Swim Team FAQ's


How well does my child need to swim to be part of the team?

Your child does not need to be an Olympic swimmer or even be able to make it all of the way across the pool.  Stroke technique and swimming strength will develop through practices.

How long is the summer season?

Swim Team practices are expected to start Monday, June 14th and end Friday, July 30th.  The swim team party will be on the last day of practice on Friday, July 30th.  

What is the practice schedule like?

Practices are held every weekday, Monday – Friday, during the season.  Swimmers "9 and over” practice from 10AM -11AM and Swimmers "8 and under” practice from 11AM – 12PM.  We will not practice if the outside temperature is 65 degrees or below.

What kind of swim league is the team part of?

We have friendly dual swim meets against other local neighborhoods and swim clubs with events (races) broken down by gender and age.  We focus on becoming better swimmers while having summer fun with their friends.  

How are the age groups broken down for the events at a meet?

Boys:  6 and under; 8 and under; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-18

Girls:  6 and under; 8 and under; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-18

Do we have to buy an expensive special team suit?

Chadds Ford Shark swimmers are required to wear a black and/or blue swim suit.  We do not require purchase of a special team suit.  We do provide a team T-Shirt that is included in the registration fee and spirit wear is available for purchase at the time of registration. 

Does my child have to swim in the home and/or away meets?

No, they do not have to swim in the meets, but they will want to because they are FUN!  We encourage your swimmer to swim in as many meets as your family’s schedule allows.

What if we are going on vacation, my child is attending a camp or plays sports and will need to miss a few practices or meets?

The nice thing about summer swim team is that it is OK and common to miss practices and meets.  We ask that you attend as many practices as you can and you only sign up for meets that you will be able to attend. 

Updated May 8, 2021