Welcome Visitors to Del Prado Stingrays Swim Team

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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.

Always Looking for New Stingrays

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the team, but is not on our mailing list, please let us know by forwarding their contact information to delpradoswimcoordinator@gmail.com.

Swimmers

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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

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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

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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.

Social Events

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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.

Volunteers

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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.

Stingray Registration Now Open

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Welcome new and returning Stingray families to the 2017 swim season! In case you hadn’t noticed, there is something very special about our team. One of the few neighborhood swim teams in the area, the Stingrays are older than many of our parents (the team was founded in the early 1970s) and boasts 10 champs titles. Stingrays took third at Champs last year.

We think the truly wonderful thing about the Stingrays is watching them grow and improve over the course of the summer. Our littlest Stingrays arrive nervous and thinking that a full lap is a long way and end the season with puffy ribbons at the Champs meet. Stingrays break records. They swim wacky relays and make us weepy on senior night. And oh the Otter Pops. Yes, we can’t wait to give out Otter Pops to Stingrays who improve their times!

This year, we encourage families to get to know everyone on the team. Meet parents with swimmers in different age groups. Show our new families how to do line ups. Ask an older swimmer to share his or her favorite Stingray memory. We are a team rich with personality and tradition. Take advantage of it!

Here’s to a super Stingray season!

Gwen and Traci

Registration Forms and Newsletter

Del Prado Stingray Application (PDF)

Del Prado Stingray Application (Word)

2017 Emergency Release (PDF)

2017 Stingray Newsletter (PDF)

Note these are the same forms that you should receive with your email. They are included here for your convenience.

Acrobat PDF documents require Acrobat Reader be installed.

Always Looking for New Stingrays

If you know anyone who is interested in joining the team, but is not on our mailing list, please let us know by forwarding their contact information to delpradoswimcoordinator@gmail.com.

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Welcome to 2017

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We are getting all set for another exciting season of Del Prado Stingray swimming! There are a lot of new faces, not only new swimmers, but new parents in some of the positions within the team as well. More on that to come.

For now, note that the sign ups for the Del Prado Stingrays swim team will begin soon. If your family has returning swimmers, you will receive an email around the beginning of February and be able to download the application, complete it, and mail it to the appropriate person.

 

Stingrays take Third at Champs 2016

Hi Swimmers and Parents,

Quick post here as I will see many of you at the awards ceremony in about two hours today. Fantastic swims by one and all today at a very hot 2016 Tri-Valley Swim League championships. Another excellent swim season.

Final Score:

  • Dublin Green Gators 2415.5
  • Club Sport Tidal Waves 2196
  • Del Prado Stingrays 2068.5 
  • Pleasanton Meadow Sharks 2027
  • Ruby Hill Red Raiders 1673
  • Briar Hill Barracuda  1494
  • DBAC Piranhas 1025.5
  • FAST Dolphin 987.5

Individual Times and Results can be downloaded here

Cheers,

Sammy  Stingray

 

Volunteers Needed for 2017

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While the 2016 season is now in our rearview mirrors, we already begin to look ahead to the 2017 season.  It is with sadness that we are losing a few of our veteran Stingray volunteers and we are looking to you to fill these empty spots.  Because these jobs have been so well-run the past few seasons the pain and aches of taking on these jobs has been minimized.  So, why not take a look and see if you can join our coordination team?

Volunteer Coordinator: Two open positions available

Duties include: 

  • creating online volunteer sign ups
  • checking in volunteers at meets
  • ensuring all materials–aprons, line ups, stop watches, etc.–are in place for volunteers
  • training new parents at beginning of season
  • running reports to ensure families are fulfilling obligations 
  • attend board meetings about 5 times a year

Stroke and Turn Judge: Two open positions available

Duties include:

  • train on stroke and turn rules at beginning of season
  • observe swimmers to ensure the rules of the swim style are being observed
  • observe swimmers to ensure the turns of the stroke are in compliance
  • mark DQs for those not in compliance and turn over to computer scorer

If you have interest or want to learn more, please see either Traci or Gwen.

Thanks!

Gwen and Traci

Del Prado Swim Coordinators