News and Announcements

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.” Lou Holtz

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 – 2020 TOPS SWIM SEASON IS NOW CLOSED.

TOPS FIRST GOLF TOURNAMENT

A HUGE thank you to Brian Stoudt and our board for spearheading this inaugural golf event.

This fundraising efforts is a means to be ready to meet a need for more pools in our area.
As shared at the parent meeting, USA Swimming, Middle Atlantic, ASCA, ISCA, and other swimming bodies acknowledge the need for more pools; and we feel it, most acutely, in southeastern PA.

As Brian Stoudt shared in a previous email, we are VERY THANKFUL to all those who contributed to this fundraising effort. You are supporting not only TOPS, but the future of this sport, in this area.
Thank you! Thank you! You are TOPS!

It was a beautiful day. It was a lot of fun. There were great prizes, and it was wonderful spending time with our swim family, off the deck.

WEBSITE UPDATES
We have added a* COLLEGE* tab, and we will be posting relevant information, for our HS swimmers, who are contemplating swimming in college. We hope to have articles, and links posted, this week. We will also alert you of additions via our Weekly Announcements.

SAL DUAL MEETS
REMINDER: Please review the dual meet schedule and be aware of the time expectations. Each dual meet will last around 2 hrs. This is not factoring getting to and from the meet and warm-up.
As shared in the previous announcements, we ask that families communicate with us any planned absences so that we can plan accordingly.

METHACTON MEET – IF UNABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE EMAIL THE COACHES (topsswimming@gmail.com) by OCTOBER 27TH.

SAL INVITATIONALS
An email was sent with the updated meet information for the Pennridge Time Trial Invitational. We know that for the 11 and older swimmers, you will see that you committed to Session #1. We have contacted the meet director to ask if a new meet file is needed. If not, we will work off the information you provided.

HHAA Pentathlon Deadline to commit – October 18th- (This meet is USA Approved)

SAL OFFICIALS CLINIC
This week, there is one SAL Officiating Clinic.
LOCATION: COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL, 62 SWAMP ROAD, NEWTOWN, PA 18940 – Rm. 124E
TIME: 7 P.M.

USA SWIMMING
REMINDER: TOPS USA SWIMMERS WHO ARE 17 AND OLDER- If you will be swimming in the upcoming Blue Eagle meet, you must take the online Athlete Protection Online Class. Not only will Blue Eagle be checking you USA membership, but they will be checking that you took this online class. This is especially pressing for our existing 18 yr. old. It will be very unfortunate if you came to the meet and were not permitted to swim because this requirement is not fulfilled. Sadly, there is nothing your coaches can do for you if you do not take the necessary steps to complete this task.

FYI…You must allow at least 24 hrs. for the results of your online class to appear on your Deck Pass.

Link for Athlete Protection Course
https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt

UPCOMING USA MEETS
An email will be forthcoming with specifics for the Blue Eagle meet, which is this weekend! Here we go!!

Upcoming Entry Deadlines:
*HHAA High Five Pentathlon – Oct. 18th
*North Penn New Year’s Meet – October 25th
*North Penn Distance Meet – Nov. 30th

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.” Orison Swett Marden

COMMUNICATION-Thank you, everyone, for communicating via out TOPS email. We appreciate knowing about absences, commitments, injuries, sicknesses, etc. This ensures that we are all on the same page.

TOPS DUAL MEETS
Our first dual meet is November 2nd. Below is information to help you with planning. This information was copied from our website.

NOVEMBER 2nd vs. Methacton
GIRLS – Away – 1001 Kriebel Mill Road, Eagleville, PA 19403 )
Arrival – 12:15 p.m.
Warm-up – 12:30 p.m.
Start – 1:15 p.m.

BOYS- Home – Pottstown Athletic Center
Arrival – 11:45 a.m.
Warm-up- 12:00 p.m.
Start – 12:45 p.m.

Please email the coaches, via our TOPS email, about a planned Dual meet absence. For the Nov. 2nd meet, we need notification by October 27th.

SAL CHAMPIONSHIP CRITERIA- Swimmers have to swim in TWO REGULAR SEASON dual meet (Nov. 2- Dec. 7) in order to qualify for SAL Championships. Our TOPS swimmers have consistently participated beyond the two meet minimum, and we strongly encourage our swimmers to continue that level of participation. We are a SAL team, first, and USA is additional & optional.

SAL INVITATIONALS
We are planning on participating in the* Pennridge Time Trials*, as was shared, earlier, but no information has been posted. Just FYI.

We are successfully entered into the *North Penn Trophy Meet.

HHAA High Five Pentathlon- This meet allows up to five entries, with a flat fee, hence Pentathlon, BUT swimmers can swim fewer events. The flat fee is still required. There will not be a discounted price for fewer than five events. For our TOPS USA Swimmers, this meet is USA Approved. The entry deadline is Oct. 18th.

SAL STROKE AND TURN CLINICS
This week, the first two of six planned Stroke and Turn Clinics. All clinics are at 7:00 p.m.

Here is the Stroke and Turn Clinic Schedule. These are also on our Team Calendar.

October 9thPVACPERKIOMEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, 509 GRAVEL PIKE (RT 29), GRATERFORD, PA 19426
October 10th –*WCAC*- WISSAHICKON HIGH SCHOOL NATATORIUM, 521 HOUSTON ROAD, AMBLER PA 19002 – (Rm. D31)
October 16th –*CRSC* – COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL, 62 SWAMP ROAD, NEWTOWN, PA 18940 – Rm. 124E
October 23rd- CACWILLIAM TENANT HIGH SCHOOL, 333 CENTENNIAL ROAD, WARMINSTER, PA 18974
October 24thCBSTCENTRAL BUCKS SW, 1100 FOLLY ROAD (BETWEEN BRISTOL ROAD AND PICKERTOWN ROAD), WARRINGTON, PA
October 28thCCAPLYMOUTH-WHITEMARSH HIGH SCHOOL, 201 E. GERMANTOWN PIKE, PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA 19462- Rm. A27
October 29thCORE – Poquessing Middle School- Enter building @ doors closest to pool/gym. Classroom is directly across from pool.

USA SWIMMING
Upcoming Entry Deadlines:
*HHAA High Five Pentathlon – Oct. 18th
*North Penn New Year’s Meet – October 25th
*North Penn Distance Meet – Nov. 30th

*Everyone should have received an email detailing the MA End of Season meets information (time standards, etc.). The time standards are on our website, under DOCUMENTS.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” ~Walter Elliott

TEAM PICTURE – We are slated to have our team pictures, as the Pottstown Athletic Center, on October 6th at 12:30 p.m. Please wear your Orange shirt. For our new swimmers, we are working on getting your orange shirts for the picture.

SWIM EQUIPMENT – Thank you to all who have secured their swim equipment. There are still some swimmers who do not have all their equipment. Also, please make sure ALL equipment (equipment bag, each paddle, fin, snorkel, kickboard, etc.) are labeled.
In addition to our swimmers bringing their swim equipment, they must also have water bottles (not glass)with them for practice.

Lastly, if a swimmer suffers from asthma, and needs an inhaler, please get an inhaler that they can keep with their equipment bag.

FAMILY FOLDERS – Family folders should be at each training facility, this week. We will use the folders for awards, flyers, purchases, etc.

TEAM CAPS- As was shared, last week, new swimmers will receive a new cap, and they will be put in the family folder. Swimmers can purchase a cap if needing a replacement. We also have long haired caps available. Please specify. Please let us know via email (topsswimming@gmail.com) if you need to purchase another cap ($7.00).

TOPS WEBSITE AND SMARTPHONES
From our webmaster, Trish DeMarco: “_We are aware that some parents have been having issues accessing our drop down menu (i.e., calendar, parent portal, etc…) using their smartphones. We have a message into our website company, and they are looking into it. In the interim, please know all information is accessible via computers and we have put a temporary calendar link and parent portal link on the website to try to help with mobile access.”_

SAL INVITATIONALNORTH PENN TROPHY MEET- USA APPROVED
We will need to get these entries in ASAP, therefore, please commit to this meet by OCTOBER 2ND.
*There are no time standards but the events, below.

*Qualifying times are not required for any events except for the 9-12 100 IM’s (events #27-30).
-Each of these events will be limited to 4 heats.
-The first 32 swimmers who meet the qualifying time listed below for each event will be accepted. Once the 32 swimmer limit is reached the event will be closed.
QUALIFYING TIMES:
9-10 girls 100 IM 1:42.59
9-10 boys 100 IM 1:39.39
11-12 girls 100 IM 1:24.39
11-12 boys 100 IM 1:20.89

The process for committing to a meet is located under documents, in the SAL tab, under Invitationals, and in the USA tab, under the USA Meets.

SAL STROKE AND TURN CLINIC DATES,LOCATIONS, AND TIMES LINK: Please consider becoming a stroke and turn official. You do not have swimming experience to be an official.

https://suburbanaquatic.org/index.php/dive-clinic-schedule/

USA SWIMMING
LAC HOLIDAY CLASSIC – It has come to our attention that the meet entry file and the time standards, posted in the meet information packet, are inconsistent, therefore, some of you had difficulty entering an event. We did contact the meet director, about the discrepancy, but have failed to hear back from him. With that said, we will still attempt to enter those who have a time discrepancy. We will keep you abreast on the developments. For those who do not yet have a time standard, we will send an updated file, with new entries.

GRA MEET – Many of you have already committed to this meet, and we thank you for being on top of this. Today, the meet opens for entries, therefore, we want to make sure we get our entries in so that we can secure a place in this meet. As with LAC, we hope to send an updated file for those who will achieve a time standard.

NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET- USA APPROVED MEET – See the information, above, under the SAL Invitationals.

TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 9/23/19

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Sep 23, 2019 11:37AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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TONIGHT is our official beginning of the SAL swim season! We look forward to beginning this swim journey with you for the next six months.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Let perseverance be your engine, and hope, your fuel.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

*Thank you to all our families who attended the Mandatory Parent Meeting, last Sunday, at Hillside. We appreciate your time and effort. Thank you to those parents who emailed us about their inability to attend the meeting due to a conflict or being out of town. We appreciate you letting us know why you were unable to attend. All that was discussed can be found on our website.

COMMUNICATION: Thank you to our parents and swimmers who have communicated to us via topsswimming@gmail.com. As shared before, we will try our best to respond within 24 hrs.

We will be setting up lists which will be more specific (e.g. Boys, Girls, USA) so that you get emails pertinent to your swimmer. Our webmaster, Trish DeMarco, will be working on this. Thank you, Trish.

While those lists are being made we will identify, in the subject line, those who need to read the email. Though our desire it to send as few emails as possible, there may be more than usual, since we are beginning a new season. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding.

In order to keep these announcements shorter, we will not be including a lot of specifics about meets, etc. which can be found on our website. We want our swimmers and families to visit our website to be fully informed.

PRACTICE
Please refer to the practice schedule, posted on our website (blue button on left hand side), for your swimmer’s practice time. For our USA swimmers, last week’s practice schedule was for last week, only.

PRACTICE ATTENDANCE
When registering, you were provided information as to the recommended number of practices for each training level.

Here is the recommended training attendance per level:
Pre-Team & TOPS 1: 2-3 practices per week
TOPS 2: 2- 3 practices per week
TOPS 3: 3- 4 practices per week
TOPS 4 : 4 – 5 practices per week
TOPS 5/HS/NATIONAL – 5-6 practices per week

We understand that some swimmers are participating in another sport which may impact their recommended attendance. We would appreciate an email stating the reason why the swimmer is not attending practice, so that we are all on the same page. Communication is key.

*Swimmers are to arrive ten minutes prior to practice to ensure they are ready to begin at the determined time.

SAL DUAL MEETS
The SAL Dual meet schedule has been updated on our website (Arrival, warm-up, and Start times). All home meets will be at Pottstown Athletic Center (PAC).

Please look at the meets (SAL tab- click on Dual meets), in order to help you with planning. Prior to each dual meet, we will be asking for known absences. Those not declaring an absence are expected to be at the dual meet. Our first dual meet is against Methacton on Nov. 2nd.

SAL INVITATIONALS
Everyone registered should have received an invitation for the SAL HHAA High Five Pentathlon. This invitational is voluntary. For our USA swimmers, this meet has been approved by Middle Atlantic. Swimmers are to swim ALL five events (flat fee of $20.00) which are the same events one would swim at a SAL dual meet. Please see the Meet Information, under the DOCUMENTS section (SAL INVITATIONALS), for more specifics.

DATE: Sunday, November 3rd
LOCATION: Simmons Elementary School
ADDRESS: 411 S. Babylon Rd. Horsham, Pa. 19044
Session 1 – 10 and under Boys and Girls- Warm up 8:00 AM/ Meet Starts: 9:00 AM
Session 2 – 11 and over Boys and Girls- Warm up 12:30 PM/ Meet Starts: 1:30 PM
DEADLINE TO COMMIT: OCTOBER 18TH

To commit to this Invitational, please follow these steps:
*Go to TOPS Swimming Website.
*Click on Parent Portal.
*Click on TOPS Swimming and Diving
*Click on View Meets.
*Click on ATTENDING or NOT ATTENDING
*After clicking ATTENDING or NOT ATTENDING, then click SAVE.
*Please do not worry about times, for the coaches will make sure the fastest time is entered.

SUITS AND EQUIPMENT
Swimmers are to have their equipment for their first day of practice. Each piece of equipment needs to have the swimmer’s name on it.

Our team suits, this year, will be solid royal blue. The royal blue suits are needed for our dual meets and invitationals. They can be purchased through our Swim Outlet affiliate page. The parent/swimmer can choose the style and cost.

Suit Criteria: Girls: solid royal blue/ no tie-back suits. Boys: solid royal blue brief or jammer.

TOPS CAPS: New swimmers will receive a TOPS cap and a t-shirt. For swimmers needing an additional cap, the cost will be $7.00. Please notify Cheryl Loshnowsky, via TOPS email, if a swimmer needs a new cap. The family’s account will be charged, and the cap will be put into the family folder.

SAL OFFICIALS’ TRAINING
As posted on SAL, the following date and locations have been determined. What has not been determined is the time.
Wednesday October 9th – PVAC
Thursday October 10th – WCAC
Tuesday October 22nd – CCA

FAMILY FOLDERS
We are getting our final roster in place. Each family will have a family folder at their training location (PERK or PAC). These folders will be ready in the next week.

NEW FAMILIES
Welcome to our following families!! A separate email will be sent listing all our new swimmers. We need to ensure that we have an honest picture of a swimmer’s previous swimming history. We ask that you read and act on what we are asking, ASAP. Thank you, in advance.

GOLF OUTING
Our TOPS Golf Outing is quickly approaching- Oct. 13th, 12:00 p.m. Shot-gun start. An email was sent to all families about supporting this fundraiser. Please support by participating, being a sponsor, or getting an auction item.

USA SWIMMING
It was wonderful seeing our swimmers for practice last past week!! It was great to get the swim juices flowing with an emphasis on technique.
We are successfully entered in UDAC Rocktoberfest and the UDAC Distance Meet.

NEXT FOR ENTRY:
LAC Holiday Cup- For those USA Swimmers who have a cut, we want to get our entries submitted. For those who may earn a cut, we will send an updated file, later. This is a prelim/final meet. If a swimmer makes the finals, he/she is expected to swim in finals.

Committing to this meet: If your swimmer does not have a cut for this meet, he/she will not see any events. Swimmers may have a cut, but if their times do not show, it is because their time(s) are not in our database. Please email us via topsswimming@gmail.com with the events and time. When getting the meet ready for entry, he coaches can then input the event(s).
FIRST DEADLINE TO COMMIT: September 25th

PAAC Distance MeetDEADLINE- September 28th.

GRA B+ meet- For those who do not have a LAC Holiday Cup cut, this meet if for you! Please commit to this meet by the deadline, below, for this meet closes quickly. This is a prelim/final meet. As with LAC Holiday Cup, if the swimmer finals, he/she is expected to swim in finals.
DEADLINE: October 20th

HHAA High Five SAL Invite- As shared, earlier in this announcement, this is a USA Approved meet. You must swim all FIVE events listed. The events are the same one would swim in a dual meet.
DEADLINE: October 18th

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COMMUNICATION: To ensure that your questions are answered, and by the proper parties, please email questions, concerns, etc. through TOPS email (topsswimming@gmail.com). Please do not communicate via text, personal email of board and coaches, and Facebook messaging, unless noted.

We ask that you refer to the website for information, the TOPS Handbook, and the Weekly Announcements for reference.

Many thanks in advance.

MANDATORY PARENT MEETING: This Sunday, September 15th at Hillside Aquatic Club. Please bring a folding chair for seating.
Address: Hillside Aquatic Club
134 West Moyer Road
​ Pottstown PA 19464
Time: 1:00 p.m. – NEW PARENTS
2:00 p.m. – TOPS USA PARENTS
3:00 p.m. – RETURNING PARENTS

MINI-GOLF- TOPS swimmers 12 and Under- Our RSVP date has passed. We have 21 swimmers going to enjoy a round of Mini-Golf!

Coach Chris and Coach Jessica will be in attendance.

We ask that parents check in with them upon arrival.

As per the email sent, swimmers are to have their money at the ready and they are to pay at the desk. Based on the feedback from Waltz’s, Coach Chris and Jessica will decide which course to play (Farm- $6.00 or Castle- $7.00).

It will be nice for our swimmers to pair up and play together on the same course. This social opportunity is meant to get our swimmers together, reunite or meet for the first time, and have some fun.
Parents, we ask you stay and relax while your swimmer is playing a round of golf. Please take this opportunity to meet and reunite with other TOPS parents.

BREAKFAST AT BROOKSIDE – Sept. 21st – Swimmers 13 and older
RSVP for the 13 and older Swimmers at Brookside Restaurant, (10:00 a.m.) is Sept. 18th. The time secured should give our swimmers enough time for enjoying breakfast before heading to practice at PAC.

SAL DUAL MEET SCHEDULE
The SAL Dual meet schedule. The dates remain unchanged, but the team with whom we are swimming is now known.
Dual Meet #1 – Nov. 2nd – Methacton – Girls (A) /Boys (H)
Dual Meet #2 – Nov. 9th – Souderton- Girls (H) /Boys (A)
Dual Meet #3 – Nov. 16th – PVAC – Girls (A)/ Boys (H)
Dual Meet #4 – Nov. 23rd – NPAC – Girls (H) /Boys (A)
Dual Meet #5 – Dec. 7th – Pennridge – Girls (H) / Boys (A)

*These five meets are considered our regular season. For swimmers to be eligible to swim in the SAL Championship meets, they must swim in at least two regular season dual meets.

After these Regular season meets, we have two more dual meets.
Jan. 4th – Conference Dual meet – TBD
Jan. 11th – League Dual meet – TBD

SAL INVITATIONALS
We received word that Pennridge will hold their Time Trial Invitational on Sunday, October 20thfor swimmers 14 and younger.

We will not have our Mock meet, but participate in this, instead. Parents, please step forward to volunteer at this invitational if you are new to swimming.

This is a super nice team, and it will give you an opportunity to see that volunteering is not scary but very rewarding.

ALL SAL INFORMATION IS LISTED UNDER THE SAL TAB ON OUR WEBSITE.

EQUIPMENT FOR PRACTICE
In our handbook, and shared in various Weekly Announcements, is the list of the required equipment for practices. It was shared, weeks ago, that the swim equipment needs to be in place by the swimmers’ first swim practice. Please refer to the list, as well as, go to the Swim Outlet Team Affiliate page for TOPS, and the required equipment icon.

The only item, not listed on our Swim Outlet page is the Hans Paddles. That link is also on our team home page. Coach Bill has chosen these paddles for they provide ample resistance.
*Please wait a few seconds, for the page take a little bit to load.

Please do NOT purchase paddles (other than Hans) that are too big for the hand of the swimmer. If we see that the paddles are too big, we will not permit the swimmer to use them. The Hans Paddles are affordable and meet the needs of the swimmer.

If you are finding yourself in a pinch for the equipment, we recommend that you go to Toad Hollow, in Paoli, PA. They have all the items on our equipment list, MINUS Hans Paddles.

EQUIPMENT SWAP
BUOY – Coach Catherine has a swim buoy for anyone needing to purchase one for practice.
*Interest in the above items should be declared through the TOPS email (topsswimming@gmail.com).

USA PRACTICE BEGINSSEPT. 16TH
WHOLE TEAM PRACTICE BEGINSSEPT. 23RD

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICEUSA
As per USA Swimming, no parents are to be on the swim deck and in the swimmer locker rooms.

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER (PAC)
*There are two swimmer locker rooms- boys and girls.

*The entrance is from the lobby area. To enter the pool, they walk through the bathroom, on the far end, and enter the pool from the opposite end of the bathroom.

*We recommend that all swimmers bring their belongings to the pool deck and put their bags on the bleachers.
At the conclusion of practice, the swimmers will enter the bathrooms from the pool deck, and exit the locker room from the same entrance they used upon arrival.

*Swimmers and parents are not to enter the pool area using the door entering the deck from the lobby area. The pool staff will redirect you to the locker rooms.

*Parents, you may watch practice form the lobby area. There is ample seating. We recommend that you take the opportunity to talk to each other and get to know each other. We are a swim family, and getting to know each other is a way can support one another.

*We want to be good stewards of the pool. Parents, please do not allow your children to run around in the hallways or around the facilities. We are only renting the pool at each facility.

PRACTICE TIMES
It is crucial for swimmers to arrive around 10 min. early in order to be ready to jump in the water when the practice is set to begin.

Parents, it is crucial that they are on time for practice. It is also crucial that you pick your swimmer up no later than 10 min. past the conclusion of practice.

USA SWIMMING
*We are successfully entered into the Blue Eagle NT Buster Meet.

*It was noted that there was an error with the UDAC Distance meet entry file. UDAC sent a new entry file, making the correction. We will be taking down the old entry file and importing the udated one. If you committed to this meet, you will need to recommit using the new event file.

LAST DAY TO COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING MEETS IS SEPT. 14TH:

UDAC DISTANCE MEET
UDAC ROCKTOBERFEST

ISCA TYR INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CHAMPS- FL
*Coach Bill has declared, to ISCA, our intent to swim in the FL meet, next July/Aug.

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