Team Info and Details 2020
A few details for the upcoming season....Here are some details which may be good, especially for new families. But even for those who are old hat, read on.... I know this is a bit long, but please read through...it will benefit your kids!
Registration will open on or around March 1. Early bird rates are in effect until May 1, 2020. Save $30 per athlete per team by registering early!
Learn HOW to sign-up for meets and events! This is how coaches and reps know that you are available to participate.
On Fridays, at AM swim practice, we have water polo and donuts, it’s a team favorite, Friday July 3 is the last one for donuts. Friday, July 10, will be waterpolo and pancake breakfast! The food is for pre-team and dive team too!
Our pep rallies have a theme….dress in theme related garb for the meets! Pep rallies are not a drop off event and require parent supervision and attendance for all athletes ages 14 and under. Thanks for your support! Pre-teamers are always welcome at pep rallies.
During practices coaches focus on a LOT of things to make your swimmers and divers better! But practice is not the same as private lessons. Even if you are on any of our teams, you can still do private lessons. If you need to work on a specific technique or dive, stroke refinement, starts, finishes, flip turns, getting legal, or just a few extra pointers...private lessons may help. Contact the swim coach of your choice or dive coach. Also please remember, you are always welcome to ask coaches questions, but please don’t do this during practice. Email or find a coach during a non-practice/non-meet time if you need to chat.
Photo Share! We will have a slide show at each end of season banquet and we want a wide variety of pictures, plus the photos are fun to look at. Take lots of photos and share them (link coming soon).
Ribbons! You earn ribbons at meets, top 6 finishers at A meets and top 12 finishers at B meets. On the swim team table (across from the check-in desk at the club) is a box. In the box are file folders with your swimmer’s last name. Check the the folder….if you’ve raced, you probably have ribbons. Pre-team, there will be ribbons if you participate in the MINI MEET (details coming soon!) Divers receive ribbons after each meet as well and are awarded during the meet.
Swim Team Relay Carnival! Date TBD. This is an all relay meet and it’s super fun. It’s like an A meet. Mark your availability ASAP and coach will choose who swims. We often go deep in our roster to complete all of our relay teams, so if you are interested, MARK AVAILABILITY by Monday, July 1, at NOON.
Divisionals, July 18 for swim, July 19 for dive. The top 2 swimmers in each event and top 2 divers in each age group will participate. These are not the days to be on vacation! (Not only because of Divisionals, but also because of our team BANQUETS!) The line up will be released on or before Sunday July 12 and athletes who are selected will have an extra week of practice. Even if you don’t think your child will qualify...if you are in town and want a shot at qualifying, mark that your child as available. Sometimes we have to go deep into our roster!
Final Deadline to declare availability will be July 10 at 2pm.
Banquet!July 18 for swim, July 19 for dive. These are our culminating team events. It includes paper plate awards for all athletes in attendance, high point trophies and special awards, slide show, BIG dessert bar (because everyone brings a dessert to share!) and an awesome dinner. Please plan to come, your kids won’t want to miss it. Your team fees cover most of the cost, but there is a nominal $5/fee for attendance for athletes and parents. Extra guests are $10/pp. We ask everyone to please bring a dessert to share! You RSVP and pay through swimtopia under the Sign-Up (Meets/Events) tab (go to the end of the list!). If you’d like to attend the swim team banquet, be sure you sign up for SWIM banquet, NOT the dive banquet! And vice versa!
Certified Officials! Stroke and Turn positions and Starters (and Referees!) for SWIM and Judges and Referee training for DIVE….these jobs require taking a class and then doing a short apprenticeship with experienced certified officials who support our team….you can get trained starting in May (2020) and we would LOVE to have you do it. Think about it…..and reply to this email if you’d like more info.
Leadership team….want to take on more of a roll, but you are unsure what to do...reach out. We’d love to chat with you about how you can help out more this season or next! This team only works because of the awesome parents that step up and volunteer. So again, think about it….
We are looking forward to a FABULOUS 2020 season!