D.A.R.T.S.  PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

Welcome to the Delaware Aquatic Racing Team Stingrays

 

The purpose of this handout is to give a brief overview of our program. Athletes will be competing in age/gender groups as follows:

 

6 & Under,  8 & Under, 10 & Under             12 & Under, 14 & Under, 18 & Under

   ( together called JUNIORS )                 ( together called SENIORS )

 

CENTRAL OHIO SWIM ASSOCIATION (C.O.S.A.) We are members of a developmental league that allows a swimmer the opportunity to develop with swimmers at his/her own level. For the most part, the swimmer will decide what events they will swim in these meets. The coaching staff can and will have to limit the number of swimmers per event.  In other words, those swimmers who are swimming individual events in G.C.S.L. meets may be asked to limit their involvement in COSA meets all together.  This will prevent the experienced swimmers from taking all the awards.  Once a child achieves a certain (cut-off) time, they can no longer swim that event or distance in the C.O.S.A. Developmental League.  Ribbons are awarded to first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth place legal finishers in each individual event.  The four members of a legal first, second, or third place relay team in each age/gender group will receive ribbons also.  There is no diving event in this league.  Dual meets will be held on Saturday mornings ( 9:00 a.m.)  No team score is kept in this league.  

       All home C.O.S.A. meets are held at the Jack Florance Pool at Mingo Park.

 

GREATER COLUMBUS SWIM LEAGUE:  (G.C.S.L.) This is the league we hope to achieve individual and team success in.  It is a tough league; and unlike C.O.S.A. meets, where any number of swimmers may enter an event, this league allows only four swimmers or relays per event.  Sometimes this leaves the inexperienced swimmer out, but that swimmer has the opportunity to swim in C.O.S.A meets on Saturday morning.  Team scores are kept in this league.  The G.C.S.L. schedule is on the calendar, and we expect all swimmers to be there if swimming.  (And they’re pretty exciting to watch even if your swimmer / diver is not involved.)

 

Ribbons are awarded in each individual age/gender group event to all legal participants.  18U and 14U relays finishing first, second, and third legally will be awarded ribbons. In 8U, 10U and 12U legal relays have ribbons awarded through 8th place. This is the league where diving competition will be held at each dual meet.  Points earned in diving events go toward team scores so we need to cheer and support our divers each Wednesday.  Age group is determined by athlete’s age as of June 15.  Dual meet starting times are 4:00 p.m. for diving, 6:00 p.m. for swimming.

 All home G.C.S.L. diving and swimming meets are held at the Jack Florance Pool at Mingo Park.

 

A swimmer and/or diver must be members of Jack Florance Pool to be eligible to compete in any  G.C.S.L. meets. This is a G.C.S.L. rule. Check registration tab on website for 2 different options thatqualify as being a member of Jack Florance Pool at Mingo Park.    

  

SPRING SESSION PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Swimming only)  May   and May 

Starting Monday May ____

             Swimming         Delaware Community Center YMCA  (1121 S.Houk Road)

                    3:30 – 5:00p.m.        Swimmers ages 13-18

                    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.        Swimmers ages 9-12

                    6:15 – 7:00 p.m.        Swimmers ages 8 and younger

 

SUMMER SESSION PRACTICE  SCHEDULE     June 1- July 16  ( Monday – Friday)                            

Starting Tuesday June 1. We will also practice Saturday June 5

            Swimming         Jack Florance Pool       6:00 – 7:45 a.m.            Swimmers who trained high school in 2020-21

                                                                           7:15 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.      Swimmers 11-14, some 15-18

                                                                           8:45 – 10:00 a.m.          Swimmers 9 and 10

                                                                         10:15 - 11:00 a.m.         Swimmers 7 and 8 and  6 and Under

                                                                     

            Diving               Jack Florance Pool      9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.       All divers

 

**Daily attendance at practice (Monday.-Friday.) is expected.

              **Weather policy - We will swim and dive when the water temperature is appropriate.  If weather does not cooperate, we will do dry land training and /or conduct team meetings.  PLEASE wear shoes and socks on questionable mornings as we do some light running.  We practice when it rains BUT will cease in the event of thunder and/or lightning.

 

Additional dates, times or changes, directions to away meets, announcements, etc. will be provided on the D.A.R.T.S. website dartstingrays.com           Check the DARTS website regularly so as to be informed.

 

Good luck figuring all of this out.  Our goal of providing a fun atmosphere and allowing each swimmer and diver to be involved in competition can be met with your help and cooperation.

 

Think Swimming / Diving,     Bill Rietz    (Head Senior Coach)

                                          Kelly Montee    (Head Junior Coach)   

                                          Stephanie Frisch (Head Diving Coach)    Erik Richards  (Asst. Diving Coach)

                                          Asst. Swim Coaches:  Senior- Stephanie Frisch, Joe Cellar, Phoebe Lightfoot, Maddie Richeson, Caitlin Lord

                                                                            Junior- Katie Gilliland, Molly Schul, Phoebe Lightfoot, Liz Abahazi

               

PHONE NUMBERS:    Bill Rietz  740-972-4980      Kelly Montee  740-972-5017       Stephanie Frisch  203-924-9852

E- Mail                          [email protected]          [email protected]                [email protected]

 

                       

        G.C.S.L. Schedule                                                              C.O.S.A.  SCHEDULE

Sat.   June 12    DARTS TIME TRIAL                                    Sat. June 12     DARTS TIME TRIAL

Wed. June 16     @ Highlands Park                                      Sat. June 19    PLAIN TOWNSHIP

Wed. June 23    ANNEHURST                                               Sat. June 25    @ Westerville Jaycee

Wed. June 30    WORTHINGTON                                          Sat. July 3   No meet due to holiday  Away

Wed. July  7     INTRASQUAD meet                                     Sat. July 10   HIGHLANDS PARK, NORTHWEST

Wed. July  14     @ Plain Township                                       Sat. July 17  @ Annehurst (Westerville)

             

GCSL Diving Championships @ Gahanna   July 15 & 16                    ** Awards program and pool party              

GCSL Swim Champs @ Highlands Park  July 19                                       Wed. July 21  6:30-10:15 p.m.

                                                                                                                     for athletes and families

              

A.  Jack Florance Pool membership discount ends May 15

      CANCELLED: Spring session (swim only) is May 13-16 and 20-23 at Delaware YMCA

      Summer session (swim and dive) is June 1-July 16 at Jack Florance Pool at Mingo Park

B. Online DARTS store        swimoutlet.com/DARTS

       Support DART Stingrays by shopping at our store.

       A portion of sales goes back to DART Stingrays.

       Also, get free shipping on orders over $49

      Practice suits can be purchased along with goggles and diver chamois towels.

      You can also visit the full SwimOutlet.com site.

      We receive credit for these purchases as well.

C. Are you a certified YMCA or US Swimming official? 

                If yes, contact Coach Bill at [email protected]

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

CANCELLED for 2021

Each family is required to complete three (3) volunteer tasks. Please click on the VOLUNTEER page for full information and signup instructions. 

MEET RIBBONS

Any swimmer or diver who earns a ribbon from a GCSL or COSA meet can find their ribbon in their mailbox file. The mailbox files can be found on the wall outside the DARTS office under the blue and white awning. All questions regarding Junior ribbons should be directed to Coach Kelly. Seniors with questions need to speak with Coach Bill.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Meet Reminders: Please clean up the area around your camp before leaving for home. We do a team cheer before and after the meet. Jewelry while competing is not allowed (bracelets/earrings/rings). The only acceptable caps in competition are plain or DARTS caps. No club or YMCA caps are permitted.

  • Mailboxes: Each swimmer and diver family has a mailbox file outside the DARTS office during practice. Ribbons from meets and handouts are put in family mailbox file. Please check your mailbox regularly.

  • Away Meets: Directions to all away meets are available under the Meet page. Transportation to all away meets is the responsibility of each athlete. Please be aware there is a warm-up period prior to the scheduled start time for each meet. Your coach will provide your swimmer/diver with their warm-up time for each meet.

  • GCSL Teams: GCSL meets are on Wednesday, and COSA meets are on Saturdays. Click on the Meets page for an explanation of the two leagues our team competes in. Divers compete in the GCSL only. The lineups for GCSL are announced Tuesday at practice and will be emailed to you on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. The COSA meet lineup is determined by swimmers as they signup using Team Unify account.