NEW SWIMMER/DIVER EVALUATIONS
(for those trying out for the swim/dive teams)
Registration opens March 1st, 2018
We are thrilled to hear that your child would like to become a member of the Fanny Chapman Dolphins swim/dive team! We want to provide a few details about our tryout process.
Common misconceptions about the tryouts for our Swim/Dive teams are:
Because these ideas are inaccurate, we would like to provide our criteria ahead of time to help you and your child come to the tryouts prepared and confident.
Since this is a swim team and not lessons, swimmers must show that they are capable of handling a challenging swim team practice. Each day our youngest swimmers spend an hour in the pool and swim multiple laps. Likewise, swimmers 11 years old and older must have the stamina and endurance to participate in a practice lasting an hour and a half; we will be evaluating this skill in the tryout. To simulate practice, the evaluation will last approximately one hour and mimic a typical practice. Swimmers will warm up by swimming a minimum of four laps (based on age group). They are then given a typical swimming "set" to complete. At the conclusion of this set, each swimmer must demonstrate proficiency in at least two different strokes (based on age group): Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, or Butterfly. This means they must have a “legal” stroke.
New diver evaluations take place over several days from 5:00 – 7:00 pm with our dive coaches.
Remember, the water is cold! Please prepare yourself and your child mentally for this fact. We would like to avoid parents telling their child they can get out of the pool while we are conducting the evaluation. Finally, please trust that our decisions are made in the best interest of your child. We want to ensure that your swimmer/diver has a positive team experience that can grow into a life-long love of swimming and diving. We look forward to meeting you!
Thanks and good luck!
Head Swim Coach Kevin Whelan
Dive Coaches Phil and Fred
10 McKinstry Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901