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GENERAL

  • What is Freedom Aquatics?

    All swimmers’ journeys start with a brief, in-water, assessment to determine the most appropriate level for them to train. If your child is interested in the competitive side of our aquatics program, they will need to show competence in all four strokes and the ability to complete at least one lap of each. If your child is new to swimming, our staff will determine which level of our “learn to swim” program they are suited for.

  • What is the registration process?

    Following your swimmers’ assessment, you will receive a follow-up email. This email will state the level or group your child has qualified for as well as a link to register. The Freedom Aquatics policies are outlined in detail during the registration process so please read carefully.

  • What is the difference between your “swim school” and “competitive swim team”?

    Our swim school is the non-competitive area of our aquatics program offering lessons, stroke development and conditioning in a fun, non-competitive environment. Although the majority of participants in this program are beginners with an ultimate desire to swim competitively, there are also skill development and technique development groups made up of swimmers who choose to continue their growth but do not desire to swim competitively.
    Our swim team is the competitive area of our aquatics program. The team is comprised of swimmers (most are graduates of our swim school) who choose to continue their growth in a competitive, more demanding environment.
  • Can my swimmer choose to swim competitively after enrolling in a “swim school” program?

    Yes. The majority of our “learn to swim” program members ultimately decide to tryout and continue their swim journey on our swim team

  • How does my swimmer move from “learn to swim” to the “competitive swim team”?

    At any time during your swimmers learn to swim session, you may receive an email informing you that his/her instructor feels that they are ready to “move up”. This move may be from a Beginner 1 class to a Beginner 2 or from a Beginner 3 class to a Novice Prep class. These promotions are a sign of your child’s progression and improvement as the instructor feels that they are able to handle a more difficult level of training. Ultimately, after completing a Pre-competitive or Novice prep level, you (and your child) will need to decide if they wish to continue swimming non-competitively or transfer over to the competitive swim team.

  • My child has swum competitively before, do they need to start at the learn to swim program?

    Not necessarily. Swimmers with previous experience will state this on their tryout form and after a coach’s evaluation may be placed directly into one our competitive swim team groups.

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SWIM TEAM

  • How do we join Freedom Aquatics?

    Swimmers will be notified by their location coach when they are eligible to attend swim meets. Eligibility is determined by a swimmers abilities as well as other determining factors.

  • What is the registration process?

    Following your swimmers’ assessment, you will receive a follow-up email. This email will state the level or group your child has qualified for as well as a link to register. The Freedom Aquatics policies are outlined in detail during the registration process so please read carefully.

  • Swim Team Groups: What are the different groups that make up the competitive Swim Team?

    1. NOVICE
    Novice is our entry level team group. Young athletes will be introduced to a proper technique for all four competitive strokes including starts and turns. Through our structured Technique Excellence drill program swimmers will find a comfort and confidence in the water. Swimmers will learn how to work together as a team and have fun at the same time.
    2. JUNIOR PREP
    The Junior Prep group is geared toward those young people who have shown dedication to the sport of swimming. Training is designed to improve the young swimmers’ technique while introducing them to interval and pace training. This group capitalizes on the swimmer’s enthusiasm for swimming as they learn to train in a fun and friendly environment. Swimmers are introduced to fundamental competitive skills with an emphasis on learning and improving their starts and flip turns.
    3. JUNIOR
    This group is designed for dedicated competitive swimmers. The focus of this group is to improve swimmers technique, build an endurance base and develop enthusiasm for swimming. Swimmers must attend 3-4 practices a week. Additional dryland training is required for swimmers at this level.
    4. SENIOR
    This group is designed for dedicated competitive swimmers. The focus of this group is to improve swimmer’s technique, build an endurance base and develop enthusiasm for swimming. Swimmers must attend 3-4 practices a week. Additional dryland training is required for swimmers at this level.
    5. JUNIOR ELITE
    This group is designed for young, competitive top-level swimmers. The focus of this group will be on technique improvement and conditioning. Swimmers will be challenged with an intense training program which will consist of a combination of yardage and ability to training at different levels and speeds. Swimmers must attend 5-6 practices a week. Additional dryland training is required for swimmers at this level.
    6. JUNIOR ELITE SELECT
    This group is designed for young, competitive more advanced top-level swimmers. The focus of this group will be on technique improvement and conditioning. Swimmers will be challenged with an intense training program which will consist of a combination of yardage and ability to training at different levels and speeds. Swimmers must attend 5-6 practices a week. Additional dryland training is required for swimmers at this level.
    7. SENIOR ELITE
    This group is designed for skilled and experienced swimmers who would like to improve their technique and overall performance level. Swimmers will be challenged with appropriate to this level training in and out of the water. Besides qualification standards, swimmers must be committed to consistent training at the highest possible level. Swimmers must attend 5-6 practices a week. Additional dryland training is required for swimmers at this level.
    8. NATIONAL
    This group is designed for the most dedicated, top level, competitive senior swimmers. Correct stroke technique is emphasized in each training session. This group is the most intense training group, preparing swimmers to compete at regional, national and international levels. Besides qualification standards, swimmers must be committed to consistent training at the highest and most challenging levels. Availability in this group will be very limited. Selection process for this group is based on swimmer’s: practice performance, meet performance, attitude and sportsmanship. Swimmers must attend 5-6 practices a week. Double practices, when available, are mandatory. Additional dryland training is required for this levels swimmers.
    8. SENIOR ELITE SELECT
    This group is designed for skilled and experienced swimmers who would like to improve their technique and overall performance level. Swimmers will be challenged with appropriate to this level training in and out of the water. Besides qualification standards, swimmers must be committed to consistent training at the highest possible level. Swimmers must attend 5-6 practices a week. Additional dryland training is required for swimmers at this level.
  • What is the “Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy” and why am I being asked to sign written acknowledgements?

    The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention policies are completely new and are part of a congressional mandate that USA Swimming and other amateur sports organizations and governing bodies implement policies and procedures that limit one-on-one interactions between minor athletes and adults who are not their parent/legal guardian.
    USA Swimming’s MAAP policies affect one-on-one meetings/training, social media, electronic communications (such as text messages and email), travel and more. The MAAP policies are designed to protect both minors and adults, and sports across the country are enacting similar measures. The USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention (MAAP) policies can be found here (insert link).
    As an amateur sports team we are required to have all members and parents sign a written acknowledgement that they have read and understand the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy. These written acknowledgements must be completed annually and will therefore be a part of all registrations going forward.
  • My child is not part of a carpool and does not travel with coaches. Why am I being asked to sign a transportation waiver?

    We are asking all parents to sign this waiver so that we can keep them on file at our offices in the event of an emergency that requires a member of Freedom Aquatics or a fellow parent to provide transportation for your swimmer.

  • I am currently swimming for another USA swim team but wish to swim on the Freedom Aquatics Team?

    There is a basic list that all swimmers need for training. Please see your group under the Training Equipment Tab

  • What exactly does “Unattached” mean?

    During the registration process you will be asked to complete a transfer form. During the transfer process (120 days) you will swim “Unattached”. You will be a member of Freedom Aquatics but will be registered for swim meet as Unattached – Freedom. If you are currently coached by another USA club coach, please notify them that you are registering to compete for the Freedom Aquatics Swim Team. If you have further questions regarding this, please email us at Admin@freedomaquatics.com

  • How long is a swim season?

    During the registration process you will be asked to complete a transfer form. During the transfer process (120 days) you will swim “Unattached”. You will be a member of Freedom Aquatics but will be registered for swim meet as Unattached – Freedom. If you are currently coached by another USA club coach, please notify them that you are registering to compete for the Freedom Aquatics Swim Team. If you have further questions regarding this, please email us at Admin@freedomaquatics.com

  • How do I know what equipment my swimmer needs and where to buy it?

    There is a basic list that all swimmers need for training. Please see your group under the Training Equipment Tab.

  • Does my child need to wear the team swimsuit during practice? During a meet? What brand and where do I buy it?

    Not during practice. In fact, to reduce wear-and-tear the team swimsuit should only be worn during meets. The suit may change from year to year. To see the required swimsuit please visit the required equipment under your training group tab.

  • Where can I find my swimmers practice schedule?

    On our Team Calendar. Choose Your group under Your location.
  • Can I stay and watch my child’s swim practice?

    You’re welcome to watch. Please watch from the balconies (when available) and refrain from communicating with your child or their coaches during practice. Practice is a time where coaches build bonds with their swimmers that will be valuable in their growth and development.
    In addition, when siblings attend practice please make sure they remain quiet and refrain from distracting swimmers or coaches during practice.
  • My swimmer is unable to attend a practice this week. Can he/she attend a makeup or different group practice?

    No. There are no makeups or practice schedule changes offered as part of the competitive swim team.

    While we encourage all swimmers to attend as many practices as possible, each practice has a per lane swimmer limit so that each swimmer may get the most out of their respective practices. Therefore, we cannot allow swimmers to participate in practices for which they are not scheduled.

  • What is a Time Standard?

    Not during practice. In fact, to reduce wear-and-tear the team swimsuit should only be worn during meets. The suit may change from year to year. To see the required swimsuit please visit the required equipment under your training group tab.

  • What are Short Course and Long Course Seasons?

    Freedom Aquatics competes in 2 seasons (which makes us a year-round team) in accordance with USA Swimming. Short Course vs Long Course refers to the length of the pool, not the length of the season.

    Short Course Season:
    – Runs September – March
    – All competitions are held in a 25-yard pool
    – Meets generally start in September and end in March
    – Swimmers build on their training to peak at the end of the season at Bronze, Silver, Junior – Olympics, Age Group Championships, Senior Mets and Sectionals.

    Long Course Season:
    – Runs April-July
    – Meets generally start in May and end in July
    – All competitions are held in a 50-meter pool (like you see at the Olympics)
    – Swimmers build on their training to peak at the end of the season at Bronze, Silver, Junior Olympics, Age Group Championships, Senior Mets and Sectionals.

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SWIM MEET & ENTRY PROCEDURES

  • When does my child start attending swim meets?

    Freedom Aquatics is an all-encompassing aquatics program offering learn to swim programs from beginners to experts as well as a USA Swimming registered, competitive swim team

  • How many meets will my child participate in?

    Freedom Aquatics attends, on average, 1 swim meet per month. Depending on your child’s abilities, they may qualify for additional “Championship” meets.

  • Does my child have to participate in every meet?

    Meets are optional but swimmers are encouraged to attend whenever possible. Swim meets are a great measuring tool to gauge your child’s progression while providing invaluable experience at the competitive level.
  • How do I know which events my swimmer should enter in a meet?

    The good news is that you don’t have to worry about this. The coaching staff has a training and meet plan for each swimmer and will choose those events.
  • How do I register for a meet? What if I am unable to attend or can only attend on certain days of the meet?

    Freedom Aquatics swimmers are automatically registered for every meet that Freedom Aquatics is scheduled to attend. It is the parents responsibility to opt out of a swim meet that they are unable to attend.
    Prior to a scheduled swim meet, as a parent, you will receive an email announcement of a swim meet that Freedom Aquatics is planning to attend. This email will contain the first draft of events that your swimmer has been entered in by their coach (1st Draft). Please review the days, sessions and events that they are scheduled to participate. After reviewing this information please send a *text message to their location coach via their work number with any necessary changes, ie. unable to attend, can only attend certain days, etc. See Coaches contact info HERE.
    Several weeks prior to the meet, you will receive a second email (Final Draft). This email will contain the final list of entries (with any changes you requested). This will be your final opportunity to make any changes before entries are submitted to the Meet host and Meet fees are incurred. Please review this file carefully, any changes received after the due date of this email will not be accepted and meet fees will NOT be refunded.
    *Text messaging is the only form of communication for meet entry changes. Conveying your preferences through email or verbally to coaches and/or administrators is not acceptable and may result in the changes not being made and meet fees to be incurred.
  • Why is there an entry deadline for swim meets and why do I have to pay the fees if my swimmer can’t attend if they were entered?

    Meet entries and fees are due to the Meet host club weeks before the meet. Once the entries are submitted, the swimmer’s spot is secured and Freedom Aquatics has guaranteed payment to the host team. Changes cannot be made after the deadline.

  • I noticed there were relays at the last meet we attended. Why wasn’t my child chosen? Why were some swimmers in the relay not swimming their best stroke?

    Relay entries are computer generated and provide coaches with the fastest combination of swimmers by gender and age group.

  • What does DQ mean?

    Disqualification – This can happen for a variety of reasons including starting early (false start), performing an illegal stroke or turn, etc. The reason for the DQ is usually listed on the results sheet.

  • My credit card was charged for “Meet Fees” but the amount is different from last month’s meet?

    Meet fees vary by location, host and level of meet. Meet fees are listed in the information packet for each meet.