We’re from Shades Cliff, Couldn’t Be Prouder!

Head Coach: Mary Claire Shingleton

Team President:  Jud Morrison – (205) 335-9222  scswimdive@att.net

Shades Cliff Swim Team began in 1964 with the founding of Shades Cliff Pool in Bluff Park.

Our mission is to deliver an excellent competitive swimming experience and foster a love for the sport of swimming. SCST is a mid-sized team in the Jefferson Shelby Swim League.

Each summer, in June and July, the Shades Cliff Sharks swim up to six regular season meets against other Birmingham area swim clubs on Tuesday evenings. The summer season wraps up with the Senior County Championships where athletes who meet the time standards set forth by the league compete against each other to determine who is the county champ. There are also invitationals during the summer, typically on weekends you can enter for an additional fee.


Registration is limited to the minor children of members of Shades Cliff Pool. Registration opens on March 8th and continues through May 15th (new members must be registered and paid by May 31st, however a tshirt and bag cannot be guaranteed). If you are a new member, please contact Jud Morrison at 335-9222 to discuss registration.

The registration process includes an online SCST registration form, a JSSC online waiver, and payment of team fees.  Your team fees cover your swimmer’s activation, coaches’ salaries, competition swim cap, team tshirt, team backpack, all regular season meets, and JSSC registration fee. If your swimmer is not registered by May 15th (June 1st for new members) with fees paid, they cannot participate. Click here to be taken to the registration portal.

Practices are held each morning at the pool Monday through Friday. The practice schedule is as follows:

  • 7:30 am – A Team
  • 9 am – B Team
  • 10 am – Guppies

“Teams” are divided primarily by age as well as skill level as follows:

  • 6 & Under, Guppies
  • 7 to 10, B Team
  • 11 to 18, A Team

If you have a question about where your child falls once the season starts please discuss with Mary Claire.

2021 Swim and Dive Team Key Dates

  • February 1 – Sponsorship opens
  • March 8 – Registration opens
  • April 10 & 17, 8:30 to 10:30 am – Team Suit try on, Shades Cliff Pool
  • May 7, 11:59 pm – Sponsorship deadline
  • May 15, 11:59 pm – Registration closes
  • May 16, 1 pm– New Athlete Orientation, Shades Cliff Pool
  • May 17-21 Practice – 4 pm B Team, 5 pm A Team.
    • Dive Practice at each time, come to either one.
  • May 24-26 Practice – 4 pm B Team, 5 pm A Team.
    • Dive Practice at each time, come to either one.
  • June 1 – All practices start at regular time (no practice on May 31 for Memorial Day)
    • 7:30 am – A Team
    • 9 am – B Team
    • 10 am – Guppies
  • June 7 & 8 – Team Equipment Pass Out
  • Swim Meets – June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20
  • Guppy Meet – July 10 or 17 TBD, Shades Cliff Pool
  • Invitationals (tentative) – July 24, Country Club of Birmingham
  • Dive Meets (tentative) – June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15
  • JSDC Dive Championships (tentative) – July 22 Hoover Rec Center
  • July 24 & 25 (tentative) – JSSC Swim Championships, Birmingham Crossplex
  • July 27 (tentative) – Dive Team Party, Shades Cliff Pool
  • July 29 (tentative) – Swim Team Party, Shades Cliff Pool