Leeland Express 2022 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 $35.00 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: (Due to the change in the Stafford County school calendar, there will be NO evening practices this year.):
Morning Practices - Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, July 29th (DSP ends Friday, July 22nd). **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
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.
2022 Coaching Staff:
- Head Coach - Andy Steuart
- Assistant Head Coach - Jack Spinnanger
- Assistant Coaches - Lauren Meyer, Peyton Meyer, Andrew Spinnanger, Jonah Unruh
- Developmental Swim Head Coach - Gabby DeCrisci
- Assistant Developmental Swim Coaches - Devum Dave, Coleen Desmond, Evan Fairfax, Caitlyn Hansen, Hope Jordan, Maggie Kennedy, Madison Patton, Sierra Poorbaugh, Owen Richwine, Juliana Wallo
2022 Battlefield Division:
Leeland Station, Curtis Park, Fawn Lake, Hampton Oaks, Massad
Meet Schedule (please note, due to an additional team being added to our division this year, our meet schedule will look different from past seasons):
- Monday, June 20 - Away at Fawn Lake (Exhibition)
- Wednesday, June 22 - Home vs. Curtis Park (Exhibition)
- Monday, June 27 - Away at Massad
- Wednesday July 6 - Home vs. Hampton Oaks
- Wednesday, July 13 - Away at Curtis Park
- Monday, July 18 - Home vs. Fawn Lake
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 1st 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 also be hosting two sessions of a parent/team meeting at our snow cone social on May 1st. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Team Suits: The team suit this year will be the Speedo Solar Boom in Speedo Blue ($63.50 for girls and $41.25 for boys). Swimsuits will be available at our try-on event on Sunday, May 1st 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 have tentatively been scheduled for Saturday, July 30th.
End of Season Party: Our end of the season party will be held on the evening of Saturday, July 30th after Finals starting at 7pm.
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 DSP is currently at capacity for the 2022 season and registration is closed. **
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 6th, 7th and 8th 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
- 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. Two half-hour DSP sessions will be offered this year; one at 9:30 am and one at 10:00 am.
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 6th, 7th and 8th 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, the program will run from 9:30 to 10:00 AM and from 10:00 to 10:30, starting Monday, June 13th. The final DSP practice this year is Friday, July 22nd. 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!