Dear Exchange Pool/Sunset Creek Families,
The summer swim league season is about to start. For those of you new to the Exchange Pool or Sunset Creek we have a phenomenal summer swim team, EXSC, which has experienced many successful years and three championships! This summer we are hoping to see all of last year’s familiar faces and many new faces as well. Don’t be fooled by our success. We are still all about friends, fun and improving our swimming skills. We are very excited to have our home-grown Head Coach, Michaela Henry, returning this year. Our coaches from last year-Tucker, Sean, Jocelyn, and Hannah-have moved on to other wonderful opportunities. Now, we are in the process of interviewing and hiring Assistant Coaches to help continue our tradition.
The Exchange Pool website (exchangepool.net) has been updated and has a current month-by month calendar of events, swim meets and social activities. Please take the opportunity to read through the EXSC Handbook which is also available online.
Each swimmer needs to fill out a registration form which is available on the website. If you prefer, you can bring them to the Open House on May 19th, or you can mail them to Celeste Cantrell, 124 Waverly Forest Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. No swimmer will be registered until Celeste has received full payment for each swimmer. In addition, your Exchange Pool membership dues must be paid in full in order to register for swim team.
We will continue to cap our registered swimmers at 200. Once we have 200 swimmers, we will begin a wait list. Be sure to get your kids registered early because it will be based on a First Come/First Serve basis. We do offer a 2 week trial period at the beginning of the season with the Drop date of Friday, May 31st for all swimmers. If any swimmers decide to drop from the team, we will contact the swimmer at the top of the wait list to fill that spot. With the changes we have made, we will need to adhere closely to our swim team participation guidelines, which are listed below:
• In order to swim on swim team swimmers need to show enthusiasm and willingness to be in the water.
• Swimmers must be able to learn in a group environment and swim at least 10 yards unassisted to be placed on the team. We ask parents to consider private or group lessons for those swimmers who can not swim 10 yards unassisted at the start of the season. Swimmers can join into the team at any point in the season when they meet criteria and if we have a spot open.
• The coaches will be doing swim assessments at Open House and the first week of practice to evaluate swimmers for the criteria above.
• We continue with the recommendation that each swimmer participate in at least 2 swim meets. Swim meets can be noisy and intimidating for some children. It is understandable that some swimmers do not wish to compete. However, we are a team, and we rely on our swimmers to cheer and support their teammates. We also rely on parents to volunteer! A swim meet requires a lot of coordination and parent participation to run smoothly so that all of our children enjoy the experience.
One t-shirt will be free to those swimmers registered prior to May 31st. Additional t-shirts for parents and siblings can be ordered prior to May 31st by filling out the order form available at Open House and throughout the 2 week trial period.
We have slightly altered our junior coach requirements. If you have a teenager who is 13 years or older and is interested in junior coaching, please check out the web site for an application. We would love to have them.
We are looking forward to another great season so please check the website and download the calendar, forms, and come join us.
Any question, please feel free to contact me, Celeste Cantrell, here.
Coming up soon:
May 19th: Swim Team Open House 2-4pm. Register. Meet the Coaches. Swim Assessments. Apparel fitting.
May 20th: Afternoon swim practices start.
See you poolside!
Celeste Cantrell, Head Parent Rep
Registration forms and/or payments: Celeste Cantrell, 124 Waverly Forest Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516