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Swimming

All Saints Falcon Swim Team 2021-22


Welcome to All Saints Catholic School Swim Team run by South Metro Storm Swim Club!  We are very excited to have this partnership with Storm again this year!! Below you will find some information that will be useful when navigating through the season. 


TEAM DESCRIPTION

All Saints swim team competes in the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) conference as well as select local club meets throughout the season. Pre-season runs from November 1 to mid-December. The regular season runs from January-early April culminating in a CAA championship meet that includes all schools in the conference.  Storm will provide 2 coaches (one for the Jr squad and one for the Sr squad) for the All Saints Team and will be at all practices (preseason and regular season) and meets. Should the team reach a size where another coach is warranted, this will be discussed and a slight price increase could be incurred.  


ALL SAINTS COST BREAKDOWN

Insurance:

USA Swimming Flex Membership: $25 (required)


Season Fees:

Registration fee: $45

Cost of pool rental and coaches per month:

  • Jr. Squad: 11 & under-$115 (three days a week, any days Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays)
  • Sr. Squad: 12 and over-$160 (four days a week, any days Monday-Friday)

 

How to Register: 

Go to www.mnstorm.org 

Registration link is on the left side of the page. 

Choose:

  • AS1 for the Jr. Squad
  • AS2 for the Sr. Squad

Register opens for Pre-season on October 14 and for the regular season on December 1. 


Swim Meet Dues (cost below is per swimmer):

Piranhas invite - Richfield, $25 for one day

Storm Invite - Prior Lake, January 29-30, $25 for one day, $40 for two days

*Falcon Invite - Kenwood Trail, Cost and dates TBD

*Prelims - Dates TBD, $15 per swimmer for prelims & finals

*Finals - U of M Aquatic Center, Dates TBD


Team Suit and Cap:

Silicon Cap - $15

Team Suit - ~$30 for boys and ~$60 for girls


NOTE:  All payments must be made in full in order for your swimmer to be allowed to participate in practices. If cost is a concern for you, please discuss with Carol Margarit. There will be no refunds of payments made.  


Pre-Season Dates: November 1 - December 17

For the first 5 weeks, practice will primarily be Monday - Thursday at McGuire Middle School from 3:15 - 4:45.  After that, practice will be during the evening hours, prioritizing practicing as a team, but splitting up on days when scheduling necessitates it.


Main Season Dates: January 2 - End of March

Evening practices will be scheduled for the first 3 weeks and then return to afternoon practices at McGuire for the remainder of the season. We will try to schedule some practices at Kenwood Trail during the month of March to utilize blocks and prepare for the end of the season.


Practice Schedules will be available on mnstorm.org.


All members will be asked to create an account at mnstorm.org, this will assist us with registering your swimmer for insurance, meets and more. Look for instructions on this as we draw near the start date.


SAFETY

The safety and respect of all participants is a requirement. All swimmers must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke 25 yards confidently without stopping and have obtained Red Cross level of at least level 4 for swimming lessons. Please remember that practices are 1 to 1.5 hours and there are several swimmers in one lane with few breaks in between. It is not safe to have a swimmer who cannot comfortably keep up with this pace. Participating on the swim team is not meant as a replacement for swim lessons. All swimmers will be evaluated at the start of the season by our Storm coaches to determine which swimmers will be in the Junior and Senior group.  

If the coaches are uncertain about the safety of a swimmer or if a swimmer is jeopardizing the safety of others, they will speak with the parents immediately and may ask the swimmer to exit the pool. Swimmers who are struggling to follow directions or maintain the rigor of a workout may be asked to take a break from the practice. 

The safety of our water is also of the utmost importance. If your swimmer has been ill with any sort of stomach virus or flu like symptoms, please speak to your doctor regarding the appropriate length of time needed to recover before returning to the pool. The pools at Lakeville public schools are tested multiple times a day and are required to be kept within the Health Department regulations. 


Cell phone use is not permitted in the locker rooms by parents or children. Swimmer’s cell phones that are out and visible will be taken and returned only to a parent. 


Please also note that for USAA sanctioned events (all meets except the Falcon Invitational and prelims/finals) parents are not permitted to enter the locker rooms with their children.  


EQUIPMENT


All equipment can be ordered online.  More details will be distributed once finalized.  See above for the approximate cost of the items.  


Required apparel:

Team Suit with Logo (same suit as last season) this must be the new All Saints Logo, this cannot be the old logo

Team Cap with logo (same as last season)

Team T-shirt (orders and payment will be coordinated by Anna and Jennifer)


Required Equipment:

Goggles 

Kickboard

Fins

Water bottle


SWIM MEETS

Our team will participate in 2 meets requiring All Saints Mission Partners to help run the meets. Assistance will be needed the day prior to the meet, the day of the meet and clean-up once the meet has concluded. Jobs include: timing system, timing, concession sales, admission table, awards, safety officer. We will create a mission partner sign-up early so you can plan ahead. These meets cannot run successfully without parents so please plan accordingly.  

COMMUNICATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

As part of the school’s agreement with Storm Swim Club, parent mission partners will handle the team management that includes scheduling, registration, mission partner coordination, suit orders and other administrative tasks as needed. This will keep our costs lower. This will also allow our swim coaches to focus on coaching and developing skills vs. administrative tasks. We will be using Storm’s website for the practice calendar, sign up for meets and mission partner sign up. To keep this agreement, please send any questions to swimteam@allsaintschurch.com and not to the coaches.  

NEW TO THE POOL?

If your swimmer has not participated in a competitive swim program before, here are a few tips for the “Green Horns”:

Wetting your child’s hair prior to putting on the swim cap will protect it better.

Dry skin in the winter is common and adding chlorine can make it more pronounced. Use a lotion after getting out of the water. For extremely sensitive skin, a thin barrier of Vaseline on the cheeks can prevent them from getting chapped.

Swimsuits should be tight fitting. They will stretch as the season progresses.

Swimmers are not required to wear the team suit to practices but are welcome to. Suits worn to practice should be one piece suits for girls and tight fitting suits for boys.  

Microfiber towels are a great purchase to bring to meets, they dry faster and take up less room in the swim bag

A mesh bag is nice for carrying a kickboard and fins, both are always wet and will air dry faster this way

Pack healthy snacks for the meets, and lots of water.  

New swimmers might get overwhelmed at the meets, it is common, and do not be surprised if this happens.

Dress appropriately for the meets, pack a robe for the swimmers, they will be cold, parents and spectators will be hot, so plan accordingly!  

You will be sitting on bleachers for hours at a time, a lot of parents invest in stadium seats, it helps hold your seat as well as provides for a more comfortable viewing!

If you are signing up to be a timer at the meets, wear shoes that can get wet.


END OF THE SEASON PARTY

There will be an end of the season party for participants and their families. More information will be provided later in the season. 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phil Smith
612-242-9062
coachphil@mnstorm.org

The Consent Form & Liability Waiver below must be completed and returned to All Saints before a swimmer can participate in the All Saints Swim Team.