December 8, 2011
New month, new quarter, time for coaching and team fees.
PARENT MEETING, Friday, 6:00 --main topic-- SWIM-O-RAMA FUNDRAISER, date set (Nov. 19), details at meeting
October 13, 2011
We are going to revamp Fridays. Now that the colder weather has begun, Fridays as originally envisioned don’t work as well. The kids get cold waiting around for relays and then can’t focus when relays are over, so for many younger ones, it’s value is rather limited.
Newsletter, August 29
One more week before school for public schools, and we are ready to rock in my morning group. Times are 7:45-11:00 this week (Adv Intermediate will be done a little earlier). Extending practice will allow us to get all that we really need in in the morning (including weights on Tth) because I have the feeling that many families will be too busy with getting ready for school to come back in the afternoon. (Weights for 11 & unders consistent almost entirely of moving against their body weight)
Please be sure you know the Friday/Saturday practice schedule. We are on our Summer Schedule (sent out 2 weeks ago), which is very different from the school year
Friday/Saturday schedule. It is also posted on the our bulletin board
inside to the right on the way to the bathrooms. There are quite a few
changes which are emphasized on the webpage before you click on the
attachment to actually see the schedule laid out. Despite the fact that
some are going to a meet, there is no change in Saturday practice--it's on. There is only no Saturday practice when we have a team meet, not an optional meet.
May 31, 2011
New Quarter, New Month. Please update your coaching fees and team fee.
Newsletter, Dec. 28, 2010
Meet entries for the EAJ Invitational at Cecil Fields, Jan 14-16 is up on our website (under upcoming events). I need entires by this Friday if possible, but for sure by next Tuesday. Anyone who has hopes of making the Florida Age Group Championships really needs to go to this meet, but it's not jsut for htose swimmers. We wn't have swum for over a month by the time this meet comes up, and that's for those who went to the B Champs. For others it's even longer. Kids need to swim regularly to learn how to approach meets and see their progress. And I guarantee you that your swimmer will be faster at the ATAC meet at Leach Center 2 weeks later if you attend this meet.
Newsletter, Dec. 14, 2010
1. USA registration for 2011 must be taken care of before the end of the year and since the offices at Florida Swimming close btw Christmas and New Year’s, we must get those USA renewals (it must be renewed every year) by next Monday.
The form is on our website https://sites.google.com/site/maclaynorthsidedolphins/
2. DOLF water bottles are a great stocking stuffer. Only $10 (same price you’ll pay at Sports Authority without getting our personalized team logo). These are air insulated so they stay cold in the summer, warm in the winter, dishwasher safe, and made from the good, non-toxic plastic.
3. Swim-o-Rama money is coming in and our participation is good. In fact, when I talked to Robin today, she indicated it was excellent in most cases, and we are all very appreciative of your efforts.
However we are still not where we need to be, so please keep working on those sponsors, especially business sponsors. I know I have still have 3 potential business sponsors whom I‘ll need to follow up with possibly for months, one of whom I’ll see today.
3 timely items:
1. It’s a new month and a new quarter-- Please drop your coaching fees and team fee in the white box at the gate.
2. It’s also a new year soon-- we need a 2011 USA registration for everyone who registered before the fall (those in the fall have already registered for 2011 and got the fall of 2010 included)
3. This is the week to turn in your Swim-o-Rama donations. However, if you still have ideas for sponsorships, please pursue them beyond this week.
Also remember goal to be able to cover our winter heat is $200/person. If you fell short of that goal, don’t hesitate to continue to try to raise additional money.
Those who missed the first Swim-o-Rama may make it up this Saturday. Some of the new swimmers though may wish to wait until later in the month as they gain more stamina. Just talk to Coach Bob, but this is the one essential fundraiser that allows us to swim through the winter-- and then have a team there for those who only want to swim in the summer.
November 19, Thanksgiving week schedule, Saturday hereafter:
Next week’s schedule:
Wednesday and Friday practice will be held almost according to Saturday’s schedule.
Advanced will be from 10:00 to 12:30
Advanced Beluga 12:00-1:30
Beluga 1:00- 2:00.
Thursday schedule: Advanced only- 10:00- 12:30.
Saturday: new normal Saturday schedule
Advanced 9:45-12:30 (this is a 15 minute push back)
Intermediate 10:30-12:30 (same as old schedule)
Adv Beluga 12:00-1:30 (this is a 15 minute push back)
No Beluga practice on Saturday
Lots of news- October 5
First, the water will be warmer than yesterday. Due to a combination of circumstances, it was unusually cold and it felt colder bec we are all so used to the 95+ degree heat of 2 weeks ago.
Wetsuits should be in by next Monday; until then you can borrow from my collection. I ordered a few extra in case you missed the order.
Water bottles are in! We have 24 oz and 20 oz with our logo on the them. They are made from the new non-toxic plastic, are air insulated so they keep cold even in the sun, are dishwasher safe even with the logo on (it’s inside the insulation layer).
In their words-- “Polar Bottle® is the original insulated plastic sport bottle. It keeps liquids colder longer than other water bottles. We innovated the industry back in 1994 by creating a bottle that would actually keep water cool during any outdoor activity. BPA-free, Phthalate-free.”
We are selling them at cost-- $10 each-- Sports Authority sells them at $10 + tax without our logo. So this is a very good deal. We ordered 50 and need to sell them all just to break even. A picture will follow in a forwarded email
The meet this weekend-- October 9. Adv and Intermediate be there at 7:45. Belugas be there at 8:00 sharp. Bring some warm clothing and 3 or 4 towels. Please remember that any snacks should be those that are easy to digest-- very little protein, no fat-- for during a meet.
Entries posted on website.
The meet in Dothan--- we will go to this meet on Saturday morning only if we get 10 entrants by the time entries close-- this Saturday. I have 2 entrants right now. Saturday morning is 11-2 boys, 10 & under girls and boys, 8 & under our and girls. Why are we not going to the whole meet? The facility is rather limited, only a 6 lane older pool with limited (and stuffy) seating. There is not place for warm-up/warm-down during the meet-- why we aren’t going with our older swimmers. It will be a decent experience for our younger swimmers who don’t need as much warming up and warming down.
It is doable to drive over in the morning for the meet-- I have usually done that in the past-- You gain an hour going into CVST and warm-up aren’t until 8:oo AM; it is only a 2 hour (exactly) drive. So if you leave at 7:00 AM and don’t have any stops, you can be there on time. That’s not bad.
I just got back from the annual coaches meetings for the Florida LMSC. We dates set of spring and summer Junior Olympics which will be listed on our website under upcoming events.
A new change-- Junior Olympics is no longer the name for our 14 and under championship meets. Henceforth it will be called Florida Age Group Championships (FLAG). I think this is a good idea-- for years I’ve thought the very name of our age group championships is a bit intimidating to many of our younger swimmers and really quiet misleading. Our age group championship meet only includes the local USA Florida Chapter-- not even including the western panhandle (they are in Southeastern) or the Gold Coast (Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, etc-- they are the Gold Coast). So the meet is not so all-encompassing as it sounds. It’s certainly not international like the Olympics.
However, Florida is one of the 5 best chapters in the country and the meet is very special. But this name is more in line with reality, not so grandiose.
Secondly, JO’s (FLAG’s) order of event has been altered to allow all 10 & under events to be within 3 days instead of 4 and the QT’s have been tightened a bit-- to approximately the 40th place time from the previous year. This was an idea I had first put out a year ago to cut down the time on such a long meet and also to make it a bit more elite, since there is so much travel involved for so many swimmers. It doesn’t make sense to travel hours to swim an event that you will be seeded 80th. The next thing I’m going to try to get are bonus events forgoes whop just make one or 2 events.
New order of events and QT’s will be posted on our bulletin board at the pool-- inside the doorway to the bathrooms.