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Email from Coach Debra... June 28th

posted Jun 28, 2016, 6:04 AM by Louisa Gators Swim Team
Hello Gators!
Great job hosting our first home meet last week…everyone young and old worked hard and cooperated to make a successful meet.  Let’s keep up the good work!!

JSL Champs – Heat Sheet Ad Sales
We will be selling ads for the JSL Championship Meet Heat Sheet this week.  I hope we can get 100% participation in this program.  Our team receives 60% of all ad sales, all team ads are grouped together so they will be easy to find.  Ads can be individual family or a business. There will be examples of ads and sizes at the front desk.  Ad prices are as follows:  Half page - $100, Quarter page $55, Business Card $35 and Family Sponsor $15.  In order to put a picture of your swimmers on your ad, you will need to do at least a business card ad.  I will be happy to put the ad together for you, just let me know what you want to say and send me a picture of your swimmers if you want to include the picture.  Suggestions for pictures: siblings, best friends, relay team etc, action shots are hard to see in the book so candids are best.  Suggestions for writing:  Include your swimmer’s name…we are so proud of you!  Great job this swim season!  Congratulations on a fantastic season!   8 & Under Girls Free Relay…you ROCK!  All ads must be in good taste!  Families will receive credit for entire amount of all ads sold.
Fundraising Opportunities
There are several other fundraising opportunities which can be used to help your family fulfill the $100 per swimmer fundraising obligation.  Here are the current options:
Swim-A-Thon – will be held on June 30.  Yellow/Blellow swimmers will swim from 7:30-8:30 PM, Red/Green from 8:30-9:30 PM.  Forms are available at the front desk, this is a great chance for your swimmer to actually help meet the fundraising obligations.  They can contact family and friends to seek sponsors for swimming laps.  Money can be turned in at any time, checks payable to POGA.  If your swimmer would like to participate but is not available on June 30, make up times can be arranged with Coach Debra.
Snack Cart – we have a swim team snack cart which should be out during all practices.  The cart features water, GatorAid & various snacks.  Parents may work the cart and will receive a $10 credit for each hour worked.
Raffle – the POGA Board has chosen a Perception Sport Swifty Kayak & paddle for this year’s raffle.  The kayak is 9’6” long, 30” wide and weighs 44 pounds.  It will hold up to a 240 pound person.  It has a built in padded seat, 10” rear storage well and Keeper foot braces.   Tickets are available at the front desk during practice and will be $5 each or $20 for 5.  Families will receive the entire amount sold towards their fundraising obligation.
Swim Meet – June 29   This week is our SECOND HOME swim meet…we will be swimming with ELKS.  You will need to arrive by 4:45 in order to swim in warm ups which are at 5:00 with the meet beginning at 6:00.  Our team will sit in the grass at the deep end of the pool.  Whenever possible, please park down in the lower lot next to the Betty Queen Center.

We will be having concessions so you will be able to purchase food and drink.  Our menu will be hot dogs, BBQ and nachos.  We will also have a variety of candy/chips and drinks.  The prices will be extremely reasonable so please support our team!  As always, swimmers & families should keep all belongings in bags in order to grab quickly in the event of a storm. Parents are reminded that each family is expected to work at least one half of the swim meet however this is a home meet and we have to provide a few extra people.  

Meet Worker Information for Wednesday Meet
By now, you should have received the email from our Meet Director Rhonda Reinhardt.  The email contains the link to Sign-up Genius which allows you to sign up on-line.  In the event you do not have access to a computer/phone please see Coach Debra or Rhonda.  If you would like to practice a position during our team practice see Coach Debra or Rhonda.
Practice Schedule for the remainder week
Monday, TuesdayFriday morning – Red/Green 7:30-8:45 AM, Blellow 8:45-9:15 AM, Yellow 9:15-10:00 AM
Wednesday morning – everyone 9:00-10:15 AM, we will practice Starts & Turns, hold a team meeting to discuss the meet and write events on swimmer’s hands
Thursday morning – NO practice
Tuesday evening – Yellow 7:00-7:45 PM, Blellow 7:45-8:15 PM, Red/Green 8:15-9:45 PM
Thursday evening – SWIM A THON – June 30, only swimmers who are participating in the Swim A Thon will be allowed in the pool.  Yellow/Blellow will be from 7:30-8:30, Red/Green 8:30-9:30.
Team Picnic
Our next team picnic is on Friday, July 8 from 7-9:30 PM.  The picnic is open to all swimmers/families, it is a great chance for everyone to come play in the pool.  The team will provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and paper goods.  Each family should bring a side dish and dessert.  Ribbons will be distributed at this picnic.
Time Improvements
Although swimmers receive ribbons for each event…the Gators focus on the Red, White & Blue Time Improvement ribbons.  Our goal for this summer will be 200 time improvements.  Swimmers who get time improvements will be recognized at our picnics, we had 39 Time Improvements against Gordonsville.  Please watch our progress by checking out the Gator on the bulletin board.  He will continue to get colored in as we get more Time Improvements. These ribbons are very important…they demonstrate the progress swimmers are making throughout the season regardless of whether they ever place in a meet.  Let’s keep up the good work!
Each year, our swimmers strive to obtain a GOLD time in each event.  These times have always been established by the league however they have not been updated since 2014.  Therefore, at this time, we are going with those times but we are in the process of trying to figure out how to update them to insure our swimmers have to work to achieve these times.  Congratulations to the following swimmers for obtaining GOLD times at this point:  Rett Delbridge – Backstroke, Lauren Dessent – Butterfly, Benjamin Hiter – Butterfly, Alison Soriano – Butterfly and Kyler Soriano – Butterfly.
Make sure you have signed up for our group texting so that you can stay up to the minute on important information.  Note – swim meets are NEVER cancelled in advance due to pending weather.   The league requires that teams stay on the premises until 7 PM, so in case of storms we will simply go to cars and wait. As always, let me know if you have questions!!
Coach Debra