1. How do I sign my child up for the Gators and what is the cost?
You may click on the registration link to sign your child up. The fee is $125.00 per swimmer for the season and is non-refundable. If you register your child after 04/18/2011, there will be a $25.00 late fee. There is also a multi-child discount. The first 3 children are the regular price and any children thereafter are free.
2. Do I have to attend all of the practices?
No, we understand that people have other commitments. However, keep in mind that the more practices you attend, the faster/better you get, the better the coaches get to know you, the better you get to know your teammates. etc. If you don’t go often, you start to get bored/frustrated at your lack of progress, you want to go even less, and before you know it you’ve stopped going altogether, and it’s too late for a refund. Also, if the team spends one whole practice working on a particular skill, such as dives or flip turns, and you miss it, you’re then at a tremendous disadvantage at the next meet.
3. Do I have to go to all of the meets?
No, however, the more meets you attend, the better you get. The meets are also where the coaches get to know you better. If you don’t attend meets, you miss the camaraderie, you start to get bored with the practices, etc. If you think about it, being on the team but not attending the meets is like joining a baseball team and not showing up for the games. Also, to attend Championships, you must swim at least two individual events at four meets.
4. How long are the meets?
It depends. Dual meets, which are between just two teams, go pretty quickly, and usually end in mid-afternoon. All of our home meets are dual meets, and, with our eight lane pool, usually end by about 2:00 PM. Invitationals and Championships, where all six teams participate, can last until 6:00 PM or later.
5. Does it cost money to attend the meets?
There are no additional charges to swim in a dual or tri-meet. If you know that you can’t attend a meet, you must go online and remove yourself from that particular meet registration. If the deadline to do this has passed, you must tell a board member immediately. If you know in advance that you can’t attend a particular meet, the best thing to do is not sign up in the first place.
6. Do the parents have to work at the meets?
Absolutely. Every family is responsible for one two-hour shift at every meet. Signups will be online and there will be people at the pool to explain the jobs to you.
7. Once my child has finished swimming, including relays, may we leave?
If it’s an away meet, then as soon as your child has completed his/her relay, you may leave, once your camp area is cleaned up. At a home meet, however, we ask that families stay and help tear down the meet. This involves putting away chairs, rolling up electrical cords, taking down pop-ups, and general clean up. If everyone participates, this process takes under thirty minutes!
8. If I go to a meet, can I leave early?
In an emergency, you can leave early, as long as you’ve cleared it with your coaches and a board member. Here’s why: If you’re signed up for a meet, you may be entered in the relays. The freestyle relays are at the very end of what can be a very long day, and if you cut out on a relay, that means that three other people who have waited until the end can’t swim. To the younger swimmers, especially, this disappointment is huge. The parents of the people who waited can get pretty upset, too! Also, relays are worth double the points of individual events, so losing relays can cost the team alot of points.
9. How are the relays determined?
The coaches picks the relays, based on which combination of swimmers will produce the fastest swim. The coaches use their discretion to change the relays around if they choose to. This is why a swimmer might be on a different relay from week to week, with different swimmers, or even swimming different strokes.
10. What’s the difference between a medley relay and a free relay?
On the medley relay, each swimmer swims a different stroke (back, breast, butterfly, and free), while on a free relay, everyone swims freestyle. Medley relays are the first events of the day, and free relays are at the very end.
11. My child is always the fastest swimmer in his/her lane. Why doesn’t the coach move him/her to a harder lane or time?
Sometimes the coaches think that a swimmer hasn’t mastered some basic skill necessary to move to a more challenging practice (like flip turns, or certain drills). Sometimes a coach might feel that a swimmer lacks the maturity to be in a harder practice, where the swimmers have to be able to watch the clock and make the set without talking or horsing around. If you think your child is in the wrong lane/practice, feel free to approach the coach BETWEEN practices, and discuss it in a nonconfrontational way.
12. Can my child go to practice late?
If the coach knows beforehand that someone is going to be late, or if it’s a once in a while thing, it can be overlooked. Chronic tardiness is not OK, nor is showing up to practice without proper equipment and attitude.
13. My child has been on the team for two years, and still can’t do butterfly/flip turns/dives; when will he/she learn these things?
The coaches work on all strokes and skills in an orderly fashion. It’s possible that your child missed a day when a particular skill was introduced, though of course they will go back from time to time and work on them again. Flip turns, for example, can be practiced by the swimmer at every practice, every time he/she comes to a wall. Many drills are also precursors to learning the actual stroke; dolphin kicking with a kickboard is actually part of learning butterfly, for example. Breaststroke and butterfly, in particular, are tackled during the second season. If you feel that your child is missing something that he/she should know, then please approach your child’s coach between practices to get clarification. Talking to a coach doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will be taught that particular thing immediately, only that you’ll be given information regarding why he/she doesn’t know that skill yet.
14. Can I drop my child off at a meet and leave? Will it be safe?
This is not recommended. There can be literally thousands of people at a meet, and there’s no way to know who belongs there and who doesn’t. A good rule of thumb is "If the swimmer can drive himself/herself to the meet, then that swimmer is probably safe". Otherwise, a parent or responsible adult should be there to watch the child, and to watch the child swim. Tracy Tritons cannot be responsible for children who are dropped off and left unattended at the meets. If there’s no way for a responsible adult to accompany a child to a meet, then arrangements need to be made in advance with another parent or family to watch that child.
15. Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, they are offered on a first come first served basis. You will need to register your child on-line, click the pay by check then come down to practice with a letter on why you would like a scholarship.