Swim Team

Welcome Flying Fish!

NEW 2022 Information is HERE!

Swim Team General Information

Eligibility

All pool members - ages 18 and under - are eligible to join the swim team. Your child should be comfortable putting their face in the water and able to jump in and swim safely to the edge without assistance. Swim Lessons will be offered during the summer season for those who need additional assistance to prepare for swim team.

To join the swim team, click the REGISTRATION FORM below and you can conveniently register all your children for the swim team at the same time. If you would prefer, you can also fill out a paper copy of the registration at our "Meet the Coach" night on May 18th from 5:30-7:30 PM at the pool - SAVE THE DATE! If you have any questions, just email us. We are happy to help!

Swim Practice Hours

Regular practice times are Monday-Friday:

  • 11 and up – 8:30 -10:00

  • 10 and under – 10:00-11:00

  • Junior Fish - 10:30-11:00

*Junior Fish are children who are brand new to swimming. Your child should be comfortable putting their face in the water and able to jump in and swim safely to the edge without assistance. All new swimmers will be evaluated by the Head Coach to determine placement in practice groups.

VAST Team Fees for 2021

  • First swimmer in family – $90*

  • Second swimmer in family – $80

  • Third swimmer in family – $65

  • Additional swimmers in family – $60

* Lynchburg Aquatic League requires all league swimmers to be members of the pool for which they swim. Student memberships age 13 -18 are available for those who are not already members. The cost is $300 for a single child, which includes a non-voting summer membership for that child AND team fees.

The links above will direct you to Square for secure and convenient payment processing. Square payments will include a 3% convenience charge. We will happily take payment via check to avoid this additional charge. Make your check out to "Vista Acres Pool" and mail it to PO Box 4764, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Staff

We are excited to welcome NEW additions to the Flying Fish family! Coach Hadley Baker will be joined by Coach David Schafer as Co-Head Coaches for our 2022 Summer Season! They bring with them a lifetime of competitive swimming experience, including at the college level, as well as coaching experience with all age levels. Their unique skill sets will be an incredible asset to our swimmers and our team!

Joining him will be Kyle Sennett returning for his 2nd year as Assistant Coach (and his Senior year swimming). He has many years of experience swimming with Lynchburg YMCA as well as being a long time Flying Fish himself! He has recently signed on to the Liberty Triathalon team. Congrats Kyle and we are glad to have you back.

Rounding out our coaching team is Malia Manning who will be joining us as a Jr. Assistant Coach this summer. Her many years of swimming with the Flying Fish family, in addition to Heritage High School will be an asset to our team. She is ready to use her experience to mentor our brand new and young swimmers.


*Swim Team Board Representative: Rebecca Stickle: 434-258-2243, vaflyingfish@gmail.com

2022 Meet Schedule

  • 6/13 - Home vs. Peakland

  • 6/20 - Away @ Bedford YMCA

  • 6/27 - Home vs. Rainbow Forest

  • 7/5 - Away @ Oakwood

  • 7/11 - Home vs. Farmington

  • 7/18 - Away @ FAST

  • 7/23 - "B" Championship Meet @ Hill City

  • 7/30 - "A" Championship Meet - Location TBD

Special Events

  • May 10th- Swim Team Open house from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

  • July 31: Swim Team Potluck Dinner & Banquet, Location TBD

Notices and Handouts

The swim team will have a “mailbox” for each family in a file folder box. This box will be kept in the guard building so please check your family’s folder regularly. Each week you’ll find items like handouts, ribbons, and other team information. Please advise your children to be sure this information makes its way home.

Text Message Alerts

Our Coaches will be using a text message service to send out about practices, meets, inclement weather, etc. This will be a way to quickly contact parents of last minute changes. The service does not require parents to share their cell number as it is secure and private. Ask your swim team coach for the code to sign up for swim team text messages!

Sign Out Schedule Book

As you establish your vacation and other plans for the summer, please indicate the absence of your swimmer(s) for any particular meet in the Sign-Out Notebook. This book will be located in the swim team file box and it is important that you sign your child(ren) out of a meet by WEDNESDAY preceding the meet on the following Monday. Failure to do so could result in disqualification of an event or relay which may be important to the meet line-up. If an emergency arises, or a swimmer becomes ill, please notify the Coach as soon as possible.

New Swimmers

If this is your child’s first swimming experience they will be practicing from 10:30-11:00 once morning practices begin on May 31st. As they progress and gain endurance the coaches will let you know when they are ready to increase their time. Involvement in our meets will begin as soon as your child is able to swim the full length of the pool without assistance! You will be amazed at how quickly their proficiency increases throughout the summer!

Team Swimsuits

Please support our swim team by purchasing your swimming needs through swimoutlet.com. We will be placing a bulk order to save on shipping right before swim team starts. We will have team suits at meet the coach night to try on. If you would like to order a team suit please email or text Rebecca what suit and size you need.

We will be placing a team order in May to save everyone shipping costs! If you would like to order a suit, please either sign up at out "Meet the Coach" night or send an email to vaflyingfish@gmail.com. If you miss the deadline you can go on Swim Outlet and search for our team. It will bring you to the team page with the swim suits. While it is not mandatory, a team suit helps each child feel like a part of the team and helps our overall team unity and spirit.

After the meets

One tradition our swimmers love is to go out for ice cream after our swim meets! This is optional, but we love continuing our team spirit after the meets with a treat!

After one of our home meet we will have an ice cream social and late night swimming at our pool. The cost will be $3.00 or $12 per family. This will be one of our main fundraisers.

The BIGGEST fundraiser we do is our Swim-A-Thon. This will take place on June 30th from 9-11 during practice. We will need volunteers to help with this event.

Championship Meets

There are two Championship Meets held at the end of the summer season – a “B” Championship Meet followed by an “A” Championship Meet. To qualify for the “B” Meet, a swimmer must have swum the specific event(s) in a dual meet and not have made an “A” time or been disqualified. If a swimmer has two or more “A” times, he/she may not swim in the “B” Meet. Any “A” times received in the “B” Meet qualifies the swimmer for the “A” Meet also.

To qualify for the “A” Championship Meet, a swimmer must have achieved one or more “A” times during the season, either at a dual meet or the “B” Meet. If you finish first in an event at the “B” Meet, you also qualify for that particular event at the “A” Championship Meet. One “A” time qualifies the swimmer to swim only that individual event plus the relays. Two or more “A” times qualifies the swimmer to swim any three individual events plus the relays.

In the “B” Meet, team points and awards are given to the top eight finishers. Medals are awarded to the first three places; ribbons are awarded to places four through eight. In the “A” Meet, team points and awards are given to the top six finishers. The first three places receive medals; the next three receive ribbons.

Volunteer Information

We LOVE & NEED Our Parent Volunteers!

It takes the effort of our whole Vista Acres Family to run our swim meets. All parents of swimmers are encouraged to volunteer. Most volunteer positions are simple and easy to learn at the meet. A few positions require specific training and certifications and they are indicated below. Lynchburg Aquatic League provides training for these positions annually. If interested, contact Kris Sennett at ksennett@liberty.edu.

Since a typical meet lasts about 2-3 hours, you can choose whether you want to work for half of the meet or the whole meet. Meet sign-ups are done weekly and can be found on the signup genius link that will be sent via email. Please help out the team by having at least one parent in each family sign up to help out in some way at our swim meets. This is very important and will prevent us from trying to find people before a meet. We have to have positions filled in order to have the meet.


Volunteer Positions

*MEET REFEREE: Has authority over all officials. He/she will decide all questions relating to the actual conduct of the meet. The referee must be a certified stroke and turn judge qualified by the LAL and/or the USS.

*STARTER: Upon signal from the Referee, assumes full control of swimmers until a fair start has been achieved.

*STROKE AND TURN JUDGES: Note infractions of strokes and turns. Must be qualified by the LAL and/or the USS.

HEAD TIMER: Makes sure lane timers are ready and watches are clear before the start of each race. Also provides a roving watch in case a lane timer misses the start or has a watch malfunction.

PLACE JUDGES: Stationed near the finish of each race, and judges the order of finish of all swimmers.

ANNOUNCER: Before the start of each race, he/she shall announce the number of heats. At the start of each heat, he/she shall announce the lane, name of each swimmer, and the team affiliation. He/she shall also make any other announcements as requested by the Scorer, Referee, Record Keeper, or management.

LANE TIMER: Two timers shall be placed directly over each lane at the finish. Their watches are started at the instant of the flash from the Starter. Their watches are stopped immediately when any part of the swimmer’s body touches the end of the pool.

SCORE KEEPER: Records the order of finish and the times of each swimmer in all events and disqualifications as given them. They shall complete the team scores.

*These volunteer positions require specific training and certification from the LAL and/or the USS.

2021 Stroke & Turn training sessions will be held on:

  • Saturday – April 30th

  • Sunday – May 15th

  • Sunday – June 5th

** If willing/interested, contact Kris Sennett at ksennett@liberty.edu.



Vista Acres Swim Team Code of Conduct

  1. I will attend practices, arriving on time and be ready to swim when the coach begins practice.

  2. I will do my best every day.

  3. I will be respectful of my teammates and encourage them. I will not say anything negative to or about a teammate's abilities.

  4. Running on the deck is not permitted.

  5. Horse play on the deck or in the pool is not permitted.

  6. Hanging or pulling on the lane ropes is not permitted.

  7. I will not throw training gear. This includes, but it not limited to, my goggles or swim boards that belong to VAST.

  8. I will display good sportsmanship at ALL times. Win or Lose.

  9. I will follow the coach’s instructions and remain silent when the coach is speaking giving him/her my full attention.

  10. I will not use foul language at any time while at Vista Acres.

  11. I will remember that at all times while at the pool (even when not practicing or attending a meet) I represent VAST and will display good behavior.

  12. I will also display good behavior and sportsmanship when visiting another pool for a swim team meet