Shady Lane Swim Club
Swim and Dive Team Handbook
Shady Lane Swim club proudly provides the children of our
members with the opportunity to participate in swim and dive
team. Through daily workouts, our children will move forward
on the path to physical fitness, high self-esteem, increased self
discipline and responsibility. Summer club swimming and
diving can be the beginning of continued year round swimming.
However, for the majority of our team members it is simply the
basis for a healthful and fun summer. Whatever the reason, we
are glad your child chose to be a member of the team!
As is true with any team sport, communication between swimmers,
divers, parents and coaches is very important. Problems can
be minimized if all work together to make the swim team a positive
and fun experience. If you have any questions or problems,
please talk with the coaches or team representative.
Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices as
possible. We know families plan trips and camps over summer
break and that is fine. However, the more practice a swimmer
has, the more advanced the swimmer will become.
Friday Practice- On Fridays, we have donuts and milk or orange
juice for the swimmers. This is also when they get their
ribbons from the meet the night before. We ask each family to
contribute $10/family for donuts.
Shady Lane participates in the Private Pool Swim League
(PPSL). Our meet schedule is attached. Dive meets begin
at 3 PM. Swim home meets begin at 6 PM and away meets
begin at 7 PM. Warm up times will be posted. Generally,
warm ups for home meets are at 5:30 and away meets are 6 PM.
Per PPSL rules, each swimmer is allowed to swim 2 individual
events and 2 relays. PPSL rules allow for one competition
heat and as many exhibition heats as needed. The difference
between the 2 are points scored. A team cannot score points
on exhibition heats. Personal best times determine who swims
competition and who swims exhibition heats. A swimmer has the
ability to move into competition heats with hard work and fast
swims. Times are evaluated after each meet. Relays are
determined by individual best times. The A relay will consist
of the 4 fastest times. The B relay the next 4 and so
on. Swimmers absolutely have the opportunity to earn a spot
on a higher relay if their times improve.
We ask that parents not treat exhibition events any different
than competition events. We want swimming to be a positive
experience regardless of which heat they are in. At
home meets, we can only have 2 swimmers in competition heats.
Some great swimmers end up in exhibition. A great swim is a
great swim, regardless of the heat. 10 and under swimmers
will receive ribbons for exhibition heats.
After home meets we will have pizza for sale for our swimmers
and families. We will arrange a gathering point for after
PPSL offers two finals – A and B finals. Each
team is allowed to send 2 swimmers per event, age group and
gender to A finals. For instance, we can send two 8 and
under girls for 25 meter freestyle and two 8 and under boys.
This is true for every event. As with the meets, each swimmer
is allowed to swim 2 individual events and 2 relays. A finals
consist of prelims and finals. The top 16 swimmers in each
event at prelims qualify to come back and swim at finals.
B finals are held for all swimmers who do not qualify for A
finals. Once again each swimmer can swim 2 individual and 2
relays. B finals are a great opportunity for the swimmers who
have swam exhibition all year. This is the opportunity to
place in the top 8!
Each family will be notified as to which finals their swimmer
Meet sign up
Each family is responsible to sign their swimmer up for
meets. Please go to www.shadylanestingrays.com
to register for meets. Swimmers must be signed up by the
Sunday before the meet at 9PM. This gives the coaches ample
time to set the line up. Parents are also able to pick which
events their swimmer will swim. The rules as to competition
and exhibition heat still exist. Parents should also check if
their swimmer is available for relays. We have a large team
and this will cut down on confusion as to who is available to swim
As with any sport, parents help to make the meets run
smooth. When we welcome other clubs to our pool, we want to
have meets run with ease and make the opposing team feel
welcome. Each family is required to work half of a meet for 3
meets. A list of job responsibilities will be posted and sign
ups will be at our team website. It is very important for
each family to work the correct number of shifts. Please
don’t make us track workers down. We will also ask
families to sign up to bring baked goods, buns, condiments and the
like to meets. We appreciate all you do to help our meets run
The team will host a family banquet the Monday after
finals. We ask $25 for each family attending. We will
celebrate every swimmer on the team. Swimmers receive their
ribbons from finals and each 12 and under swimmer receives a
trophy. 13 and over swimmers also receive a gift. We
also hand out two awards per age group and gender. The first
award is the Stingray Award. The Stingray Award is given to
the swimmer who is a great team player, works hard, encourages
their team mates and tries new events. A Most Improved
Swimmer award is also given to a swimmer in each age
group/gender. This is based on the overall improvement from
the beginning of the season to the end. The coaches determine
the winners of the awards. During the banquet, the pool
is closed to non swim team members. We have open swim
for the team as well. This is a fun night for the team!
Head coach – Johnny Wohlfrom
Assistant coach – Nick Wasserbauer
Assistant coach – Sydney
Assistant coach --
Dive coach – Sydney
Swim team reps – Terri Murray, Julie Pressler