Orchard Brook Pool Rats Announcements
Hello Orchard Brook Homeowners! It’s that time of the year to start thinking about getting back into the water. Orchard Brook Swim Team registration is April 13, 6:00-8:00. Whether your kids have been on the team before or haven’t yet given it a try, we would love to have them. Children ages 5-18 are welcome. There will be a Junior Rats program again this year for the younger ones that just aren’t ready to compete yet but want to come and improve their skills and be part of the team.
A representative from the company we are using this year for both suits and apparel will be at the clubhouse on April 13th and will have suits to try on and samples of apparel.
You may register after April 13th, however if you register on or before that date you will receive a free Orchard Brook Pool Rat t-shirt *** FREE Tshirt extended to registration turned in by Sunday 4/16!*** . Shirt size orders will be taken that evening and shirts will be available prior to our first meet.
We do not have a meet schedule yet. Maple Hill Swim Club has indefinitely closed their doors, leaving them without a swim team. Talks are in the works between Maple Hill and The Meadows (a former team in our conference) to form a co-op team to be run out of The Meadows’ pool in Lisle. We’re hoping to have a schedule soon and will send that out as soon as it is available. Meet days/times will remain the same, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at 6:30 pm.
As in years past, we will welcome swimmers from outside the community, within the Belle Aire school district and previous Orchard Brook residents. There will be an additional $25 fee per swimmer for non-residents.
There are several “Special Jobs” that we need help with and a list of those jobs will be available at registration. These jobs are necessary in order to run a meet so you’re help is greatly appreciated. In addition to a Special Job, as in years past, it is required that each family works 5 meets. More information to follow.
We are looking forward to a fun season and would love to see as many kids as possible join the team this year. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact any one of the parent managers: Diane Hurley: firstname.lastname@example.org Kristen Cappello: email@example.com
First practice is June 3rd, 8:00 – 8:45 am for swimmers 11 years of age and older and 8:45 – 9:45 am for ages 10 and younger. Practice on June 4th, 10th, and 11th will be at the same times. Going forward, practices will begin June 12th and be Mondays through Fridays, 8:00-9:00 (11 and older), 9:00 – 10:00 (10 and under), and 10:00 – 10:30 for Junior Rats (kids under 7 that are not yet ready to compete on the team).
If you’re not sure if the swim team is right for your kids but would like to give it a try, we offer a 2 week free trial.
If interested fill out the registration forms below. You can drop the forms along with payment (unless doing a trial period) to Diane Hurley, 3860 Downers Drive or Kristen Cappello, 1448 Arrow Wood Lane.
Looking forward to a fun season! Go Pool Rats!
Swim Team Registration
Swim Team registration will take place Thursday, April 13th 6-8 PM at the clubhouse.
If you have a child ages 5-18 who would like to join our neighborhood swim team, please contact Diane Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristen Cappello at email@example.com.
(HINT: If you use the contact form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org the message will go to both of them.)
Practices are 1 hour a day 5 days a week from 8-9 or 9-10am and meets are Tuesday and Thursday nights. We have a fun, happy and energetic team – no worries if your child is not the fastest swimmer. We especially need older kids -ages 12 and up. And practices are encouraged, but not mandatory if your child has other commitments this summer.
Again this year, we are also offering a Junior Rat program for kids ages 5-7 who want to be part of the team and learn to swim the strokes, but are not ready to compete in meets yet. They will swim Monday-Thursday from 10-10:30 and participate in Friday fun days from 9-10.
Below are the registration forms and meet schedule. There is also an Swim Team Information document that all participants should read over.
Your Swim Team Coordinators
NOTICE: THE 2017 forms and schedule are now available.
About the Pool Rats…
The Orchard Brook Pool Rats Swim Team is open to children in the subdivision age 5 through 18. Kids can be part of a fun and competitive swim team right in their own neighborhood. Our swim team is part of the summer-only Trident Swim Conference, which consists of eight swim teams from other subdivisions and home associations in DuPage County. The season begins in early June and ends in an all-teams conference meet in late July.
The Pool Rats are coached by young people in our community who participate on their high school or college swim teams and have a strong desire to work with our children. The team is managed by an Orchard Brook home owner who volunteers to oversee the team and coaches for the summer. Additionally, parents contribute their time and talent to running swim meets and helping with team events.
Registration fees and mandatory fundraising cover the many expenses of the team (conference dues, coaches’ salaries, swim meet supplies, etc.) and a few fun things too, like awards night.
Practices for Pool Rats are held every weekday morning. Swim meets are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Contact the Swim Team
Please send inquiries about the swim team to email@example.com, or fill in and submit the form below: