EXSC Swim Team
2015 Timely Swim Team Information PDF Print E-mail

EXSC 2015 – Timely Information

Team Size: Due to facility limitations, parking limitations, and Swim Meet length, the EXSC swim team will be limited to 200 swimmers. Registrations will be taken until 200 swimmers have enrolled and then a wait list will be generated. Register early to ensure your spot!

Participation Guidelines: EXSC is a Swim Team. Attendance at practice is recommended but not required. Because this is a team activity, we ask that each swimmer participate in at least two meets as a swimmer or as a sideline supporter for their teammates. Parents are asked to volunteer at all meets their swimmer participates in. Please plan on it.

Team FEES: Exchange - $95/swimmer / Sunset Creek - $140/swimmer




OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, May 17th 2:30 - 4:30pm

Come out and meet the coaches, rekindle friendships, and get your EXSC swimsuit and cap! We look forward to seeing you!


DROP DEADLINE: There is a free trial period for swim team. You must register your swimmer prior to participation. It is the responsibility of the Parent to notify Head Parent Representative Celeste Cantrell in person or by email that your child intends to drop on or before May 30th in order to get your swim team fee returned.
Mock Swim Meet: This will be held on Thursday evening May 28th starting at 5pm. The swimmers will compete in one individual event and a relay. This event provides a practice meet for the swimmers and is an opportunity for parents to train for meet volunteer positions. Hot Dog/Veggie Dog dinner will be provided following. This is a short and sweet way to begin the swim season.

COACHES : We have a great slate of coaches for this year! We are excited to welcome back Josh Taekman and Evan Rose who will be Co-Head coaches this year. Our Assitant coaches include Natalie Thomas, Daisy Hodge, and Heidi Mickunas.


Regular practices will be held 5-6 days a week, twice daily M-F when school gets out. From May 18th –June 12th only PM practices will be held. The first PM practice will start on Monday, May 18th. The first Saturday practice will be on May 23rd. Morning practices begin June 15th. The practice schedule is as follows.

Weekday (M-F) A.M. & Saturday Practice: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 6 and under
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 10 and under
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 11 and up
Weekday (M-F) P.M. Practice: 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 6 and under
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 10 and under
5:50 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 11 and up
*From May 18th – June 12th, the seniors (13 & older) will have an additional half hour of practice and will end at 7:30 pm.

After the first few practices, adjustments may be made in the groups based on ability. Some swimmers may move to an earlier or later practice group. After school closes, beginning on June 15th, weekday morning practices begin.

FOREWARNING: Parking during swim practice and swim meets is tight! Please try to carpool when possible. Overflow parking is in the Umstead Park lot. Please do not park in the bus turn-around across from the pool! Your car may be either ticketed or towed.

Opening Letter 2015

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.

The Exchange Pool website (exchangepool.net) is being updated and will have current month-by month calendar of events, swim meets and social activities.  Please take the opportunity to read through the EXSC Handbook which is available online.

We have two coaches returning this year as Co-Head Coaches:  Josh Taekman and Evan Rose.  They have some great ideas for the team this year and plan to build on the spirit that Wes started last year.  We are currently interviewing potential Assistant Coaches, and we anticipate a strong and enthusiastic group of coaches this year.

Do you have a teenager interested in coaching?  Our Junior Coach program is open and accepting applicants!  The only requirements are enthusiasm and a love for swimming, a desire to learn the art and science of coaching, and age of at least 14.  The link to the application is below.


Each swimmer needs to fill out a registration form online at the link below.  New this year!  Online payment is available for a convenience fee.  If you prefer, you can bring your payment to the Open House on May 19th, or you can mail it to Celeste Cantrell, 124 Waverly Forest Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. No swimmer will be registered until we receive 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 Saturday, May 30th 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 swim 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.

• For swimmers who aren’t quite ready to join the swim team, we also have a small group called the WaterSpouts.  This is kind of like “little league” for the swim team.  A coach will work with these kids Monday through Thursday on skills needed to join the full group.  More information is included below.

• 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  June 6th . Additional t-shirts for parents and siblings can be ordered prior to June 6th by filling out the order form available at Open House and throughout the 2 week trial period.

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,    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Coming up soon:

Sun, May 17th:  Swim Team Open House 2-4pm. Register. Meet the Coaches. Swim Assessments.  Apparel fitting.

Mon, May 18th:  Afternoon swim practices start.


See you poolside!

Celeste Cantrell, Head Parent Rep

Tracy Eldred

Evelyn Marson

Kim Price

Jeanne Taekman

Scott Windham


Registration forms and/or payments:  Celeste Cantrell, 124 Waverly Forest Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

EXSC WaterSpouts

Do you have a budding swimmer who wants to be a part of the swim team but isn't quite ready?

We have a program just for your swimmer!

The WaterSpouts program is a part of our swim team for the motivated almost-swimmer who needs some additional help before joining the regular swim practice.


When is it?  The program will meet 4 days a week:  10:15-10:45am or 4:15-4:45pm Monday through Thursday.  We must have a minimum of 4 participants per time slot. The program starts June 16th and will run until July 17th.


Who participates?  Children between the ages of 3-6 would be welcome to join if they are motivated to swim.  Age exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Head Coach.  Evaluations must be scheduled ahead of time.  These will be scheduled upon registration.

Who runs it?  Waterspouts would be run by an experienced coach with additional coaches as needed to maintain at most a 1:5 ratio.

How much does it cost?  $80 per swimmer.  This cost includes a team t-shirt!  No additional charge if your swimmer moves to the regular swim team.


What are the goals?    ·         Increase the comfort level of kids in the water

·         Conquer any fears of the pool

·         Be able to swim 1 lap by the end of the program

·         Teach kids swimming skills including

·         Move up to swim team if they are capable

·         Teach team values (friendship, encouraging others, and team spirit)

·         Have fun!

Example of a typical practice:

  • Parents will drop their kids off with the coaches and then leave the area. This is one key to Waterspouts working--a distance from parents.  The kids have to be comfortable in the water without the parents a few feet away and we want them listening to the people in the water.

  • Every practice we will start off with kick practice on a board or holding the hands of an instructor.  No waterspout will ever be in the water unless they are directly with an instructor.  They will wait on the walls until their turn comes.  We’ll practice the kick motion and the arm motions while in a comfortable situation, but still pushing the limits.  Only the coaches will be allowed to push a child to the next level (for example, taking a hand off the board) otherwise they will practice a comfortable motion with an older kid helping instruct.

  • Depending on the day, we’ll practice another skill varying from floating on their backs, to going underwater.  Sometimes we might try to focus on swim team oriented skills such as breaststroke kick or back stroke and other days we will work on important swimming skills such as treading water or just swimming a few yards anyway they can.

  • To make it fun, we will always have “diving board day” on Thursdays where all Waterspouts will be given the opportunity to jump from the diving board with a Coach catching them or helping them depending on their skill.

  • The Coach will be available for 15 minutes once a week after practice to address any concerns and give feedback.

I love it!  How do I register?

Use the regular swim team registration link above!


Home Meet Facts to Know PDF Print E-mail
What to remember:
  • For Evening meets: arrive by 3:45 for a 4:00 warm up! This is essential!
  • For Morning meets: arrive by 7:45 for a 8:00am warmup!
  • Please stay in the team area at the meet and stay with your chaperone. If coaches need to find a swimmer they should know where to look for them
  • Conserve your energy. Swimmers shouldn't be playing around at the meet, save it for your race
  • Swimmers should remember to stay in the water until everyone in their heat has finished racing. This is good sportsmanship and is key in Cyclone swimming.
  • Make sure you eat properly and hydrate
  • If you leave early remember to inform at least 2 coaches and your swimmer(s) chaperone. Your swimmer(s) may be in a relay or still have other events to swim.
Shade Tents:  If you have a shade tent please bring it to the pool a day or two before the meet before so we can set it up and keep our kids out of the sun. 
Parent relays:  It has been tradition to have a parent relay alongside the Coaches relay or at least in addition to the Coaches relay at our home meets.  It would be great if we could pull together at least one relay team of 4 Parents to swim at the end of the meet. Bring your swim suit and sign up on the clip board when you arrive. This is a unique opportunity to show your children that you do not just look good in your swim suit. You can swim.
Concessions for the meet. At home swim meets we provide the concessions to sell at the meet. This raises money for our team.  All families are asked to contribute.

Swim Meet Readiness. Please read this notice sheet regarding swim meets. It is so very very important. 

Parking for Swim Meet
-Please park in the Umstead Parking lot and walk through the cut through path. Its magical!
-However for anyone who parks in the Exchange Pool lot, in an effort to maximize the number of cars in the lot, we are allowing only 6 inches of room between cars. Therefore you should skip breakfast to make exiting your car possible. Plan on exiting your car through the sun roof and please pull forward onto the grass as far as you can go or until you encounter obstacles that will no longer allow you to pull forward. Deer, Trees, you get the picture. Expect that you will be blocked in so resign yourself to cheer for our parent and coaches relay to the very end.
-With all this said. We need 2-3 parking attendants for all our home meets. Arrive with your swimmer and then join us in the parking lot to direct the fun! This really is an essential job so please consider helping out. Thank you in advance. 

Armadillo Grill Fun. Its tradition to head over to Armadillo grill in Carrboro for food and beverages after all the meets (not just home meets) so plan accordingly. Please join us. 

Junior Coaching at Exchange PDF Print E-mail

Swim team members who want to learn all about coaching from some of the best swimming coaches around should consider signing up to be a junior coach.  The effort for this job is equal to the rewards.  You must be 14 at the start of the season and be available to assist with coaching at 3 practices per week and 2 swim meets per season.

Fill out our 2015 online application!  All you have to do is click on submit


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