The Killer Whales in 2014

Dear Swim Team Families

I hope, like me, you are looking forward for the new season. Our head coach, Caitland Kelshaw, returns this year, along with coach Hal and swimmer coach Hannah. Marvin Russell continues as our data manager. I return as the team manager and league rep and Liz Houston is our meet manager. Continuity is king.

What you most often hear from swim team members is how much fun they have. Our swim team is low-key, with the emphasis on teamwork, good sportsmanship, improved swimming, and fun. We swim in the Prince-Mont Summer Swim League.

Team fees
Team fees this year will be $79 for an individual and $136 for families. We also plan on having a swimathon to raise some additional funds for the team.

Eligibility
Any child up to age 18 (or 19 depending on the birthday) able to swim 25 meters can be on the swim team, and we would love to have your child join us.

Our Practice Schedule
We will begin our season on Tuesday May 27. Our regular practice schedule will be:
8 & unders: 5:15 to 5:45
9-10s 5:45 to 6:30
11+: 6:30 to 8:00

We do not plan to have practices on Fridays.

Coaches may assign swimmers to another age group as appropriate.

This practice schedule will be changed if needed as the team builds and additional needs are determined.

Please note on May 28 – the second practice of the season – we will begin with team tryouts for new swimmers. These will start at 6:00 p.m. Additional team try out times will be scheduled during the first few days.

Interested but not sure? Your child can swim for a practice session before you pay the fee. Come to the deck at the deep end just before practice and consult with the coach. You can also speak to other parents about swim team.

2014 Meet Schedule
June 7: Time trials @ PGP. This is not a real swim meet against another team but will run as a meet so that swimmers remember how to swim in a meet, the coaches can get real times for the swimmer and parents can practice running a meet.

June 14: Away meet @ WOW
June 21: Home meet against GVST
June 14: Away meet @ BSR
July 5: Home meet against CSR
July 12: Away meet @ NRST
July 19: Division D Divisional Meet @ Cheverly
July 26: All-Stars @ BNR

Pre-season and Seasonal Jobs
There are a number of things that we need to begin working on. There are also some seasonal jobs for the team that it would be nice to get sorted before the season starts. I am listing these jobs here. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for one of these tasks.
 
1. Training for deck jobs
As you are all aware there are many jobs that parents need to do at the swim meets in order for the meet to run properly. Many of these tasks need some training and our league runs clinics where parents can learn how to do these jobs. Certain jobs on deck such as starter, referee and stroke and turn judges can only be carried out by individuals who have been trained by our League or are certified by USA Swimming.

The PrinceMont Swim League (PMSL) will run clinics where parents can be trained. Dates TBA. I would urge as many parents as possible to come to one of these clinics for training. Our team has some excellent stroke-and-turn judges already but it would be good if we could rotate others into these positions so that it is not always the same individuals doing all the work. Also there are other deck jobs such as Team Rep, Head Judge, Assistant Judge, etc., where it is important to have a full knowledge of the rules of swimming so please do attend one of these clinics if you can. Please let me know if you plan to attend.

2. Newsletter / Reach for the Wall writer
If there are any budding (or existing) journalists out there it would be great to restore the weekly newsletter. This is an excellent way to highlight all the swimmers who improve times and swimmers who win points for the team. A weekly newsletter is also helpful in alerting the team to up-and-coming events and sharing photos. So we are looking for a newsletter writer. We will provide the statistics for the newsletter. The writer just has to provide a report on the meet and pull together any forthcoming announcements for the team. The report on the meet can also be sent to the Washington Post's Reach for the Wall website as they are looking for local reporting of league activities. We will also post this material to this site.
 
3. Team meet hospitality organizer
We will have two home meets this year plus time trials. At home meets we like to provide food. This made us a lot of money last year and is a great part of our team’s tradition. You will have plenty of helpers and the job can be split between two people. Our team has some good systems sorted out for working out the shopping, making breakfast and grilling so the organizer will not have to reinvent the wheel but if you want to bring in some new recipes or innovations that is also very welcome.
 
4. Team suit fitter and order taker
At the start of the season we need a parent to take orders for team suits. We like all of our team members to have their suits by the first meet so we need swimmers to order suits within the first ten days of the season in order to get the suits back in time for our first meet. We will be sent a sizing kit from the retailer and kids can use that to order the correct suit size. The person doing this job manages the sizing kit and takes in the orders and payments. It would be really helpful if one or two parents could take on this task. The job is completed by June 4th.
 
5. Swimathon organizers
Finally, it would be helpful for a few parents to organize the swimathon fundraiser. Kids make money for the team by getting sponsorship for laps and parents make money for the team by selling dinners to the pool membership. This is a one off fun event that creates a lot of team camaraderie. If you would like to take this on please let me know.

Please do let me know if you are able to undertake any of these tasks.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Helen Searls
helensearls(at)gmail(dot)com