Swim Team


Registration for the Needham Sharks will begin on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 9:00am.

Program Description

The Needham Sharks Swim team is a competitive summer swim team for the residents of Needham for swimmers ages 6 to 18. All participants must be at least 6 by July 1 and cannot be older than 18 on July 1.

There is a limit to 20 participants per age category.

Swimmers should be adequate in most if not all swim strokes to be a part of the Sharks swim team. The team will be focus on improving strokes for a competitive environment as well as hone in on good technique for our more advanced swimmers. Swimmers that are still working on learning the strokes would benefit more from our Swim Lesson program than our Swim Team program.

Swim Practices

Practices will be held at the Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex and will begin on Monday, June 17.

From Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, practices are held Monday - Thursday.

From Monday, July 1 to Wednesday, August 7 practices are held Mondays and Wednesday only. There will be no practice on Wednesday, July 3.

Practice times for all practices are:

Ages 8 and under will practice from 4:30pm to 5:15pm

Ages 9 and 10 will practice from 5:15pm to 6:00pm

Ages 11 and 12 will practice from 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Ages 13 and 14 will practice from 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Ages 15, 16, 17 and 18 will practice from 6:45pm to 7:45pm

**The age that the participant is on July 1 determines which group they will swim with.** 

Sharks Swim Team members will be able to attend our Stroke Clinics (in the morning) throughout the summer, but space will be limited and pre-registration will be required. More information will be available for the Stroke Clinics during our regular Summer Registration.

Swim Meets

Swim Meets will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2 to August 8

Tuesday, July 2: Away at Framingham - 6:00pm, Warm-Up & 6:30pm Start Time

Thursday, July 4: No meet - HAPPY 4th!

Tuesday, July 9: Home vs. Dedham - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Thursday, July 11: Home vs. Millis - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Tuesday, July 16: Home vs. Natick - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Thursday, July 18: Away at Walpole - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Tuesday, July 23: Away at Newton - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Thursday, July 25: Away at Medfield - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Friday, July 26: MILE SWIM in Natick - arrive at 10:00am

Tuesday, July 30: Home vs. Westwood - 5:00pm Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time

Thursday, August 1: Away at Canton - 5:30pm Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Saturday, August 3: B REGIONAL in Newton - Time TBD

Tuesday, August 6: Home vs. Norwood - 5:00pm Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time

Thursday, August 8: Away at Sherborn - 5:30pm Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time

Saturday, August 10: A REGIONAL in Newton - Time TBD

Swimming Attire

All sharks will receive a team Swim Suit and a Bathing cap to be worn at all meets. If you want your team suit to make it through all the meets, do not wear them to practice.

For practices: - Boys do not need to wear racing suits, but can. If they are more comfortable in shorts, that is okay. However, shorts will slow boys down during races! Short swim shorts are better than long ones.

- Girls will need to wear a one piece bathing suit. Two piece swim suits are not allowed.

Practice swim suits can be found at many department stores and online. Speedo and Nike suits wear well, especially if they are hand washed in cold water after wearing and hung dry.

Wetsuits are allowed and recommended if the swimmer tends to get cold quickly. Wetsuits can be worn for practices, but not at meets. A bathing cap can also help the swimmer stay warmer.

A and B Regionals and the Mile Swim
Each year, the Summer Suburban Swim League puts on two sets of championship meets: the A Regionals and the B Regionals. Both meets are meant to celebrate the swimmers of each team and give them the opportunity to compete against members of other teams who are equally compatible to their swimming ability.

The B Regional meet is held the second to last weekend of the season. This meet has no cut-off time, and so long as the swimmer is a Needham resident and has attended 4 meets every swimmer qualifies for B Regionals. That being said, B Regionals is a lot of fun and give each swimmer the chance to compete in a larger meet.

The A Regional meet is held on the last weekend of the season and has a list of qualifying times which need to be met in order to attend the meet, as long as the swimmer is a Needham resident and has attended 5 meets.

In 2011, the league decided that if a swimmer attends B Regionals and qualifies for A Regionals during the meet, that swimmer will be granted the opportunity to swim at A Regionals.

The mile swim is comprised of five girls and five boys, selected by the head coach. The swim will take place at Dug Pond in Natick. To compete, swimmers must have competed in 3 dual meets. Swimmers must be at least 11 years of age to compete. The mile swimmers are determined during practice based on the coaches judgement and the swimmers capabilities. Needham has historically done very well at the mile swim, and it is one of our biggest events of the season.