Geyser Registration FAQs
Have questions about the registration and evaluations process? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to find your answers!
Our child would like to join the Greatwood Geysers but we have never been on your team. How do I register him/her?
Open registration day and time for new swimmers is posted on our website's main page. All registration and payment is done online. Once the link is live you will simply click on it and register your child with the online form. The link will not appear on our website until it is open but will be located on our main page. You DO NOT need to create a username/login id prior to registration as that will be created during the registration process. While your paid registration will appear in our system, be sure to look for the activation link that is sent to your email after your registration is confirmed so that you can access more information throughout the season.
I have a swimmer(s) that was on the Geysers last season and I have another child now that is interested in swimming on the team. Do they get any sort of priority as a sibling?
As a returning Geysers swim team family, you will receive priority registering ALL of your children before registration is opened to the public. However, any swimmers who are new to the team will need to attend swimming evaluations in late April/early May (check our calendar for updates on exact schedule) to demonstrate the minimum swimming ability standards set forth by the SHRSL and our team to ensure the safety of all swimmers in the water during practices, swim meets and all other water related team sponsored activities.
My friend missed the first day of open registration and now her kids are on the waiting list. They are a really nice family and their kids are great swimmers. They would make a great addition to the team! Can you make an exception for them and bump them up on the list?
In a neighborhood like ours, we all seem to have friends wanting to join the team. Unfortunately, we must adhere to the posted registration dates. Publicity for joining the team and the deadline begins in early February so everyone who is truly interested should have plenty of time to plan accordingly. Interested families may register to be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted by our registrar should an opening become available.
Why is my child on the waiting list? I registered during open registration on the first day it was open to the public!
Per the total swimmer limits set forth by our league (SHRSL), we also set limits within the different age groups. We do this keeping in mind for the safety not only of your child but also of the others on the team. Because of the number of children in the water at one time during practices and the limited number of coaches we have, the majority of the children should be able to swim independently for the duration of their practice time. Returning swim families have priority on registration and it's possible that all the spots have been filled by returning swim families.
My child is on the waiting list for their age group. What are his/her chances of getting on the meet team?
This is a difficult question to answer and depends on a number of factors. Sometimes, swimmers schedules change or they decide after a week of daily practice, that swim team is just not for them. If a spot opens up in any age group, the next swimmer on the waiting list will be contacted by our registrar to come for an evaluation by our coaches.
Why do you limit the size of your team? It’s just a recreational team afterall!
The Southwest Houston Recreational Swim League (SHRSL) has set a limit of 200 swimmers per team. Each participating team pays a fee per swimmer for liability insurance. Within the team size limits, Greatwood Geysers has set a limit in the different age groups to make the meets more fun and manageable for our coaches and parent volunteers. If you’ve ever tried to organize a group of 30 five and six year olds you will understand why!
I have a friend who lives in one of the neighboring Greatwood subdivisions. Can they join our team?
As of the 2015 season, the HOA has limited Greatwood Geyser team membership to residents of Greatwood only. The exception to this is for those team members who joined before this rule was in place. Non-residents do pay an additional usage fee directly to the HOA for being a part of our team. The SHRSL does allow for teams to accept residents outside the sponsoring team’s neighborhood; however our Greatwood HOA has put this rule in place. If you have any questions about it, please contact the HOA directly.
What are the criteria in your evaluations?
Evaluation criteria are based on minimum requirements set forth by the SWRSL as well as other criteria based on age. They are, but not limited to the following guidelines:
4- to 7-year-old swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted (25 yards). This means no hanging on a lane rope, the side of the pool or a coach.
Swimmers aged 8 - 10 years old should have a working knowledge of all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) and should be legal (i.e., have meet-qualified form) in at least two strokes.
Swimmers who are 11 & older must be able to swim two lengths of the pool (50 yards) in at least two strokes.
Still have questions? Contact:
Registration Questions: Betty Brown at GWGeysersRegistrar@gmail.com
Eligibility & Other Questions: Chip Smith, President at email@example.com