"Champs" is our league's championship meet. Swimmers from all eight teams in our league participate.
Should we go to Champs?
Of course! Any swimmer who has a legal time from one of our regular season meets should go to Champs. Yes, the swimmers who might win medals get excited about Champs, but so should every swimmer. It's a chance to:
- End the season with a Personal Best
- Bond with other Stingray swimmers and families
- Celebrate a huge accomplishment with your swimmer
- Feel like part of a team
Champs scroring is different.
Age groups are broken down to a single year (7 yrs olds swim against 7 yr olds not 7/8 yr olds) so more kids score points for the team and get ribbons. More importantly, every swimmer has a chance to end the season with a personal best (PB) at Champs, and everyone knows that a PB ribbon is by far the best ribbon in summer swim.
Diving off the blocks.
Your swimmer does not have to use the blocks. They can dive off the side of the pool. Swimmers have a chance to practice diving off the blocks and can do so in the race if they want to.
The pool seems HUGE and INTIMIDATING!
OK, this one is true, but it is awesome to watch our swimmers take on the challenge. They exit the pool after their race knowing they've done something AMAZING.
Can I be in the pool area with my swimmer?
If you have volunteered for a specific job a few times during the season then you can sign up for THAT JOB at CHAMPS. Only volunteers are allowed in the pool deck area.
Where is Champs?
Location is subject to change. In the past it has been at A&M's Natatorium and Camp Moody in Buda. It could be another facility large enough to accommodate swimmers and spectators from the entire league. Once the league has chosen a location, we'll let you know ASAP so you can put it on your calendar!!
What is the Champs Schedule?
In the past it has been 10 and Unders swim in the morning (usually 9:00 - 1:00). 11 and Olders swim in the afternoon (usually 1:30 - 5:30). This is subject to change based on the venue booked.
Should we go to Champs Friday night or Saturday?
It's up to you. When Champs was at A&M, many swim families, especially those with younger swimmers headed down the night before. It is a lot of fun and a great bonding experience. However, you can make the drive Saturday morning.
- Ask a coach or a veteran swim parent