Coaches Corner 2020
Dan Levy, Head Coach
Dan Levy is in his 22nd year as head coach of the Chappaqua Swimming & Diving Team. He has built the team up from a 45-member group in Division 4 to a Division 1 squad with an average annual membership of more than 80 swimmers and divers. The team’s 2nd place finish (out of 54 teams) at the 2011 Westchester County Swimming & Diving Championships was the best in history for any team currently in the Northern Westchester Swim Conference. In 2015 and 2016, CST earned back-to-back 3 rd place team finishes at the County Championships. The team has finished with a winning record in 18 out of 19 years including 15 out of 16 in Division 1. In that same time period, the team has been crowned dual meet champions 4 times and has taken 1 st place at divisional championship meets 5 times.
Prior to his coaching stint at CST, Dan coached the team at Tarrycrest Swim & Tennis during their first venture into Division 1 in 1997 and 1998. He also coached Tarrycrest from 1985-1987, when he led them from Division 5 to Division 3. In addition to summer coaching, Dan spent six years coaching both the novice and junior groups on the Marlins Swim Team at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester. Dan was also the assistant swim coach for both the varsity girls and boys swim teams at Keio Academy in Purchase.
During the school year, Dan is a teacher at Bedford Village Elementary School. He has taught both 2nd and 3rd grade classes since arriving at BVES in 1995. Dan also is a competitive swimmer and trains and competes with the Westchester Masters Swim Team at Pace University in Pleasantville.
Coach Dan believes much of the team’s success has come from a combination of commitment, consistency, and communication. He enjoys helping all swimmers reach their maximum potential while having fun at the same time. He also likes to show swimmers how their love for the sport can make a difference in their community. The team has organized, participated in, or hosted: food drives for the Westchester Food Bank, swims for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (both in our pool and in the Hudson River), a Christmas in July party for Cerebral Palsy, and many Swim Across America events (for cancer research, prevention, and treatment) in and away from our home pool.
Welcome new and returning members to the summer 2019 season for the Chappaqua Swim & Dive Team!
CHAPPAQUA SWIMMING & DIVING—2020
GENERAL INFORMATION/FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(Who are the coaches and instructors?)
We’d like to welcome new and returning members to the Chappaqua Swim & Dive Team’s 2020 season. Your CST coaches are: Dan Levy (22nd year)—head coach and James Ragusa (2nd year)—head dive coach, and Sophie Raath (3rd year)—assistant head coach. Returning instructional staff members are lessons coordinator, swim instructor, and captain Stephen Pearce (2nd year), swim instructor and captain Joe Weiner (2nd year) and swim instructor and captain Norah Kuduk (1st year).
(When does the team train?)
Practices will begin on Monday, July 6th, and will run as follows on weekdays from 7/6-7/31:
11 & over: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
10 & under: 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Learn to Dive: 9:00-9:45 a.m.
11 & over: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
10 & under: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Afternoon practices will NOT be available this summer. Clinics for our 6-, 8-, and 10 and unders will continue this year during regular practice time. This year’s clinics will be held on Thursdays. On clinic days, our 18 & under and 14 and under swimmers assist the coaches and instructors by helping our younger swimmers improve their strokes (in very small groups that offer lots of attention). The clinic schedule is as follows: June 9th: freestyle, July 16th: backstroke, July 23rd: breaststroke, July 30th: butterfly.
(Which practice(s) should swimmers attend and what should they bring besides a practice suit?)
To help the coaches improve each swimmer’s stroke technique and development, it’s important to eliminate unnecessary distractions. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that swimmers wear goggles at practice, and that anyone with long hair wear a bathing cap. It is helpful to the coaches and instructors if goggles are adjusted before practice. Avoiding contact this year will be a priority so swimmers should not rely on coaches to help with caps and goggles. Team members should also try to have a backup pair in case one breaks. It is also recommended that swimmers aged 9 and over bring a labeled water bottle to practice every day for regular hydration. Staying hydrated helps with performance and with general health. While practices will not be as long this summer, it’s important to note that the water fountain will not be in service.
Swimmers must attend the practice for the age group in which they would have been competing this summer. All those who would have been competing as 6 & unders, 8 & unders, or 10 & unders should attend the 10:15 morning practice. All those who would have been competing as 12 & unders, 14 & unders, or 18 & unders should attend the 9:00 morning practice. The cut-off date that determines the age group for a team member is July 1st.
(How do we go about ordering the team suit?)
There will not be a new team suit for 2020. Any racing-type suit is fine for practices and for our intraclub meets.
(HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?)
The team fee for the swimming and/or diving team is $75.00 per swimmer or diver. Payment is accepted in cash or by check payable to Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Association. Fees are due by the first day of practice, 7/6/20. After that date, swimmers may not attend practices until payment is made. Those who join after that date will need to make the payment before they will be allowed to attend practice. Please note that for graduating seniors or those in their final year of eligibility, the team fee is waived.
(WHERE CAN I FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR TEAM, OUR SWIM CONFERENCE, AND THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS?)
Some team information is located at the club’s website, which is cstclub.com. While league and county competition has been canceled for this summer, you can find general information and results from the past at a few different sites. League information (conference records, meet results, rules, etc.) can be found at the Northern Westchester Swim Conference website, whose web address is: northernwestchestersc.com. Information about the county swim and dive championships may be found at their address: wcsa-counties.com.
(WHEN ARE THEY & HOW DO THEY WORK?)
We will not be holding time trials this summer. The intraclub meets will serve as a general gauge of swim and dive performances this summer.
(HOW DO WE HANDLE ABSENCES? WHAT DO TEAM MEMBERS DO UPON ARRIVAL AT A MEET?)
Any swimmer who will be missing practices and/or intraclub meets or other team events must give a note to one of the coaches or send an email to email@example.com with the dates he/she will be leaving and returning. If you already know of dates in which you won’t be here, let us know now! As the season is only four weeks long this year, swimmers and divers should be available for at least half of the time that the season runs.
Please don’t fill up on soda, sweets, and junk food before and/or during our intraclub meets. Better choices include: fruits, bagels, yogurt, energy bars, water and Gatorade.
(WHAT MEETS AND EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE TEAM SO FAR?)
Attached to the end of this packet is a schedule of (intraclub) meets and events. Please check the bulletin board frequently for important information regarding the team.
(WHO DOES CST COMPETE AGAINST? WHEN AND WHERE ARE MEET ROSTERS POSTED? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN “A” MEET AND A “B” SWIM OR DIVE MEET?)
League competition (Northern Westchester Swimming Conference) has been canceled for the summer 2020 season. We will, however, hold three intraclub meets which will include both regular dual meet events for diving and all strokes as well as some fun events usually only seen at invitationals.
CHAMPIONSHIPS/ALL-STARS/COUNTIES (WHAT ARE THESE MEETS AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM THE DUAL MEETS?)
All of these meets are canceled for the 2020 summer swim season.
SWIM ACROSS AMERICA
(WHAT IS IT AND WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?)
Last year, approximately 50 team members and 125 athletes in total participated in Swim Across America’s 8th annual event here at CST. The 2019 event at CST raised approximately $77,500.00 and was one of the largest pool fundraisers in the country. Since our first year in 2012 as a host pool, we have raised nearly half a million dollars. Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming related events. While this year’s regular Swim Across America events have been canceled, the organization will still be holding a “virtual” event.
The SAA - LIS 2020 Personal Challenge replaces the open water and pool swims. All can participate in this ‘any-activity, fund-raising challenge’ as we “Make Virtual Waves to Fight Cancer." Activities can include walking, biking, running, golfing, swimming, kayaking or any favorite safe activity. CST will use one of our practice days to help swimmers raise money for this year’s virtual event. If interested in joining CST’s team, which is known as Team Karen, David, and Scarlett (Team KiDS), please speak with Dan or check the bulletin board for more information which will be coming soon. CST team members as well as friends and family members are all welcome and encouraged to join Team KiDS, but swimmers may form or join any team that they’d like to for this event.
TEAM AWARDS DINNER
(WHO IS IT FOR? WHEN IS IT? HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?)
At the end of each season, the team usually holds an awards dinner for all swim, dive, and tennis team members and their immediate families. This year’s season will end with a luncheon to recognize team members for their participation. Information about the luncheon and signing up to help with the planning and/or with bringing in food will be posted on the bulletin board.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (HOW CAN I HELP?)
Much of our success can be attributed to a very supportive and active group of parents. If new to the team, please consider helping out. This year, we will need scorers, timers, ribbon writers, and runners for our intraclub meets, as well as lots of help for this year’s special events. Anyone interested in helping out should see one of the coaches or speak with Lori Shay, the swim team liaison on the board. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and your help is especially needed and appreciated during this challenging summer.
The coaches and instructors are all looking forward to another FUN season! If anyone ever has any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak with any of us.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Mon., July 6th Practices Begin See schedule.
Thurs., July 9th Freestyle Clinic (10 & unders)
Fri., July 17th Xmas in July
Thurs., July 16th Backstroke Clinic (10 & unders)
Thurs., July 16th Intraclub Meet (Blue vs. Yellow) 5:00 p.m. warm-up; 5:30 p.m. start
Thurs., July 23rd Breaststroke Clinic (10 & unders)
Thurs., July 23rd Intraclub Meet (Blue vs. Yellow) 5:00 p.m. warm-up; 5:30 p.m. start
Fri., July 24th Swim Across America practice
Thurs., July 30th Butterfly Clinic (10 & unders)
Thurs., July 30th Intraclub Meet (Blue vs. Yellow) 5:00 p.m. warm-up; 5:30 p.m. start
Fri., July 31st End of Season Luncheon