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Swimmers age 10 and under (age as of November 1, 2011) must be able to swim one length of the pool without stopping and in good form of at least three of the four competitive swim strokes: freestyle (face in the water using rhythmic breathing), backstroke, breaststroke (no scissor kick) or butterfly. Swimmers that are 11 and older (age as of November 1, 2011) must be able to swim two lengths of the pool without stopping and in good form of at least three of the 4 competitive strokes: freestyle (face in the water using rhythmic breathing), backstroke and breaststroke (no scissor kick) or butterfly.
Tryouts for the team will be held at the Newton North High School pool. Entrance to the building is the Athletic Entrance near the tennis courts. Parking is available in the teacher’s lot off of Walnut Street and Hull Street (a one way street off of Walnut Street). Swimmers should arrive at the tryouts with their suits on (locker rooms are very small), have a good pair of goggles and a bathing cap. Swim caps are required during practices and meets.
To try out for the team, all swimmer must complete the registration form must be completed and mailed to the address on the form by October 5th. No swimmer will be allowed to tryout unless a form has been completed. DO NOT SEND PAYMENT.
Can my child join the team without competing in the dual meets?
No. We are a competitive swim team and all members are expected to compete in all meets. We have started the Jr. Bluefish program for non competitive swim team related training.
How can parents help?
Our team relies on parent volunteers to help run meets. Please make every effort to help out with as many meets as your schedule allows. Volunteering at meets is a great way to meet other parents on the team and see your kids swim up close. The coaches appreciate any assistance offered.
How will I know what events my child will swim in a meet?
Events are posted 30 minutes prior to start of meet. Each swimmer will swim in two individual events and possibly one relay.
What can I expect at a meet?
Summer swim meets typically run about 90 minutes long. Swimmers should bring two towels and clothing to keep warm between events.
What if my child needs a ride to the meet?
We encourage parents to arrange car pools. However, limited transportation is provided.
What should swimmers wear to practice and meets?
All swimmers are required to wear competitive swim suits, caps and goggles that fit. Team suits are available, but are not mandatory.
Where can I buy competitive swim gear?
Local sports stores such as Modell's, The Barn, Sports Authority and City Sports offer a decent selection of competitive swim equipment. There are also a number of on-line stores that offer competitive swim gear.