Evaluations for prospective Mini Swimmers will be held in May 2021. At the evaluations your swimmer will be asked to demonstrate his/her freestyle and backstroke, so he/she should come prepared to swim.
Should your swimmer attend an evaluation?
- If your young swimmer (5 to 7 years old) is new to swim team he/she should attend one of the evaluations.
- If your swimmer was in the Minis group last year, he/she should also attend one of the evaluations to ensure proper placement this season.
We ask that you signup ahead of time for the evaluations. If possible, please let coaches know which evaluation you plan to attend using a signup genius link.
Mini Swimmers Program
The Mini Swimmers are the youngest members of the swim team. They are swimmers that are interested in joining the swim team but might not yet be able to tolerate a practice that consists of swimming up and down the lanes for an extended period of time.
Young swimmers wishing to be Mini Swimmers are evaluated by the Mini Swimmers coach to determine if they have the basic skills needed to join the Mini Swimmers. Check the team schedule for Mini Swimmers evaluation dates.
We stress this is an evaluation and not a tryout. Any swimmer capable of swimming the length of the pool is mini swimmer eligible. Those swimmers who are not quite ready for the mini-swimmers are referred to the DH swim lesson program and encouraged to return the following year to be evaluated again for the mini swimmers program.
A parent should be present at the evaluation session and your child will be asked to demonstrate their ability to swim. The kids will get in the lap pool near the baby pool side, close to the wall. Each child will swim one at a time. They will first be asked to swim freestyle as far as they can go (but not more than one length). They will then be allowed a short break before being asked to swim the back stroke (again not more than one length). If they can swim each stroke at least one length they are ready for the regular practice sessions. Since they are being evaluated for the mini swimmer program we expect most will not be able to swim a full lap of either stroke. Neither you nor they should be upset if they can't swim the length of the pool. Although the pool is heated the water may be cool.
2021 tentative Mini Swimmers Practice
Mini Swim Practice: Monday - Thursday, June 1 - June 17
Mini Swimmers: Practice Saturday June 5th.
Once Arlington County elementary schools are out for the summer, all practices move to the following morning schedule and are held Monday through Friday
Summer Practice Schedule June 21-July 16