News and Announcements
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kevin, Aaron, Kyle, Liam, and Aaron!
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all our fantastic TOPS Dad’s , Grandad’s, etc. ! We hope that you have a fantastic day! It is well deserved!
Congratulations to Emery Horn for earning THE TOPS CAT Recognition Award at OJR Middle School! The award is for kindness, courtesy, manners, thoughtfulness and an attitude of helpfulness and respect towards peers and adults.
Do you have something you would like to share in our OFF THE DECK? Please email email@example.com with the accomplishment.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOPS SWIMMERS WHO HAVE OFFICIALLY GRADUATED FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL!!
LILIA CREW (OJR),* ELLA GREENHOLT* (OJR) AARON KEIFER (BOYERTOWN), GRACE MCKEE (BOYERTOWN),* MICHAEL MCNEILL* (SPRING-FORD) ANNA PEALOCK(SPRING-FORD)* KYLE* SILBERT(PERKIOMEN SCHOOL),* NOELLE SPRENKLE* (DANIEL BOONE), AND JENNIFER ZAJAC (SPRING-FORD).
SOCIAL OUTINGS FOR 2019-2020
We have begun to plan social outings for the upcoming season. The tentative outings for our swimmers, prior to the beginning of the busy swim season are:
September 14- 8’s, 10’s, 12’s – Mini-golf
September 21- 13 and older – Outing (TBD)
October 12- 8’s, 10’s,12’s – Bowling
October 26- 13 and older – Midnight Bowling
We would like one more outing for our swimmers, during the heart of the season. If anyone would like to help with this planning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to declare your offer to help.
TOPS President, Brain Stoudt, emailed the flyer for our upcoming golf outing.
Macoby Run Golf Course
5275 McLean Station Rd, Green Lane, PA 18054
October 13, 2019
*12:00 PM Shotgun Start
*$110 Per Golfer, Includes: Thank you gift, Golf, Cart, Beer, and Dinner
**Please put this on your calendar and begin planning a way to support this fundraiser. More information will be forthcoming.
It is required, by USA Swimming that we provide documentation that our parents are informed of this policy. We are asking ALL our families to complete this, even though they do not have swimmers who participate in USA Swimming. It is important that we are all on the same page.
We already have policies for locker room, electronics, bullying, and travel. These polices are included in the MAAPP, but we are ensuring that we are fully complying with what USA Swimming is requiring. We thank you, in advance, for taking the time to read MAAPP and emailing us.
MAAPP Policy emailed to all via the weekly announcements.
After you have read the policy, please do the following:
1) Go to email@example.com
2) In the email subject line please write: name /MAAPP (e.g. Fink- MAAPP)
3) Copy and paste the following in your email:
“I acknowledge that I have received, read and understood the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy and/or that the Policy has been explained to me or my family. I further acknowledge and understand that agreeing to comply with the contents of this Policy is a condition of my membership with TOPS Swim and Dive.”
4) Please electronically sign your name.
You must go through the USA Swimming website and sign-in. The course will cost you nothing.
This needs to be completed by June 23rd.*
*If you are planning to swim in a USA meet, and you are in your 18th year (17 yrs. Old and older), but have not completed the online course, you will be unable to swim.
*Once you successfully completed the online courses, this will be reflected on your Deck Pass (membership card) within 24 hrs.
*SILVER AND JO ENTRIES UP UPLOADED FOR YOUR ENTRY
REMEMBER, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER EVENTS ON JULY 20TH, IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE TRI-COUNTY SENIOR CHAMPS.
*An email was sent to families participating in the Boyertown LC Meet.
*An email was sent to families participating in the ISCA meet.
Our next weekly announcements will be in two weeks. Best of luck, everyone, in your summer dual meets!!
WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?
Everyone is now dipping their toes in the water at their respective summer swim club team practices. Have fun and we look forward to seeing everyone at the dual meets, this summer.
Our next big fundraiser is our golf outing scheduled for October 13th at Macoby Run Golf Course. Please put this on your calendar!
SUBURBAN AQUATIC LEAGUE
The Suburban Aquatic League has a new website. Same address but different platform. FYI.
Thinking ahead to next season, this summer season is a perfect opportunity to try out timing, stroke and turn, and scorer’s table.
- If your son or daughter is participating in the Tri-County Swim League, why not think about Stroke and Turn? There will be a meeting for those interested in Stroke and Turn, this Wed. evening at 7:00 p.m. at North End Pool Club in Pottstown.
- For each team, I am sure that you can shadow at the scorer’s table and they will be happy to train.
- In the Tri-County league, this summer, there will be no volunteer place judges. Therefore, timers’ roles are more crucial in order to provide the most honest finish for the swimmers.
Summer is a perfect time to try out timing. There will be three timers in per lane, with a back–up timer available if you missed hitting your watch. You have a lot of support.
We will need to provide timers at both the boys’ and girls’ SAL dual meets, as well as, some USA meets, next season.
Thank you to all who donated suits to Camp Courage during our Spring Clinic! It is a great beginning to the suit collection needed. We are confident that those receiving the suits will be very appreciative.
Throughout the summer, if you find that you have a spare suit, in good condition, which you are not using, please put it aside and you can bring to an invite, OR you can email about your donation through firstname.lastname@example.org. Also needed, goggles.
This is a really neat article, written by Elizabeth Wickham from SwimSwam.
TEN MINUTES A DAY FOR HAPPIER PARENTS AND SWIMMERS.
MIDDLE ATLANTIC has approved many meets for the 2019-2020 swim season. Below is our USA schedule for the upcoming TOPS USA Season (2019-2020).
(TOPS USA Swimmers are required to participate in a season ending USA Championship meet).
18th-20th – BLUE EAGLE NT BUSTER MEET
PERK VALLEY FALL (SAL Invite and USA)
NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET (SAL)
23rd – DISTANCE STROKE MEET – NORTH PENN
Nov 30th- Dec. 2nd – PRELIM/FINAL AT WCU (BB/C)
11TH – 14TH – WINTER JUNIOR NATIONALS (Georgia Tech)
13th- 15th- PRELIM/FINAL AT F&M- LAC (A+)
(FYI- NO DISTANCE MEETS OFFERED IN DEC.)
4th- 5th – DISTANCE MEET (TBD)
17TH- 19TH – Tentative – GAAC INVITATIONAL
SAL INVITE -LAST CHANCE MEET-USA APPROVED
SAL “A” CHAMPS – USA APPROVED
22nd- 23rd – UDAC CLOSED INVITE
23RD – NORTH PENN DISTANCE (Only events that are different than UDAC)
27th- March 1st – JUNIOR OLYMPICS – TBD
7th – 8th – BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIPS- TBD
20th – 22nd – SILVER CHAMPIONSHIPS- TBD
26th – 29th – SENIOR CHAMPS- TBD
If a swimmer, not presently swimming in USA, wishes to swim in USA meets, please visit the USA tab on the website to become aware of the criteria to swim USA with TOPS. You can email your interest to the coaches via email@example.com or meet with one of the TOPS coaches, this summer.
KEYSTONE AQUATIC MEMORIAL MEET
Our first dual meet is complete. The results were emailed in the weekly announcement.
NORTH PENN STROKE DISTANCE MEET
This Saturday is our second LC meet of the season. An email will be sent to those participating, tomorrow or Thursday. We are awaiting to see of the meet director will provide any additional information.
We would like for our 13 and older USA swimmers help with packaging food for shipment at Berean Bible Church on July 27th at 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. We can meet for a buffet breakfast at Brookside Family Restaurant prior to the event. An email, will be forthcoming, concerning the specifics and RSVP.
LONG COURSE TRAINING
Long course training begins next Wednesday (6/12) at Marsh Creek. Please refer to the previous email with all the specifics. A reminder email will be sent to all USA swimmers. Those swimming in LC meets must swim ONE LC practice per week.
Yesterday, our nation celebrated Memorial Day. Aside from this special day commemorating all those who lost their lives in service of this great county, we are reminded that we should keep all those, past and present, in our constant thoughts and prayers on a daily basis.
The picture, attached to this announcement, is from an article titled Gripping Photos of Fallen Soldiers’ Bedrooms, by By T.A. Frail; Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson for Smithsonian Magazine. (See our Facebook page for the link sharing this article).
We see many pictures of flags, soldier, gravestones, etc., but this article took pictures of the bedrooms, now vacant, of those who lost their lives defending us.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ciara, Owen, Elsa, Jayson, and Justin!!
Thank you to all who participated in our Spring Clinic. We thoroughly enjoyed coaching the swimmers and hope that the swimmers found the clinic to be constructive and fun.
We wish the best to all our swimmers as they begin practice with their respective summer swim team. Have fun and please come say ‘hello’ to the coaches!
The Clay Shoot was very successful! We raised approximately $7,000.00 toward our future. Thank you to all who participated and supported this fundraiser, and we thank you for believing in TOPS.
Our next big fundraiser will take place in the fall, for we will host a golf tournament. In the meantime, visit a local course and swing the club a few times. Think about getting a foursome ready to have some fun. More information will be forthcoming.
This is a good challenge, issued by USA Swimming. There are many ways, outside the pool, in which swimmers can help themselves reach their optimal level.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH NUTRITION THIS SUMMER
The first LC meet of the season is this weekend. We will be sending out at email, tomorrow, with specifics. We are waiting to see if any pertinent information will be emailed from the meet director; as is usually the case.
We will be training with Golden Rams and Coatesville.
The *Wednesday practices are from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. – June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, July 3rd
**Any of our younger TOPS USA Swimmers (10 and under), who wish to try long course, you may attend Wed. morning practices from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Monday and Friday practices will be 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. (June 14th, June 17th, June 21st, June 24th, June 28th, July 1st, July 5th).
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From an article posted on SwimSwam by Jared Anderson.
EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE, LINKED ABOVE:
“USA Swimming will require all of its adult athletes to complete an “Athlete Protection Training” (APT) program by June 23, 2019, or risk ineligibility.”
“Here are some of the important points about this new requirement:
*All adult athletes (18 years or older) must complete the APT.
*Any 17-year-old athlete must complete the APT by their 18th birthday or risk ineligibility once they turn 18.
*Adult athletes must complete the APT every year – it expires 12 months after you complete all three courses.
*Athletes who do not fulfill this requirement will be ineligible to compete in meets or practice, and times swum while ineligible will not count for qualification to any meets.
*This requirement takes effect June 23, though USA Swimming says there will be a 30-day grace period for the “initial training requirement.”
**For any of our TOPS USA swimmers, past and present, who meet the above criteria, please complete the Athlete Protection Training ASAP. Check off the box so that you can ensure that you are eligible to swim in meets (club and college).
HAVE AN EXCELLENT WEEK, EVERYONE! *
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nadia and Alaina!
CLAY SHOOT FUNRAISER
The Clay Shoot was very successful! It was well organized and run, and all who attended had a fantastic time. Many thanks to all who supported the clinic (sponsors, donations, teams, volunteer, etc.). Thank you for believing in TOPS and its vision for our present and future swimmers.
We are heading into our final week of the clinic. Our focus will be on IM, transition turns, and starts. We have had a great clinic and thoroughly enjoyed working with our swimmers and meeting new swimmers. As we have shared with the swimmers, it is key for them to think about the aspects of their stroke during practice; implement the drills and remain focused on their technique.
This is the last week we will be collecting gently used suits for Coach Nikki’s trip to Haiti (Camp Courage). Many thanks to those who have already donated.
May 31-June 2nd is the first LC meet for TOPS (Keystone Memorial). Information will be forthcoming, next week, about the specifics of this meet.
Information will be forthcoming about LC practice at Marsh Creek. Practices will be at 7-9 a.m. on Mon. Wed. and Friday. Please begin to arrange carpooling. We would like for the swimmers to enjoy some breakfast, at the Ridge, once or twice this LC season, after practice.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cecelia, Reilly, and Anna!!
It is out of love that we want to support our swimmers and minimize any hardship they may encounter, but sometimes, as parents, our good intentions can hamper the development of the swimmer. Below are three good tips for dealing with the emotion, which can naturally arise, when our swimmers are confronted with challenges.
3 Tips for Getting Off the Emotional Rollercoaster of Swim Parenting
CLAY SHOOT- We are in the final stretch for the Clay Shoot fundraiser! Brian Stoudt sent an informative email about our numbers, sponsors, etc. This will be a fun day!! Thank you, in advance, to everyone who is supporting this fundraiser!
Our swimmers are doing a fantastic job trying to build upon and apply what they are learning. This week, we are focusing on BREASTSTROKE, the second short axis stroke. Next week, is the final week of clinic.
We are still collecting gently used bathing suits for Coach Nikki’s Camp Courage. Please bring your gently used suits to the pools and give to the coaches. Many thanks for supporting this amazing cause.
In a little over two weeks is the first LC meet of the season. An email will be forthcoming with the specifics.