Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the registration fees?
A: Swim team registration fees are the primary source of team revenue and cover for the following: ribbons and awards, individual trophy, team cap, coaching and administrative expenses. The cost of the team swimsuit and other equipment is not included in the registration fees and must be purchased separately. Riptide registration fees for 2018 are as follows: $160 for YMCA members, $260 for non-members
Q: When do practices begin?
A: The first day of practice for the 2018 season will be Monday, May 14. The first few weeks of practice will be after school. Morning practice will begin June 11th, after the school semester ends.
Q: How often are swim practices held?
A: Practices are held five days a week, Monday through Friday at the YMCA pool. We do not require swimmers to attend every practice. However, the more time you swimmer spends at practice, the more improvements he/she will see.
Q: What equipment will my swimmer need?
A: During practice, it is important for all swimmers to have the following items:
- Competition style suit (preferably a practice suit, not the team suit)
- Swim cap is required
- Fins are required.
Please LABEL all your equipment. The prices of the suit and goggles are NOT included in the registration fees
Q: Do I have to purchase a team swimsuit? Where can I buy the team suit?
A. Team suits are encouraged to promote team unity but are not required. Every swimmer must wear a team swim cap at all swim meets. Swim caps are included in the cost of registration. Team suits and other equipment are available for purchase at Swim Freak located 2250 Thousand Oaks Dr., Ste. 206 across from the YMCA.
Q. It's raining. Will practice be cancelled?
A. Practice will not be cancelled due to rain alone. However, safety is our first priority. At the first sign of thunder or lightning, the pool will be cleared for 30 minutes. The clock will start over at each subsequent instance of thunder/lightning. The decision to cancel practice will be made by the head coach based on the current conditions as well as the forecast and will be communicated via an email blast to the team.
Q: What time do swim meets start?
A: The start time for swim meets can vary and are subject to change. However, they typically begin around 5:00pm. You will receive an email a day or two before each meet with the timeline and other info. Check-in times for our meets are often around 4:30. Always check your email to verify the timeline for any specific meet.
Q: What do I do when I arrive at a meet?
A: The first thing you should do upon arrival at any meet is check in with each of your swimmers' tent parents to let them know your swimmers are present at the meet. If you are volunteering, you will need to check in at the volunteer station prior to your shift.
Q. What should I bring to a meet?
A. Here is a list of items you may want to bring to swim meets:
- Swim cap
- Goggles. It is a good idea to bring an extra pair for backup.
- Team swim suit
- Activities to entertain your swimmer between events. It is a good idea to bring items that the swimmers can play with together.
- Heat sheet
- Cooler with water or sports drinks, and healthy snacks for your swimmer
- Chairs for every member of your family.
Q. How long do meets last?
A. You should plan on attending dual meets from 4:30pm to approximately 8pm on Mondays. Some meets will finish earlier, some later. The heat sheets list approximate times for every event. If you need to leave early, please check your swimmer out with one of our coaches. We can not have swimmers leaving without checking out.
Q. What are heat sheets? Where do I find them? What about meet results?
A. Heat sheets are a timeline of all events for all swimmers in the meet.You can use the heat sheet to determine which event, heat and lane your child will swim. If we get them early, heat sheets will be emailed before the meet and uploaded to the Results page of our website. It's a good idea to print heat sheets before the meet, and highlight your swimmers' events.
Q. Does my swimmer have to attend every meet?
A. Swimmers are encouraged but not required to attend all meets.
Q. How do I sign up for a meet?
A. You must sign your swimmer up for each swim meet they will attend through the Events page of our website. If you know you will not be attending a meet, please indicate that as well.
Q: Do I have to volunteer at the swim meets?
A: Yes. Parent volunteers are vital to our swim team. We could not operate without the generous work of parent volunteers. For this reason, we require every Riptide family to volunteer. You will receive an email when volunteer sign-up is open for the meets. Please check the website regularly as additional volunteer opportunities become available throughout the season.
Q. How do I sign up to volunteer?
A. You can sign up for all volunteer positions on the Meets & Events page of our website. Find the meet for which you would like to volunteer and click on Job Sign-Up, then Sign Up for Jobs. Select the volunteer position you would like and save assignments.
Q: When I volunteer at a meet, what time do shift 1 and shift 2 occur?
A: The first shift begins at the start of the meet. There will be an announcement calling all first shift volunteers approximately 15 minutes before the first event of the meet. Listen for the announcement so you will know when and where to report for your assignment. The second shift will begin after event #45 is complete. There is usually a 15 minute break after event #45 has finished and that is when the shift change happens. Again, there will be an announcement calling all second shift volunteers.
Q. Where do my swimmers get their meet ribbons?
A: Ribbons will be filed in the Family file folder, which you can find on the pool deck during practice. These folders should be checked regularly for other important information.
Q: I have more questions. Who do I contact?
A: Please feel free to contact Erin Meise, Head Coach or Rebecca Gaines, Aquatics Director.