FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the Best Time to take Vacation in the Summer?
Only one good answer...after Stonebridge Summer Swim Team Season is over!!!
Is my swimmer qualified to join the Stonebridge Summer Team?
Absolutely! Whether your swimmer is looking to swim competitively, casually for fun, looking to learn how to swim a lap or learn different strokes, or just looking to meet new friends, this is the right place. We also have fun socials every week, including Friday Night Socials, movie nights, and other events.
In order to make the Swim Team, swimmers must be able to swim a full lap (25 meters) without stopping. For swimmers who can't complete a full lap yet, we have an exceptional Pre-Team program. CLICK HERE for more information on Pre-Team. The only requirement for Pre-Team is that swimmers are at least 4 years old, able to stand in the shallow end, and comfortable putting their head under water .
How Do I Join the SB Sharks Swim Team?
Step 1 - CLICK HERE to join the Stonebridge pool and make payment (separate from the Swim team fees) if you are NOT a part of the Stonebridge HOA. There are 2 options, one for Full Membership and one for Swim Team only functions.
Step 2 - Register and make payment to join the Sharks Summer Swim Team once Registration opens in April (see below for more information). We are one of the most affordable MCSL swim teams (if not the most affordable).
How do I register for Swim Team (separate from SB Pool Membership Registration)?
Follow these steps after Registration has opened:
-If you are already a previous Swim Team member, please CLICK HERE to log in before you click on the 'Register' button. Otherwise, it will create a new profile for your swimmers rather than pulling in existing information.
-Go to our website (stonebridgesharks.com) and click on the black 'Register Now' button in the upper right hand side.
-If you forgot your password, don't worry. Click on the 'Forgot your password' link on this page.
What are the Payment Methods for Swim Team fees?
Payment thru Zelle is preferred, but we also will accept Venmo and checks.
How long is the swim season?
The season starts on Tuesday after Memorial Day, including team tryouts for new members. Pre-team starts shortly after that. Check the practice schedule for more information. The regular season typically goes through the 3rd week of July. Some swimmers may qualify to swim in Divisionals and All-Star events which take place the following week 2 weeks after the regular season. Please visit our calendar for more information.
Are parents required to volunteer?
Swim meets normally require up to 50 adults to handle all of the roles of timekeepers, officials and concessions. To ensure that we have adequate coverage for every meet, a parent from each swim team family is required to sign up to volunteer for at least 3 jobs during the season. It's easy and a great way to meet other families. See the Volunteers section for more information about each job.
You also have the option to opt out of volunteering for a fee. More information will be provided in registration each year.
What is Pre-Team?
CLICK HERE for more information (also a separate link on our website under 'Resources').
When is practice?
Practices are in the afternoon from the day after Memorial Day until school gets out. Beginning the day after school gets out, both morning and afternoon practices will be offered. Swimmers may choose to swim in the morning, afternoon, or both. There are no practices on Wednesday and Friday afternoons when B Meets or Friday Night Socials are scheduled. CLICK HERE (or click on 'Practices' on our website) for more information.
What are Spirit Events?
The Stonebridge Sharks Spirit Committee works hard during the season to plan exciting, FUN events for swimmers to get to know each other and encourage camaraderie among team members. Each week, we have a theme and events are planned for Friday evenings. All swimmers are encouraged to come at 6:00PM on Friday to the pool for an evening full of food, games, crafts, and fun!
What are Time Trials?
The purpose of time trials is to establish official times for the swimmers prior to the first Saturday A meet. Time trials are open to all team members. Participation in Time Trials establishes official times for the swimmers and is mandatory in order to qualify for the first "A" meet. Anyone who has a legitimate conflict and cannot attend MUST see the coach prior to Time Trials. Warm-ups will begin promptly at 8:30 AM, and timing beginning at 9:00 AM. (The rain date will be the following day - Sunday - at 9 AM).
How many meets are there during the summer?
Typically, the season includes 5 A Meets, 4 B Meets, 2 Relay Carnivals (A and B), a Pre-Team Mini-Meet, B Superstars Meet, and Divisional Championships, and MCSL All-Star Meets. CLICK HERE for a calendar of events.
What's the difference between an A Meet and a B Meet?
All Stonebridge Sharks may qualify to swim in both A and B meets during the summer. B Meets are Wednesday evening meets, and swimmers may sign up for any event they choose (max of 3 events), as long as they are "legal" in the required stroke(s). A Meets are Saturday morning meets, and are generally more competitive. Three swimmers from Stonebridge may swim in each age group event (except freestyle, in which 6 swimmers may swim), and swimmers are chosen by the coaches based primarily on their times.
What are the other meets I hear about during the summer (Mini-Meet, Relay Carnivals, All-Stars, etc.)?
There are several special event swim meets each summer, including those mentioned. Here is what they are:
- Relay Carnival : These meets are special meets with all the teams in the division competing against one another in relay races. A morning practice for swimmers involved in the relay will be scheduled a few days before the meet. The coaches will select relay swimmers based on time and other MCSL regulations.
- Mini-Meet : This is a community event in which our younger swimmers compete in a variety of fun, sometimes silly, events. Our neighborhood Mini-Meet is typically held at Westleigh. It's a lot of fun!
- Others : Other special events include Coaches' Long Course, All-Star Relays, and All-Stars. These events are for the top 8-16 swimmers in each event county-wide. Coaches will notify swimmers who qualify for these events.
How do I find out where the meets are?
How do I know what events my child is swimming?
- B Meets : Swimmers may generally swim any event in which they have a legal stroke on Wednesdays, UNLESS they swam that event on a Saturday A meet the week before. Swimmers may sign up online by Monday night for Wednesday evening B meets.
- A Meets : Coaches will post the events list for Saturday A Meets online by Friday morning. Many factors are used by the coaching staff to determine who will swim in each event. These factors include, but are not limited to: a swimmer’s best times, performance trends, potential team point opportunities and the legality of a swimmer’s stroke. Typically, the best times for that week is the main criteria used to determine who will compete that week.
What does it mean to be "legal" in a stroke?
Each swimming stroke (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) has specific rules for the way a swimmer moves his or her arms and legs. If a swimmer has not mastered the technique of a particular stroke, they can be disqualified in a race. If swimmers are unsure about whether they are legal in a stroke, feel free to consult one of the coaches. Swimmers who are not legal should not swim that stroke in a meet until the technique is mastered. You may reference the MCSL rulebook HERE for more information on legality.
How do we know if practice or swim meet is canceled?
We'll usually try to notify everyone if practice or meets are canceled. According to County regulations, we are unable to swim for 30 minutes after the sound of thunder. Do not drop off your child without confirming there is practice. Swim meets are generally held rain or shine, and often are just delayed when there is a passing storm. You can call the pool at 301-424-2017 to find out before deciding whether to come or not.
We're going to be away for part of the summer. Is that a problem?
Not at all! The main purpose of the swim team is for the community to have fun together. Join us for as many practices and meets as you're interested in. There's no pressure and no hard requirement. Just make sure that you only sign up for the meets that you are here for (for A meets, ensure that you 'undeclare' the weeks that you are away).