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Eastmoor Oracas Swim/Dive Team 2021
A summer of FUN and a lifetime of memories!
If you have questions you’ve come to the right place. Read on...
What is the Eastmoor Orcas Swim/Dive Team?
The Orcas team is made up of Eastmoor members starting as young as age 4 who can safely swim a 50 Freestyle (meaning they can swim the full length of the pool without holding onto the wall or a lane rope)! Swimmers can race in the league until they turn 18. Eastmoor is a part of the Denver Metro Swim League.
When is the Team Season?
Things get started in late May. Practices are held weekday mornings and swim meets begin in June. The season ends with our A, B, and State meets and a team awards banquet.
When are the Swim Meets?
Summer League swim meets are usually held on Friday mornings, with the first race at 8:00 am, and usually conclude around 1:00 pm. Check the homepage for specific meet dates.
Does my child have to be an accomplished swimmer to join?
No! Swim team is for children of all abilities who love to swim. Kids have the opportunity to improve their skills at practice and become competent in the water with the help of our expert coaches! We do strongly encourage our swim team members to sign up for stroke clinics. To be on the Swim Team, a swimmer must:
• be able to swim safely swim two lengths of Eastmoor's pool and be comfortable swimming in the deep end (Coaches cannot effectively coach the other swimmers if they are worried about someone who is not completely water safe)
• attend practice and compete in meets
• want to belong to a fun group and improve their swimming skills
How does dive team work?
Dive Team has the same age groups as swim team. They practice 3-4 days a week and have one meet each week, usually on Thursday. Team members must attend practices.
When are the practices?
The Orcas will train, learn, and have fun every weekday morning, that there is not a swim meet, through the end of the season. Practice groups determined by the coaches.
- Red Group (older swimmers, faster 11-12s, swimmers we have told to swim at this time)
- White Group (some 11-12s, 9-10s, and faster 8&Us)
- Blue Group (8&Us and swimmers we have told to swim at this time)
Check the Navigation bar for specific times.
What is a swim meet like?
Swimmers arrive at the pool for warm-ups at either 6:00 or 6:30 am (as indicated by the coaches). The meets begin at 7:30 am and races are organized by age, gender, and stroke (youngest first, girls followed by boys, for each stroke). Entries are due two days before each swim meet. Swimmer may compete in a maximum of 3 individual events and 2 relays. Please have your swimmer talk to his/her coach before requesting to swim more advanced strokes (e.g. breaststroke, butterfly) or longer distances (e.g. 100 freestyle for 8& under).
Does my child have to race?
There is no requirement that your child swim in a swim meet, but we hope that they will want to! Meets are FUN! The work that your child does at practice is truly made complete by putting it to the test in competition for the team. Meets teach our kids things and bring them together in very special ways that simply don’t happen in practices. Our relaxed and fun meets promote bravery, great sportsmanship, hard work, and perseverance. Far beyond basic fitness, these are the qualities we hope our children will use forever.
What do parents have to do?
Encourage your child to participate in swim team and be involved yourself! REMEMBER...The team and all of our meets are run by parents! Outside of coaching, all team jobs, from administration and organization, to setting up and running our meets, are done by parents. Without parents there would be no team. The Eastmoor Swim/Dive Team is a family affair! To meet these needs, each family is expected to work xxx points (each job has a point rating) over the course of each season. There are jobs at meets as well as social events throughout the season. Families whose children choose not to race in meets will still be expected to work at home swim meets.
How much does swim team cost?
Registration fees pay for our extraordinary coaching staff, league dues, all entry fees, many social events, and team awards.
Do your kid swim club year round?
The Metro League quires club swimmers to quit their club team in order to swim for Eastmoor. Swimmers cannot swim club between May 15 and the end of the State Meet.