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Swim Evaluations

If you would like to try out for the Naples Tiger Sharks, you can email our Head Coach at npsheadcoach@gmail.com.

Requirements for swimmers trying out 12 and under:

  1. Swim 50 meters in freestyle and backstroke without stopping. The strokes do not need to be perfect, but the swimmer must be able to complete 50 meters without stopping.
  2. Must be able to perform rotary breathing in the freestyle.  
  3. Evaluations of ability in breaststroke and butterfly will also be completed.
  4. Starts: swimmers may be asked to demonstrate a start from the blocks.

Requirements for swimmers trying out 13 and above:

  1. Swim 100 meters in freestyle and backstroke without stopping. The strokes do not need to be perfect, but the swimmer must be able to complete 100 meters without stopping.
  2. Must be able to perform rotary breathing in the freestyle.
  3. Evaluations of ability in breaststroke and butterfly will also be completed.
  4. Starts: swimmers may be asked to demonstrate a start from the blocks.

All swimmers will be considered on a one on one basis. The coaches will have the final say on who joins the team and who does not, based on the evaluation, ability, effort and desire.

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Competitive Swimming

The four basic strokes are the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. The individual medley is a combination of all four strokes (in Fly, Back, Breast, Free order) in one event. Each stroke has specific criteria that must be met in order to be considered as proper technique and avoid disqualification. These criteria can apply to take-off (starts), turns and finishes, as well.

  • BREASTSTROKE - This stroke is the most formalized of the four. The swimmer may pull in any fashion that keeps the arms under water at all times and with a simultaneous "frog kick" motion of both legs with the toes pointing outward. The swimmer is not allowed to flutter or dolphin kick (up and down motions with the feet). On starts and turns, the swimmer is allowed to take one pull and one kick underwater. When touching the wall for turns and when finishing, both hands must touch at the same time.
  • BUTTERFLY - The butterfly is similar to the breaststroke in that all movements must be simultaneous. The arms and legs must move together. The swimmer must bring his/her arms over the top of the water when recovering from the previous pull. The kick must be simultaneous, up and down movements of the legs (dolphin kick). As is the case with breaststroke, when turning and upon finishing, both hands must touch the wall at the same time. When finishing, both hands must also touch the wall at the same level.
  • FREESTYLE - In a freestyle event, the swimmer may do anything he/she likes to get from one end of the pool to the other. Nothing is barred, except for pulling along the ropes or grabbing another swimmer for a free ride. When touching the wall, any part of the body may be used. The swimmer need not touch with the hand. In a the IM, the conventional freestyle stroke must be used.
  • BACKSTROKE - The prime rule is that the competitor must be on his/her back. This stroke starts with the swimmers in the water, gripping the pool edge or part of the diving block with part of each foot to be UNDER water at the start of the race. The swimmer may start with a back dive and remain underwater for up to 15 meters before surfacing. He/she may do any sort of stroke or kick that does not turn him/her over the vertical position, except as part of a turn, before the wall is touched. On turns and at the finish, the swimmer’s hand, head, foot or shoulder must touch the wall.

Knowing how to swim all four competitive strokes is not a prerequisite for joining the Naples Tiger Sharks. In fact, about half of our team each season starts not knowing every stroke -- but by the end of the season, nearly everyone can swim all four competitive strokes.

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The Naples Tigers Sharks swim team is a member of the European Forces Swim League (EFSL) which is comprised of swim teams from the U.S. and NATO communities. EFSL remains committed to supporting the youth of our communities through healthy competition and good sportsmanship.

Interested swimmers in the Naples international military community can swim with the Naples Tiger Sharks! Dependents of US or NATO card holders are eligible per NPS By-Laws.

The Naples Tiger Sharks is a private, non-profit organization..

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