Registration and Tryouts
In the event of potential inclement weather please refer to Seals Homepage for last minute updates on potential reschedules.
RETURNING SEALS: Registration generally opens on March 1. Please review new practice, meet and volunteer policies when deciding whether to join us again. Returning swimmers, whose families completed the prior season's minimum volunteer hours, do not need to try out. Returning swimmers must register before March 25, 2017 so we may have an accurate count of open spots. Failure to register by March 25 will mean you forfeit your spot on the team.
RETURNING SEALS' SIBLINGS: Returning swimmer siblings are allowed to tryout prior to new swimmer tryouts. Registration will open in March, you may register your new swimmer siblings during returning Seals registration. If they do not make the team you will be issued a refund. Returning Sibling tryouts are April 1, 2017 @ 3PM at the Circle C Swim center. Swimmers should be wearing goggles in tryouts.
TRYOUTS and NEW Swimmer registration: Tryouts for new swimmers will take place April 9, 2017 @ 10AM at the Circle C Swim Center. Tryouts are first come first serve until all the team spots are filled. Once a swimmer passes tryouts, should open spots remain on the team, the family will be given registration information. Families may not pre-register.
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. Families that participate in Seals are required to volunteer, as Seals is a 100% volunteer run organization. Please be sure you've read and understand our Parent Policies (specifically point 6) before trying out for the team.
We cap the number of children at the total number allowed for the team. This helps reinforce a first come first serve process for tryouts. We will not know the exact count until returning swimmers have RSVP’d for the season. Additionally returning swimmer siblings are allowed to tryout prior to open tryouts. The last few years we have had between 15-20 spots open to new swimmers.
Because there are so few new spots and tryouts are based on a first come, first serve policy, typically each new swimmer family will have a representative arrive hours before tryouts actually begin. Each family must decide whether they wish to undergo the new swimmer line. It should be noted that swim meets often start very early Saturday mornings and go until 1 or 2pm. Families are also required to volunteer at approximately 4 of those meets for the entire meet. Therefore sitting in line is somewhat representative of what you can expect for the season. Families do not need to have children arrive until shortly before their tryout, however tryouts will not be delayed if a swimmer is not available when their turn to tryout comes up. It should be noted the swim center does not open until 10am so facilities, food or beverages are not available. Each family must have a line representative, no saving a spot for your neighbor/friend/etc is allowed.
All children need to wear a swimsuit and ideally googles. If your child has long hair you may want to bring a swim cap. Please bring a towel. Team and practice suits will be sold/ordered on tryout day. Jammer/speedos for the boys are not required at tryouts.
If a child is unable to meet minimum requirements for the beginning groups, Circle C Aquatics offers year round swimming lessons. These instructors have helped MANY potential swim team children make the leap and secure a spot on the team the following year. Even if your child has NO previous swim experience we invite you to come out and see what Circle C has to offer.
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.