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URGENT! TFS CHAMPS UPDATES!

Stingray Families,

Can you believe there are only 3 swim meets left in our season?!  We have 2 regular meets (tomorrow 6/22 and Saturday 6/28) then we have the BEST of all swim meets... CHAMPIONSHIPS!!  Championships will be held in Jacksonville at the Cecil Field Aquatics Center.  Little Champs for 6 and unders will be held on Thursday, July 18.  Big Champs is July 19 - 21.  

 
Our swimmers have worked so hard all season and championships is the culmination of all their efforts. If you haven't been to  champs before, you are in for an awesome (and hot) time!! Nowhere is our team spirit more evident than at  champs. It's such a special time for swimmers and parents and we can't wait to see you there! If you are new and concerned that  champs may be "too much" for your swimmer (or you) PLEASE don't be worried.  Champs is a FUN and team oriented event. It's just like our dual meet swim meets with 13 more teams! Just talk to one of our veteran parents and they can tell you how awesome it is. 
 
The purpose of this message is to provide you with important information and instructions related to champs.  PLEASE read this ENTIRE MESSAGE!!  
 
!!! If you have not done so already, PLEASE declare your swimmer for champs asap!! The deadline is Friday June 28th!!!!   But, the sooner the better. It's very important that you either accept or decline the championship events so we can submit an accurate roster to the league. The process is just like declaring your swimmer for a swim meet. Even if you are not attending championships, we need to know so please "decline" the event.  All swimmers who have attended at least 3 meets during the season and have times on record for events (this DOES include DQs) are eligible and invited to attend championships. If you have any questions about eligibility, please talk to Coach Paul or Britta. Meet results can be found in your account on the website to show how many meets your swimmer has swum and what strokes they are eligible for at Champs.  
 
WHEN DECLARING FOR CHAMPS, YOU NEED TO CHOOSE A MAX OF 5 OUT OF THE 6 EVENTS OFFERED! (see agenda below for schedule).  Only choose events you will be attending. 
 
Specific instructions to declare for champs:  Log on to your account via our team page.  From the home page, click on the team events tab.  Find the Champs event and click on the "edit commitment" box.  Click on the name of your swimmer.  Scroll through the message to the declare box and click "yes, please sign (name) up for this event."  Scroll ALL THE WAY to bottom OF THE PAGE to select specific events your swimmer WILL BE ATTENDING. 
 
If you have already declared for Champs, please go back in and confirm you have picked events on days you will be attending. Please refer to the schedule below (the schedule is also on the event page).  
 
Sign up to volunteer!  All families attending champs must sign up to volunteer a minimum of 1 shift.  The sign up list is already posted on the event page. Sign up for the job you want now!  If you don't sign up to volunteer ahead of time, a job will be assigned to you and it may not be the one you want.  Pay special attention to the course you sign up for to ensure it's the same course your swimmer will be on.  If you need help, send us an email at info@swimtfs.org or text Lisa directly at 434-825-9124.  
 
Donate food!   You can sign up to donate food online via the sign up link below.  We are always the envy of other teams because we put out such a nice spread of food, snacks, and drinks for our families at championships.  
 
CHAMPIONSHIP AGENDA:
 
Little  Champs are scheduled for Thursday, July 18th. Warm-ups are at 3:00 pm and the events start at 4:30 pm.
 
The Big  Champs schedule is as follows:
 

Friday, July 19: ages 7-18: Butterfly (11 & Ups only) & IM ages 7-18 (Warm-ups: 3:00 pm & start at 4:30 pm)
 
Saturday, July 20 morning: Ages 11-18: Back, Short Free & Breast (Warm-ups: 7:30 am & start at 8:30 am)
 
Saturday, July 20 afternoon: Ages 8 & Under and 10 & Under: Back, Short Free,Breast & Butterfly (Warm-ups 12 noon & start at 1:00 pm)
 

Sunday, July 21st: Ages 7-18: Long Free, Medley Relay & Free Relay (Warm-ups: 7:30 am & start at 9:00 am)
 
If you are interested in staying at a hotel during Championships, we recommend staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites (904) 693-4400 (this is where most Stingrays stay).  Ask for the River City Swim League Swim Championships discount.  
 
If you have a camper and want to camp onsite (no tents) call 904-255-4125 to book a campsite. We always have a group of campers stay on site.
 
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Monday July 10th - Annual Parent Meeting (MANDATORY)  7:00 pm - location is the pavilion at the Pirate Playground behind the Rec Center pool.  This is the big meeting of the year!  

  • 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! 
  • After the annual meeting and board elections, those who will be attending championships need to stay for a championships planning meeting.  All families attending championships need to attend!!  
We have so much going on for the next month so please check email frequently. If you have any questions or need assistance, please talk to one of the board members in the pool office during most of the 7 - 8 pm practices or email us at info@swimtfs.org