News and Announcements
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The prize is in the process. “ Baron Baptiste
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Grant, Isla, Coach Chris, Bryce, Jennifer, Coach Jack, Evelyn, and Ryan!!
*On the new website you will see a POOL SCHEDULE button for easy reference.
*This Wednesday, the locker rooms at Perkiomen School, will not be available for swimmer use due to them being painted. We follow USA rules, therefore, swimmers are not to deck change. Please plan accordingly.
*This Friday, Pottstown (8’s and 10’s) swimmers can attend practice at the Hill School (7:30-8:30 p.m.)
Put on your calendar:*
*Wed. Nov. 7th and Wed. Nov. 14th Pottstown 8’s and 10’s, will have practice at The Hill School from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*All lanes of Route 100 between Shoemaker Road and Upland Square Road will be closed for the first weekend in November. Rt. 100 will close at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and not re-open until Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 a.m. Please plan accordingly.
LOST: Nathaniel Oliver lost a pair of blue Speedo goggles that have a blue bungee with pink ends at Perk, last Saturday. Please email his mom, Deb Oliver, at email@example.com.
TOPS 3- 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
TOPS 1 & 2- 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
TOPS 4, 5, 6 – 9:00 – 10:30 A.M.
*Due to the SAL PV Invite, there will be no swim practice on Sunday, 10/28.
*Diving practice will still take place at Hill- 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on 10/28.
OBSERVATIONS FROM COACHES:
*Swimmers are still missing mandatory equipment. At this point, all swimmers should have what is required.
*For practice: Swimmers are not to wear another team cap for practice. They are either to wear their TOPS cap or a fun cap.
*The North Penn Trophy Meet and the HHAA Invite have been entered.
*This weekend is our first SAL Invite of the 2018-2019 Swim season. An email, with specifics, will be sent later this week, when we receive warm-up info. etc. from PV.
ATTIRE for Invites and dual meets:
*Solid black suit
*TOPS Cap (Swimmers must wear a TOPS Cap. No fun caps or other team caps will be permitted at invites and dual meets. If our returning families need a new TOPS Cap, please let a coach know at your training facility, this week, so that you are prepared for the upcoming SAL Invite meet and our first dual meet, the following weekend. The cost for a replacement cap is $7.00. We will be getting caps at each training facility and you will be billed accordingly.
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.
- FIRST DUAL MEET
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.
HOLIDAY SHIPPING ALERT – All custom team store product must be ordered by November 26 for delivery by December 24. You can access our team store by clicking on the Swim Outlet Icon on our team website. To be added next week: attire for younger swimmers.
FORTHCOMING: Information about Swimmer clothing package.
*Thank you to the parents for stepping forward to time, this past weekend! Your assistance and support were greatly appreciated.
GRA AND LAC MEETS: We are continuing to update times, and need to factor in any times earned this past weekend. LAC is a time standard meet. If you qualify, did you commit? If not, please commit by today. GRA meet swimmers, did you commit? If not, please do so by today.
MARAUDER MEET: We received confirmation from the meet director that they will have the distance meet in Jan. They will be holding it on a Friday evening and all day Saturday. When they send us the event file, we will inform you so that you may enter. We are going to stay with this meet, for it does not conflict with any dual meets.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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