Swim Team FAQs


Can my child swim if I don't register via tuxford.com?
How often should my child go to practice?
Can my child attend evening practice?
Do I need to fill out a swim meet attendance form weekly?
How long is the average swim meet?
What should I bring to the meets?
My child is swimming in a relay … what does that mean?
When can I talk to the coaches?
Does everyone swim in the league championship meet?
Why is my child swimming that stroke?
Where are volunteer assignments listed?



Can my child swim if I don't register via tuxford.com?

No, Your child cannot swim at practice or meets if you have not filled out a Swim Team Registration Form.

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How often should my child go to practice?

Swimming is one of those sports where your child needs to practice more often than he/she did with soccer or baseball. We suggest 3 practices a week; however, your child’s body will respond better if they practice all 5 days of the week.

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Can my child attend evening practice?

You must sign up to participate in evening practices online so the coaches are aware of the number of swimmers participating. Please sign up as a permanent evening swimmer if this is the only practice time you will ever attend. If you need to come to the evening practices on a week-by-week basis due to camp, school, church commitments, etc., please sign up as an occasional evening swimmer and write the dates you will be attending. Swimmers will not be allowed to attend both practices on the same day. The evening practices are a commitment that must be adhered to and cannot be changed on a daily basis. Sign up is only online.

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Do I need to fill out a swim meet attendance form weekly?

The swim meet attendance form must be completed weekly online by 9:00pm Monday evening. The coaches need to know who WILL and WILL NOT be attending the meet that week. If this form is not completed, your child will not be entered in the swim meet that week.

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How long is the average swim meet?

The average swim meet lasts 3 hours. Meets begin at 5:30pm. This is contingent upon factors such as weather, size of visiting team and general flow of the meet. It is very important that your child be at the warm-up period prior to the meet. This means 4:30 for home meets and 5:00 for away meets. For each meet your child MUST report to the bullpen person immediately before and after warm-up. Children are requested to stay in the bullpen the entire meet. If they must leave, they should notify the bullpen parent as to their location.

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What should I bring to the meets?

We suggest you bring a folding chair to the meet (although you will find you will not be sitting down much!). Other things to bring are: water, hat, swim cap, sunscreen, towels, cooler, nutritious snacks for your swimmers, games, and activities for the younger swimmers.

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My child is swimming in a relay … what does that mean?

It means that 3 other children are depending on them to complete an event that is either in the beginning or the end of the meet. The schedule of events is in this guide. If you are trying to determine when your child’s last event is, you can gauge the timeframe accordingly; however, DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILD HOME BEFORE THEY SWIM IN THEIR RELAY AT THE END OF THE MEET. This would cause frustration on the part of the bullpen people and tears on the part of the other relay members. Ask the coaches if/when you can leave. We can and often do change relays as they happen. Also, even if your child is not scheduled for a relay, they may be called upon to swim. Please check with the coaches before leaving.
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When can I talk to the coaches?

It is best NOT to approach a coach during practice. Please speak with them between practices or fill out a swim team feedback form and one of the swim team chairpersons will get that information to the coaches. A coach will get back to you. If you feel that you have not gotten a response in a timely manner, contact one of the swim team chairpersons. If you need to sign up for swim lessons, a signup sheet will be available each week.

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Does everyone swim in the league championship meet?

The league championship meet is open to all swimmers in the North Fulton County League. The meet will be run over a 2-day period, split up by age group. The preliminaries are the first day for all ages and all relays. See the Swim Team home page for the scheduled days and times. The finals are on the second day. 10&under finals include top 30 individuals and top 10 relays. 11&over finals include top 20 individuals and top 10 relays. All events earn points for our team and, along with our season record, determine our next season's standings.

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Why is my child swimming that stroke?

The coaches make the final determination regarding which events and relays a swimmer is entered in. Please understand that this is like a puzzle and must work together for the team as a whole. This may require your child to swim a stroke they do not think is their best, swim with older swimmers in a relay, or swim more than two individual events in one meet. If you have a concern, please talk to one of the chairpersons. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Where are volunteer assignments listed?

This season's volunteer information is linked from the Swim Team main page (right navigation menu).
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