any questions about which meets you can participate in, please contact the team rep at email@example.com
The primary method of communication is via email and our web site (www.shrasharks.org). All important information, including practice and meet announcements, directions, and social events are posted on the web site and often will be emailed to parents as long as we have your current email address on our distribution list. The team representative can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and the coach at: email@example.com.
On the web site there are links to NVSL, as well as our Parents Handbook and code of conduct information, please make sure to review these items they help explain about the team, the NVSL, what a DQ is and more.
Did We Mention Fun??
The SHRA Sharks know how to keep it fun! Throughout the summer we spice up our weeks with different events including Pep Rallies, the Buddy Program, Swimmer of the Week, Team Pictures, Breakfasts, Movies, Lake Swim, Teams Social, Splashdown trip and the Teams Award Banquet. Don’t miss out!!
Click on the following for more important information:
- SHRA SHARKS HANDBOOK: Click here to download
- NVSL WEBSITE: http://mynvsl.com
- USA SWIMMING WEB SITE: http://www.usaswimming.org/usasweb/DesktopDefault.aspx
- POTOMAC VALLEY SWIMMING: Governing body for competitive swimming in the National Capital Area – http://www.pvswim.org
- SHRA SHARKS VOLUNTEER FORM: Click here to download