This is our official page for prospective members of the Del Prado Stingrays swim team and anyone interested in our swim team program. If you are a current member of the Del Prado Swim Team (including family members) and you want team information, go to the Team Unify site here.
The Del Prado Stingrays is one of eight teams in the Pleasanton-Dublin area that make up the Tri-Valley Swim League. Practice usually starts in mid-May with weekly meets taking place during June and July. The season ends at the end of July with an awards cermony wrapping things up.
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The swimmers consist of boys and girls ranging from pre-schoolers to seniors in high school. Most are residents of the Del Prado area in Pleasanton and members of the Del Prado Cabana Club. All swimmers are expected to have a level of swimming proficiency appropriate to their age level. Swimmers in need of lessons can take them at Del Prado Cabana Club and are encourage to do so!
Meets typically are Saturday mornings and the occasional Wednesday night. Meets are against one of the other teams in the league, except for the final meet of the season, known as Champs. This is a meet with all the league teams and the winner is crowned as the best team of the season.
Meets take place both at Del Prado Cabana Club and also at the opposing team’s locations. See the schedule for times and locations. Saturday meets start at 8:00 and will typically go to 12:00–1:00pm. Meets consist of a combination of individual and relay events for boys and girls spanning a number of age groups:
- 6 and under
- 7–8 year olds
- 9–10 year olds
- 11–12 year olds
- 15–18 year olds
The age group the swimmer is placed in is based on their age at the end of the registration period in March.
Boys swim against other boys and girls against other girls. There are no mixed-gender events.
Practices for each age group occur in the afternoons Monday–Thursday while school is in session, and both mornings and afternoons once school is over. A practice schedule is published before the start of the season. Swimmers can attend as many of the practice sessions as they want, and may attend them all! Practices are important, and coaches factor in practice attendance when assigning races for a meet.
The Del Prado Stingrays are a family, with many members swimming their entire K–12 school years there. The team hosts many social activities during the season, such as team dinners at the pool, T-shirt designs, after-practice desserts, and movie nights. Team members also often get together informally, and many great friendships have been formed within the team.
Participation in the Del Prado Stingrays is not limited to the swimmers. Volunteers are needed at each meet to help run things, including setup and take down, gathering or “lining up” younger swimmers for their events, and performing timing duties. Each family is required to sign up for a set number of volunteer jobs during the course of the swim season, typically 4–6 depending on the needs. An online signup list is made available to families before the start of the season so every parent know when and where they will be volunteering beforehand.
In addition to volunteering for individual swim meets, the team relays on volunteers to perform vital roles for the length of the season. These are usually individuals who have been with the team for a while, but there are always opportunities, so new members should inquire if interested.