Vestavia Swim and Dive Association

Vestavia Swim and Dive Association is a summer swim and dive program in Vestavia Hills, AL. Children ages 5-18 are eligible to participate in the summer swim and dive program if able to swim 25 yards independently. The Vestavia Swim and Dive Association is run by a volunteer board and a part of the Vestavia Parks and Recreation. If you are interested in being a part of the board, contact us at vestaviaswim@gmail.com.

Registration

Open NOW through June 15, 2022!
Cost: $200 per participant
Register online at https://vhrecreation.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs.

Swim & Dive Season

The 2022 Swim and Dive is scheduled for May 31 through August 29.

Communication

We communicate through email and the Remind App. If your swimmer is registered with VSA, then you should automatically receive emails from us. Our email address is vestaviaswim@gmail.com. In order to receive texts, please subscribe to the Remind App and activate it by sending a text to 81010 and type this message: @vestswim22 for swim and @vestaviad for dive team. Reminders and time sensitive messages, such as a canceled practice, will be sent via Remind. Be sure to check Remind and the FAQ’s (see below) before sending emails. The answer is often out there, but if not, do not hesitate to reach out.

Swim Evaluations

Swim evaluations are scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 5-7pm and Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 3-5pm at the Vestavia Hills Aquatic Complex. Evaluations ensure that your child is placed in the swim level needed to provide them with the best instruction:
– Guppies: New to swimming; able to swim 25 yards, but does not know strokes
– Turtles: Beginner swimmers; able to swim 25 yards easily but only knows 1-2 strokes
– Dolphins: Intermediate swimmers; swim easily for a longer distance, knows 3-4 strokes, working on technique and improving speed
– Sharks: Advanced swimmers; know all strokes, able to swim long distances with ease and has participated in swim team for multiple summers

Practice Groups & Times

Practices are scheduled weekly, Monday through Friday, at the following times:
– Guppy 1: 7:30-8:00am
– Guppy 2: 8:00-8:30am
– Turtles:
7:30-8:30am
– Dolphins: 8:30-9:30am
– Sharks: 9:15-10:30am
– Diving: 7:30-9:30am

For safety reasons, it is very important that parents are not on the pool deck during practice. Parents may sit in the chairs by the wading pool or in the concession area. Note: Drinks/snacks are NOT allowed outside of the concession area. This includes coffee. The hill outside the gate behind the practice pool also offers a great view.

Team Suit

You may order a VSA team suit from Homewood Sporting Goods. This is not required, but is an available option.

Swim Meets

Swimmingly is the meet management system utilized by the Jefferson Shelby Swim Council to run meets and to track information. Download the Swimmingly app and register your swimmer, or register online at https://clubhouse.swimmingly.app/clubs/register/269317f3-3afc-11eb-83f7-c2b3e1fb23ce. **Your swimmer must be registered with Swimmingly in order to swim in meets.**

Once registered with Swimmingly, your swimmer will have a three digit swimmer’s number that will remain the same each year as long as their Swimmingly account is not changed. Use a Sharpie and write this number vertically on your child’s arm, starting at their shoulder. (Many swimmers wait until they arrive at the meet and have the coaches help them write it.)

2022 Meet Schedule
June 7: VSA (home) vs Pine Tree Country Club
June 14: VSA (away) at Country Club of Birmingham
June 21: VSA (home) vs. Homewood Parks and Recreation
June 28: VSA (home) vs Shades Cliff Swim Team
July 9: Guppy Meet at VHAC
July 12: VSA (away) at Pelham YMCA
July 19: VSA (away) at Heatherwood Country Club
July 30-31: JSSC Meet

Home meets will be at the Vestavia Hills Aquatic Complex and will begin at 5:00 pm. Swimmers will need to be at the pool by 4:00pm for warmups

Heat sheets may or may not be available in time for meets. We will email the heat sheet out as soon as it is available, which is usually late afternoon. If it’s late afternoon and you haven’t received an email, we haven’t forgotten, we just don’t have it. Heat sheets will also be available on the Swimmingly app.

Guppies do not swim in dual meets. This is not intended to penalize Guppies, but is logistical decision based on team size. When their swim skills advance, Guppies will move up to Turtles. VSA will host at least one Guppy Meet this season, and another swim league typically hosts one as well.

Dive Team

Practices will be held at the Aquatic Complex diving well Monday through Friday, May 31-July 29, 2022 at either 7:30-8:30am OR 8:30-9:30am. (You may select your preferred time.)

2022 Dive Meets
– June 16:
Country Club of Birmingham @ VSA Dive (warm up, 5pm; start 6pm)
– June 22: VSA @ Magic City Diving – Hoover Rec Center (warm up, 5pm; start 6pm)
– June 30: Levite Jewish Community Center @ VSA (warm up, 5pm; start 6pm)
– July 9: Magic City Invitational at Hoover Rec Center
– July 14: VSA @ Country Club of Birmingham (warm up, 4pm; start 5pm)
– July 21: Shades Cliff Dive Team @ VSA (warm up, 5pm; start 6pm)
– July 27: County Championship @ Hoover Rec Center

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers are an integral part of VSA. Our program is run by a fully volunteer board, who works continuously from early spring til the end of August, to ensure that our swimmers have a great experience.

In order to hold a meet, parent volunteers are required for home swim meets. We can not hold a successful meet without your help! Each swimmer is expected to have a parent volunteer at each home meet for one of the jobs below. As the largest swim club in the JSSC, there are more than enough parents to fill these positions. Each family that does not volunteer will be charged a $25 fee.

Timers (10/meet): Skill level: Easy
Timers simply download an app and use their phone. The clock will automatically start and all you have to do is hit the ‘stop’ button when the swimmer touches the wall. That’s it!

Runner (1/meet): Skill level: Easy
Runner picks up the paper slips from the timers after each event and takes them to the computer table.

Clerk of Course (2/meet): Skill level: Busy, but not difficult
The clerk of course will use the heat sheet to help swimmers get in the right order so that they are ready to line up behind the blocks. The younger swimmers generally need the more assistance than the older swimmers. Teens do not use the clerk of course.

Computer Scorer (1/meet): Skill level: Busy, but not difficult
Volunteer computer scorer will be trained onsite. Computer scorer sits at the computer table and inputs the heat results as they come in. The final results will not show up on Swimmingly until everything has been entered. (We did not have a volunteer in this position last year which is why the results were not ‘live’ on the app.)

Announcer: Skill level: Busy, but not difficult
No training needed; must be comfortable using a microphone. This person will call the events that need to report to the clerk of course.

Official (1/meet): Skill level: High
The official runs the meet. This position requires training that may be completed online or in-person (one 2-hour session) at many locations throughout Birmingham. If there is a fee for training, VSA will reimburse the expense. We currently have 2 board members that are trained officials, but need at least one more to ensure that we will have at least one per home meet.

Stroke & Turn Judge: Skill level: High
The stroke and turn judge ensure that the swimmer is using the correct form for the stroke, and is following protocol for turns without touching the lane divider or walking on the bottom of the pool. This position requires training that may be completed online or in-person.

Senior County

Senior County is a meet held at the end of the season at the Crossplex. This meet is open to any JSSC swimmer that participated in summer swim and has a qualifying time. The time standards for the Summer 2022 season can be found at https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?_tabid_=0&team=recjcjsscal under league info.

Qualifying times are listed under 2022 JSSC Time Standards SCY and SCM Combined. It is up to the parent to know if their swimmer has a qualifying time, and then register their child when VSA sends out the form. This can be a bit confusing, so please reach out with any questions, especially as Senior County gets closer.  We don’t want any swimmer to miss out on this meet if they are qualified to swim!

Interpreting Time Standards: The SRCO column is the one that has the times that you want to look at. If your child has that time, or a faster time, in that event, then he/she qualifies for that event.

JSSC Banquet

The JSSC End of the Season Banquet is for swimmers who meet the predetermined criteria. The criteria are very stringent and only a handful of swimmers will make the cut. The time standards found in the form above correlate to the awards criteria. If your child qualifies, you will receive an invitation to the banquet from the JSSC.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are swimmers expected to be at practice every day? The great thing about summer swim is the recognition that every week is different and that there are camps, vacations and other commitments that may occur. It is up to each family to make swim team what they want it to be.

Do I need to notify the coaches if we are missing a week? The coach(es) understand that summer is a busy time and that many families are traveling throughout. There is no need to contact coaches if you will miss.

When are the swim meets? Swim meets are typically held locally on Tuesday evenings. Meet dates will be published by the Jefferson Shelby Swim Council approximately two weeks prior to the start of the swim season.

How are swimmer levels determined? Swimmer levels are determined by swim coaches. The coaches evaluate each swimmer’s ability to swim, knowledge of strokes, technique and previous experience at swim when making a decision.

What is the parent commitment to summer swim? VSA summer swim needs as much help as you can give to run smoothly. The board asks that parents volunteer at least at one home meet (see “Volunteer Requirements” above). Emails will be sent out asking for volunteers when VHAC hosts a swim meet.

What is JSSC and the Senior County meet? The Jefferson Shelby Swim Council is a board of volunteers (typically parents) who oversee the summer swim program in the Jefferson and Shelby County areas. The JSSC provides the time cuts and sponsors the Senior County meet at the Crossplex at the end of July. (Only swimmers who qualify are invited to swim in the Senior County meet.) The JSSC time standards are provided on the VSA Swim and Dive website. 

What about working parents and the swim times? VSA is bound by the times in the morning available to the swim team by the Vestavia Hills Aquatic Complex. The board recognizes that this is not always conducive to working parents but do their best to provide options wherever possible.