ABOUT THE SHARKS
The mission of the Stonebridge Sharks Swim Team is to encourage
friendly team competition at the neighborhood pool level. The team
provides young people with the opportunity to participate in team
competition during the summer, within a fair and wholesome
environment, in order to develop athletic skills. We do our best to
encourage sportsmanship and teamwork and foster an appreciation of
the relationship between effort and success.
The Stonebridge Sharks Swim Team offers training and
practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is
the goal of the Stonebridge Sharks Swim Team to offer age
specific training for all of our athletes geared towards
challenging each individual and developing each individual to the
best of THEIR abilities.
Here to send us an email request for more information, or
email Head Coach Kenny directly at [email protected]
The Stonebridge Sharks Swim Team is part of the Montgomery County Swim
League (MCSL). This league consists of 15 divisions ("A"
through "O") with six teams in each division. The Sharks have a
strong history in this league and have stayed
consistent competing in divisions "C" (6 times), "D"
(Four Times),"E" (Four times), "F" (One time) and "G"
(Four times) from 1999-2015. The Sharks will be
competing in division "E" this Summer of 2018. Go
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Do I Join the Swim Team?
You must be a member of the Stonebridge HOA or purchase an
outside pool membership to join the summer swim team. If you
have any questions regarding membership with the Stonebridge Pool,
please send an email to Shireen Ambushwith Abaris Real Estate,
Inc at [email protected].
How long is the swim season?
The season starts on Tuesday after Memorial
Day, with team tryouts! (Pre-team starts the first Monday
after school gets out. The regular season goes through the third
week in July, when Divisionals are held. Some swimmers may qualify
to swim in all-star events which take place the following week.
Visit the calendar for more information.
Why do we have to sign up for volunteer slots?
Swim meets normally require up to 50 adults to handle all of the
roles of timekeepers, officials and concessions. To ensure that we
have adequate coverage for every meet, a parent from each swim team
family is required to sign up to volunteer for 4-6 jobs
(including Time Trials and this year's Mini-Meet) during the
season--and should really try to do more if you have more than one
swimmer in the family. See the
Volunteers section for more information about each
What is Pre-Team?
The goal of the Pre-Team program is to prepare swimmers for
participation in the regular team once they have acquired the
necessary skills. Pre-Team members must be able to swim one-half
the length of the pool (12.5 meters) and float on their backs for
at least five seconds. Swimmers will be taught two of the four
basic competitive strokes including freestyle and backstroke. They
will also be introduced to diving.
When is practice?
Practices are in the afternoon from the day after
Memorial Day until school gets out.
Beginning the day after school gets out, both
morning and afternoon practices will be offered. Swimmers may
choose to swim in the morning, afternoon, or both. Swimmers should
plan to attend practice every day. There are no practices on
Wednesday afternoons when B Meets are scheduled, or Friday
afternoons when Spirit Events/Pep Rallys are scheduled. Visit
the calendar for more information.
What are Spirit Events?
The Stonebridge Sharks Spirit Committee works hard during the
season to plan exciting, FUN events for swimmers to get to know
each other and encourage camaraderie among team members. Each week
we have a theme and events are planned for Friday evenings. All
swimmers are encouraged to come at 6:00PM to the pool for an
evening full of food, arts and crafts, and fun! Keep an eye out for
food sign-ups in the weekly email. If you do not sign up for food,
we cannot guarantee that we will have enough to feed
What are Time Trials?
The purpose of time trials is to establish official times for
the swimmers prior to the first Saturday meet. Time trials will be
held on the second Saturday in June, and is
open to all team members. Participation in Time Trials establishes
official times for the swimmers and is mandatory in order to
qualify for the first "A" meet. Anyone who has a legitimate
conflict and cannot attend MUST see the coach prior to Time Trials.
Warm-ups will begin promptly at 8:30 AM, and timing beginning at
9:00 AM. (The rain date will be the following day - Sunday - at 9
How many meets are there during the summer?
The season includes 5 A Meets, 4 B Meets, 2 Relay Carnivals, a
Mini-Meet, and Divisional Championships. Other events are open to
the top 8-16 swimmers in the league. Visit the calendar for more
What's the difference between an A Meet and a B
All Stonebridge Sharks may qualify to swim in both A and B meets
during the summer. B Meets are Wednesday evening meets, and
swimmers may sign up for any event they choose (max of 3 events),
as long as they are "legal" in the required stroke(s). A Meets are
Saturday morning meets, and are generally more competitive. Three
swimmers from Stonebridge may swim in each age group event (except
freestyle, in which 6 swimmers may swim), and swimmers are chosen
by the coaches based primarily on their times. (For specific league
information about meets see the MCSL
Handbook at http://www.mcsl.org/documents/2018_Handbook_submit_v14_forWeb.pdf and Seneca B League guidelines.)
What are the other meets I hear about during the summer
(Mini-Meet, Relay Carnivals, All-Stars, etc.)?
There are several special event swim meets each summer,
including those mentioned. Here is what they are:
- Relay Carnival : These meets are special
meets with all the teams in the division competing against one
another in relay races. A morning practice for swimmers involved in
the relay will be scheduled a few days before the meet. The coaches
will select relay swimmers based on time and other MCSL
- Mini-Meet : This is a community event in
which our younger swimmers compete in a variety of fun, sometimes
silly, events. Our neighborhood Mini-Meet will be held at Westleigh
July 15th. It's a great fundraiser, and a lot of fun!
- Others : Other special events include
Coaches' Long Course, All-Star Relays, and All-Stars. These events
are for the top 8-16 swimmers in each event county-wide. Coaches
will notify swimmers who qualify for these events.
How do I find out where the meets are?
Meet directions are posted on the Sharks and/or MCSL websites.
Refer to the calendar and the Sharks' Away
How do I know what events my child is swimming?
- B Meets : Swimmers may sign up online
by Monday night (midnight deadline) for Wednesday
afternoon meets. Swimmers may generally swim any event in
which they have a legal stroke on Wednesdays, UNLESS they swam that
event on Saturday and won a ribbon. Swimmers who score points at
the Saturday meet may not swim THAT EVENT on Wednesday.
- A Meets : Coaches will post the events
list for Saturday meets online by Friday morning. Many factors
are used by the coaching staff to determine who will swim in each
event. These factors include, but are not limited to: a
swimmer’s best times, performance trends, attendance and
participation levels, potential team point opportunities and the
legality of a swimmer’s stroke.
What does it mean to be "legal" in a stroke?
Each swimming stroke (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and
butterfly) has specific rules for the way a swimmer moves his or
her arms and legs. If a swimmer has not mastered the technique of a
particular stroke, they can be disqualified in a race. If swimmers
are unsure about whether they are legal in a stroke, they should
see the coach before or after practice on Thurdays and Fridays for
an evaluation and feedback session. Swimmers who are not legal
should not swim that stroke in a meet until the technique is
mastered. You may reference the MCSL rulebook for more information
How do we know if practice or swim meet is
According to County regulations, we are unable to swim for 30
minutes after the sound of thunder. We will not practice if there
is less than 45 minutes of practice time after a storm. Please use
common sense. If in doubt call the pool. Do not drop off your child
without confirming there is practice. Swim meets are generally held
rain or shine, and often are just delayed when there is a passing
storm. Be sure to call the pool at 301-424-2017 to find out before
deciding not to come!
We're going to be away for part of the summer. Is that a
The main purpose of the swim team is for the community to have
fun together – that said, we work hard and we want as many of
our swimmers to be in as many meets as possible. If you are going
to miss swim meets, please let the coaches know as soon as possible
so they can take that into account when creating the line-ups. You
can let the coaches know of when you are unavailable by
filling out this
Can I work for the Pool as a Lifeguard or Other Pool
Contact Shireen Ambush with Abaris Real Estate, Inc. She
handles pool memberships and may be able to give you information
about the Pool Management Company that staffs the pool. Her
email address is: [email protected].