Come see what the Cardinal Chirps is about!

The Cardinal Swim and Tennis Club is excited to introduce the Cardinal Chirps!  This is a non-competitive developmental swim program geared towards our youngest and inexperienced swimmers who are still building confidence and learning strokes yet may want to become part of the swim team as they improve.

Do you have a swimmer that is almost ready for swim team but needs a little more help to get across the pool on their own? If you answered yes, then Chirps is the group for you!!

Description

The Chirps is a group swim opportunity to get your child comfortable with the water, have some fun, build team spirit, and teach stroke development.  Multiple cardinal swim team coaches will assist with this program to provide a low swimmer to coach ratio.  The end goal for our Chirps swimmers is for each swimmer to be able to compete in a 25-meter freestyle and /or backstroke event by the final home swim meet, or be ready for next season.

Participation

To be eligible for the Chirps group, participants should be at least 4 years old, comfortable putting their face in the water, float unassisted, and be able to listen and follow directions. Coaches will be in the water with our Chirps team, helping them gain confidence and ensuring their safety.  When our coaches feel a swimmer is ready, they will suggest that the swimmer try attending full team practices.  If one of our Chirps progress to a dual meet, they will be assigned a buddy from our older swimmers to spend time showing them the ropes and cheering for them when they swim for their first meet.

Chirps participants are official members of our swim team and will receive the team shirt and are encouraged to come to our team activities such as meets, swim for cancer events, and the end of season Awards Ceremony.

There will be a Chirps Mini-Meet at the end of the season for all participants that were not ready to compete in a regular season meet. This meet is a great confidence builder and a fun way to end the season by celebrating the hard work and success of our Chirps swimmers. It will be run by our coaches and Cardinal swimmers and is sure to bring a smile to your face. It features, noodle races, relays, and freestyle, and backstroke.  All participants will receive an award at the end.

We are starting registration with 15 spots, as we get closer to the season and have commitments from our Coach helpers, we may be able to open more. Sign up link here.

Cost

Developmental swim is $100 per swimmer.  This is same cost as the Cardinal Swim team.  We will give every family 2 developmental swim sessions to evaluate if the program is going to be a good fit.  If not, you may request a refund.  We will also offer separate evaluation opportunities early in the season if you would prefer.

Schedule

Between May 26th and June 6th optional CHIRPS evaluations will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday during these two weeks at 3 and 4pm.  Sign-ups will be required for these.  Evaluations should last no longer than 15 minutes.  Swimmers should come prepared to get in the water.  Please review the swim team practice considerations in advance. If those times don’t work, please contact Head Coach Christina to arrange another time.  Evaluations are optional if you are not sure whether your swimmer is ready to participate in the CHIRPS program.

Proposed schedule Chirps 

Starting June 8th through July 12th 

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8-8:30am Session 1 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1
8:30-9am Session 2 Session 2 Session 2 Session 2
9-9:30am Session 3 Session 3 Session 3
9:30-10am Session 4 Session 4 Session 4
Pool opens Pool opens Pool opens Pool opens Pool opens Pool opens
5-5:30pm Session 5 Session 5
(If no meet)
48 Total 12 spots 3 spots 12 spots 3 spots 12 spots 6 spots
    • Sessions are 30 minutes long
    • Maximum 3 kids per session, 4 sessions per week, must sign up in advance 
    • Allows for 16 kids in the program, additional sessions will be added if needed