Practice & Season Info

Practice Schedule

Fun • Teamwork • Confidence • Achievement • Friendship • Excitement

Have fun improving your swimming skills and learning new strokes with the Belchertown Stingrays.
If you are not sure you are ready to join the Stingrays, come and try it!  

Practices run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Fridays with times staggered according to age & ability. Sunday practices will be from 6-7:30pm. 
Participants are requested to practice 3 days per week to get the most benefit from the program.

General Information 
  • New Stingrays will receive a team swim cap courtesy of the Stingrays Boosters. Additional swim caps are available for $10.00 from the Boosters.
  • Stingrays have a team swim suit which every swimmer should try to purchase. A team swim suit helps build team unity and every effort is made to select a quality suit at a reasonable price. Team suits can be purchased from

Practice times start on Wednesday October 10, 2018.

For those attending the following group practice times will be as follows:

Senior Rays: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Junior Rays: 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Mini Rays: 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (be at the pool for 5:00 p.m. to change and do dry lands)

Practice times will change the week of November 26th, 2018

Please also note the following to the practice schedule:
• No practice on: October 31st (Halloween)
•No practice on: November 11th (Veterans Day)
•No practice on: November 21st, 22nd & 23rd (Thanksgiving break)
•No practice on: December 23rd, 24th & 25th (Christmas break)
•There will be practice on December 26th, 27th, 28th & 30th
• No practice on: December 31st & January 1st (New Year’s)
• No practice on: January 21st (Martin Luther King Day)

Trial Period/Refunds 
  • Please Note the first two weeks are a trial period. If you wish to receive a refund you must contact the Recreation Department prior to 4:00pm on October 25th, 2018. ($25.00 of the fee IS NON-REFUNDABLE)
  • THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS AFTER Thursday October 25, 2018. Please note: When school is dismissed or cancelled due to in climate weather, the CHCS Pool is closed.

  • $200.00 resident $210.00 non-resident (Mini rays)
  • $230.00 resident $240.00 non-resident (Junior Rays)
  • $265.00 resident $275.00 non-resident (Senior Rays)

*Mini Rays - For entry level swimmers new to the team. Swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool on 
your front and one length on your back. Equivalent to Red Cross Level 3. Instruction will focus on 
learning the fundamentals of the 4 competitive strokes. 

Junior Rays- For intermediate level swimmers. This group will focus on developing the 4 competitive strokes and 
beginning to build endurance. Dryland training will be introduced. (1hr 15 mins.)

Senior Rays- For advanced swimmer. This group will build upon the Junior level and involve more intense a training 
and stroke proficiency. Daily dryland training will be included. (2hours)

Swimmers may be moved by the Coach during the season to ensure participant is in the appropriate group according to level. If you have questions about which group your swimmer should be placed, please contact the head coach Jo Manduley at:


Bus Transportation

Swimmers may go to the pool directly after school during Spring and Fall (before Thanksgiving).

There is Bus Transportation from Cold Spring, Swift River and Jabish. Please check with the Bus Company for current route numbers.  

Parents will need to send a note to school if your child will be taking one of the buses.

In the Fall (after Thanksgiving) Stingray practice times will change and swimmers will NOT be able to go directly to the pool after school.

See Calendar for month by month specifics.