Swim Team

5/28 update!
Pre-Season practice is set!
10 & Under will practice 3-4pm Wed 6/2, Fri 6/4, Mon 6/7
11 & Older will practice 3-4pm Tue 6/1, Thur 6/3, Wed 6/9
These practices are not mandatory but we really hope your kids make as many as they can so they get a few hours in the water & the coaches can see the kids skill level prior to our first AWAY meet June 8.

2021 Orchard Brook Pool Rats Announcement
The following message is from the Orchard Brook Swim Team:

Hello Orchard Brook Homeowners!  It’s that time of the year to start thinking about getting back into the water.  Let us begin by saying that we have done a lot of research and will follow all DCPH, IDPH, and CDC guidance available to be sure our swimmers and neighbors stay as safe as we can!

  • You may drop completed registration paperwork, payments, and required retainer check off at either 1622 or 1628 Plum Court. Please coordinate with Terese or Andria.
  • Swimsuit and Apparel order here no later than May 10: https://www.storessimple.com/crpromotions/groups.php
    Your access code is:  POOLRATS21 (must be all CAPS, no spaces).

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 for the younger ones ages 5-7 that just aren’t ready to compete yet but want to come and improve their skills and be part of the team.  Junior Rats must be able to successfully swim a half-length of the pool and will be tested on the first day.  If they do not pass, perhaps you your child would be better interested in OBHA swim lessons (swim lessons are run through OBHA and separate from Orchard Brook Pool Rats Swim Team).

You may register after 4/29; however, if you register on or before that date, you will receive a free Orchard Brook Pool Rat t-shirt.  Shirt size orders will be taken that evening (or add to your registration form if dropping off). Shirts will be available prior to our first meet.

Practice schedule is as follows; Monday thru Friday:
**10 and younger swimmers will practice 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.**
**11 and older swimmers will practice 9:00 -10:00 a.m.**
**Junior Rats Mon-Thur 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.**

This year’s meet schedule will consist of 6 swim meets, 3 home and 3 away.  Attached is the schedule.  June 24 we will have a intrasquad meet and the times will count toward qualification for Conference.

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 for non-residents.

1 swimmer = $140 ($165 non-resident)
2nd swimmer = $130 ($155 non-resident)
Family Cap = $325 (non-resident Family cap = $375)
Swimmers 15 years of age and older = $65
Junior Rats $125 for first, $110 thereafter

There are several “Special Jobs” that we need help with and a list of those jobs are linked down below.  These jobs are necessary in order to run a meet so your help is greatly appreciated.  A couple items to note:

Due to COVID:
*only home families will be working meets.
*All people will be required to wear a mask upon entering/exiting the pool deck.
*All coaches, staff, & volunteers will be required to wear masks when 6 feet distance cannot be maintained during practice
*All coaches, staff, & volunteers will be required to wear masks at all times during swim meets
*All swimmers will be required to wear masks when not in the water, when 6 feet distance cannot be maintained during practice and at all times during meets.
*All families will be required to work at least 2 of the 3 home meets & the intrasquad meet.
*Only one (1) timer per lane
*Additional back up timers and organizers will be necessary to successfully run a meet
*Any COVID safety guidelines can/will be updated according to local guidance

One last note, a retainer check in the amount of $150 will be required to ensure that all families do their part and volunteer at meets.  We need all hands on deck during these meets in order for them to take place.  We truly do not want your money, rather your help.  If you are not able to work your required volunteer time, consider hiring a teenager or lifeguard you know to work for you.  We love shredding all checks at the end of the season, and don’t want to cash any.  Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the following email addresses:

Terese Prena: reeset78@yahoo.com

Andria Curtis: andriacurtis@gmail.com

(HINT: If you use the contact form below the message will go to both of them.)

Attachments:
2021_Trident_Meet_Schedule_Draft

2021 Orchard Brook Swim Team Registration Form (1)

2021 OB Pool Rats Swim Team info

2021 COVID Waiver Pool Rats Swim Team (different from OBHA Pool waiver)

OBST VolunteerRetainerFor2021

Special Jobs Sign up


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 via the form below: