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      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 May 1 for the current season.

      6 & Under – Full Lappers

      • Must be at least 4 years old by May 1 of the current swim season, no exceptions.
      • Must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted in 60 seconds or less.  Note, your child will be timed at the team kick-off event.
      • 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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