Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving on Sep 26 2018 at 07:39PM PDT


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Slow down, calm down, don’t worry, don’t hurry. Trust the process.” Alexandra Stoddard

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Coach Andrew, Chloe, Justin, Ryan, Austin, and Hannah!

We concluded our first week of training for the 2018-2019 swim season. Thank you for being patient with the learning curve and any hiccups or inconveniences that you may have experienced.

Coaches will be making training level determinations, this week.

Though we appreciate the parent’s effort and a swimmer’s desire to swim, we cannot permit a swimmer to swim at a different level due to individual conflicts (e.g. attend a family function, CCD, etc.). We wish we could accommodate, but our limitations do not permit us to do so. We understand that families have a lot on their plate, but TOPS cannot consider the personal requests, for doing so will set a precedent and impact the training of your swimmer and other swimmers.

Lastly, due to our limited pool time, we desire to use every minute we are afforded. It is very important for our swimmers and divers to be ready to jump into the pool when practice begins, vs. walking onto deck when he/she should be in the pool. It will be wonderful for our swimmers and divers to come early to practice, help set up, and stretch to ready themselves for their coaching.

Thank you, in advance, for understanding.

This Coming Weekend
We are not able to use the pool at Perk this Saturday, as initially planned. They need to use the facility for family day. We are awaiting a response from the Pottstown Athletic Center to see if we can use their pool. We will email everyone the accurate swimming training picture for this weekend. Coach Kristine will notify the divers of the practice schedule, if there are any changes.

We are still awaiting the dual meet schedule, but the dates are set. What we don’t know is who we will be swimming and where. As soon as this necessary information becomes available, we will notify you so that you can plan accordingly.

HERE ARE THE DATES OF THE DUAL MEETS- Dive Meets are the Friday evening before each dual meet:
11/3- Dual Meet #1 (Dive- 11/2)
11/10 – Dual Meet #2 (Dive- 11/9)
11/17- Dual Meet #3 (Dive-11/16)
12/1 – Dual Meet #4 (Dive- 11/30)
12/8- Dual Meet #5 (Dive-12/7)
1/5 – Conference Dual Meet (Dive- 1/4)
1/12 – League Dual Meet (Dive – 1/11)
SAL Championships Begin- (Individual) – Required Participation
“B” Champs Swimming– 1/26
“B” Champs- Diving – 1-27
Feb. 3rd – Swimming and Diving “A” Champs
Feb. 10th- Swimming and Diving “A” Champs

We have run out of Hans Paddles for purchase. If you need paddles, you may place an order using the Hans Paddles link on the TOPS home page. We are seeing a lot of different paddles than the ones that we recommend; some, too big for the swimmer. If we determine that they are too big, then we may ask the swimmer not to use the paddles.
Also, it is imperative that the swimmers have ample water for practice. Though they are in the pool, they do sweat and need to stay hydrated. We have had swimmers not have water, not feel well, and need to get out because of cramps.
REMINDER: We are still seeing equipment not labeled. All equipment needs to be labeled (snorkel, equipment bag, each fin, each paddle, kickboard). Also, swimmers should have a spare pair of goggles, in their equipment bag, in the event they have goggle issues. Lastly, if a swimmer needs to use an inhaler, that inhaler should be with the equipment bag; not in the locker room. Many thanks.

You have been receiving emails about our website change and directions as to what to do. It is our goal to have our new website fully implemented by Oct. 1st. Please follow the directions from Lauren Keifer, our webmaster. She has been putting MANY hours into making this switch over as seamless as possible. Thank you, Lauren, for all you are doing.
Once you have received an invitation to join the new website, you will see event listings for your swimmer. Please commit to the invites or USA meets.

We are in the final week before our Swim Outlet gift card drawing. The Parent Safe Sport only takes about 10 min., and the 12 and over Safe Sport takes about 20 min. The 6-11 yr. old is an activity booklet. Though we are not making it mandatory, we highly recommend it in order to ensure that we all are on the same page and have the same understanding. Thank you to all who have completed the online Safe Sport training!!

Many spirit wear items have been made available for parent and older swimmers on Swim Outlet. We have not offered spirit wear, through Swim Outlet for our younger swimmers. There will be a package, available, shortly, for purchase (sweats, shirt, etc.). After that is made available, we will then add different items for purchase on Swim Outlet.

Parent Meeting – We will have separate parent meetings
1) New Parents
2) USA Swimming
3) Returning Parents

We will email you when we have secured a date and location.


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