The JMSS Sailfish swim team is a year-round program offering swimmers, ages 4 – 12, a fun and stress-free environment to build their competitive swimming skills while having the experience of swimming as a team sport. Our goal is for your swimmer to learn new skills, practice and execute them consistently, and build confidence.
Sailfish is an introductory program designed to teach and improve competitive swimming strokes. The focus is on building endurance, refining proper technique, interval training and learning about the swimming world as a whole.
The requirement to join is to be able to swim 25 yards (the long way of the JMSS big pool) in Freestyle and Backstroke.*
*New swimmers must be evaluated prior to enrollment. Evaluations are free and can be scheduled online or by calling the JMSS front desk during normal business hours.
Info & Objectives:
Coaches will be in the water and coaching on the pool deck during practices
We offer fun swim meets (September through May) where swimmers compete against their own time and goals. Our coaches are there to help swimmers set appropriate goals and teach how to train for them. We want to stress how low-key and fun these swim meets are.
Our emphasis is not on competing against each other but an opportunity to reward our swimmers for their hard work in practice. It also gives our parents a chance to be involved in running a swim meet. For those preparing for the Dallas Summer Swim League (DSSL) it will be the perfect opportunity to work on those areas that need improvement.
Cost: $80 a month for first class, $68 a month for second class.
Swimmers MUST swim in 2 dual meets to qualify for championship
***ARRIVE AT ALL MEETS 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED WARM-UP TIME***
* What if my swimmer can’t swim the whole hour?
No problem. The coaches know it is an adjustment to transition from a 30 minutes swim class to one hour, so we want to make sure anyone joining the team can gradually build up to the one hour of practice. A student can finish their practice anytime. However, we ask that swimmers arrive at practice on time and ready to go.
* What if we miss practice; will there be make-ups?
Sorry, there are no make-ups for sailfish sessions.
* How is the practice organized?
Swimmers will be assigned swim lanes and a training group according to skill level. The exception will be our 6 and under group who will all train together. The majority of practice time will be spent on learning and refining strokes. We also will work on building endurance; learning about swim team structure, such as circle swimming; how to use a pace clock; and Coach Jim’s tips on racing. Every week we will introduce our swim skill focus of the week.
* Can I join in the middle of a session?
Yes, you can join anytime and we will prorate your monthly dues. If you are switching from a weekly class time, then we will adjust your monthly dues accordingly.
* How can parents help out?
Getting your swimmer(s) to all the JMSS Sailfish swim meets on time and ready to go will be important. Parents should inform the coaches if, for any reason, your swimmer will not be at the meet. During the Summer Session (May 30 – July 10) you may be asked to volunteer to help run the Monday afternoon swim meets; Don’t worry our coaches are here to guide you through the process.