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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you quit on the process, you are quitting on the result.” Idowu Koyenikan
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Abigail, Sophia, and Coach Natalie!!
THERE IS NO PRACTICE AT HILL SCHOOL, THIS EVENING, DUE TO ELECTRICAL WORK. TOPS Hill swimmers have the night off. They are not to go to Perk for practice.
*At each training facility, we have family mailboxes. Please check the mailboxes, about once a week. For the new swimmers not in attendance for the team picture, your orange shirt and team cap should be in your family folder.
*Also, in your folder should be the flyer for our large team fundraiser. Thank you, in advance for your efforts to support this.
*Going forward: Any awards earned at invitationals/USA meets, will be put in the family folder.
*We have contacted Hatboro-Horsham, and are awaiting their response concerning our potential participation. Here is some preliminary information. When we get the ‘go ahead’ we will email, everyone, and you can then begin to enter the meet through the new website.
*Sunday, November 4th, Simmons Elementary School, 411 S. Babylon Rd., Horsham, Pa. 19044
*The Information sheet, for this invite, is attached.
*There is a flat $20.00 per swimmer fee.
*In order to qualify for a potential award, a swimmer must swim the five events in his/her age group.
*From the coaches: Swimming five events, in one session is not ideal, and not what we traditionally recommend. It is a lot of swimming in a short period of time. Swimmers may choose to swim fewer events, but the flat fee applies.
*This is a fundraiser for Hatboro-Horsham, and we are happy to support a fellow SAL team. Though there will be officials in attendance, we are not sure about the rigor of the officiating. We believe it is crucial to provide our swimmers with an honest assessment of their present capabilities. Please know, that if we see that your swimmer is not legal, even though there was not an official DQ, we will make note of it, and we will not put your swimmer in a meet, in that event, until we have remedied technical issue.
*We will be expected to provide timers, and possibly, officials, for this invitational. Please be prepared to help.
- (No practice at Hill on Saturday)
- 12:00-1:30 p.m.
- 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
– 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
– 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
– 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
– 3: 30 – 5:00 P.M.
+TOPS 1 & 2 -5:00 – 6:00 P.M.
+DIVING – 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
*An email will be forthcoming, concerning the Blue Eagle meet.
*After this weekend’s meet, we will need the entries completed for the GRA and the LAC Speedo meet. We are continuing to import times, from the past meets, into our new website. If you have earned a LAC time cut, this upcoming weekend, please email Coach Catherine the event(s) you wish to enter.
*Still awaiting the meet file for the Marauder Distance meet.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Trust the process, one day at a time! What’s for you is for you and no one can stop that!” Tony Gaskins
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nathaniel, Graisyn, and Rosalyn!!
*Thank you to the Hill School for allowing us to use the Sweeney Gym for our Parent meetings. Also, a thank you to our parents who were able to attend the meeting(s). We appreciate your time, your questions, and your support of TOPS.
*For those unable to attend the meeting, we are putting together minutes, which we will share. They will be forthcoming.
*In your mailboxes will be a flyer for out big team fundraiser, which will take place in the spring. Please support this team fundraiser. We are giving everyone ample time to secure sponsors for this event. We thank you, in advance, for supporting this fundraiser.
Sunday, October 14th @ 2pm at the Hill school will be the team picture in the gym. Individual pictures in the pool area to follow. Use code TOPSSWIM18 at www.bishopphoto.com to order online before you arrive. I will have envelopes in family folders by end of practice Tuesday.
Have you handed in the Athlete Code of Conduct and the Parent Code of Conduct? If not, please do so ASAP. Please print your name vs. providing a signature, so that we can easily tell who handed in these important forms. Thank you.
Thank you to all the parents who shared pertinent health information via the registration process. This is very helpful. Please make sure that you alert us, via email, of any health issue for which we need to be aware.
Do you have TOPS clothing, in good condition that your swimmer has outgrown? If so, please bring the clothing to practice and give to a coach. We will put the clothing in a Blue IKEA bag for our swimmers in need of TOPS clothing. These Clothing Swap bags will be at Perk and Hill; not Pottstown.
*We have two shirts (one orange and one black) that are an adult S, that were donated to any who would like it. If interested, please email Coach Catherine at email@example.com.
*We emailed, everyone, the TOPS levels for all swimmers. We also emailed the revised facility schedule which reflect the TOPS levels vs. the age levels. Your swimmer will begin his/her TOPS level practice, tonight.
*Pottstown Athletic Center will be closing the pool, for a few weeks, for maintenance. With that reality, we will be adding 8’s and 10’s at The Hill School, Friday evening (7:30-8:30 p.m.).
_ON SUNDAYS, WE WILL NOW BE INCLUDING ALL SWIMMERS VS. SINGLE GENDER PRACTICE. SEE BELOW. SATURDAY’S PRACTICE REMAINS THE SAME, IN THAT SWIMMERS WILL BE TRAINING AT DIFFERENT FACILITIES, EACH WEEKEND. THIS INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED ON THE WEBSITES. _
TOPS 5 & 6 – 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
TOPS 4 – 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 8:00 – 9:30 A.M.
TOPS 1 & 2 – 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.
TOPS 5 &6 – 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 & 4 – 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
TOPS 1 & 2 – 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.
DIVING – 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
There are two morning practices available, at the Hill School, Tues and Thurs. – 5:45 -6:45 a.m. We strongly recommend that you attend one morning practice.
- Please register for this meet on both websites, please. Given how things will proceed with the new website, we will draw the entries from one of them. Thank you, in advance, for helping us by taking that extra step. Greatly appreciated.
This evening, we will ask swimmers to draw a name for each Safe Sport grouping and we will have three individuals who will receive a Swim Outlet gift card. We will email the winners. We will do a second Safe Sport Online training opportunity, in the near future, through our new website. We know that some had difficulty accessing the training.
– Our season ending swim celebration will take place April 14th at The Hill School (1-4 p.m.)
We are working in importing times to the new website so that you can register for the upcoming USA Meets. As of now, there is still not entry file for the Maruader Meet. We will be emailing them.
October 14th @ 2pm will be the team picture in the gym. Individual pictures in the pool area to follow. Use code TOPSSWIM18 at to order online before you arrive. I will have envelopes in family folders by end of practice Tuesday.
Here’s the link to order: TEAM PHOTOS
In case you need to find anything on the old website you will need to get back. Please use this link:
“Our Old Website“https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=mapys
Quote of the Week: “Hold the vision, trust the process.” Author Unknown
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gabriella, Isabel, Kaia, Coach Michael, and Joseph!!
1) The coaches have been assessing the swimmers, and based on their observations, suggesting a training level. This week the coaches will notify the swimmers of their training level, and will see how they do at the suggested level. There may be level movement based on feedback, observation, as well as, if the swimmer is meeting the recommended number of practices.
2) +*CODE OF CONDUCT FORMS- We are still missing Athlete Code of Conduct forms and Parent Code of Conduct forms (both parents or guardians must sign). Please print your name vs. signing with your signature so that we can discern who has submitted and who has not.
3) – Beginning, this week, Tuesday and Thursday morning practices begin at The Hill School (5:45 – 6:45 a.m) for HS Swimmers.
4) - This Saturday, we cannot use the Hill School.
11 &12’s- 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
8’S & 10’S – 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
15-18 YR. – 8:00 – 9:30 A.M.
13/14 – 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.
2:00 – 3:30 P.M. – 13 AND OLDER SWIMMERS
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. – 11/12 SWIMMERS
5:00 – 6:00 P.M.- 8’S AND 10’S
4:30 – 6:00 P.M. – ALL DIVERS
Note concerning dual meets: TOPS participates in the Suburban Aquatic League (SAL). Attending, and supporting, the scheduled dual meets is vital. It is expected that all swimmers make every effort to attend the dual meets listed below. In order to participate in the season ending SAL championships, all swimmers must participate in 40% of the dual meets (two meets). The TOPS coaches consider this the bare minimum, and we wish our swimmers to surpass this basic expectation.
*The contestant’s age on October 31st shall be his or her age for the entire season
*It is expected that All TOPS swimmers participate in one SAL Championship meet.
*We thank you all, in advance, for your sacrifice, commitment, and support of TOPS.
A- Away meet * H*- Home Meet
DIVE DUAL MEETS TAKE PLACE THE FRIDAY EVENING BEFORE DUAL SWIM MEET. COACH KRISTINE WILL ENSURE DIVERS KNOW THE ACCURATE TIME AND LOCATION FOR EACH MEET.
Perk Valley Fall Fest (Invitational #2- USA Approved)
NOVEMBER 3RD VS. METHACTON
GIRLS- H – (Pottstown Athletic Facility) – Arrival: 11:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 12:00 p.m. / Start: 12:45 p.m.
BOYS- A – Arrival-:12:45 p.m. / Warm-up: 1:00 p.m. /Start: 1:30 p.m.
NOVEMBER 10TH VS. PVAC
GIRLS- H (Hill School) – Arrival: 12:45 p.m. / Warm-up: 1:00 p.m. / Start: 1:45 p.m.
BOYS – A – Arrival: 10:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 11:00 a.m. / Start: 11:30 a.m.
NOVEMBER 17TH VS. PENNRIDGE
GIRLS – A – Arrival: 11:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 12:00 p.m. / Start: 12:30 p.m.
BOYS – H – (The Hill School) – Arrival: 10:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 11:00 a.m. / Start: 11:45 a.m.
11/18- North Penn Trophy Meet (Invitational #3- USA Approved)
GIRLS –A- Arrival: 12:30 p.m. / Warm-up: 12:45 p.m. / Start: 1:30 p.m.
BOYS – H- (The Perk School) – Arrival: 8:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 9:00 a.m. / Start: 9:45 a.m.
GIRLS – A- Arrival: TBD
BOYS – H – (The Perk School) – Arrival: 8:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 9:00 a.m. / Start: 9:45 a.m.
Hawaiian Invite – SAL Invite #4
SAL Championship Dual Meets
1/5 – Conference Dual Meet- TBD
1/12 – League Dual Meet- TBD
1/19 – SAL Last Chance Meet – (SAL Invite #5- USA Approved)
SAL Championships Begin- (Individual)- Required Participation
“B” Swim Champs – 1/26
“B” Dive Champs – 1/27
“A” Swim and Dive Champs – 2/3 – 2/10 (USA Approved)
6) SAL STARTER AND STROKE AND TURN CLINICS FOR PARENTS – Here is the complete list of clinics that have been set up for this year for being a Starter and Stroke and Turn, through SAL. All clinics will start at 7PM and should run to about 9PM.
*Monday 10/8 – WCAC Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Rd, Ambler, PA 19002
*Wednesday 10/10 – PVAC Perk Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426
*Monday 10/15 – CAC William Tennant High School, 333 Centennial Rd, Warminster, PA
*Tuesday 10/16- WCAC Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Rd, Ambler, PA 19002
- Wednesday 10/17- SAC La Salle College High School, 8605 Cheltenham Ave, Wyndmoor, PA 19038
*Thursday 10/18- CCA Plymouth Whitemarsh H/S Library, 201 E.Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19426
Monday 10/22- CRSC Council Rock H/S North, 62 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Thursday 10/25 – CBST Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington, PA 18976
TOPS believes that strong officiating is very important and provides vital feedback for swimmers. We have been blessed with great parents who have been awesome at officiating and have set the ‘Officiating standard.’ Stephanie D’Arcangelo has been in charge of our TOPS Officials, and will be retiring from those duties, as of next year. She has been our fearful ‘Officiating’ leader, and her example and commitment, these past years, have been greatly appreciated. Given that she is in her last year officiating, and she is more than happy to mentor any who wish to learn for her.
In order to continue level our expected level of excellence, we strongly recommending that our parents consider, not only officiating through SAL, but through USA Swimming. Through USA Swimming you will get excellent instruction and mentoring, which encompasses more than that which you will receive through SAL. Please strongly consider becoming a USA Official, which will provide you will many opportunities, at many meets. Again, you will be strongly supported and will receive mentorship.
7) WEBSITE- You have been receiving emails, from our webmaster, Lauren Keifer about re-registering on the new website. It is crucial that you register when requested. We need for you to re-register, on this new website, in order for us to set up billing, import times, and to enable you to commit to the upcoming SAL and USA meets.
UPCOMING SAL INVITE DEADLINES- PERK VALLEY FALL FEST – OCTOBER 7TH
NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET – OCTOBER 14TH
8) SAFE SPORT- We have received feedback that some are having difficulty getting into the USA Swimming to access the online Safe Sport training. We will investigate to see the potential issue. With that said, we will extend the deadline to this Saturday, Oct. 6th. On October 7th, we will do the drawing.
9) FORTHCOMING :
PARENT MEETING- No we have not forgotten about a parent meeting. We are trying to secure a facility in order to host the meeting. It will be 2:00 – New Parents / 3:00- USA/ 4:00- Returning Parents
*SPIRIT WEAR FOR SWIMMERS
A) We have received word that we successfully entered the Blue Eagle and the North Penn Distance Meet.
B) As stated above, it is imperative for you to register in the new website so that you can recommit to the GRA meet and commit to the LAC Speedo Meet.
C) The LAC Speedo meet deadline will be Oct. 21st- for times from Blue Eagle will have been earned and counted for the LAC Meet.
D) GRA MEET- Please only commit for Friday and Sunday, for we have a dual meet, on that Saturday vs. North Penn. Dual meets take priority over USA meets.