Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a good swimmer to join the team?
All you need to be able to do is swim 25 yards of freestyle and
backstroke. if you are 8 and under, 50 yards if you are over the age of 9 and older. The length of most high school pools is 25 yards.
Do I have to tryout?
No. We hold swimmer evaluations to help us place swimmers into appropriate groups. We will have these prior to any practice time or by appointment. Please contact Coach Tony Santino at 765.759.5350
What if I''m involved in other sports?
Most of our swimmers participate in other activities, too. Our practices are offered five days per week to allow more flexibility and opportunities to participate. It is not required to attend all five days. The average swimmer attends 2-3 days a week.
Are meets held every weekend?
No, and it is up to you how many meets you enter based on your schedule.
Is there a lot of travel involved?
Most of our meets are within a 1 hour drive of Muncie and at our home pool. All are optional.
Where are practices held?
Practices are held at Muncie Northside and Muncie Central Schools. Any changes in practice time or location you will be notified via email.
Can I join anytime?
Yes, you may join the team anytime throughout the year.
Is there a team "uniform"?
CARD requires all swimmers attending regular session meets to wear the team suit which is a TYR black suit with the CARD logo and those who wish to wear a swim caps must wear the CARD cap. Orders are taken at the beginning of the swim session or can be ordered directly from Kast-a-way. Team t-shirts, swim bag, warm-ups, and parkas are all optional. Please contact Sherri Stagge for more details. During practice sessions any swim apparel may be worn. During Divisional or State meets swimmers have the option of wearing other suits as long as they are black.
Do the boys have to wear "speedos"?
No, although they are still around, most boys opt for the knee-length "jammer" suite.
What is the cost?
The cost is based on the group your swimmer is placed in. Payments are flexible and are paid monthly. Each meet your child attends there is a meet fee. Generally, for each event your child swims there is a meet fee charged by the hosting meet. The cost ranges from $2-$8. A monthly statement will be emailed to you.
Is there a discount for more than one swimmer in your family?
Yes, there is also a family multi-child discount. There is no discount on the yearly US Swimming Association Fee.
Who does the coaching and what are their certifications?
We have a staff of professional, experienced coaches who love what they do. They are certified through USA Swimming and are required to maintain CPR, Coaches Safety and First Aid certifications.
If I need to speak to the coach about my child or a swim meet, what is the best why to communicate?
If you would like to speak to a coach, please do so prior to the beginning of practice or after practice has ended. If you have questions about swim meets, please reference the Meet Manager on the web site and emails sent out by Lynn McCoy. Meet Manager will have the official times posted after each swim meet, upcoming meets dates, and what your child is entered in.