2019 VC Swim
Frequently Asked Questions & General Information
Q: Do I need to be a member of the Victoria Club to participate on the swim team?
A: Yes, the Victoria Club is a private golf club. Participation on the swim team is limited to member’s children and grandchildren of Regular members. Please contact Victoria Club’s Membership Director, Elizabeth Young, at 951-633-5323 for membership inquiry. The membership application takes approximately 6-8 weeks. New members are encouraged to submit their application by March 1, 2019 to be eligible for the 2019 swim season.
Q: My swimmer is not a great swimmer, but s/he can swim, can s/he still be on the team?
A: Yes, swimmers age 5-18 must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) unassisted to participate on the team. Swim coaches will evaluate new swimmers prior to participating in practices. One-piece swimsuits, swim caps, and goggles are highly recommended during practice. New swimmer orientation is scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5pm.
Q: Do I need to attend all practice sessions?
A: No, practices are offered Monday – Friday afternoons until May 31, 2019. Beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 practices are scheduled Monday – Friday mornings. Please make every effort to attend morning practices. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon practices are offered to those families unable to attend morning practices. Due to the number of athletes on our team, we ask that you attend either the morning or afternoon practice, not both.
Practice Times & Supervision:
Please swim and dive during your assigned practice times. We have 35 families with more than one child on the team so we will not be making any exceptions to swimmers swimming outside of their assigned times. On that note, Victoria Club rules state that children under 14 may not be left unattended at the pool. Children must be with a parent or a responsible adult (outside of their assigned practice time). Though our coaches and lifeguards are responsible adults, our priority is to water safety during practice. We are coaching and watching the bottom of the pool during practices. If you have more than one swimmer, in more than one practice time, you need to stay with the child not participating in practice or buddy up with another parent on deck to ensure their safety and follow our pool rules. The beautiful thing about the Victoria Club swim team is that we are a family sport in an amazing facility. We realize for our 35 families that may equate to some long afternoons but with some creative parenting we can ensure a safe and fun environment for all without jeopardizing the coaches and lifeguards employment.
Q: When is registration?
A: Registration online at www.victoriaclubvikings.com usually opens the first weekend in April. New Family Q&A on deck at 4:30pm prior to suit sizing Wednesday, April 10, 2019. On deck suit sizing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 5-7pm on deck. This is the only day to size our custom suits to ensure arrival before our team picture.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: $215 per Regular member’s child or grandchild
$315 per social member’s child (Social Member’s grandchildren are not eligible)
An additional yearly registration fee per family TBD beginning 2019.
Q: When are Team Pictures & the Kick Off Party?
A: Friday, May 31, 2019
3:30pm Individual Pictures
(Photo order forms will be on deck everyday beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - cash or check payment due to photographer Friday, May 31 - No credit card or club charges for photos)
4:15pm Line up for Team Photo (over 100 swimmers!)
4:30pm Team Photo
4:45pm Photographer will finish up any individual pictures
No swimming until after the team photo and all individual photos are taken (Please stay dry for our team photo.)
Bring your spare change for the money dive. NO Pennies Please. They stain the bottom of our pool.
Lifeguards will be on deck between 4-8pm. Due to the number of swimmers expected in the pool at the same time, please have a conversation with your kids about pool safety prior to the event. We want to everyone to have a safe and enjoyable evening!
Swim Meets and Tent City:
When hosting a home swim meet at the Victoria Club, our goal is to be gracious hosts and offer our opponents the green shaded awning (west) side of the pool. VC’s team area is on the clubhouse (east) side of the pool deck and the raised snack bar patio right behind it. We need to keep clear at least 4 feet along the pool for the referee and "foot" traffic. If you own a larger easy up, please set up on the snack bar level to maximize space on the deck. No one should set up on the overlook in the "tiki bar" area. The buffet food service will be there. Depending on the size of our opponents we are able to set up the shallow end too. We have over 50 families on our team so please “buddy” up with another family per EZ up. We set up our “Tent City” at 11am, the day before a home swim meet. We realize some of you work but hope one person in your "tent" party can make it. We will have plenty of extra hands to help carry and open EZ ups. You are more than welcome to add onto our tent city anytime after 11am or on the day of the meet. 11am is right between the 8&under practice and the 9&older practice. Please do not set up before 11am. We will need to assemble the EZ ups and then drop them down to their lowest height so the wind will not pick them up. Feel free to leave your folding chairs under your tent but we would not recommend laying out blankets or towels due to the wind and water. We hope if on meet day you see a VC family looking for shade you offer them to join you. We have many new families. We appreciate everyone taking pride in our Club and our beautiful facility.
Away Meets: Bring EZ ups & folding chairs. You can use your VC member number to charge food and drinks at away meets.
Q: How do I sign up for a swim meet?
First, we need to know who is going to attend the meet. To keep track of this, we need each of you to sign up using our website www.victoriaclubvikings.com. Directions on how to declare attendance at a swim meet is on the website. Obviously, emergencies can come up, but it is very important that you let us know if your swimmer is, or is not, going to be there. We need a response from every swimmer. We close the meet sign up a week before a meet so the coaches will have time to enter the swimmers into their events.
Now that we know who is attending the meet, we have to make a meet line-up sheet for each age group.
The coaches need to fill in the events with the following guidelines: Each swimmer is limited to a maximum of 4 individual events in dual meets (maximum 3 individual events in Championship Finals). Diving counts as one event. Some swimmers will be placed in 4 individual events and one relay.
Victoria Club Viking coaches enter every swimmer in the butterfly, backstroke, freestyle and breaststroke. Every swimmer age 7 and older needs to swim the 100 IM (Individual Medley – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke & freestyle) at least once for a time. Coaches will not enter swimmers in both the IM and butterfly in the same swim meet unless requested.
Swim meets are complicated, but with the help of volunteers, they run efficiently. Thank you in advance for your help with setting up, preparing time cards, recording dive scores, inputting swim times into the computer, running cards, timing and breaking down the deck after a meet.
Swimmers/Divers must compete in a minimum of one dual meet to qualify for prelims/finals at the end of our season. All swimmers/divers that compete in a minimum of one dual meet will earn a team trophy in August at our poolside trophy party.
Q: What is Championship Week and how does my child qualify to participate?
A: Any swimmer who competes in a minimum of one dual meet will be entered into prelims.
Q: Who is invited to the Finals Party?
A: Everyone on the team is invited back to the Victoria Club after Finals on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 5-8pm regardless of whether or not your swimmer participates in prelims or advances to finals.
Q: Who is invited to the End of Season Trophy Pool Party?
Everyone on the team is invited to the End of Season Trophy Pool Party on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 5-8pm. Only swimmers/divers that compete in a minimum of one dual meet will earn a team trophy.
Private Swim Lessons:
All of our assistant coaches are for hire at the rate of $20 a half hour for private and/or group swim/dive lessons. Lessons are available outside of swim practice times. Private dive lessons, during open swim hours, must allow club members participating in free swim to use the diving boards. In other words, private dive lessons must work in and around free swim participants. Coaches are allowed to close the diving boards, for only team divers, during dive practice times. To clarify, as per our Club Board, and due to liability, ONLY members' children and grandchildren my take lessons in the Victoria Club pool. The Victoria Club is a private, member owned club, not a public pool. If you refer one of our coaches to friends who are not members, the lessons may not take place at the Club, but perhaps in the clients’ home pool. Feel free to direct any prospective members to Elizabeth Young in the main office for an application packet.
Thank you for protecting and respecting the rules and regulations of our Club.