Pre-Team starts the week after MCPS releases for summer. Swimmers are evaluated for placement on the pre-team, which has limited spots available. The pre-team is for beginner swimmers, 8 years of age and under, who cannot yet swim 25 meters using a legal stroke, or for children who are not yet able to sustain a full practice. The purpose of the pre-team is to teach children the basics of breathing, strokes, and endurance in order for them to eventually move to the regular team. Sometimes a child on the pre-team is recommended by coaches to move to the regular team during the swim season. Often pre-teamers are able to participate in a B meet at the end of the season in freestyle.
How to join pre-team...
Pre-team evaluations will be held 3:30-4:00 pm the first two days after the MCPS school year ends on Monday June 15th, at the diving well. During evaluations swimmers will be asked to cross the diving well 4-5 times, a few on their stomach and once or twice on their back.
Parents need to sign children up for a specific evaluation time slot. Sign up sheets are kept at the pool guard house. Select one time slot for your child to be evaluated by coaches. Be sure to include ALL requested information, especially email address as all pre-team information will be sent via email. After all of the evaluations are completed, parents will be notified whether or not their child makes it onto the pre-team via email.
Pre-team practices will be held from Thursday, June 18 and end Thursday, July 16. Accepted swimmers need to commit to one of two practice times for the summer: morning 11:30-12 or afternoon (3:30-4) for the entire season. The morning session will practice Monday-Friday. The 3:30 session will practice on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Pre-team is a developmental group; pre-teamers do not swim in all meets. The goal of pre-team is to have the athletes swimming at least one legal stroke by the last weeks of the season so that they can participate a meet/s. We will keep parents informed about swimmers' participation in meet/s. Some pre-teamers get moved into the regular team during the swim season based on their ability, at the coaches' discretion. We will keep parents informed if their swimmer/s are placed on the regular team; there is no other registration or payment involved.
If a child cannot swim the length of the pool (25M) freestyle and backstroke and is 8 years old or younger, then he/she may be eligible for pre-team. Children must be evaluated prior to placement on the pre-team.
The fine print...
Pre-teamers need to be able to swim the width of the diving well using a freestyle stroke with their head in the water and be comfortable crossing the diving well on their back by floating and kicking or with a backstroke without flotation device or parent in the pool.