Leeland Express 2023 Season Information
On-line Registration Dates: April 1st through June 13th. Registrations received by close of business May 31st will include a team t-shirt and a latex swim cap (silicone cap available as an option for an additional $5.00). **Please note, registrations received AFTER May 31st will incur a $10.00 late registration fee.**
Swim Team Registration Fees: The registration fee is $100.00 per swimmer plus a $55.00 per family registration fee.
Swim Team Multi-Swimmer Discount: Register all your swimmers at one time and you will receive a multi-swimmer discount. Additional swimmers registered separately will be charged the single swimmer fee. Note - Developmental Swimmers do not receive a multi-swimmer discount.
**There is no discount for Developmental Swimmers.
Practice Schedule: Tuesday, May 30th through Friday, July 28th (DSP practice starts Monday, June 12th and ends Friday, July 21st). **Please note, times and dates are subject to change.**
8:30-9:30 am 13-18
9:30-10:00 am 8-and-under / DSP session one**
10:00-10:30 am DSP session two**
10:30-11:00 am DSP session three**
10:00-10:45 am 9-10
10:45-11:30 am 11-12
** The Developmental Swim Program (DSP) will conduct evaluations during practice on June 5th, 6th and 7th from 10-11:00 am. DSP families will be notified of their evaluation date and time. After the initial evaluations are complete, the program will begin on Monday, June 12th. Three DSP sessions will be offered this year: one from 9:30 to 10:00, one from 10:00 to 10:30 and one from 10:30 to 11:00. The cost of the program is $100.00 per swimmer, regardless of the number of swimmers registered in the family. For more information on the DSP, please scroll to the bottom of this page.**
Practice Reminders: In accordance with the pool rules, all swimmers age 11 and under must have an adult accompany them and remain on deck for the duration of practice. Due to insurance requirements, only registered swim team members and their families may access the pool during practices and swim meets.
Volunteers: Volunteering is an essential part of running our swim meets. All families are required to provide at least one volunteer for any meet where your child competes. Certain positions require prior certification. Please see our website, leelandexpress.com, for further information.
Weather Communications: Weather-related delays and/or cancellations for practices and meets will be posted on our team website and our Facebook page, as necessary. Push notifications will also be sent out through the SwimTopia app. Please be sure to register at leelandexpress.com and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest information.
2023 Coaching Staff:
- Head Coach - Jack Spinnanger
- Assistant Head Coach - Lauren Meyer
- Assistant Coaches - Coleen Desmond, Sam King, Peyton Meyer, Andrew Spinnanger, Jonah Unruh
- Developmental Swim Head Coach - Maggie Kennedy
- Developmental Swim Assistant Head Coach - Jacob Brothers
- Assistant Developmental Swim Coaches - Sienna Armstrong, Devum Dave, Rudra Dave, Zachary Stevenson, Jeremy Wallo, Julianna Wallo
2023 Battlefield Division:
Leeland Station, Curtis Park, Fawn Lake, Hampton Oaks, Massad, Woodlands
Meet Schedule (times and locations subject to change):
- Wednesday, June 7th - Home vs. Austin Ridge (Exhibition)
- Wednesday, June 14th - Away at Hampton Oaks
- Wednesday, June 21st - Away at Massad
- Wednesday June 28th - Home vs. Fawn Lake
- Thursday, July 6th - Away at Woodlands
- Monday, July 10th - Home vs. Curtis Park
For home meets, warm-ups start at 4:30 pm and away meet warm-ups start at 5:00 pm. Please plan to arrive with plenty of time to get settled, confirm your swimmer's events, and check in with the volunteer coordinator prior to your warm-up session.
Snow Cone Social and Swimsuit Try-on/Sales: The team will host a snow cone social on Sunday, May 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Leeland Station clubhouse located at 115 Riggs Road. Representatives from Sport Fair will be on hand so swimmers can try on suits prior to purchase. Team suits are optional.
Parent Team Meeting: We will be hosting parent/team meetings at our snow cone social on May 7th (one at 2:30 and one at 3:30). These meetings will be at our annual snow cone social at the Leeland Station Clubhouse.
Snow Cone Social/Suit Try-On: The team suit this year will be the Nike Tie Dye in Royal ($53.50 for girls and $40.00 for boys). Swimsuits will be available at our snow cone social/try-on event on Sunday, May 7th from 2-4:00 pm at the Leeland Station Clubhouse. If you are unable to attend the try-on event, you may contact our suit vendor, Sport Fair at sportfairusa.com, or at (703) 524-9500. Team suits are NOT required.
Division Finals: Division Finals will be held Saturday, July 22nd at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center.
End of Season Party: Our end of the season party will be held on the evening of Finals.
Board of Directors Meetings: The LSST BOD holds monthly meetings at the Leeland Station Clubhouse from January through September. They are open to the public. Please visit us at leelandexpress.com or contact a board member for more details.
Developmental Swim Program Information
The Leeland Express will be offering the Developmental Swim Program (DSP) for our younger swimmers. The goal of this program is to help young swimmers develop their swim strokes, confidence, and understanding of the rules in order to join the swim team and hopefully compete in our last dual meet of the season. To participate in a meet, swimmers must be able to swim the 25 meter Freestyle, unaccompanied and with minimal use of lane line “assistance.”
Each swimmer will be evaluated prior to acceptance in the program. Evaluations will be conducted on June 5th, 6th and 7th from 9:30 to 10:30 am. DSP families will be notified of their evaluation date and time. You will only be required to attend one evaluation. If a swimmer does not pass the evaluation, their registration fee will be refunded.
Participants must be:
- A minimum age of four (4) as of June 1st, and toilet trained
- A maximum of age 10 as of July 21st
- Eager to participate in a formal swim lesson with an instructor
- Comfortable entering the water without a parent or guardian
- Comfortable putting their head down and face in the water
Registration runs concurrently with swim team registration and opens April 1st. Three half-hour DSP sessions will be offered this year; one at 9:30 am, one at 10:00 am and one at 10:30 am. Registration will be capped at 45 swimmers.
The cost of the program is $100.00 per swimmer, regardless of the number of swimmers registered in the family. In the event that a child is originally registered as an 8-and-under swim team member but is more suited for the DSP, any additional registration fees may be paid on the pool deck and must be collected prior to participating in the program.
Evaluations will be conducted on June 5th, 6th and 7th from 9:30 to 10:30 am. DSP families will be notified of their evaluation date and time. DSP swimmers will only attend ONE evaluation, unless otherwise stated by the DSP Head Coach. After the initial evaluations are complete, your swimmer will be assigned to one of three, half-hour sessions (9:30, 10:00 or 10:30) starting Monday, June 12th (we will do our best to accommodate time slot requests, but reserve the right to place swimmers as needed). The final DSP practice this year is Friday, July 21st. Those DSP swimmers who have competed in at least one meet (for ages 6-and-under) or at least two meets (for ages 7-and-over) and would like to swim at Finals may continue to practice with the 8-and-under swimmers until the end of the season.
The safety of your child is our number one concern; our goal is to have a coach-to-swimmer ratio of no less than 1:3. The program is staffed with a DSP Head Coach and several DSP Group Leaders, but please understand that some of our DSP coaches are volunteers. If there is a day that we do not have enough volunteer coaches on deck to accommodate a 1:3 ratio, we may have to limit the number of developmental swimmers participating in the water for the day.
The DSP Head Coach may limit practice time each day to what is applicable to each swimmer. Children leaving the pool for any reason, or needing to use the restroom during the session, must be accompanied by a parent, as DSP Group Leaders will need to remain in the pool with the rest of their assigned Developmental Swimmers. For these reasons, and in accordance with the pool’s 11-and-under swimmer rule, a parent or guardian must be on deck and easily accessible throughout the entire practice.
We ask that you arrive promptly to each practice. Swimmers that arrive more than 5 minutes after the start of the session may be unable to participate that day. We want to ensure our coaches are able to focus and work with the entire group of swimmers in the water, for the entire session. If your child has one of those off days where they are unwilling to stay in the pool, we will ask that they sit out the session. After consultation with the Head Coach, if the DSP Coach feels that this program is not the best match for your swimmer, the team reserves the right to remove the swimmer from the program and refund the fee on a prorated basis. The success of this program is a direct result of the interaction and communication between our coaches and parents. Our Head Developmental Swim Coach is available to meet with our swim team parents before, or after each session.
We look forward to working with our Developmental Swimmers again this season!