Swim Team

Southside All-Stars Swim Team 2024

General Information about the team:

  • Costs this year will be a flat rate and include both the team shirt and a cap:
    • Age: 12 & Under - $275
    • Age: 13 & Up - $175
  • Registration begins Wednesday, March 6th. Please register before Friday, May 10th using the following link: https://southside-place.org/464/Swim-Team
  • The All-Stars are part of the Southwest Aquatic League, or SWAL. We swim meets against Bellaire, West University, and Willowbend. Our team is combined with Briar Meadow to form a competitively sized team called Southwest United (SWU). You will see us referred to as SWU on all league information.

Important Dates: 

  • Registration begins: Wednesday, March 6th
  • Pizza Party Kick-Off: Monday, May 13th 5:00-7:00 at the Pavilion
  • First Practice: Tuesday, May 14th (times listed below)
  • New Parent Volunteer Training Session: Thursday, May 30th 5:30 to 6:00 at the pool.
  • Practice Days: Monday - Friday (No practice on Memorial Day or meet days) See calendar for times.
  • End of Season Banquet at the Clubhouse: Friday, June 28th 6:00 to 8:00
  • Texas Swim Shop will be at practice on Wednesday, May 22nd to sell suits for swimmers. 

Requirements:

  • Have a Southside Place City Season Pass and be in good standing. For more information about this, please contact Andrew Deavers.
  • Sign up for two volunteer spots per family for the season. A signup.com link will be sent out to the team prior to meets to sign up for volunteer spots. If you are unable to attend, please reach out to a friend on the team to take your spot and notify the Swim Team Coordinator. 
  • To participate in league meets, swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted. Our team supports water independence and is willing to take on swimmers from the ages of 3 or 4 who can tread water. Any swimmer under the age of 5 should be cleared by the head coach to swim.
  • To participate in meets, swimmers should have our team suit. The team suit can be purchased at the Suit Purchase Day in May. More information will follow regarding this date. We use Texas Swim Shop (10429B S. Post Oak, 713-723-0910). Susan Mathern owns the shop and is familiar with our team.

Swim Meet Information:

  • Meets are held in two parts:
    • 6 & U, 7&8: 4:00pm Warm-up / 4:30pm Start
    • 9 & Up: 6:00pm Warm-up / 6:30 Start / Meets typically end between 9:30 and 10:00
  • League rules state that 6&U swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool without assistance in the water to compete in meets. This rule does not prevent your child from joining the team for practices and the fun meet, and we encourage you to still sign them up, as it is amazing what growth we see during the season!
  • Please see the attached calendar for our season schedule.

Fun Friday Practice:

  • On Fridays, practice ends about 10 minutes early for the swimmers to play games and coaches give out candy-filled swimmer of the week cups.

Parent Volunteers:

  • SWAL meets are run by parent volunteers who help time, hand out ribbons, run timecards and gather swimmers for their events. 
  • Each Southside family is required to sign up for at least two volunteer shifts during the season. 
  • Signing up is easy. The swim team coordinator will be sending out signup.com links closer to the summer with specific jobs. 

Optional Swim Lessons:

  • We encourage all novice swimmers to sign up for swim lessons at a location of your choice. While everyone’s skills will improve over the summer, your child may also benefit from the smaller group environment of lessons with our coaches.
  • More information will be available once the season begins. Payment is set by the city and arrangements can be made directly with the coaches.

Contact Information:

  • Swim Team Coordinator: Janite Grooms 305-619-6322 / janitegrooms@gmail.com
    • Janite worked at Southside Summer Camp last year and did a fantastic job. This will be her first year with the All-Stars and she is thrilled to be on board!
  • Director of Parks&Recreation: Andrew Deavers 832-509-4642 / adeavers@southsideplacetx.gov 
    • Andrew grew up in Southside and has worked for the city for 13 years. This is his fifth summer as the Parks and Recreation Director. Andrew is looking forward to working with the All-Stars this summer.
  • Head Coach: Wyatt Hansen 713-325-4122 / wyatt.hansen06@gmail.com
    • Wyatt has lived in Southside his whole life and was a proud member of the All-Stars for six years. He began coaching in 2022, and since has continued to pass down his love for swimming. He graduated from Strake Jesuit High School and is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin. Wyatt was on Strake’s swim team for three years and a captain of the water polo team for two years. He is excited to continue his work with child and adolescent swimming proficiency and fostering love for the sport of swimming as Head Coach of the All-Stars.

May 2024

Sunday 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday 

Saturday 

 

 

 

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Kick Off Pizza Party 

5-7 at the Pavilion

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Practice Begins

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 Practice

 

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Practice

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Fun Friday Practice 

 

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Practice

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Practice

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Practice 

Swim Suit Day

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Practice 

 

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Fun Friday Practice 

 

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Memorial Day – No Practice

 

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Practice 

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Practice

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Practice

New Parent Volunteer Training 5:30-6:00

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Fun Friday Practice 

 

 


May 14- June 5 Practice Times

Age Group 

Time 

6 & Under 

4:30 - 5:00

7 & 8

5:00 - 5:30 

9 & 10 

5:30 - 6:15 

11 & Up 

6:15 - 7:00

 

June 2024

Sunday 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday 

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Swim Meet 

TBD Location and team

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Practice

 

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Practice

HISD LAST DAY

 

6

Summer Practice Times Start

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Fun Friday Practice

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9

10

Swim Meet 

TBD Location and team

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Practice

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Practice

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Fun Meet Vs Briarmeadow   TBD Location

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Fun Friday Practice

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Swim Meet 

TBD Location and team

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Practice

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Practice

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Practice

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Fun Friday Practice

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Prelims

6&U, 11&UP        (@ West U)

4210 Bellaire Blvd

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Prelims     

7&8, 9&10     (@ Willow)

10525 Cliffwood Dr

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Rain Day

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Finals           (@ Willow)

10525 Cliffwood Dr

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Banquet 6-8 @ Clubhouse

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June 6- June 21 Summer Practice Times

Age Group 

Time 

6 & Under 

3:00 - 3:30

7 & 8 

3:30 - 4:15

9 & 10 

4:15 - 5:00 

11 & Up 

5:00 - 6:00