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Lil' Ray Information

Lil Ray Class Structure:

Our practice sessions are structured so that our ratio of coaches to swimmers is no more than 1 to 4 and most sessions are a 1 to 3 ratio. Practice times are assigned and will go out via email before the start date. We wait until registration is finalized before we begin session placement. Please reach out to Michelle or Shelly (contact information is on the "Staff" tab of the website) if there are other children in the family on the swim team and they will try their best to have your Lil’ Ray swim at the same time as your other Stingrays. However, please note this is not guaranteed as Lil’ Ray class placement is based on ability.

Lil’ Rays Program Requirements:

To participate in Hunt Valley’s Lil’ Rays Swim Program, each family must either be a permanent or temporary member (no August memberships) of the Hunt Valley Pool. The Lil’ Ray must be 3 years old by June 1, 2023 (no exceptions). Lil’ Rays is NOT a “learn to swim” program; it is a “beginner swim” program. To participate in Lil’ Rays your child must be completely comfortable in the water and not fearful in any way. This behavior is expected on the first day of Lil’ Rays practice. Your Lil’ Ray should be willing to get his/her face wet and be able to bob up and down freely in the water while following simple coaching instructions. If your Lil’ Ray is crying/fearful and not wanting to join in the program by the end of the 2nd or 3rd day, the Lil’ Ray coaching staff reserves the right to ask you to hold off for another season. We have a variety of other options we can offer to better suit your swimmer. Parents must understand it is imperative that one Lil’ Ray not disturb or distract in any way from the other Lil’ Rays trying to develop new aquatic skills. Parents are also not allowed to enter the water with their children.

Our coaches cannot be expected to hold on to or spend more time with one child who just isn’t as ready for the program as the others. Group setting lessons can be a very different experience for some little ones, so don’t worry if another avenue is suggested for your child this season. We offer full refunds the first week of Lil’ Ray’s class.

Lil Ray’s Attire:

Swimmers should wear a swimsuit and goggles each day to swim practice. Girls and boys with long hair should wear a swim cap as hair in the eyes can be very distracting during swim instruction. The younger swimmers are when they start wearing caps the easier it is to get them in one for a meet. We require all swimmers to be in our Stingray cap for all meets so we can identify the swimmers at the meets. Wet swimmers all start to look the same and B meets can get very confusing for officials trying to identify swimmers. Goggles and swim caps can be purchased during all Lil’ Ray’s practices. **All parents of any Lil’ Rays MUST remain on deck during their swimmer's practice. This is not only for obvious safety reasons, but most Lil’ Rays need frequent potty breaks during practice. It is advised you potty your Lil’ Ray just before they get into the water so we can avoid as many class interruptions as possible. Lil' Rays must be potty trained as well without swim diapers. Coaches will not leave their other Lil’ Rays in the water to take a swimmer to the bathroom.

Lil Ray Communication:

The main form of communication for all matters pertaining to the Lil’ Rays is through email and this website. This includes information concerning: practice, meets, volunteer activities, and fun events. Please check your email as frequently as possible during the swim season for updates and program changes. Hanging file boxes containing a folder for each swim team family (in alphabetical order by last name) will be available in the pavilion during practice and will contain your swimmer's meet ribbons and any hard copy info like team photo order forms. Check the swim team bulletin boards located in the pavilion for current team and Lil’ Rays information, directions to away meets, volunteer opportunities, and Officials' clinics and training. Families with only Lil’ Ray Swimmers do not have a financial volunteer requirement but are encouraged to support team activities

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