The 2023-2024 season is set to begin in November and will carry through the Championship meet in April 2024. We will once again be practicing at our new home, the state-of-the-art Hicksville Aquatic Center, located on the Hicksville High School Campus.
Our swim team is designed for boys and girls aged 7-18 as of Dec 1st, 2023, who are looking to swim competitively. Practices are split into two sessions, with those age 10 and younger swimming in the first session and those age 11 and older swimming in the second session. Swimmers are then grouped by age. This is subject to change based on the final registrations.
The season will start in November (practice sessions will be posted below) and we compete in 8 meets starting in January (Schedule to be posted in mid-December).The season culminates in a Championship Meet held in late March or early April.The team will swim against teams from other Catholic parishes in Nassau and Suffolk County.
The program is open to all. You do not need to belong to a Catholic Parish to participate. However, you must live within the Holy Family boundary. For those who live outside of Hicksville and who do not have a CYO Swim Program in their town, please contact us for more information.
A Swimmer's Prayer
Dear God, another swimming meet
Is scheduled for today
I'm going to be quite busy
So I won't have long to pray
Bless my Mom, Dad, and Coach
And keep us close to you
Let the friends I make today
Be loyal, good, and true
Please help me not forget you God
Each time I take the blocks
I sometimes get distracted by
The noise and all the clocks
Let my starts and turns be quick
My arms and legs be sure
And help my strokes be smooth and strong
To help me to endure
Help me find the confidence
I've struggled for so much
So I can find the shortest way
From start to final touch
And when the droll computer
Writes my times across its face
Please let me not think win or lose
But how I swam the race
Click here to see CYO Swimming records.
Below are some points of information I thought would be important for you all to have regarding parent protocol, communication, contact information, practices, the website, swim suits, meets and the championships.
Access to Pool Deck
Only coaches, timers, and swimmers are permitted on the pool deck. This is a Hicksville Aquatic Center Regulations, as set forth by the Board of Health. Failure to abide may result in a loss of our facility use permit.
Once Swimmers enter the pool deck via the locker room, they are not permitted to enter the stands. Swimmers must change into and out of swim suits in the locker rooms. This is a Hicksville Aquatic Center Regulations, as set forth by the Board of Health. Failure to abide may result in a loss of our facility use permit.
Per league rule, swim suits must be team suits (fitting and orders will be taken at the first 3 practices). This year’s or previous year’s TEAM SUITS are allowed to be worn at league meets as long as the suit is a “Team Suit” representing your parish.
If your swimmer uses a swim cap, team swim caps are also required for all league meets.
Division Classification - all participants are classified with maximum age limitations. If a Participant exceeds the maximum age as of December 1st of the program year, they must participate in the next higher division.
The divisions are 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 18 and under (high school student only).
Eligibility - Note that interscholastic and club swimmers are eligible to swim with the CYO program, Varsity swimmers, public and private may participate in program. Relays are to be followed by Composition of Relays allowing athletes’ to swim up one division. (One age group) If there is an ineligible swimmer, regardless of when reported, the event shall be forfeited or disqualified.
Participation in Regular Season and CYO Championships:
Contestants may swim in only three events in the regular season Dual Meets as well as in the CYO Championship Meet.
In order to compete
During the Dual Meet
I welcome any and all comments now and throughout the season. As a CYO sport, our primary focus is on the children. We want them to not only succeed and improve, but to enjoy themselves. If you have any concerns with regards to anything regarding your swimmer during practices, at meets, etc., please do not hesitate to bring it to my attention.
As members of both CYO and the Town of Oyster Bay, we also abide by the Fair Play Agreement. So if you have any, please feel free to contact me or our Board via the website at www.holyfamilycyo.org.
Losing is not coming in second. It's getting out of the water knowing you did your best and will try to do better. If you can remember that, you will have won every race you’ve ever I've been in.
Looking forward to a great season
Coach Carroll (Kevin)