SVGC FAQ

When does the swim team season begin?

The swim season will begin on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th with swimmer evaluations.  The first official day of practice will be Wednesday, May 13th when swimmers will be assigned a skill based practice group.  Practice times can be found here. On Monday, June 15th morning practice will begin.

When does the swim season end?

The final meet of the season is the Championship meet (known as “Champs”) which is held the weekend of July 10th and 11th at Koury Natatorium on UNC’s campus.  At this meet all eight Chapel Hill swim clubs compete for the summer swim title.  All swimmers who have competed successfully in two regular season dual meets are encouraged to compete at Champs.  The following day, July 12th, the team will host a banquet to celebrate the season.

How much does swim team cost?

All SVGC swimmers must be a current member of their home club (Southern Village, Governors Club, Governors Village, Governors Park, or the Preserve).  Fees for the 2020 season are $150 for the first and second swimmer in a family.  Families with three registered swimmers will receive a $60 discount.  A facility use fee of $15 per swimmer will be added to non-SV Club members.

Does my child need special gear?

No specific gear is required for swim team participation. Team apparel will be available for order at our launch party at the SV Club on April 25th 2:00-4:00.  Some swimmers choose to wear goggles and swim caps.  SVGC swim caps will be available for sale at the SV pool.  Swimmers are welcome to purchase goggles and other caps on their own and are available in the Pro Shop at SV.  Swim caps with the logo of other swim organizations (e.g., NCAC, YOTA, high school teams) cannot be worn during regular season dual meets.

How often should my child attend practice?

Swimmers may attend practice Monday through Thursday in the evening beginning May 13th.  In addition, morning practice will begin Monday, June 15th and will be held Monday - Friday.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices as their interest and schedule permits.  

Does my child have to participate in meets?

All Stingrays are encouraged to participate in the 6 regular season dual meets and highly encouraged to participate in the Championship meet at the end of the season. In order to participate in the championship meet, swimmers must compete in two dual meets during the regular season.

When and where are the meets?

There are 6 total regular season dual meets, one intrasquad mock meet and a championship meet.  Dual meets are generally held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:00pm and Saturday mornings beginning at 9:00am.  A complete meet schedule for 2020 can be found here. Three home meets will be held at the SV pool and three away meets will be held at local Chapel Hill pools.  Addresses and directions to each pool can be found here, below the meet schedule.

What level of swimmer is permitted on the team?

To be a member of the Stingray team a swimmer must be able to independently swim the length of the pool (25 yards) using any stroke.  If swimmers are unable to independently swim 25 yards, but can swim half the length of the pool, we recommend they join the Southern Village Club’s Stingray Academy program where they can build swimming skills and graduate to the Stringray team.  More information about the Stingray Academy program can be found here.

 

How much does Stingray Academy cost?  

The cost of Stingray Academy is $160 for five weeks of swim lessons.  A facility use fee of $15 per swimmer will be added to non-SV Club members. Click here to register.

Are there additional time requirements other than practices and meets?

For swimmers, the only requirements are to attend practices and meets.  There will be several social events offered during the season for swimmers to build camaraderie and team spirit.

Parents are expected to volunteer at any meet (home and away) in which their child is swimming.  SVGC is a volunteer run organization and cannot be successful without everyone’s help.   Many hands will make light work.  There are a variety of positions available at each meet and sign ups can be found under the “Meets and Volunteers” tab.  If you have a special circumstance or limitations for volunteering, please discuss with the volunteer coordinators before the season begins.

What about inclement weather?

Pools may be closed at the discretion of the lifeguards if bad weather is in the area.  If there is light rain but no thunder or lightning, practice and meets will likely still be held.  The coaches will send an email to the team cancelling practice should the pool be closed.  You can also sign up to receive text messages by registering your cell phone number and carrier on your TeamUnify Account. You can do this by logging into TeamUnify and clicking "My Account" on the navigation sidebar.  In the event that a meet must be cancelled, we will notify you of the make-up date as soon as possible.