The LFC Dolphins Swim Team is a long-standing tradition that not only provides excellent training, but a fun-oriented competitive swim environment for children. It is the perfect way to introduce your new swimmer to the world of competitive swimming in a supportive atmosphere, or to give your advanced competitive swimmer a refreshing break from his/her rigorous routine. Most veteran Dolphins will tell you that this program is a highlight of their summer. From six-year-old novices to teenage state champs, our team places first in fun!
LFC Dolphins Swim Team members are encouraged, but not required, to attend daily swim team practices, and to commit to swimming in all meets. Each Friday the coaches host a Fun Friday practice that the kids will surely not want to miss – with games and donuts included! We also culminate the season with an annual awards celebration at the pool to recognize all the hard work by entire team.
It is important to note that swim team practice is not a substitute for Swim Lessons/Stroke Clinic. Swim team practice is meant to build swimmers endurance, not to teach proper stroke technique. Therefore, in addition to swim team practice, Swim Lessons or Stroke Clinic is recommended for swimmers who need to learn any of the four strokes or improve their technique.
If you have a question about whether or not your swimmer is ready, our coaches are always happy to evaluate new swimmers. The coaches’ main concern will be making sure all swimmers are safe in the water. For safety reasons, it is important that parents ensure that swimmers can do the following in order to participate in the LFC Dolphins Swim Team:
● Swimmers 8 years and under (as of June 1st) - swim one length of the pool using the freestyle stroke (with rhythmic breathing) as well as one length of the pool using the backstroke without touching the bottom of the pool.
● Swimmers 9 years and older (as of June 1st) - swim two lengths of the pool using the freestyle stroke (with rhythmic breathing) as well as two lengths of the pool using the backstroke. They also will be asked to swim one length using breaststroke and butterfly, all without touching the bottom of the pool.
Swim meets are a great opportunity to expose children to swim competitively in a relaxed way and to give them an opportunity to display their progress and growth as a swimmer. Swim meets are also social, fun affairs for parents and children. After all home meets, swimmers are welcome to celebrate the meet in the LFC lawn with a pizza party. This continues the LFC tradition of sportsmanship and fun, and is optional for all.
The LFC Dolphins Swim Team competes as part of the Intersuburban Swim Conference (ISC) with area clubs such as the Village Field Club, Salt Creek, Oak Brook Bath and Tennis, Five Seasons and other near-west suburban swim clubs. The season culminates in a conference-wide meet for qualifying swimmers.
Swim Meet Volunteers
We hope that every parent who has enrolled their child on the LFC Dolphins Swim Team will remember that while this program is under the direction of our coaches, swim meets are not staffed by LFC employees. Simply put, swim meets cannot run without our member/parent volunteers! Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, including race timing, preparing ribbons, checking-in swimmers, and much more.
Each family is required to fill one volunteer position per swimmer up to two swimmers (i.e. maximum of two volunteer slots), with the exception of High School swimmers. (High school swimmers participating on the LFC Dolphins Swim Team do not have a volunteer requirement.) There may be an additional volunteer requirement if your child is selected to attend the Conference Meet. An additional $100 will be added to the Swim Team registration fee as a volunteering deposit. At the end of the season, the $100 will be refunded if your volunteer commitment has been fulfilled. If you are unable to uphold your volunteer commitment, you must find your own replacement, or forfeit the $100 deposit.
For more detailed information about the LFC Dolphins Swim Team program, including registration information, volunteering, practice times, and swim meet details, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document
Swim lessons at the LFC are a great way for your child to develop skills and gain confidence in the pool. Our talented staff starts with the goal of teaching the kids comfort in the pool, as well as safe behavior around the pool deck. They make it fun to learn, and celebrate every success! We encourage our swimmers to take as many lessons/stroke clinics as they can to continue learning and practicing proper technique. Many LFC Dolphins Swim Team members take lessons/stroke clinic, in addition to the swim team practices, which are meant to build endurance and not necessarily improve technique.
Swim Lessons and Stroke Clinic are 30 minutes and run every morning from Monday – Friday in one-week sessions. Classes are divided by age and skill level, and your child will be placed in the appropriate class by the instructors. The ratio of instructors to swimmers is low with a range of 1:2 for Preschool Swim Lessons, 1:3 to 1:5 for Youth Swim Lessons, and 1:7 for Stroke Clinic. The fee for each weekly session is $25.
You can view swim lesson/stroke clinic schedules and enroll in swim lessons/stroke clinics under “Camps/Classes” in the Scheduling section when you are logged into your LFC membership account.
Preschool Swim Lessons (for children 36-48 months old as of June 1)
Preschool swim will focus on water safety for younger swimmers as well as basic swimming skills.
You should sign up for preschool swim if your child:
1) Is willing to get into the pool without their parent present.
2) Can enter the water independently using the stairs.
3) Put their head under water.
Youth Swim Lessons (minimum age 4 years old as of June 1)
Swimmers of all abilities can sign up for swim lessons. Through the course of the program, swimmers will learn basic water safety, floating, kicking, safe diving, and proper technique for the four competitive swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). Swimmers will be placed into levels based on skill. The levels are Starfish, Gold Fish, Guppy, Minnow, Flying Fish and Dolphins.
Stroke Clinic (geared for ages 8-12 years old)
Swimmers will work with the LFC swim coaches to improve their swimming ability and stroke technique. Coaches will work on stroke technique using a combination of drill and on land simulation. Swimmers who do not have knowledge of all four strokes will be placed in the advanced levels of swim lessons until the swimmer learns the strokes. You should sign up for stroke clinic if your swimmer can:
1) Swim two lengths freestyle
2) Swim two lengths backstroke
3) Swim one length breaststroke
4) Swim one length butterfly
LFC Swim Team FAQ: 2019 Swim Team FAQ
LFC Key Swim/Dive/Water Polo Dates: 2019 Key Dates
If you have any questions regarding the LFC Swim/Dive/Water Polo program, please send a message to email@example.com.
Adult Swim PROGRAMS
The La Grange Field Club is proud to offer adult fitness programs! Below is a schedule and an overview of each program and how to register.
Need to jump-start your workout routine? Tired of the same studio workouts? Give Fluid Running® a try!! The LFC is proud to have a certified Fluid Running® instructor available to provide this phenomenal full-body workout! Deep water running provides all of the benefits of running on land and more, without any of the pain or impact. Running against the resistance of water challenges your cardiovascular system as well as the muscles in your legs, core, and arms. Want to learn more? Visit www.fluidrunning.com
● Fitness-minded people will benefit from the ability to burn 40% more calories than running on land.
● Deep water running is great strength training!
● Injured athletes (runners, football players, soccer players, dancers, ice skater, etc.) can maintain pre-injury fitness levels by deep water running.
● Fluid Running® can help relieve swelling and inflammation.
● No running or swimming experience is needed. The class is held in deep water, but floatation belts are worn.
Fluid Running® takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Sessions run one-day/week for three weeks for $42. Multiple sessions can be purchased. If you only have time for a class here and there, you can also purchase a 5-pack or 10-pack punch card and drop-in on any regularly scheduled class. Five-pack punch cards are $90 and a 10-pack card is $180. Sessions and Punch cards are available under Scheduling, Camps/Classes in your LFC membership account. A fluid running belt must be purchased online before the first class in order to participate. Participants must also sign a waiver provided by the instructor.
Just curious about Fluid Running®? First-time participants can try one free introductory class by signing up for a “Try Fluid Running” class under Scheduling, Camps/Classes in your LFC membership account!
For more information on Fluid Running®, feel free to contact Pam Devitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Morning Swim
This members-only program is for lap swimmers over the age of 21 and is available weekdays from 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. and on weekends from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. There is no lifeguard on duty, so it’s imperative that there be at least two swimmers present at all times for safety purposes; it is understood that swimming is done at one’s own risk.
There is no fee for Early Morning Swim but each swimmer must do a one-time registration per season for this program under the Membership section of the LFC membership account. For more information on Early Morning Swim, contact Barb Zahorik at email@example.com