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2014 Holly Park Sharks
Thank you for your interest in the Holly Park Sharks. This web page is a great starting point for general information and news about the Sharks. For detailed information please visit the team web site at www.hollyparksharks.com. For answers to specific questions or help with this information please contact Betsy Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.483.7078.
The Holly Park Sharks are committed to developing the technical skills of competitive swimming, strengthening friendships and encouraging our swimmers to strive for their personal best. With this in mind, we urge our swimmers, coaches and parents to commit themselves to practice and meets, and to set high goals, as well as to conduct themselves with courtesy, goodwill and sportsmanship.
The Holly Park Sharks swim team competes in the D division of the Mountain Hi Swim League. The league has 25 teams divided into four divisions (A, B, C and D). The swim team is open to any swimmer 18 and younger who can swim one length of the pool, 25 meters. It is a League requirement that all swimmers be able to successfully complete one length of the pool unassisted using one of the four competitive strokes. The age of a swimmer on June 1 determines the age group in which that swimmer will participate.
Why do swimmers have to be able to swim 25 meters unassisted?
All swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool unassisted because coaches are not always in the water within an arms reach to help. There will always be a lifeguard on duty, as well as all coaches being certified Lifeguards, but each swimmer must be able to make it across the pool by themselves. Safety is our first priority, by setting this requirement we ensure that all swimmers can at least make it to the other side without the help of a coach.
When do they practice?
The Sharks practice at the Holly Pool, 6651 S. Krameria Way. Practices will be held rain or shine, if there is severe weather (thunder and lightening, tornado) practice will be called off; swimmers and/or parents will be notified by text message and the team web site will be updated. Coaches and lifeguards are present at all practices. Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible, the more they practice the faster they will be. There is not a required number of practices in order to participate.
May 12th - June 4th (M, W, F) May 13th – June 3rd (Tu and Th)
5:30-6:30 p.m. 10 and under 5:00-6:00 p.m. 10 and Under
6:30-7:30 p.m. 11 and older 6:00-7:00 p.m. 11 and older
June 5th through end of season
(M-F) 7:00-8:00 a.m.: 11 and older
(M-F) 8:00-9:00 a.m.: 10 and under
When are swim meets?
Swim meets are held on Saturday mornings. While participating in meets is not required they are encouraged – this is the fun part! Swimmers are encouraged to not only compete in their favorite events but also try something new; coaches will often suggest an event that challenges the swimmers both mentally and physically.
2014 dual swim meet dates are May 31st, June 7th, June 14th, June 21st and June 28th.
2014 Prelim swim meets are scheduled for Tuesday July 8th and Wednesday July 9th. Championships will be held on Saturday July 12th.
2014 All Star Swim Meet will be held on Saturday July 19th.
All meets are over by 2pm to allow facilities to open for public swim.
How do I register my child?
To be a member of the Holly Park Sharks team, swimmers must be registered with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District and pay an annual fee. In 2014, the fee for District residents is $150 and $210 for Non-District residents. The league collects a $9 secondary insurance fee from the team for every swimmer, in addition to $5 league dues per swimmer, regardless of a swimmer’s primary insurance coverage; and an insurance waiver, a copy of which the team must have present at every meet. The insurance/dues fee is included in the South Suburban registration fee. There is also a team booster fee ($15 per swimmer) collected by the team for trophies and special medals given out at the end-of-season banquet, and used to replace or upgrade team equipment not provided by South Suburban. In 2014, South Suburban is collecting the insurance waivers and team fees at registration, as well as emergency contact forms.
All registration forms must be completed BEFORE a swimmer may get in the water!
You can register your child three ways.
1. Attend the parent informational meeting April 30th 7pm at Goodson Rec. Center
2. Visit our registration web page at…..
3. Call our registration office at 303.347.5999
Is my swimmer required to have a team swim suit?
Team suits are NOT required for swimmers, although many swimmers do choose to purchase the suit it is not essential to being on the team.
Holly Park is on a two-year program, with a new suit design in even years. The 2014-2015 suit is the Dolfin Domino suit. An alternate basic black and blue team suit called the Speedo “Splice” is also considered a team suit. Sizing and orders are taken every year at the May parent meeting by Out Of Breath Sports. The store is also available to purchase caps, goggles, team sweats, towels and other apparel. Out Of Breath Sports is located at 42 East Arapahoe Rd, Littleton CO 80122. Their direct phone number is 303.798.5037. You can also visit them on the web at www.outofbreathsports.com.
Is there anything before the season to help my child get ready?
There are several opportunities for swimmers to get in the water before the season officially starts. South Suburban offers classes at all three Recreation Centers that are geared towards the summer league swimmer. Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many of these trainings as they can – the more practice the more proficient you’ll be! Holly Park Shark coaches will be present at all sessions. You can register for these classes by visiting our registration page or by calling 303.347.5999
Private Swim Lessons –
Many Summer Swim Team coaches are available for private lessons; sign up with your favorite coach for some one-on-one instruction prior to the season. Private lessons are available on an as needed basis and can be scheduled around your needs. Have a friend you want to take Private lessons with? Semi-Private lessons are perfect for those that want to swim with a friend! Semi-Private fees are for the entire lesson, not per swimmer.
Please contact the pool at which you’d like to have private lessons for scheduling.
Fees: Private: $32/$26R
4 –Pack Private: $116/$96R
4-Pack Semi-Private: $142/$124R
Pre-Competitive Classes –
Build endurance and learn more about competitive swimming. Swimmers must be able to proficiently demonstrate the skills taught in Level 4 and be able to swim 1 length of the pool, 25 meters, in proper front and back crawl. Summer Swim Team coaches are present at all classes and will provide stroke technique work and workouts.
Goodson Pool – Class number 22870
Session 4: March 31st – April 23rd Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
Session 5: April 28th – May 21st Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
Fee: $96 / $72 R
Buck Pool – Class number 21010
Session 4: March 29th – April 19th Saturday 12-1pm
Session 5: April 26th – May 17th Saturday 12-1pm
Fee: $49 / $37 R
Lone Tree Pool – Class number 24914
Session 4: March 31st – April 23rd Monday & Wednesday 4:15-5:15pm
Session 5: April 28th – May 21st Monday & Wednesday 4:15-5:15pm
Fee: $96 / $72 R
Competitive Classes –
Keep those gills wet and fine tune your strokes while maintaining off season endurance in all four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly as well as flip turns. Swimmers will be given workouts and will work on stroke technique and endurance. Swimmers must be able to proficiently demonstrate all required skills of the Pre-Competitive class or have completed the Pre-Competitive class. Summer Swim Team coaches are present at all classes.
Buck Pool – Class number 21020
Session 4: March 29th – April 19th Saturday 1-2pm
Session 5: April 26th – May 17th Saturday 1-2pm
Fee: $49 / $37 R
Lone Tree Pool – Class number 24927
Session 4: March 31st – April 23rd Monday & Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm
Session 5: April 28th – May 21st Monday & Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm
Fee: $96 / $72 R
Lone Tree Pool – Class number 24928
Session 4: March 29th – April 19th Saturday 9-10am
Session 5: April 26th – May 17th Saturday 9-10am
Fee: $49 / $37 R
Pre-Season Swim Evaluations –
Know someone that’s thinking about joining the team but they aren’t sure? It is a MHSL league requirement that all swimmers be able to successfully swim one length of the pool unassisted using one of the 4 competitive strokes. We use this requirement as a safety measurement, while we would love to have anyone and everyone, we do need to ensure everyone’s safety in the water. Drop in at one of these sessions and a coach will evaluate swimming skills and make an appropriate placement suggestions. All sessions are at Goodson pool and are FREE!
Wednesday April 16th 6-7 pm at Buck Rec. Center
Saturday April 26th 12-1pm at Goodson Rec. Center
Who are the coaches?
All swim coaches are employees of South Suburban Parks and Recreation and certified Lifeguards. Some coaches have additional certifications such as Water Safety Instructor or Safety Training for Swim Coaches; many of our coaches are also USA Swimming coaches that work with swimmers on year round swim teams. All coaches report directly to the Aquatics Coordinator and are held to high expectations and standards.
Are parents required to volunteer?
From setup to cleanup, a swim meet works best when we share the effort. Volunteering at the meets is a great way to meet a lot of terrific people. The meets go by a lot faster when you’re involved. Many teams present their parents with the option of paying a fee to opt out of volunteer duties. We think that runs contrary to our mission of creating an enjoyable and competitive environment for summer swimmers. In an effort to ensure that families fulfill their volunteer requirements we do ask that parents write a $100 check, payable to the team. In the event that the volunteer commitment is not made the check would be cashed. It is our goal that each family help throughout the season so that the volunteer checks are not needed.
We ask that a representative from each family volunteer at each meet where their child is participating. Meets are broken into shifts, morning shift and afternoon shift. A representative from each family is responsible for volunteering 1 shift per meet where the child is swimming. Should your swimmer compete in Prelims, Championships or All Stars a representative from the family is responsible for volunteering one shift at each.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Betsy Sweet at email@example.com, she’d be happy to help you.