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IMPORTANT STINGRAYS UPDATES!!!

Stingray families,

We have a lot of details to share about 3 upcoming events so PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY!!

1)  ANNUAL PARENT MEETING (MANDATORY)

Our annual parent meeting is this coming Thursday July 14th at 7:00 pm 

Location:  Family Field behind the pool.  There will be limited seating (plastic chairs) so bring a chair if you prefer.  

AGENDA:

  • Coach update - highlights from this season and for what's to come
  • Financial update
  • Vote for Vice President and Secretary - If you are considering running for the board, please let one of the current board members know. We need to know if you are interested right away! 
  • Discuss details of Awards Party

After the annual meeting and board elections, those who will be attending championships need to stay for a championships prep meeting. All families attending championships need to attend!  

2)  CHAMPIONSHIPS  

CHAMPIONSHIPS AGENDA

  • Little Champs are scheduled for Friday, July 22nd. 
    • Warm-ups are at 4:00 pm and the meet starts at 5:30 pm.
  • The Big Champs schedule is as follows:
    • Saturday, July 23 (morning session) Ages 10 & Under:  Back, Short Free, Breast, Fly, IM (Warm-ups: 7:30 am & start at 8:30 am)
    • Saturday, July 23 (afternoon session) Ages 11 & up:  Back, Short Free, Breast, Fly, IM (Warm-ups 12 noon & start at 1:00 pm)
    • Sunday, July 24, Ages 7 & up:  Long Free, Medley Relay & Free Relay (Warm-ups: 8:00 am & start at 9:00 am)

VERY IMPORTANT!  If you have confirmed that you will attend champs on Sunday and your situation changes (you won't be there), YOU MUST TELL COACH VANESSA or COACH PAUL if your swimmer will not be at champs on Sunday for relays!!!   

VOLUNTEERING AT CHAMPIONSHIPS:  EVERY FAMILY attending champs needs to provide 1 volunteer for a minimum of 1 shift to meet our volunteer requirement with River City Swim League.  If you are attending Champs, you need to select the shift (day and time) you would like to volunteer.  You can include in the notes your preference for jobs and we will do the best to assign your preference (timer, clerk, marshal, any).  You will receive your official assignment at Champs check in.  If you do not sign up to volunteer for a shift, a job will be assigned to you at check in.  Log on to your profile on our website and sign up to volunteer (just like you would for a regular meet).  

FOOD AT CHAMPS:  TFS will NOT be providing food at champs this year.  All families should plan to bring their own food, snacks, and drinks.  Bring whatever you need to be comfortable (no alcohol permitted).  We ask that families bring extra water and gatorade to donate to help fill the team drink coolers we will have set up in our team tent.  The TFS board will be supplying Chick Fil A lunch on Saturday at Champs.  Lunch will arrive in time on Saturday for the morning swimmers to grab a sandwich before leaving and for arriving swimmers to grab a sandwich before swimming.  

WHAT ELSE TO BRING:  GOGGLES, CAPS, TEAM SUITS, sharpies, highlighters, chairs (enough chairs for all in your family), sunscreen, and any outdoor rugs/mats you may have available.  Make sure your name is on everything!

NOTE:  technical swimsuits are NOT allowed for swimmers ages 12 & Under  

TIP:  Start hydrating for champs THE DAY BEFORE!!  This includes parents, too!  It is very hot at champs (some of us call it the hottest place on earth).  Everyone needs to start drinking lots of water the day before and throughout champs.     

PARENT RELAY:  There will be an "over the hill" relay for parents on the last day of championships.  Please email us if you are interested in joining the over the hill parent relay team.  You don't need to have swim experience, just be able to doggie paddle.  We'd like to put together a funny team with a theme this year... like clowns, or flamingo floaties, or swim diapers.... you get the point.  Something funny (too many of the other teams take this race seriously).  Email us at info.swimtfs.org and let us know if you'd like to be on the relay team.   

HOTEL:  If you are interested in staying at a hotel during Championships, Jay Hernandez has negotiated a discount rate at The Fairfield Inn and Suites (thanks, Jay!!).  This hotel is just minutes from Bolles.  The address is 4888 Lenoir Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32216.  The phone number is 904-854-6200.  This is where we will be hosting a team BBQ on Saturday night!  All families are welcome and encouraged to attend (even if you are not staying over)!  Here are the details from the hotel:  

Fairfield Inn & Suites Jacksonville Butler Boulevard for 99 USD per night - click on link below to book: 

Book your group rate for Fernandina Stingrays

 
3 AWARDS PARTY
 
Monday July 25th location is the Rec Center Pool. Who will win a high point hoodie?  Who will win a Coach's Award??  Attend the party to find out!  ALL TFS swimmers and their parents and siblings are invited to attend (please no extended relatives or friends). This will be a casual event that will be catered.  Our theme is "EAT MY BUBBLES".  Attire is casual and all are encouraged to dress according to our theme. The pool will be open for free swim.  
 
One final note:  our last practice of the year will be Thursday, 7/21.  
 
We have so much going on for the next month so please check email frequently. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us at [email protected]
 

GO STINGRAYS!!!!