Parent Meeting Recap

Hello parents,

Thank you to everyone that was able to make the parent meeting last night. For those that were not able to, here is a recap. Please read through as we covered a lot of information.

VOLUNTEERING:

During registration, you accepted the 2017 parent policy. Each family will be responsible for 40 volunteer points to remain in good standing with the team, this is the equivalent of approximately 4 full meets. If you do not meet your 40 points you will not be allow to register with returning swimmers next season and will need to go through new swimmer tryouts and incur a fee of $150 for not meeting your minimum. That said, there will be plenty of opportunity to get your 40 points. Job descriptions on all volunteering roles can be found here.

Sign ups for Volunteering will be opened on Saturday, April 22nd at 12pm. When sign ups open, click here to be directed to the sign up page. If you sign up to volunteer at Champs, please make sure you have volunteered in that same role during a regular season meet.

On Monday, April 24th at 6:30, Elli Overton will be holding a meeting at the Circle C Community Center for current head parents involved with running the meets. If you are interested in holding a head parent position in future seasons, feel free to join us at the meeting to learn more about these positions.

For those of you interested in being a Stroke and Turn judge, training will be held on Wednesday May 3rd at 6:30 pm at our pool. Your certification is good for TWO years, so if you have an expired certification, you will also need to attend.

COMMUNICATION:

Please reference the website for information first and foremost. Facebook and Remind Text Alerts are also great ways of getting information instantaneously…think early Saturday morning weather delays. Please sign up for one or both as soon as possible. If you signed up for Remind in 2016 you will need to re-signup, as it’s a new roster. We also have a new Facebook group for photos only to share amongst the team (Circle C Seals Photos). All information on communication can be found here.

SPONSORSHIPS:

If you (or anyone you know!) owns a business and would like to sponsor our team, please click here or email Becky Johnson at Johnson.becky@gmail.com for more information. Sponsorships are due today 4/13!

MERCHANDISE:

This is your last chance to place orders on the team store! Please get your orders in today to show your team spirit throughout the season!!

CALENDAR UPDATES:

The team calendar is updated with all important dates for the upcoming season, including meet dates and locations. Please take note of all the upcoming dates.

PRACTICE GROUPS:

Following the first week of QuickStarts, the coaches will be forming practice groups. The groups will be based on age and ability. Your swimmer will be placed in the group that best suits them. You can expect an email with the group information. The goal of the practice placement is to ensure that your swimmer is in the group that is most appropriate for his/her skill level and age group.

Write your child’s name on their back the first week of practice. This will help the coaches learn names.

Swimmers are required to attend at least ONE PRACTICE a week and TWO SWIM MEETS to stay part of the team.

“Swimmer of the Week” will be awarded weekly in each practice session. This will be given to the swimmer that shows sportsmanship, teamwork, improvement in the water and/or hard work!

EQUIPMENT & SAFETY:

Please send your swimmers to practice with fins, kickboard, goggles, swim cap (especially the girls) and a towel. It is important for you to LABEL EVERYTHING. Please no swim/sun shirts or board shorts (boys). These items interfere with the swimmer’s ability to move freely and properly in the water. Prepare for the cooler days when your swimmer exits the pool with a towel and warm clothes.

Orange Seal tags will be available at the door to the swim center during QuickStarts and the first week of practice. This will allow your swimmer to enter through the front swim office without having to scan their pool card. Please attach this to your swimmer’s bag.

Coaches and swimmers will meet over on the picnic tables by the volleyball court everyday prior to getting in the water. Please have your swimmer wear flip-flops/shoes over to the tree and have them leave their equipment by the gate or on the deck.

If your child has any medical condition that should require the coaches to have prior knowledge, please email Coach Colleen directly so she can communicate this with the other coaches. Any necessary medical equipment (epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) should be sent to practice in your child's swim bag where it can be easily accessed.

Once your child is engaged in practice, please do not interfere with the coaches' ability to communicate with your kids. If there is anything you need to discuss with the coaches, you MUST do so outside of practice time.

All siblings that may be swimming in the open swim area must be within arms length of a caretaker, even if they can swim on their own - this is a rule of the pool/lifeguards. In addition, the pool staff has asked us to please enter the pool from the front door always, never from the side gate propped open by a friend.

Thanks for reading the entire way! We appreciate your time and as always, let us know if you have any questions!

Colleen and Katie

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