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Website

  • Our website is our primary method of communication.
  • 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. We will always do our best to hold practices when possible, but the unpredictable nature of the weather may occasionally result in last-minute cancelations. (Text alerts may also be sent out in the event a practice is cancelled beforehand. Please be sure that your primary cell phone listed on your Active account is able to receive texts.) The website will always be our primary method of communicating weather related changes.
  • 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 dadsclub-swimteam.com 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, SR-Senior, NP-National Prep, N-National). The Q means – swimmers must have the qualifying times to attend. Qualifying times usually apply to championship meets and can be found in the meet info/announcement by clicking the title of the meet (i.e. “Gulf Open Meet”).

Entry Procedure

  • All swimmers will be entered in meets unless we are notified otherwise via your parent portal.
  • You will receive an email 3-4 weeks before each meet. Once you receive this email you will be able to go into your parent portal and opt-out if your swimmer isn’t able to attend. The email reminder will go out 3-5 days before the opt-out deadline. (If your swimmer is planning on attending there is no need to confirm his/her attendance) You can see the list of opt-out dates for the entire season on our meets and results page. Once a swimmer has been entered in a meet, the entries fees will be charged to your account and are non-refundable.
  • The coaches will enter each swimmer in their particular events. You can see your swimmers events on your parent portal after the coaches complete the entries. This is typically 2-3 days after the opt-out deadline.

How to Opt-Out (5 minute Active/opt-out video)

  • Once you have logged on to your parent portal click on the meet tab. You will see your swimmer’s name with an ATTEND or NOT ATTEND box next to it.  If you click on NOT ATTEND your swimmer will be opted out of all days and sessions. If you click on ATTEND it will give you the option of opting out of particular days or sessions, or leave it as it is. (If your swimmer is planning on attending the meet there is no need to confirm his/her attendance)


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. (Timing at swim meets go towards your service hours)
  • Timeline- You can find a timeline of the meet the Wednesday before the first session by clicking on the T located to the right.
  • Meet entries- You can view the meet entries on your parent portal.

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 during the Short Course season (October-March). Only swimmers participating in events 400 or longer must check in at the beginning of the meet.
  • The competition portion of the meet starts at 9am. Meets usually last between 3-4 hours. 
  • Relays- During meets where relays are offered the coaches will announce the final relay line ups immediately after warm-up. Swimmers arriving late for warm-up 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 Dad's Club shirt, cap and swim suit during meets.
    • Blue shirt on Saturdays
    • White shirt on Sundays 

Our next shirt hand-out days will be on October 1st and 2nd.


Open meets are split into morning and afternoon sessions.

Which session is my swimmer participating in?

AM Session

11&over girls and 13&over boys

PM Session

10&under girls and 12&under boys

 

How will I know when to bring my swimmer to the meet?

The estimated timeline for each meet will be posted on our meet and results page a few days before the start of the meet. Morning sessions usually start warm-ups between 7-8am, afternoon sessions usually start warm-ups between 12-1:30pm.

Warm-up times will also be posted on our meets and results page.

 

How will I know what my swimmer is swimming?

You will be able to see your swimmers entries on your parent portal. This is typically 2-3 days after the opt-out deadline.

 

Uniforms/Equipment

Required equipment during meets – Team suit, Team cap, and Team shirts.

Swim Caps
Each swimmer will be receiving a free Dad’s Club latex cap. Silicone caps can be purchased with our parent volunteers.

Our volunteers will be selling silicone caps on October 1st and 2nd.

Personalized swim caps are available for order for the following groups only: Gold, Senior, Nat prep and National. An email will be sent out at the beginning of each season with the order information.

Shirts 
Additional shirts and apparel can be purchased through our spirit wear at 
our online store.


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

Team suits
Texas Swim Shop is taking orders for team suits. Team suits should be ordered through Susan Matherne at txswim@pdq.net

Training equipment
Training equipment can be purchased at Texas Swim Shop. They will have the required equipment list by training group. You can see the list of equipment per group on our
Training Groups page. Be sure to let them know you are with Dad's Club in order to receive the team discount.

Texas Swim Shop 
10429 South Post Oak Road

Houston, TX 77035
(713) 723-0910

You can also order training equipment through Texas Swim Shop Online https://www.texasswimshop.com/  Click on Team Shop, DADS and enter our team password – swimdads (all lower case). You can choose your swimmer’s training group on the filter tab.

Fund Raising Marathon Page

Our annual Swim Marathon will be held on the last Saturday in October. All swimmers are required to participate. Swimmers will need to supply a counter to keep track of their laps.

Information regarding the swim marathon will be sent out via email. 

 

60 Day Notice

Please remember to fill out the 60 day notice if your swimmer is planning on stopping or taking a break. You can find the 60 day notice on our website under the swim team tab.

 

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. 

 

White 4pm

Joel Beard coachjoel@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Dustin Myers coachdustin@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Rushed Smith coachrushed@dadsclub-swimteam.com

White 6:30 pm

Joel Beard coachjoel@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Blue 4pm

Joel Beard coachjoel@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Dustin Myers coachdustin@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Rushed Smith coachrushed@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Leonel Dubon coachleonel@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Blue 6:30pm

Joel Beard coachjoel@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Bronze

Joel Beard coachjoel@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Silver

Rushed Smith coachrushed@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Stephen Hall coachsteohen@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Leonel Dubon coachleonel@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Gold

Dustin Myers coachdustin@dadsclub-swimteam.com

Senior

Carleigh Kutac coachcarleigh@dadsclub-swimteam.com

National Prep

John McClure coachjohn@dadsclub-swimteam.com

National Group

Rey Aguilar coachrey@dadsclub-swimteam.com