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Swim Team 2013

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 Swim Team

Welcome to the Friendly Frogs Swim Team! The following information will help you and your swimmer learn more about the program and how you can be involved.

The swim team season begins in mid-May and runs through mid-July. The team is open to all Friendly Park Pool swimmers through the summer following high school graduation.  Practices are held Monday through Friday, with time trials on Saturday mornings. Five dual meets and a three-day City Championship Meet are scheduled by the local organizing body of the summer swim program, the Community Swim Association. A team banquet is held at the pool after the season is complete. (Swim Team Info Packet here)

Community Swim Association

The Community Swim Association (CSA) is a non-profit organization comprised of 23 local swim clubs and more than 2,000 swimmers from ages 5 to 19 in the Greensboro area.  CSA encourages and promotes competitive summer swimming as part of the programs offered by its member community pools.

CSA conducts weekly dual meets over a five-week period beginning in June and ending in July. Teams compete based on their performance at the previous year's City Meet - in other words, Friendly swims against the pools that had scores closest to ours at last year's Championship. At the end of the dual meet season, a City Swimming Championship is held over a three-day period at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Throughout the swimming season, you can access current announcements, meet results and times at the CSA site www.greensborocsa.org


Team Fees & Membership Forms

Swimmers must register and pay fees annually. The cost is $80 for the first swimmer in each family and $60 for each additional swimmer. Tadpoles are also required to pay swim team fees. These monies help cover team dues and entry fees in the Community Swim Association (CSA) as well as other team expenses. One CSA Release form per swimmer must be completed prior to a swimmer's participation in team practice or a meet.


Parent volunteers

Swim team season is short but it takes lots of volunteers  to make the program a success  and help the meets run smoothly.  Home meets require more than 50 workers and away meets require about half that number. We will utilize online sign-ups this season for meet volunteers.  Please volunteer  as often as you can. If you have questions as to the type of volunteer roles that are needed, please contact  Neal Mitchell (neal.mitchell@bellsouth.net)

We especially need parents to become certified stroke and turn judges, referees, and starters! 

Please consider attending a training session to become a Stroke and Turn judge. We are responsible for providing 4 Stroke and Turn judges at each dual meet. Many of the folks that have served in the past are no longer with us as their swimmers have graduated from the team. Our stable of existing judges stand ready to mentor you into this role, but you must attend one of the CSA training sessions to be eligible to serve. Contact me if you have questions about this role or how this process works.

CSA Training Dates: Training sessions will be held on May 9,11 & 15. Sessions begin at 7 pm (there is a hard stop at 8:15pm) and are held at Sherwood Swim and Racquet Club



The contacts for team information  are:

Neal Mitchell (neal.mitchell@bellsouth.net) - parent representative

Erin Harris (twh55@bellsouth.net)  - Head Swim Coach

Email is the primary means of conveying team information.  Please make sure Neal Mitchell has your current email address.  Also, check the Swim Team bulletin board at the pool frequently for announcements and sign ups; and the websites for information: www.friendlypark.com  & www.greensborocsa.org

There will be a 'meet sheet' posted on the bulletin board for swimmers to indicate which meets they will be ABSENT for. It is essential that parents update this sheet so the coaches will not schedule them to swim on that date, thereby denying another swimmer the opportunity to swim. Also, on the same 'meet sheet', parents please indicate if your young swimmer will not stay for relays, so the coaches won't schedule them to swim in a relay - check the box 'NR' (No Relay).


Open House

This will be an opportunity to complete all paperwork, order swimsuits and t shirts, meet the coaches and pay fees.  A representative from Kastaways will be present to help with swimsuit sizing and to take orders.  This will be done in conjunction with the summer tennis team for those families who have children participating in both activities.


Swimmers  are encouraged  to attend as many practices as possible.  Practice is held Monday through  Friday, rain or shine, unless there is lightning or thunder at the pool. Please arrive on time. You can follow our Twitter handle @thefriendlyfrogs for real time updates concerning weather, etc. For afternoon  practices prior to the official pool opening, come prepared to do land exercises - with towel, tennis shoes - for the first portion of practice.  Please note all age groups except 6 and unders have two daily practice sessions once school is out.

May 15 - June 9:

Tadpoles,  6 & under 4:00 - 4:30 pm

Experienced 8 & under 4:00 - 5:00 pm

9-10,11-12,13-14,15-18, 4:45 - 6:00 pm

June 12 - July 6:

Tadpoles, 6 & under, 8 & under 8:00 - 9:00 am

9-10, 11-12, 9:00-10:00 am

13-14, 15-19, 10:00-11:00am also

Experienced  8 & under 4:30 - 5:00 pm

9-10,11-12,13-14,15-19, 5:00 - 6:00 pm


Time Trials 

Time Trials will be held on Saturday mornings promptly at 8:30 am on June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24. Time trials are critically important for the coaches, so they can plan relays and event entries, so swimmers should come as often as possible.   A team picture will be taken at one of the time trials or practices, we will announce when scheduled.

Suits & Caps

We will be offering a new team swim suit this year. Give order forms to Mitch at the spring swim warm ups.  

Swim Meets

Five dual meets are held during the season. All meets begin at 5:30 pm and swimmers should arrive at 4:30 pm to get organized and prepare for warm ups. Swimmers  learn which events they will enter at morning swim practice on the day of the meet or at the meet itself on an information board that lists swimmers  names and events.

2017 Dual Meet Schedule:

Tuesday, June 6th at Sherwood

Tuesday, June 13th Home vs. Bur Mil

Tuesday, June 20th at Hamilton Lakes

Thursday, June 22nd at Lake Jeanette

Tuesday, June 27th Home vs. Green Valley

City Meet will be held July 6th, 7th and 8th at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Much more on this later!


Tadpole Stroke School

The tadpole program is for beginning swimmers who may need more help in practice. It is not swimming lessons. (Swimming lessons are offered at the pool mornings after schools are out.) In order to participate as a Tadpole, a swimmer must know the basic fundamentals of swimming and be able to swim independently for one lap. The coaches/parents/swimmer   will decide when a swimmer is ready to participate  in meets and graduate to the regular swim team age group practice session. The general criteria used to determine when a child is ready to move up are the ability to 'legally' swim freestyle 25 yards and backstroke  25 yards for multiple laps.

Swim lessons:  
June 13-16 (Tuesday thru Friday)
June 19-23 (Monday thru Friday)
June 26-30 (Monday thru Friday)


The annual Awards Banquet will be held June 30.   The exact date will be chosen based accommodating our graduating senior swimmers.  All families will be asked -to bring a particular category of food. After  dinner each of the age groups are honored and awards are distributed.  There is also a slideshow with pictures from the season.

Swim for Cancer

Swim for Cancer is the Community Swim Association's annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Swim for Cancer is the largest swim event for cancer in the United States and in its 34 years has raised millions of dollars for cancer research and education.  Friendly Park Pool is consistently one of the top fundraising pools in Greensboro.  We have had a variety of successful team wide events in the past, and are excited to help this wonderful cause again this year. If you are interested  in leading any portion of our Swim for Cancer initiatives, please contact Ashlea Lester at ashclester@me.com