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OKM SPIRITWEAR **ORDERS DUE BY JUNE 2 **

OKM Spiritwear is a great way to show your team spirit! None of these items are required for team participation, but we'd love to see lots of our athletes sporting the OKM letters around Burke! Place your orders for OKM spirtwear here by June 2.

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Necessary Gear

All swimmers on the regular swim team need to have a suit, goggles and fins.  They will receive a complimentary latex swim cap and team shirt as part of registration.  (Mini Ospreys do not use fins.)

Swim Suits
OKM's current team suit is the TYR Phoenix Splice pictured above, and while it's not required, we encourage all team members to wear it.  The team suit is sold by the SuitUp shop in University Mall, and you can buy it online here or at the shop now.  SuitUp will also be at practice on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 selling the suit.  The most common error when buying suits for competitive swimming is going too large.  The suits will stretch and sag over time, and it’s best if they’re snug — so don’t buy a “suit to grow into”!  If you’re looking for a less expensive option, you can buy a generic black/red suit.  Please consider using our affiliate account at Swimoutlet for online purchases: www.swimoutlet.com/okmospreys/

Notes on Swim Apparel:
(a) Boys are allowed to wear baggy "trunks" but they are definitely not helpful for swimming.  Some boys used to be self-conscious about wearing a "Speedo" or briefs-cut suit, but the vast majority of boys now where a "jammers" suit, which look like cycling shorts. 
(b) Swim shirts are great for blocking the sun at the pool, but they are not so great for swimming because they cause resistance and weight.  In addition, shirts are actually not allowed in swim meets unless the swimmer has sought a special exemption. 


Goggles

All swimmers need to have goggles for practices and meets.  Goggles break and are lost regularly, so please don’t expect your swimmer to make it through the summer on one pair!  Find an inexpensive option that works well, and buy some backups.  We recommend goggles with a double-strap that helps the strap stay positioned on the crown of the head.


Swim Caps

Swimmers who have hair that will cover their face need to always wear a cap or put their hair in a tight ponytail.  Caps are not required for meets, but most swimmers, including boys, will wear a cap when racing.  It’s a team rule that if a child wears a cap in meets, it has to be a red OKM team cap.  It’s the only part of a “uniform” that we have.  To facilitate this rule, all swimmers will receive a complimentary latex team cap with registration.  Replacement caps and silicone caps are for sale in the OKM snack bar.  Two notes on wearing caps:  (a) the OKM lettering goes on the side of the head (not the forehead); (b) drying out the inside of the cap and sprinkling with powder or corn starch will make it much easier to put on the next time.


Fins 

All swimmers on the regular team need to have their own pair of rubber fins because we use them regularly in practice.  Please mark your name on them! SuitUp sells fins if you need to try them on; otherwise, these Sporti Floating Swim Fins on Swimoutlet are a good option.   Please use the OKM referral site. Sizing: They need to be snug enough to not fall off, but slightly big is better than too small, which can be uncomfortable.

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