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How to Join Race
If you would like to join R.A.C.E., you must complete a swim assessment. Assessments (Tryouts) will be conducted at the Rockwall ISD Aquatics Center by Coach Tom Applegate. Tryouts are held at least 2 times per year. Usually in March and August. More tryouts may be held within the season depending on demand. Check this site regularly to see the next tryout date. For transfers from other teams, please contact Coach Tom Applegate (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange tryout.
You will be asked to complete the following forms upon making the team.
1. Membership Registration Form
2. Consent for medical treatment
3. Financial Responsibility
4. USA Swimming Registration (not available online)
5. Copy of swimmer's birth certificate or passport
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the procedure for joining the Rockwall Racers Swim Team?
If you would like to join R.A.C.E., you must complete a swim assessment. Assessments are conducted at the Rockwall ISD Aquatics Center.
What forms do we need to bring to join the team?
You will be given a packed of forms to be filled out and returned upon making the team.
What if I am registered with another team?
If you are currently attached to a team other than the R.A.C.E., you will complete a USA Swimming Transfer form, and pay a nominal fee. Once the form is processed, you will be unattached from any team for 120 days from your LAST DATE OF COMPETITION WITH THE OLD TEAM. If you are still attached to a team but have not competed with that team in over 120 days, your transfer will be immediate.
What does unattached mean?
Unattached means you are unable represent the new team because of USA swimming transfer policy. You are still able to practice with and compete with the RACE team, but you will be swimming unattached. Your RACE coaches will still be coaching you at the meet.
Where do we get our equipment and what do we need?
Please click here for a list of items you will need based on which practice group you are assigned. We have an on-site pro shop, D&J sports in the lobby of the RISD Aquatic Center. You can also order equipment on-line or at any another swim store.
What if I can’t make the recommended practices per week?
We believe attendance is one of the keys to successful swimming. You should make every effort to be at all practices. Should you have an emergency or appointment that necessitates missing a session, try to let the coach know in advance.
Where and when are the swim meets?
The Meet Schedule will be updated frequently based on the North Texas Swimming, Inc. website.
We are new to the sport of swimming. What do we need to do to better understand the sport?
You are welcome to ask the coaches or staff of the Rockwall ISD Aquatic Center about any part of our program or swimming in general. We also have a large parent group who are willing to help you in any way they can.
Who will be coaching my child?
The coaches are assigned to specific practice groups. You can click here to see who is currently coaching each group. Our coaches do work jointly for the whole team. Occasionally, due to absence or other conflict, a different coach may work with a different practice group.
Is there transportation available?
You are responsible for your own transportation to practice and to meets. You are welcome to form a carpool with other swimmers, but this is done at your own discretion. The RACE team and Aquatic Center are NOT responsible for transportation issues at any time.
Who owns the Team?
The team is USA-sanctioned and is owned by Rockwall Independent School District.
Is there a parent board?
We do not have a "governing board of parents" but we have many parents who collaborate ideas frequently. Don't hesitate to join in a discussion.
Are there scholarships available?
We do not provide scholarships, as this team is voluntary participation. If you have a financial difficulty, please speak with the Aquatic Center director.
Are there monthly parent meetings?
We will have meetings at various times throughout the year when events are occurring or when big changes are going to be made. We will most commonly post information in the home page under Events tag (under team picture) under team functions of this website. We also will be sending our members e-mails regarding such important meeting.
How do you become a swim official?
If you wish to become an official, review the information here. Officials must be certified by USA Swimming through North Texas Swimming, Inc.
Can swim team count as a middle school Physical Education requirement?
We do provide off-campus physical education credits for students. You will need to get the appropriate forms and requirements from the counselors of your school to see if our program will substitute. We do not keep this information on file as our students represent a wide variety of cities and districts.
What is the minimum requirement for team participation?
The minimal requirement for entry level on the team consists of being able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with proper breathing technique unassisted and 25 yards of backstroke.
Do you have to live in the school district to swim on RACE?
The R.A.C.E. team swimmers do NOT have to live in Rockwall or attend RISD schools. Our swimmers attend a variety of surrounding districts.
What type of swim suit should be worn during practice or meets?
Swimmers will need a competition-style swimsuit for practice and meets. BOYS: jammers or Speedo brief style; GIRLS: one-piece suit with shoulder straps.
Where can parents sit during practice?
Parents will be asked to sit in the second floor bleachers during all practices. Parents will only be allowed on deck if they are volunteering for a meet, they have been asked to come down on deck by a coach, or if there is an emergency.
If you do not find the answer you are seeking here on this site, please call the RISD Aquatic Center office at (469) 698-7410. We will be happy to assist you. You may also visit the Our Coaches page to find email addresses for our coaching staff.