The Downers Grove Swim and Racquet Dolphins Swim Team
Have a child that loves to swim and wants to take their game to the next level? Consider joining the 2019 DGSRC Dolphins Swim Team. Swimmers improve their strokes, get comfortable with competition, make new friends, and have the experience of being part of a team.
Swim Team Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Who can join swim team?
A: Swim team is open to to DGSRC members only; children must be able to swim at least two lengths of the pool to join. Tryouts are TBD in May 2019.
Q: When does the season run?
A: The 2019 season runs from May - July.
Q: When is the parent meeting for swim team?
A: This meeting is TBD for 2019.
Q: What age group will my child compete in?
A: Children compete according to their age as of June 1, 2019. The age groups are 8 and under; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; and 15-18.
Q: Does my child have to try out for the team?
A: Yes, if he or she hasn't swam for the team before. Tryout date is TBD.
Q: When are practices?
A: Practice schedule depends on the last day of school. Afternoon practices will continue as long as school is in session.
Q: When are meets held?
A: Meets are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings. DGSRC have both "A" and "B" teams; the “A” team is for more competitive swimmers while the “B” team is open to swimmers of all levels.
Q: How do the “A” and “B” teams work?
A: The lineup for “A” and “B” meets are determined by swimmers’ abilities and availability of swimmers at different meets. Your child may swim at “A” or “B” meets (or both) throughout the season depending on these factors.
Q: I have more than one child on swim team. Can you guarantee they will swim at the same meets?
A: Unfortunately, the answer is no. Some children from the same family may swim at “A” meets while others swim at “B” meets while some swim at both. There is no guarantee that kids will swim at the same meets—again, meet lineups depend on availability and ability. Kids are scheduled to swim on the basis of their “yes” sheets.
Q: I want my kid to focus on a particular stroke. Can she swim that event at every meet?
A: Unfortunately, the answer is no. Each meet lineup is determined by swimmers’ abilities and availability of swimmers; also, all swimmers need a chance to compete, so at some meets with lots of available swimmers, kids may only swim an event or two. Our goal is to have each swimmer swim at least two events (including relays) at each meet, though that will depend on how many kids are in each age group.
Q: How much is swim team?
A: $100 for one swimmer; $185 for two swimmers from the same family; and $250 for three or more swimmers from the same family.
Q: What do we expect from parents?
A: Swim team couldn’t happen without volunteers. Parents must volunteer at three swim meets or help in other ways—like writing ribbons the morning after a meet, for example. We need volunteers to serve at both home and away meets as timers; runners; and announcers as well as volunteers to help with other aspects of the team. If you can’t personally volunteer, you can send your babysitter or another family member to “serve.” We’re not picky!