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Stingrays 101

STROKES AND EVENTS:

The four competitive strokes are:

Freestyle is characterized by an alternate overhand motion of the arms and an alternating up and down flutter kick.

Backstroke consists of an alternating motion of the arm while on the back using a flutter kick.

Breaststroke requires simultaneous movements of the arms on the same horizontal plane. The hands are pulled from the breast in a heart-shaped pattern and recovered under the surface of the water except at the finish. The kick is a simultaneous somewhat circular motion similar to the action of a frog. On turns and at the finish, the swimmer must touch with both hands.

Butterfly consists of a simultaneous overhand stroke of the arms combined with an undulating dolphin kick. In the kick, the simmer must keep both legs together and may NOT use any other kick.

The following events are in addition to the above strokes:

Individual Medley (I.M.) features all four strokes. The swimmer begins with the butterfly, then changes to the backstroke, then breaststroke and finally freestyle. This event is only for swimmers ages 9 and older.

Medley Relay consists of 4 team members swimming one leg each of the four strokes. The first swimmer swims the backstroke, the second swimmer swims breaststroke, and third swimmer swims butterfly and the last swimmer swims freestyle.

Freestyle Relay consists of 4 team members swimming freestyle for each leg.

 

NORTHLAND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

All swimmers who compete in three dual meets and meet the qualifying time in an event will earn a place at the Conference Championship meet held at the end of the swim season. The Head Coach will post times throughout the season so that each swimmer can compare their time to conference qualifying times. Qualifying conference times may be found on our website and on the bulletin board at the pool. An excellent goal for the season is to improve on time at each meet and strive to qualify for the Conference Championship meet. While a swimmer may qualify in some or all events, the swimmer is allowed to swim in only three individual events at Conference.

GENERAL NUTRITION GUIDELINES

1. Fluids and hydration are critical to maintaining the body in top training and competition shape.

            a. Drink plenty of water, before during and after practice.

            b. Sports drinks are good for carbohydrates, while water is good for hydration.

            c. Drinks that contain sugar and caffeine, like sodas, cause dehydration.

2. A daily nutritional plan to enhance healthy growth and top performance is optimal.

            a. When planning nutrition for a meet, realize that the food that is consumed 24-72 hours prior to a meet are the substances that will provide primary energy for performance. Emphasize carbohydrate-type foods and items that contain complex carbohydrates.

            b. The meals eaten the day of the meet should contain lots of fluids and foods high in  carbohydrates. Breakfast and lunch should be of good nutritional value and dinner should be normal.

 

EQUIPMENT

Competition Suit: We suggest you wear your competition suit only for meets, not for practice or recreational swimming. These suits are usually created smaller to cut down on resistance. The swim team selects a new style of suit every two years for families to purchase if desired. Swimmers are encouraged to wear the official team suit, although this is NOT required.

Practice Suit: Swimmers should have a suit that is only used for practices and recreational swimming. Girls should have a one piece with a cross back; boys should wear a jammer or drag suit.

Caps: A swim cap is worn during a race or practice to cut down on resistance and to protect the swimmer’s hair from the effects of chlorine. It is recommended that all swimmers wear a cap. Team caps also are available for purchase.

Goggles: Swimmers wear goggles during practice and competition to enhance visibility and protection from the effects of chemicals in the water.

Towel: Large beach towels work best.

Sweats: Swimmers are encouraged to bring/wear sweat suits during meets, and before/after practice.

IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO LABEL ALL PERSONAL BELONGINGS WITH A SWIMMER’S NAME BECAUSE SO MUCH OF THEIR EQUIPMENT LOOKS ALIKE.

 

SPIRITWEAR

Each year during Registration the team has a variety of items with the New Mark Stingrays logo to purchase for swimmers, family and friends. This is the only time these items are available for order for the year. Most items are ready for pickup at the beginning of the season.