The Seals Swim Team is a neighborhood summer-only (May – June) recreational swim team that competes against other neighborhood teams [in swimming jargon usually summer teams are recreational and year round teams are “competitive”]. Any Circle C resident between the ages of 5 - 18 on May 1st is eligible to try out for the team.
Swimmers are expected to be able to swim the full 25 yards of the pool unassisted without touching the lane lines and/or the walls during tryouts. Some freestyle strokes should be evident during the 25. If swimmers are unable to swim the length of the pool unassisted, the coaches will recommend that they spend the year in lessons to prepare for next year. Swimmers should demonstrate, but are not required to complete, 25 backstroke as well. The swim team is very popular and new swimmers will only be able to tryout on new swimmer tryout day. Tryouts are first come first serve until all the team spots are filled. All swimmers are expected to practice once per week and attend at least two swim meets.
Other than the coaches, the team is run 100% with volunteers. Each family is responsible for volunteering to work at four of the five meets. We track volunteer effort using a point system and each family must complete a minimum of 40 points to keep member status; this equates to four meets. Please note, 40 points is a minimum and to actually staff all meets and ancillary positions we need closer to 50-60 points per family. Volunteer jobs include lane timers, awards, scorekeepers, etc. We have made the signup process for volunteer jobs during the season as easy as possible. You will be expected to meet the minimum volunteer requirements each year. Any family who does not meet the minimum volunteer 40 points per season will pay a $150 fee for unfilled service hours. The family will lose member status and will have to attend new swimmer tryouts to re-join the team the following year. The Seals could not happen without all the parents helping as it takes many volunteers to run multiple Swim Meets (Home and Away), prepare social activities, order gear, throw an end of season party and more! Any money raised by the Seals ultimately goes back to our swimmers and parents by paying for coaching, pools, equipment, social activities, t-shirts, medals, trophies and everything else. This is what makes the Seals fabulous!
Every year the Seals team and Circle C families face the same dilemma. There are a lot fewer open spots on the team than new swimmers who want to join. Please review our Q&A regarding team size and options.
Seals Home Meets are held at the beautiful Circle C Swim Center Olympic size, 50m x 25yd Pool.
The Circle C Seals swim team is part of the Capital City Summer League. The CCSL is a summer swim league composed of community and subdivision swim teams in the southwest Austin area. Teams compete every week between mid-May and the end of June. A CHAMPS meet is conducted at the end of the season (end of June) with swimmers competing from each team.
This year Circle C will participate in the Southwest league along with the Travis Country Sharks, Granada Hills and Western Oaks Dolphins, Hays Swim Club Tidal Wave, Shady Hollow Sting Rays, South Austin Area Barracudas, Texas School for the Deaf, and the Belterra Marlins. The team will swim meets, rotating between these community pools. Our home pool is the Circle C Swim Center. Practices will be held at our home pool.
The Capital City Summer League was formed to create a friendly atmosphere for the benefit and personal satisfaction of our children. The league strives to offer an opportunity for children and young people to challenge themselves, to learn and think in a positive manner, to be part of a team and enjoy the experience of friendly competition and good sportsmanship.
The summer league season is a fast paced 2 month period but everyone who experiences it has a great time, makes new friends and looks forward to the next year.