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    Team Handbook

    Introduction

    Every parent, at his or her first swim meet, has wondered, “What am I doing here at 8am on Saturday morning, and what’s going on?” This booklet will answer those questions and many more. Your team reps, coaches and fellow swim parents all want you to understand and enjoy our summer swim program. Welcome to the Dowden Terrace Dolphins. We’re glad to have you with us!

    There is a place on our team for any child, aged 18 or younger, who can swim across the pool without assistance, tread water for 60 seconds, and can follow instructions from the coaches. How many sports teams include boys and girls, five years old to 18 years old, on the same team participating in the same competition? Most sports require a coach or two, and maybe a parent to coordinate snacks and a coach gift. Swimming needs these, too, and involves the WHOLE family. It takes nearly 50 adults (not counting coaches) to pull off a typical swim meet. SWIMMING IS A FAMILY SPORT! There are MANY different ways to be involved whether it’s managing the Dolphin Diner or finding a job deck as an official.

    Our Philosophy

    The philosophy of the DT Dolphins swim team is to have fun while swimming well and demonstrating good sportsmanship. We like to be division Champions, but we are even prouder to win the division Sportsmanship award. We believe in encouraging swimmers to do their best while recognizing their contributions to the team, and creating fun for the entire family.

    Qualification for Swim Team Membership

    All swimmers must be Dowden Terrace members. Children 18 and under are not permitted to join Dowden Terrace as individuals. The Dowden Terrace Swim team is not a swim lesson program. We’ll help your child become a better swimmer. When your child is assessed at the beginning of the season it will be determined whether they are ready for the competitive team (The Dolphins) or the pre-competitive team (The Flippers). They must be able to swim a length (25 meters) without stopping to touch the wall or stand up. Their face should be in the water and no "doggy paddling". They must also be able to tread water for 60 seconds in the deep end without stopping. In addition to these requirements, they must be able to listen to a coach without being disruptive for 30 minutes. All these requirements are for the safety of your swimmer and for the safety of the rest of the team. If your child meets these requirements, the Team Reps will let you know whether they will be a Dolphin or a Flipper. If they are a Flipper, the coaching staff may determine they are ready to move up to the competitive team throughout the season and the Team Rep will let you know should that occur. If they are not quite ready, you may choose to get some individual lessons and come try out again at least a week later. Individual lessons are often available from various coaches.

    DT Swim Team reserves the right to refuse enrollment or cancel the reservation of any swimmer. If your swimmer has special needs, please call the Swim Team Representatives before you register your swimmer to discuss whether or not the DT Swim Team program is appropriate to meet the specific needs of your child. Your honest disclosure of information about your child's needs is important in determining if DT Swim Team is a fit for your child.

    Parent Involvement

    Swimming is a family sport! It takes nearly 50 adults to successfully conduct a swim meet. Please say "Yes" when we ask for your help so that we can all share in making the summer a success. At least one parent is required to volunteer during the season. One of the best ways to support the team is by making sure your child can attend practices and meets. One of the reasons we have been so successful is because of the dedication of our swimmers and their families to the Swim Team. If your child is not available for an “A” meet, even if this is his or her first year on the Team, please notify the Team Reps as early as possible.

    Parent-Swimmer-Coach Relationship

    A unique way of looking at the parent-swimmer-coach relationship is as a triangle, with the parents and coaches at either side of the base, and the swimmer at the top. Parents and coaches work together in a partnership to help the swimmer rise to his/her highest potential. Each member of this triangle has specific responsibilities. The coach is the professional, with the knowledge and training to guide the swimmer in the sport. The coach is also an important source of motivation for the swimmer. The parent provides the swimmer’s emotional base for a sense of well-being and security. This can be provided best through support and encouragement no matter how the swimmer performs, and by guiding him or her through the emotional ups and downs that will inevitably come in a swimming career. The swimmer’s responsibility is to listen to the coach, strive to do what the coach asks of him/her, and to develop a positive, working relationship that will allow the two to work as effectively as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about a coach’s decisions, feel free to contact the head coach. The best time to do this is after practice. If possible, send an email describing what you would like to discuss. The coach will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Expectations for Swimmers

    Keep your commitments: we’re expecting you at practice and we expect to hear from you at least one week before any Saturday morning “A” meet that you cannot attend.

    Pay attention to the coaches. Disruptions aren’t fair to the other swimmers.

    Do your best—it’s a lot more important than being the best.

    Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times . . . win or lose.

    Have fun!

    The Basics

    Practices

    Our swim season is nine weeks long from the first practice through Divisionals. Attendance at every possible practice session is critical to personal development as a swimmer, and to the team’s success. Practices by age group are held in the afternoons until school is out. Once school is out, practices by age group are held every morning with the option of a Tuesday/Thursday evening practice for swimmers of all ages who can not attend in the morning.

    We urge all swimmers to attend morning practice and to arrive on time for warm-up.

    Your 10 & Under swimmer is allowed to attend practice without parental supervision.

    Swimmers who attend morning practice may not attend afternoon practice.

    We encourage ALL SWIMMERS (except Flippers) to attend Stroke Clinics on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

    A swimmer who is disrupting practice may be asked to leave. We will call you.

    Parents may observe practice from the pavilion. If you have a question or concern about something that occurs at practice, bring it to the attention of the Team Reps.

    For health reasons, use of the baby pool is not permitted during morning practices before the pool is officially open.

    Swimmer Apparel and Gear

    Swimmers should wear a swimsuit appropriate for racing. Our team suit may change each year. Wearing the team suit is optional but highly encouraged for Saturday “A” meets. Most boys prefer the longer, “jammer” style suit, over the skimpy “Speedo,” but both are available as a team suit. You might consider buying at least one practice suit. Sport Fair in Arlington and other area retailers frequently sell suits at reduced prices. Every swimmer needs at least one towel, preferably two. At meets, our swimmers sit on the ground so it’s nice to have one towel to sit on and another to dry off with. Goggles are a necessity, as is a swim cap unless hair is very short. Other accessories you should consider are: a sweatshirt (for cool mornings), sunscreen, liquid refreshment (Gatorade, water), a light snack to eat during the meet (fruit, granola bar) and a bag to carry everything. The snack bar (a.k.a. the Dolphin Diner) will have some healthier foods like bagels and fruit.

    Each swimmer receives a DT swim cap at the Blue/White meet. Additional silicone caps are available for purchase. NVSL Rule: Swimmers shall not be permitted to compete in swim caps which include the name or insignia of any team other than their NVSL teams. We encourage swimmers to wear DT caps and team suit for every A meet. Every swimmer receives a team t-shirt.Other apparel may be available for sale (sweats, shorts, extra t-shirts). Swimsuits, caps, t-shirts, and goggles all look alike; we urge you to mark them with a permanent marker.

    Communication

    The swim program requires frequent communication among all participants. Email is our primary channel for communication. Please be sure we have an email address for you and that you check it every day. A family folder is assigned to each family for ribbons, notes, etc. The mailbox crate will be at practice daily and will be kept in the pool office, available whenever the pool is open. An email will be sent with the list of swimmers for each Saturday “A” Meet by Friday morning. Official times will be posted after each meet as well as a list of swimmers who have achieved personal best times. The NVSL website (mynvsl.com) includes all “A” meet results, best times, maps/directions to all NVSL team pools, and a page for Dowden Terrace.

    Buddy System

    Before the Blue/White Meet, we pair each new swimmer with an experienced team member to help the new swimmer through the first few weeks.

    Team Picture

    We ask that every member of the team is present to be included in the team picture (7:45 am on the morning of the Blue/White Meet). Every family receives a copy.

    Awards and Recognition

    We recognize swimmers for various types of achievement.

    Personal Best Ribbons are awarded each time a swimmer improves his/her time in an event.

    Swimmers-of-the-week are chosen by the coaches based on hard work, significant achievements, and good attitude.

    A participation award is given to every team member. After the fifth year of team membership, each swimmer receives a plaque with plates for every year of participation, and a new plate is given every subsequent year.

    The Most Improved Award is awarded to the boy and girl in each age group with the greatest time improvement across all strokes. The required strokes per age group are as follows:

    6&Under: Free, Back

    7-8: Free, Back, Breast, Fly

    9-10: Free, Back, Breast, Fly, IM

    11&Up: Free, Back, Breast, Fly, IM

    Swimmers get credit for improvement in strokes that are not required for their age group. For example, if an 8&Under swimmer swims IM and improves his/her time, then the improvement is included in his or her time dropped.

    The 21-Point Trophy is awarded to each swimmer who earns at least 21 points at “A” meets.

    The Coaches’ Award is awarded annually to swimmers who best demonstrate leadership, work ethic and other qualities determined by the coaching staff.

    The Sportsmanship Award is awarded annually to the swimmer who best demonstrates sportsmanship throughout the season.

    Swim Meets

    Blue and White Meet

    Is held at DT on the Saturday before the first “A” meet. This is a practice meet for ALL DT swimmers (no opposing team) including flippers, and it does not include Relay events. The swimmers are divided into Blue and White teams and they compete in every event they can swim. This meet provides the times that Coaches will use to “seed” (choose swimmers for) the first “A” meet.

    Saturday Morning "A" Meets

    We swim the other teams in our Division on five consecutive Saturdays. These meets are called “A” meets (some pools divide swimmers into “A” and “B” teams; DT does not). “A” meets include individual events and relays, shown below. The order of events is: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Relays (Mixed Age Relays last). Boys swim before Girls. In the Mixed Age Relay, the 11-12 year-old swimmer goes first, followed by 9-10, 13-14, 15-18.

    “A” Meet Events and Distances

    Age Group Freestyle Backstroke Breaststroke Butterfly Freestyle Relay Medley Relay
    8 & Under Boys 25 M 25 M 25 M 25 M 100 M
    8 & Under Girls 25 M 25 M 25 M 25 M 100 M
    9-10 Boys 50 M 50 M 50 M 25 M 100 M
    9-10 Girls 50 M 50 M 50 M 25 M 100 M
    11-12 Boys 50 M 50 M 50 M 50 M 100 M
    11-12 Girls 50 M 50 M 50 M 50 M 100 M
    13-14 Boys 50 M 50 M 50 M 50 M 100 M
    13-14 Girls 50 M 50 M 50 M 50 M 100 M
    15-18 Boys 50 M 50 M 50 M 50 M 200 M
    15-18 Girls 50 M 50 M 50 M 50 M 200 M
    Mixed Age Boys 200 M
    Mixed Age Girls 200 M

    “A” Meets are scored (see Scoring, below) and consequently, the fastest swimmers swim in “A” Meets. Swimmers may only swim two individual events. The Coaches, in consultation with the Team Reps, “seed” the meets. For each “A” Meet, we finalize the list of swimmers on Wednesday. After we give our swimmer selections to the other team, we can only replace missing swimmers with a swimmer who has a slower time in that event. We give careful consideration to seeding the meets, trying to maximize potential points in order to win, while trying to get as many swimmers as possible in the meet. In some cases, a swimmer may “swim up” in a higher age category, and may even be able to score points if the other team is weak in that age group. Even the newest, youngest swimmers may be entered in “A” meets.It is extremely important to notify the Team Reps or Coaches as soon as possible if any swimmer is unavailable to swim in an “A” Meet so that we don’t put that swimmer in the meet and deprive someone else of the chance to swim. The home team uses lanes 1, 3, and 5 and the visiting team uses lanes 2, 4, and 6. The fastest swimmers are in lanes 3 and 4, the next fastest in lanes 2 and 5, and the next fastest in lanes 1 and 6.

    Meet Sheets for “A” Meets

    The best way to follow the meet is with a meet sheet, which lists the events, swimmers, records and All-star cuts from the previous year. Meet sheets are distributed electronically the day before each “A” meet.

    Scoring for “A” Meets

    In individual events, first place earns 5 points, second place earns 3 points and third place earns 1 point. Relays are scored as 5 points for the winner and 0 points for the other team. There are 420 points up for grabs in an “A” Meet. In the event of a tie, the total available points are equally split among the swimmers.

    Monday Evening “B” Meets

    "B" meets offer all swimmers the opportunity to swim, including events for 6 & Under swimmers. Swimmers may sign up for up to two events, plus Individual Medley, if it is offered. The IM is probably too strenuous for most 8 & Under swimmers. No points are awarded in “B” Meets, but ribbons are awarded in each event (Competitor ribbons are awarded even to swimmers who disqualify, i.e. fail to swim the event legally). Swimmers who placed 1st or 2nd in an “A” Meet event are not eligible for a ribbon for that event at a “B” Meet. They can swim the event for Time Only. Swimmers sign up for “B” Meets on Saturday or Sunday prior to each “B” Meet. The events at a “B” Meet are essentially the same as “A” meets except:

    • In the Freestyle and Backstroke, a 6 & Under age group is added
    • Individual Medley Events are added
    • There are multiple heats of each event, if necessary
    • There are no relays

    Specifics regarding events and eligibility are determined by the host team and may vary from meet to meet.

    Relay Carnival

    The Division Relay Carnival takes place on Wednesday, in the middle of the season. All six teams in the division meet at one pool for an evening of relay races. These include Freestyle relays (each swimmer swims the Freestyle) and Medley relays (each swimmer swims a different stroke). The fastest four swimmers (based on best times during the current season) swim in each relay event. The All-Star Relay Carnival occurs the following week. The eighteen fastest relays in each event (across the entire NVSL) are selected for the All Star Relay Carnival.

    Divisionals

    Divisionals occur on the last Saturday of July. All six teams meet at one pool to swim the individual events in an “A” Meet, plus the Individual Medley for 10-18 year olds. In this meet, swimmers compete as individuals for 1st – 12th place, not points. DT can enter two swimmers in each event. Sometimes we can get additional swimmers into the meet if other teams cannot use all of their allotted slots. We select swimmers for Divisionals based on times, giving preference to the fastest swimmers. Swimmers may only swim in events for their age-group (no swimming “up”).

    Individual All Stars

    The eighteen fastest times swum in each event across the entire NVSL qualify for Individual All-Stars. All-Stars can be overwhelming for a first time swimmer. Approximately 600 swimmers, plus parents, coaches, and officials gather for a meet that takes about six hours. If your swimmer is fast enough to be named an All-Star, it is a thrill he or she will never forget.

    Other Notes on Meets

    Each team has a warm-up period before a meet begins. The home team warms up first. Swimmers should arrive at least 10 minutes before the DT warm-ups.

    Swimmers should sit with the team, cheer for their teammates and show good sportsmanship at all times during a meet. Please remind your swimmer to remain in the pool until every swimmer has finished the event, and to shake hands with the swimmer to the right and left.

    Swimmers should try for a best time with each swim. Any swimmer who achieves a "personal best" is a winner.

    Coaches will provide positive, constructive feedback. If the swimmer disqualified, the coach will explain the disqualification. If you would like information about a disqualification, see a coach or a qualified official AFTER THE MEET.

    NVSL Standards of Conduct

    The following Standards of Conduct shall guide swimming and diving within the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL). They promote respect, fairness, civility, honesty, responsibility, and appropriate behavior. These Standards foster a positive environment at all swim and dive meets; establish an atmosphere of respect for all participants, officials, and spectators; produce positive learning outcomes for all; build participant and team spirit; and enhance the sports of swimming and diving.

    All Athletes, Coaches, Team Representatives, Officials, Parents / Spectators, and NVSL Leadership shall:

    Abide by the established rules of the NVSL.

    Respect all officials at all times, and address them in a courteous manner.

    Avoid using inappropriate language, profanity, humiliating or intimidating remarks or behavior, verbal or physical assault toward any athlete, coach, team representative, official, NVSL leadership or spectator.

    Follow applicable management, pool, and facility rules, respecting others’ property at all times.

    Display respect, courtesy, and good manners toward athletes, coaches, Team Representatives, and spectators. Team Representatives shall assist officials in maintaining control of spectators during meets.

    Demonstrate humility in victory and courtesy in defeat.

    Head Coaches shall:

    Ensure athletes and assistant coaches demonstrate maturity and good sportsmanship toward other athletes, officials, coaches, and spectators at all times.

    Lead by example to instill a love for the sport, advance aquatic skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship in their team.

    Spectators shall:

    Maintain an appropriate distance from the competition area by remaining in established viewing areas and shall not encroach the pool deck or interfere with any officials.

    Not engage in loud, intimidating, disrespectful, or negative behavior toward officials, athletes, other spectators, support personnel, or pool staff (including lifeguards).

    Respect for Other Pool Members

    Many people enjoy the Dowden Terrace pool and support the Swim Team through their dues. We encourage Swim Team families to be sensitive to the needs of other pool members throughout the summer, both during practices and before and after meets.

    Cheers and Jeers

    If you have a question, complaint, or suggestion, don't hesitate to contact the Team Reps. If you’d like to pass along a compliment, we’ll take those, too! Call, email, use the mailbox or see us at the pool. Your ideas and feedback, both positive and negative, are appreciated.

    Organizational Stuff

    Dowden Terrace Recreation Association (DTRA)

    The Dowden Terrace Recreation Association (DTRA) owns the facility we use. The DTRA is governed by a Board of Directors and supports the swim team financially. To be a member of the swim team, your family must belong to DTRA.

    Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL)

    The Northern Virginia Swim League is the largest summer swim league in the United States (over 10,000 swimmers). The purpose of the NVSL is to sponsor competitive and developmental swimming in community swimming pools in Northern Virginia, and to develop in the children affected by this program a love for the sport, advanced aquatic skills, teamwork and the principles of good sportsmanship. The NVSL began in 1956 with nine teams. Dowden Terrace joined the NVSL in 1958. There are currently 102 teams in 17 divisions. Division 1 is the top (fastest) division.

    Team Reps and Coaches

    The Team Reps are volunteers who were new to swimming at one time just like you are. The Team Reps are responsible for every aspect of the swim team and are the Dowden Terrace representatives to other swim teams and the NVSL. The Team Reps hire the Coaches who are responsible to the Team Reps for the swimming portion of the program.

    My Kid Says He’s Supposed to Swim Like a Butterfly

    While the stroke rules are simple enough for a six year old to understand, we’ll briefly describe each stroke, as modified for use in the NVSL.

    Freestyle

    The Freestyle is defined as any means of swimming across the pool. Any stroke and kick are acceptable. There are, however, a few “don’ts” associated with this stroke: (1) You cannot walk on the bottom or pull yourself along using the lane lines and (2) In a 50 meter race (two pool lengths) you must touch the wall at the 25 meter end before touching the wall at the 50 meter end (this may seem obvious, but sometimes swimmers miss the wall at the turning end of the pool).

    Backstroke

    Like the Freestyle, almost anything goes with Backstroke as long as you stay on your back. Backstroke starts are different because the swimmer is in the water with feet planted against the wall, hanging on to either another swimmer’s legs or the edge of the pool. “Legs” must be grabbed below the knee. Persons serving in an official capacity (such as timers or coaches) may not serve as “legs”. The Backstroke flip turn is the one exception to staying on your back and can be used only as part of a turn (not a finish).

    Breaststroke

    The Breaststroke has three components, the kick, the arm pull, and glide. The kick is a “frog” kick and the toes must be pointed outward during the propulsive part of the kick. The arm pull reaches across the surface, underwater. Once the arms are at full extension, the swimmer pauses (or glides) and waits for the legs to finish the kick, with legs together. The arm pull and kick must be in an alternating sequence and the elbows must stay below the water except for tagging the wall at the finish. Breaststroke turns and finishes require a simultaneous two hand touch.

    Butterfly

    A well executed Butterfly (or Fly) is the most beautiful exhibition of power you’ll ever see in a swimming pool. The Fly is the hardest stroke for most swimmers to perfect and, while they are learning, it many look like they are drowning. There are two components of the Fly; the arm pull and the kick. The arm pull must be an over the water recovery (elbows breaking the surface of the water) with the arms moving simultaneously. The kick is a dolphin style kick with both legs moving simultaneously. Unlike the Breaststroke, there is no requirement to alternate the kick and pull. Turns and finishes require simultaneous two hand touch at the wall.

    Individual Medley

    In the Individual Medley (or IM), a swimmer swims each of the four strokes in the following sequence: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle. We swim a 100 meter IM: 25 meters (one pool length) of each stroke.

    Relays

    There are two kinds of Relays, the Freestyle Relay and the Medley Relay. Both involve four swimmers, each swimming one quarter of the total distance. In the Freestyle Relay, each swimmer swims the Freestyle. In the Medley Relay, the sequence is Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle. At the NVSL Relay Carnival, 8&U swimmers swim a modified Medley Relay – a second Freestyle leg instead of Fly. In all relays, each swimmer must wait until the previous swimmer touches the wall before leaving the deck. Running starts or pushes from teammates are not allowed.

    Nutrition and Rest

    Children should eat a nutritious meal before swimming. A good breakfast would be pancakes (easy on the syrup) and fruit. Before an evening meet, we recommend that swimmers eat a large serving of pasta and fruit. Swimmers should postpone eating "junk food" at a meet until after they finish swimming. Sugar only slows a swimmer down! Water and Gatorade are the best drinks during a meet. On hot days, swimmers should drink frequently to avoid dehydration. It is important to get a good night's rest before a meet. We recommend that swimmers swimming in “A” meets relax, out of the sun, on Friday afternoons.

    Weather and Safety

    Practice and swim meets take place in the rain. However, any sound of thunder or instance of lightning clears the pool until at least 30 minutes have passed without a recurrence. The safety of all swimmers is of the greatest importance. We urge swimmers, coaches, and everyone connected to the swim team to use common sense to avoid accidents. Behavior such as throwing someone in the pool can result in serious injury or even death. Also, remember that the sun beats down hard in the mornings in summer. Urge your children to use a waterproof sunscreen before practices or meets.

    Who Are All These People Dressed in Blue and White?

    Your first swim meet can be an overwhelming experience as you encounter a horde of adults dressed in white shirts and blue shorts. NVSL rules require that all officials wear these colors.

    The Clerk of Course is the “gatekeeper” for the meet – assembling the swimmers for each event, directing them to the right lanes and keeping the flow of events moving smoothly.

    The Referee is the chief official for the meet. He or she is the final authority on interpretation and enforcement of all swimming rules. Prior to the start of each race, the Referee sounds two or three short whistle blasts to advise the participants to get ready. After the event is announced, the Referee sounds one long blast as a signal for swimmers to get into position for the start or to jump feet first into the water for the Backstroke event. When the referee sees that all the swimmers are ready, he extends his arm toward the starter.

    The Starter is responsible for ensuring that all swimmers are given a fair and equitable start. The starter will instruct the swimmers to “Take your mark”. When all swimmers are ready and still, the starter will start the race using a “Colorado System”. This system consists of a public address function, a horn and a strobe light. The starter may recall a race (begin again) only if it was a bad start by the starter or for a safety reason. You will know the recall signal when you hear it.

    Stroke and Turn Judges are responsible for ensuring that all swimmers obey the rules for the stroke that they are swimming. The four Stroke and Turn Judges stand at the ends of the pool. If a Stroke and Turn Judge sees a violation, he raises his hand to signify that an infraction has occurred. A disqualification is recorded on a DQ slip, which the Referee reviews, approves and forwards to the Table Workers and the Team Reps.

    Marshals ensure that warm-ups are conducted safely; they prevent horseplay on the pool deck and make sure swimmers are not hanging from or sitting on the lane lines.

    Relay Take-off Judges ensure that each swimmer touches the wall before the next swimmer takes off.

    Timers are the most important people to the swimmers. They determine each swimmer’s official time. Timing is a good entry level position for new parents. There are three timers per lane. The Chief Timer collects all the time cards, reviews them for accuracy and completeness, and forwards them to the Table Workers.

    Table Workers receive time cards and DQ slips, determine the order of finish for each event, score the meet, and prepare ribbons for the participants.

    The Announcer welcomes swimmers, coaches, and fans to the meet and introduces the swimmers for each event. The Announcer also announces the results for each event and, periodically, the score.

    Team Reps receive DQ slips for the team and are the only persons permitted to challenge decisions made by the referee.

    The Coaches’ primary responsibility at a meet is to encourage and praise the swimmers and to make sure that they get to the Clerk of the Course in time to swim.

    Doesn’t DQ stand for Dairy Queen?

    What is a DQ? A DQ (Disqualification) is a violation of the rules observed by any appropriate official. Most young swimmers disqualify several times while learning how to swim the various strokes “legally.” Coaches expect this and will work with swimmers to help them overcome the reason for the DQ. The following are frequent causes of DQ:

    Freestyle: Propelling by use of the lane ropes, pushing forward off the bottom of the pool, missing the wall on the turn

    Backstroke: Turning over before touching the wall at finish, flipping over too early before the turn Breaststroke: More than two underwater pulls at start, flutter kick, toes not pointed out, failure to touch the wall with two hands, one-arm pull

    Butterfly: Flutter kick, non-simultaneous stroke, failure to touch the wall with two hands

    Relays: Leaving the deck before the previous swimmer touches the wall

    False Start: Forward motion before the starting signal

    How Will I know a DQ Occurred?

    Unlike football, we don’t blow a whistle and announce to the world that a rules violation occurred. When a Stroke and Turn Judge observes a violation, he raises his hand and then writes it up on a DQ slip. The S&T Judge takes the slip to the Referee, who questions the Judge to verify that a rule has been broken. Any explanation must begin with “I saw” and not “I think I saw”. Another clue that a DQ has occurred is a longer than normal pause between events.

    Early relay take-off DQ’s are handled differently. Relay Take-Off Judges record each “start” on Relay Take Off slips which are passed to the Referee. If both Judges on a lane record an early take off for the same swimmer, the relay team is DQ’d.

    A false start DQ occurs when a swimmer moves towards the pool after having assumed a still position (taking his/her mark) and before the Starter has started the race. If a false start is detected before the starting signal is sounded, the Referee will ask all swimmers to “stand” and will repeat “take your mark.” If a false start is observed but the starting signal has sounded, the race will not be stopped. The false starting swimmer(s) will be notified at the conclusion of the race.

    We’d Rather Have Fun Than Be in Division One

    At DT we like to win, but it isn’t our only reason for having a swim team. Some of the fun things we do:

    Pep Rallies held on Friday evenings include a meal for swimmers and spirit-building activities planned by the Coaches.

    Team Outing - Each year we spend one day doing something as a team away from the pool (usually a trip to Kings Dominion). To participate in this outing, team members must be at least 13 years old or be accompanied by an adult.

    Awards Banquet and dinner held on the evening of Divisionals. This is a tremendous celebration where each swimmer’s contribution to the team is recognized.

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