Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
My child would like to swim on the swim team. Does my family need to be members of the Hollin Hills Pool?
Yes. All swimmers and their families must be full members of the Hollin Hills Pool.
What should I do if I think my child will enjoy swim team but am not certain he/she will?
Swim team should be a fun and rewarding experience. Your child is welcome to attend three swim practices to see how he/she feels about swimming before registering with the team.
Is there a separate fee to join swim team or is it included in the pool membership fee?
Yes, there is a separate fee to join the swim team. Fees are used to pay NVSL dues and insurance, coaches, and awards. For 2016, the rates are:
You may pay your swim team fee online when you register or by check made payable to Hollin Hills Swim Team.
How many practices a week must my child attend?
Your child may attend as many praactices as he/she wishes. The expectation is that swimmers will practice at least 3 times per week. Morning practices are less crowded because we have all lanes available for swim team use.
Does my son/daughter have to be chosen to swim in meets?
Your son/daughter may swim in as many dual B Meets as he/she would like. Coaches select swimmers for the Competitive “A” Meets based on times.The list of swimmers selected for A Meets are announced by Thursday for the Saturday Meet. Parents are asked each week to declare if their children are available to swim at the upcoming Saturday A Meet; doing so greatly assists the coaches in determining the A meet line-up. If your son/daughter is selected to swim in a Saturday A Meet and can not, please notify Coach Liza immediately.
For a complete explanation of "A" Meets and "B" Meets, please refer to the About Meets tab under Swim Team Information.
What equipment does my son/daughter need to buy to swim on the team?
Swimmers are encouraged to purchase a team suit for meets. Our team suit is sapphire blue with the Hollin Hills Bluefish logo and is available at the team suit sale held at Hollin Hills Pool on June 3 during practice. In addition, swimmers should purchase a couple of pairs of good quality goggles and a swim cap for meets. An appropriately sized one piece practice suit and a practice cap are also recommended. All swimmers are encouraged to wear swim caps for practices and meets. Swim caps and practice suits will be available at the suit sale. Our supplier for swim gear is Sport Fair on Lee Highway in Arlington. Let the store clerk know you are from Hollin Hills.
NVSL Rule: Swimmers shall not be permitted to compete in swim caps or suits which include the name or insignia of any team other than their NVSL team.
Swimmers may compete in suits and caps that have no team insignia.
What is the volunteer commitment for parents of children on swim team?
It takes a lot of volunteers to run a swim meet. Generally, the expectation is that if your child is swimming in a meet, you will assist at that meet in some capacity. There are volunteer opportunities for all levels of experience. Please read more about volunteer positions under the Volunteer Information tab.
How well does my child have to swim to join the swim team?
Generally, the expectation is that your child can swim across the pool unassisted. Our youngest swimmers should be able to swim across the pool unassisted after the first few weeks of practice. In addition, your child should be able to separate from you with minimal anxiety and be able to listen to and follow instructions.
What are Time Trials?
Time Trials is a mock meet held on the Saturday before the first A Meet. We have a long-standing tradition of swimming time trials with Little Hunting Park. Swimmers swim each of the four strokes for practice, experience, and to establish a benchmark time for the season. It also serves as a practice run for all officials and volunteers before the first official meet of the season.