2024 SAAA Summer Season Information

Summer Season runs from Monday April 8th -July 12th
USA registered swimmers may begin practice on Wednesday April 3rd.

 

2024 Summer Registration Information

Prospective Pirates families!

Online registration for our SAAA summer swimming will be open at the beginning of March.  The first step is filling out the form linked in step 1.  Then you need to come to the pool for a swim evaluation for group placement, payment, and to turn in paperwork, from steps 3 & 4 below.  The in-person portion of our registrations are at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center on Tuesday March 5th (returning families only) 4:30-6:30pm , Monday March 11th from 4:30-6:40pm and Tuesday March 19th from 5:30-6:30pm.   

Returning families are defined as any family that had at least one active swimmer since June of 2023. This includes all current year-round swimmers, anyone that swam in the Fall or Winter of 2023 and any swimmers that particpated in the 2022 summer season. If you have a sibling that is new to swimmer they can also be registered during the returning family registration.

Required for 2024 Registration:

 

  1. Register each of your swimmers using this online form 2024 OV Pirates SAAA Registration Form For Returning Families: form needs to be completed no later than Sunday March 5th in order to reserve your space on the team.
  2. Read the 2024 Team Policies - there are important details about volunteer requirements, our team standards and policies, and general expectations ​​2024 Parent and Swimmer Expectations and policies
  3. Print and sign the 2024 Policies Agreement and bring this to the pool registration (one per family) 2024 Policy Agreement Form
  4. Print and sign the 2024 SAAA Waiver Form and bring this to the pool registration (one per swimmer2024 SAAA Waiver Form
  5. Make a copy of the birth certificate to bring to the registration and leave with us for our files
  6. Attend an in-person registration at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center

Online registration forms indicate your desire to be placed on our swim team, but we will not be able to secure your spot until a swim evaluation has been completed and swimmers are placed in groups. Any online registrations submitted form families who have not previously swam with us will not be honored until the swim placement test has been conducted which is on a first come first served basis at the registration sessions. Each group has a limited number of spots to ensure that we are able to best meet the development of each swimmer.  We always have spots available at the beginning of registration for new families who are interested in joining our team, but have been filled to capacity and had a short waiting list the past several years. 

 

EVALUATIONS for Group Placement:

  • Returning  swimmers do not need to be evaluated for group placement unless you would like your group placement to be reviewed.
    • New siblings or any siblings that have not swam since before June of 2022 need to be evaluated
  • Any new swimmers (including new siblings) will need to be evaluated for group placement
  • Evaluations  will be during pool registrations on Tuesday March 5th 4:30-6:30pm, Monday March 11th 4:30-6:30pm and Tuesday March 19th from 5:30-6:30pm. Swimmers should come ready to get in the pool with a swimsuit, goggles and towel. Swimmers with longer hair should bring a swim cap if needed.

Swim evaluations are completed to make sure that swimmers are placed in the appropriate group based on their skills and endurance with the four swimming strokes.  We value ourselves as a teaching team, so knowledge of all 4 strokes nor refinement in these strokes is a requirement to join our team.  We have groups for all levels of swimmers as long as they can make it across the pool nearly independently.


2024 SAAA Summer Season Rates

Fee Structure: As we’ve done for the last few seasons, fees will be split into two separate fees: a “team fee” and a “season fee”. The non-refundable team fee for 2024 will be $110 per swimmer.  The season fees are as follows:

  • Emerald: $245
  • Topaz: $285
  • Gold & Onyx: $320
  • The first sibling will receive a 20% discount on their season fees. Additional siblings will receive a 50% discount.

All fees are paid directly to the team. You may pay by cash, Zelle, check, or debit/credit card. We are now offering Zelle to reduce the overhead cost associated with credit cards, so we do appreciate your payments that do not run through Square

 


2024 Season Practice Schedule and Groups


 

 Emerald: Emerald is our standard 8&U group. Practices will focus on improving technique in freestyle and backstroke, learning some basiscs of butterfly and breaststroke and having fun. Swimmers must be able to comfortably and consistenly complete 25 yards in any manner before joining. Practice is offered MWF. Swimmers at this level should attend 2 or 3 practices per week. 

 Topaz: Topaz is for the typical age 9 to 13 year old swimmer (between 2 and 5 years of competitive experience). Swimmers will continue to improve their freestyle and backstroke, and spend more time developing their breaststroke, butterfly, starts and turns. There will be more emphasis placed on speed and learning how to push their bodies harder. During the summer practice will be offered Monday-Thursday. There may also be some Saturday morning parctices availabile. Swimmers should be attending at least 3 afternoon practices per week.  

Before joining this group, swimmers should be able to swim 100 yards of freestyle at a decent speed and without stopping. Swimmers should be able to maintain technique and control of their body while varying tempo in freestyle. Swimmers should also be able to demonstrate legal fly or breast for at least 50 yards.

 Gold: Gold group is our standard group for high school age swimmers (ages 14+ or entering HS after the season). Swimmers should attend at least 4 of the 5 offered afternoon practices per week. Saturday morning practics may be available

 

Onyx: Onyx Group is for our most committed senior swimmers with a goal of qualifying and preparing for meets outside of Arizona. Not for swimmers juggling other sports, or with heavy academic or work requirements.  Practice will be offered 7+ times per week. The Head Coach will speak to eligible swimmers that meet the attendance and speed requirements.

 

2024 Board Members

President - Jen Cosbey
Vice President - Cara Jones
Treasurer -  Darci Jarrold
Secretary - Alison Van Dyke
Member-At-Large (Volunteer Coordinator) - Michelle Castillo


2024 Sponsorship Letter

If your family owns a business or knows of someone who would be willing to sponsor the Oro Valley Swim Team this summer, we would greatly appreciate it! We have five different levels of sponsorship available. Your participation as a sponsor will positively impact the more than 100 swimmers who come together each summer as Oro Valley Pirates and your company will receive exposure to these families. We look forward to having you aboard! Please read or pass on the Sponsor Letter and complete the required information if you are willing to help us out!

 


 

2024 Important Dates

More dates will be added as meets or events are added

  • June 4th - vs. SVH @SVH
  • Jun 6th - Swim Meet vs. SVH @OVAC
  • June 8th - 9-18  Swim Meet
  • June 10th - Chipotle Dineout
  • June 14-15 - OV Open for USA/year-round swimmers, does not count towards SAAA meet requirements
  • June 22nd - Muppet Meet 
  • June 25th - Swim Meet vs SWAS @ 49er Country Club
  • June 28th - Swim Meet vs SWAS & NWST @ Marana HS
  • July 8th - Eegees Dine Out
  • July 9th - SAAA Team Championships @ OVAC - Will be in the morning
  • July 11th - SAAA Finals for those that qualify @ OVAC  No relays or 6&Us- Will be in the evening