Specific dates vary year to year: this is intended to give the big picture.
|March||Online registration opens||Registration opens (pay dues, provide contact information for parents and swimmers); Early registration discount for residents during 1st two weeks of registration; registration usually open into early June|
|April||Orientation||In-person registration, meet coaches and swim committee, orientation meeting|
Parent Meeting (mandatory) - review volunteer opportunities
Memorial Day weekend is the traditional opening weekend for pool; first team practice is the day after Memorial Day
|End of May to early June||Afternoon practices||Team practice Monday to Friday, after school day, 5:30-8:30pm, using a few lanes in pool while other residents swim in the rest; one hour sessions, divided by age group|
and start of Mini Cyclones practice
|Monday after last day of Fairfax County schools close, practices will shift to the morning; uses whole pool before it opens to all residents, same 1 hour sessions sorted by age, 7am-10am Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri. Mini-Cyclones will also start this day, 7-9am, 30 min sessions. No morning practices on Wednesdays due to PM meets.
In-practice evaluation of swimmers to ensure all can swim one pool length unassisted
A practice home meet, usually on a Saturday morning, with no opponent; provides baseline times for swimmers. All swimmers are asked to participate inTime Trials. This is also a practice meet for parent volunteers.
|late June||Meets||6-8 meets per season against 1-2 opposing teams, into late July, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, each roughly 3 hours; locations home or away, Centreville to Herndon|
|mid-late July||All League Meet||Day-long Saturday meet including all teams in league|
|late July||End of season party||Banquet and swim party to celebrate the season, awards ceremony, thank parent volunteers and sponsors|
|August||Clinics (if available)||Optional small-group coaching clinics, usually on weekends|
|year-round||Organizational meetings||Occasional organizational meetings|
|year-round||"Social" events||Variety of teambuilding, fundraising, and community improvement activities|