2018-2019 Competitive Team Packet
Thank you for considering Piranha Aquatics for your child this swim season!
We are so excited to be entering our 11th season of providing quality aquatic programming to the Salem area and surrounding communities!
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Registration will begin on July 24th for our returning athletes and on July 30th for our new swimmers. All registrations will occur online through the Team Unify platform. If you need assistance with registration, please just let us know. We are happy to help!
If you have questions, please contact Head Coach Kristen Reynolds at email@example.com or any member of the board (contact information at the end of this document). We look forward to seeing you in the pool!
Mandatory Parent & Athlete Meeting
Monday, September 10th
6:00 pm at Salem Community Center (practice 7-8:30)
This meeting is mandatory and athletes may NOT practice unless a parent/guardian is at this meeting!
Mini Meets are FREE for competitive team members!
This group continues to develop technique in the four competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Training for competition is introduced at this level.
Swimmers in this level are encouraged to participate in our mini-meets! These are fun, in-house “meets” that give swimmers a chance to show-off their improved skills to parents and family members as well as a chance to try out new events without fear of disqualification.
Swimmers in this group should be able to freestyle and backstroke legally, have base knowledge of butterfly and breaststroke, dive from the side or block and have basic knowledge of a flip turn.
This group focuses on refining technique in the four strokes, starts and turns. Training for competition is incorporated daily.
Swimmers in this level are encouraged to participate in our mini-meets to set the example for our younger swimmers. Also, these meets are a great way to practice racing!! Your body doesn't know how to race unless you practice it so come have some racing fun!
Prior competitive experience is required. Additionally, swimmers must be able to complete a legal 200-yard IM and at least 100 yards of two strokes legally.
This group is by coach approval only. Previous year in Gold group does not mean swimmer is automatically participating in the gold group..
Swimmers in this level may feel they have “outgrown” our mini-meets. We encourage swimmers at this level to come to the mini-meets and help RUN the meets.
Prior competitive experience is required. Swimmers must be able to complete a legal 400 IM and 10x100 Freestyle on 1:40.
Pre/Post HS Season
This group is for swimmers who HAVE school sponsored swim teams (South Range, Canfield, etc). Swimmers in this level want to train and compete USA Swimming before and after high school season is over. This group is USA registered and encouraged to swim at USA meets pre/post HS..
Swimmers in this level may feel they have “outgrown” our mini-meets. We encourage swimmers at this level to come to the mini-meets and help our little fish get where they need to be during the meet.
Swimmers should be able to complete a legal 200-yard IM and at least 100 yards of two strokes legally. Swimmers will train with the Silver or Gold group depending on their ability
Swimmers that register for USA swimming are required to attend 6 USA-Swimming sanctioned meets. There are multiple meets in the YOUNGSTOWN AREA this year and we will be hosting 5 USA meets + one HS Invitational. There are plenty of opportunities for your child to swim locally.
Pick 3 practice days.
M, T, Th 5:55-7:00
All time will be spent in the water!
M, T, Th 6:25-8:30
Select Saturdays 7:40-9:15
Dryland 6:25-7:00 M, T, Th
Swimmers should wear socks and tennis shoes.
Saturday practice dates: (subject to change)
September 22, 29 October 6 November 3 December 15
January 12 February 2, 16
M, T, Th 6:25-8:45
Select Saturdays 7:40-9:15
All families with swimmers on the Competitive Team are required to keep a credit card on file in our system for billing ease. We DO NOT accept cash or checks. This allows our billing system to be automated so that our staff can spend the most time working with your children. There is NO prorating for the competitive team. If you join in November, December, etc. you are still responsible for the entire season’s fees. Register early and come as much as you can for the best deal!
Payment for practice costs, USA Swimming registration, and Piranha Aquatics registration fees for the ENTIRE Short Course season is due in full by September 10. A $25 late fee will be applied to your registration fees starting September 11, the day after the mandatory parent meeting.
Payment for USA swimming registration, Piranha Aquatics registration fees, and the first month’s installment of practice costs are due by September 10. These charges will be billed when you register. Starting September 11 a $25 late fee will be applied to your registration fees. The next 5 months, beginning in October, will be your swim team practice cost installments and will automatically be billed to your credit card on file on the first of the month, starting October 1. The last installment will be due February 1.
When registering you will be assessed USA registration fees and Piranha Aquatics registration fees on the day you register, plus your practice costs for the installment option you select (if paying in one installment).
Registration Fees are broken down as follows:
There will be no prorating of Competitive Team fees. If you start later in the season, the full payment for the season is expected. If your child plays a fall sport, we recommend signing them up and attending as many practices as possible during their fall sport to get the best value. If your child starts out in Rec and moves to Competitive, we will credit your fees accordingly.
One installment: Save $70!
Bronze, Silver, Gold
*USA and Piranha registration fees due on date of registration, Then
6 payments of $120 due Sept 1, Oct 1, Nov 1, Dec 1, Jan 1, Feb 1.
*Additionally, USA and Piranha registration fees due at time of registration.
*Additionally, USA and Piranha registration fees due at time of registration.
If you feel you will need assistance covering the costs of swim season, please contact Coach Kristen or a member of the board before completing registration. Scholarships are available and the board will work with you as much as possible. We want your child to swim!
Because we are making an effort to promote swimming in the greater Youngstown area/local level, we host multiple swim meets. Piranha Aquatics counts on its members to volunteer their time to promote unity and to enable the club to thrive by hosting successful events. For this reason, we require families to acquire a certain level of service points. Hosting meets also helps offset program costs to families.
Swim meets, fundraisers and other club events have specific jobs that will qualify for service points. Jobs will be posted for each event on the Team Unify team website and will be available for selection on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some jobs may be restricted to individuals with specific training and/or qualifications, but there is plenty of work to go around. There is a volunteer contract at the end of this document which you may read over. You will digitally sign this document during registration on Team Unify.
There is an option at registration to “buy out” of your service point requirement. A family may “buy out” of their Service Point Commitment at the beginning of the season. If this option is not selected at the time of registration, accounts with insufficient Service Points as of March 1 will be billed $15 per point for any unfulfilled points. Accounts must be settled prior to the end of the year banquet.
If you feel you would be unavailable to work meets and would like another job instead, please contact Coach Kristen or any member of the board. We will gladly work with you to come up with a solution, provided an agreement is reached at the beginning of the season. We will find something you can help out with! Please do not let service points deter you. We want to work with you!
Can’t decide? Check out this document HERE to compare programs side-by-side.
Questions about competitive or recreational should be directed to Head Coach Kristen Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about our recreational team should be directed to Kristen Reynolds, our Head Coach, or any member of the board.
Kristen Reynolds, Head Coach: email@example.com
Laurie Penix, President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corey Kelly, Vice President: email@example.com
Wanda Folger, Treasurer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Klemann, Secretary: email@example.com
If you need help ordering we are happy to order equipment for you and we will bill your account.
Gold & Pre/Post HS
*All females must wear a one-piece suit to practice.
In an effort to bring more local meets to the area, we are hosting multiple USA swim meets this year and several HS meets. We cannot run a swim meet without many volunteers; each meet requires at least 30 volunteers per session (not including officials).
Each family with one swimmer will be required to complete a total of 20 service points per short course season. Those with more than one child in the program are required to complete a total of 30 points. It does not matter who does the work-it can be family, friends, grandparents, etc. Many families find they can complete the majority of their service points in one meet with help from people they know.
A family may “buy out” service hours for a total of $200.00 (1 swimmer) or $300.00 (two or more swimmers) at the beginning of the season. If this option is not selected at the time of registration, accounts with insufficient service points as of March 1 will be charged at the rate of $15 per point. Accounts must be settled prior to the end of year banquet. This will be automatically billed to the card on file with Team Unify.
At the end of the year banquet the family with the most service hours will be rewarded with a $100 credit towards the following season.
Admissions and Heat Sheet Sales - 4 points
Announcer - 5 points
Clerk of Course - 4 points
Lane Marshalls - 5 points
Timers - 4 points
Runners - 4 points (great job for siblings!)
Hospitality - 4 points
Safety Chair - 4 points
There are many other ways to volunteer: (points negotiable)
Commit to a board position for two seasons
Become a developmental representative
Manage the swim team newsletter
Solicit Team Sponsorship
You will sign this contract digitally when you register for the competitive team.
Our Mission: To employ the sport of swimming to develop a culture of inclusion, build community, and provide opportunities for all people to benefit from a lifelong love of aquatics.
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