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NewsSplash, April 24th. Spring Practice Begins Tomorrow

Hi Stingray Families! 




1.) Spring Practice Begins Tomorrow, April 25th

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Time:                                                Age Group:

4:00pm-4:30pm                                  6 & under

4:30pm-5:30pm                                  7 & 8

5:15pm-6:15pm                                  9 & 12

5:45pm-7:00pm                                  13 & up

2.) Bring a Friend for FREE all Next Week - If you have a friend or family member interested in swimming, invite them to swim with you next week.  This is a great opportunity for kids to get an idea of what to expect as a member of the Benicia Stingrays Swim Team.  Swimmers participating in the Bring a Friend for FREE will need to sign our Liability Waiver Form.  Forms can be found on our site listed under the documents tab on our home screen.

3.)  Volunteering - Job Sign-Ups: April 20, 2016 - Midnight May 20, 2016

Sign-ups are done online and are available now thru midnight of May 20, 2016. Families who fail to sign up for all 30 points by May 21, 2016 will have 3 options: (1) let the volunteer coordinators sign you up for your remaining points, (2) pay $300 buy-out (3) quit the team by June 1st and receive 50% of your registration fees back.

4.) 4th of July Parade Float Committee - Ashlynn Smith, one of our Deck Coaches, is forming a committee to build our first ever Benicia Stingrays 4th of July Parade Float.  If you are interested in participating, please email Ashlynn at  The first meeting will be this Friday, April 29th at 7pm at Round Table Pizza in Benicia (please RSVP by Wednesday, April 27th).  At the meeting a float design and schedule of future meetings will be determined.

5.) Registration for the 2016 Swim Season is still open.  If you haven’t already, please take a moment to get your children/child signed up.  You will certainly be missed by all if you don’t.  April 25th is the first day of Spring Training for Swim Team Members and June 13th is the first day of Summer Practice for everyone.  Please refer to our website at for a complete list of practice times and the calendar of meets.  Please share this information with your family and friends who might be interested in joining our team.

6.)  Swim Caps – Our new design of swim caps will be available for purchase at the swim suit fittings, Fiesta Night and on deck during practices and meets throughout the season. The caps are high quality silicon and cost $15.00.  We will accept cash (please bring exact amount, change will not be available) or checks made out to Benicia Stingrays.

7.) Update your account with your cell phone number – Most of you still have not updated your accounts with your cell phone number.  If you wish to receive text message reminders of important upcoming events and deadlines please take the time to update your account now.  Visit our site at and make sure your account is updated.  There are two important sections, one is titled “SMS” and the other is “Carrier” please include your cell phone number in the SMS box and your cell phone provider in the Carrier box.

8.) Competitive Swim Lessons - This season the Stingray Deck Coaching Staff will be offering competitive swim lessons. Competitive lessons are designed to help swimmers make adjustments to their strokes to perfect technique and achieve optimum performance. Our coaches will focus on body position in the water, proper technique for all competitive strokes, and breaking down the three crucial components for a successful race (start, turn, finish).

Registration: open registration beginning April 25th (sign up in lesson planner during spring practice times)                             

Instructors: Ashlynn Smith, Skyelar Clouse, Sophie Silberman

Class Size: 3 swimmers per class

Cost: $30.00 per child, per session.  Make checks payable to Benicia Stingrays

Sessions:  M-TH 10:35am – 11:05am, 11:05am - 11:35am

1. June 13-16

2. June 20-24

3. June 27-30

4. July 4-7

5. July 11-14

6. July 18-21

7. July 25-28

8. Aug 1-4

*No make-up lessons will be given for days missed

9.) Spirit Wear - When you have a moment, check out the Spirit Wear (designed by our very own Coach Steve) we have available this year.  Items can be found on our home page, under the Team Info Tab at the top.  Please email your orders by May 20, 2016 to

10.) Season Calendar

Summer Meets

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Time Trials

Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Otter 8 and under invitational

Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Away Meet vs Aquaknights Swim Team (registration deadline, May 28th)

Sunday, June 5, 2016 – 8 and Under Otter Invitational, Rankin Community Pool

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Home Meet vs Gehringer (registration deadline, June 8th)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Away Meet vs Hercules Piranhas (registration deadline, June 11th)

Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, 2016 – Away Meet, Battle of the Ages

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Home Meet vs Pinole Seals (registration deadline, June 29th)

Saturday and Sunday July 9 & 10, 2016 – Away Meet, ECI

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Away Meet vs Pleasant Hill Dolphins (registration deadline, July 6th)

Saturday, July 16, 2016 – Away Meet vs Crockett Swim Team (registration deadline, July 9th)

Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Home Meet vs Martinez Swim Team (registration deadline, July 16th)

Saturday, July 30, 2016 – Home Meet vs American Canyon & Vista Diablo (registration deadline, July 23rd)

Saturday, August 6, 2016 – Away Meet-LEAGUE MEET

Social Events

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Lapapalooza Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Family Fun Night

Monday thru Friday, August 1-5, 2016 – Spirit Week

Sunday, August 28, 2016, Awards Ceremony


Thank you for your attention,

Carrie Smith

Communications Director

Benicia Stingrays