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Issue 3: May 16, 2016

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Captain's Log

by Marcynda Verdicchio, President

Another fabulous week of practice everyone! I am looking forward to seeing our swimmers “show their stuff” this weekend at our practice meet. Please remember – the team picture will be taken prior to warm-ups, so please make sure you have picked up your team shirts.

Our Red White & Blue practice meet will be THIS, Saturday, May 21 at our Willow Bend Pool. The Online Meet Entry is due by noon on Monday, May 16. If you won't make the meet, you still need to register and specify that. Please contact our Meet Director, Paul Wadehra, with any questions you may have at paul.wadehra@gmail.com. Have a great week at practice! 

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

“I think I can. I know I can.”

Everything that you do or don’t do comes down to confidence. Always believe in yourself even when it’s not easy.

As we begin week three of our season I can say with complete confidence that our swimmers are ready to try out their swim skills in our first meet this upcoming Saturday. The Red, White and Blue meet is a perfect opportunity to see how a meet runs without the added pressure of an opposing team. The practice meet also provides swimmers with a time for their events that can help them set their goals for the season. The early morning warm ups followed by competitive races create an exciting experience for swimmers, coaches and parents alike. The meets are where our team becomes a team.

I know as we get closer to Saturday we may have some excited but nervous swimmers. This is completely normal even for those who have been swimming for a few seasons. That nervous, anxious feeling is just a good sign that you want to do your best. Swimmers and parents, please feel free to ask any of the coaches questions about strokes, starts, meets, etc. We are here to help and are more than willing to do what we can for you.

See you at the pool!

Coach Gina

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Volunteer Spot

by Wesley Freeman, Volunteer Coordinator

This coming Saturday, May 21, is the Red, White, and Blue Practice meet. 

Thank you to all those who have already volunteered!

This meet stretches our volunteer resources since we have approximately 130 positions to be filled, more than a standard meet. With a standard dual meet, the positions are shared with another team. With that said, we appreciate everyone's help this weekend.

As a reminder, if there are any issues with being able to volunteer such as having to work, other commitments, etc. please let me know. We will try to find a role and time which can accommodate your need. 

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Red, White, and Blue Practice Meet - May 21

The intra-squad practice meet is this Saturday. If you have not already registered, please login to https://wellsbranch.swimtopia.com/swim_meets and register your swimmer(s) for events and a parent for a volunteer job.

Entry deadline is by noon on Monday, May 16

Each swimmer will have the opportunity to swim all four strokes and participate in a freestyle relays. Swimmers who have not yet learned a stroke, will not have to swim it.

Younger swimmers will be allowed to have kickboards and coaches in the water at this meet if needed.

This will give all participating swimmers seed times to use the following week when we put together the relays and will also help us get them seeded correctly in events.

We should be finished before noon.

Key Information:

Location Willow Bend Pool
Arrive: 6:00 am Warm Ups:  6:45 am
Team Pics: 6:15 am Meet Starts: 7:30 am
Snackbar Donations requested from ages 15 & over

Meet Set-up: Friday, May 20 at 6:30 pm

* Meet setup will start at 6:30 pm for this meet. We must move all tables and chairs and put out ready benches, ropes and the announcer tables. If you signed up as part of the setup team for your volunteer assignment, or if you'd like to lend an extra hand, please be at the pool then. 

* The morning of the meet, we need help setting up pop-up tents around the pool. We appreciate all the help we can get putting these tents up and taking them down at the end of the day.

Clean Up

We ask everyone to clean up the pit and pool areas before they leave. We must return the pool area to its original condition. The more people who help, the sooner everyone can leave. Pit parents should not release swimmers until their area is restored. 

Parking 

At a home meet, Armada families leave the lot adjacent to the pool for our guest team. Since this practice meet involves only Armada families, there are no such restrictions. Additional parking will be along Sauls and Crissom next to the pool and soccer fields, and on the street on Long Vista. Please do NOT park along Bratton or in any of the parking lots for businesses you see along Bratton and Long Vista, as you will risk being towed. Please also do NOT block the construction entrances/ driveways to the school property, as construction should have commenced by then and may be in process on Saturday morning. There will be overflow parking at the Rec Center on Shoreline Dr., but it is a small hike from there to the pool.

Please allow extra time to find a place to park and potentially walk a fair distance to the pool. You may also wish to drop swimmers off and then go find parking.

Concessions Donations: Also, please note that for each home meet, a certain age group (or groups) is asked to bring concessions donations to help our concessions stand provide low-cost, nutritional snacks for the swimmers at a reasonable price. The preferred donation is fruit, since this is something that the concessions volunteers cannot pre-purchase or store easily and is in high demand at meets.

* The purpose of this practice meet is to allow both swimmers and volunteers to get comfortable in the way a swim meet works, specific responsibilities, and where everyone should be  and when they should be there. If you have questions, please ask. Board members and experienced parents will be on hand to help with questions and training.

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Online Meet Entry - OME

For every swim meet on our schedule, EVERY family MUST login to our website and register your swimmer for the meet.If your swimmer cannot participate in the meet, you should still login and complete the form.

Each family has a Swim-Topia account - your email plus a password you created. If you do not have this information, please email Marcynda Verdicchio and you will be sent a link that you can click on to set up your password.

Please login to https://wellsbranch.swimtopia.com/swim_meets

You should see the name(s) of your swimmer(s) and the events for their age group(s). Please tell us if your swimmer(s) will not attend the meet or if they will not be available to swim either the early or the late relays for that meet.

For the RWB meet, please choose all four events shown - unless your swimmer has not yet mastered one or more of the strokes. Then, please just click on freestyle and any other strokes your swimmer can swim. Remember…. Younger swimmers will be allowed to have kickboards and coaches in the water at this meet if needed.

We need each registered swimmer to fill out this form for each meet.

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Swim Shop

New items were introduced this season during registration and I’ve received lots of positive feedback and requests for another order.  Orders will be taken through this Friday, May 20.

An order form has been attached as well as a file with pictures of the items available, sizes and prices.If you have any questions, please let Marcynda know. Order forms and payment may be turned into Marcynda or placed in her hanging file located in the Board/Coach filebox.

WBA’s swim shop will be up and running during our home swim meets. Can’t wait until Saturday? Please email or see Marcynda during practices.

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Order Form

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Swim-a-thon: Raffle Donations Requested

Our annual Swim-a-thon & Raffle will be held on Tuesday, June 14. This is our primary fundraiser for the year and the funds raised help us keep our registration fees low and help us purchase needed equipment.

We are asking for donations of goods or services or gift certificates that we can raffle off during the End of Season Award Ceremony. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible

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WBA Scholarships

Did you know that the Wells Branch Armada offers college scholarships to up to three swimmers each year in that swim in their age-out year? To be eligible, swimmers must have swum on the team for 3 years, including their “age-out” season.

If you meet the above minimum requirements for consideration for these scholarships, be sure to check your family folder for information, which we will be getting out to you by mid-May at the latest. Scholarship applications will be due back by Friday, June 3, 2016.

We also need volunteers to serve on the scholarship committee. The scholarship documents state that a Board member or parent of a swimmer in their age-out year may not serve on the committee, which means everyone else can! To serve, you will need to be available to meet in mid-late June to make a decision and communicate to the Board prior to the awards ceremony.

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Swim Meet Apps: MeetMobile and MeetBop

Parents with Smart Phones! There are a couple of apps that you can utilize to keep track of event times and event results. MeetBop and MeetMobile for the 2016 season.

MeetBop: A parent in the Northwest Swim Circuit developed this app to notify parents via text message of an upcoming race, in advance of when swimmers are scheduled to swim. It is free to download and since the Circuit has paid for it, it does not require a subscription. We highly recommend that you download this app if you volunteer in a position that cannot see the pool, and/or that may require wrap-up and transition to someone else prior to leaving for a moment to see your swimmer swim. MeetBop will also display official meet results for each event once completed and confirmed.

MeetMobile: This app allows you to view heat sheets, heat and lane assignments, estimated start times and real time results both individual and team. You can also flag your “favorite swimmers”. Please note that some of the features requires a “subscription fee” to utilize. The requested fee is a MeetMobile requirement and the Wells Branch Armada swim team does not benefit from the fee in any way, nor can we waive it.

Meet results are always posted on the wall behind the lifeguard stand at every meet, and also on the website once the meet is completed.

If you have questions, please contact one of the board members.   

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Swim Meet Tips and Checklist

Here are a few important tips to make your swim meet experience successful:

tips Be on time. At the beginning of the meet the coaches will make changes to relay events if there are swimmers that are absent or missing. It is important that swimmers check-in with their pit parent to avoid being scratched from any relay event.
tips Bring nutritious snacks. The swim meets begin very early in the morning and last until noon or later. Please pack healthy snacks for your swimmers to eat such as fresh fruit, bagels, crackers, water, sports drinks, etc. We make an attempt to offer healthy items at the concession stand.
tips Pack appropriate supplies.Towels, sunscreen, goggles, etc - See checklist below...
tips Swimmers should stay in their pit areas The Pit Parents are responsible for watching the swimmers in the pit area and getting them to the ready bench when it is time for their event. If your child is going somewhere with you, please let the pit parents know.
tips MARK EVERYTHING! Please write your child's name on ALL belongings. At the meet, there will be dozens of identical t-shirts, caps, goggles - plus similar towels, flip flips, sunscreen. Don't forget to mark any electronic games - they get mixed up!

Checklist:

Checklist 2 towels Checklist Water or sport's drinks
Checklist Blanket to sit on in pit area Checklist Nutritious snacks
Checklist Warm clothes for after warm-up in early a.m. Checklist Quiet activities to keep them occupied in the pit area between races
Checklist Swim cap Checklist Sunblock
Checklist Goggles Checklist Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply sunblock!
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