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The Otters Swim Team
Ages 5-16

Open to children ages 5 to 16, the Pottawatomie Porpoises Swim Team will race against teams from the Thornwood, Fox Mill, Windings, and Geneva Country Club neighborhoods.  Over the course of an eight-week program, each team will compete head-to-head once, culminating in a relay meet at the end.

Swim league is a great social outlet for participants and parents! It’s affordable and fun, too. Swimmers will have 3-4 practices per week depending upon the swimmer's age group and participate in local swim meets to be held on Thursday nights. Participants receive a team cap and t-shirt.

Swimming is an individual activity and a team sport. Children can easily set and achieve tangible goals. The harder they work, the sooner they’ll notice improvements in fitness and self-confidence.

Park Board Minutes (PDF) Parent Information
Park Board Minutes (PDF) First Swim Meet Details

Cancelled practices due to inclement weather will be made up the week of July 30.

The minimum requirements per age group are as follows:

Ages 5-8: Swim 25 yards freestyle with face in the water and side-air breathing; 25 yards of backstroke and have a concept of the breaststroke.

Ages 9-10: Swim continuously for 50 yards freestyle with side-air breathing, 50 yards of backstroke and have a concept of breaststroke and butterfly.

Ages 11-16: Swim continuously for 200 yards of freestyle with side-air breathing, 200 yards backstroke and 50 yards breaststroke and butterfly.

Click here to register for swim team in Leisure Link online registration.

Stroke Clinics at Swanson Pool

For information on stroke clinics, click here.

Team Colors: Royal Blue & White

Team T-shirt:
Shirts will be handed 1st and 2nd week of practice.

Team Cap:
Each participant will be handed a team cap at practice. Replacement caps will be available for purchase $4 per cap.

Team Suit:
Swimmers will wear a plain royal blue suit. You may purchase it on your own.

Suit Sizing: June 11, 6:30pm

Picture Day

A picture day has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 18 at 6:30pm at Otter Cove. Please make sure your child is dressed in Team T-shirt and suit. Group and individual pictures will be done. Order forms will be distributed the first week of practice. Please bring order form completed to picture day.

Team Spirit Wear: Purchase team spirit wear on this website:
Username: otter
Password: cove

End of Year Team Banquet: Tuesday, July 29 at 6:30pm

Swim Meet Schedule
June 12 at Foxmill
June 19 at Thornwood
June 26 at Swanson Pool
July 4 - NO MEET
July 11 at Windings
July 18 - NO MEET
July 25 - Relay Meet at Thornwood

All meets are in the evening. Times and information will be available at practice.

To sign up for the swim meets there will be a sign up posted at each practice 1 week prior to each meet. If you are interested and able to attend, sign up child on form. On top of the form we will list the location and time of swim meet. You must sign up for the meet the week before the meet occurs which gives coaches time to do the line up and get information back to the swimmer. Swimmers will have their swim meet events in their mailbox the Tuesday before each Thursday swim meet. Swim meets are not required in order to pariticpate on the team.

To successfully run any swim meet, we need parent volunteers. The following are positions that we will need volunteers to work each swim meet. We will put up a meet volunteer sheet each time we post a meet sign up form so that parents may coordinate which to work with the meets that their child is participating in.

Inclement Weather

What to do if bad weather occurs before practice:
The coach and pool management will determine if there will be practice. One hour before a practice, you may call Otter Cove Aquatic Park at 630-513-4377 or Pottawatomie Community Center at 630-513-6200 to determine if practice has been cancelled. This decision will not be made prior to 5:30pm for night practices and 6am for morning practices.

What to do if bad weather occurs during practice:
The coach and pool management will determine to end practice in inclement weather conditions (lightning, thunder, heavy rain…). All patrons will be asked to leave the water and pool deck. The coach and team will be directed to the hall ways inside the main building (building B) of Otter Cove Aquatic Park. Kids will be allowed to call for rides. Coach will remain on site until all participants are picked up.

For information on Pottawatomie Porpoises, click here.


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