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About the Rays

The Rockville Rays is the summer swim team of the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center. The team is operated through a partnership of the Recreation and Parks Department, and the Rockville Rays Parents group. This summer, the Rockville Rays will be competing in Division A of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) along with Stonegate, Country Glen, Tallyho, Woodcliffe, and Bethesda.

Our program consists of a series of dual meets divided into two levels of competition. The advanced ‘A’ meets are limited in the number of competitors per team (meet entries completed by coaches), while the ‘B’ meets are open to any swimmer not competing in the ‘A’ meets. We have a full season of Saturday ‘A’ meets and Wednesday night ‘B’ meets, so all of our swimmers will have an opportunity to compete in at least one meet each week. Swimmers must be able to swim at least one length of the pool (without stopping) to join the team, as evaluated by the coaches.

In addition, swimmers or relay teams with qualifying times or placements may be invited to swim in special meets such as the MCSL All-Star Relays and Individual All-Stars Meets and the Coaches’ Invitational Long Course Meet. Please refer to the calendar for the dates and times of swim team activities, including Time Trials, A & B meets, the A & B relay carnivals, and the A Divisional Championship.

Practice Schedule

Rays swim team practice starts Tuesday, May 28, in the indoor South Pool (indoors at Rockville Swim and Fitness Center).

  • Tuesday, May 28 until June 14, Rays swim team practice will be from 4pm–5:30pm (Mon–Fri).
  • Monday, June 17 until July 19, Rays swim practice will change to 5pm–6pm (10 and under) and 6pm–7pm (11 and older) on Mon, Tues, and Thurs. Friday practices will be 5pm-6pm (for all swimmers) so our Friday team parties can start at 6 pm.

An important highlight for the 2019 season is that the indoor pool’s locker rooms and lobby will be closed for renovations. The indoor pools and fitness rooms will be open with minimal interruptions and all swimmers and families should plan on entering the facility from the outdoor pool’s entrance and use the outdoor pool’s bathhouse for the duration of the 2019 season.

Registration & Fees

Registration is in two steps. First, complete the online team registration on this site, then register in person at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center. After a successful online registration, you will receive a “confirmation email”. Please take this email (print-out or phone) to the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center to finalize registration. This includes: completing the City of Rockville Registration Form and submitting payments to the City of Rockville AND Rockville Rays Parents (more details below). Most of our team communication including swim meets sign-ups, and parent volunteer sign-ups are on-line. To allow for team planning, do not delay in registration. In order to allow for adequate planning, registration must be completed, and payments submitted by June 5th.

  • $80 (check ONLY) payable to Rockville Rays Parents.
  • $130 for Swim and Fitness Center Members* or $265 for non-members for the program (payable by cash, Visa, Master Card or check payable to City of Rockville).

* To take advantage of the special pricing for Rockville Swim and Fitness Center Members, the Rays swimmer must be registered for an active aquatics or full facility membership spanning the entire session of the swim season (25 punch passes are not included).

See http://www.rockvillemd.gov/index.aspx?NID=400 for details on membership plans.

The City of Rockville believes that everyone, regardless of income, should be able to participate in its recreation opportunities. To facilitate participation, the department offers financial assistance through programs such as the Recreation Fund and Senior Assistance Fund.

Limited financial assistance is available for Rockville residents, based on income. Please review the link below or call 240-314-8620 for more information.

http://www.rockvillemd.gov/384/Recreation-Financial-Assistance

The Swim and Fitness Center also has a Reduced Price Membership Program (application available at the Front Desk) which may help individuals qualify for a discounted facility membership that entitles them to the member price on the Rays Program.

Team Information

Every family on the team is a member of the Rockville Rays Parents, which exists to support the swim program. Volunteering will be required in order for your child to swim. If parents do not sign-up for at least 5 volunteering opportunities (at meets and concessions) after registration, your swimmer will not be entered in any swim meets. This includes officiating, timing, clerk of course, and other jobs listed on our sign-up. Please seriously consider becoming a Stroke & Turn Official or Starter. MCSL offers classes (see the calendar and on http://www.mcsl.org) and you will be able to shadow more experienced officials. The Rockville Ray Parents also staff a concession stand during several big swim meets this summer (Long Course, and All-Stars), so we need Ray parents to volunteer to sell concessions. The revenue generated from these activities helps support the Rays and keeps our registration fees lower compared to other MCSL teams.

Students who volunteer for Rays activities can receive Student Service Learning (SSL) credit. Download and complete MCPS Form 560-51 and submit it to our Team Rep.

The Rays team swim suit this year will be the Dolfin Sliver (blue). Costs are as follows: Boy’s (jammer) suit is $35, and the Girl’s suit is $45 (please add 6% tax). Team suits are available for purchase from Capital Sport and Swim (301-949-7366), located at 10558 Metropolitan Ave, Kensington MD 20895. Capital Sport and Swim will also provide fitting service prior to time trials at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center on June 7th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, and the suits will be available for purchase on site with either cash, check or credit card. Please make sure kids remain DRY for the fitting prior to entering the pool. Wearing the team suit is strongly encouraged.

For 2019: There will be one Rays T-Shirt per household included in this year's fees. Latex Caps and additional T-shirts can be purchased for $7.00 each during Parent Orientation on June 8th. Silicone caps are $12.00 a piece.

We look forward to a great summer and to seeing swimmers on May 28th for the first swim practice and everybody on Friday, June 7th for our party and parent orientation meeting!

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Rays Parents’ Representatives Charles Schwieters at [email protected] OR Tiffany Jones at [email protected]. For City of Rockville, Department of Recreation and Parks related questions, please contact Dave Greene at 240-314-8755 or [email protected].

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