Swim Team Policies
At JFD, we encourage make-ups. Since JFD still incurs the expenses for a practice (even when a swimmer misses), there are no refunds for classes missed. Make-ups can only be scheduled during bonus practices.
2016-2017 Bonus Practice Schedule
Make-ups can only be scheduled during bonus practices.
Please email us with the following information (preferably in this order). This will enable office staff to reschedule your session as efficiently as possible:
- Date of requested make-up
- Time of requested make-up
- Category (lessons, stroke clinic, team)
- Name (first and last)
- Phone/email contact information
- Any notes
Once we receive your request, the appropriate Site Supervisor will place your child according to his or her level. Please note that if you do not include this information, we will have to contact you for clarification, and your request will be delayed. Finally, please do not forget to include both first and last name of your child, or assume we will know the name by simply looking at your email address.
If a swimmer in any program needs to change his or her practice schedule (date and/or time), please contact jfdschedules.com to verify that the new day and time is available.
When it comes to winter weather or other extreme conditions (such as high winds and/or thunderstorms) it is important to note the following:
Our Quince Orchard location closes only under extreme snow or wind conditions, and we do not cancel practices or lessons according to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).
Our Georgetown Prep location does close when MCPS cancels school and/or extracurricular activities due to winter weather. At the same time, the pool does not follow the MCPS holiday closure schedule.
If there is any doubt about cancellation at a particular location, we will make every effort to post this information on the home page of the website. You can also phone the “Swimmer’s Hotline” at (301) 916-1852, 30 minutes before your practice. The main greeting will direct you to press “5” for an update. Please do not call the pools directly, as they will not have this information.
We don’t hold regular practices during MCPS winter and spring breaks, and swimmers are not charged for these weeks. Instead, we offer bonus practices.
This program provides each family with maximum flexibility in what can be a very busy time. It also represents a chance for extra concentration on swimming.
When bonus practices are offered, it is crucial that we know who is coming in advance. We are required to separately contract for pool lanes and coaches, and as you can imagine, walk-ins can upset the coach-swimmer ratio and create an unnecessarily crowded situation.
Bonus practices may be used as make-ups. Please email jfdschedules@gmail.
When MCPS Has a Day Off
When there is no school for MCPS students. We hold our usual schedule, and all swimmers are expected to come at their normal time. Swimmers who are not normally scheduled on these days may pay $20 to come to an additional practice, or to a bonus practice in the morning. Swimmers may come earlier or later than usual if they call the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org and clear it 48 hours in advance.
In the unlikely event of a bonus practice being cancelled, all registered swimmers will be notified in advance.
All payments should be made by check or credit card and mailed to the office. Please make checks payable to Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins (or JFD).
Should you choose to pay by check, please help us to avoid confusion by clearly indicating who and what any check is for, with extra care when the last name on the check is different from the swimmer’s name. We also ask that you include a phone number.
Please note that a $25 fee will be charged for returned checks, and that coaches cannot accept payments of any kind.
For every family that joins JFD for a full swim season and records your name on their registration form, you will be given a $50.00 credit.
The front desk and lifeguard staff at the facilities we rent have very little knowledge about our programs and schedule. While email is an efficient tool for quick exchange of information, phone calls are preferred for matters that should be discussed.
The front desk and lifeguard staff at the facilities we rent have very little knowledge about our programs and schedule. Please click on the links below to email us directly.