The Larkspur Lasers

And that's a wrap on the 2022 Virginia Beach Swim League (VBSL) season!    Congratulations to all of the LASERS on an AWESOME Season at Larkspur!    We were proud to have 29 swimmers receive ALL STARS Championship invitations. Go LASERS!

General Information - Larkspur Lasers Swim Team

The Larkspur Lasers Swim Team has proudly represented the Larkspur Swim and Racquet Club (LSRC) since the 1970s when Larkspur became a founding member of the Virginia Beach Swim League (VBSL) and starting each season on May 15th competes in the Marlin Division against other community pools and country clubs in the Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach area.

If this sounds intriguing to you, then jump in on the fun, as we welcome new Lasers to join us every summer! Our team is open to swimmers of all abilities who are between the ages of four and eighteen, and our goals are multifaceted:

- To help kids hone their overall swimming and water safety skills while developing a love for competitive swimming,

- To boost their confidence in and out of the water while displaying good sportsmanship,

- To allow kids opportunities to socialize and make new friends in their community,

- To give our swimmers awesome summer swim memories that will last a lifetime! 

Worried that your child isn’t a strong enough swimmer to be competitive? Put your fears aside, because the Larkspur Lasers swim team is in the business of building confidence in the pool. Swim practices and swim meets focus on developing the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, and our talented coaches can quickly have even the most inexperienced swimmers participating in exciting team relays in no time! When swimmers first sign up to become Lasers, each swimmer must demonstrate his or her current level of proficiency in the water. In order to join the team, the basic requirement is that all swim team members must be able to swim 25 meters (1 length of the pool), unassisted. 

If your swimmer is unable to swim 25 meters unassisted but does have some swimming ability and wants to be on a swim team, then he or she may enjoy our Swim School instead. Swim School is a great opportunity for swimmers ages 4-8 who demonstrate a basic knowledge of swimming but need a little extra help to make the 25 Meter unassisted requirement.  This program aims to bridge the gap between swimming lessons and participating as a swim team member. Swim School participants, who are considered Larkspur Lasers, work towards the end goal of participating in the final home swim meet of the season, and it is exciting for all when they reach this goal! 

If your swimmer is a complete beginner or requires a bit more one on one attention than our team or swim school can provide then please check out the private swim lessons available through our home pool Larkspur Swim & Racquet Club www.larkspurswim.com.

When & How to Register for Swim Team & Swim School: (Watch social media for the 2023 registration dates to be announced!)

While the Larkspur Swim & Racquet Club does not require swim team members to purchase a club membership to join the team, we love it when our swimmers are able to enjoy all that LSRC has to offer. In addition LSRC member swimmers receive a discount when registering for the team, and they are also given first priority in a first-come, first-served registration process. With all this in mind, we encourage every Larkspur Lasers swimmer and family to join our LSRC community by becoming members! For more information on becoming a member of our club, please visit the LSRC website here.

To register for the Larkspur Lasers Swim Team,  LSRC Members will be provided a private link to TeamUnify where they will have access to our member discounted pricing and early bird registration dates.    For Non LSRC Members & Guests, please use the Registration Tab on the home page when registration opens to the public. Returning Lasers watch your email for details on how to register for 2023!

Please note that in past years registration has taken place at the LSRC Open House in May.   To better assist parents in making their summer plans we have moved up the registration dates to be before the Larkspur Open House.    So we STRONGLY URGE you to register using our new system as soon as you are eligible. Spots are limited and our program is so popular that our team fills up quickly.

Take Note of Practice Times (2023 TBD)

While school is still in session, swim team practices will take place in the EVENINGS.

Once summer vacation begins for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, our practices will switch to MORNINGS.

The Larkspur Lasers Swim School begins after VBCPS is out for summer.

Please refer to the “Schedules” section of the website for more details on your swimmer’s specific practice time, and keep in mind that practice group placement is based on the swimmer's age as of June 15th as well as ability. Practice group placement can be adjusted and will be finalized for all swimmers once registration closes. We want the BEST experience for all swimmers!

2022 Season Overview

The Larkspur Lasers 2022 VBSL Season begins on Wednesday, May 25th with our first practices at Larkspur Swim & Racquet Club! This year, the VBSL has expanded from three divisions to four divisions for the 2022 season. The Larkspur Lasers will remain in the Marlin division, and swimmers will have the opportunity to participate in four meets within the division as well a chance at qualifying to represent the Lasers at the Marlins Divisional Championship Meet. The season will wrap up with an End of Season Celebration and the All Star Meet.

The Larkspur Lasers regular season is from June 11th to July 23rd with the Marlin Division Championship Meet on July 30th and the All Stars Championship Meet on August 6th.     Each home meet will be on Saturday mornings at Larkspur with a Lasers Family Fun Night (think old fashioned pep rally) the evening before.   Away meets may take place on week nights or Saturday mornings depending on the club we are visiting.

The VBSL Championship Meets are invitation only.   The Lasers swimmers at these meets must compete in a minimum of 50% of regular season meets and will be invited by the coaches to compete in the the Marlin Divisonals Championship Meet based on their times in each event.   The All Stars Championship Meet is the top swimmers from across the league competing for 'fastest in Hampton Roads' bragging rights!

In 2022 the Larkspur Lasers took 4th place in the regular season as well as at Divisionals with 29 of our swimmers participating in the All Stars Champsionship Meet. Congratulations to all of our swimmers on a great season!

The 2022 VBSL’s Spirit & Sportsmanship Award was presented to the Larkspur Lasers Team Representative Stacey Raeburn at the ALL STARS meet. This award is voted on by all team representatives in the Marlin Division. Such an honor for Larkspur to be recognized in VBSL for our team’s warm and welcoming culture. Thank you to Aquawear for the award!

2023 Preparations!

Planning for the 2023 season will begin in January/February of 2023 with the official start of the 2023 season being May 15th, 2023. Practices usually begin Memorial Day and Champsionships wrap up the first weekend in August. Be sure to keep an eye on our website as well as social media for 2023 specifics such as registration dates, practice information and so much more! We are seeking volunteers for 2023 to help with planning and preparations!

Please continue to check our new website, www.larkspurlasers.com, for the latest information on all things Lasers. In addition, please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Still have questions about the Larkspur Lasers?  Contact:  Lasers Team Rep:  [email protected] or LSRC: [email protected]    

Lasers News

Ribbons/ Medals Pick Up

Team, Did your swimmer earn a ribbon in our final home meet, the Marlin Divisional Meet, and/or All Stars that you need to claim?...

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Team Representative/Larkspur Lasers Win Award

2022 VBSL’s Spirit & Sportsmanship Award was presented to the Larkspur Lasers Team Representative Stacey Raeburn at the ALL STARS meet. This award is...

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2022 All Stars Announced

29 LASERS named to the ALL STARS Championship Meet!!! Check email to view the list of our All Star Participants! Congratulations to the LASERS...

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2022 Marlin Divisional Team Announced

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Practices Begin on May 25th!

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