Turtle Talk 6/5/17

Turtle Talk

June 5, 2017

We’ve had a great first week of practice, despite the chilly water. Thanks to all the swimmers and families for getting to the pool early, ready to be in the water on time. If you are new to the team, please don’t hesitate to ask questions to any of the volunteers or parents at practice. Our swim team is a family—we are here to help each other and breed a swimming community among kids and parents.

Upcoming Events of the Week…

  • Afternoon practice will continue Monday through Friday this week.
  • Time trials will be this Friday (June 9th) at the times listed below:
    • 4:00 pm — 8 and unders
    • 5:00 pm — 9-10s, 11-12s
    • 6:00 pm — 13 and over
  • Please be sure that your swimmer is at his or her practice early so that trials run smoothly. For new swimmers, time trials are an opportunity for coaches to time each swimmer in each stroke. These times will assist coaches in swim team line-ups, especially for A-Meets. It’s important that swimmers give this their best effort. PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE A MUST FOR TIMING. PLEASE PLAN ON TIMING DURING YOUR CHILD’S WINDOW. THANKS!
  • Turtles in Training will run Monday - Thursday at scheduled times this week and next (through June 15th). A sign up genius link will be emailed next weekend for families to sign up for morning practice times.
  • Please collect your team merchandise bags when you arrive for practice (suits, t-shirts, caps).
  • Swim Team Parent meeting will be held on Friday, June 9th, 5:00 pm in the picnic area. It will be geared for new families and those wanting to learn about meets, practices, spirit experiences, volunteer requirements, and more.
  • An officials’ clinic will be held on Saturday, June 10th. Officials have to attend to be certified for the summer. Details to follow soon.
  • Swim Meet at Mainland on Saturday morning, June 17th. This meet is open to all swim team members. More information below.

Important Mainland Meet Information:

  • Warm-ups start at 8:30 am at MRA (Mainland Recreation Association). Plan to arrive early to be ready to start on time. Our team typically gathers in the parking lot and enters together.
  • MRA is on Central Avenue in Linwood, NJ 08221. Closest crossing street is Oak Avenue. Take AC Expressway to exit 7 to Garden State Parkway South. Get off GPS at exit 36, Northfield Exit, which drops you off on Tilton Road. At the first light take a right onto Fire Road. Follow that a few miles to Central Avenue where you make a left. After the road goes downhill, there will be a lake on your left and the entrance to the pool is just past the lake. If you hit the light at Oak Avenue, you’ve gone too far. Turn around.
  • Sign-up for your events outside the coaches’ office on the bulletin board no later than Wednesday, June 7th. Each swimmer may pick two events within their age group, but plan on staying through the end as most will swim in a relay. Also, it is important to stay to support your team throughout the meet.

Other News In June…

  • Morning practice will begin the week of June 19th, except for those swimmers still in school. Those swimmers will be offered practice time in the afternoon.
  • Turtles in Training will only be run from 9:30-10:30 during the week of June 19th, as the pool will be open full time. We will not have access to the intermediate pool in the afternoon.
  • Swim team pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, June 28th at 9:00 am. Forms will be placed in family folders as the date approaches. Swimmers must wear either the team suit or a solid black suit for this picture. Turtles in training are invited to participate, especially for family pictures.
  • Look for Jill Ward and Christy Sanders to sign up for A-meet and B-meet volunteer opportunities. It is the volunteers that ensure a smooth meet for our swimmers. These ladies are happy to train you on any job!

SAFETY REMINDER: The pool is currently closed during the weekday practices. Swimmers should NOT be in the baby pool area or left unsupervised around the medium pool. Lifeguards are NOT on duty during practices at these locations and we need to ensure everyone’s safety. Thank you.

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