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Tryout Requirements

All new swimmers to the Pine Mill Ranch Swim Team, including siblings, must try out for the team. Swimmers must be age 4-18 by May 1st, no exceptions.

Tryout requirements will be as follows:

Age 4-6: Freestyle swim any which way but must get across the length of the pool without any assistance, panic or turning over to float on the back.

Age 7-8: Freestyle swim but must get across the length of the pool without any assistance, panic or turning over to float on the back. Should know Backstroke.

Age 9-10: Confident Freestyle and Backstroke swim across the length of the pool. Preferred to know at least Butterfly or Breaststroke.

Age 11-18: Confident Freestyle and Backstroke swim across the length of the pool. Should know at least Butterfly or Breaststroke.

Swim Team is not a Learn to Swim Program. A swimmer must be comfortable remaining in the water independently. While coaches will teach strokes, dives and turns, each age group should have a certain amount of swim knowledge before trying out for the swim team. If in doubt, it is highly recommended that swim lessons be taken before tryouts. We recommend swim lessons at Texas Swim Academy. They do a fantastic job there and they know what swim team requirements are for all four strokes.

If your child is a member of any of the below swim teams, please contact the team at [email protected] as your child may not have to go through tryouts.

  • A High School swim team
  • A Summer League Swim Team. Please provide the swim team name so that we can verify your family has left in good standing and that your child(ren) are able to swim the appropriate strokes for their age group. We will want any times they have to help establish a baseline for our team.
  • Year-round Club swim teams such as Texas Elite, Fulshear Racing Team, First Colony, Katy Aquatics competitive teams or Katy Aquatics Future Stars.
    • Swimmers with Katy Aquatics Swim America will need to provide your current swim level so that we can verify that your child(ren) are able to swim the appropriate strokes for their age group. 

NOTE: Registration priority will be given to Pine Mill Ranch Residents first.   Next priority are residents of our sister neighborhoods that do not have a swim team (Pine Mill Avalon, Cardiff Ranch, Hawks Landing, Churchill Farms and Westheimer Lakes).  Residents of Silver Ranch, Cinco Ranch Southwest, Cinco Ranch, Cross Creek Ranch, Tamarron and Firethorne, (neighborhoods that have swim teams) will be placed on a wait list until an open spot becomes available.  If spots have filled up, we will provide you with information to nearby teams that accept non-residents.  

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Pine Mill Ranch Swim Team is a division of West Houston Aquatic League (WHALe - www.swimwhale.com)

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