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Becoming a Hammerhead

Becoming a Hammerhead

Eligibility

Age: 

Anyone 18 or younger on June 1 of the current year, the ASA age-up date, is eligible to participate on the Hammerhead swim team.  (ASA will usually allow a recent high school graduate to join a team even if they are over 18 on June 1.  Please contact us for updates.)  

Residency

All swimmers living in the Huntley Hills subdivision or within 1 mile of the pool are required to have an active membership with the Huntley Hills Swim & Tennis Club.  No exceptions!  Those living outside of the 1 mile radius can compete on the swim team as a non-member.

Ability:

All swimmers must know how to swim.  They should also be able to tread water and feel confident in water without the need to hold on to something or someone.    While all coaches are life guard certified, they are not working as lifeguards during training sessions.  They are instructing many children at once and therefore cannot provide 100% focus to every child at every moment. 

Groups

Senior Hammerheads

The Senior Hammerheads are the swimmers who have demonstrated the ability to accurately swim events for their assigned age group without the expectation of disqualification.  This means that swimmers should be able to complete their event without standing on the bottom or holding onto lane ropes.   For young swimmers in the 6 & Under age group, there is also a requirement that swimmers must be able to swim from one end of the pool to the other in under 1 minute. 

The Senior Hammerheads are further broken down into three sub-teams, based on the Head Coach's evaluation during swimmer assessments.  The head coach will perform a swimmer assessment at the beginning and throughout the season to determine where swimmers are assigned.   Swimmers may be moved throughout the season.

Blue Team:  This group consists of the most advanced swimmers on the team that require a challenging training schedule and stroke refinements.   Swimmers in this group must be able to swim all four strokes legally.  While the strokes do not need to be perfect, there should be no fear of disqualification for any stroke.  Swimmers must know how to dive and perform a freestyle flip turn.  Again, the turn does not need to be perfect, but it should not lead to a disqualification.

Additionally, since this practice will involve many more laps and intervals than other groups, swimmers must meet some standards in terms of speed and endurance as determined by the coaching staff.  For example, completing a 500 freestyle, with interval milestones, within 15 minutes.

Red Team:  This group consists of intermediate swimmers who are being trained to master all four stroke fundamentals.  Swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool, freestyle, with proper rotary breathing.  Swimmers must also be able to swim one length of the pool using the backstroke without flipping onto stomach.  Knowing the breaststroke or butterfly is not required though they will begin learning and working towards mastering these strokes.  Swimmers must demonstrate some level of endurance, for example, completing a 300 freestyle within 15 minutes.

White Team:  This group consists of beginning swimmers who are learning to swim basics strokes, freestyle and backstroke, with a basic introduction to other strokes.  Swimmers in this group must be able to swim one length of the pool in under one minute.  They should also possess some basic water safety skills such as floating on their back for five seconds and tread water in the deep end for one minute.  These requirements are mandatory for the safety of the child.  Anyone who does not meet these three requirements will work with the Junior team until they can be achieved.

While it may seem like teams are aged based, they are not.  The purpose of placing a swimmer in one group over another is so they receive the training most appropriate for their skill level.  Therefore, it is not unreasonable for a young swimmer with strong ability to be placed on the Red or Blue team, and an older first time swimmer to work with the White team.   It may also be likely that the coach may want a particular swimmer to work with a different group for a period of time based on skills being worked on.

Junior Hammerheads

The Junior Hammerhead swimmers are those who have just begun swimming but do not quite yet possess the ability to compete in the meets. Swimmers must be 5yrs old by June 1st.  They must be comfortable in the water by themselves, able to put their head under and be able to swim in the water without a flotation device. The goal for each Junior swimmers is to at some point throughout the season begin to swim in the Senior meets. 

Costs

HHSTC Club Member, $110 + ASA Fees

Non-HHSTC Club Member, $225 + ASA Fees

The cost for additional swimmers in family is $75 and applies only to senior team swimmers.  Discounts are applied during the checkout process for senior swimmers.  

Registration

All swimmers competing in meets must be register with the league, ASA.  This additional fee will appear as an add-on fee when registering.

Commitment

Swimmers

The swim season runs from May through early July. Pre-season training consists of May after school practices.  Morning practices are scheduled during summer break, as well as 2 evening practices for kids in camps or other morning activities.  Kids coming to morning practices can come to evening practices if they want some extra workout.  In late May and through June, there are 5 weekly meets (called Dual Meets).  The season wraps up with the four-day ASA Swim League Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (more details later in this handbook.  Swimmers are requested to attend as many daily practices as they can.  They should also strive to attend the Red, Blue, or White practice to the group they've been assigned.

Parents

Parents will be asked and expected to volunteer in different capacities so the meets run smoothly.  Without your help, we literally cannot have a team.  Each family is required to volunteer atleast 4 times during the season.  More information is provided later in this handbook, but we do ask that both parents do not volunteer at the same time in case your child needs parental assistance.

In order for swimmers to make their appointed training times, they usually depend on parental support.  Therefore, we ask parents to commit to helping their child meet swim team activities, including getting to training and meets on time with all of their essential gear.  We want the swimmers to be as responsible for themselves as much as possible, be we need parents to be their backup and support.

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