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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.

Katy Aquatics (except Swim America), High School and members of other competitive swim teams, may contact the team at [email protected] as your child may not have to go through tryouts.

  • Swimmers on HS swim team do not need to tryout.
  • Swimmers from other summer swim teams need to provide us swim team name so that we can verify that the family has left in good standing and the 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.
  • Swimmers with Katy Aquatics competitive teams, Katy Aquatics Future Stars, Texas Elite, Power Aquatics or Texas Tritons program do not need to tryout.
  • Swimmers with Katy Aquatics Swim America will need to provide their level so that we can verify that the 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, Silver Ranch, Cardiff Ranch and Hawks Landing).  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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