Parents, welcome to DCS! The Douglas County Stingrays want the sport of competitive swimming to become a life-long passion and a great experience for you and your new Stingray.
If you are new to the sport, please click here for an overview that may answer many of your initial questions. The www.usaswimming.org website is a super resource for all things swimming.
At swim meets, we ask all Stingrays to wear a solid royal blue racing suit and their DCS team swim cap. In practice, we require girls to wear a competition suit of their choice. Boys must wear competition suit as well (either jammers -- a longer "cycling style" fitted suit or a "speedo" -- bikini style suit). Surfing/beach swimwear and non-fitted tankini-style swim suit will only impede your swimmer's agility in the water. Look under our Team Uniform tab for some links to online stores that sell appropriate gear!
If you've never attended a swim meet, please use the info below to prepare yourself and your swimmer for their first experience in competition:
Are you a first time "swim mom" or "swim dad"? Unsure of what a "heat sheet" is?
Confused about what it means to "mark up" your swimmer? Just follow the steps below and have fun.
Things To Bring To A Swim Meet
• Sharpie Permanent Marker
• Highlighter, ink pen
• Extra Towels
• Blanket to spread out for seating
• Foldable Chairs, if desired
• Toys/Books/Games/Cards to pass the time
• Light, healthy snacks and drinks, if desired
• Extra goggles and team cap
• Royal blue team swim suit
Preparing your Child to Swim at the Meet
• Download or purchase a heat sheet (event program that usually costs $5 to $10)
• Highlight or mark your swimmer's name and events
• Using the Sharpie, "mark up" your child by creating the grid below on their arm or leg
• Fill in the Event, Heat, Lane and Stroke by following the information in the heat sheet
• Before every race, insure that your swimmer goes to his coach and speaks with him/her about his event. The coaches will make sure that they get to the starting block (or bullpen) in time and confirm lane/heat assignments.
• After every race, insure that your swimmer goes to his coach and speaks with him/her about his performance.