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Check the boxes to indicate which parent/guardians should receive team-wide emails.
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being registered below.
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registration is required.
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NSF Check Policy: If a check
presented to the team is returned, the payer will
be charged $30.00 and be required to submit the funds in cash within
14 days of NSF notification.
Following this 14 day grace period,
their swimmer(s) will not be allowed
to swim until the account is settled.
This charge is subject to changes in bank charges. Any person/family with a history of returned checks to the
Village Otters will be required to
pay all transactions in cash.
season, swimmers must establish new seed times for use in dual and invitational meets. Time Trials is intended for this purpose. Swimmers may NOT use times
from previous seasons or from other swim organizations. Swimmers lacking
properly obtained seed times in a
particular stroke event can be eliminated from swimming said event throughout
the season. It is against NWAL rules for swimmers to be entered into events with
“No Times”. During the Time Trials
Meet swimmers will swim every
stroke they are capable of doing, so that they will have times on file should
the coaching staff need to enter them in any
stroke for the good of the team. Older swimmers should swim every stroke even if they don’t expect to swim it during
the season. Every effort
should be made to participate in the Time Trials Meet. If circumstances prevent participation, the Head Coach must be
notified as soon as possible!
Otters swim against other Division I teams in
the Northwest Aquatic League (NWAL). Home and away meets are determined
by a draw at an NWAL meeting. Swimmers
receive “official” times by
swimming at a dual meet. Official times are needed for invitational
is a fund raising meet sponsored by
the Kingwood/Humble U. S. A.Swimming organization, Blue Tide Aquatics. This
meet gives swimmers the opportunity to swim with
swimmers from other teams in the
Kingwood/Humble area. Swimmers must meet certain qualifying times in the individual events to enter this
meet. (Qualifying times will be
posted later). Swimmers choose the individual events in which they will swim.
Parents pay a nominal entry fee for each event. The team pays the fee for the
Our Divisional Meet will be a little different this year. We will go against one team only. Details will be determined throughout the season. Swimmers must participate in at
least two NWAL-sanctioned meets during the regular dual-meet season to qualify
for Divisionals. In addition, swimmers must achieve an official swim time for a
particular stroke at one of those meets in order
to swim in that event at
Divisionals. Swim times from time trials will not be accepted. Each team is usually allowed a limited number of
entries. The coaches will select
swimmers from each age group to represent the Village Otters in individual events and relays.
two-day meet, swimmers from the 90+ NWAL teams
gather in one location to swim
against each other. Swimmers must meet certain qualifying times in their individual events to enter this
meet. Relay teams do not require qualifying times. Qualifying times will be posted when they become available.
Parents pay a nominal fee for each event. The team pays the entry fee for the
two-day meet, the fastest swimmers from the 90+ NWAL teams gather in one
location to swim against each other. Swimmers must meet qualifying times in their individual events to enter this
meet. Parents pay a nominal entry fee for each event. Relay teams do not
require qualifying times. Therefore, it is possible
for a swimmer without a Ponderosa qualifying time to be selected to swim on a
relay team. The Ponderosa relay teams are normally posted on the Sunday prior
to the Ponderosa Invitational Meet. The team pays the entry fee for the relay teams.
Parent Volunteers are
essential to our team!
participation each family is required
to leave a deposit of $300.00 at registration. This check will be destroyed or returned upon request
when the family has completed their six shifts over the course of the season. Just as in past years, every volunteer job a
family member (not a swimmer) performs during the meets will be recorded.
many jobs to choose from and we encourage you to sign up for shifts as soon as
they open. A Volunteer Reminder email will be
sent out each week. Parent Volunteers will need to check-in with the Volunteer Coordinator
prior to each meet so we can make sure every job is covered and you get recognized for completing your shift.
Please note: Parents of 6 & Under’s should sign-up
for Shift 1 positions as the children finish swimming early.
volunteer positions are described at the “?” beside each job sign
up online at the back of this handbook.
The Village Otter Swim Team
feels that swimmers should be encouraged to work hard and to improve as well as
to win. This is done through
positive reinforcement by coaches at practices, meets and through awards.
Heat Ribbons - our division gives Heat
Ribbons in each heat for those
children 10 and under. These ribbons are given out at the end of each heat as
the swimmers exit the water. Swimmers may also request their time after each heat.
Meet Ribbons - the six fastest swimmers
in each event are awarded a Meet
Ribbon. Swimmers on the winning relay teams also receive a first-place ribbon.
Meet Ribbons are usually handed out at the first regular practice session after
Improvement Ribbons - Swimmers receive improvement ribbons for any 1
second improvement over his or her previous best official time. These are
distributed along with the Meet
Ribbons at the first practice after a meet.
Trinity Invitational Meet Qualifier–Swimmers who attain a Trinity qualifying
time will receive recognition which is limited to one per stroke per season.
Ponderosa Invitational Meet Qualifier–All swimmers who attain a Ponderosa qualifying time will receive
recognition which is limited to one
per stroke per season.
VGO Pool Record Breakers – Every swimmer who sets a new team or pool
record will receive a special ribbon
at the Awards Ceremony.
Every Otter who swims in at least two dual meets will be eligible
to receive a trophy at the
end-of-season ceremony. Special recognition will
be given in each age group to
the girl and boy High Point Scorer and Most Improved. We will also award 10 year towels as long as
they have met the 2 meet requirement.
are supposed to be fun-for the children. Unfortunately, many parent, fans and
coaches don’t realize that their actions, whether verbal or nonverbal, can have
a lasting emotional effect on children. Too many children are leaving sports activities because the fun
is unfairly taken away by adults. The following Code of Conduct is for
parents and spectators to abide by at every practice and meet.
The essential elements of character building and
ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core
principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, and caring and
good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition
reflects these “six pillars of character.”
I therefore agree:
agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I
will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited
to the following: