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General Schedule

This is, overall, what the Cyclones calendar looks like. Specific dates vary year to year: this is intended to give the big picture. 

When What Description
March Online registration opens Pay dues, provide contact information for parents and swimmers, further information from this site and e-mail; registration usually open into early June
April Orientation In-person registration, swimsuit sizing, orientation meeting
late May (Memorial Day to 31st) Pool opening Traditional opening weekend for pool; first team practice Memorial Day
early June Afternoon practices Team practice Monday to Friday, after school day, roughly 5pm to 9pm, using a few lanes in pool while other residents swim in the rest; one hour sessions, divided by age group
mid-June Evaluation In-practice evaluation of swimmers to ensure all can swim one pool length unassisted
mid-June Time trials A practice home meet, usually on a Saturday morning, with no opponent; provides baseline times for swimmers, practice in meet operation for swimmers and parent volunteers
late June Morning practices Practice schedule shifts to mornings after the end of the school year for Fairfax County Public Schools; uses whole pool before it opens to all residents, same one hour sessions sorted by age, roughly 7am-11am Monday to Friday
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
late July All League Meets Day-long Saturday meet including all teams in League
late July or early August End of season party Dinner and swim party to celebrate the season, recognize and award each swimmer, thank parent volunteers and sponsors
August Clinics Optional small-group coaching clinics, usually on weekends
year-round Organizational meetings Occasional organizational meetings and training sessions for particular volunteer roles
year-round "Social" events Variety of teambuilding, fundraising, and community improvement activities
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