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    Volunteer Sign-Ups/Training, Swim Evals, Weather Guidance, Push Notifications, Social Events

        5/5/2024 

        Greetings Cary Park Sea Dragon (CPSD) Families!

        Sea Dragon Swim Season is nearly here! We can’t wait to see you for practices and evaluations on Monday, May 13th!

        Please join us for a Family Orientation Session on Monday, May 13th from 4:30-5:15 pm at the Cary Park Clubhouse to learn more about meets, volunteering, swim lessons, and Mini Sea Dragons. New and returning families are welcome to attend!

        Swim Evaluation Sign-ups are open. Learn more about Evaluations: Click Here, Mini Sea Dragons: Click Here, and Swimmer Eligibility: Click Here. For evaluation questions, please attend the Family Orientation Session and/or email [email protected].

        The T-shirt Order Deadline is Thursday, May 9th! Check out the Team Store.

        The Reduced CPSD Team Registration Fee Deadline is Wednesday, May 15th. After May 15th, late registration fees will be applied ($10) per swimmer. Make sure everyone in your family and your friends are registered! Team registration closes on June 1st.

        Interested in volunteering as a Stroke and Turn Judge, Starter, or Meet Administrator? These specialized volunteer positions require TSA training. Learn more about free TSA Clinics offered for the 2024 season: Click HERE. For questions about these positions, please email the VP of Volunteers ([email protected]).

        Volunteer Shift Sign-ups will open on Friday, May 24th at 7 pm. Please see the instructions below. Pro-tip: volunteer shifts fill quickly when sign-ups open. Be prepared with job preferences and available dates when sign-ups open. For questions about volunteering, please email the VP of Volunteers ([email protected]).

        The Sea Dragons have a New Inclement Weather Guidance for practices and meets for the 2024 season. Learn more HERE.

        Stay on top of urgent weather and meet alerts! Sign up for Push Notifications through the Swimtopia Mobile AppClick HERE to learn more.

        Don’t miss out on all the fun! CPSD social events are on the website and team Google Calendar. First up is the Polar Plunge and Pancake Breakfast! Brave the chilly first Saturday morning practice followed by warm delicious pancakes on Saturday, May 18th.

        NEW INFORMATION

        2024 VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS

        • Each registered family is obligated to complete 12 Volunteer Service Points over the summer swim season unless you ONLY have a Mini Sea Dragon or you ONLY have a 15+ swimmer.
        • Please review the Volunteer Policy and Expectations: Click Here.
        • The list of Volunteer Job Descriptions is posted: Click Here.
          • For each job, please note shift start and end times (volunteers need to report for the entire duration), points assigned, and any additional requirements/training for the job.
        • Job Sign-up Website Instructions - Click Here
          • Log in with your password to the team website.
          • Under the Meets & Events tab, select "Signup Calendar" to sign up for volunteer jobs.
          • Click the green JOB SIGNUP tab for a meet/social event and sign up for volunteer shifts for that selected event (note one parent may sign up both parents for jobs -- scroll down and you’ll see the other parent listed).
          • Click Save Assignments.
          • Click Back to Signup Calendar.
          • Click on another green JOB SIGNUP tab for a different meet/social event and sign up. Remember to Click Save Assignments.
        • Pro-tip: Volunteer shifts fill quickly when sign-ups open. Be prepared with job preferences and available dates when sign-ups open.
        • Volunteer Questions:
          • BOD members will answer volunteer questions at the Family Orientation Session on Monday, May 13th from 4:30-5:15 pm at the Cary Park Clubhouse.
          • For additional questions, please email the VP of Volunteers at [email protected].

        • 2024 TSA VOLUNTEER TRAINING CLINICS

          • TSA Mega Clinics and Stroke and Turn Clinics provide volunteer training for the following specialized meet positions: Stroke and Turn Judges, Starters, Meet Administrators, and Coaches.
          • TSA is offering free Clinics for the 2024 season. No registration is required; please attend and sign in at the clinic to receive credit for certification.
          • All Stroke & Turn Judges, Starters, and Meet Administrators must attend one clinic.
          • Stroke & Turn judges need to be recertified each year.
          • A TSA Clinic will be held at Cary Park Clubhouse on the morning of Saturday, June 8th. For all TSA Clinic dates, times, and locations: Click Here
          • Please notify the VP of Volunteers ([email protected]) if you attend and are trained for one of these positions.

        2024 CPSD COMMUNICATIONS

          • All team information will be communicated through the Swimtopia platform via the following 3 channels:
          1. CPSD Team Swimtopia Website - Click Here and bookmark it!
        • The website provides comprehensive, up-to-date, and detailed information. This is your go-to source for team information.

          2. Team Communication Swimtopia Emails

        • Weekly emails provide important announcements and information for the upcoming week.
        • Team emails are posted to the Communications Tab on the website for future reference. Click Here.

        3. Push Notifications through the Swimtopia Mobile App

        • Inclement Weather Alerts and Urgent Meet Alerts will be pushed out to team members through the Swimtopia Mobile App.
        • Download the Swimtopia Mobile App and Allow Push Notifications on your device:
        • The free version provides push notifications, live event/heat indicators, swim history, family overview, and meet sign-ups.
        • Upgrade to premium Pro ($2.99/mo or $9.99/yr) for heat sheets, estimated event start times, meet results, and scores.
        • Learn more about the Swimtopia Mobile App: Click Here.

        2024 SWIMMER EVALUATIONS

          • If you have an 8 year-old or under swimmer who swam on the competitive CPSD swim team last year (not as a Mini Sea Dragon), your child does NOT need to be evaluated for the swim team.
          • All other 8 year-old and under swimmers (both new and returning Mini Sea Dragons) need to be evaluated for 2024 placement.
          • Evaluations will be held during the first 2 weeks of swim season prior to the June 1 registration deadline.

        Swim Evaluation Sign-ups by Age:

        • 7 & 8-year-olds: Please sign up for an evaluation slot at either 5:15, 5:30 or 5:45 pm on MONDAY, May 13th.
        • 7 & 8-year-old Evaluation Sign-up Link: Click HERE
        • 6 years old: Please sign up for an evaluation slot at either 6:00, 6:15 or 6:30 pm on MONDAY, May 13th.
        • 6 year-old Evaluation Sign-up Link: Click HERE
        • 5 year-olds and under: Evaluations will start on TUESDAY, May 14th.
        • 5 year-olds and under Evaluation Sign-up Link: Click HERE
        • Parents will select a 15-min time slot and the swimmer will come daily Monday through Thursday (May 13th/14 through May 23rd) at that time slot until notified of the final evaluation outcome.
        • More information on Evaluations, Mini Sea Dragons, and Swimmer Eligibility is posted to the CPSD Team Website:
        • For additional questions, families are encouraged to attend a Family Orientation Session on Monday, May 13th from 4:30-5:15 pm that will be hosted directly before swimmer evaluations.

        CPSD INCLEMENT WEATHER GUIDANCE

          • For the complete Cary Park Sea Dragons Inclement Weather Guidance: Click HERE
          • The new guidelines comply with the Tarheel Swimming Association (TSA) rulebook and provide supplementary direction for inclement weather decision-making for CPSD TSA Representatives, Coaches, and Board Members.
          • Inclement weather includes but is not limited to storm, heat, and air quality warnings. The National Weather Service warnings will be used for weather decision-making purposes.
          • All TSA rules will be complied with for practices and meets (unless modifications are agreed upon by both teams’ TSA representatives for meets).
          • CPSD swim team will hold practices if the Cary Park Swim Club pool is open. If the pool is open during rain or high/low temperatures, practice will be held, with possible modifications at the head coach's discretion.
          • Both TSA teams should consider swimmer and family safety above competition at all times.
          • If the home team’s pool manager opens the competition pool but there remains an undue safety risk to swimmers and family members, both teams’ TSA representatives should discuss meet modifications. If safety concerns exist despite attempts for meet modifications by TSA reps, CPSD TSA reps can forfeit a swim meet in order to avoid unnecessary risk to CPSD swimmers and family members.
          • Practice and meet delays and cancellations will be communicated in real-time to CPSD members via the Swimtopia Mobile App.


        REMINDER/REPEAT INFORMATION

        CARY PARK SWIM CLUB POOL REGISTRATION:

        • All CPSD swimmers are required to have an active Cary Park Swim Club Family Membership.
        • For complete Cary Swim Club pool registration: CLICK HERE.

        CARY PARK SWIM TEAM REGISTRATION:

        • Early Swim Team Swimmer Registration runs until May 15th 2024.
        • Registrations submitted After May 15, 2024, a $10 late fee will be applied.
        • Team Registration closes June 1st.
        • Note, Cary Park Sea Dragons BOD will confirm that your pool membership has been paid before your swim team registration will be finalized.
        • To register, please CLICK HERE.

        FAMILY ORIENTATION SESSION:

        • New and returning families interested in learning more about the swim team, please join BOD members at our Family Orientation Information Session.
        • The session will review practices, swim meets, and volunteer requirements as well as answer parent questions.
          • Monday, May 13th 4:30-5:15 pm at the Cary Park Clubhouse

        PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

        • The 2024 Practice Schedule and Practice Information are posted to the Team Website.
        • 2024 Practice Schedule: Click Here
        • 2024 Practice Information including attendance, conduct, and equipment: Click Here

        MEET SCHEDULE:

        • The dates and locations for dual meets are posted: CLICK HERE.
        • Subscribe to the team Google Calendar to add events to your personal calendar. Google Calendar: CLICK HERE Public URL: CLICK HERE

        CPSD TEAM STORE:

        • Team T-shirt deadline is Thursday, May 9th.
        • Shop the Team Store: CLICK HERE.

        SEA DRAGONS TEAM SWIMSUITS:

        • For swimsuit options and/or to purchase the 2024 team suit: CLICK HERE.

        IN-SEASON SWIM CLINICS & LESSONS:

        • Note, all swim lessons through the CPSD team and CP Swim Club will not start until the Cary Park Pool opens (Saturday, May 11th).
        • For CPSD swim team members, swim lessons will be offered by CPSD coaches starting when the Cary Park Pool opens (Saturday, May 11th). Last year’s procedures will apply to team member lessons this summer.
        • For non-swim team Cary Park Swim Club members (ex. siblings that are not on the team), lesson information will be forthcoming once finalized by the new pool management company.
        • For pre- and in-season swim lesson information, please CLICK HERE.

        TEAM FUNDRAISER:

        • Our first team fundraiser event will be Monday, May 20th at Mod Pizza at Amberly Place.
        • Support the Sea Dragons: 25% of sales go to our team’s fundraising goal! More information HERE.

        CPSD TEAM CALENDAR:

        • Subscribe to the team Google Calendar to add events to your personal calendar. Google Calendar: CLICK HERE Public URL: CLICK HERE

        THANK YOU SPONSORS:

        2024 SCHEDULES:

        • Practice Schedule:
          • Mon May 13: First Day Afternoon Practice
          • Sat May 18: First Saturday Practice - Polar Plunge & Pancake Breakfast
          • Mon May 27: Memorial Day - No Practice
          • Mon June 17: First Day Morning Practice
          • Thurs July 4: Independence Day - No Practice
          • Fri July 19: Last Day Practice

        Meet and Social Events Schedule:

        • Sat May 18: Polar Plunge & Pancake Breakfast @ Sat AM Practice
        • Mon May 20: Mod Pizza Fundraiser
        • Sat June 1st: Time Trials
        • Sat June 8: Volunteer Training Mega Clinic
        • Mon June 10: Pasta Pump Up Pot Luck
        • Tues June 11: Home vs. Seven Oaks
        • Sat June 15: Pie the Coaches @ Sat AM Practice
        • Tues June 18: Away vs. University Club
        • Tues June 25: Home vs. Scottish Hills
        • Thurs June 27: 11+ Evening Pool Party
        • Tues July 2: Away vs. Abbington
        • Tues July 9: Away vs. Cary City
        • Sat July 13: Cary City Swim Meet @ Scottish Hills
        • Tues July 16: Home vs. Prestonwood
        • Wed July 17: Mini Meet at Home
        • Sat July 20: TSA Championships (tentative)
        • Tues July 23: CPSD Team Award Ceremony
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