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FAQs

1. Who can join the Hamilton Mill Hammerheads team? 
Per our homeowners' association policies, our team is open only to residents of Hamilton Mill. 

2. Are practices mandatory? 
We hope that our swimmers can attend most practices, but practices are not mandatory and attendance is not taken. However, swimmers who practice more often usually make more progress.

3. Are meets mandatory?
Swimmers are encouraged but not required to participate in meets. If your child will miss a meet, please indicate that within Swimtopia by noon the Friday before each Thursday meet. 

4. What skill level is required for team members?
To join the team, a child needs to be able to swim one length of the pool unassisted. If the child cannot complete a full lap but is close, the child can join as a "guppy." 

5. What is a "guppy"?
Swimmers age 4-7 years old who cannot swim a complete lap unassisted but are close may join our team as a "guppy." The Guppies is not intended for learning how to swim and your child should be able to swim at least half the length of the pool unassisted.  

GUPPIES MUST BE 100% POTTY TRAINED!

Our guppies begin practicing after the school year with more individual coaching from junior coaches and older swimmers. At our home meets only, our guppies swim in the opening event -- usually with a junior coach in the water for safety. When a guppy can complete one lap unassisted, the child graduates to our regular team. 

6. Are registration fees the same for guppies?
Yes, registration fees for guppies are the same as for other swimmers on our team because the guppies can move onto the full team as soon as they can complete a lap unassisted. Also, they get more individualized attention during their practices, and they receive the same award as the rest of the team at the end-of the-season celebration.

7. Are refunds offered?
We are unable to offer refunds except in the case where a swimmer is registered but cannot complete a lap unassisted at our March 24 evaluations. 

8. Can I choose which events my child swims at a meet?
Parents are given the option of requesting up to three events for their child to swim at the meet. Coaches do their best to honor these requests but do have to balance swims for the entire team. Parent requests are due by noon the Friday before each Thursday meet.

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