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Cuda Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How are the swimmers grouped?

A. By gender and age. The age the swimmer is on May 31st is the age group with which they will be placed.

Q. Can a swimmer practice with another age group?

A. Only with Coach Approval.

Q. How many practices does a swimmer need to attend per week?

A. No requirement, but preferably 2+ per week.

Q. Does a swimmer have to wear the team suit to practice?

A. No. Any suit will work for practice – girls should wear only one piece suits.

Q: How can I volunteer to help the team?

A. Website! Volunteers are greatly appreciated.

Q. Do I need to stay with my swimmer for their practice?

A. Parents are not allowed on deck during practice. Parents of 8 and unders should remain at the pool under the pavilion

Q. What if a practice is canceled due to rain/thunder? How will I be notified?

A. Remind app . If you’d like to subscribe to a text service for reminders and weather updates, Join Class @9g924.

Q: Is there a Lost & Found at the Pool?

A. Yes, in the garages next to the pool. Please remember to put your swimmers name on their goggles, fins, towels and bags!!

Q. Where can I purchase a Team Swim Suit and/or Fins?

A. Swim Shops of the Southwest


Frequently Asked Questions about a Meet

Q. What is a “Time Trial” (held before Meets begin)?

A. Each swimmer must have an official swim time for each stroke prior to entering a Dual Meet. This time is used to "place" swimmers in races with other swimmers with similar times. Once a swimmer swims an event at a Dual Meet or NWAL Sanctioned Invitational, that Time Trial time will be replaced with an official time even if it's slower than the Time Trial time. Please keep in mind that Time Trial times cannot be used for Divisionals.

Q. How do I sign my swimmer up for a Meet?

A. The website. Sign-Up by Midnight on the Tuesday prior to the Meet. You can sign up for all Meets at once if you wish.

Q. How many events can a Swimmer sign up for?

A. 3 individual events. The head coach reserves the right to change events if needed. Coaches pick the relays for the meet. The relays are picked by time.

Q. What time should a swimmer arrive at a Meet?

A. 7 AM for Check-In at home meets and 7:30 AM for away meets. All Swimmers Must Check-In at the Cuda table upon arrival. You will check in at the check in table and then go to your AGE GROUP tent and check-in with the age group parent. Even if you don't plan to sit in the age group tent, you must check-in with the age group parent and discuss with them what will work on making sure that your swimmer is there for line-up to READY BENCH. Very Important!

Q. What happens if a Swimmer is late to a Meet?

A. They risk being scratched from relays.

Q. What should we take to a Meet?

A. Meets are held at outdoor pools, so being comfortable and cool is key. If you have a tent – bring it! The more shade the better. You will need chairs. A cooler with cold drinks is always a good idea. Kids should bring something to keep them entertained during non-swim time. Swimmers should bring a couple of towels, goggles, team cap and sunscreen!

Q. Are siblings, family or friends allowed at a Meet?

A. Yes

Q. Are there concession stands at Meets?

A. Yes.

Q. Where do Swimmers sit at Meets?

A. Swimmers are encouraged to sit with their age groups - especially the younger ones. The younger groups have age group parent volunteers who supervise the kids and ensure that they are taken to and from the swim races on time. This also allows the kids to socialize and have fun. The Meet runs much smoother when the kids remain with their age groups!!

Q. Is a Swimmer required to attend all the Meets?

A. Of course all swimmers are encouraged to participate in as many Meets as possible, but it is not required to attend them all. However, in order to attend the Divisional Meet (Meet at the end of the season that includes numerous swim teams) swimmers are required to have participated in two dual Meets.

Q. Are Team Suits required at a Meet?

A. No. But swimmers should not wear another teams Swim Suit or Cap. If they are not wearing the Team Suit, try to wear a suit with the team color and girls must wear a one- piece.

Q. Who swims the Relays?

A. The Coaches select the fastest swimmers in every age group.

Q: What are Invitational Meets?

A: Sprint Sizzler, Pentathlon, Ponderosa and Trinity Summer Classic

To participate in invitational meets, a swimmer must make a qualifying time in an individual event.

Sprint Sizzler is a mid-season invitational hosted by the Cudas and SSAN.  This event is a major fundraiser for the Cudas, so all eligible swimmers are encouraged to attend and all families are encouraged to volunteers.

Pentathlon is also a mid-season invitational that requires a maximum combined time for each of the 4 strokes and the IM.  Swimmers will swim all 5 events at Penthalon.

Ponderosa and Trinity are championship meets that each has its own qualifying standards. The Ponderosa Meet qualifying times are faster than the Trinity Summer Classic times. If a swimmer qualifies for Ponderosa in an event they are ineligible to swim that event at the Trinity Summer Classic individually or in a relay. Both of these meets occur on the same weekend at the end of the NWAL season. The coaches will make the best relays with the swimmers that are available to swim. 

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