Latest Updates

 The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held October 26th 7-9 pm at the Fisherman’s Hall. Child minding will be available.

 Winter Maintenance kicks off Wednesday, October 11 th. Looking forward to seeing everyone back in the pool.

cultus

Hope everyone had a great time at Cultus Lake waterslides. Awesome way to wrap up an awesome season!

 

 

JULY 28th UPDATE

Hi Stingrays,

As our season is beginning to close, here are the few remaining things we have coming up!

Regionals Meet Entries

Please click here to view our tentative entries for next weekend. Please keep in mind our club policy regarding Regionals, in particular  Regional Relays, which you may view here.

Your coaches have spent many hours over the past week determining rankings and placements for potential swimmers, so please take this into consideration when viewing your entries for next weekend. Any questions or concerns that may arise regarding your child’s selected events are to be directed to your child’s coach.

A reminder there are NO PRACTICES taking place on Friday, August 4th, as your coaching staff will be at the Regionals meet!


Watermania Practices

For those swimmers attending Regionals next weekend, we have booked practice time at Watermania on Wednesday, August 2nd! Please note, these practices are optional, and you do not have to attend if you are unable to. Regular practices will be taking place at the LOP as scheduled, however, please only come to either LOP or Watermania if you have the option of attending either practice!

Session 1 – 5:45-7:00 : Jellyfish, Starfish, Seals, Dolphins, Otters, Seahorses

Session 2 – 6:45-8:00 : Seniors


Stingrays Awards Night & Potluck

Will be taking place on Wednesday, August 9th at Memorial Park, beginning at 6:00pm! There will be a Google Doc released in the coming week to sign-up for the Potluck.


Parents Night Out

Is taking place tonight at the Landing, 8:00-11:00pm!


Mark Your Calendars

As a wrap-up for this season, we will be visiting Cultus Lake Waterpark the evening of  August 11th! A Google Doc will be distributed to the club once final details have been organized with waterpark staff.


Final Practices & Holidays

Here are the dates for the final practices of the season for our non-Provincial Qualifier swimmers:

Little Stingrays: Wednesday, August 9th
Regular Program Stingrays: Thursday, August 10th
Masters: Monday, August 14th

Additionally, a reminder there are no practices taking place on BC Day, August 7th – enjoy the evening off!

JULY 21st UPDATE

Hi Stingrays,

Here is what you need to know for next week:

Meet Sign-Ups

The sign-up for Regionals closes tonight at 9:00pm! Please click here to access the sign-up sheet.


Tentative Meet Entries

Please click here to view our tentative entries for the North Delta meet next weekend! If you find anything that needs amendment, please email Coach Emily with the following information:

Subject Line – NOD Entry Changes
Deadline – Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00pm.

Team Practice

Is taking place tonight! Little Stingrays are 3:45-4:45pm, with the last 15mins spent on team cheers. Regular program Stingrays are required to be at the pool 4:30-6:00pm, with a team potluck to follow afterwards! Little Stingrays are encouraged to stick around for the Team Potluck following the practice!

Don’t forget, tonight we will be celebrating our House Cup with a celebratory Butterbeer, so you don’t want to miss out!


 Seniors Hot Yoga

Our second hot yoga session is taking place on Wednesday, July 26th 1:00pm-2:00pm! Please don’t forget to sign up here if you haven’t already!


House Cup Update

After a successful scavenger hunt on Monday and some new evidence brought to the pool on Tuesday afternoon a new winner has been declared: Hufflepuff has taken first place with 20 points, Gryffindor earned second place with 19 points, and Slytherin and Ravenclaw coming in third place with 18 points each!

The race for this year’s house cup is almost coming to close with just a few more chances to earn points left!  Next Wednesday (July 26) we will be hosting our very own Quidditch Tournament. We will be playing at Memorial Park starting promptly at 6:30. In preparation for the tournament please familiarize yourself with the rules below. Please arrive in your house colours and B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Broomstick). The First Match will be:

Hufflepuff vs. Ravenclaw

Slytherin vs. Gryffindor

The game needs at least 7 players on each team to play so please try your best to attend!


Parents Night Out

Parent’s Night Out is being held next Friday, July 28, from 8:00-11:00 pm at the Landing Pub. All parents are welcome to come out as it will be a chance for you to have some fun and get to know fellow Stingray parents!

 

JULY 14th UPDATE

Hi Stingrays,

Here is what you need to know for next week:

Meet Entries

Please click here to view our tentative entries for WRASA and here for our tentative entries for the CBSC “B” meet.

Please give the entries a look over to ensure everything is correct and your child has been entered in the meet! If you would like to make changes to the entries, please email coach ALEXA at alexa@ladnerstingays.com with the following information:

WRASA
Subject Line: WRASA ENTRY CHANGES
Deadline: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00am

CBSC “B” Meet
Subject Line: CBSC ENTRY CHANGES
Deadline: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00am


Meet Sign-Ups Closing

Please click here to access the sign up for the North Delta Sunfish meet on July 29-30.  The form closes on Monday at 9:00pm, so please be sure to complete your sign-up in time!


Swimathon

A reminder this evening is our annual Swimathon! Please view the schedule below to find out when your child is swimming:

5:00-5:30: Little Stingrays (Lanes 1 & 2)
5:00-6:00: Dolphins, Otters, Seahorses (Lanes 3, 4, 5, 6)
6:00-7:00: Jellyfish, Starfish, Seals (Whole Pool)
7:00-8:00: Seniors (Whole Pool)
8:00-9:00: Masters

 

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled start time to allow yourself some spare time to get organized before your child is in the water. Additionally, please keep in mind you will be responsible for counting laps for your child, or finding someone to count for you! We have lots of kids participating this year, so we need to ensure everyone will be counted for!

Volunteers, we will need you at the pool for 4:45pm!


Stingrays Special Events

We need your feedback! There are two upcoming events we are looking into hosting, however, we need to know if our Stingray families are interested in them!

The first is our year end fun swim – we are wanting to have it at Cultus Lake Waterslides! Please fill out this form prior to Friday, July 14th to let us know if this is something you would be interested in.

We are also planning a Parent’s Night Out for our parents to have some fun away from the pool! Please fill out this form prior to Friday, July 14th to let us know if this is something you would be interested in participating in.


Spirit Week

Is taking place next week, July 17th-21st! Now that you have survived a challenging week, it is now time to prepare for the Tri-Wizard Tournament! Here’s a breakdown of how the week will look:

Monday: You must prepare your clothing for your battles (Tie-Dye Day)! Come and tie-dye your t-shirts in your house colours. If you don’t have practice this afternoon, you are still welcome and encouraged to come and prepare your shirt!

Monday: Monday July 17 is our scavenger hunt! We will meet at the LOP at 6:30 to sort into our teams and will finish up around 8:00. Kids will be guided through the scavenger hunt by the head of their house and will be going to Memorial Park for clues.

Tuesday: TV show day, come dressed as your favourite TV character – whether magical or not!

Wednesday: Colours day! Please come dressed in the appropriate colour for your group:
Little Stingrays – Red
Seahorses – Orange
Starfish – Yellow
Seals – Green
Otters – Blue
Dolphins – Purple
Jellyfish – Pink
Seniors – Grey

Thursday: Crazy Socks Day! Come wearing your wackiest pair of socks!

Friday: The Yule Ball. A team practice followed by a celebratory Butterbeer to celebrate the end of the Tri-Wizard tournament! Be wary of Lord Voldemort on this day, as he does not take lightly to large groups of witches and wizards gathering together.

 

JULY 7th UPDATE

Hi Stingrays,

Here’s what you need to know for next week!

Surrey/Cloverdale Entries

Please click here to view our final entries, and click here and here to view our relays!


Kigoos Development Meet Entries

Please click here to view our final entries!


Meet-Sign Ups Closing Next Week

Please click here to access the sign-up for the CBSC “B” meet, and click here to access the sign-up for the WRASA meet. Both are closing on Monday July 10th at 9:00pm!


Swimathon

Will be taking place next Thursday, July 13th! Please view the schedule below to find out when your child is swimming:

5:00-5:30: Little Stingrays (Lanes 1 & 2)
5:00-6:00: Dolphins, Otters, Seahorses (Lanes 3, 4, 5, 6)
6:00-7:00: Jellyfish, Starfish, Seals (Whole Pool)
7:00-8:00: Seniors (Whole Pool)
8:00-9:00: Masters 

 

Please keep in mind you will be responsible for counting laps for your child, or finding someone to count for you! We have lots of kids participating this year, so we need to ensure everyone will be counted for!


 

Challenge Week

As per our Harry Potter themed House-Cup, we will be having another themed Challenge Week this year, starting next Monday, July 10th!

Monday, July 10th: Moaning Myrtle Underwaters
Tuesday, July 11th: Dragon’s Duel Fly
Wednesday, July 12th: Potions Day
Thursday, July 13th: Mile Swim
Friday, July 14th: Final Duel Swim


Stingrays Special Events

We need your feedback! There are two upcoming events we are looking into hosting, however, we need to know if our Stingray families are interested in them!

The first is our year end fun swim – we are wanting to have it at Cultus Lake Waterslides! Please fill out this form prior to Thursday, July 13th to let us know if this is something you would be interested in.

We are also planning a Parent’s Night Out for our parents to have some fun away from the pool! Please fill out this form prior to Thursday, July 13th to let us know if this is something you would be interested in participating in.

Spirit Week

Will be taking place the week of July 17-21st! Specific details will be released next week, but for now here is a rough breakdown of what we will be doing:

Monday, July 17th: Tie-Dye Day
Tuesday, July 18th: TV Show Day
Wednesday, July 19th: Colours Day
Thursday, July 20th: Crazy Socks Day
Friday, July 21st: Stingrays Team Practice

JUNE 30th UPDATE

Hi Stingrays,

Here is what’s coming up for us next week!

JULY 3RD PRACTICES

All practices on Monday, July 3rd will be cancelled as it is a stat holiday! This applies to Masters practices as well. Enjoy the long weekend!


JULY 5TH PRACTICES

All practices on Wednesday, July 5th will be cancelled as we will be hosting the Stingback Development meet 4-8pm.


 

July Schedules

Will be taking effect starting next Tuesday! Please note, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon times have flipped again for our regular program Stingrays, and Little Stingray practices are now 1 hour long!

Masters, our schedule has gone back to Mondays and Thursdays for the rest of the summer.

Please click here to view all of our practice schedules!


 

Meet Sign-Ups

 

Surrey/Cloverdale sign-up closes Monday night at 9:00pm! Please access the sign-up form here.

Kigoos Development sogn-up closes Monday night at 9:00pm! Please access the sign-up form here.


Seniors Hot Yoga

We will be attending our first hot yoga session next Friday at Oxygen Yoga and Fitness in Tsawwassen! Please click here to sign up if you haven’t already done so. The manager running the class will need to have a head count of how many people to be expecting so I need everyone who is attending to indicate so.


NVC Hootenanny Entries

Please click here to view our final entries for next weekend’s meet!


Challenge Week

Will be taking place the week of July 10th-14th! We will release our theme next week, so stay posted!


Swimathon

Is taking place on Thursday, July 13th! Please click here to view a printable version of our pledge forms!


Team Apparel Order Forms & Team Photos

Have all been placed into your family’s corresponding folder at the pool!

Please place all completed order forms in the “FUNK” family folder no later than July 16th! Cheques can be made payable to Embroidery Plus, NOT the Ladner Stingrays!

 

 

 

JUNE 23rd UPDATE

Hi Stingrays,

Here is what you need to know for next week!

Super 7 Warm – Ups & Relays 

Little Stingrays: 7:45-8:10
Hannah – Dolphins: 7:45-8:10
Jamie – Otters: 7:45-8:10
Alexa – Starfish: 7:55-8:20
Emily – Seahorses: 7:55-8:20
Lauryn – Jellyfish: 8:05-8:30
Brandon – Seals: 8:05-8:30
Seniors: 8:15-8:40

Relays can be found here!


Special Events

On Monday, June 26, we will be having our annual movie night in the Ladner Community Centre. This year we will be watching Disney’s Moana! We will be located in the multipurpose room with the movie to start at 6:30 and ending around 8ish. Please bring something cozy to lie on and a snack to be shared with everyone (snacks must be peanut free). Everyone who attends movie night will be given 5 points for their respective house!


Hootenanny Sign-Up

Closes on Monday at 9:00pm! If you would like to sign up (we are only swimming on Saturday), please click here!


 

Cool Swimming Things from Coach Brandon 

I tell your swimmers a lot of things, but they may not always know what they mean or what they should look like; so, I’ve collected a few videos from Youtube, highlighting various things that swimmers are doing right in each. You don’t need to watch all or any of them, I just really enjoy watching them and figured maybe some of you would enjoy looking at them as well!
Butterfly:
 
Sorry for the poor quality, but I couldn’t find a better underwater video. It gets better at about 44 seconds
For this video, the person in the white cap / full body suit ( Michael Cavic ) is the person that you should be at. Phelps has a nice fly, but it’s not very recreate able unless you’re 6’5 and as strong as an ox. Cavic reaches and extends every stroke, while pushing his chest down in a similar manner to the breaststroke. At the time that he is fully extended, his chest is pushed below where his hands are. His hands enter at shoulder width. When he starts his pull, his hands do a slight scull outwards, then come straight back, not crossing under his body. His dolphin kicks are timed so that he does one when his enters the water, and another to kick his hands out of the water to recover them. As for head position, Phelps in this video does a nice job of demonstrating getting his head down right before his hands come into his line of view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0_qBQ0x1NE
 
Backstroke:
race starts at 1:37
Irie Ryosuke has one of the cleanest backstrokes in the world. What’s notable and very apparent just by watching is how still he manages to keep his head. If you listen to the commentary, you’ll also note how he’s known to train with a water bottle on his head, which is something that we try and replicate with the rubber ducks! He also makes almost no splash as his hands enter the water; everything is smooth and flows from one stroke to the next. He keeps his shoulders rolled and his armpits out of the water until his hand enters the water, optimizing his reach and the amount of water he can pull with each stroke.
Breaststroke:
Adam Peaty does everything right in his breaststroke. Right from the start of the race, he holds his glide in streamline until his speed slows, then begins his pullouts, maximizing the propulsion from his dolphin kick and not lifting his head until he’s right at the surface. Something I’ve been mentioning to a lot of the swimmers is to drive with your chest. If you watch Peaty, he almost does a dolphin kick with his body, starting with getting the head and chest down into a fully extended position, which adds an extra element to his stroke on top of his breaststroke kick and arms. His turnover is also relentless; he gets to his fully extended position, glides maybe half a second then gets right into his next stroke. Each stroke starts with a giant outsweep of the arms, keeping them infront of his chest, right on the surface of the water. Each stroke finishes with a breaststroke kick where his knees come no further apart than shoulder width, and his feet reach out as wide as he can.
Freestyle:
skip to 11:30
Sun Yang (world record holder 1500m freestyler) is featured in lane 4 in this video. The most noticeable part of his stroke is his high elbows. He starts off every stroke keeping his elbow high, dropping his hand and forearm to pull the maximum amount of water on each stroke. He over exaggerates this motion an incredible amount and I doubt that this would be recreate-able, but none the less it is in the direction that swimmers should be striving for with high elbows to maximize their pull with each stroke.
Dives:
Brent Hayden (Canadian!) won bronze in the 100 Free in 2012, and credits a lot of that to improvements in his start. I would recommend slowing it down to .25 speed and going frame by frame. Notice how he has his elbows back and is leaning as far forward as he dare so he can be as quick to react as he can. When he starts moving, his hips stay high as he drives through his back leg while at the same time throwing back his arms. After he extends his rear leg all the way, he straightens out the front, then quickly gets his feet together and hands in streamline so he can enter almost without splash.
Backstroke starts
Start @ 50s
Sort of hard to tell from the angle, but notice how Natalie has her feet above the surface of the water (not possible to do at the outdoor pool, but it’s good to get them as high as you can!) while remaining vertical with her back. She pulls her butt almost completely out of the water in the ready position. When she starts her start, she keeps her legs in the same place while her arms drive off of the blocks. Her legs begin to move when they are about above her head. Immediately following, she drives her hips up as high as she can while flicking her feet into the air, getting clean out of the water and entering with her whole body through a single hole.
You can get a better idea of the ideal feet position in this video (I’m not sure who this swimmer is) @ 50s ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63C-zMOCAB0 )
Relay takeovers:
Harder to find proper race videos of this. Right at the start, you can see the various different relay takeovers. The one I find most favorable is in lane 6. She follows the backstroker into the wall, and when she’s about 1m out begins doing a double arm backwards arm circle, fitting in a step when her arms are just past the highest point, then dives out as far as she can. This generates a lot more power than a normal standing start, with proper takeovers usually being about .7 seconds faster.
Touch turn:
Turn @ 4:32
For this, I’d recommend watching Yulia Efimova wearing the yellow suit in lane 6. She approaches the wall, extends fully in her last stroke, while at the same time not taking too long of a glide into the wall. She achieves this by micromanaging (lengthening / shortening, depending on distance) her distance per stroke starting right before the flags. When she touches the wall, her knees come to her chest. At the same time, one hand comes out of the water while the other helps drive her body around. She keeps her chin close to her chest and body close to the wall; she does not push herself away from the wall until the entirety of her turn is completed. During the rotation, she keeps her shoulders square to the wall until she is ready to push off. She then holds her glide, maximizing her free speed and begins her pull out once she starts slowing down.
Flip Turn:
Brent Hayden again demonstrating how to do a proper flip turn. Right from the start, he keeps his head down, looking at the bottom of the pool as opposed to lifting it to look at the wall. On his last stroke, he starts to dive down with his upper body, following his hand, keeping his lower body at the surface. He brings his knees into his chest very quickly, allowing him a fast rotation. He brings his arms into streamline as he turns, so that as soon as his rotation is over he can push off without hesitation. Notice how he also pushes off on his side. This is optimal, as flipping onto your front while doing the turn takes too much time, and pushing off on your back would cost you too much time as you rotated onto your front. When he pushes off, he does 1-2 kicks on his side while rotating to the front, then increases his kick tempo as he does the rest of his kicks before reaching the surface.
Bonus:
We do sets like those 12×50’s so that we can finish like this!
This is the best swimming race in history. You can ask almost any fan of swimming and they will all say that they’ve seen it at least a dozen times. It is probably one of the most clutch performances in Olympic history. I’d recommend listening, as the commentators give an excellent backstory to the significance of the race.
You don’t need to watch the full video, but if you skim through it you can see what dominance looks like. Katie is a relentless trainer, refusing to lose (even to the men when in training), constantly doing whatever she can to improve her strokes and her swimming. Everything that she does in this race is better than her competitors. Her stroke rate is higher, she pulls more water, and she brings in her kick much sooner than the rest of the pack. Currently, she is the most dominant athlete in the world across all sports. Watch out for her this year at worlds as she hopes to break the 8:00 barrier in the 800 Fr.

JUNE 16th UPDATE

Hi Stingrays,

Here is what you need to know for next week!

 House Cup

After 2 weekends of swim meets a new leader has emerged out of the pack:
Slytherin -210 points
Ravenclaw -195 points, a very close second!
Gryffindor -170 points
Hufflepuff – 170 points
Next week is Stingray Pump-Up Week in preparation for our Super-7 swim meet. Swimmers will be given 5 points each day they participate in the activities and these points will go towards the race for House Cup Champion!

Stingray Pump-Up Week

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Stingrays who participate each day will earn 5 points for their house!


 

Photo Day

After much confusion, and some poor weather, photo day has been moved to Thursday June 22nd, 6:00pm on deck at LOP.

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Little Stingray Parents

A reminder that no parents are allowed on deck past the big shed by the entry gate! Parents are not covered by our BCSSA insurance, thus this rule. If your child needs to use the washroom or change into their swim suit prior to practice, please use the washrooms located in the community centre adjacent to the pool!

We will be walking your child to the gate after their practice is over and will wait with them until they are picked up at the gate! If you are unable to pick up your child after practice, please make other arrangements, and inform your child’s coach so they know who to release your child to!


Lifesaving Courses

Attention all Div 3+ swimmers! This year at the Outdoor Pool the Corporation will be hosting some lifesaving courses. You will need to take these courses should you one day want to be a lifeguard or a coach for our club! Delta is hoping to have some Stingrays sign up so they will have full classes with good swimmers, and we are hoping some Stingrays sign up so we can have some trained swimmers! Take a look at the photo below for all of the registration information (the top left is Bronze Star) :

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Meridian Meet Fundraiser

The meridian meat fundraiser forms are in everyone’s file folders at the pool! If you would like to participate in this fundraiser you will need to have  your forms and money in TODAY to either the Hodge or Wood files!

JUNE 9th UPDATE

Hi Stingrays!

Here is what you need to know for next week!

WRASA Development Meet Sign-Up

The sign up for this meet closes on Monday June 12th at 9:00pm! Please click here to access the sign up sheet.


North Delta Development Entries

Click here to view our tentative entries for next Wednesday’s development meet!

If you have not yet signed up for the meet, but would like to, please email Coach Emily by 9:00pm on Sunday June 11th using the subject line NOD Development Entries.

Please use the subject line I have outlined above when emailing me! I have to sift through 50+ emails a week to find yours, so it is easier for me if I have one subject line to search for and it ensures I will not miss your email! 


Super 7 Entries

Click here to view our final entries! Relays will be released closer to the weekend of June 24-25.


 

House Cup

Our annual House Cup has now begun! Please click here to find out which house you are in as well as a breakdown of all of our events for the year!


 

Bingo Night

On Monday June 12th, the Stingrays are hosting our 3rd annual Bingo Night! It will be at Memorial park behind the gazebo starting at 6:30; senior swimmers will be let out of practice early to make it to the park on time! There are house cup points up for grabs and some awesome prizes to be won. We hope to see you all there!

Masters practice will take place as scheduled at 8:00pm on Monday June 12th.


Little Stingray Parents

A reminder that no parents are allowed on deck past the big shed by the entry gate! Parents are not covered by our BCSSA insurance, thus this rule. If your child needs to use the washroom or change into their swim suit prior to practice, please use the washrooms located in the community centre adjacent to the pool!


Super 7 T-Shirts

If you haven’t already, please be sure to fill out this form if your child is attending our Super 7 meet! The form will be closing at 9:00pm tonight, so please be sure to get your child’s name in on time!


Lifesaving Courses

Attention all Div 3+ swimmers! This year at the Outdoor Pool the Corporation will be hosting some lifesaving courses. You will need to take these courses should you one day want to be a lifeguard or a coach for our club! Delta is hoping to have some Stingrays sign up so they will have full classes with good swimmers, and we are hoping some Stingrays sign up so we can have some trained swimmers! Take a look at the photo below for all of the registration information (the top left is Bronze Star):

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Meridian Meet Fundraiser

The meridian meat fundraiser forms are in everyone’s file folders at the pool! If you would like to participate in this fundraiser you will need to have  your forms and money in by next Friday, June 16, to either the Hodge or Wood files!

 

Swim Compete Have Fun!