REGISTRATION IS LIVE FOR THE 2023 SEASON AS OF 3.22.2023
Dolphins Swim Team
Conference competition for 2023! Have a child that loves to swim and wants to take their game to the next level? Consider joining the 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.
*Children compete according to their age as of June 1, 2023
IMPORTANT: If your child has not swum on the Dolphins Swim Team in the past, they will need to attend tryouts. To qualify for the Dolphins Swim Team, your swimmer must be able to safely swim two lengths of the lower pool. The date for tryouts will be posted on the DGRSC website soon. Tryouts occur at the end of May. You can register for swim team prior to tryouts and will be refunded if your swimmer cannot safely swim two lengths of the lower pool.
Swim Team Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Who can join swim team?
A: Swim team is open to DGSRC members only; children must be able to swim at least two lengths of the pool to join.
Q: When does the season run?
A: A typical season runs from June to mid July.
Q: When is the parent meeting for swim team?
A: The Parent Meeting is TBD in 2023.
Q: What age group will my child compete in?
A: Children compete according to their age as of June 1, 2023. 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 has not been a swimmer for the team before. Swim Team tryouts will be held on a date TBD. Can’t make it? We will test your swimmer during the first week of practice.
Q: When are practices (updated 3.16.2023)?
8&Unders 11:15-11:45 OR 11:45-12:15: 8 and Under swimmers will continue with the same practice schedule. There will be 2- 30 minute practices that meet daily Monday-Friday. You will register for ONE of these practice times. We will do our best to accommodate your first practice choice. Swimmers will practice all competitive level strokes, turns and starts.
White Group 8:45-9:30: This group is for 9/10 swimmers who are new to the swim team, or are not ready for a more rigorous practice. OR 9/10 aged swimmers who have swam on the swim team before, are eligible to swim at this time as well if you desire. This practice is daily (Monday-Friday) for 45 minutes. Swimmers will practice all competitive level strokes, turns and starts. While we do not designate an A or B team, this practice would be more beneficial to “B” level swimmers.
Gray Group 9:30-10:15: This group is for 9/10 swimmers who have participated on a swim team before. This group is also for 11/12 swimmers who are new to the swim team, or are not ready for the more rigorous practice that the 11&Up practice holds. This practice is daily (Monday-Friday) for 45 minutes. Swimmers will practice all competitive level strokes, turns and starts. While we do not designate an A or B team, this practice would be beneficial for 9/10 level swimmers that swim at the “A” level, and 11/12 swimmers that swim at the “B” level.
Blue Group 10:15-11:15: This group is only for 11&Up swimmers who have participated on a swim team before, or have coach approval to attend this practice. This practice is daily (Monday-Friday) for 1 hour. Swimmers will practice all competitive level strokes, turns and starts. While we do not designate an A or B team, this practice would be beneficial for 11/12 swimmers that swim at an “A” level, and ALL 13/14 and 15/18 aged swimmers.
Q: When are meets held?
A: Meets are typically held on Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Can’t make your night? Please talk to the coaches about options to compete.
Q: How do the meets work?
A: The lineup for the meets will be determined by family eligibility.
Q: I have more than one child on the 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 one meet while others swim at another meet. There is no guarantee that kids will swim at the same meets. Kids are scheduled to swim on the basis of their “yes” sheets. “Yes” sheets are essentially “Meet RSVPs” where families commit to the swim meet dates they are available.
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.
Are there Wednesday Night Stoke Clinics again?
A: These are TBD.
Q: How much is swim team (updated 3.16.2023)?
$140 for one swimmer; $225 for two swimmers from the same family; and $300 for three or more swimmers from the same family in 2023.
Q: What do we expect from parents?
A: A parent meeting will occur in May or June. 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! Meet rosters will be posted on the Friday before meets. We also will do Saturday Breakfast before home meets at the pool!
2023 Swim Team Schedule * tentative schedule
2023 “A” Meet Schedule
- Tuesday, June 13th: Downers Grove @ Lemont
- Tuesday, June 20th: Downers Grove @ Hinsdale
- Tuesday, June 27th: Wheaton @ Downers Grove
- Saturday, July 8th: Lisle @ Downers Grove
- Tuesday, July 11th: Downers Grove BYE
- Saturday, July 22nd: “A” Conference Meet
2023 “B” Meet Schedule
- Thursday, June 15th: Downers Grove @ Wheaton
- Thursday, June 22nd: BYE
- Saturday, June 24th: Lemont @ Downers Grove
- Thursday, June 29th: Downers Grove @ Lisle
- Thursday, July 6th: Hinsdale @ Downers Grove
- Saturday, July 15th: “B” Conference Meet