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Mini Neptunes Info
Here is some basic information about our Mini Neptunes swim program. I hope this helps you in deciding to participate in our program.
- Mini Neptunes range in age, but typically fall between 4-8 years old. Children must be potty-trained. They must be able to stand with the child's head above water in the shallow end of the pool. They must be able to separate from their parents with ease, and take direction from coaches.
- The goal of our Mini Neptunes program isn't just to teach kids how to swim, but also feel part of the swim team family, so they want to return year after year. Positive adult and teen role models help to encourage the kids to want to return. Swim team is a great opportunity to have fun, make new friends, and develop positive attitudes.
- Mini Neptunes are invited to our swim meets. NFST belongs to the Northern Virginia Swim League (A League). It is a competitive summer swim league that competes on Saturday mornings at 9AM. We also belong to a secondary, developmental league (B league) - Springfield-Burke Swim League. B meets are on Monday nights, usually at 6:30PM. Our Mini Neptunes normally do a ceremonial lap before the official start of the B meet on Monday nights to show off their new skills to everyone. Our senior swimmers, with or without the use of kickboards, swim with the Mini Neptunes as we cheer them on. We normally don't do a Mini Neptunes swim on Saturday mornings unless both teams agree to allow it. All Mini Neptunes need to be at the pool for any meet they are requested to attend at least thirty minutes prior. Please speak with the coach about Mini Neptunes participation at the swim meets.
- The teenagers that assist our coach are our senior swimmers and are volunteers. They are our older swimmers that receive direction directly from the coach. The teens are learning on how to teach swim and bond with our Minis. Since our teens are learning, they each have unique personalities. Some are very outgoing and some need some coaxing. But their intentions are good and want what is best for our new swimmers. So please be patient with our teens. Without our teen volunteers, the Minis program would not exist.
- The coach will always make himself or herself available to any parent. Please wait until the end of a practice to speak with the coach. If the coach is not able to attend a lesson, the Neptunes coaches will fill in.
- Team events are also meant for our Mini Neptunes swimmers. From the pep rallies, to the spaghetti dinner, to outings, the Mini Neptunes are invited. Especially the pep rallies, where they'll cheer and play with the older kids. So anytime you see anything on the calendar or email for the team that isn't a swim meet, the Mini Neptunes are invited to come and play along.
- Fees are set prior to the season. Mini Neptunes with a sibling on the Neptunes team will have a fee of $70. Children that enroll in the Mini Neptunes program without a sibling on the Neptunes have a different rate; $135 for the first child and $70 for every additional child to the Mini Neptunes. The start of Mini Neptunes swim days depend on the last day of school. We strive for at least twenty (20) days of lessons at forty (40) minutes each lesson and run two classes a day back to back. The first class would start at 8AM. Weather and pool conditions can cause a class being canceled. Compare our rates to Fairfax County Parks and you will see the money saved in our program. South Run Rec Center.
- Volunteering. Volunteering for Mini Neptunes parents is very different than Neptunes parents. We don't expect Mini Neptunes parents to work swim meets when they don't have children participating. But we do encourage Mini Neptunes parents help at the morning practices. There is no such thing as not enough volunteers or too many people signed up. Even if the website sign-up might be full, speaking with our volunteer coordinator in the mornings or a board member, we can easily find something you may help with. Any further questions about the volunteer program or points, please speak with a board member at the pool.
- Talk to us. Speak up. Ask questions. Understanding swim team isn't easy. It took me years to finally figure it out. Don't be afraid to speak or ask questions. If you don't understand something, don't wait for a random survey to express your feelings. We don't read minds and we encourage people to communicate with us. The current swim board has been at this for only a couple of years and we are still learning. Decisions do have to be made that might not be agreeable to everyone, but at least feel as though you have a voice. In a few years, you just might be in our position now or leading parents to volunteer. Swim team will cease when parents stop caring. So we need our volunteer parents.
I hope this helps a little bit. Thank you for wanting to be part of our swim family.