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Get in the Cage!

The club has recently purchased a single water polo cage for usage by members for shooting practice. We’ve established the following guidelines to ensure both water polo players and swimmers will remain safe. Guidelines subject to change based upon assessed need.

Water Polo Cage Usage Guidelines

  • To be used only in the deep end of the pool in the NE corner.
  • Cage not to be used during swim meets or practice.
  • 2-3 lane lines would be moved over to accommodate shooting practice (they should be moved by the swimmer and not removed from the pool).
  • When not in use, the cage would be stored near the NE corner of the pool.
  • Member wishing to use the cage would move it to the pool and back when use is completed.
  • Members to provide their own balls.
  • Guest policies enforced.


Pool Hours beginning March 14th-April 30th.

March 14 - 30 Pool Hours: 9am - 6:00pm
Lifeguard Hours:
M - Th 3:00pm - 6:00pm, 1 lifeguard
F - 3:00pm - 6:00pm, 2 lifeguards
S - Su 12:00pm - 6:00pm, 2 lifeguards
April 1 - 30 Pool Hours M - Th: 9am - 6:30pm
Pool Hours F - Su: 9am - 7:00pm
Lifeguard Hours:
M - Th 3:00pm - 7:00pm, 1 lifeguard
F - 3:00pm - 7:30pm, 2 lifeguards
S - Su 12 - 7:30, 2 lifeguards

Private events: Members can request extended hours and pay for additional staffing.


*PLEASE NOTE: If the weather is poor and/or there are no members enjoying the pool in the early evening, it is likely that the pool will close earlier.

Adult Lap Swim:

  • Prior to 10 AM: keyed entry available by request in the office.
  • Weekday afternoons: please speak with a coach directly to see if a lane can be made available. The busiest time at the pool is between 4:30 and 5:45; best to plan lap swimming before 4:30 or after 5:45.

Pool Rules

USE OF POOL WHEN NO LIFEGUARD IS ON DUTY

  • Adults (18 years or older) and children 17 years or younger when supervised by an adult, may use the pool as long as they adhere to the following rules:
    1. Swim at your own risk

    2. Pool covers must be completely off

    3. Slide may not be used


    USE OF POOL WHEN LIFEGUARD IS ON DUTY – REGULAR SWIM HOURS

  • Lifeguards serve two purposes: lifesaving and supervision. The lifeguards have complete authority to enforce all club rules.
    1. Any child 8 years and younger must be supervised by an adult at all times or be a member of Legendland (summer season only) and under the supervision of Legendland counselors.
    2. Children 9 years and older who are not supervised by an adult must pass a pool safety test and follow all club safety and behavior rules.

    Pool Safety Test Guidelines

  • Activity pool - Float on back for 15 seconds. Tread water for 20 seconds. Swim (any way possible - head up or down) from the steps to the ladder on opposite side of pool.

  • Competition Pool

  • Pass Activity pool swim test 1st - Float on back for 20 seconds. Tread water for 1 minute. Swim (any way possible - head up or down) from the deep end to the shallow end without stopping.
  • Water-slide

  • Must pass Activity pool swim test and follow any other manufacturer’s guidelines for age, height, weight, etc.
  • The Club Management, Lifeguards, Coaches and Staff have the responsibility and the authority to enforce these rules and to take disciplinary action as required if child is not following the rules. Members who observe a violation of the club rules are encouraged to report the violation to the Club Manager.

    Depending on the severity of the violation, the following steps may be taken. For significant violations or repeat incidents of problematic behavior any of the consequences may be implemented at the discretion of the Board of Directors:

    1. The child will be given an oral warning.
    2. Second time, the child will be given a written warning, parents will be notified and asked to pick up their child who will be suspended for the day.
    3. Third time, the situation will be referred to the Board of Directors for corrective action which may include that the child be accompanied by an adult when at the club for the remainder of the season or suspension and/or disenrollment from remaining weeks of Legendland.
    ADMITTANCE
    • SHSTC Proprietary members in good standing shall be entitled to use of the facilities.
    • Guests are welcome to the extent that they do not interfere with the pleasure and comfort of others.
    • Guests must be accompanied by a member.
    • The daily guest rate is $5.00 for adults and children 2 years and older.
    • Guests may use the facility up to two times per month.
    • Please register all guests in the binder outside the Lifeguard Office and your account will be charged.
    • Groups: For group events of 10 or more people, the sponsoring member must complete a Facilities Rental Agreement through the Club Director.
    • The pool staff will refuse admittance to any member or guest under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    • Pets are not allowed in the pool area and owners will be responsible for their immediate removal.

    HEALTH
    No one with any infectious disease, fever, cold, and/or inflamed eyes or wounds will be allowed in the pool.

    1. Showers are required before swimming and after use of sun tan oil.
    2. Glass containers of any kind are prohibited in the pool area and dressing rooms.
    3. State Board of Health rules will be enforced at all times.

    DOUBLE SWIM DIAPER POLICY
    Poop happens! And unfortunately, sometimes it happens in swimming pools and causes closure of the pool. Prevention is BETTER for all of us. For the safety and enjoyment of all, please observe the following swim diaper policies:

    Please make sure your child visits the bathroom before the getting in the pool, even if they went at home.
    Double Diaper: Every child age 3 and under and those not completely potty trained MUST wear a disposable swim diaper AND a snug fitting non-disposable swim diaper or rubber pants over their disposable swim diaper. According to the CDC, no swim diaper holds fecal material beyond 3-5 minutes. By double diapering we hope to avoid accidents.
    If you observe your child doing the “potty dance”, please take your child to the bathroom. Some children are reluctant to tell anyone they have to go.

    Compassionately understand that many people are impacted if there is pool closure: swimmers, coaches, adult lap swimmers. We do not want to disappoint anyone for a situation that can be prevented. Non-disposable and disposable swim diapers can be purchased in our life guard office. As an additional precaution, please do not bring your swimmer to the pool if he/she is ill or suffering from diarrhea.

    LESSONS
    All private, semi-private and group swim lessons are taught exclusively by the Staff of the Sleepy Hollow Swim & Tennis Club. Unless approved by the Swim Team Coaching Staff and the Director of Aquatics, no one who is not part of the Club’s Staff may teach lessons at the Club, other than informal (unpaid) lessons provided by members to their children.

    GENERAL
    • No running, pushing, wrestling, or causing undue disturbance is permitted in the pool area.
    • Children using floatation devices such as water wings or safety vests may only be in


    Junior and Assistant Swim Coach Requirements

    JUNIOR COACH Position
    The Junior Coach position prepares our high school swimmers for future leadership roles on the Legend’s coaching team.

    Requirements and Expectations:
    ∙ Completed freshman year of high school
    ∙ Member of SHSTC
    ∙ Actively be pursuing your own swimming career (Sleepy Hollow/Year Round/High School)
    ∙ Volunteer position offering job experience
    ∙ Fulfill minimum work schedule as determined by Head Coaches
    ∙ Meet job qualifications as determined by Head Coaches

    ASSISTANT COACH Position
    The Assistant Coach position is for experienced coaches who have demonstrated leadership, supervision, and organizational skills.

    Requirements and Expectations:
    ∙ Seventeen or Eighteen years old*
    ∙ Members preferred but a limited number of staff memberships are granted to Head Coaches/Pros and Assistant Coaches per OMPA Regulations-Section 1.03c.
    ∙SHSTC membership required except for a limited number of staff memberships granted by the board for Head Coaches/Pros and Assistant Coaches per SHSTC Bylaws and OMPA Regulations-Section 1.03c.
    ∙ Actively be pursuing your own swimming career (Sleepy Hollow/Year Round/High School)
    ∙ Paid hourly position
    ∙ Fulfill minimum work schedule as determined by Head Coaches
    ∙ Meet job qualifications as determined by Head Coaches

    *Excludes returning coaches from the 2010 season


    Sleepy Hollow Swim & Tennis Club Code of Conduct



    Sleepy Hollow Swim and Tennis Club provides recreational Swim and Tennis programs to children with the goal of developing athletes with a respect for good sportsmanship and healthy competition. The behavior of swimmers/players, coaches, parents and guests should enhance, not detract from the children’s enjoyment of the sport.

    Behavior Guidelines

    Acceptable behavior includes:
    Being a role model for all participants and fans to follow, exemplifying the highest moral and ethical behavior; respecting the judgment of umpires/officials and abiding by the rules of the sport; treating opposing teams, swimmers/players, coaches and fans with respect; teaching and practicing good sportsmanship.

    Unacceptable behavior includes:
    Using abusive language; Physically or verbally abusing another person; Physically or verbally abusing an umpire or official; Intentionally endangering another.

    Inappropriate Behavior
    Swimmers/players and parents who engage in unsportsmanlike behavior such as fighting, abusive language, harassment, or other inappropriate behavior may be subject to discipline.

    Disciplinary action will escalate according to the following actions:
      Verbal reprimand from coach/lifeguard/recreational program staff;
    • Discretionary discipline by coach/lifeguard/recreational program staff, including but not limited to additional practice requirement or dismissal from practice/activity and notification to parents of continual inappropriate behavior; SHSTC Board of Directors to be involved as required.

    Spectator Code of Conduct

    Acceptable standards of spectator behavior include:
    • Remember that the swimmers/players are children and are playing for their enjoyment, not yours;
    • Remain in the spectator area during meets/matches;
    • Respect decisions made by officials;
    • Be a role model by positively supporting teams and by not shouting instructions or criticism to swimmers, players, coaches or officials. Do not coach from spectator areas;
    • Make no derogatory comments or gestures to swimmers, players, coaches, or parents of opposing teams or officials.

    Inappropriate spectator behavior:

    • Participating teams and their coaches are responsible for the conduct of their spectators;
    • Any spectator who displays poor sportsmanship may be removed from the venue by an official or their team coach;
    • Any spectator who fails to adhere to this code may be barred from attendance at subsequent meets or matches; SHSTC Board of Directors to be involved as required.

    Tennis Teams and Events Registration:

    • To register for adult tennis clinics or club tennis socials: click here
    • To register for junior tennis clinics or camps: click here
    • To register for Sleepy Hollow USTA teams: click here
    • To watch the courtside camera: click here

    GUIDELINES FOR TENNIS TEAMS

    Sleepy Hollow Swim & Tennis Club (the “Club”) is proud to support adult league teams. The adult league teams provide our Club members an opportunity to improve their playing skills, engage in competitive play, and promote the benefits of belonging to the Club and the benefits of a lifetime sport.

    The following Club guidelines are for adult league play, which are designed to support the well- being of the Club and its members, while recognizing that the development of rigid rules would prohibit the flexibility often required to establish and manage teams. As such, these guidelines should be followed unless extenuating circumstances exist. Any such circumstances should be discussed with and approved by the Tennis Director and the Tennis Committee Chair.

    Guidelines:

    • Only members may serve as captains/co-captains of Club teams.
    • Club members are to be given priority in registering with teams. Non-members should not be placed on a team when there are sufficient members to establish a team.
    • In fielding all team matches, Club members are to be given priority to play, and non-members only may play to the extent Club members are not available.
    • USTA adult league teams must be comprised of at least 5 Club members such that a member participates in every line if available.
    • When we know we will be short on members to field a team, please contact the Tennis Director to investigate partnering with another club. When partnering with another club, there must be an equal share of hosting home matches and practices.
    • In addition to USTA adult league fees, non-members must pay a $50 fee prior to the start of each season. It is the captain’s responsibility to collect this fee, and the captain will be financially responsible for any non-payment by a non-member.
    • Non-members may use the Club courts only for one regularly scheduled practice session per week (with the $5 guest fee waived) and scheduled USTA matches. Beyond this, anytime a non- member uses the Club, whether or not they are on the team, it is the captain’s/members’ obligation to inform Club management that their account should be billed.
    • Non-members must pay non-member rates for any team clinics and coaching by the Tennis Staff.
    • Non-members receive no other Club privileges.
    • Except in the case of USTA adult league teams rated 4.0 (7.5 for doubles) and above, non-members are eligible to play on Club teams for only two 12-month USTA seasons, unless the non-member is a dues-paying member of another club. The reason for not applying this restriction to USTA adult league teams rated 4.0 (7.5 for doubles) and above is due to the shortage of such players at the Club and the need to fill out rosters from other clubs in order to field a Club team.
    • No former Club member may play on a Club team during the first two years following their member termination without the prior approval of the Tennis Director and the Board of Directors.

    Club Member Responsibilities:
    USTA offers competitive leagues with scheduled match play. Any member who desires to join a team should make every effort to be a “committed” member of that team. A committed member is available to attend at least 50% of the matches. This commitment provides the captain with the maximum flexibility in establishing partnerships and fielding appropriate line-ups. Those members who are unable to commit to these time requirements are still welcome to join any team, but they should discuss their availability in advance with the captain.


    Sleepy Hollow Swim & Tennis Club Code of Conduct



    Sleepy Hollow Swim and Tennis Club provides recreational Swim and Tennis programs to children with the goal of developing athletes with a respect for good sportsmanship and healthy competition. The behavior of swimmers/players, coaches, parents and guests should enhance, not detract from the children’s enjoyment of the sport.

    Behavior Guidelines

    Acceptable behavior includes:
    Being a role model for all participants and fans to follow, exemplifying the highest moral and ethical behavior; respecting the judgment of umpires/officials and abiding by the rules of the sport; treating opposing teams, swimmers/players, coaches and fans with respect; teaching and practicing good sportsmanship.

    Unacceptable behavior includes:
    Using abusive language; Physically or verbally abusing another person; Physically or verbally abusing an umpire or official; Intentionally endangering another.

    Inappropriate Behavior
    Swimmers/players and parents who engage in unsportsmanlike behavior such as fighting, abusive language, harassment, or other inappropriate behavior may be subject to discipline.

    Disciplinary action will escalate according to the following actions:
      Verbal reprimand from coach/lifeguard/recreational program staff;
    • Discretionary discipline by coach/lifeguard/recreational program staff, including but not limited to additional practice requirement or dismissal from practice/activity and notification to parents of continual inappropriate behavior; SHSTC Board of Directors to be involved as required.

    Spectator Code of Conduct

    Acceptable standards of spectator behavior include:
    • Remember that the swimmers/players are children and are playing for their enjoyment, not yours;
    • Remain in the spectator area during meets/matches;
    • Respect decisions made by officials;
    • Be a role model by positively supporting teams and by not shouting instructions or criticism to swimmers, players, coaches or officials. Do not coach from spectator areas;
    • Make no derogatory comments or gestures to swimmers, players, coaches, or parents of opposing teams or officials.

    Inappropriate spectator behavior:

    • Participating teams and their coaches are responsible for the conduct of their spectators;
    • Any spectator who displays poor sportsmanship may be removed from the venue by an official or their team coach;
    • Any spectator who fails to adhere to this code may be barred from attendance at subsequent meets or matches; SHSTC Board of Directors to be involved as required.

    SLEEPY HOLLOW 2016 SOCIAL CALENDAR

    One of the things we heard in our recent club-wide survey is the members’ desire for additional club social events. In response, this year the Sleepy Hollow Social Committee is introducing additional social events targeted at couples, families, and one event targeted at our youngest members. We endeavor to make 2016 the Club’s best social offering ever.

    SUMMER KICK-OFF: “BURGERS AND BLUE” SATURDAY, MAY 21ST

    A very social summer will kick off with a poolside “Burgers and Blue” party on Saturday evening, May 21st at the home of Steve and Darla Lucas, 42 Tappan Lane, Orinda. This party will provide an opportunity to formally welcome the many new member families who have recently joined the club. Along with sliders, we will be serving Sleepy Hollow’s signature vodka drink, Legend Blue, as well as beer and wine. And while we all love Sleepy Hollow’s children, this is one of the few nights of the year that they are not welcome. So book your babysitters now, and book them for late. The cost is $50 per person. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing slucas@nmgovlaw.com. The ticket price will be billed to your account. Sorry, no refunds.

    LAST DAY OF SCHOOL/DAY AT THE POOL FRIDAY, JUNE 10th

    School is out for summer on Friday, June 10th, and Sleepy Hollow is the place to be that afternoon and evening. Adult cocktails are permitted; please no glass on the pool deck. Guest fees apply and no large parties can be accommodated on this day. Details to follow. Please contact Leslie Bottene (bottenel@gmail.com) with any questions or suggestions.

    “SOCIAL THURSDAYS” ARE BACK!

    Social Thursdays are now a six year tradition at the Club, and will be announced in advance based upon weather considerations. Social Thursdays are about enjoying a warm evening, letting the kids enjoy the pools, and either bringing something to grill, having a pizza delivered, or setting up a potluck with other families. Yes, you may bring cocktails, but please no glass around the pool. This year we will introduce various games and contests, and of course some Club-hosted cocktails. Be on the lookout for future announcements. Please contact Barb Burkhalter (barb@barbsdesk.com) with any questions or suggestions.

    FUTURE LEGENDS FUN DAY SUNDAY, JUNE 10th

    One of the requests from the Club survey was to have an event focused on our youngest members, who are not yet ready to join the swim team. Although this event is in the planning stages, please mark your calendar for the afternoon of Sunday, June 12th for a fun event to be held at and around the Activity Pool. Please contact Jill Krimmel (jill_krimmel@yahoo.com) with any questions or suggestions.

    S’MORES AND MOVIE NIGHT SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH

    Mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, June 18th for a family evening at the pool, with fire pits, s’mores and an outdoor family movie. This new event is still in the planning stages, so please be on the lookout for additional information. Please contact Rachel Blatt (rachel_blatt@yahoo.com) with any questions or suggestions.

    4TH OF JULY PARADE AND PARTY AT THE POOL

    Sleepy Hollow will again have the largest entry in the Orinda 4th of July Parade – with water blasters, kids throwing candy, and, of course, an appearance of the dragon mascot. Our youngest Legends can ride in the closed truck with chaperones. Sleepy Hollow will also be the place to be, and the place to cool down, after the Orinda parade. Mark your calendar for a family party at the pool on July 4th, an afternoon full of games, contests and of course water melon relays! Details to follow. Please contact [NEED SWIM VOLUNTEER] with any questions or suggestions.

    4th ANNUAL SUMMER SOIREE: “THE SUMMER’S NOT OVER” SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH

    The social highlight of each summer is the Summer Soiree event. This year, we are extending what will be a great social summer and holding “The Summer’s Not Over” party on the evening of Saturday, September 24th. This will be an elegant, adults-only event, held poolside at the Club, with white linens and an army of waiters/waitresses and bartenders at our service. Mark your calendars now; more details to follow. Please contact Leslie Bottene (bottenel@gmail.com) with any questions or suggestions.

    SLEEPY HOLLOW’S FIRST EVER HOLIDAY PARTY

    In furtherance of the Club’s efforts to create additional year-round programming at the Club, including the recently implemented yoga and boot camp offerings, in early December the Sleepy Hollow Social Committee will be holding a Sleepy Hollow Holiday Party for adults. Details have not yet been planned. Please contact John Unick (john.unick@ymail.com) with any questions or suggestions.

    Weekly yoga currently in session

    • Free classes Saturday at 8am.
    • Location: Clubhouse
    • No sign-up required

    Boot Camp (Gumsaba)

    • Days: Every Saturday & Wednesday
    • Time: 9:30am - 10:30am
    • Location: Tennis Courts 1 & 2 (rain or shine - dress accordingly)
    • What to bring:
      • Water bottle
      • 3/4” yoga mat (available at www.gumsaba.com, Big 5)
      • 1 pair neoprene hexagon hand weights or dumbbells (available at Target, your choice of 6-12lb depending on fitness level)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Joining Sleepy Hollow requires 3 fees: (1) a member initiation fee, (2) annual assessment, and (3) monthly club dues.

    • The one-time member initiation fee that is non-refundable and non-transferrable. This is paid to join the club and is due only ONCE.
    • The annual club assessment is an annual fee that pays back the club renovation loan. This fee will continue until the loan is paid off (> 20 years or more—just like a home mortgage).
    • The monthly dues go toward pool operating and maintenance expenses. These are billed monthly (or can be paid in full in January).
    • Fees can change from year to year and are managed by the SHSTC Board with guidelines provided in the bylaws.

    Pricing information goes here
    • Legendland is a supervised club for kids aged 5-9 and runs for 10 weeks in the summer. This is an easy way to make sure your kids get to swim and tennis and also have a summer of fun with their friends.
    • Legendland can be purchased for the entire summer or week by week, but can fill up so book early. Lunches can be purchased as an added convenience.
    No, only members are allowed to be part of the swim team. There is a discounted swim team rate for 15 to 18-year-old swimmers. Please see specific guidelines under the aquatics tab.
    No, Sleepy Hollow Swim and Tennis Club is a community and all members can participate in all activities. Swim, Tennis, exercise camps, social events, and fun are included to everyone at the member rate. We hope that you and your family enjoy more than just a single aspect of the club to fully leverage your membership.
    To forfeit your membership, you must notify the club in writing via mail (1 Sunnyside Lane Orinda, CA 94563) or email (shstc@comcast.net) 30 days before you plan to forfeit. All outstanding balance on your account must be paid in full before forfeiting. The member initiation fee is a non-refundable fee to join. You do not receive this fee back when you forfeit. You can not “sell” your membership to another family. Once your membership is forfeited, that open spot becomes available for a new family to join.
    No, only the back two spots are available to general membership. The front two spots on the left by the pool stairs are RESERVED for the swim club auction winners. These families pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of parking up close for the ENTIRE SWIM SEASON. It is not allowed to pull into these spaces for drop off or to even park there for one minute. Please respect the winners of these spots and ensure their parking spaces are available for their use.
    Yes, there is a handicapped spot up near the clubhouse on the right as you enter the drop off zone.
    Schedule an assessment with one of the coaches. Email shstc@comcast.net to be connected with a coach. We have several options for newer swimmers. There is a mini legends group for youngers swimmers ages 5 and under that focuses more on learning the basics. We also offer swim lessons to help strengthen skills through our Learn to Swim program.
    Yes, please email shstc@comcast.net to schedule a tour.
    No, the café is open during the summer and swim meets. You have the option to sign up for an account to be able to charge food. There are no food minimums.
    Yes, as a member you can bring guests to the pool for $5 a person. Each guest may only visit the pool a maximum of 2x in a month. Groups of 10 or more must fill out a special form.
    Currently SHSTC is offering FREE Yoga and boot camp classes for members. Click on the Exercise Programs tab for more details. There isn’t a formal gym, but we offer swimming, tennis, a basketball hoop on the upper courts during the summer, yoga, and boot camp.
    To inquire or book about a group/private event, please contact the Club Manager at shstc@comcast.net