Frequently Asked Questions
Where do the swim fees go?
The swim fees are used to pay the operating costs of the team and the registration fees required by Swim Ontario. The operating costs of the team are mainly pool rentals and coaches (about 90%).
What are the registration fees?
Teams affiliated with Swim Ontario are required to register and pay a registration fee for all their competitive and non-competitive swimmers.
What are meet fees?
The team participates in swim meets organized by other teams. The hosting team charges fees to all participant swimmers to cover the costs of the meet. Meet fees are collected to cover the cost of participating in swim meets.
Why are meet fees collected in advance?
Meet fees are collected in advance to allow for proper swim meets participation planning, and to avoid asking parents for extra money on a monthly basis.
What happens if the meet fees are not enough, or too much?
If the meet fees are not enough, and the swimmer wants to keep participating in meets, the team will collect the necessary additional amount. If at the end of the season there are unused swim meet fees, they are refunded to the swimmer. The team keeps track of each swimmer meet fees expenses in order to make the correct refunds on a swimmer-by-swimmer basis.
Can I opt out of swim meets?
Yes. You have to inform the registrar at the moment of registering the swimmer with the team so the swim meet fee is not charged. If the swimmer opts out in the middle of the season, the team will refund the remaining swim meet fee balance.
What is the procedure for withdrawing a swimmer from the team?
You have to provide written notice to the Registrar, not the coaches. The team will then return all cheques remaining to be cashed. Cheques are cashed on the first calendar day of every month so the best time to withdraw is at the end of the month.
Do I have to volunteer with the team?
You don’t have to, but you are certainly expected to volunteer in some capacity. The team is run entirely by volunteers, with the exception of the assistant coaches. This allows us to keep costs down and avoid volunteering fees that are common in other sports teams. At the beginning of the season the team will be publishing the different tasks in which parents can volunteer so they can choose the one that best adapts to their availability.
Why do you charge the same amount every month despite some months having more swimming sessions than others?
The operating costs of the team are budgeted according to the number of weeks in the season, regardless of how many weeks fall in each month. Then the total cost is divided by the number of months in the season. This keeps administrative costs down and provides parents with a fixed monthly payment.
Where can I find out about upcoming team events?
We post all team events on our public Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mightytritons. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to visit this page. On the left side of the screen there’s a list of tabs. Click on ‘Events’ and that will take you to our list of events.
Where will I find information about pool closures?
We post all information about pool closures on our Facebook feed, and we send out an email. Quite often, the closure is sudden and we have very little time to tell people. For that reason, please don’t just drop your kids off in the parking lot at Drury and drive off. If the pool is closed, there may be nobody there to look after them.
When should I pick up my kids after practice?
The team can only be responsible for swimmers while they’re on the pool deck. We can’t supervise the change rooms, and we can’t supervise the swimmers after practice while they wait for a pickup. Please ensure that you’re there to pick up your kids when practice ends.