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Newsletter #4

Hello Stingrays,

 

It’s so exciting that practice finally starts this week.  Please remember we are going to do a gradual start for the first week.  Please have your swimmer meet in the grass next to the baby pool at the beginning of practice.

 

First week of practice

Tues, May 28th and Thurs, May 30st will be for swimmers with last names beginning with A-L

Wed, May 30th and Fri, May 31 will be for swimmers with last names beginning M-Z

 

9 & under 5:30-6:15          10 & over 6:15-7:30       

 

If you cannot make it to your assigned night, please feel free to come to the 2 nights that work for your schedule, however, please come to your designated age group practice.

 

Mini-Stingrays will start on June 3rd at the 5:30-6:15 practice.

 

Coaching Staff

Along with the coaching staff we have already introduced, we added an additional coach and two junior coaches to our staff  to provide more individual instruction to the swimmers during practice.

 

Coach Andy

Andy Sur has more than a decade of coaching experience. He is the former Head Coach of the Four Seasons Stingrays summer swim team in Bloomington, Illinois, where he started his swimming career. He also ran a winter swimming program for the same club for six seasons. During this time, he taught private lessons and established a popular youth stroke clinic at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) to provide specialized instruction to swimmers of all ages.

 

Junior Coaches

We would also like to introduce our two Junior Coaches.  We are bringing on two of our older swimmers, Micheal Wasicko and Conor Moran, to help with the younger age groups.  We are excited to have them as part of our coaching staff, as they have both been Stingrays and year-round swimmers for many years.    

 

Parent meetings

We will hold two parent meetings to, hopefully, accommodate everyone’s schedule. We will go over most of your questions during this meeting.   The meetings will be held on June 3rd and 4th at 6PM under the pavilion.  We will also hold a new parent meet orientation at 8:00AM on June 15th before time trials.  This meeting will also start under the pavilion

 

Upcoming due dates

  • June 2nd- Spirit wear orders due (see below)
  • June 4th- Money for Applebee’s fundraiser ticket money due
  • June 10th- Registration deadline for Team Picnic- please RSVP in Team Unify and add the number of family members attending in the notes

 

Communicating with the coaches and the board

There will always be a board member under the pavilion for any questions or concerns.  Please refrain from interrupting the coaches during practice.  If you have questions for them, please approach them before or after practices so they can attend to the swimmers in the pool.  The coaches can also be reached at wststingrays@gmail.com.  Please direct all questions for the board to  wststingrays@gmail.com rather than posting on Facebook, and/or utilizing our personal emails.  Using the wststingrays@gmail.com will get you the fastest, most appropriate, answer to your question. 

 

 

IMPORTANT!!

Please remember, parents, family members, and other non-team members are NOT allowed on the pool deck during practice. This includes the chairs along the pool next to the fence.  If you would like to sit in a chair at the ends of the pool, please pull it onto the grass and return it when you leave.  We really appreciate your cooperation with this guideline.  We risk losing our team insurance if we do not comply with the guidelines required by the Central Maryland Swim League (CMSL) and the Amateur Athletic Association (AAU).

 

Spirit wear

The deadline to buy spirit wear is 6/2.  It can be purchased by using the following link:

Westminster Stingray Spirit Wear Store

 

Kiddie Pool Policy

The kiddie pool will be open between 9:45-11:45 during morning practice.  Only children under the age of 4 are allowed in the kiddie pool. All children must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) when in the pool.

 

Playground Safety

Please be sure to attend to the safety of your child(ren) while they play on the playground. Children are not to climb on top of the slides. The playground will be closed during meets to ensure safety and quiet for the start.

 

Dick’s Sporting Goods

We have a new team sponsor in Dick’s Sporting Goods.  They made a donation to our team and we have added a link to special team coupons on our website.  Please use this link to access these special coupons: 

 

Swim Outlet

Do you need swim gear for the summer?  Do you shop at Swim Outlet?  Use this link when shopping https://www.swimoutlet.com/stingers and the team will receive a portion of the profits from your sale.

 

 

We can’t wait to see everyone this week.