Pre Team will not be held Summer 2021, due to continuing pandemic concerns.
Generally, the pre-team is designed for swimmers who will be five years old before June 1, are confident in the water, and want to master swim strokes in preparation to join the swim team. The Palisades pre-team season begins in mid-June, runs through mid-July, and culminates with the Celine Silver Memorial Mini Meet at Tilden Woods pool. To join the pre-team, children must be able to comfortably make their way across the diving well (floating, swimming, or kicking with a board) unassisted and without showing signs of distress (such as crying or refusing to get in the water). Children interested in joining the pre-team should have already mastered the following basic swim skills: blowing bubbles, kicking on the wall, kicking with kick board with face in water, and have knowledge of the freestyle stroke, and be comfortable and confident in water over 5 feet in depth. The pre-team practices in the diving well, which tends to be at a colder temperature than the main swim pool. Swimmers will have through the first week of practice to demonstrate their ability to handle pre-team. If he or she is not yet at this level, we will encourage your child to receive lessons from other programs or private lessons taught by the swim coaches and lifeguards, and rejoin the pre-team once their confidence meets the expected criteria. Every member of the Palisades pre-team must register as a swim team member and pay the registration fee. Parents are encouraged to join the team list serve to stay up-to-date on team announcements.
The pre-team is coached by the swim team coaches and high school and middle school student volunteers from the Palisades swim team. The coaches focus on developing skills that will help pre-team swimmers to eventually join the Palisades team as soon as they have acquired enough skills — much like a farm baseball team is training ground for a major league team. All pre-team swimmers are considered part of the Palisades Porpoises and are encouraged to attend team social events, spectate at meets.