The swim and dive season begins in May after Memorial Day, with daily practices, and finishes with a family banquet at the end of July. Athletes participate in daily practices and weekly competition opportunities. Upcoming season information is released when registration opens in mid-April.
The team’s youngest athletes can join the Mini Seahawks program that begins when school dismisses for the summer and team practices shift to a morning schedule. Mini Seahawks practice Monday thru Thursday and finish in mid-July with the team-favorite Annual Lollipop Meet.
Vacation & Absences
Attending practices and meets regularly throughout the season can yield amazing improvements and regular commitment enables an athlete to reach their full potential. Attendance at practice is encouraged for the best chance of eligibility to swim and dive in NVSL meets. When selecting athletes for dual meets, coaches reserve the right to consider, among other factors, an athlete’s dedication to their training opportunities.
Athletes need to notify coaches when school, family, or summer obligations occur throughout the season that prevent an athlete from participating in a meet. The NVSL has strict rules regarding substitutions and alternates at dual swim meets and dual dive meets so it is essential that the athlete notify the head coach or team rep about availability and absences. Parents can indicate an athlete’s availability for a planned meet absence in Swimtopia. The morning of a meet if an athlete is scheduled to compete but cannot attend (due to illness or unforeseen circumstance) parents need to notify the team rep immediately. While not ideal, coaches may be able to make substitutions if another athlete is available and present. All filled slots have a chance to score points!
Team Social Activities
Myriad activities, both in and out of the pool, throughout the season help foster fun and lasting memories. Watch the bulletin board, weekly emails, and newsletter for updates on things to do throughout the season. While we hope everyone joins in these social activities, all events are optional. Ready for some fun? Here's an example of past activities: lip-sync, late night swim, scavenger hunt, Friday morning breakfasts, and age group-specific activities.
A professional photographer takes team and individual pictures at the end of June during practice time. Purchase of pictures is optional; however, we encourage all the team members to be present for the photo session. Please come in your team suit. Mini Seahawks are welcomed - please try to wear a suit that coordinates/matches with the team suit.
End of Season Awards Banquet
The End of Season Awards banquet is held the Sunday evening of Divisionals weekend. This get-together offers the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of swimmers and divers and the contributions of coaches and parents during an evening of good food, good fun, and good friends. Athletes and family members are encouraged to attend this celebration. After dinner and before the legendary slide show, awards are given to recognize those on the team.
Awards include Most Improved, the Coaches Award, the Seahawk of the Year Award, and the Josiah Lanier Memorial Award. Criteria for these awards are decided by the coaches. Coaches will consider swimmers who are hard workers, attend workouts faithfully, show team spirit, good sportsmanship, and do their best to help the team.