Embarking on a journey into year-round age group swimming is exciting, but it can get complicated - especially for parents! We've put together some information that should answer most of your questions. Feel free to contact us if there's anything else you'd like to know about joining the Tsunami Swimming family!
You can find all of this information and more in our Parent Handbook.
We keep a selection of practice equipment in stock, which is available for purchase on Sunday afternoons at the pool, or from Peter AFTER weekday practices. Other required or optional equipment can be purchased anywhere that sells this type of equipment or ordered from Sport Fair (1-800-524-9501). Any equipment with the team logo must be ordered from Sport Fair.
Required equipment for Practice, Tsunami has some in stock.
- Practice suits, $30-$38 female / $25 male Jammers/Briefs,
- Fins, Pull Bouy, Goggles
Optional equipment, in stock:
- Goggles $6 - $20
- Prescription goggles are also available, special order $15
- Practice caps (not required unless hair is a problem) $7 silicone
- Team t-shirts $7- $12 (limited selection of sizes)
- Parent polo shirts $25 (limited selection of sizes)
Required equipment, order from Sport Fair: 800-524-9501 (Prices may change)
- Team cap (required for meets)
- Fins $30-45
- Pull buoy $10-15
Team suit (usually 1-2 sizes smaller than practice suit) not required
Swim Meet Information
Becky Slominski passes out "meet invitations" for each meet 3-4 weeks before that meet. These have information on who qualifies to attend, location, times, dates, directions and other specifics. Swimmers and their parents choose which meets, if any, they will attend. The coaches can guide you in these decisions, and will recommend meets that would be best for your swimmer. There are no required meets, although all swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of three meets.
Swimmers are encouraged to swim a wide variety of events at meets. This is one of the great things about age group swimming. If your swimmer swims in summer league, high school and maybe college, they will probably have a "best" stroke or event, and will swim just this stroke or event all of the time. Age group swimming allows swimmers to try out all the strokes and events. Many swimmers find that the stroke they hate when they are 8 becomes their favorite at age 12.
USA Swimming Registration
All swimmers who wish to compete at meets must be registered with VA Swimming and USA Swimming. Your $100 registration fee covers this cost.
Each host team charges $8-10 per swimmer per event. Championship meets cost more. These fees will be charged to your meet fee account. When you sign up for a meet please pre-pay. Estimate meet fees at $30-$40 per day per swimmer, Tsunami swimming must pay these fees to the host team before the meet deadline, if you sign up for the meet and don’t attend you still have to pay for those events..
You will receive an account statement periodically which will show actual charges, payments, and credit or balance due for team fees, meet fees, scrip fees etc.
Swim & Stay Fit swimmers can also attend meets with our team, but their meet fees are doubled for each competition.
"SCRIP" FUNDRAISING PROGRAM
To help offset the cost of pool rental, team families commit to "raising" $200 in scrip profit each year. The program works like this: Tsunami purchases gift cards or gift certificates from a wide variety of merchants (grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores etc) through the Great Lakes Scrip Center (GLSC) program. The merchants make a donation based on the amount of "scrip" purchased. This usually ranges from $4-12 per $100 purchased (4-12%.) Anyone can purchase these certificates at face value and use them just like cash. Tsunami usually has several popular cards in stock, and hundreds of others may be special ordered. Families pay for the in-stock scrip when they receive it and for the special order scrip when it is ordered. Any money accumulated above the $200.00 commitment, is shared 50/50 with the family and Tsunami swimming Scholarship fund. The remaining is placed into their account which goes towards the remaining balance of team contract fees, meet fees, or any other fees you may incur.
Scrip Coordinator carries an assortment of cards on the deck. The cards purchased directly from can be paid for by cash or check.. Please write checks for scrip purchases separate from other items, and specify which scrip you are purchasing. The coordinator parent volunteer keeps track of how much scrip each family purchases, and how much “profit” has been raised by their purchases.
Scrip coupons usually in stock:
- Giant, Food Lion
- Darden (good at Red Lobster, and Olive Garden)
- Outback (good at Carabbas, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Bonefish Grill)
If you will regularly purchase other scrip, let Coach Pete know, and he can keep some other cards in stock as well. To see a list of all participating retailers, please click here. For more information on SCRIP, please click here.