News and Announcements
Best of luck to all our swimmers who are starting their new school year! It is a fresh start and we are excited to see all you accomplish!!_
At TOPS, though our main focus is on swimming, we do support/acknowledge our swimmers accomplishments and strengths, off the pool deck. We will post, periodically, OFF THE DECK posting of non-swim accomplishments. Please share with us those OFF the DECK accomplishments via email@example.com.
Congratulations to Ben Young for being inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of National Honor Society!!
*Cheryl Loshnowsky has a pair of fins (Male- 5-7 or Women- 7-9- Blue/Green in color). If you need these fins, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER: ALL equipment needs to be acquired by the first day of practice.
– First day of practice – Sept. 16th
– First day of practice – Sept. 23rd
Registration is still open, though some age groups are nearing capacity; particularly at the Pottstown Athletic Center.
Please* LIKE* then* SHARE* our Swimming4TOPS Facebook page with your Facebook friends. This page is generic in nature. We will post information about our team for any who are interested in learning more about our team. This is different than our Closed Facebook page.
– This page is another avenue for you to stay informed as to all what is in play with TOPS. It is a closed group, therefore, you must seek permission to join.
For any who will not be returning to TOPS, we will be streamlining our Facebook members to those who are currently with the team. We will retain our alum on our member list. We will remove any who are no longer with TOPS, so as not to bother them with posts which are not pertinent to their reality.
On September 15th we will conduct mandatory parent meetings. At these meetings, parents will meet the board, meet the coaches, review the year, and its expectations, and provide information so that we can have a smooth start to the year. It is vital that we are all on the same page.
TIME – 1:00 p.m. – New Parent Meeting
2:00 p.m. – USA Parent Meeting
3:00 p.m. – Returning Parent Meeting
Mini-Golf- Waltz’s Golf
ADDRESS: 303 W. Ridge Pike
Limerick, PA 19468
TIME: 4:00 P.M. (Usually is less crowded)
COST : $7.00 per round of Mini-Golf
Breakfast at Brookside Family Restaurant
ADDRESS: 1338 N. Charlotte St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
COST : Breakfast Buffet ($10.99) or choose an individual entrée (Prices vary)
PLEASE RSVP THE ABOVE SOCIAL TEAM OUTINGS Via email@example.com *
Almost all our chosen USA meets are uploaded and ready for entry. If you meet the TOPS USA criteria, and desire to swim USA, this year, but have not yet committed, please do as ASAP so that you can join us in our USA Day on Sept. 7th (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).
Also, this decision is time sensitive, so that you will not miss entry into the meets. USA meets tend to close, early, therefore, we need to enter them ASAP.
If you have not chosen your events, you will miss out on participating in our chosen meets. We have provided ample time to sign-up. Unfortunately, we cannot send late entries, to the meet directors, if you missed the sign up period.
17 AND OLDER- This is a reminder that you must complete the online Athlete Protection Course (free) in order to be allowed to swim in a USA meet. This is a USA mandate. Please do this before we begin our swim season. Your completion of this course will be reflected on your DECK PASS.
HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK, EVERYONE!!
The board and coaches have been diligently working on getting ready for a new season.
We have been:
- Updating the website with relevant information (Thank you, Trish DeMarco)
- Reviewing and revising our Handbook
- Attending Board meetings
- Continuing to plan our upcoming Golf outing
- Review our training practices
*Registration is now open to all (returning families and new families).
*If your swimmer desires to pursue TOPS USA, he/she will need to meet the TOPS USA Criteria. See the criteria listed under the USA tab on our website.
*Please contact Coach Bill, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your desire to pursue this level of swimming.
The following dates are for you to put on your calendar. This information is also on the team Calendar.
7th- USA Swimmer Meeting – email about this meeting is forthcoming
15th – Mandatory Parent Meeting – ALL parents must attend this meeting. Please plan accordingly.
*1 p.m.- New parents
*2:00 p.m. – USA
*3:00 p.m. – Returning families (Location TBD)
16th – USA Swim practice Begins
21st- 8’s, 10’s, 12’s Mini-golf – Waltz’s Golf Farm
23rd- SAL practice Begins
28th – 13/older Breakfast at Brookside Restaurant (after a.m. practice).
13th – TOPS Golf Outing
18th, 19th, 20th- USA – Blue Eagle NT Buster Meet
19th – SAL- Pennridge Time Trial Invitational
We have fins (size 5-7), a Jr. Pull Buoy, and an Adult Pull Buoy for anyone in need of equipment.
Please email Coach Catherine via email@example.com to express your interest in these items.
If you have equipment, and or spirit wear, which does not fit your swimmer any longer, please email Coach Catherine via firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share these items with our swim team family in our weekly announcements.
We have official confirmation, from SAL, for our Dual meet dates.
11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7 – These are the regular season dual meets.
1/4- SAL Conference Dual meet
1/11 – League Dual Meet
We will participate in the following:
– We will participate in this invite vs. holding our own Mock Time Trial meet.
(Swimmers must have a Top 50 SAL time)
More meets have been imported and swimmers have been invited to participate in the meets.
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: - persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
–Sept. 7th (TBD- between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m./ Email forthcoming)
- Sept. 15th
– Sept. 16th-
– 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 email@example.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.
- A separate email will be sent with level recommendations and explanation.
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 :
: 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.
– 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).
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.
- 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.
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Sign up to volunteer in at least 2 meets for the season
2. Sign up to volunteer, additionally, if needed. (e.g. invitationals)
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.
*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 , we had swimmers final, and improve their time! Super proud!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the accomplishment.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOPS SWIMMERS WHO HAVE OFFICIALLY GRADUATED FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL!!
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 email@example.com to declare your offer to help.
TOPS President, Brain Stoudt, emailed the flyer for our upcoming 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!!
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.
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.
- 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.
- For each team, I am sure that you can shadow at the scorer’s table and they will be happy to train.
- 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.
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 email@example.com. Also needed, goggles.
This is a really neat article, written by Elizabeth Wickham from SwimSwam.
TEN MINUTES A DAY FOR HAPPIER PARENTS AND SWIMMERS.
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).
(TOPS USA Swimmers are required to participate in a season ending USA Championship meet).
18th-20th – BLUE EAGLE NT BUSTER MEET
PERK VALLEY FALL (SAL Invite and USA)
NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET (SAL)
23rd – DISTANCE STROKE MEET – NORTH PENN
Nov 30th- Dec. 2nd – PRELIM/FINAL AT WCU (BB/C)
11TH – 14TH – WINTER JUNIOR NATIONALS (Georgia Tech)
13th- 15th- PRELIM/FINAL AT F&M- LAC (A+)
(FYI- NO DISTANCE MEETS OFFERED IN DEC.)
4th- 5th – DISTANCE MEET (TBD)
17TH- 19TH – Tentative – GAAC INVITATIONAL
SAL INVITE -LAST CHANCE MEET-USA APPROVED
SAL “A” CHAMPS – USA APPROVED
22nd- 23rd – UDAC CLOSED INVITE
23RD – NORTH PENN DISTANCE (Only events that are different than UDAC)
27th- March 1st – JUNIOR OLYMPICS – TBD
7th – 8th – BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIPS- TBD
20th – 22nd – SILVER CHAMPIONSHIPS- TBD
26th – 29th – SENIOR CHAMPS- TBD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.