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Team Handbook

2019 New Mark Stingrays Handbook Team Dues. 

The dues cover expenses such as coaching fees, conference fees, pool rental and equipment (public address system, upkeep on starting blocks, lane ropes, flags, tables, etc.). Dues are: $165 per swimmer, PLUS $40 per swimmer USA Swimming fee if not already registered with USA Swimming There is $5 discount per swimmer for families with 2 or more swimmers. In 2019, there will be no required fundraisers, thus fees have been raised to cover expenses previously covered by fundraisers like the Cookie sales or Swim-a-Thon. All registration and other fees must be paid at registration. There will be a $25 late fee per swimmer for all payments received after that date. If necessary, fees can be refunded (less fees paid to outside organizations such as MO Valley Swimming and Northland Conference) until June 1, 2019. Release Forms  Medical and liability release forms must be signed (electronically during registration) and on file before a swimmer enters the water. Discipline Policy ? In order to make practices the most beneficial and safe for all, a discipline policy must be followed. If a coach encounters a problem, they will give your child one warning to stop their disruptive behavior. If the behavior continues, the child will be asked to sit out for a period of time. If the behavior continues, the parents will be notified and the child will be sent home for the day. Parent Volunteers at Swim Meets ? Swimming is a sport that requires MANY volunteers to be successful. We need to fill at least 70 jobs at each meet. At least one adult from each swimmer?s family is required to work one-half of at least 5 of the 6 meets. As a parent, if you are not helping, someone else is working for you and does not get to watch their child swim. Parents work either the 1st or 2nd half of meets at a designated job (i.e. timer, concessions, scoring table, safety marshal, etc.) Workers change at the completion of the Backstroke event. Most of these jobs are fairly simple and you can be trained the night of the meet. The Volunteer Coordinators will help get you plugged in to an appropriate task at registration. If you find that you cannot work a shift that you signed up for, a roster of team members will be made available so that you can arrange for your own substitute. If you fail to show up for your job or find a substitute, your child may not be eligible to swim in the next meet. NEW to 2017 *** If you fail to volunteer after the 5th meet, your child will not be allowed to swim in the next meet. This includes Conference. If all jobs are filled, Please contact us at [email protected] and we will find you something to volunteer at. We understand that you may have other young children; however you are required to volunteer so please plan accordingly. Certified Workers ? stroke and turn judges, starters and referees must be certified with Missouri Valley and USA Swimming. These positions require completion of a criminal background check (USA Swimming requirement). Interested parties should contact a board member for further information. Clean up ? Clean up duties for home meets will be assigned based on the first letter of each family's last name. (We'll identify the breakdown for 2013 once we complete registration.) Expect to be required to assist with clean up at 1 of the 3 home meets this season. Eligibility: Any child, from 5 (before August 31) to 18 years of age, may join the team. Prerequisite Skills: The Stingrays do not hold tryouts, however, to qualify for the team? 1) 5 to 8 year olds must be able to swim 25 meters in order to compete 2) 9 to 18 year olds must be able to swim 50 meters of freestyle 3) Rookies are a developmental group within the team. This program is designed for swimmers between the ages of 5 and 8 who are not ready for competition or the demands of the 8 and under practices. Code of Conduct- NEW MARK SWIM TEAM PARENT AND SWIMMER EXPECTATIONS CODE OF CONDUCT All swimmers and parents are expected to display good sportsmanship during practices and meets. Good sportsmanship occurs when teammates, opponents, coaches, officials and parents treat each other with respect. This includes treating other teams with respect. Disrespect will not be tolerated. Bad behavior reflects poorly on the whole team. If there is an issue with swimmer behavior during practice or a meet, your swimmer may be asked to leave the pool area or not be allowed to swim in a meet. We ask that all parents display good sportsmanship by encouraging your swimmers to do their best. Remember that in swimming, the kids win each time they improve their time. Please leave the coaching and officiating to the coaches and officials. If you have questions or an issue arises, please talk directly with a board member or coach to resolve it. At least one parent from each family is required to volunteer during swim meets. It takes a great many volunteers to run a swim meet. There are many different volunteer positions available; timers, runners, concessions, spiritwear sales, heat sheet sales, ribbons, set up and clean up. We are certain you can find one to fit your needs and/or talents. Violations will be handled in the following manner: 1. First offense: A written certified letter to the swimmer and/or parent explaining the Code of Conduct Violation which will lead to one of the following: - ?First Strike? warning (includes meeting with board members and/or coaches) with understanding that if there are any further conduct violations, automatic suspension or expulsion from the team will result, OR - Suspension from ALL team activities for a set amount of time, OR - Immediate expulsion from the team (drug usage, weapons, etc.) 2. Second offense: -Immediate suspension or expulsion from the team. Both of these actions will be voted on at a Board or Emergency Board meeting. Note: The coaches and Swim Officials do have the right to send a swimmer and/or parent home from any swim team activity with a meeting to follow. The membership thanks you for your cooperation. SWIM MEET PROCEDURES: Parking at Willow Farms (HOME MEETS) -- At home meets, parking near the pool is very limited. To ease parking issues please reduce the number of cars being driven to the meet by carpooling when possible. Meet Time Schedule 4:00pm ? Setup crew arrives for home meet 4:30pm ? Team arrives for HOME meet 5:00pm ? Team arrives for AWAY meet 6:00pm ? Meet begins Order of Events: First Half: #1 Medley Relay 8 & under Boys #2 Medley Relay 8 & under Girls #3 Medley Relay 9-10 Boys #4 Medley Relay 9-10 Girls #5 Medley Relay 11-12 Boys #6 Medley Relay 11-12 Girls #7 Medley Relay 13-14 Boys #8 Medley Relay 13-14 Girls #9 Medley Relay 15-18 Boys #10 Medley Relay 15-18 Girls #11-20 Freestyle #21-30 Butterfly #31-40 Backstroke Second Half: #41-48 Individual Medley (I.M.) #49-58 Breaststroke ** See below #59-68 Freestyle Relay The order is the same for each stroke; boys compete first and then girls compete in each age group. Plan on the meet lasting 4 to 4 1/2 hours, including clean up time. **2016 Northland Conference rule change on order of events In the past, if weather arises, we would call a meet and sometimes the last events of the evening would not get swam. This made it hard so breaststroke swimmers to get qualified. The conference decided that in the circumstance of impending weather for the evening, events can be changed IN ADVANCE by the 2 team presidents so that Breaststroke could be swam. If that were to happen, the breaststroke COULD possibly be moved to the first half of the meet. Please be aware of this change and how it may affect your swimmer. Other Meet Logistics Swimmers need to arrive for home meets by 4:30pm, and parents need to arrive prior to the start of the meet to check-in for their assigned volunteer duties. Meet Cancelation: Regardless of weather conditions, we MUST be at a meet to avoid a forfeit. In case of inclement weather, Conference Reps and Coaches will confer on possible cancelation and rescheduling of the meet. Announcements will be made regarding cancelation and rescheduling over the PA system at the meet. Please advise the coaches as soon as you know if you are unable to swim in a meet. The meet line-up takes hours for the coaches to prepare and must be submitted early on the day of the meet. Please be considerate of the coach?s efforts. Pre-Meet Preparation: - The Coach will inform swimmers of the events in which they are swimming on or before the day of a meet. - Directions to away meets may be found on our web site under Events. - Pack swimmer?s gear: suit, caps, goggles, towels, warm-ups, Sharpie pen for writing events/heats on swimmer?s hand, etc. - Pack parent?s gear: sunscreen, chairs, drinks, snacks, etc. Arriving at the Meet: - Get to the pool on time. - Check-in with the Coaches to let them know you are there. - For $1 you may purchase a Heat Sheet that lists the names of swimmers and the event in which they?re entered for the meet, conference qualifying times, and the fastest time for your child to-date. - Parents check-in with Volunteer Coordinator During the Meet: - Parents, especially for younger swimmers, can help by getting their swimmer to the Clerk of the Course on time to avoid missing their event. - After swimming an event, swimmers, be sure to ask Timers for their ?unofficial? time. - Swimmers should be notified if they have been disqualified or ?DQ'ed? in an event. - Swimmers are encouraged to check with the coaches after they swim an event to receive helpful tips and pointers, but may not sit at the coaches table. - Concessions, including bottled water, soda, and snacks will be available for purchase at all pools, both home and away. However, you are welcome to bring your own. Alcohol is not permitted at any Northland Swim Conference meet. After the Meet: - Pick up team and pool area. - Volunteers will be asked to help put away equipment. - We must leave the pool as we found it for use the next day. POST-MEET GATHERINGS: After meets and Conference Finals night, the team will meet for food and drinks. It is a great chance to finish out the night and to get to know other people on the team! More details to be announced. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SWIMMER 1. Love and support are the most important things parents provide their swimmer. 2. Encourage your swimmer without being pushy. 3. Get your swimmer to practice on time with the proper equipment. Be early so they can socialize and prepare for practice/meet. 4. Help your swimmer accept responsibility without you doing the job. If he/she feels that the sport is in their control, it will mean more to them when they accomplish their goals. 5. Don?t compare your child?s effort or performance to others. Swimmers mature physically and mentally at different ages. 6. Encourage your swimmer to develop a good relationship with the coaches. Swimmer- related questions should be dealt with between swimmer and coach. 7. Develop good communication with the coaching staff. If you know your swimmer will miss practice or a meet, please communicate this as early as possible so the Head Coach can plan accordingly. 8. Be positive at swim meets. 9. Do not criticize or ask questions of the stroke officials if your child has been disqualified (DQed) in an event. It is the coaching staff?s responsibility to handle questions with the officials, and then communicate with the swimmer. 10. HAVE FUN! The summer is for enjoying a break from school. While the team encourages the success of each team member, it is just as important for us to all have an enjoyable summer. 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.