Welcome to AmberJax!
We have created this page to help people who are either new to the team or interested in joining the AmberJax family
How Do I Join Amberjax?
Click how to join for more information on how to join AmberJax or come to one of our pools from 4-6 pm and meet the coach from Monday to Friday
How Do I Find Club Contact Information?
You can contact us by phone at 904-735-7417 or by email here
Where are AmberJax locations?
AmberJax is located at these pools in Northeast Florida
Episcopal High School
Cecil Field Aquatic Center
Jacksonville Country Day School
What Time is Practice and How Much Does is Cost?
Workout times and schedule Training group descriptions and and fees
Which Training Group Will My Child Swim In?
What will the practice schedule be for my child?
How Do I Check My Account?
You must login to the AmberJax website and click, "My Account". You can view your account history and pay you bill here.
Where Can I Find Information About Swim Meets
Swim meet information can be found under the "meets" tab at the top of the home page. Here, you can find the meets along with information letters from the host, the team hotel, and more. Check the meet deadline sign up date on the meet page.
Which Meets Should I Enter?
AmberJax swimmers should sign up for all AmberJax hosted meets. Check the meet description on the Meets page. If you're not sure about signing you child up, please go ahead and sign them up and the coach will remove them if they should not attend the meet.
How Do I Enter Swim Meets?
You will receive an e-mail 7 days before the entry deadline inviting you to sign-up on the GCST website.
Click Attend the event on the front page of the website under Upcoming Events. You must be logged in using your password to use this feature.
Commit your child to the event or Decline the invitation. You may even select events that your child would like to swim. The coaches will review the entry and then make the final decision on the selected events.
Championship Meets are entered by the coaches. The swimmer must meet the event qualifying times listed on the Meet Information Letter posted on the event page under Upcoming Events.
How Do I Check My Childs Entry?
You can check your child's entry by logging in and clicking "Edit Commitment". You can then see the events entered and approved for your child.
Where do I get an AmberJax swim cap?
Caps printed with AMBERJAX on the sides are available from your swimmers coach. There are three basic caps commonly used varying on the material used. Latex is the thinnest and cheapest cap. Silicone is thicker and more expensive. Lycra caps are available but are not recommended for competition. Sometimes lycra caps worn under the other caps help keep the silicone caps on if that is a problem. Both latex and silicone caps are available at the pool for purchase. Theses caps are mandatory at meets!
How Do I Contact Other Members?
Click the "Members" tab (login required) under the main menu bar. This will take you to the Member Search page. Here you can look up individual members or groups. Swimmer names, parent names, street address, email address and home phone number are visible for all members who have not indicated a preference under "My Account" to not be in the directory. To be removed from the directory, select "No, I do not want to participate" in the "Member Search" box. If you are not in the directory you also can not see other members contact information.
What kind of goggles do I need to buy?
There are any number of goggles available. Which goggle to buy comes down to personal preference of the swimmer.
Is there a team suit?
Yes there is a team suit for the year-round team, though they are not mandatory for practice or meets. Team suits may be ordered from Bakers Sport on Beach Blvd. Mention the AMBERJAX for the team discount
What kind of suit should my child wear?
As with goggles, choice of suit is really a personal preference of the swimmer..
How do I become an official?
Every swim meet requires a certain number of USA certified swim officials and few meets ever have enough officials. The first step in becoming an official is to express an interest. Officials start as Stroke and Turn Judges, advance to Starter, to Deck Referee and then to Administrative Referee. Each level requires you to take an online, open book test, attend a seminar (usually held in between sessions at some meets) and then apprentice in the position for a certain number of hours with an experienced Official. The AMBERJAX has several officials but more are always needed. If you are interested in becoming an official, simply express your interest to one of the AMBERJAZ officials and they can get the process in motion. There are benefits to becoming an official: Hospitality at meets, the team pays your Florida Swimming registration, and there is a discount on your families annual assessment fee. Ask Susan for details.
What are psych sheets and heat sheets?
Psych sheets are preliminary listings of the swimmers in a meet, ranked by time in the various events. Psych sheets can give a swimmer some idea of where they will be seeded in an event. Heat sheets are the program for a swim meet. They list the events and the heats, providing a swimmer with what heat they will be swimming in as well as what lane.
What is meant by "short course" and "long course"?
Swim meets are categorized by the length of the pool being swum. Short Course refers to courses that are 25 yards or 25 meters in length. High school and collegiate swimming is done in short course – yards. Long Course refers to swim meets being run in pools measuring 50 meters long. Swimming at the Olympics is long course. there will be a difference in times from short course to long course!
I keep hearing about JO's. What is it?
When a parent or swimmer mentions J.O.’s, they are referring to the Florida Swimming Junior Olympic Age Group Championships held twice a year, one for Short Course and one for Long Course. Swimmers are divided into the recognized age groups by gender, 10 and Under, 11-12 years old, and 13-14 years old. They must achieve certain times in events to qualify for the meets. These times are posted on the Florida Swimming website.
How do I know what events to enter my child in at a meet?
Ask your coach if you have questions about what events for your child should swim. many times there is a difference between what the swimmer wants and what the swimmer needs.
I hear other parents talking about cuts and letters. What do they mean?
Some swim meets require the swimmers to achieve certain times or ‘cuts’ to enter the events. USA Swimming publishes a list of times ranked by age which are called motivational times and are listed B, BB, A, AA, AAA, and AAAA. Beyond AAAA is the National Reportable Time or NRT.
How can I learn more about the do's and don'ts of swimming?
USA Swimming has many articles on swimming and parent issues, they developed a video titled "Successful Sport Parenting" Here you can learn the “dos and don’ts” of sport parenting as well as how to support your athlete through all stages of athlete development and how to communicate with your child’s coach.
Do you have more questions that aren't answered here?
Send an email to Andrew Cavin Or Benji Demotte (see contacts) .