Metro Marlins is open to ages 7 - 18. Coaches: Mike Wood & Assistant Coaches The Metro Marlins Swim Team is a member team of USA Swimming. The program includes conditioning, stroke technique, dryland training, team-building opportunities, Metro Marlins in-house meets and swim meets against other USA Swim clubs. Anyone interested in competitive swimming is invited to try out. All swimmers must pass Level 4 swimming lesson. Our team is divided into four levels: Red, White, Blue and Silver. All levels are encouraged to join USA Swimming and compete at meets. Swimmers who have not swam with Metro Marlins in the last year, or are new to the program, need to be evaluated for team placement during the first week of practice. Final team placement will be based on swimmer performance. Practice schedules may be adjusted due to team enrollment numbers. SCHEDULE: Season goes through early March Start Dates: August 26th (White, Blue & Silver Teams) September 9th (Red Team) No practice September 2, 5, 10, 26, October 10, 17, 18, 31, November 5, 28, 29, December 12, 17, 24, 25, 31, January 1, 9, February 17 REGISTRATION FEES RED TEAM: $125 - Includes Metro Marlins team suit, 2 swim caps, team shirt and other Metro Marlins items. WHITE, BLUE & SILVER TEAMS: $250 - Includes USA Swim fee, Metro Marlins team suit, 2 swim caps, team shirt and other Metro Marlins items. RED TEAM: Entry level team. The focus is on the fundamentals of all four competitive swim strokes. Swimmers must be able to swim the following without stopping: 25 yards freestyle with side breathing, and 25 yards backstroke. Encouraged but not required to compete in swim meets. Red Team Fee: $62/month USA Swim Fee (optional): $70 Red Team Practice: Monday & Friday 6 - 7 pm WHITE TEAM: Focus is on proper stroke technique along with starts and turns. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of the following: freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and 25 yards of butterfly in good form. Must be able to do legal racing turns. Must be able to perform a standing dive from the edge of the pool. Required to compete in a minimum of 3 USA Swimming sanctioned events (excludes in-house meets). White Team Fee: $103/month White Team Practice: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6 - 7:15 pm Dryland practice times TBD. BLUE TEAM: Focus is on providing swimmers with more stroke, start and turn technique along with endurance needed to succeed as a competitive swimmer. Swimmers must be able to swim 100 yards of all four competitive strokes with proper form. Must know racing turns and starts. Required to compete in a minimum of 4 USA Swimming sanctioned meets (excludes in-house and championship meets). Blue Team Fee: $134/month Blue Team Practice: Monday & Friday 7 - 8:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6 - 7:30 pm Dryland practice times TBD. SILVER TEAM: This group is for advanced swimmers age 13 or older. The focus for this group is technique and training to be successful and meet the demands of competitive swimming. These swimmers are also expected to be leaders to the rest of the team, displaying good sportsmanship, dedication and responsibility; both in the water and out. Required to compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets, in-house and championship meets. Silver Team Fee: $144/month Silver Team Practice: Monday & Friday 7 - 8:45 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6 - 7:45 pm Dryland practice times TBD. Swim Team Kick-off Meeting Monday, August 19th 6 pm Middle School Auditorium Swimmers and parents should be in attendance for this meeting. You will receive team hand-outs, practice schedules, and order team suits.