Getting your kids involved in Sacramento's Recreational Swim League

If you've moved to one of the homes for sale in Sacramento in late spring, it's likely your children are excited at the prospect of finishing the school year and enjoying summer under the California sun. One of the ways to get them involved in the community is through the Recreational Swim League, sponsored by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Practice dates generally begin toward the end of June, with the first few actual meets taking place early in July. If your kids tell you that they are interested, you'll want to get them registered sooner rather than later, since space is limited. You can get this done from May 2 and onward at community centers throughout the city of Sacramento, or at the Parks and Recreation Department's website.

In the summer of 2011, it cost $89 to register a child for the Recreational Swim League, though this fee may be subject to change. The program is open to children aged 7 to 17 - they must be this age by July 1 of the current year. Proof of age, such as a birth certificate, is required at registration.

After registering, you'll be encouraged to attend the New Parent Orientation Meeting for moms and dads of kids who are first-time participants in the program. If you can't make it, you can go to one of the parent meetings during the league's practice period, or download the Parent Handbook on the program's website.