Q: How do I sign up for Swim, Dive or Tennis Team?
A: Registration will open on June 30. We will send out an email with registration links to the three different teams and will be available on our Teams pages (see menu above). Registration will end on July 7.
Q: How much will teams cost?
A: Team fees will be $50 per child, per team.
Q: Wait a minute, how are we having teams? Aren’t we restricted to 12 people in the pool at a time?
A: The swim league and a few tennis clubs successfully lobbied the State of Washington to open pools for swim and dive practices. In fact, this happened in June, but was not well publicized or widely understood. We also contacted the State of Washington Health Department and the Governor’s Special Advisor on Outdoor Recreation to clarify the rules for tennis.
Q: My child is a beginner, can he/she/they sign up?
A: Swim team: If your child can swim the width of the dive tank, they can join the swim team.
Dive and tennis teams: All levels are welcome!
Q: Can I register my 5 or 6 year old for the swim team? Why don’t I see Speedy Sixer practices on the schedule?
A: We LOVE our 5 and 6 year olds and we really want to accommodate our youngest members. At this time, we are limiting swim practices to those 7 and up. We are putting Speedy Sixer practices on hold for now, but working to offer clinics or practice times. Stay tuned for more information.
Q: What will the season look like? Are we competing?
A: Swim Team: At this time, the season will be a 6-week intramural (essentially, a summer long intramural red vs blue meet) with half the team competing against the other half. To make up for a lack of opposing pools, the coaching staff will be hyping spirit much more than in previous years, making the intramural fun and competitive. We hope to schedule a number of “meet events” with running scores, so that age groups can see the progress of the meet as they come into the pool for their sessions. We also have an option to provide times for weekly virtual meets with other clubs within the GSSSL. See the attached swim team coaches’ letter for more details.
Dive Team: Earlier this Spring, the South Seattle Summer Dive League met and unanimously decided to postpone the dive schedule from this year to next season due to the Covid-19 uncertainty in King County. We do however look forward to a season of showcasing what divers have learned at AHSTC and building the team’s skill for next year. We are planning to include 2 Mini-Dive Meets, during your child’s scheduled practice, to showcase what dives they have learned within a two-week period. We will attempt to live stream or record the Mini Meets, so parents can view their child’s progress. On the last day of practice, we will close with a fun day for divers to celebrate the season.
Tennis: Our goal in tennis is to build skills to help our large number of players in the 8U and 10U have fun with the sport. For our 12 and up players, we will balance building skill with drills and game play. For more advanced players, the season will be about honing competitive strategy and a great deal of play and instruct sessions, with coaches playing to keep practice competitive and interesting. We are looking at this as a building year, but we will provide the opportunity to have friendly matches with clubs who have tennis programs this year.
Q: How many youths will be able to register for each team?
A: Thanks to some new guidance on outdoor aquatic activities, we are able to accommodate a large number of children in the swim and dive program. We are optimistic that AHSTC will be able to include all interested youth in our swim and dive team this year. For tennis, we are limited to five children per court, but we are no longer limited by social distancing a court in between sessions so we will be able to accommodate 20 kids in each practice session. We will maintain strict 6-foot distance measures with cones, rules, and some good-natured reminders.
Q: How are you keeping kids and coaches safe during COVID-19?
A: We are taking safety seriously.
Entering and exiting the pool:
- As mandated by the State of Washington Department of Health, the pool has established COVID-19 protocol with staff, and surface cleaning procedures at timed intervals. We will also close the showers during the practice sessions to prevent swimmers and divers coming into close contact. The toilets will be available during practice. and will be cleaned according to CDC guidelines, or every 3-4 hours.
- Specifically, for swim and dive practice: we will have a strict protocol on entrance and exit, because those are the choke points where the largest number of people come in close contact. All coaches and all swimmers and divers will maintain 6 feet of distance upon entrance and exit and will wear masks during those times only.
- Pool Manager, Amy Bannister, will be issuing more detailed guidance on drop off and pick-up, which may include specific time windows or other precautions.
- Parents must remain in the parking lot during practice. No parents on the pool deck.
During swim practice:
- Kids will share lanes, but coaches will run intervals to keep kids distanced. The manner in which this happens will be determined by age group. Coaches will explain how this works during practice.
- During a practice, kids may rotate between pool and dryland workouts.
During dive practice:
- Divers will make use of all edges of the dive tank in addition to the springboard.
During tennis practice:
- We will maintain the mandated 6-foot social distancing rule on the courts.
- We will continue our pick-up and drop off at the tennis gate on 31st.
- We are not inviting parents to watch practice or to walk their child to the gate, please drop off directly from your car. A coach in a mask will be waiting to escort your child.
- Everyone will use sanitizer upon entry, and we will wear masks upon entry and exit from the courts. We will not wear masks during play.
Q: My 13-year-old child would like to register for swim and tennis team, but not dive. Can s/he wait at a table for the hour between sessions?
A: No, sorry. We are limited to the number of people we are allowed to have on the pool deck by the State of Washington. If your child wants to do swim and tennis team, you might consider selecting M/W for swim team and T/Th for tennis. While we cannot guarantee preference on these options, we will do our very best. Should your child not be registered for well-aligned practices, you will be required to pick your child up between practices. You can also wait in your car, in the parking lot. We know this is a challenge, but we have to follow the Department of Health guidelines.
Q: What are the dates for the team season?
A: All practices begin July 6.
Dive team will end August 7.
Swim team will conclude with “Champs Week” on August 14. More to come on Champs Week!
Tennis Tournament week will be determined in part by the availability of other clubs. More to come, soon. Tennis will have intramural matches throughout the month of July.
Q: On which weekdays will team practices occur? At what times?
A: Our practice schedule will look like this:
Seniors – 7:30-8:30am
14&U – 9:30-10:30am
12&U – 8:30-9:30am
10&U – 11:30-12:30pm
8&U – 10:30-11:30am
Practice will occur on alternate days:
Monday/Wednesday & Tuesday/Thursday
Seniors – 9:30-10:30am
14&U – 8:30-9:30am
12&U – 7:30-8:30am
10&U – 10:30-11:30am
8&U – 11:30-12:30pm
Age groups may be divided based on group size at time of registration.
Seniors – 8:30-9:30am
14&U – 7:30-8:30am
12&U – 9:30-10:30am
10&U – 12:30-1:30pm
8&U – 1:30-2:30pm
These are tentative times. Based on registration numbers within age bands we may add additional sessions.
Q: Will my child’s practice occur every day?
A: Probably not. In order to maintain social distancing requirements, we still need to limit the number of people at the club and will need to divide the age bands.
Q: How will you divide into Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday groups?
A: At registration, we are asking you to state your preference: No Preference, M/W, or T/TH. PLEASE, choose No Preference if you are flexible! We really want to accommodate everyone, but if our numbers are really off balance, we will have to assign people to groups. Thank you!
Q: Who is coaching?
Q: Can I come into the pool with my child and observe practice?
A: No, we can’t keep our numbers low with parents in the pool area. You are welcome to wait in your car.
Q: Can my child purchase any snacks or beverages when they are at the club for practice?
A: No, the concession stand will not be open during Phase 2.