CCAC (Cherokee)
CCAC NEWS 11/18/2020 update
REGULAR PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Click HERE, print and post on the kitchen fridge.
SCHEDULED & HOLIDAY NO SWIM DAYS: Mark your calendars.
     Thursday, November 19 High School Meet
     Thanksgiving Day, November 26
     Thursday, December  3 High School Meet
     Friday, December 11, County Event
     Thursday, Christmas Eve
     Friday, Christmas Day
     Thursday, New Years Eve
     Friday, New Years Day
     Friday, January 15
     Wednesday, January 27
     Saturday, January 30 
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Intra Squad "Swimmingly" Meets at CCAC: Saturday, Sept. 12 (Done!), Saturday, Oct. 10 (Done!), Saturday, Nov. 14, for Age Group, Youth, and Senior levels (Done!). Check our website front page for results.
This is our Stingrays' plan for coming and going at practices due to Covid-19 and our team-wide awareness. These protocols are our Team's policies and they reflect recommendations from USA Swimming and our facilities. The longer we remain healthy and promote healthy practices and meets, the longer we can enjoy this awesome privilege of swimming together.

1. When you arrive, go to your designated entry to have your temperature taken by your coach. Your group may or may not have a Warm Up To Swim (WUTS) routine going on. Either way, proper social distancing is required before entering the building.

2. LAPS parents and carpool driversA LAPS coach will meet swimmers before practice outside, to lead the group into the facility. If necessary, you may accompany your LAPS swimmer to the pool deck for the first day. Please wear a mask inside the facility.  UPDATE! CCAC is now permitting upstairs bleacher seating with masks and distancing.

3. Wear your mask when entering AND leaving the facilitiesStingrays have their own masks and you may purchase one (or a couple) by emailing [email protected]. We are requiring masks as we have families with high risk households AND we share the public facilities with all ages and demographics. "Training 4 Life" means caring for the physical and emotional well being of others...even if we aren't particularly in high risk groups.

4. Use of locker rooms restricted to "potty breaks" and not prolonged changing, especially after practice.  Please come to practice with your suit on, ready to go! 

         -Coach Larry 


Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 26Thanksgiving week practice schedule for Stingrays @Cherokee County Aquatic Center will be the same (regular schedule) for SeniorYouth, and Age Group levels. There will be no practice Thanksgiving Thursday. There will be no early closing the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Thursday. If you plan to be away that week and need workouts, please contact Coach Larry or Tonya early. 

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS AT CCAC: Watch your emails for details

     Closed Thanksgiving Day
     Closed Christmas Eve
     Closed Christmas Day
     Closes at 5pm New Years Eve
     Closed New Years Day
LAPS schedule during Cherokee County Fall School Break: Please note that there will be no LAPS practices the week of Fall Break--Monday, September 21 through Saturday, September 26. We are in Session 2. Though that week is Fall Break, LAPS'ters still receive a 6-week program. Session 2 resumes Monday, Sept. 28 and ends October 31. BTW, LAPS moms and dads, thank you for keeping with your child's chosen swim days! Keeping to those chosen swim days helps us fulfill USA Swimming's Covid-19 swimmers-per-lane guidelines. Thank you!  
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Click HERE for a short cut to our All American Swim Team Store page.

AGE GROUP Speedo Kickboard, Speedo Pull Buoy, Trialon Fins, Finis Agility Paddles (ask coach about best sizing), Meet Racing Suit (BLACK ONLY), *Athletic shoes for daily dryland.

YOUTH & SENIOR Speedo Kickboard, Speedo Pull Buoy, Speedo Snorkel, DMS Tech Fin *NEW! (replaces little fins from past years), Trialon Fins (our big fins), Finis Agility Paddles (ask coach about best sizing), Meet Racing Suit (BLACK ONLY), *Athletic shoes for daily dryland.



OPENING DAY AT CCAC! Wednesday, August 5, 2020 for all groups. 7/27/20 update
Senior Level: Monday-Thursday 4:00-6:00pm  + Saturday 8:00-10:00am (WUTSdryland at home)
                       Morning Sessions September (tba): Tuesday & Friday 5:30-6:45am
Youth Level:  Monday-Thursday 5:30-7:30pm  + Saturday 8:00-10:00am (WUTSdryland at home)
Age Group:    Monday-Thursday 6:00-7:30pm + Saturday 10:00-11:30am (WUTS; dryland at home)
High School Prep: (Aug. 5-Oct. 8) Monday-Thursday 6:30-7:30pm (no dryland for now)
Elementary LAPS: Monday-Friday 4:00-4:45pm + Saturday 11:00-11:45am (no dryland for now)
Middle School LAPS: Monday-Friday 5:30-6:30pm + Saturday 9:30-10:30am (no dryland for now)

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Past News / Archives Below
Cherokee County School Spring Break means a training break for Stingrays at CCAC. Final practice is Saturday, April 4. Regular practices resume Monday, April 13.
Additional 2020 NO SWIM days (Occasionally CCAC will close for county events or facility maintenance. Mark your calendars; reminders will be sent.):
     May 1-3, Friday pm through and including Sunday, May 3
     May 25, Monday Memorial Day
     June 27, Saturday
     July 25, Saturday through and including August 9
     Sept. 7, Monday Labor Day
     Sept. 19-20, Saturday through and including Sunday, Sept. 20 


Cherokee County schools begin a holiday break on Friday, December 20

The schedule of practices for CCAC Senior, Youth, & Age Group during the school break is simple: Practices will be at REGULAR TIMES, Monday through Saturday, excluding: Dec. 24/25 Christmas Eve (Tues.) and Christmas Day (Wed.); also excluding Dec. 31 New Year's Eve (Tues.) and New Year's Day (Wed.). The aquatic center is closed those days, so totally no practice those days. If there are other changes to the schedule expect an email. 


The best thing to do... Traveling during the school break? Great! But, don't stay out of the water! The best thing to do is go to and click their "Find a Team" function. There you can put in the zip code of your destination and find a team closest to you while you are away. This is the best choice as it broadens our swimmer's experience and provides the necessary impetus to practice with best efforts.  

The next best thing to do... If you cannot find a team nearby, find a pool (YMCA, etc). Then, once you know the pool's operating hours, you can go there to swim. Email me and I can forward to you the actual practice your group is doing. [email protected]

The worst thing to do... You can probably guess what’s the worst thing to do over the holidays...not swim at all. All the dry land in the world can't make up for 2 1/2 weeks off, and then it takes weeks to get back to where you left off. If you have questions, please let me know.

Keep swimming RAYS!

-Coach Larry 



October 31, Thursday NO PRACTICE for YOUTH & AGE GROUP levels. Keep Halloween fun.  
Swim-A-Thon CCAC 10/21 update
October 28 & 29, Monday & Tuesday begins the week of Swim-A-Thon at Cherokee. Each day, two waves of swims in 6 lanes: 4pm for Senior level, 6pm for Youth & AG level. EACH SWIMMER MUST HAVE A COUNTER. Coaches will not be counters. Senior/Youth swim 5,000 yards (about 2 hours); Age Group 3,000 yards (about 2 hours). Expect to get out a little early. Click HERE for a printable copy of a lap counter.
Click HERE for CCAC Swim-A-Thon details and how to direct your supporters to donate to your fundraising.
October 26, Saturday NO PRACTICE for Senior & Youth levels; we're off to Athens for the ABSC Invite Meet. Age Group and LAPS will practice at normal times.  
October 5, Saturday is a no swim day at CCAC due to the Red & Blue Meet at the Mountain View Aquatic Center.
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PARENT MEETING AT CCAC: Sat. Sept 7 9/2 rev.

Please join Coach Larry Baskin Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:20am in the stands at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center. This meeting would be especially helpful to parents who are new to Stingrays Swimming. Coach Larry will have a brief docket, then take questions. 

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Two open tryouts for Stingrays Swimming will be scheduled prior to the upcoming season. If you are unable to use either one of these evenings, other arrangements can be made. Please contact Coach Larry for Senior, Youth, and Age Group tryouts at [email protected] or Coach Stephanie for the LAPS program at  [email protected].

Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30-7:30pm


Heads up! Friday, May 31 the pool at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center changes to long course meters set up and our summer schedule begins in earnest--practices in the mornings, with a double session afternoon practice for Senior and Youth levels on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Get the details. Click HERE for a link to the full summer practice schedule.


Practices for Senior, Youth, and Age Group will break beginning and including Friday, March 28 through April 7, with practices resuming on Monday, April 8.


Please remember, practices for Seniors, Youth, Age Group, and Middle School LAPS Flex will continue normally--Feb. 18 through 23. NO Elementary LAPS this week; a new session begins Feb. 25.



2018-2019 Short Course Practice Schedule: click HERE and print. 

Questions? Contact Coach Larry at [email protected]

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2018-2019 Short Course Practice Schedule: click HERE and print 

2019 Long Course Practice Schedule: click HERE and print.

Swimmer Links (Check these out...)

"Six Reasons You're Not Seeing Success with Your Swimming" click HERE

"Character on the Run" click HERE

Parent Links 

"Ten, uh, Eleven Special Words for Your Swimmer" click HERE  (As a coach, I will use these words  again and again with our swimmers... -Coach Larry)