TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 9/14/19
COMMUNICATION: To ensure that your questions are answered, and by the proper parties, please email questions, concerns, etc. through TOPS email (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
: Hillside Aquatic Club
134 West Moyer Road
Pottstown PA 19464
1:00 p.m. – NEW PARENTS
2:00 p.m. – TOPS USA PARENTS
3:00 p.m. – RETURNING PARENTS
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
USA PRACTICE BEGINS – SEPT. 16TH
WHOLE TEAM PRACTICE BEGINS – SEPT. 23RD
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.
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.
*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.
UDAC DISTANCE MEET
ISCA TYR INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CHAMPS- FL
*Coach Bill has declared, to ISCA, our intent to swim in the FL meet, next July/Aug.