Registration and Tryouts
RETURNING SEALS: Registration will be open February 15 - March 15, 2019 so we will have an accurate count for new swimmers. If your family wishes to take advantage of the 1 year sabbatical option, please register as normal selecting sabbatical and contact Jeff Grosso the Head parent prior to March 15 cut-off. 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. Failure to register by the cut-off date will mean you forfeit your spot on the team.
RETURNING SEALS' NEW SWIMMER SIBLINGS: Returning swimmer families with a NEW sibling joining the team are allowed to tryout prior to new family swimmer tryouts. Please register your new swimmer siblings during returning Seals registration. If they do not make the team you will be issued a refund. Returning Families with a NEW SWIMMER Tryouts are Sunday, April 7 at 2PM at the Circle C Swim center. Swimmers should be wearing goggles in tryouts.
New Families Swimmer Tryouts and Registration:
The Seals are continuing use of the required pre-meeting, lottery-based system introduced in 2018. We will be holding 2 New Family information meetings at the Community Center on Sunday, January 20 (2:30-3:30) and Saturday, February 9 (1:30-2:30). A family must attend and sign in at 1 of the 2 sessions to enter tryout 2019 lottery; even if previous year was attended as membership rules may change. The goal of this meeting is to share all the ins/outs of Seals’ membership with residents interested in having their children join the team – ie volunteer/attendance requirements for new Seals/Families; coaching staff/philosophies, fees; season timeframe; the fun; etc. We will also cover exactly how the lottery will work, but in short – names will be pulled from a swim cap. Those families in attendance at either of the 2 meetings and aligned to Seals’ membership requirements will be offered entry into a lottery to be publicly held March 31 at the Community Center. A single day new swimmer ‘try-out’ (ie can the child traverse the 25 yrd length of the pool un-assisted/safely) - will follow on the afternoon of Sunday, April 7 at 3PM (no make-ups) and the limited available slots will be filled in order of the drawn family names. If slots run out before all interested families get one - which is likely - the families will get improved chances in subsequent years’ lotteries as long as they demonstrate continued interest each year (ie they get more name ‘tickets’ in the lottery each year).
At the actual swim tryout, 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 volunteer run organization. Please be sure you've read and understand our Parent Policies before trying out for the team.
We cap the number of children at the total number allowed for the team. 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.
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. Unfortunately, despite a 25% growth in the size of the team during the past 5 yrs, the growth has not kept pace with the community’s growth or corresponding interest in joining the team. Both the HOA and Aquatic Center staff have been absolutely great partners, but unfortunately the growth is presently stalled as we share finite pool space/time with the greater community – the last 2 yrs have seen only 10-15 slots become available each season. Swimmer safety is paramount and that the quality of coaching and team experience will not be sacrificed as a result of any growth – but all else will be turned inside out to see how we can add even more families to the Seals team. Please review our Q&A regarding team size and options.