Invitationals are OPTIONAL (read: extra) meets designed for kids who (1) can’t get enough of summer league and love, love, love to compete, (2) want extra opportunities to make cuts for later invitationals, and (3) want to get a taste of what a year-round swim meet is like.
Invitationals do cost extra money:
- $35 entry fee per swimmer for Pentathlon
- $9 per individual event in RWB; $10 per individual event for Ponderosa
- The team pays for any relays your swimmer gets placed on (made up from the swimmers who enter the meet).
- Please pay w/ Venmo BEFORE the event date @scst-stingrays
Invitationals also have qualifying times. Your swimmer must qualify for each event they enter. The exception is Pentathlon (mid-season invitational), which is cumulative Fl/Bk/Br/Fr/IM. The easiest to qualify for is (end-of-season) Red, White and Blue (which actually has two different levels of cuts). Much more difficult are the (end-of-season) Ponderosa Cuts.
PLEASE DO NOT enter all the invitationals. Pick one, or max two, invitationals that make the most sense for your family. We would rather you participate in all dual meets and Divisionals. Do not burn out on us. The Stingray season is short and intense, and the end of the season is much more intense than the beginning.
The following invitationals are offered to Stingrays this season. All are “indoor meets,” meaning they have an indoor pool and an indoor staging area between events. Please pay attention to the sign-up dates. Sign up online--just click on the invitational name when the entry button is green and CHOOSE ALL YOUR SWIMMER’S DESIRED EVENTS. Coaches do not choose individual events; just relays. Not all coaches will be present at all times during invitationals, but there will be at least one coach at every session to give feedback and encouragement and to run warm-ups. Also, there are no age group tents at invitationals. We have a team area where families set up with a ring of chairs and assist each other in getting swimmers to the ready bench on time. It is a team effort; do not plan to drop off your swimmer if they are 12 or younger.
Invitationals Schedule (2023)
|Pentathlon (Mid-Season)||6/11||Cy Springs High School - 7909 Fry Rd, Cypress TX 77433|
|Red, White and Blue
||6/23-6/25||Cy Ranch High School - 10700 Fry Rd, Cypress, TX 77433|
|Ponderosa||6/24 & 6/25||CFISD Nat - 12550 Windfern Rd B, Houston, TX 77064|
Please Note: Be prepared to time if your child swims any invitational meets. Each team is required to provide timers based on the number of swimmers we have attending.
More information is available online, and I strongly encourage you to read the meet announcement for any meets you are interested in at https://www.nwal.org/invitational-meets.
If you have questions, Joyce Tao is our Invitational Meet Lead Contact. You can reach her at [email protected] or 832-859-9222 with any questions. She is also available to assist you during meets and has all invitational information handy.