Q: What is the difference between Novice and Intermediates?
A: The Novice swimmers are swimmers who have not yet met the requirements to move to intermediates. To become an intermediate the swimmer needs to either place first to eighth place in figures at Champs or place first in 3 dual meets.
Q: When is a swimmer considered to be on the AquaStarz team?
A: A swimmer is considered an AquaStarz team member when she regularly practices with the team.
Q: Is this team primarily for recreation or competition?
A: The AquaStarz team belongs to the VFCAL. The VFCAL is a recreation league that comprises of weekly meets in June and July and a Championship meet (Champs) in July.
Q: What does VFCAL stand for?
A: Valley Foothill Competitive Aquatic League.
Q: Are swimmers required to compete in meets?
A: Swimmers are not required to compete in any of the meets or Champs.
Q: Who is allowed to participate in meets?
A: All swimmers that can perform the necessary figures for the meet and are registered with the VFCAL can participate in the meet.
Q: Can I do Champs and not the dual meets?
A: No. Participation in at least 2 dual meets, is required to compete at Champs.
Q: What do the swimmers do at the meets?
A: All swimmers perform figures at the meets. Some routines will be performed at the meets per the VFCAL schedule. All routines may be performed at Champs.
Q: Who determines which swimmers will do routines at the dual meets?
A: The coaches determine whether a swimmer is ready to compete in a dual meet and/or Champs.
Q: Do all swimmers competing at Champs do figures and routines?
A: No. 40 swimmers can compete in figures but not all swimmers do routines. Swimmers usually do not do routines their first year in competition. The coaches make all decisions about who will participate in routines.
Q: What do we wear at dual meets?
A: The swimmers all wear a black swim suit, goggles and a white swim cap.
Q: When do swimmers need special costumes for their routines?
A: Swimmers will need costumes for routines at Champs and our annual show.
Q: Who decides the costume design?
A: The costume design is up to the swimmers/parents in the routine with subject of approval from the coach.
Q: Who can I ask if I have questions?
A: You can ask any Board member or experienced parent. We are all willing to help and answer any questions you may have.
Q: How are routines decided? Who is included in a given routine?
A: The coaches decide who will be in a routine and which routine they are appropriate for.
Q: What types of routine are there?
A: There are routines for novice swimmers and intermediate swimmers. In each category a swimmer could be in a solo, duet, trio, combo and/or team routines (4-10 swimmers).
Q: How is information about routines communicated to the swimmers? To parents?
A: Coaches will tell the swimmers which routines they will be in and parents are always welcome to talk to the coaches and board about any concerns regarding routine decisions.
Q: What is the season for synchronized swimming? When can girls begin training?
A: The official VFCAL synchronized swimming season begins the first week in May. The AquaStarz season begins in March with training.
Q: When are the practices? How long are the practices?
A: Starting in March we have practices every Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday. Depending on the time of year the practices range from 4-7 hours a week. Starting in summer practice can be any day of the week Monday-Saturday depending on the routine. Coaches will send out a schedule.