How do I know if my child is ready for swim team?

Evaluations will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 9 and 10. During evaluations, a coach will determine if your child is ready for swim team. If they are found to need improvement before joining the team, they may be invited to participate in the pre-season clinic or private swim lessons.


When does the swim team season begin?

The regular swim season will begin on May 23.  An invite-only pre-season clinic will also be held before the regular season start date.


When does the swim season end?

The final meet of the season is the Championship meet (known as “Champs”) which is held the Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23.  At this meet all eight Chapel Hill swim clubs compete for the summer swim title.  We will also have an end of season banquet on Sunday, July 24 to celebrate everyone's accomplishments.


How much does swim team cost?

The swim team cost is $165 per swimmer.  There is an additional fee for pre-season clinic participants.


Does my child need special gear?

No specific gear is required for swim team participation. However, we recommend mirrored goggles and a training suit (one piece for girls and jammers for boys). We have team suits and logoed caps, but they are not required. Swim caps with the logo of other swim organizations (e.g., NCAC, YOTA, high school teams) cannot be worn during regular season dual meets.


Where are practices?

All practices are held at the Southern Village Club (601 Brookgreen Drive).  If we see high participation rates from our other member pools, there may be opportunities for additional practices at those pools in future summers.


How often should my child attend practice?

Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices as their interest and schedule permits. However, once school lets out, we highly encourage all swimmers to attend morning swim practice and afternoon dryland practice. We will only have a limited number of lanes in the afternoon that will be available for swimmers who have morning conflicts.



What is dryland practice?

New this summer, we will hold afternoon dryland practices to help prevent overcrowding in the pool. Sessions will be approximately 30 minutes and will consist of age-appropriate exercises including: stretching, calisthenics, running, and fun games!


Does my child have to participate in meets?

All Stingrays are encouraged to participate in the regular season dual meets, however it is not required. In order to participate in the Championship meet at the end of the season, swimmers must attend 2 dual meets during the regular season.


When and where are the meets?

Home meets will be at the Southern Village Club pool and away meets will be at various local pools in the Chapel Hill area.


What level of swimmer is permitted on the team?

To be a member of the Stingray team a swimmer must show that they can safely be in the water on their own. Specific age group requirements can be found on the Evaluations page.



How much does Stingray Academy cost?  

There will be no Stingray Academy in 2022.  Alternatively, we will offer a pre-season clinic for swimmers who are found to need minor stroke improvement before the regular season begins.

Are there additional time commitments other than practices and meets?

There are no additional time commitments other than practices and meets.  However, there will be numerous (optional) social events offered during the season for swimmers to build camaraderie and team spirit. We highliy encourage all swimmers to attend these events!


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.