The GGSL 2008 Swim Schedule is now available. Review it here , along with important volunteer information from Jim Ganz.
TWO BASIC RULES WILL HOLD YOU IN GOOD STEAD...
The first rule is, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, ASK! IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS, MAKE THEM KNOWN!
If you are a parent, speak to one of the parent coordinators. If you are a swimmer, talk to your coaches:
Head Coach: Sharon Garvey firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Mooney email@example.com
Shannon Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
The second rule is, PUT IT IN WRITING. Once the season starts, things go very quickly. It is easy for your coaches to forget something they are told after practice or in the middle of a meet. If you put it on paper, they have something they can refer to. The team has a system of Family Folders to facilitate communication. Just write a note and put it in the folder of one of the coaches or parent coordinators.
UNLESS YOU ARE TOLD OTHERWISE, ALL TEAM
ACTIVITIES ARE HELD AT WANEGARDEN POOL.
The season begins on Monday, June 2, 2008 with evening practices scheduled Monday through Friday as follows:
4:30pm-5:15pm—Swimmers 8 and Under
4:30pm-5:30pm—Swimmers 9 through 12
5:15pm-6:30pm—Swimmers 13 and Up
Please try to arrive 5 minutes before practice to participate in any pre-practice activities and be fully prepared to practice.
PARENTS: Please do not discuss matters with the coaches during swim practice. If you need to talk with them, please do so after practice. Also, please do not talk to your children during practice. It is distracting to the coaches and the other swimmers.
Swimmers are assigned practice times based upon age AND skill. For example, some 12 year olds may be asked to practice at 5:30pm. Coaches will make final decisions on practice times once they have had the opportunity to evaluate the members of this year’s team.
GENERALLY, YOU MUST PRACTICE AT LEAST ONCE LEADING UP TO A MEET TO SWIM IN THAT MEET.
If this requirement is a problem because of work, vacation, or family matters, please advise the coaches. Please note that this is a minimum requirement. If you are on the team, you should plan on practicing every day that you can. The more you practice, the more you will learn, the stronger you will become, and the better you will swim.
Line Ups During the regular season, lineups are set to give everyone a chance to swim at each meet. Not everyone will swim the same number of times each meet, but you can expect it to even out over the season in your age group as long as you can swim each stroke legally.
There are exceptions. If you miss practice or the previous meet without giving notice, you may not be scheduled for the following meet. We can’t always swim everyone in the Relay Carnival, give the size of our team and the number of slots available. Similarly, the Invitational is a special meet in which swimmers must earn the right to swim.
Line-ups for meets are always set a day or two in advance. Tell the coaches in writing as soon as you will know you will miss a meet. If you are scheduled to swim and do not show, the coaches may decide not to allow you to swim in the next meet. Last minute juggling of line-ups means that coaches cannot do their jobs properly. Even worse, team mates must sit and stare at open lanes when swimmers simply don’t show up for meets. Please accept your responsibility as a member of the team and keep the coaches informed of your plans.
The team will go to a local fast food restaurant after Saturday away meets for food and the awarding of ribbons. Participation is optional. Ask the coaches where we are going. Ribbons from Wednesday meets are usually distributed at practice on Thursdays or placed in the family folders.
Mini-Meets and Special Events The CVS Sundevils will participate in a number of special events during the swim season. Mini-meets are special meets limited to younger swimmers. Participation in all such events is optional and there may be a modest additional fee to cover expenses. PARENTS MUST NOTIFY COACHES OF THEIR INTENT TO SWIM IN THIS MEET. PLEASE EMAIL OR PUT A NOTE IN ONE OF THE COACH’S FOLDERS.
Invitational Meet The final meet of the season, the Invitational, will be held at Churchill South on Saturday, July 19. In general, entries for this meet are limited to the 2 fastest swimmers on the team in each event.
There is some flexibility in terms of relays. The coaches may also exercise some discretion if the 2nd and 3rd fastest swimmers are close to each other or if the 3rd swimmer in one age group is faster than the qualifier from an older age group.
The lineup for Invitationals will be posted the Wednesday before the event, at practice.
Challenges may be held at the discretion of the coaches the week prior to Invitationals. However, no swimmer will be allowed to bump another swimmer out of the an event in the meet unless the challenger would not otherwise be entered in that event.