News and Announcements

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This announcement is a bit lengthy; our apologies in advance. Instead of sending out multiple emails, we compiled one.

TOPS FOCUS WORD OF THE YEAR: Perseverance- persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

IMPORTANT DATES
ANNUAL USA SWIMMER MEETING–Sept. 7th (TBD- between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m./ Email forthcoming)
MANDATORY PARENT MEETING- Sept. 15th
USA SWIMMERS begin practice – Sept. 16th-
SAL SWIMMERS begin practice – Sept. 23rd.

REGISTRATION- As you know registration is up and running. Our returning families have until Aug. 14th for this priority registration. On the 15th, registration will be open to new families.

*If you know that you will not be returning, please email us via topsswimming@gmail.com so that we can remove you from future communication.

If you shared this information with a coach, this past summer, or a fellow family, that you will not be returning, we still need written confirmation of your decision.

This notification gives us a clear picture of how many open spaces we have at each training facility for our incoming families.

LEVELS- A separate email will be sent with level recommendations and explanation.
Please note: In the first few weeks of practice we will solidify the swimmer level placement. Changes may be made based on swimmer performance/feedback during practice.

The following considerations are being made concerning the levels :
*Age and Physical maturity: We don’t want to ask too much too early; respect swimmer development
If there is an () after the swimmer’s name, then he/she is being invited to join the next level, ONE day per week. We want any progression to be gradual and respectful of their development. We will make changes throughout the season based on swimmer attendance/performance.

We no longer have a TOPS 6 level. That level is now NATIONAL level.

The NATIONAL LEVEL CRITERIA is:
*Swimmer has met an ISCA Summer Champs time standard.
*Pre-HS (Sept- Nov.)- Swimmer needs to attend 5-6 practices per week.
*Once HS begins- Swimmer needs to attend at least ONE TOPS practice per week (this does not include dual meet attendance).
*Attend SAL dual meets (minimum 2).
*Participate in at least three (3) TOPS chosen USA meets.
*Participate in the SCY Season Ending Senior Champs in March.
*Participate in LC Training (one day per week)
*Attend ONE TOPS chosen USA LC meet (not including ISCA)
*Attend the ISCA Summer Championship (FL).
*Support the fundraising efforts for the ISCA meet.

PRIOR SWIM CLUBS – Please list ALL prior swim clubs in the designated area in registration. We need to know this information for SAL and USA, in order to contact the previous clubs for swimmer release. If we do not have a complete and honest picture, we open ourselves up to fines by both SAL and USA. If you do not disclose, fully, the list of your previous club(s), and we are fined due to the non-disclosure, the family will be responsible for the fine (fines – $200-$500).

TRAINING FACILITIES
We have secured both training facilities (Perkiomen School/ Pottstown Athletic Center) and Coach Bill is finalizing the practice schedule. Though our schedule is not yet set in stone, it will closely mirror last year’s TOPS Level Practice schedule.

TEAM SUITS/ EQUIPMENT- The team suit color, this year, is ROYAL BLUE. There are many suits on Swim Outlet that are ROYAL BLUE, and many of our spirit wear items (e.g. parka, sweats) on our affiliate page are ROYAL BLUE.

*When choosing a team suit, please make sure that there is to be no other color on the suit (e.g. straps).
*Girls- tie-back suits are not permitted for competition.

EQUIPMENT – Swimmers are responsible for securing all the necessary equipment for their first swim practice. There is ample time to purchase the required equipment before the start dates. All the necessary equipment can be purchased through our Swim Outlet affiliate team page. This avenue allows you to easily purchase equipment, and it also supports TOPS.

Notes about required equipment:
FINS- We have kept the floating fins listed, for our younger swimmers are finding the training fins to be ill fitting. If you purchase the floating fin, we suggest cutting the fins to a training length. You can bring the fins to practice, and the coaches will draw a line on the fins for you to cut at home.

SNORKEL- Each year swimmers have snorkels which do not meet the parameters of our recommended snorkel. The snorkel (Finis) has a valve at the bottom to help the swimmer expel water from the snorkel. Please purchase the correct snorkel so swimmers can benefit from its purpose.

SPIRIT WEAR- New swimmers will receive a TOPS t-shirt and a TOPS cap.
*On our team affiliate Swim Outlet page, we have a link to TOPS SWIM AND DIVE SWIM GEAR. An array of personalized clothing is available for your purchase. This is our only spirit wear option. Purchasing through TOPS is an easy fundraiser for our team.

**Presently, there is a big sale (80% off some items), as well as free shipping for orders over $49.00.
CAPS- Additional caps can be purchased at $7.00 a cap.

VOLUNTEERING
Parents, as you know, swimming is heavily reliant on your support and participation. The board, and coaches, are aware of the sacrifice you make.
The volunteer sign-up for meets will be available at the Mandatory Parent Meeting (Sept. 15th). Positions not filled will be assigned. If the parent cannot meet the assigned/volunteer obligation, it will be the parent’s responsibility to find a replacement.

AS A THANK YOU
This year, we will be holding a raffle for our volunteers. For each time a parent volunteers, he/she will earn a raffle ticket for raffle prizes.

In addition…at the conclusion of the season, we will acknowledge one parent, per age group, for boys and girls, who volunteered the most.

In the TOPS Handbook, please review the positions that must be filled each dual meet. We want to continue to build a strong base for officials and the scorer’s table. If you would like to take on these roles, you will have a lot of support to help you.

On October 12th, we hope to hold a mock meet. This will serve as a time trial for our swimmers, as well as, give our parents a chance to try out their volunteer obligations.

SUBURBAN AQUATIC LEAGUE (SAL)
As we are readying ourselves for a new season, take the opportunity to get SAL text alerts. Text 40404 and in the message “follow suburbanaquatic". Though we will notify you of any pertinent information, this is a good back up to have.

TOPS SWIMMER EXPECTATIONS:
1) Must participate in at least two regular season dual meets.
2) Must participate in a SAL Championship
FYI…The swimmer’s age on October 31st shall be his or her age for the entire season.

TOPS PARENT EXPECTATIONS:
1. Sign up to volunteer in at least 2 meets for the season
2. Sign up to volunteer, additionally, if needed. (e.g. invitationals)

USA SWIMMING
From our website:
To participate in TOPS USA Swimming, the swimmers must meet the following criteria:
1. Express interest, to a TOPS Coach, about participating in USA Swimming.
2. Have a BB Short Course Time in a given event. Swimmer is to be no younger than nine years old.
3. Demonstrate discipline in practice and attend the recommended number of practices
4. Exhibit age appropriate maturity in practice and TOPS chosen USA meets.
5. Adhere to the Athlete Code of Conduct.
6. Plan and choose events in the TOPS chosen USA meets.
7. Must participate in a season ending USA meet (e.g. Bronze, Silver, JO, Seniors)

*Swimmers who are planning on swimming in college are strongly encouraged to swim TOPS USA. It will ready them for the demands of college swimming, as well as, offer opportunities for exposure to more events other than what HS and SAL dual meets offer.

The mid-season (Nov./Dec.) and season ending meets (prelim/finals) will give swimmers a feel for big college meets, which are held over a four day period.

SUMMARY OF SEASON ENDING LC CHAMPS
*The season ending LC meet results have been uploaded in Active, and you should be able to see your swimmer’s times in the Parent Portal.

*Our swimmers did an AWESOME job representing TOPS at Silver, JO’s and ISCA! We are very proud of their time commitment (LC training and meet attendance) and their effort!!

At JO’s and Silvers, we had swimmers final, and improve their time! Super proud!!

ISCA- We had 12 swimmers go to ISCA. It was a great meet with amazing times by our swimmers!! We had many swimmers final, each evening.

We enjoyed watching swimmers making Olympic Trial Cuts, US Open cuts, and Jr. National Cuts at the meet.
Chris Guiliano earned a meet record on his last event (100 free)!

**All of our TOPS LC swimmers, were there to support each other, and we are blessed to have exceptional young men and women on TOPS.

USA meets are beginning to be posted on MA
Reminder: swimmers swim their events as per their age that day.

Our first meet is the Blue Eagle NT Buster, and that meet will begin to accept entries on Sept. 1st. We will be sending our entries in the beginning of Sept.

*This is a NT meet, and we encourage our swimmers to choose events in which they do not have a time.

*Also, some of our swimmers may age up during this season (e.g. begin as a 12 yr. old, and by MA Champs, they are 13), therefore, choose swimming events which will be offered to you at the USA season ending meets.
If you have not registered, please do ASAP. We want to ensure that we get into this meet.

Also, uploaded:
Mid-Season Time Standard Meets:
Golden Rams (B+ prelim/final)
LAC Holiday Cup

*Only those currently registered for the upcoming season have received an invite. All three of these meets are ready for entry.

TOPS SWIMMERS AGE 17 AND OLDER have already been notified of the need to take the online Athlete Protection Course through USA Swimming. You must take this course.
If the swimmer does not take this course, he/she will be unable to swim in a sanctioned USA meet.
The course is free, on USA Swimming, and its completion will be reflected on the swimmer’s Deck Pass.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 6/15/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kevin, Aaron, Kyle, Liam, and Aaron!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all our fantastic TOPS Dad’s , Grandad’s, etc. ! We hope that you have a fantastic day! It is well deserved!

OFF THE DECK
Congratulations to Emery Horn for earning THE TOPS CAT Recognition Award at OJR Middle School! The award is for kindness, courtesy, manners, thoughtfulness and an attitude of helpfulness and respect towards peers and adults.

Do you have something you would like to share in our OFF THE DECK? Please email topsswimming@gmail.com with the accomplishment.

WHAT’S ON DECK?

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOPS SWIMMERS WHO HAVE OFFICIALLY GRADUATED FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL!!

CONGRATULATIONS…
LILIA CREW (OJR),* ELLA GREENHOLT* (OJR) AARON KEIFER (BOYERTOWN), GRACE MCKEE (BOYERTOWN),* MICHAEL MCNEILL* (SPRING-FORD) ANNA PEALOCK(SPRING-FORD)* KYLE* SILBERT(PERKIOMEN SCHOOL),* NOELLE SPRENKLE* (DANIEL BOONE), AND JENNIFER ZAJAC (SPRING-FORD).

SOCIAL OUTINGS FOR 2019-2020
We have begun to plan social outings for the upcoming season. The tentative outings for our swimmers, prior to the beginning of the busy swim season are:
September 14- 8’s, 10’s, 12’s – Mini-golf
September 21- 13 and older – Outing (TBD)
October 12- 8’s, 10’s,12’s – Bowling
October 26- 13 and older – Midnight Bowling

We would like one more outing for our swimmers, during the heart of the season. If anyone would like to help with this planning, please email topsswimming@gmail.com to declare your offer to help.

FALL FUNDRAISER
TOPS President, Brain Stoudt, emailed the flyer for our upcoming golf outing.

1st Annual TOPS Swimming and Diving Golf Outing
Macoby Run Golf Course
5275 McLean Station Rd, Green Lane, PA 18054
October 13, 2019
*12:00 PM Shotgun Start
*$110 Per Golfer, Includes: Thank you gift, Golf, Cart, Beer, and Dinner

**Please put this on your calendar and begin planning a way to support this fundraiser. More information will be forthcoming.

SAFE SPORT- Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP)

We are asking ALL our TOPS parents to read the MAAPP policy and cite that you have read the policy by copying the paragraph below and emailing it to topsswimming@gmail.com by June 23rd.

It is required, by USA Swimming that we provide documentation that our parents are informed of this policy. We are asking ALL our families to complete this, even though they do not have swimmers who participate in USA Swimming. It is important that we are all on the same page.

We already have policies for locker room, electronics, bullying, and travel. These polices are included in the MAAPP, but we are ensuring that we are fully complying with what USA Swimming is requiring. We thank you, in advance, for taking the time to read MAAPP and emailing us.

MAAPP Policy emailed to all via the weekly announcements.

After you have read the policy, please do the following:

1) Go to topsswimming@gmail.com

2) In the email subject line please write: name /MAAPP (e.g. Fink- MAAPP)

3) Copy and paste the following in your email:
“I acknowledge that I have received, read and understood the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy and/or that the Policy has been explained to me or my family. I further acknowledge and understand that agreeing to comply with the contents of this Policy is a condition of my membership with TOPS Swim and Dive.”

4) Please electronically sign your name.

THANK YOU!

USA SWIMMING

TIMELY AND IMPORTANT FOR OUR 17 AND OLDER TOPS USA SWIMMERS AND COLLEGE SWIMMERS!!
Swimmers who are age 17 (going into your 18th year) must take the Athlete Protection Training course through LEARN on USA Swimming.

You must go through the USA Swimming website and sign-in. The course will cost you nothing.
This needs to be completed by
June 23rd.*

*If you are planning to swim in a USA meet, and you are in your 18th year (17 yrs. Old and older), but have not completed the online course, you will be unable to swim.

*Once you successfully completed the online courses, this will be reflected on your Deck Pass (membership card) within 24 hrs.

*SILVER AND JO ENTRIES UP UPLOADED FOR YOUR ENTRY
REMEMBER, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER EVENTS ON JULY 20TH, IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE TRI-COUNTY SENIOR CHAMPS.

*An email was sent to families participating in the Boyertown LC Meet.

*An email was sent to families participating in the ISCA meet.

Our next weekly announcements will be in two weeks. Best of luck, everyone, in your summer dual meets!!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 6/4/19

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?
Everyone is now dipping their toes in the water at their respective summer swim club team practices. Have fun and we look forward to seeing everyone at the dual meets, this summer.

FUNDRAISING
Our next big fundraiser is our golf outing scheduled for October 13th at Macoby Run Golf Course. Please put this on your calendar!

SUBURBAN AQUATIC LEAGUE

The Suburban Aquatic League has a new website. Same address but different platform. FYI.

Thinking ahead to next season, this summer season is a perfect opportunity to try out timing, stroke and turn, and scorer’s table.

STROKE AND TURN- If your son or daughter is participating in the Tri-County Swim League, why not think about Stroke and Turn? There will be a meeting for those interested in Stroke and Turn, this Wed. evening at 7:00 p.m. at North End Pool Club in Pottstown.

SCORER’S TABLE- For each team, I am sure that you can shadow at the scorer’s table and they will be happy to train.

TIMERS- In the Tri-County league, this summer, there will be no volunteer place judges. Therefore, timers’ roles are more crucial in order to provide the most honest finish for the swimmers.
Summer is a perfect time to try out timing. There will be three timers in per lane, with a back–up timer available if you missed hitting your watch. You have a lot of support.
We will need to provide timers at both the boys’ and girls’ SAL dual meets, as well as, some USA meets, next season.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Thank you to all who donated suits to Camp Courage during our Spring Clinic! It is a great beginning to the suit collection needed. We are confident that those receiving the suits will be very appreciative.

Throughout the summer, if you find that you have a spare suit, in good condition, which you are not using, please put it aside and you can bring to an invite, OR you can email about your donation through topsswimming@gmail.com. Also needed, goggles.

PARENT CORNER
This is a really neat article, written by Elizabeth Wickham from SwimSwam.
TEN MINUTES A DAY FOR HAPPIER PARENTS AND SWIMMERS.
https://swimswam.com/10-minutes-a-day-for-happier-parents-and-swimmers/

USA SWIMMING
MIDDLE ATLANTIC has approved many meets for the 2019-2020 swim season. Below is our USA schedule for the upcoming TOPS USA Season (2019-2020).

2019-2020 USA SWIM MEET SCHEDULE
(TOPS USA Swimmers are required to participate in a season ending USA Championship meet).

OCTOBER
18th-20th – BLUE EAGLE NT BUSTER MEET
PERK VALLEY FALL (SAL Invite and USA)

NOVEMBER
NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET (SAL)
23rd – DISTANCE STROKE MEETNORTH PENN
Nov 30th- Dec. 2nd – PRELIM/FINAL AT WCU (BB/C)

DECEMBER
11TH – 14TH – WINTER JUNIOR NATIONALS (Georgia Tech)
13th- 15th- PRELIM/FINAL AT F&M- LAC (A+)
(FYI- NO DISTANCE MEETS OFFERED IN DEC.)

JANUARY
4th- 5th – DISTANCE MEET (TBD)
17TH- 19TH – Tentative – GAAC INVITATIONAL
SAL INVITE -LAST CHANCE MEET-USA APPROVED

FEBRUARY
SAL “A” CHAMPSUSA APPROVED
22nd- 23rd – UDAC CLOSED INVITE
23RD – NORTH PENN DISTANCE (Only events that are different than UDAC)
​27th- March 1st – JUNIOR OLYMPICSTBD

MARCH
​7th – 8th – BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIPS- TBD
20th – 22nd – SILVER CHAMPIONSHIPS- TBD
26th – 29th – SENIOR CHAMPS- TBD

WANT TO SWIM TOPS USA?
If a swimmer, not presently swimming in USA, wishes to swim in USA meets, please visit the USA tab on the website to become aware of the criteria to swim USA with TOPS. You can email your interest to the coaches via topsswimming@gmail.com or meet with one of the TOPS coaches, this summer.

KEYSTONE AQUATIC MEMORIAL MEET
Our first dual meet is complete. The results were emailed in the weekly announcement.

NORTH PENN STROKE DISTANCE MEET
This Saturday is our second LC meet of the season. An email will be sent to those participating, tomorrow or Thursday. We are awaiting to see of the meet director will provide any additional information.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
We would like for our 13 and older USA swimmers help with packaging food for shipment at Berean Bible Church on July 27th at 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. We can meet for a buffet breakfast at Brookside Family Restaurant prior to the event. An email, will be forthcoming, concerning the specifics and RSVP.

LONG COURSE TRAINING
Long course training begins next Wednesday (6/12) at Marsh Creek. Please refer to the previous email with all the specifics. A reminder email will be sent to all USA swimmers. Those swimming in LC meets must swim ONE LC practice per week.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5/28/19

MEMORIAL DAY
Yesterday, our nation celebrated Memorial Day. Aside from this special day commemorating all those who lost their lives in service of this great county, we are reminded that we should keep all those, past and present, in our constant thoughts and prayers on a daily basis.

The picture, attached to this announcement, is from an article titled Gripping Photos of Fallen Soldiers’ Bedrooms, by By T.A. Frail; Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson for Smithsonian Magazine. (See our Facebook page for the link sharing this article).

We see many pictures of flags, soldier, gravestones, etc., but this article took pictures of the bedrooms, now vacant, of those who lost their lives defending us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ciara, Owen, Elsa, Jayson, and Justin!!

SPRING CLINIC
Thank you to all who participated in our Spring Clinic. We thoroughly enjoyed coaching the swimmers and hope that the swimmers found the clinic to be constructive and fun.

SUMMER SWIM
We wish the best to all our swimmers as they begin practice with their respective summer swim team. Have fun and please come say ‘hello’ to the coaches!

FUNDRAISER
The Clay Shoot was very successful! We raised approximately $7,000.00 toward our future. Thank you to all who participated and supported this fundraiser, and we thank you for believing in TOPS.

Our next big fundraiser will take place in the fall, for we will host a golf tournament. In the meantime, visit a local course and swing the club a few times. Think about getting a foursome ready to have some fun. More information will be forthcoming.

PARENT CORNER
This is a good challenge, issued by USA Swimming. There are many ways, outside the pool, in which swimmers can help themselves reach their optimal level.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH NUTRITION THIS SUMMER
https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2019/05/20/challenge-yourself-with-nutrition-this-summer

USA SWIMMING
The first LC meet of the season is this weekend. We will be sending out at email, tomorrow, with specifics. We are waiting to see if any pertinent information will be emailed from the meet director; as is usually the case.

LC TRAINING
We will be training at Marsh Creek State Park pool from June 12th thru July 5th. We will be training with Golden Rams and Coatesville.

The *Wednesday practices are from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. – June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, July 3rd
**Any of our younger TOPS USA Swimmers (10 and under), who wish to try long course, you may attend Wed. morning practices from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Monday and Friday practices will be 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. (June 14th, June 17th, June 21st, June 24th, June 28th, July 1st, July 5th).

IF YOU ARE SWIMMING IN LONG COURSE MEETS, YOU MUST ATTEND ONE LC PRACTICE PER WEEK.

MARSH CREEK ADDRESS: 675 Park Rd, Downingtown, PA 19335

USA SWIMMERS AGES 17 AND OVER
From an article posted on SwimSwam by Jared Anderson.
https://swimswam.com/adult-athletes-must-complete-apt-program-by-summer-or-risk-ineligibility/

EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE, LINKED ABOVE:

“USA Swimming will require all of its adult athletes to complete an “Athlete Protection Training” (APT) program by June 23, 2019, or risk ineligibility.”

“Here are some of the important points about this new requirement:
*All adult athletes (18 years or older) must complete the APT.
*Any 17-year-old athlete must complete the APT by their 18th birthday or risk ineligibility once they turn 18.
*Adult athletes must complete the APT every year – it expires 12 months after you complete all three courses.
*Athletes who do not fulfill this requirement will be ineligible to compete in meets or practice, and times swum while ineligible will not count for qualification to any meets.
*This requirement takes effect June 23, though USA Swimming says there will be a 30-day grace period for the “initial training requirement.”

**For any of our TOPS USA swimmers, past and present, who meet the above criteria, please complete the Athlete Protection Training ASAP. Check off the box so that you can ensure that you are eligible to swim in meets (club and college).

Link to the Athlete Protection Training
https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt?fbclid=IwAR3_DWPfccqENrZMhlONOi7ekYC8CAFM6IxVDuzdw-25tnQVlyVigKqdX7U

HAVE AN EXCELLENT WEEK, EVERYONE! *

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5/20/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nadia and Alaina!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

CLAY SHOOT FUNRAISER
The Clay Shoot was very successful! It was well organized and run, and all who attended had a fantastic time. Many thanks to all who supported the clinic (sponsors, donations, teams, volunteer, etc.). Thank you for believing in TOPS and its vision for our present and future swimmers.

SPRING CLINIC
We are heading into our final week of the clinic. Our focus will be on IM, transition turns, and starts. We have had a great clinic and thoroughly enjoyed working with our swimmers and meeting new swimmers. As we have shared with the swimmers, it is key for them to think about the aspects of their stroke during practice; implement the drills and remain focused on their technique.

The clinic will end this Thursday. There will be no USA practice on Friday.

CAMP COURAGE COMMUNITY SERVICE
This is the last week we will be collecting gently used suits for Coach Nikki’s trip to Haiti (Camp Courage). Many thanks to those who have already donated.

USA SWIMMING
May 31-June 2nd is the first LC meet for TOPS (Keystone Memorial). Information will be forthcoming, next week, about the specifics of this meet.

LC PRACTICE
Information will be forthcoming about LC practice at Marsh Creek. Practices will be at 7-9 a.m. on Mon. Wed. and Friday. Please begin to arrange carpooling. We would like for the swimmers to enjoy some breakfast, at the Ridge, once or twice this LC season, after practice.

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