Swim Team General Information
Pool members are eligible to join the swim team. To join the swim team, click "Join the Pool!" above and once in the membership application, you can register your children for the swim team. If you have any questions, just email us.
Swim Practice Hours* NEW TIME
VAST Team Fees for 2021
* Lynchburg Aquatic League requires all league swimmers to be members of the pool for which they swim. Student memberships age 13 -18 are available for those who are not already members. The cost is $400, which includes team fees. See the Membership page for more information.
Tentative as of 3/20/21
Gabe Greene- Head coach
Swim Team Board Representative: Stacey Aukland: 434-942-4815, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 1st and 2nd afternoon practices will be held from 4:30-5:30 for kids 11 and up and 5:30-6:30 for kids 10 and under.
We will begin morning practices on June 3rd.
9:30-11:00: 11 & up
11:00-12:00: 10 & under
May 12th- Swim Team Open house from 7:00-8:00
July 31: Swim Team Potluck Dinner & Banquet, Location TBD
Notices and Handouts
The swim team will have a “mailbox” for each family in a file folder box. This box will be kept in the guard building so please check your family’s folder regularly. Each week you’ll find items like handouts, ribbons, and other team information. Please advise your children to be sure this information makes its way home.
Our Coaches will be using the Remind app to send out quick text reminders about practices, meets, inclement weather, etc. This will be a way to quickly contact parents of last minute changes. The app does not require parents to share their cell number as it is secure and private. All parents will need to do is to text @b7d9g9 to 81010 By doing so, you will be connected to the Vista Acres group to be able to receive these group messages.
Sign Out Schedule Book
As you establish your vacation and other plans for the summer, please indicate the absence of your swimmer(s) for any particular meet in the Sign-Out Notebook. This book will be located in the swim team file box and it is important that you sign your child(ren) out of a meet by WEDNESDAY preceding the meet on the following Monday. Failure to do so could result in disqualification of an event or relay which may be important to the meet line-up. If an emergency arises, or a swimmer becomes ill, please notify the Coach as soon as possible.
If this is your child’s first swimming experience they will be practicing from 10:30-11:00 once morning practices begin on June 4th. As they progress and gain endurance the coaches will let you know when they are ready to increase their time. please come to the afternoon practice until the morning ones begin.
We will be placing a team order on May 21th. If you would like to order a suit please either sign up at meet the coach or send an email to email@example.com by May 19th. If you miss the deadline you can go on Swim Outlet and search for our team. It will bring you to the team page with the swim suits. You do not need to order a suit, this is not mandatory but looks nice when we all match.
After the meets
After the home meets this year we will go to Yogurt Yeti, they are sponsoring our swim team. See the attached calendar as to what nights are Yogurt Yeti nights. The other home meet we will have an ice cream social and late night swimming at our pool. The cost will be $3.00 or $12 per family. This will be one of our main fundraisers. The other fundraiser we do is the swim- a -thon. This will take place on June 27th from 9-11 during practice. We will need volunteers to help with this event.
There are two Championship Meets held at the end of the summer season – a “B” Championship Meet followed by an “A” Championship Meet. To qualify for the “B” Meet, a swimmer must have swum the specific event(s) in a dual meet and not have made an “A” time or been disqualified. If a swimmer has two or more “A” times, he/she may not swim in the “B” Meet. Any “A” times received in the “B” Meet qualifies the swimmer for the “A” Meet also.
To qualify for the “A” Championship Meet, a swimmer must have achieved one or more “A” times during the season, either at a dual meet or the “B” Meet. If you finish first in an event at the “B” Meet, you also qualify for that particular event at the “A” Championship Meet. One “A” time qualifies the swimmer to swim only that individual event plus the relays. Two or more “A” times qualifies the swimmer to swim any three individual events plus the relays.
In the “B” Meet, team points and awards are given to the top eight finishers. Medals are awarded to the first three places; ribbons are awarded to places four through eight. In the “A” Meet, team points and awards are given to the top six finishers. The first three places receive medals; the next three receive ribbons.
***We LOVE & NEED Our Parent Volunteers***
It takes the effort of our whole Vista Acres Family to run our swim meets. All parents of swimmers are encouraged to volunteer. Most volunteer positions are simple and easy to learn at the meet. A few positions require specific training and certifications and they are indicated below. Lynchburg Aquatic League provides training for these positions annually. If interested, contact Kris Sennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since a typical meet lasts about 2-3 hours, you can choose whether you want to work for half of the meet or the whole meet. Meet sign-ups are done weekly and can be found on the signup genius link that will be sent via email. Please help out the team by having at least one parent in each family sign up to help out in some way at our swim meets. This is very important and will prevent us from trying to find people before a meet. We have to have positions filled in order to have the meet.
*MEET REFEREE: Has authority over all officials. He/she will decide all questions relating to the actual conduct of the meet. The referee must be a certified stroke and turn judge qualified by the LAL and/or the USS.
*STARTER: Upon signal from the Referee, assumes full control of swimmers until a fair start has been achieved.
*STROKE AND TURN JUDGES: Note infractions of strokes and turns. Must be qualified by the LAL and/or the USS.
HEAD TIMER: Makes sure lane timers are ready and watches are clear before the start of each race. Also provides a roving watch in case a lane timer misses the start or has a watch malfunction.
PLACE JUDGES: Stationed near the finish of each race, and judges the order of finish of all swimmers.
ANNOUNCER: Before the start of each race, he/she shall announce the number of heats. At the start of each heat, he/she shall announce the lane, name of each swimmer, and the team affiliation. He/she shall also make any other announcements as requested by the Scorer, Referee, Record Keeper, or management.
LANE TIMER: Two timers shall be placed directly over each lane at the finish. Their watches are started at the instant of the flash from the Starter. Their watches are stopped immediately when any part of the swimmer’s body touches the end of the pool.
SCORE KEEPER: Records the order of finish and the times of each swimmer in all events and disqualifications as given them. They shall complete the team scores.
*These volunteer positions require specific training and certification from the LAL and/or the USS.
2019 Stroke & Turn training sessions will be held at Hurt & Profitt 1602 Langhorne Road * If interested, contact Kris Sennett at email@example.com.
1. I will attend practices, arriving on time and be ready to swim when the coach begins practice.
2. I will do my best every day.
3. I will be respectful of my teammates and encourage them. I will not say anything negative to or about a teammate's abilities.
4. Running on the deck is not permitted.
5. Horse play on the deck or in the pool is not permitted.
6. Hanging or pulling on the lane ropes is not permitted.
7. I will not throw training gear. This includes, but it not limited to, my goggles or swim boards that belong to VAST.
8. I will display good sportsmanship at ALL times. Win or Lose.
9. I will follow the coach’s instructions and remain silent when the coach is speaking giving him/her my full attention.
10. I will not use foul language at any time while at Vista Acres.
11. I will remember that at all times while at the pool (even when not practicing or attending a meet) I represent VAST and will display good behavior.
12. I will also display good behavior and sportsmanship when visiting another pool for a swim team meet