CSL/ODSL/Minirays?

There are always many questions about the 3 different programs that the Stingrays have. This chart is a great side by side comparison of the programs.

STINGRAY SWIM PROGRAM COMPARISON CHART
 
ODSL

OLD DOMINION SWIM LEAGUE

DEVELOPMENTALLY COMPETITIVE
CSL

COLONIAL SWIM LEAGUE

DEVELOPMENTAL & COMPETITIVE
MINI-RAYS

DEVELOPMENTAL
Purpose: To maximize the time swimmers spend competing and to provide the opportunity to develop skills and foster a love of the sport of swimming. To develop a strong desire to participate in a competitive environment and to provide the opportunity to develop skills and foster a love of the sport of swimming. Introduce the sport of swimming in a developmental environment and foster the beginnings of a love of the sport of swimming.
Goal Individual improvement, stroke development with both competitive and social opportunities, stroke and time improvement Individual improvement, stroke development with both competitive and social opportunities, stroke and time improvement Develop swimming skills to prepare the swimmer to advance to either the ODSL or CSL programs
Practice 1 hour each day Monday-Friday 1 hour each day Monday-Friday 45 minutes each day
3 days per week
Mon – Wed – Thur
Instruction Focus on stroke technique and improving times Focus on stroke technique and improving times Focus on stroke technique as well as the fundamentals of practices and meets
Swimmer ability Swimmers of all skill levels ages 5-18. Beginner to competitive.

8 and under swimmers must be able to swim 25 meters free/back unassisted

9 and up swimmers must be able to swim 50 meters freestyle and back stroke unassisted
Swimmers of all skill levels ages 5-18. Beginner to competitive.

8 and under swimmers must be able to swim 25 meters free/back unassisted

9 and up swimmers must be able to swim 50 meters freestyle and back unassisted
Any swimmer age 10 and under who can swim unassisted one 25 meter length of the pool
Regular Season Meets 2 per week:
Wednesday pm and Saturday am
Meets are in Loudoun County (Eastern and Western)

All meets are scored for individual place and team score

No divisional structure for team standings
2 per week:
Wednesday pm and Saturday am
Meets are in Eastern Loudoun County and Western Fairfax County

Wednesday meets are developmental. No team scoring. Awards are given for 1st through 6th place.

Saturday meets are scored and go toward CSL divisional standings
Three practice swim meets through the 6-week season

These practice meets will record swim times, but will not have stroke and turn judges

There is often an opportunity to have a fun meet with a visiting team from another community
Participation in Regular Season Meets For both Wednesday. and Saturday meets:
Swimmers can select up to 3 events in which the swimmer’s stroke is “legal”, plus one relay
Coaches provide some recommendations

Breast stroke, Butterfly, and Individual Medley events have maximum swimmer limits, so occasionally swimmers in the larger age groups need to swim an alternate stroke
For Wednesday meets:

Swimmers can select up to three strokes plus an IM, with some restrictions on swimmers who place in the Saturday meet. There are no relays at Wednesday meets.

For Saturday meets:

Top three individuals by time in each age group/gender, per stroke, participate in the Saturday meet. Individuals may swim up to three strokes and two relays. Coach specifies who swims in the Saturday meets.

All swimmers, regardless of selected swimmers, are invited to swim an IM following the conclusion of the relays at a Saturday meet (time permitting)
All Mini-Rays can participate in the practice swim meets.

The first meet will usually just have freestyle and back stroke events. Breast stroke and butterfly stroke events may be added by the third meet.
End of Season Meets Two End of Season Meets: All Stars and Divisionals. Swimmers participate in either All Stars or Divisionals, but not both. Three End of Season Meets: Relay Carnival, Divisionals, All Stars

 

None
Participation in End of Season Meets ALL STARS: All swimmers who meet time eligibility requirements can swim in the ALL STARS Meet

DIVISIONAL: All swimmer who ARE NOT eligible for All Starts can participate
RELAY CARNVAL: Swimmers selected to participate in “relay only” meet.

IM TOUGH: Top swimmers with legal IM times are invited to an individual medley meet in July

DIVISIONAL: Tops three swimmers in 5 events (including IM), can swim in the Divisional meet. Swimmers may swim a maximum of 3 events. This is similar to a regular Saturday meet. Divisional meets acts as the qualifying meet for the All Stars Meet.

ALL STARS: Swimmers qualify for All Stars based on Divisional meets. Top eighteen league swimmers (selected from four Divisional meets) participate in the All Star League meet.
 
League-specific Social Events Past social events include:
Family Pot Luck
Synchronized swim
All Star Breakfast
Past social events include:
Family Pot Luck
Cake Bake Off
13 & Up Divisional Dinner All Star Breakfast
Ice Cream Social
Stingray Social Events BBQ
Laser Tag
Kings Dominion
Splash Down
End of season awards
BBQ
Laser Tag
Kings Dominion
Splash Down
End of season awards
BBQ
Laser Tag
Kings Dominion
Splash Down
End of season awards