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  1. I AM REALLY CONFUSED HOW RELAYS WORK. I HAVE TONS OF QUESTIONS.

  2. WHY COULD MY SWIMMER'S TIMES GET SLOWER INSTEAD OF FASTER?

  3. CAN WE WATCH OUR SWIMMERS DURING PRACTICE?

  4. HOW DO WE LOCATE SOMETHING MY SWIMMER HAS LOST AT PRACTICE OR AT A MEET?

  5. WHAT IS "YMCA STINGRAY SPIRIT"?

  6. WHEN MY CHILD DESCRIBES WHAT HE DOES AT PRACTICE, I CAN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING HE SAYS. WHAT ARE 10 100s ON THE 1:30, NEGATIVE SPLITS, REVERSE IMs, OR A 200 SWIM-KICK-PULL? AND WHY IS HE CLIMBING LADDERS IN THE POOL?

  7. MY CHILD WAS DISQUALIFIED THE FIRST TIME SHE SWAM FLY. ISN'T THAT TERRIBLE?

  8. ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN JOINING FFYS. WHO DO THEY CALL?

  9. MY CHILD HAS REALLY IMPROVED SINCE THE LAST TIME SHE SWAM A MEET. CAN I ENTER HER AT A FASTER TIME THAN HER PREVIOUS BEST TIME?

  10. MY CHILD HASN'T SWUM A PARTICULAR EVENT FOR A LONG TIME. CAN I ENTER HIM AT A SLOWER TIME THAN HIS PREVIOUS BEST TIME?

  11. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT THAT MY CHILD BE AT PRACTICE ON TIME?

  12. IT SEEMS LIKE ALL I DO IS SPEND MONEY ON SWIMMING! WHAT ARE THE BASICS MY SWIMMER REALLY NEEDS?

  13. HOW LONG HAS FFYS BEEN IN EXISTENCE?

  14. WHY DO I HAVE TO WORK AT THE FFYS SPONSORED MEETS?

  15. MY CHILD IS SO BUSY WITH OTHER ACTIVITIES HE CAN ONLY MAKE ONE OR TWO PRACTICES A WEEK. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT HIS PARTICIPATION IN FFYS?

  16. WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW HOW FAST MY CHILD CAN SWIM AN EVENT?

  17. HOW DO I KNOW WHEN/WHERE MEETS ARE?

  18. WHAT MEETS SHOULD MY SWIMMER ATTEND?

  19. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TALK TO THE COACH ABOUT MY CHILD?


1. I AM REALLY CONFUSED HOW RELAYS WORK. I HAVE TONS OF QUESTIONS ?
Please refer to your Meet Manual for new-detailed answers to everything you always wanted to know about relays but were afraid to ask (or didn't know what to ask!)

2. WHY COULD MY SWIMMER'S TIMES GET SLOWER INSTEAD OF FASTER?
Parents and swimmers new to competitive swimming may not realize that their times will not decrease initially because they are learning the strokes and/or flip turns. It is easier to do it correctly by going slower. As they learn the strokes and improve skills, the times will eventually drop.

3. CAN WE WATCH OUR SWIMMERS DURING PRACTICE?
Groups that practice at the YMCA can watch through the viewing window. Parents are not allowed on the pool deck. At the high schools, parents are free to watch from the bleachers, but are not allowed on deck.

4. HOW DO WE LOCATE SOMETHING MY SWIMMER HAS LOST AT PRACTICE OR AT A MEET?
There is a lost and found box in the main hallway at the YMCA where the mailboxes and a large bin in the Y laundry room. Each team that hosts a meet accumulates lost items and can provide direction how they might be retrieved. A name on all of your items helps tremendously. Historically, lost items are tough to retrieve so the best remedy is prevention.

5.WHAT IS "YMCA STINGRAY SPIRIT"?
We are proud of the way our swimmers are good teammates; they cheer for each other at meets and seem genuinely pleased with their friend's progress. They are good friends outside of swimming too. And Stingray parents reflect the same feelings toward each other's children. In fact, Stingray Spirit is as much a part of our organization as are the coaches we hire and the pools we rent!

6. WHEN MY CHILD DESCRIBES WHAT HE DOES AT PRACTICE, I CAN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING HE SAYS. WHAT ARE 10 100s ON THE 1:30, NEGATIVE SPLITS, REVERSE IMs, OR A 200 SWIM-KICK-PULL? AND WHY IS HE CLIMBING LADDERS IN THE POOL?
Swimming is a complicated sport especially to the inexperienced eye. Several informational resources are available to help you learn. A good time to discuss questions with the coach is the 15-minute period before/after practice. Never hesitate to ask veteran parents your questions. They are always willing to help.

7. MY CHILD WAS DISQUALIFIED THE FIRST TIME SHE SWAM FLY. ISN'T THAT TERRIBLE?
All the strokes have very specific technical rules about how they are to be swum. It is very difficult, especially in the butterfly and breaststroke, for beginner swimmers to master these technical details. Even experienced swimmers are disqualified from time to time for false starts or technical faults in their strokes.

8. ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN JOINING FFYS. WHO DO THEY CALL?
Contact the Membership Chair or Coach. We feel we have a quality program and are always ready to spread the word about it! A contact list is available on the Parent Advisory Group page.

9. MY CHILD HAS REALLY IMPROVED SINCE THE LAST TIME SHE SWAM A MEET. CAN I ENTER HER AT A FASTER TIME THAN HER PREVIOUS BEST TIME?
No. Both the FFYS and your swimmer can be penalized if you do.

10. MY CHILD HASN'T SWUM A PARTICULAR EVENT FOR A LONG TIME. CAN I ENTER HIM AT A SLOWER TIME THAN HIS PREVIOUS BEST TIME?
Yes, this is allowed, but only if the swimmer swims in the same classification, i.e. a swimmer with an A time may not enter a B event. You will learn much more about meets, swim times, etc. through parent meetings held throughout the year. Watch the website and your e-mail for details.

11. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT THAT MY CHILD BE AT PRACTICE ON TIME?
Practice workouts are very highly organized; in fact the coaches plan on using the entire time allotted. A typical practice begins with stretching exercises that your child needs to properly benefit from the remainder of the workout. Most people today recognize that proper stretching reduces injuries.

12. IT SEEMS LIKE ALL I DO IS SPEND MONEY ON SWIMMING! WHAT ARE THE BASICS MY SWIMMER REALLY NEEDS?
It is recommended that your swimmer wear the official team suit and cap to swim meets. Goggles and caps are highly recommended (but not all swimmers wear them). Encourage your swimmer to take good care of his or her goggles. Some swimmers go through several pair a year if they are careless.

Depending upon the competitive level of swimmer they may benefit from the purchase of swim fins (per the coaches: no fins with straps), pull/buoy or paddles. The coach will recommend which pieces of equipment would be appropriate for individual needs.

Useful are special shampoos and conditioners for chlorine saturated hair. Finally a team bag and sweat suit make an ideal gift for a special occasion. Be sure your child's equipment is marked with his name since most goggles, fins, etc. look alike.

13. HOW LONG HAS FFYS BEEN IN EXISTENCE?
The Stingrays were formed in 1969 and are the oldest continuous USA team in the State of Michigan. The Farmington YMCA has had a competitive swim program since 1980. In 1997 the two teams merged in order to better serve this community. For a complete description of the team's history and accomplishments, check out the About Us page.

14. WHY DO I HAVE TO WORK AT THE FFYS SPONSORED MEETS?
FFYS is a family affair. It is critical to the success of the team that parents be involved and volunteer for meets. In addition, these meets are an important source of revenue for the team. Not hosting meets would require significantly higher dues. Hosting a meet requires a great deal of work and all families need to contribute time and energy. Most parents find that getting involved is a great way to feel connected to the team, learn the sport and even make new friends. Please refer to the meet schedule to plan ahead for these meets.

15. MY CHILD IS SO BUSY WITH OTHER ACTIVITIES HE CAN ONLY MAKE ONE OR TWO PRACTICES A WEEK. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT HIS PARTICIPATION IN FFYS?
In order to excel in the sport of swimming, it requires long hours and serious dedication on the part of both the swimmer and the parent. The practice requirements that are listed in the group descriptions are listed for those swimmers who are committed to excelling in swimming. However, some children enjoy swimming but are unable to put in as much time and effort. The FFYS program includes both of these types of swimmers into our program.

16. WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW HOW FAST MY CHILD CAN SWIM AN EVENT?
If your child has never been timed in a particular event, the coach will estimate a time for him. Estimated times will probably be slower than the swimmer might expect to swim so that he will be able to show immediate progress.

17. HOW DO I KNOW WHEN/WHERE MEETS ARE?
Meet locations, including directions, are available from the Meet Locations page. Meet packets are also available on our site as they become available. You will also receive an e-mail with information for all meets at which your swimmer is eligible to swim.

18. WHAT MEETS SHOULD MY SWIMMER ATTEND?
Meet participation is an important part of the swimming experience. FFYS swimmers are expected to participate in meets.

Mini Ray, Bronze and Silver: Your child may swim in any meets for which he has the appropriate qualifying times. You select which ones to attend, although we encourage you to attend those meets to which we will send a coach. Beginning swimmers may want to consult with their coach to determine if they are ready to compete.

Senior and Gold: These swimmers are expected to attend all meets for which they qualify. These groups focus on training and developing their swimmers for meet competition. The team relies on all swimmers to support the team goals by participating in practices and meets.

19. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TALK TO THE COACH ABOUT MY CHILD?
Talk to the coach before or after practice not during. Coaches need to be focused on the swimmers and the swimmers need to be focused on what they are doing. All coaches are accessible before and after almost every practice.