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FAQ's

What is included in the sign-up fee?

The sign-up fee includes all practices, meets, a team t-shirt for the swimmer and the end of the season party.

What is the fee for multiple children?

The first child is $100, 2nd child is $80, 3rd and each additional child is $70.

How well does my child have to swim?

Each swimmer is required to be able to swim the length of the pool (25 meters) unassisted.  No stroke knowledge is required.

When are swim team try-outs?

Thursday, June 1st and Friday, June 2nd at 9:00 am at the Alma Aquatic Park.

Who has to come to swim team try-outs?

Any swimmer who is new to the Alma Gator program is required to attend try-outs for evaluation.  The only thing needed during try-outs is goggles.

When will I know if my child made the team?

You will immediately know if your child qualifies for the team.  

What if we cannot attend try-outs?

Your child will not be allowed to participate in any practices until he/she has been evaluated.  Please be in contact with the coaches so an evaluation time can be scheduled.

When do practices begin?

Practices begin the week of June 5th.  There will be 4 weeks of practice and then we will take off the week of July 3rd.  Practices will resume July 10th and our last practice will be Tuesday, July 25th.

What do we bring to practices?

Your child needs to wear a swimsuit and sunscreen and bring goggles and a towel.

When are practices?

Practices are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8:00am and 9:00am at the Alma Aquatic Park.

What practice time does my child attend?

If your child has swam before, please attend the 8:00am practice.  If your child is new to the program, please attend the 9:00am practice.  A coach may advise a child to attend a different practice any time during the season.  Please take the advice of our coaches.

Does my child have to come to every practice?

It is not required to attend every practice but it will only help your child to become a stronger swimmer.

When are the swim team meets?

Alma--June 16th, NWA meet in Rogers--June 24th, Clarksville--June 30th, NWA meet in Rogers--July 8th, Paris--July 15, Meet date for Russellville is pending

What time do the swim meets begin?

Normally, Friday meets begin at 5:00 with warm-ups at 4:30pm for the younger swimmers.  Older swimmers begin at 7:00pm with warm-ups at 6:30pm.  Saturday meets begin at 8:00am with warm-ups at 7:30am for the younger swimmers.  Older swimmers begin at 10:00am with warm-ups at 9:30am.  Some meets may be different but you will be told if this is the case.

Is my child considered a younger or older swimmer?

Swimmers in the 10 and under age group are considered younger.  Swimmers in the 11-18 age group are considered older.

Does my child have to compete?

Your child does not have to compete.  The fee is $80 for a swimmer who will not compete.

Can anyone compete?

You must be registered with the Alma Gators Swim Team in order to compete in any meets.

What if I only want to compete in one meet?

You can chose which meets your child competes in.  The fee is not any less if your child competes in one or all of the meets.

How do I sign my child up for the swim meets?

You must have an account to sign up online for swim meets.  Please go to the Meets & Events tab and click on Signup Instructions.

What do we bring to a swim meet?

You will want to bring some kind of shade, lawn chairs, cold drinks, snacks, sunscreen, highlighter and permanent marker.  ALWAYS remember goggles and a towel!  

How do I mark my child's arm for the meet?

Highlight your child's races on the heat sheet. Write their name on one arm and their race numbers on the other arm with your permanent marker. This helps the swimmer keep up with their event numbers and also helps the volunteers in the bullpen as they are lining swimmers up for races. You will list the the event number first, then the heat number, then the lane number. (Ex. 4-2-6)

What if a meet is cancelled?

You will be notified through text messaging and Facebook if a meet has been cancelled. It is common for us to get to a meet, have everything set up, and then the meet be cancelled because of weather. This is just part of the season!

What if my child is signed up for a meet and cannot make it?

Please let the coaches or managers know as soon as possible. Their absense could affect a relay team so we need to be able to make changes as quickly as possible.

What places are awarded at meets?

A heat ribbon goes to the swimmer who comes in 1st in each heat.  These ribbons are handed out immediately.  Medals or ribbons are given to the overall placement of 1st through 6th place.  Medals and ribbons are given to the coach at the end of the meet and will be handed out at the following practice.

How does my child qualify for the NWA Meet of Champs?

The Meet of Champs is on Tuesday, July 25th.  Qualifying times are under the "Meets and Events" tab.

What if my child quits during the season?

We hate to hear that your child wants to no longer participate in swim team.  There is a $25 non-refundable fee.  If your child makes it past the first week of practices, the rest of the fee is non-refundable.

Do we take team pictures?

Yes.  Pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st.  More details will be available during the first week of practice.

When is the End of Season party?

Our party is set for Thursday, July 27th at 7:00pm.

How do I get Alma Gator text notifications?

Text @agst2017 to the number 81010

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