Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible to register and swim for LMF STARS?
A: Anyone ages 4 to 18 who can swim is eligible to join.
Q: What if my child(ren) can't swim?
A: The STARS swim team is a competitive summer swim team. We encourage all swimmers to join the team. However, all athletes must be able to swim. The swim team is not providing swim lessons or teaching non-swimmers to swim. Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yds) completely unassisted by May 28th. At the sole discretion of the STARS Head Coach, athletes that are unable to swim the length of the pool by May 28th, will be asked to leave the team until such time they can safely swim the length of the pool unassisted. Any athlete that is asked to leave the team is welcome back at any time during the season (after evaluation by the Head Coach), should they be able to swim the length of the pool safely and unassisted. There will be no refund of fees for those swimmers that cannot swim the length of the pool by May 28th.
Q: Are non-residents eligible to swim for the LMF STARS?
A: Yes. The LMF STARS welcomes both residents and non-residents of Long Meadow Farms. Please note that that an additional fee (see registration page) is applied to all non-residents.
Q: When does practice start?
A: For the current season's practice schedule, please visit our Practice & Meet Schedule page, under the Swim Meet Info tab. We practice Monday-Friday in the afternoon until school is out.
During the school year, due to other sports, coaches are fairly lenient about making practices. Regular practice begins at the beginning of June. Practice will then shift to mornings.
Times may shift to due to registration for each age group.
Q: How much does it cost to join the team?
A: For a list of current registration fees, please visit our registration page.
Q: What if I change my mind after I register or my child is not able to swim by May 28th?
A: All registration fees are non-refundable. Any exception to this policy is at the sole discretion of the LMF Swim Club Board of Directors.
Q: Are there volunteer obligations?
A: The swim team cannot operate without volunteers. If your child swims, you volunteer. We have lots of positions, and there is something for everyone. If you fail to meet your volunteer obligations, there is a mandatory fine of $250.00.
Q: What is a Volunteer Encouragement Check of $250.00?
A: A VEC check is collected from each family at the start of the season to encourage families to volunteer. Checks must be provided to the Treasurer on or before May 6, 2019. Your child will not be able to practice until the VEC check is received. Each family is required to volunteer at each meet for a shift. Volunteer positions are needed in every aspect to run the meets. There is a place for everyone. If the volunteer requirements are met then the checks are destroyed. It is very important that each family volunteers or we can not run a meet.