Developmental Swim Team
    We are working on a return to swim plan for the fall. Please check back toward the end of July for updated information about the 2020-21 season.

    The Developmental Swim Team is available for swimmers who are interested in joining a swim team but are not yet ready for full participation with CBST-SAL. The developmental team is appropriate for swimmers 7 years of age or older* who are not yet at the competitive level but with a little more knowledge of starts, strokes, turns and techniques would be ready to join the team.~ In order to join the developmental team swimmers must have a good knowledge of freestyle and backstroke. It is also beneficial if swimmers have some knowledge of butterfly and breaststroke, however, swimmers with limited knowledge of these strokes (particularly younger swimmers) may also be ready for the developmental team. Please click here for more information about required skills. 

    *If your 6-year-old child meets the criteria for developmental team/clinics listed at the "required skills" link above and would like to participate, email Jennifer Steinberg at jsteinberg@cbsd.org to explore the possibility of an evaluation. 

    Developmental team swimmers have three practices available each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at CB South and Fridays at CB East, and will be included in meets if the coaching staff determines that they are ready. Practices begin the first full week of October. Click here for typical practice schedule. Developmental team members who are ready for meets will compete with CBST-SAL. Attending all practices is not required - developmental team members are encouraged to attend two or three nights per week. The coaches understand that swimmers have other commitments so if they cannot make practice twice per week on occasion that is fine. If they routinely find themselves in that situation, however, they are likely to not progress as they would like. Fees cannot be prorated due to attendance.

    ~After roughly a month of practice, developmental team members who are ready to move to full team participation will be invited to join the team (and will pay an additional fee to do so). Developmental team members not ready to join the team at that time will remain on the developmental team for the duration of the season and are encouraged to participate in our clinics and a summer club team before being evaluated for team placement again next fall.
    Age is determined as of October 31st of the current year. 
    For more information about the team please follow the links at left to the CBST-SAL page.
    CB Aquatics Policies

    All participants and families are responsible to adhere to the policies of the Central Bucks School District, Central Bucks Aquatics, your team handbook (located on your team site), and any other procedural or policy statements received via email throughout the season. By participating with the developmental team you agree to be aware of and adhere to all of these policies. Please see the CB Aquatics policies page linked here for certain policy statements and additional information.
    Registration for the upcoming season occurs at evaluations. Your registration is not complete until we have received your required Developmental Team paperwork, your CB Aquatics payment, and your Swimmers Association check at evaluations and you have registered online AFTER evaluations per instructions that will be provided.
    Fall Developmental Swim Team Fees

    $325 check (payable to CBCS) / $345 credit card
    Multiple child discounts available. Please contact Jennifer Steinberg for details. jsteinberg@cbsd.org
    All developmental team swimmers also pay a separate Swimmers Association fee of
    $40 for the first child and $25 for each additional child (payable to Central Bucks Swimmers Assn.).
    Out of district residents pay a yearly out of district fee of $50 per family to participate when registering at evaluations. (include with CBCS check)
    Click here to review the CB Aquatic return check and refund policy.

    Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
    Location: CB South High School 
    Click here to sign-up for an evaluation. (Note that if you have signed-up for an evaluation for the pre-team clinic you do NOT need to also sign-up for a separate team evaluation as clinic participants are evaluated as part of that program for our developmental team and the CBST-SAL team.)
    Note that evaluations will involve swimming several laps and swimmers will be asked to show what they are able to swim for each of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly). After evaluations, swimmers will be advised of their placement on the developmental team, the competitive team, or lessons may be recommended. Note that speed will come with time but to be placed on the developmental team or team, swimmers will need to be able to swim several laps over the course of their practice time when practices begin. Swimmers who need more time to get to this level will be referred to lessons to be sure that they are in the program best suited to their needs so that they can enjoy swimming for years to come.
    If the evaluation sign-up is full or you've missed evaluations, email Jennifer Steinberg (jsteinberg@cbsd.org) to find out if space remains available and note that after the evaluation date there will be a non-refundable $100 late fee if space is available and your swimmer is evaluated as qualified to participate with the team. Note that late registration may not be possible.
    Team participants should wear a one-piece racing suit (not a fashion suit or shorts) and should use swim goggles (not face masks) and a swim cap (if they have long hair).
    ***Do not come to evaluations without being signed-up as we will not be able to evaluate your swimmer.***
    Please consider the pre-team clinic. While swimmers are not required to participate in the pre-team clinic to participate in the developmental team, we often find (especially with the younger swimmers) that being out of the water for two months (from when their summer club team ends until our evaluations) causes them to not be evaluated as ready for the winter team. See pre-team clinic information here.  
    Does my child need to be fast to qualify for the developmental team? No, we consider a swimmer's swimming technique more important than speed. However, swimmers need to have the endurance to complete a practice. Speed will come with time.

    Required Developmental Team Member Paperwork

    Physical form information:
    • Physical form must be dated 10-1-2017 or after for the 2019-2020 season.
    • Physical form must be signed by the swimmer's doctor.
    • The links to the physical forms above are for your use should you need them, however, any correctly dated, doctor-signed form will be accepted.
    • Our programs require a new physical form each fall (even if the one you provided in the prior year is not out-of-date).
    • Always keep a copy of your physical form for your records and for your use with this and other programs in the future.
    Please click here for CB Aquatics FAQ document. 
    For additional questions, email Jennifer Steinberg at jsteinberg@cbsd.org