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Newsletter #5

Hi Stingrays Families,

We would like to thank everyone who came out to volunteer or to support the team at the Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast.  It was great seeing everyone.  Money raised will be used for equipment, the team gift, and fun activities throughout the season.

Lesson Volunteer Orientation

We will be holding orientation for the lesson volunteers on June 10th and 11th at 5:30 pm.  Attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory for all lesson volunteers.

Team Pizza Party

We will be hosting a team pizza party on Friday night, June 14th from 6 to 8 pm for Stingrays swimmers and their immediate family only.  We will be serving pizza, salad, water, lemonade, and freeze pops.  Feel free to bring your own food and drinks if you would like. Please bring chairs and blankets to sit on.  The pool will be open for swimming.

The city has asked that we do not leave our personal belongings overnight. This includes: chairs, tents, etc.

Time Trials

Time trials will be held at our pool on Saturday, June 15th. Please have your swimmers at our pool by 7:45 am. They will warm up at 8 am and the meet will start at 8:30 am.

Please RSVP for your swimmer(s) in Team Unify for this event ASAP.  When you declare your swimmers' availability for time trials (and for all the dual meets) online, you only need to select yes or no.  The coaches will always select the events your swimmers will participate in, so you do not need to click on anything else.

This is a "practice" meet that serves several purposes:

1) It establishes times for seeding for the first official meet.

2) It gives our newest swimmers the opportunity to see what a meet is all about and, hopefully, decrease their anxiety.

3) It helps our new parents see how meets are organized, learn some of the terminology, and figure out how/when to get their swimmer(s) to clerk of course.

4) It helps all those with direct roles in the running of a meet to work out any kinks. If your swimmer(s) cannot participate in time trials, they will be placed into events at the first swim meet as "NT" or "no time." This happens a lot at the beginning of a season. The times established in the first meet will become their seed times for the next meet.

There will be a small concession stand run during time trials that will have some breakfast and snack items (including breakfast sandwiches) available during the event.  We ask that each family sign up to donate an item to the concession stand using the following link:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44A5AB2AAAF49-concession8

Volunteer Policy

Swim meets are run using volunteers and without the help of ALL swim families, it would be impossible to run a swim meet.

During registration, each family agreed to our volunteer policy.

The policy states that an adult will be required to serve in a designated volunteer position 4 times during the season, and 5 if your swimmer participates in an invitational meet (Divisional Championships, Straehle, Carroll County Invitational, Jr. Championships, and any meet other than a dual meet).  Please note that, new this year, all families who have a swimmer participating in the Straehle qualifying meet will be expected to volunteer at that meet.

You will be able to sign up for your volunteer job using Team Unify one week before each meet. If all volunteer jobs are not filled by the Wednesday before the swim meet and your swimmer is swimming at the meet, we will assign jobs to families that have not selected an assignment.  At the meet, all parents must sign in with the volunteer coordinator, Michelle Barbe, and are expected to report on time for their assigned duties as listed on the sign-up sheet in order to earn their credit for the job. ​

Please remember, if a family does not sign up and complete 4 (or 5 if swimmer participates in an optional meet) required volunteer responsibilities, the family will be automatically charged $50 on August 1st for each job not completed.

Announcers

We are looking for someone to be our announcer at our home meets.  Training will be provided for this job at time trials.  If you are interested, please email the board at wststingrays@gmail.com or sign up in Team Unify for first half or second half announcer at time trials.  Since this job requires training, the ideal candidate would be available to fulfill the job at both home meets.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

We have a new team sponsor: 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 offers:

https://myscorecardaccount.com/crmcdn/getoffer.aspx?offer_entity_code=O2418TBX&token=bSu4KpvGgro6WBvMbjCi9j2oI21wt1JiJdIsIAv2Y4bJ5WohGxxFJYz2phH2CjoN5xywenbMXvAs0IHlOLwA2

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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.