Swim Streamline at Northampton
FAQ Sheet (Frequently asked
What is the USA Swimming (USAS) Registration Fee?
USA Registration is required for any
swimmer participating in a USAS Club. It provides for a
subscription to "Splash" Magazine, USA registration card,
access to the website and personalized swim database for
each swimmer. This fee will establish the swimmer's amateur
status as a competitive swimmer, and provide insurance
coverage during swim practice sessions and meets.
What group should my child swim in?
First, refer to the Group description
sheet. If in doubt, contact the coaches by e-mail.
Laura Koch Davis at
email@example.com. If all else fails we can
evaluate on the scheduled days. All group placement subject
to approval from the Head Coach.
I/we don't like competition; do we have to attend meets?
While we do not require swimmers to go
to swim meets we do encourage the activity as they
progress. Many world class athletes were afraid to compete
to begin with but grew to love the thrill of competition and
the desire to improve.
When/where are swim meets?
Unlike summer league where meets are
every weekend, we choose about 1 meet per month to attend
starting in October. Most (75%) are in the Houston area but
some are further away. (Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas) We
attend most of the unclassified meets allowing any of our
swimmers to compete. Toward season's end in February there
are some Championship meets that require a qualification
time to attend. Meet entries and fees are due 2-3 weeks in
advance of the upcoming meet and entry fees run about
$5-7.00 per event.
What are the Seasons?
There are 3 competitive seasons in
World wide swimming. In the States, Short Course Yards (SCY
- 25 yard pool) takes place from September through April.
This coincides with the rest of the World's Short Course
Meters (SCM) season. Swim Streamline at Northampton is a
SCY pool. From May to the end of the summer, swimmers
prepare and compete in Long Course Meters (LCM) which are
the World and Olympic Standard. This season, 2009-2010 Swim
Streamline will not participate in Long Course Meets or
practices (April-June) but will consider for the future.
Is it too COLD to swim outside during the winter
We are fortunate in Texas to have mild
winters but we do have some fairly cold days throughout
December/January/February months. Most of the clubs in the
Gulf swim outside during these months with the aid of a
heated pool. Most of the kids who start with us wear their
Winter Badge of Honor! It is important for the kids to have
hats, sweats, sweatshirts and parkas to put on when they
arrive and leave for the greatest comfort.
Should we take a break so my kids don't get burned out?
If the swimmers are enjoying practice
and competitive life, leave well enough alone. The more
time these land creatures spend in the water the better for
their swimming. However, we realize that the Holiday
season, school and other activities take a toll on the kids
and we want them to love being around swimming. At these
times it's better to reduce water time, not give it up all
together. Talk to the coaches about the specifics for your
family. Also, ask your kids daily if they are having fun!
When and how are Monthly dues payable? Swim
Streamline membership fees will be paid monthly. All monthly
fees must be paid by the 1st of every month that you swim.
Any balance owing after that the 10th of each month is
subject to a $15 late payment. If you decide to take a
break from Swim Streamline you must notify the coaches via
e-mail by the 15th of the month. Otherwise we will consider
you eligible to pay for the next month of swimming. All
swimmers must register USA during Swim Streamline season and
pay annual team administrator fees upon joining the team.
How do I communicate any needs with the coaches?
Please email the coaches or schedule a
time to speak with them. Please refrain from taking
coaching time away from other swimmers in the water while on
the pool deck. Important
swim team information will be sent via email, and I can find
out more information regarding the swim team at
www.swimstreamline.com. I also understand it is my
responsibility to check my email frequently and/or visit the
website to stay current on Swim Streamline news. All
questions and concerns should only be directed to the Head
What is the difference between Swim Streamline, Summer Tune
Up, Northampton Cudas, and Masters?
Swim Streamline is a USA sanctioned team that
competes during the year (Sept-Apr, July/Aug) and focuses on
a high level of technique and training to prepare the
maturing swimmer for High School and College swimming.
Summer League Tune Up is
a program (March-April) designed for swimmers who have been
out of the water since the previous summer and gives a head
start on summer league participation. Visit
www.swimstreamline.com for updates
Northampton Cudas is a
Summer League program run separate from Swim Streamline (end
of April, May & June) sanctioned by the Northwest Aquatic
League designed for fun and enjoyment within the
Woodlands Masters Swim Team:
is an adult fitness group that offers 26 coached weekly
workouts, high quality instruction, and has a certified
coaching staff. WMST trains at Northampton, the NAT in
Shenandoah, and YMCA. For more information visit
What equipment do my swimmers need?
All swimmers should have fins, goggles
& swim caps. Silver: a pull buoy, Pre-Gold group add a pull
buoy and Pilates mat , Gold group add hand paddles, buoy,
and a Pilates mat. All are available at Swim Shops of the
Southwest. We have a limited supply of kickboards which are
available on a first come first serve basis.