News and Announcements
Quote of the Week: “Hold the vision, trust the process.” Author Unknown
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gabriella, Isabel, Kaia, Coach Michael, and Joseph!!
1) The coaches have been assessing the swimmers, and based on their observations, suggesting a training level. This week the coaches will notify the swimmers of their training level, and will see how they do at the suggested level. There may be level movement based on feedback, observation, as well as, if the swimmer is meeting the recommended number of practices.
2) +*CODE OF CONDUCT FORMS- We are still missing Athlete Code of Conduct forms and Parent Code of Conduct forms (both parents or guardians must sign). Please print your name vs. signing with your signature so that we can discern who has submitted and who has not.
3) – Beginning, this week, Tuesday and Thursday morning practices begin at The Hill School (5:45 – 6:45 a.m) for HS Swimmers.
4) - This Saturday, we cannot use the Hill School.
11 &12’s- 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
8’S & 10’S – 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
15-18 YR. – 8:00 – 9:30 A.M.
13/14 – 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.
2:00 – 3:30 P.M. – 13 AND OLDER SWIMMERS
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. – 11/12 SWIMMERS
5:00 – 6:00 P.M.- 8’S AND 10’S
4:30 – 6:00 P.M. – ALL DIVERS
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.
*The contestant’s age on October 31st shall be his or her age for the entire season
*It is expected that All TOPS swimmers participate in one SAL Championship meet.
*We thank you all, in advance, for your sacrifice, commitment, and support of TOPS.
A- Away meet * H*- Home Meet
DIVE DUAL MEETS TAKE PLACE THE FRIDAY EVENING BEFORE DUAL SWIM MEET. COACH KRISTINE WILL ENSURE DIVERS KNOW THE ACCURATE TIME AND LOCATION FOR EACH MEET.
Perk Valley Fall Fest (Invitational #2- USA Approved)
NOVEMBER 3RD VS. METHACTON
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.
NOVEMBER 10TH VS. PVAC
GIRLS- H (Hill School) – Arrival: 12:45 p.m. / Warm-up: 1:00 p.m. / Start: 1:45 p.m.
BOYS – A – Arrival: 10:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 11:00 a.m. / Start: 11:30 a.m.
NOVEMBER 17TH VS. PENNRIDGE
GIRLS – A – Arrival: 11:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 12:00 p.m. / Start: 12:30 p.m.
BOYS – H – (The Hill School) – Arrival: 10:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 11:00 a.m. / Start: 11:45 a.m.
11/18- North Penn Trophy Meet (Invitational #3- USA Approved)
GIRLS –A- Arrival: 12:30 p.m. / Warm-up: 12:45 p.m. / Start: 1:30 p.m.
BOYS – H- (The Perk School) – Arrival: 8:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 9:00 a.m. / Start: 9:45 a.m.
GIRLS – A- Arrival: TBD
BOYS – H – (The Perk School) – Arrival: 8:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 9:00 a.m. / Start: 9:45 a.m.
Hawaiian Invite – SAL Invite #4
SAL Championship Dual Meets
1/5 – Conference Dual Meet- TBD
1/12 – League Dual Meet- TBD
1/19 – SAL Last Chance Meet – (SAL Invite #5- USA Approved)
SAL Championships Begin- (Individual)- Required Participation
“B” Swim Champs – 1/26
“B” Dive Champs – 1/27
“A” Swim and Dive Champs – 2/3 – 2/10 (USA Approved)
6) SAL STARTER AND STROKE AND TURN CLINICS FOR PARENTS – Here is the complete list of clinics that have been set up for this year for being a Starter and Stroke and Turn, through SAL. All clinics will start at 7PM and should run to about 9PM.
*Monday 10/8 – WCAC Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Rd, Ambler, PA 19002
*Wednesday 10/10 – PVAC Perk Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426
*Monday 10/15 – CAC William Tennant High School, 333 Centennial Rd, Warminster, PA
*Tuesday 10/16- WCAC Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Rd, Ambler, PA 19002
- Wednesday 10/17- SAC La Salle College High School, 8605 Cheltenham Ave, Wyndmoor, PA 19038
*Thursday 10/18- CCA Plymouth Whitemarsh H/S Library, 201 E.Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19426
Monday 10/22- CRSC Council Rock H/S North, 62 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Thursday 10/25 – CBST Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington, PA 18976
TOPS believes that strong officiating is very important and provides vital feedback for swimmers. We have been blessed with great parents who have been awesome at officiating and have set the ‘Officiating standard.’ Stephanie D’Arcangelo has been in charge of our TOPS Officials, and will be retiring from those duties, as of next year. She has been our fearful ‘Officiating’ leader, and her example and commitment, these past years, have been greatly appreciated. Given that she is in her last year officiating, and she is more than happy to mentor any who wish to learn for her.
In order to continue level our expected level of excellence, we strongly recommending that our parents consider, not only officiating through SAL, but through USA Swimming. Through USA Swimming you will get excellent instruction and mentoring, which encompasses more than that which you will receive through SAL. Please strongly consider becoming a USA Official, which will provide you will many opportunities, at many meets. Again, you will be strongly supported and will receive mentorship.
7) WEBSITE- You have been receiving emails, from our webmaster, Lauren Keifer about re-registering on the new website. It is crucial that you register when requested. We need for you to re-register, on this new website, in order for us to set up billing, import times, and to enable you to commit to the upcoming SAL and USA meets.
UPCOMING SAL INVITE DEADLINES- PERK VALLEY FALL FEST – OCTOBER 7TH
NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET – OCTOBER 14TH
8) SAFE SPORT- We have received feedback that some are having difficulty getting into the USA Swimming to access the online Safe Sport training. We will investigate to see the potential issue. With that said, we will extend the deadline to this Saturday, Oct. 6th. On October 7th, we will do the drawing.
9) FORTHCOMING :
PARENT MEETING- No we have not forgotten about a parent meeting. We are trying to secure a facility in order to host the meeting. It will be 2:00 – New Parents / 3:00- USA/ 4:00- Returning Parents
*SPIRIT WEAR FOR SWIMMERS
A) We have received word that we successfully entered the Blue Eagle and the North Penn Distance Meet.
B) As stated above, it is imperative for you to register in the new website so that you can recommit to the GRA meet and commit to the LAC Speedo Meet.
C) The LAC Speedo meet deadline will be Oct. 21st- for times from Blue Eagle will have been earned and counted for the LAC Meet.
D) GRA MEET- Please only commit for Friday and Sunday, for we have a dual meet, on that Saturday vs. North Penn. Dual meets take priority over USA meets.
TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 9/24/18
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.
SAL DUAL MEET SCHEDULE
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.
TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 9/15/18
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Coach Carrie, Quinten, Anastasia, Jonathan, Ella, Kathleen, Andrew, Abigail, Conner, and Nicole!!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We should work on our process, not the outcome of our processes.” W. Edwards Deming
HERE WE GO!!!
Our official beginning of the 2018-2019 swim season will begin on Monday, September 17th. Please refer to the attached schedule for practice times and locations.
Perkiomen School – 526 3rd St., East Greenville, PA 18041
Hill School – 860 Beech St., Pottstown, PA 19464
*Pottstown Athletic Facility – 724 N. Adams St., Pottstown, PA 19464
The Pottstown Athletic Facility is for our 8/under and 10/under swimmers who are committed to swim at The Hill School for practices. Due to our large number of younger swimmers, we were able to acquire pool time at the Pottstown Athletic Center (old Pottstown Y), which is VERY close to The Hill School.
*NEXT WEEKEND PRACTICES
Saturday, September 22
Hill- 8:00-9:30 Opens
9:30-11:00- 13/14 swimmers
Perk- 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – 11/12 swimmers
9:30-10:30 a.m. – 8’s, 9/10 swimmers
Sunday, September 23- GIRLS’ PRACTICE, ONLY- HILL SCHOOL
13’s and over- 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
11/12- 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Diving- 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (All divers)
8’s and 10’s- 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
*All swimmers should have their required equipment, and all the equipment should be labeled with their name.
*No parents are permitted to go into the locker rooms at any training facility. There are posted bathrooms for parent use at each facility.
*At the Pottstown Athletic Facility there are only four family rooms for our use. We recommend that your swimmer change at home.
*Please read the TOPS LOCKER ROOM POLICY, available on the weekly announcement email and on our website under the Parent and Swimmer tab. It is vital that all are aware of locker room expectations (coach, swimmer, and parent).
*MANDATORY CODE OF CONDUCT
ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT: In the weekly announcement email is the Athlete Code of conduct that we require our TOPS swimmers to print, read, and sign. Please bring the Code of Conduct to the first day of the swimmer’s practice.
PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT: Also, in the weekly announcement email is the Parent Code of Conduct that we require all of our parents (mom and dad) to print, read, sign and return. This code of conduct can be handed in with your swimmer’s code of conduct. Both parents (guardians) can sign the same form.
FYI…The TOPS Coaches have a code of conduct that they must print, read, and sign. This across the board measure ensures that we are ALL on the same page concerning expectations and conduct.
Safe Sport is an extension of our Code of Conduct, in order to ensure a safe environment for our swimmers. We ask that our swimmers, and parents, complete the Safe Sport Online training. You can access this free training by clicking on the appropriate Safe Sport Event link on our TOPS Website. You have till Sept. 30th to complete the online training. Those that have completed the training, will be eligible for a drawing for a $10.00 Swim Outlet gift card. Thank you to all those who have completed the training thus far.
Henry Phillips is a new 14 and under swimmer who resided in the Collegeville/Royersford area. He will be training at The Hill School. His family would like to carpool. Please contact Jennifer Phillips at email@example.com if you can help get Henry to and from practice, that would be fantastic.
OFF THE DECK
Though we assist your swimmer in developing his/her swimming skills, we value the accomplishments of our swimmers outside of swimming. If there is a noteworthy accomplishment that you would like to share, please email Coach Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newly posted OFF THE DECK ACCOMPLISHMENT
Caraline R. Young has been inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, Lancaster Catholic High School. Congratulations, Caraline!
FORTHCOMING- Coach ofthe Week- Coach Bill
We had a wonderful morning with the majority of our TOPS USA Swimmers. We had numerous guest speakers and focused on a number of different, yet pertinent topics (team building, training plan, goal setting, focus on process, mental strength, nutrition, dryland, and age group and college swimming).
Thank you, parents, for dropping off your swimmer and then joining us for the last half hour of the meeting.
We are thankful to Fredrick Mennonite for hosting and providing lunch for us. Also, thank you to our presenters; Shannon Stephani, Claudia Baumert, Coach Nikki Whitlock, Matt Cubbler, Coach Jack, Coach Kathy Cook and Michael Hay.
The link to the Mental Toughness questionnaire may have been faulty. It can be accessed from the weekly announcement in your email. Swimmers, please take this questionnaire and see your personal results.
BLUE EAGLE MEET AND NORTH PENN DISTANCE MEET DEADLINE- The deadline for these meets in Sunday, September 16th.
Why so early? Sadly, so many of these meets fill quickly, therefore, we need to commit early in order to reduce our chances of being shut out of them.
Swimmers, remember what Coach Bill said at the USA Meeting:
1) Swimmers are to choose their own events
2) Choose no more than three events per day.
*Choose an event in which you have not done in a while or have not done at all
- Choose an event you believe is your strength
- Choose an event for fun.
UPDATED TOP 10 LC TIMES
The updated LC times have been updated, and were shared, earlier, but there is an addition.
Congratulations to Chris Guiliano for earning the number one spot in the 50 free, 100 free, and the 200 IM for 15 yr. old Middle Atlantic swimmers.
ADDITIONAL TOPS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Good afternoon, TOPS Families. Well, we are off! We understand that there will be some need for flexibility and understanding as we begin our new swim season.
*Swimmers need to make sure that all their swim gear is put back in their equipment bag at the end of practice, each night. The equipment bag is to go home every night. We are seeing that some of the swim equipment is not labeled with the swimmer’s name. Please make sure that all equipment is labeled (each paddle, each fin, etc.)
*We will make arrangements to have the Hans Paddles available for purchase at the Hill School and the Perk School, this week.
MISSING EQUIPMENT- POTTSTOWN Y
My daughter left her purple mesh equipment bag at the Pottstown Y today after practice. We will be at practice tomorrow if anyone picked it up.
My daughter attended the swim practice tonight at the Pottstown Y. She left her blue mesh equipment bag. It has an S. Moffa on the name label. Did anyone pick it up? We will be at the Pottstown Y again for tomorrow’s practice.
Brody Carpenter is a new 8 year old swimmer practicing at the Pottstown Y facility. We are in the Royersford/Collegeville area if anyone is interested in carpooling for practices. Please contact Kerri Carpenter at email@example.com or 302-438-8990.
*To ensure that your question is answered in a timely and complete manner, please email the coaches via the TOPS website. Go to CONTACT US and follow the directions. Please do not contact the coaches, directly, unless specified.
*If you are not receiving emails and announcements, it could be that you did not verify information in your account. Please go to your account to verify your contact information. With Team Unify, we can see who has received our emails, who opened them, and who has yet to read them. This transparent measure is to ensure that we have an honest picture concerning our communication.
STILL NEEDED: Another parent to help plan social activities, with Cathy Horner, for our swimmers.
Swimmers are to bring to practice the Athlete Code of Conduct form and the Parent Code of Conduct form. Thank you, in advance.
*The Blue Eagle and the North Penn meet are closed for registration and will be submitted in the next 24 hrs. We have gone over all the events and times to ensure their accuracy.
*We believe that we give our TOPS USA swimmers ample time to look over the chosen USA meets, to plan accordingly, and to choose wisely. Going forward we will strictly adhere to the registration deadline and will not reopen a meet registration upon request. Thank you, in advance, for understanding.
*At this point, all TOPS USA swimmers, who have come from another USA program, should have submitted their transfer form to Middle Atlantic Swimming.
STILL NEEDED: USA Parent(s)- (1) Help with getting timers for meets; (2) Shirt for season ending USA meets (3) Plan and order meal for hotel at the season ending USA meets. (4) Help with fundraising for FL meet. You will work with, and be supported by, the coaches concerning the listed items.
FUNDRAISING FOR FLORIDA MEET: The Florida meet was a great meet, and we have the opportunity to take a lot of swimmers. We would like to fundraise for this meet in order to offset the cost. We need parents to step forward to help this fundraising effort. Thank you, in advance, for considering.
HEADS UP: We may need to provide timers for the upcoming Blue Eagle meet and the North Penn Distance meet. Please be prepared to help. We are thankful for the parents who always step forward, but we are expecting all our parents to play an active role. Lastly, we would love for our parents to sit together in the stands and wear their spirit wear. This simple action means a lot to the swimmers, for they will see a unified presence in the stands.
TOPS ANNOUNCEMENTS – 8/25/18
Our apologies for the delayed weekly announcements. This announcement will be the first of three, for we want to segment the information in order to make it easier to digest. The second announcement will be for our TOPS USA Swimmers, and the third announcement will detail our finalized practice schedule, which will begin September 17th.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kyle, Nicholas, Ella, Hannah, Maria, Jack, and Nate!!
Sadly, summer is in its final weeks and school is right around the corner. Below are more awards, earned by our TOPS swimmers, from their respective summer swim team. Congratulations!!
TOPS Bellewood swimmers who earned awards:
Emery Horn, 11-12 girl high point
Carson Hilliard, open boy high point
Mallory Horner, 13-14 girl high point
1) FYI…We have been very transparent with our website, in that any person, wanting to learn about our program, has been able to access almost all that we post. Going forward we will be streamlining what we make public. As a committed member of our TOPS family, you continue to access to all that we post when you log in to our website.
2) We are continuing to ready our website for the upcoming swim season. That which was posted, last season, has been archived.
3) We will be updating the USA long course records and posting, shortly.
*DID YOU SWIM FOR ANOTHER SAL SWIM TEAM, LAST YEAR? If so, please email the coaches, via the TOPS website, sharing what team you swam for last year. Reason: We need to notify the other team of the change in order to comply with SAL’s transfer requirement.
TOPS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
*TOPS Swimming families are welcome to join our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
FORTHCOMING: DATE FOR THE PARENT MEETING FOR THE 2018-2019 SWIM SEASON
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!