Swim team


Oak Park Piranhas

Welcome to our swim team! At Oak Park we focus on individual skill development with an emphasis on fun. We think teamwork and sportsmanship are more important than winning all the time. Each week we have a goal for our swimmers to accomplish along with our "standard" goals - good sportsmanship and cheering. These goals range from fast starts to technique. We do a yearly lock-in at the pool with everything from a 3:00am silent synchronized swimming contest to chocolate chip pancakes in the morning. We also take a team trip to Emerald Point Wet 'n Wild in Greensboro, have a secret parade, and a mentoring program between swimmers. Our goal is to encourage the lifelong love of swimming while building memories and friendships. 

Register Online here and print invoice to turn in with check or pay online. 

Swim team sign ups were on 9 May 6:30-7:30 at St. Giles. If you missed that, you can still purchase a suit (information below) and get your OPK swag anytime at the pool this summer! If you are unable to sign up online, you can use the 2017 Registration Form

Quick Links

Sign up Genius for swim team volunteers 

Teamsnap *We have TeamSnap access by invite only to protect your children's information. Please contact Karen to be sent a link to join. 

Swim Team Sign Ups *you must use your family login to be able to register!

TSA site

Lock-in Form / Emerald Point Form

2017 Swim Team Coordinators

Karen Patterson | swimparent@oakparkpool.com

To keep track of the schedule and other important team-related information, please ask Karen to create a profile on TeamSnap for you so that you can accept an invitation to join! 

*You are not able to sign up for TeamSnap by yourself. We are a closed group by invite only to protect your children's information. 

Costs

Joining the swim team costs $80 for the first swimmer under 15, $50 for the second and third family member, and $40 for each additional swimmer belonging to the same family. If you have only swimmers 15-18, they are $40 each.

Eligibility

Aspiring team members must meet the following requirements: 

  1. They are age 18 or younger 

  2. Their family has paid their annual Oak Park Club membership fees

  3. They are capable of swimming across the deep end of the pool without assistance.

  4. If they are seven or older, they must be capable of swimming the length of the pool (25 meters) in order to practice with their age group. Those who do not meet this requirement may join the team and with the 6&under group but they will not swim at meets.

To ensure that each team member meets these standards, we will hold a swim test for all swimmers at our first time trial session. Children may join the team at any point during the season once they meet our requirements. 

Swimmers will compete in the age group they fall in on June 1. 

Swim meets
Swim meets take place on Tuesday nights and begin at 6 pm, rain or shine. Home meet warm-ups are from 5 pm until 5:30 pm; please arrive at 4:45 pm. Away meet warm-ups are from 5:30 pm until 6 pm; please arrive by 5:15.

The order of events at each meet is as follows: medley relay, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and free relay. Each event alternates boys/girls and begins with the youngest age group. 

6&unders that are officially on the swim team (can swim across the deep end unaided) swim at the meets. The meet schedule for them is free, back and breast, and they cover 15 meters. Seven-to-eight swimmers and nine-to-ten swimmers swim 25 meters and 11-and-older swimmers swim 50 meters. 

Meets typically finish between 9 pm and 10 pm. 

At swim meets, each team will be assigned a certain area to stay in while waiting to swim. Please stay with the team, cheer for your teammates and listen for your event to be called. When leaving at the end of each meet, please pick up your trash. We want to be remembered as good sportsmen and thoughtful guests. If you are unable to participate in a meet, please let your coach know as soon as possible. It is difficult to make changes to the roster at the last minute. 

Post-meet celebrations are held after each meet —home and away.— 


Volunteers
In order to have a successful meet, we need volunteers at every event—home and away. We need help with timing, hospitality, running the concessions, preparing ribbons etc. 

Read here about the various volunteer positionsGuidelines for Clerks of Course and Guidelines for Timing

We require that each family (at least one parent) help out at at least three meets. More is better! Most jobs require no experience and friendly, on-the-job training is provided. If you are unable to be at a meet and have signed up for a job, please be sure to find a replacement. Parents with only a 17-18 year old swimmer are exempt from volunteer requirements.

Signup Genius for Volunteering Coming Soon.

Swim Team Suit Orders
People wishing to purchase the Oak Park Piranhas official swim suit should visit:

All American Swim Supply
(919) 439-8678

When visiting the store just say you are on the Oak Park swim team and they will give everyone the same discount as they provided at the registration. The Cary store is open 10-6 Monday through Friday, 10-4 Saturday and closed on Sunday. They also have a satellite store in North Raleigh that is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 10:00 to 6:00. 

Fundraising
The swim team will have a concession stand during each home meet. We ask each family to bring two dozen individually wrapped snacks or backed goods to sell at the concession stand. Cookies, cupcakes, individually packaged fruits, trail mix and popcorn are always great sellers. Proceeds will benefit the team and help offset expenses.

4425 Oak Park Rd., Raleigh, NC 27612  |  (919) 787-1184 (Summer Season)  |  info@oakparkpool.com

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