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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.