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New Parent Orientation

posted Oct 1, 2012, 7:06 PM by DCST Webmaster   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 8:14 PM ]
  • Our website is our primary method of communicating. 
  • On our home page you can find team news and any new important information. 
  • Any cancellation due to weather will be posted on our home page as soon as the determination is made. 
  • All other information concerning the swim team can be found under the swim team tab. 

Swim Meets 

The meet schedule is located on our website under the meets/results tab. The letters to the right of the meet name indicate which training groups will be attending that particular meet (W-white, b- blue, B - bronze, S-silver, G-gold, SE-Sr. elite). The Q means – swimmers must have the qualifying times to attend. 

Entry Procedure 
  • All swimmers will be entered in meets unless notified otherwise. 
  • The coaches will enter each swimmer in their particular events. 
  • You can notify the coaches if your swimmer is not attending via our website. The non-attendance notification tab is on the meet/results page. This is the only way you can notify the coaches if your child is not attending a meet. Under the non-attendance notification each meet will have a date in which you must notify us by. Failure to notify us before the deadline will result in your child being entered in the meet. The deadline is usually 2-3 weeks before the start of the meet. Please check the deadlines ahead of time. 
  • The fees for each meet will be taking out of your account via Thriva. You can review the meet fees for each meet on our meet/results page. 

Leading up to each meet 
  • Timing- We will always need volunteers to help time during each meet. Please sign up for timing under the meet/results page. 
  • Timeline- You can find a timeline of the meet the Wednesday before the start of the meet. The timeline is located to the right of each meet and will have a T to click on. 
  • Meet entries- You can view the meet entries on the right of each meet. 
During the meet 
  • Warm-up times are usually at 7:30 or 8:10am. Swimmers are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the designated warm-up. All swimmers are expected to warm-up with the team. 
  • There is no circle-in this year. Only swimmers participating in events 500 or longer must check in at the beginning of the meet.
  • The competition portion of the meet starts at 9am. Meets usually last between 3.5-4.5 hours. 
  • Relays- During meets where relays are offered the coaches will announce the final relay line ups immediately after warm-up. Swimmers arriving late will be taken out of relays. Although we try our best to pre enter swimmers in relays, we often have to make changes at the meet. Swimmers should not assume they are not in a relay. Always ask a coach before leaving a meet. 
  • Uniforms- swimmers must wear a dads club shirt, cap and swim suit during meets. 
  • We understand that some of you might not have the team suit by the first meet. In which case a blue or black suit will be ok. 
  • Although not mandatory, we encourage swimmers to wear a light (blue, white or gray) team shirt on Saturdays and a darker shirt (royal blue or tie dye) on Sundays. 


Swim Caps
Dad's club swim caps will be arriving in a few weeks. The caps will be sold at practice (days
TBA) and at the first couple of meets.

Personalized Swim Caps
  • We are now taking orders for personalized caps. Each order must be a minimum of 2 caps - $30
  • The personalized caps are white silicon with the Dad's club logo and your swimmer's last name on both sides.
  • In order to order personalized caps your swimmer must be in Silver, Gold or Sr. Elite.
  • Please email orders for personalized caps to Sandy Calderwood at

Shirts can be purchased through our spirit wear. You can contact Sandy Parsons for any questions concerning spirit wear 

Texas Swim Shop is taking orders for Parkas. If you are interested in ordering a parka please email Susan Matherne at

Team suits
Texas Swim Shop is taking orders for team suits. Team suits should be order through Susan Matherne at

Training equipment
Training equipment can be purchased at Texas Swim Shop. They will have the required equipment list by training group, but you can also get this information from theTraining Groups section. Let them know you are with Dad's Club in order to receive the team discount.
10429 South Post Oak Road Houston, TX 77035
(713) 723-0910 

Speaking with Coaches 
  • Coaches are unable to speak with parents during workout times. 
  • If you wish to speak with a coach please schedule a time to meet with them via email. 
  • Please keep in mind that parents are not allowed on deck during practice times. Parents are welcome to watch practice in the designated sitting areas. 
Jason Devine – 
Jane Swanson - 

Jason Devine - 
Jane Swanson - 

Jane Swanson - 

Jason Devine - 

Regina Aguilar - 

Sr. Elite 
Rey Aguilar - 

Fund Raising 

Our annual Swim Marathon will be held on Saturday Oct. 27th. We look forward to all swimmers participating. All swimmers will need to supply a counter to keep track of their laps. More details from here.