Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Up Coming Events:

Dec. 27-29: Winter Break Practices 9:00-9:45am: 10&Unders; 9:45-11:00am: 11&Overs
Dec. 30: Knoxville Meet
 *Warm-ups: 8:30-9:00am
 *Meet Starts: 9:15am
Jan. 1: No Practice
Jan. 2: Regular practice times start again
Jan. 8: Knoxville Meet Registration Form due by 7:15pm
Jan. 13: Knoxville Meet
 *Warm-ups: 8:15-8:40am
 *Meet starts: 9:15am
Jan. 15: Brooklyn Meet Registration Form due by 7:15pm
Jan. 20: Brooklyn Meet
 *Warm-ups: 8:30-8:45am
 *Meet Starts: 9:00am
Jan 29: Perry Meet Registration Form due by 7:15pm
Feb. 3: Perry Meet
 *Warm-ups: 9:25-9:50am
 *Meet Starts: 10:00am
Feb. 5: Grinnell Meet Registration Form due by 7:15pm
Feb. 10: Grinnell Meet
 *Warm-ups: 8:25-8:50am
 *Meet Starts: 9:00am
Feb. 12: Carroll Meet Registration Form due by 7:15pm
Feb. 15: Last day of practice if not going to state
Feb. 17: Carroll Meet (last chance for State Q-times)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Pella Dolphins swim team is a recreation swim team sponsored by the City of Pella Recreation Commission.  Our coach this winter will be Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg. 

Swim team is designed to provide a competitive environment for the swimmers, so we do ask that all swimmers compete in at least one meet and attend at least one team practice a week.  That competition does not have to be at a high level, but swimmers should at least try a meet.  This program is not designed to provide a lot of opportunity for individual stroke work; swimming lessons (group or private) are available at the Pella Indoor pool.


Early Bird Registration Rate ends on October 21 at 2:00pm

$52.00 for residents; $64.00 for non-residents - Swimmers must have pool pass or pay daily admission at every practice

Regular Registration Rate begins on October 22:

$77.00 for residents; $89.00 for non-residents - Swimmers must have pool pass or pay daily admission at every practice


If you are not sure if your kids are ready for this program, tryouts will be offered:

Monday, October 16: 5:00-5:45pm; Tuesday, October 17: 5:00-5:45pm; Thursday, October 19: 5:00-5:45pm

*If you know your child can meet the minimum requirements for swim team they do not need to try out.

Pool Passes:

All swim team members must have or purchase a year pass to the Pella Pool.

·         If your pass expires before the end of the season, you will have to purchase another or pay daily admission.

·         If you are unable to purchase a pass, you will need to pay daily admission every time that you come to practice. 

o   If you forget your money, you will not be allowed to practice.)


The season begins on Monday, November 6 if the Indoor Pool is open.  

o   Practices will be:

o   Mondays: 5:45-6:30: 10 and Under; 6:30-7:15: 11&Up

o   Tuesday/Thursdays: 3:30-4:15: 11&Up; 4:15-5:00: 10&Under

o   All swimmers are expected to attend at least one team practice a week to be eligible to swim at our League state meet in March, but we encourage swimmers to attend all practices.

o   We understand other activities may conflict with the swim team schedule. If you have a conflict with a certain day or time, please indicate that on your registration sheet.

Meet & Activity Schedule:

October 21: Early bird registration ends

November 5: Officials Clinic (parents)

November 25: Carroll

December 2: Newton (afternoon meet)

December 9: Perry

December 30: Knoxville

January 13: Knoxville

January 20: Brooklyn

February 3: Perry

February 10: Grinnell

February 17: Carroll

March 10: GISL State Meet @ Grinnell

Meet Information:

You will receive information prior to each meet, including event numbers, times and confirmation of location.  Parents are responsible for getting their child to all meets. 


We will be working on Team suits again the season as soon as we get information ready we will send it out. There is NO required team suit; we try to wear red and black suits at meets if possible.


We have caps for sale and will do an order for personalized caps this season. Non-personalized caps are $3.00 for latex and $10 for Silicone. Please contact coach Jennie for a cap.


Goggles are optional but we highly recommend the swimmers use them.  The swim team sells them at the pool office for $20.00.  The pool cannot lend out goggles, so make sure that you have your own.

Officials Clinic:

There will be an official’s clinic on November 5th at the Drake Community Library from 1:30-4:00pm. There is no fee to this training. Our goal as a team is to have 10 new officials certified this season. Please let Jennie know if you are interested; we cannot host meets but we are able to help at other meets, this is a great opportunity to get involved.

Team Pictures:

We are working on getting the date and photographer squared away and will communicate this soon. We would like all swim team members to be in the group picture and if you would like individuals you may order those on your own.

GISL State Meet:

The end of the season meet this year will be our GISL state meet. In order to participate in the meet a swimmer must do all of the following:

·         Attend at least on team practice a week

·         Swim in at least three meets

·         Make the qualifying time for the meet in at least one event

o   Or be part of a relay that qualifies


Our swimmers are ambassadors for Pella and it is therefore expected that all swimmers conduct themselves accordingly during practices and all swim meets.  To keep the meet running smoothly, we ask that the swimmers sit by the rest of the team whenever they are not called for an event.  There is usually some down time in between events, so swimmers need to bring something to read, cards to play, etc. to do when they are not swimming.    Swimmers also need to watch what they eat before and during meets.  

Permission Forms:

Permission forms will be emailed out after the swim team roster is finalized. Permission forms are completely done online. Most of the meets the deadline will be the Monday one week prior to the meet.

The coach must do computer work for each swimmer for each event prior to the meet.  This takes a considerable amount of time, so please have permission slips in on schedule.  If a slip is turned in late, the swimmer may be able to swim in individual event(s), but the relays may already be decided.  IF YOUR CHILD GETS SICK OR CAN’T SWIM AT THE LAST MINUTE, PLEASE TEXT JENNIE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Swimmers will be entered in events that suit their skills.  If they have a preference, you can note that on the permission slip, but coach will have the last say.  Changes in events will not be done on meet days, unless a mistake has been made.