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Wells Branch Armada Swim Team. New Parent Orientation Thursday, April 29, 2010. www.wbarmada.org. Who We Are Paul Wadehra – Board President. Welcome: Paul Wadehra: Board President

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Wells branch armada swim team

Wells Branch ArmadaSwim Team

New Parent Orientation

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Who we are paul wadehra board president
Who We ArePaul Wadehra – Board President

Welcome: Paul Wadehra: Board President

History of WBA - The WB Armada is a summer swim league that runs from May 10 to July 18th We are a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer board of directors. Our mission is to help area youth become better swimmers and develop a love for swimming that they can use as exercise their entire lives.

WBA Board

  • Paul Wadehra: President

  • Scott Casper: Vice President

  • Mindy Lewis – Meet Director

  • Beth Gavin: Secretary

  • Susan Hammack: Treasurer

  • Mary Hale: Circuit Representative

  • Jeannie Boylan: Member-At-Large/ Volunteer Coordinator

  • Trish Koester: Member-At-Large

Coaching staff paul wadehra board president
Coaching StaffPaul Wadehra – Board President

Elisa Chapa (Head Coach): Coach Elisa is in her 2nd year as a WBA coach, and is looking forward to getting to know all the Armada- so be sure to introduce yourself if you haven’t already! Elisa joins the WBA after serving as an assistant coach for Forest North for several years. Originally from San Antonio, she swam summer league and club for 10 years, and coached for 3 seasons there as well. Currently, she is a teacher at Pearce Middle School in Austin ISD where she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to 6th, 7th graders. She can't wait for the summer! GO ARMADA!!

Gina Spataro-Zayas:Coach Gina is in her 12th year as a WBA coach. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in early childhood education. Coach Gina taught reading & kindergarten before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She is married to Mike and has two sons, Riley and Luke.

Andi Lewis:This will be Andi's 4th year as an Armada coach. She just completed her junior year at ASU, is a biology major and plans on pursuing a masters in genetic counseling after she graduates in may 2011.

Bethany Libby:After several years as a junior coach, this will be Coach Bethany’s 2nd year as a WBA coach. Bethany has been a WBA swimmer for many years and is looking forward to continuing working with Armada. She is currently taking classes at ACC.

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Coaching Staff (Cont.)Paul Wadehra – Board President

Bryn Lewis:Coach Bryn is returning to Wells Branch Armada for her second year of coaching. She has swam with the WBA for 8 years and holds 17 records, she is a 3-time record holder for the Round Rock High School Dragons and is a member of the AquaTex Swim Team. Bryn is a collegiate swimmer and just completed her freshman year at the University of North Texas. .

Anna Brunson:As a returning Coach to Armada, Coach Anna began swimming at the age of three with Coach Aubrey Knapper on Texas Gold Club Team then also on Armada for 6 years, still holding records on our record board. Also a district 2007-2008 Gold Champion in the 100 Meter Breast, Anna proceeded to the finals in the Regional Swim Meet for her varsity team at McNeil High School. She has been a swim instructor with Wells Branch MUD for four summers and enjoys working with kids! She now attends Texas State University in San Marcos in hopes of graduating with a degree in Nutrition to go on to be a registered dietician.

Don Tran:Coaching for his first year, Don began swimming when he was six. He first swam with Armada in 1998 under instruction from Coach Gina, then took an 11 year break to come back in 2009. Don will be planning to attend Texas A&M University in the fall of 2010 to study Biomedical Science and go into Medicine.

Team expectations elisa chapa head coach
Team ExpectationsElisa Chapa - Head Coach

Team Motto

  • Have fun!

  • Be able to swim and improve all 4 strokes

    Junior Coaches

  • Tucker Lewis, Gregg Gavin, Amy Hammack, Jordan Williams, Eli Berke, Caleb Bradberry, Alisa Shamblin, Zina Sator and Stephanie Collins

    Team Practices May 10 - June 4:  on May 10 - June 4:    Practices are held Monday – Friday

    6 and under4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    ages 7 - 85:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

    ages 9 - 116:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

    age 12 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

    ages 13+ 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    June 7 - July 16   Practics are held Monday - Friday

    ages 12+7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    6 and under 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

    ages 7 - 89:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    ages 9 - 11 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Monday, May 10th – June 4th

Practices are held Monday - Friday

Monday, June 7th – July 16th

Practices are held Monday - Friday

Team expectations cont elisa chapa head coach
Team Expectations (Cont.)Elisa Chapa - Head Coach

Team Spirit/Sportsmanship

  • Every meet there will be a theme to dress up- coaches will decide which age group tent has the most spirit

  • An individual award will also be given out

    Member Commitment

  • Attend as many practices during the week and meets on the weekend as possible.

  • At least 3 practices a week is expected, but if there is a conflict, please let me know!

    How do I sign up for a meet?

  • Meet Attendance Form (MAF): MAFs are due by the deadline printed on them.

    Team Meets

  • May 22 Sat: Red, White and Blue Practice Meet– Home

  • May 29 Sat: Blockhouse Creek - Away

  • June 5 Sat: Forest North – Home

  • June 06 Sat: Block House Creek Meet – Away

  • June 12 Sat: Balcones Country Club – Away

  • June 19 Sat: Steiner Ranch B – Home

  • June 26 Sat: Anderson Mill – Home

  • July 4th Sat: See you at the Parade!!

  • July 10 Sat: Pflugerville - Away

  • July 17 Sat: Divisionals with BCC/BHC – Home

  • July 18 Sun: Invitationals - at UT Swim Center

Meet expectations mindy lewis meet director
Meet ExpectationsMindy Lewis – Meet Director

Meet expectations

  • Arrival time

  • Parking

  • Pits

  • When can you leave

  • Spectators

    What to Bring (Please label everything)

  • Goggles, Swim Cap, Towels, Team Shirt, Sunscreen

  • Water/Healthy Snacks

    Fast Fishy Awards

  • Given to the top girl and boys in each age group for best time time improvement after each meet

    Time Improvement Ribbons

  • Swimmers are eligible for time improvement in each event they decrease their time week over week

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Meet ExpectationsMindy Lewis – Meet Director

Kiddie Pool Rules

  • If your 5 and under child is in this area, you mustbe in there with them.

  • Children over the age of 5 are not permitted in this area

  • This area is notopen during meets

    What are Divisionals?

  • All swimmers who have participated in two regular meets and have legally completed a race are eligible to swim at Divisionals

    What are Invitationals?

  • Swimmers must meet qualifying standards in order to compete at Invitationals.

    How do the meets run?

  • A meet will take place unless there is thunder, lightening and/or heavy rain within the safety zone where the pool is located.

Volunteering who what when where why how jeannie boylan volunteer coordinator
VolunteeringWho, What, When, Where, Why & HowJeannie Boylan - Volunteer Coordinator

Why is it important?

  • It takes 70-80 volunteers to run each and every swim meet.

    Who volunteers?

  • For each meet we need one volunteer (18 years and older) per family to work one shift, which is one half of a meet. Even if your child doesn’t swim in any meets, you are required to volunteer to work one half of one home meet.

    What do we do? (you have already chosen your preferred positions)

  • All meets: pit parent, timer, ready bench, runner, stroke judge, corner judge, ribbons, scorekeeping, data entry, equipment transportation

  • Home meets only: concessions, swim shop, meet set-up, announcer, starter, parking attendant

    Where and when do we do it?

  • Check in at the volunteer board by 6:30 a.m. on the day of the meet. Then make sure you go to your assigned area 10 minutes before your appointed start time.

    How does it work?

  • Fill out the meet attendance sheet each week (located in your child’s swim folder)

  • Make sure you fill out the volunteer information at the bottom of the meet attendance sheet, which indicates which parent is volunteering at that meet.

Important information jeannie boylan board member at large
Important InformationJeannie Boylan – Board Member –At-Large


  • Swim-A Thon: Tuesday, June 22nd.

    • What is this?

    • $50 fundraising commitment per family

  • Swim Shop: Home meets only

  • Concession: Home meets only

    • Donation schedule: broken up into each age group per home meet. Swimmers bring healthy snack to be donated to and sold from concession


  • Family Communication Folder

  • Red File Folder – Coach Communication


  • Both Team and Individual pictures will be taken on Tuesday,.May 25th with a rain out day of Wed, May 26th.

  • TSS Centex is the photographer this year.

    Team Group Event

  • - TBD

    All information can be found atwww.wbarmada.org

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We look forward to a Fun and Successful Season!