Information Points

1. Nothing about the Stingrays recreational swim team will change. USA Swimming is an additional program that you may choose to sign up for

2. You must be registered as a Stingray to join the USA program

3. New England Swimming is our LSC (Local Swimming Committee)

4. USA Swimming is a great way to:
a. Broaden your competition base to the regional or possibly national level
b. Swim different events
c. Swim long course in the summer
d. Prepare for swimming in college

5. This is an important step in the growth and development of our team. Swim local!

6. We are bringing back Sun night practices 6-7:30 for everyone!

7. There are qualifying times for some US meets, not for others. Generally, you can choose the events you’d like to swim

8. Season may be extended into Feb or March for those who qualify

9. Any Stingray can join the US program, but there are a few additional expectations:
a. We recommend 3-5 practices per week
b. Attend 2-3 US meets in addition to Rec meets

10. There will be extra costs for the US program in addition to the Rec fee:
a. USA Swimming registration fee: $76.00 to USA Swimming-New England
b. Separate registration fee to the Belchertown Rec. Dept (approx $100)
c. Additional meet fees (approx $10) and event fees for each meet (approx $5 per event). Fees can vary by meet
d. Travel costs (food, lodging, gas etc)

11. Team apparel will be the same

12. We will need your help to get the program up and running
a. Form a BSST - US Swimming committee
b. Help select meets
c. Registrar, Safe Sport coordinator, treasurer

13. More info can be found at: and

14. Please ask if you have any questions! email Coach Kristin