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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 10/30/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Make measurable progress in reasonable time.” Jim Rohn

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Niamh, Maura, Matthew, Lucy, Emma, and Jada!!

OFF THE DECK
Joey and Nicholas Moffa just finished their CYO Soccer Season with St. Eleanor and were undefeated!

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS?
Congratulations, TOPS divers and swimmers, on your first dual meet! Methacton provided some excellent competition which aided our swimmers to swim their best. We will be importing the results and you should have your swimmer’s times available to you through your personal portal.

The coaches will be addressing, with the swimmers, that which needs improvement, in the water and on deck.

Parents, thank you for stepping forward to volunteer at both meets. From Brian Stoudt, our board’s president:
“_I would like to thank everyone for stepping up today at both meets, especially at the girls meet. Kory Parsia did an awesome job starting, all the folks at the scorer’s table handled a few issues and still kept everything going, the timers did a great job, setup/tear down made sure everything was taken care of for the meet, officials did a great job, and the bake table had an awesome day. It was a challenging facility, but you all made it work. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And thank you to the YMCA Staff, The were very helpful and accommodating._”

At the boys’ meet, I (Catherine) had parent volunteers telling me, “I am sorry if I don’t know what I am doing.” “I’m nervous about doing something wrong.” No worries! We appreciate you saying ‘yes’ to a need. We thank you for stepping forward to volunteer, in spite of your nervousness. We are very grateful for your time and support. Thank you to all who helped at the boys’ meet!!

DUAL MEET #2 – NOVEMBER, 10TH VS. PVAC
BOYS- AWAYPERKIOMEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
509 Gravel Rd.
Collegeville, PA 19426
Arrival: 12:35pm
Warm-ups: 12:50pm
Meet Start: 1:30

GIRLS- HOME- HILL SCHOOL
Arrival: 12:45 p.m.
Warm-up: 1:00 p.m.
Meet Start: 1:45 p.m.

*If you are unable to attend this meet, please email your absence by Tuesday evening (Click on the giant orange button on the team’s website – CONTACT TOPS). It is crucial information for the coaches, in order to begin planning the line-up. All the coaches are working during the day, and having this information respects their planning time.

**Please note: If a swimmer does not show for a dual meet, and has not notified a coach of his/her absence by the declared date, then the swimmer will not be permitted to swim in the following dual meet.
Reason: Failing to show for a dual meet: impacts other swimmers, the planned line up, and takes valuable time from the coaches who should be with the swimmers during warm-up.

Also, these last minute changes are challenging for the volunteers at the scorer’s table, the starter, and the meet marshalls. Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS: We know that everyone has a lot on their plate. The weekly announcements are meant to give you the information you need to be fully informed. We try to encompass all the information in the announcements, which is also posted on our website and on our Facebook page.
Please refer to the weekly announcements/emails.

*We do read your emails and try to respond within 24 hrs. We are thankful for your questions which highlight info. that we have failed to provide or is necessary for clarity.

SAL INVITES
HHAA High Five- When the results are made available, these times will be imported and you should be able to see your swimmer’s times in your personal portal.

Next SAL Invite- Nov. 18th – North Penn Trophy Meet

USA SWIMMING

*We were successful in entering the Jersey Storm meet.

*The following was sent from the Jersey Storm meet director:
“_I could use some assistance with volunteer timers. I need 16 timers for each ABBC session. If you have any parents that you could set up to time before the meet, if you could let me know that would be VERY helpful. I can give your team a certain lane or lanes, session, etc._”

AND….

“_We are running a timed finals ABBC (9&Over) meet at GCIT in Sewell, NJ on December 8-9, 2018. This will be our 27th year running this meet and this year we again have quite a large turnout from Middle Atlantic Swimming as well as a few teams from outside our LSC.
We run a well-organized meet and provide great hospitality for our volunteers. We are looking for referees, starters, and stroke & turn officials to assist us with running the meet each day and are hoping that you would be willing to help us out. The meet session timeline is below.
Our Meet Referee this year is Nick Chilelli.

PLEASE HELP US OUT AND OFFICIATE AT THE MEET.

The officials sign up page (via sign-up genius) is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D44ADA62DA1FC1-strm1

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank-you for all that you do for age-group swimming and thank-you for your consideration.”

Thanks.
John Fletcher_

We have successfully entered the *LAC Holiday Cup.

Entries are still being accepted for the Marauder Distance meet* in Jan. The deadline to commit to this meet is Nov. 18th.

*This meet is the same weekend as the Upper Merion Last Chance meet. We interpret the spirit of this meet as providing a swimmer the opportunity to acquire a top 18 time for “A” Champs; hence a last chance meet. We recommend this meet for our swimmers who have a top 30 SAL time in a given event. If your swimmer has a top 18 time, then we do not want our swimmers to swim in this meet. They will swim at “A” Champs, which is a USA Approved meet.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 10/29/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” W. Edwards Deming

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Liliana, Juliet, and Catie!

WHAT’S ON TAP THIS WEEK?

PRACTICE
The practice schedule remains unchanged except for:
·No practice on Wednesday- HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! (Post pictures of your pumpkins and costumes on our Facebook page.)

·Friday, our Pottstown 8’s and 10’s are welcome to attend practice at The Hill. (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

·No practice on Saturday due to our first dual meet

· There will be practice, at The Hill, on Sunday.
o TOPS 5,6- 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
o TOPS 3, 4 – 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
o TOPS 1,2TOPS 5-6 P.M.
o Diving- 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

FIRST DUAL MEET OF THE SEASONNOVEMBER 3RD VS. METHACTON

Methacton High School
1005 Kriebel Mill Rd
Eagleville, PA 19403

DIVING- Away at Methacton HS, this Friday (11/2)- Arrival: 5:15 p.m./Warmups- 5:30 p.m./ Start: 6:00 p.m.

GIRLS- Home – (Pottstown Athletic Center, 724 N Adams Street, Pottstown, PA) – Arrival: 11:45 a.m. / Warm-up: 12:00 p.m. / Start: 12:45 p.m.

BOYS- Away at Methacton HS – Arrival-:1:00 p.m. / Warm-up: 1:15 p.m. /Start: 2:00 p.m.

*It is expected that our swimmers and divers attend as many dual meets as possible. At this point, swimmers and divers should have already notified the coaches if he/she is unable to attend the dual meet this Saturday. The coaches are beginning to create the line-ups (FYI…coaches choose events for dual meets).

If you have not yet shared with us, that you cannot attend this Saturday’s dual meet, you have till 7 p.m. on Tuesday to do so. Notify us though the CONTACT TOPS button on our new website.

  • ATTIRE:* All swimmers are to wear their solid black suit and their TOPS swim cap. No other swim cap will be permitted to be worn. If you need a new team cap, there are caps at every training facility. The coaches will take the swimmer’s name and you will be billed through the website.

AT METHACTON: Swimmers will be provided benches for sitting. They can bring a folding chair, but you may or may not need it.

The swimmers need to bring only the essentials to a meet:
*One swim bag, and in that swim bag their goggles, towels, water, and a nutritious snack. This bag will go under the bench.
*Please have the swimmers wear their Orange t-shirt or TOPS spirit wear.

PARENTS: Please refer to the emails sent pertaining to volunteering for dive and swim meets, and email about the girls’ bake table for Pottstown.

SAL INVITES
PVAC FALL FEST- The coaches were very pleased with our swimmer’s effort and swims on Sunday at the PV Fall Fest. The coaches were not focused on times. It was a meet which gave our swimmers the chance to get those swim juices flowing, as well as, helped the coaches see what the swimmers are doing well and where they need to continue to improve. Overall, Great job, swimmers!!

We are awaiting the results from this invite, so that we can import the times. The swimmers’ times should then be reflected through your individual Parent Portal.

HH HIGH FIVE INVITE- NOVEMBER 4TH
An email will be forthcoming concerning pertinent information. If you are unable to attend this invite, please email the coaches via the CONTACT TOPS link on our new website.

MISCELLANEOUS:
From Becca Fisher (daughter swims at Perk)- “I have a brand new girls black speedo size 12/28. Bought a few sizes cuz I wasn’t sure what size we needed. Paid $40. Thought I would put it on here before I return it. Just asking what I paid. Let me know.”

OFF THE DECK
Swimming is ONE part of our swimmers’ very rich and varied life. They are a sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, teammates, students, musicians, parishioners, etc. Though our focus is on swimming at TOPS, we do want to acknowledge our swimmer’s talents and accomplishments outside of swimming. Please email Coach Catherine (thefinks6@yahoo.com) with anything you would like to share about your swimmer.

USA SWIMMING
*We sent you the updated time standards for the season ending USA meets. Please note that the Bronze Championships now has stricter time parameters.

*The GRA and LAC meets have been submitted. Awaiting for confirmation.

*LAC- Hotel room information will be forthcoming.

Ready for entry: Marauder Distance Meet- Deadline- Nov. 18th (This is a Friday evening and all day Saturday meet.)

TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 10/22/18

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Oct 22, 2018 12:36PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 10/22/18

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!!

WHAT ON TAP WITH TOPS?

PRACTICE THIS WEEK
*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.

AND…

*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 dskib@aol.com.

SATURDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 3- 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
TOPS 1 & 2- 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS 4, 5, 6 – 9:00 – 10:30 A.M.

SUNDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE
*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.

SAL INVITES
*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.
*Goggles
*TOPS Shirts

DUAL MEET HEADS UP:
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.

NOVEMBER 3RD VS. METHACTON- 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.

SPIRIT WEAR
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.

USA SWIMMING
*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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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 10/15/18

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Oct 15, 2018 12:11PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 10/15/18 – (Read time- 5 min.)

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!!

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH TOPS?

REMINDER: 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.

FAMILY FOLDER

*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.

SAL INVITATIONALS

*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.

PRACTICE FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND
SATURDAY- (No practice at Hill on Saturday)

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 3- 12:00-1:30 p.m.
TOPS 1 & 2- 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS 5 & 6 – 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
TOPS 4 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

SUNDAY- Hill School
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.

USA SWIMMING
*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.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 10/8/18

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!!

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH TOPS?
*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.

TEAM PICTURE AND INDIVIDUAL PICTURES
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.

CODE OF CONDUCT
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.

MEDICAL ISSUES
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.

CLOTHING SWAP
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 thefinks6@yahoo.com.

PRACTICE CHANGES
*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. _

SATURDAY PRACTICE*+
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 5 & 6 – 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
TOPS 4 – 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS 3 – 8:00 – 9:30 A.M.
TOPS 1 & 2 – 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

SUNDAY PRACTICE- HILL SCHOOL- ALL SWIMMERS
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.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS- 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.

NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET- 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.

SAFE SPORT
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.

PENCIL THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR!! – Our season ending swim celebration will take place April 14th at The Hill School (1-4 p.m.)

USA SWIMMING
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.

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