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

Head Coach: Mary Claire Shingleton

Team President:  Josh Bowden – (205)-541-6481  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.


Team Equipment

You can begin purchasing team equipment at the link below. You may order at any time and your order will be shipped directly to you. All suits and gear are customized for Shades Cliff, so all sales are final. If you can not make the try on dates, Swim N Tri has included a sizing chart on the portal to assist you. There are 2 types of suits available; the regular team suit (blue and black) and a high performance technical suit (Aquablade solid blue) for a higher price. The solid black girl’s suit is only available in the 2 smaller sizes.

Team suits are not required, but preferred for meets.

Link for Team Equipment 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

2022 Swim and Dive Team Key Dates

  • March 19 – Registration opens
  • April 10 (3:00- 4:00 p.m.)- Suit Try-On
  • May 8, 11:59 pm – Sponsorship deadline
  • May 14, 11:59 pm – Registration closes
  • May 15, 4 pm– New Athlete Orientation, Shades Cliff Pool
  • May Practices- TBD
  • May 30 – Memorial Day, NO PRACTICE
  • May 31 – All practices start at regular time
    • 7:30 am – A Team
    • 9 am – B Team
    • 10 am – Guppies
    • Dive Team – 8 am and 9 am
  • June 6 & 7 – T-shirt and Cap Pass Out
  • Swim Meets – June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19,
  • Dive Meets – June 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14
  • July 30 & 31 – JSSC Swim Championships, Birmingham Crossplex
  • July 21 (tentative) – JSDC Dive Championships Hoover Rec Center
  • Dive Team Party, Shades Cliff Pool- TBD
  • Swim Team Party, Shades Cliff Pool- TBD