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  1. Carrollton Bluefins New Parent Meetings“Bluefins 101”

  2. Welcome and Introductions • Parent Board of Directors – 8 volunteer members. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month. • Officers: • Shane Anthony, President • Patty Shiver, Vice President • Julie Pullen, Secretary • Paula Momtahan, Treasurer

  3. New Parent Meeting Agenda • USA Swimming • Georgia Swimming • Short Course vs. Long Course Seasons • G.R.P.A. • General Team Information • Swim Meets • Volunteering at Home Swim Meets • Incentive Programs

  4. USA Swimming • USA Swimming is the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. • Part of your initial membership fee was for your swimmer to be a part of USA Swimming. • Becomes an annual fee paid at the end of each year.

  5. USA Swimming • Benefits of Membership: • Excess Accident and Liability Insurance for your swimmer during insured activities such as swim meets, practices, try-outs, dry land training, and approved social events and fundraising activities. • Standardized set of procedures that all USA Swim Teams must follow to have a sanctioned swim meet. • Subscription to “Splash” Magazine.

  6. Georgia Swimming • Georgia Swimming is over all the Local Swim Committees (LSCs) in the State of Georgia. • Part of your initial membership fee was for your swimmer to be a part of Georgia Swimming. • This also becomes an annual fee paid at the end of each year.

  7. Georgia SwimmingShort Course vs. Long Course • Georgia Swimming has two swim seasons: • The Short Course season runs Sept. thru mid-April. • The Long Course season runs end of April thru July. • Short Course Swim Meets usually refer to 25 yard lane pools. (Can also be 25 meter lane pools.) • Long Course Swim Meets usually refer to 50 meter pools.

  8. Georgia Swimming • The 2 seasons culminate with championship meets. • Eligibility for competing in swim championships in Georgia Swimming is based on your swimmer achieving certain qualifying time standards. • Very competitive! • Different levels of swim championships are held in the Winter (SC) and in the Summer (LC) each year. • AG State and AG Sectionals • Senior State and Senior Sectionals

  9. Georgia Recreation and Park Association (G.R.P.A.) • G.R.P.A. is a non-profit institution that supports and promotes the recreation and park industries within the State of Georgia. • Our local recreation department, the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts Department (C.P.R.C.A.D.), falls under G.R.P.A. • Part of your initial membership fee was for your swimmer to be a part of C.P.R.C.A.D. • Also paid annually at the end of the year.

  10. Georgia Recreation and Park Association (G.R.P.A.) • This swim championship is more recreational and swimmers do not have to meet certain qualifying time standards. • The top three fastest swimmers in each event, including relays, as performed at the District Swim Meet, will move on to the G.R.P.A. State Championship Meet. • The G.R.P.A. State Championship Meet is held in the summer (July) each year.

  11. General Team Information • Practice Requirements • Swim Meet Requirements • Bronze, Silver, Gold – One (1) meet every other month • AGs – All home meets, plus AG appropriate away meets • Always communicate with your Coaches, especially Coach Weeks • Social Events and Special Outings • No swimming or dues during the month of August • Annual Banquet • Mass Emails and the Lobby

  12. Swim MeetsWhat to bring? • Team swim suit, goggles, swim cap, and extra towels. • Permanent marker, highlighter, and cash! • Folding chairs and a blanket to sit on. • Nutritious snacks and lots of Gatorade and water. • Games or cards for your swimmer to play with friends between swim events.

  13. Swim Meets What to expect? • Swim Meets are organized chaos! • Stake out a spot for your family on the pool deck. • Warm-ups. Check with your coach for warm-up starting times before each swim meet. • Team Cheer! Performed right after warm-ups with Coach Weeks or Coach Pepper. Words are on the website. • Purchase a Heat Sheet. Find and highlight all of your swimmer’s events listed by M /F / Age Group. • Write the events on your swimmer’s arm or thigh with the permanent marker using the EHLS method.

  14. Swim MeetsWhat to expect? • Locate the bullpen. If your swimmer is 10 and under, he/she will report to the bullpen before each swim event. (11 and older will report directly to the blocks). • When the announcer calls your swimmer’s event to the bullpen, help your child get there with goggles and swim cap ready to go! • No parents behind the starting blocks. The bullpen volunteers will make sure your swimmer is in the correct heat and lane. • After each swim event, your swimmer should go talk to his/her coach for feedback and encouragement. • Most importantly, cheer for your child and HAVE FUN!!

  15. What the Veteran Parents Know! • Personal Best Times (PB Times) • Official Times – not always the time you see flashed on the score board. • DQs – disqualified after an event. • Two-handed touches for Butterfly and Breast Strokes. • Do not flip over on the Backstroke. • Relays – more organized chaos! • Individual Medley (IM) stroke order Fly, Back, Breast, Free • Medley Relay stoke order Back, Breast, Fly, Free

  16. Importance of Volunteering at Home Swim Meets • We are able to keep our swim dues low by the money we raise hosting swim meets. • But it means that we need everyone to pitch in and help! • It takes as many as 50 volunteers per session, per day to fill all the positions needed to run a successful meet. • There are several different areas in which you can serve: BullPen, Concessions, Hospitality, Set-Up and Clean-Up, and Timers. As you become more experienced, there are also more specialized jobs that you can learn with some on-the-job training.

  17. Incentive Programs • On-going Incentive Program – rewards swimmers for achieving specific qualifying times at different levels and age groups. The coaches track this. • Special Incentives: • PB Grand Prix – rewards swimmers for personal best times at certain away swim meets. • Dominator Program – rewards swimmers for completing several difficult swim events per age group in a certain period of time. • Senior Scholarships - Scholarship money for graduating seniors who meet certain criteria over the course of their tenure with the Bluefin Swim Team.

  18. Flow Chart of the Carrollton Bluefins and Year Around Swimming

  19. Questions and Answers • We are so glad you are a part of the Bluefins Swim Team family. • If you have any questions, please email Coach Weeks at