Swim Team Information
Swim Team Information
The objective of the LCDS Swim Team is to provide a quality swim team program for swimmers’ participation as students of Loudoun Country Day School. The LCDS Swim Team is dedicated to providing the maximum opportunity for swimmers to achieve their personal goals in an encouraging environment. Swimmers will participate in several meets throughout the year. During the process of training and competing swimmers build self-esteem, confidence, physical endurance, and friendships with team members.
The coaching staff is comprised of Swim Team Director Ian Rayson and coaches Chip Ross and Pam Barrett.
Communication between coaches and parents is extremely important. We urge you to speak with your coaches if you have any questions or concerns about your child. All communication for the swim team will be done via e-mail. If you do not receive an e-mail within the first two weeks of practice, please e-mail Coach Rayson at Ian.Rayson@LCDS.org to get on the distribution list. At any time, if your e-mail address changes, please communicate that to Coach Rayson. If you are not on our distribution list, you may be missing important information!
Practices are a vital part of participating on a swim team. When you choose to join the LCDS team, our coaches expect you to make a commitment to attend both practices and meets. Practice times will be as follows:
1:45–2:30pm……………. 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades
2:45-3:30pm……………. 4th through 8th grades
Bus transportation to and from Ida Lee practices is provided for grades 2nd-8th. Parents of 1st-grade swimmers must provide transportation and locker room supervision during practices. Transportation to swim meets is the parent’s responsibility for all swimmers unless otherwise noted.
Team suits and caps can be ordered on the team website. Coach Rayson will notify you when this has been set up. It is suggested that you wear a practice suit for workouts and save your team suit for meets. All swimmers are responsible for having goggles and a towel. All bags and clothing must be kept in the lockers during practice. Ida Lee is not responsible for items left in the locker rooms.
All swimmers will have the opportunity to compete in the swim meets, however, some meets may not include all ages. Team members are encouraged to swim all of the strokes in order to have more opportunities for improvement and experience.
Entries: Parents may enter their swimmers in a meet or leave it to the Coaches to decide. Please communicate to Coach Rayson ASAP if your swimmer will not be attending a meet. He is responsible for entries, so PLEASE respond to his emails in a timely manner. This is a very time-consuming task and having to track down swimmers/parents regarding their decisions to attend meets makes additional work for the coaches.
Warm-ups: It is extremely important for everyone to participate in warm-ups. This gives the swimmers not only the opportunity to stretch and warm-up their muscles but also to familiarize them with the pool. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the warm-up time in order for the swimmers to be ready with caps, goggles, and suits on.
During meets: Although swimming is an individual sport, you are also a part of the LCDS team. That means all swimmers are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner, stay within the designated team area, encourage their teammates, and participate fully for the duration of the meet.
Bring to meets: Oftentimes pool facilities can become quite chilly. We recommend an extra LCDS t-shirt and a towel to stay warm. Healthy snacks and water or sports drinks are also a good idea since meets can last for several hours.
Sept 14, 21, 28
Oct 12, 26
Nov 2, 16, 30
Dec 7, 14, 21
Jan 11, 18, 25
Feb 1, 8, 15
Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 5, 12
Swimmers must have proficiency in swimming at least 25 yards of both backstroke and freestyle. 1st-grade swimmers must have prior approval from coaches before registering, and parents or a responsible adult must be in attendance at all times during practices and meets. If interested in obtaining approval for your student to participate in Swim Team, please email Coach Rayson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any swim team questions you may have can also be emailed to Coach Rayson. Additional program information will be distributed during the first week of practice.
Registration and payment should be made online at www.LCDS.org/After_School_Activities and all mandatory forms, signed and submitted to the main office, Attn: Swim Team, no later than the Wednesday prior to your swimmer’s first practice. No swimmer will be permitted to attend swim practice prior to all required forms being submitted in advance of their first practice. The required forms are the Swim Team Transportation form (grade-specific), and the Emergency Information / Volunteer Sign-up form.
How to Register:
Steps to signing up for LCDS Eagles Swim Team:
1)Go to www.LCDS.org/After_School_Activities and register and pay online.
2)Download forms from Mandatory forms for 2018-2019 Swim Team. They include the Swim Team Transportation form and the Emergency Information / Volunteer Sign-up forms.
3)Complete and sign all forms and return to the main office, Attn: Swim Team.