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Swimmers: Age Group Details

      Nottingham Forest Sharks

      Nottingham Forest is a community swim team that follows the rules established by the Memorial Spring Branch Swim Conference (MSBSC). The team must be in compliance with league guidelines to remain eligible to compete. Any violation could result in dismissal of the team or an individual swimmer. League rules can be found HERE.

      All ages are determined by the swimmer’s age as of April 30 for the current season.

      6 & Under - Half Lappers

      • Must be at least 4 years old by April 30 of the current swim season, no exceptions.
      • A Half Lapper is a 6 & under swimmer that is unable to swim the length of the pool unassisted in 60 seconds or less. This is in accordance with league rules.
      • Half Lappers start practice after school is dismissed for the summer.
      • Half Lappers participate in the first event of HOME swim meets only.
      • At the meet, Half Lappers swim one length of the pool (25 yards) with assistance from a coach.
      • This program may be limited in size.

      6 & Under – Full Lappers

      • Must be at least 4 years old by April 30 of the current swim season, no exceptions.
      • 6 & Under Full Lappers must be comfortable putting their face under water.
      • 6 & Under Full Lappers must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted in 60 seconds or less.
      • 6 & Under Full Lappers compete in 2 events at meets – the individual freestyle and the mixed gender freestyle relay.
      • Some swimmers may participate in backstroke based on time and ability.
      • All meet events will be 25 yards.

      7/8 Swimmers

      • 7/8 swimmers will learn all strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
      • 7/8s compete in the individual freestyle and a relay each meet.
      • Some swimmers will compete in the additional events of backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly based on time and ability.
      • All meet events are 25 yards.

      9/10 Swimmers

      • 9/10 swimmers will practice all strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
      • All 9/10s compete in the individual freestyle and a relay each meet.
      • Some swimmers will compete in additional events of backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly based on time and ability.
      • All meet events are 25 yards.

      11/12 Swimmers

      • 11/12 swimmers will practice all strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
      • All 11/12s compete in the individual freestyle and a relay each meet.
      • Some swimmers will compete in additional events of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and individual medley based on time and ability.
      • 11/12s swim a 50 yard individual freestyle at the meet, all other individual events and relays are 25 yards. The medley relay and IM are 25 yards for each stroke.

      13/14 Swimmers

      • 13/14 swimmers will practice all strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
      • All 13/14s compete in the individual freestyle and a relay each meet.
      • Some swimmers will compete in the individual events of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and individual medley based on time and ability.
      • All meet events are 50 yards. The medley relay and IM are 25 yards for each stroke.

      15 - 18 Swimmers

      • 15/18 swimmers will practice all strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
      • All 15/18s compete in the individual freestyle and a relay each meet.
      • Some swimmers will compete in the individual events of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and individual medley based on time and ability.
      • All meet events are 50 yards. The medley relay and IM are 25 yards for each stroke.

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