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Email from the Coach... June 12, 2016

posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:20 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team
Hello Gators!

I am really proud of how hard of our Gators have been working during practice!  They are doing a great job of listening and trying everything the Coaches ask…even when it is chilly!

Swim Meet – June 15  
This week is our FIRST swim meet…it will be at Lake Monticello.  It is very important for me to know if your swimmer will be out of town and not swimming in the meet this week!  Please contact me by Noon on Monday if your child gone.  Also, please take time to list any additional vacations on the purple pages located in the sign-in book at the front desk. 

You will need to arrive by 5:00 in order to swim in warm ups, the meet begins at 6:00.  Please allow ample travel time, there is usually a lot of traffic, under normal circumstances it takes about 30 minutes from the Town of Louisa.  The address of the pool is 41 Ashlawn Blvd, Palmyra, 22963.  From the Town of Louisa, you will take Rt. 208 (Courthouse Rd) to I 64 West.  You will exit at the Zion Crossroad exit onto James Madison Highway – South.  You will turn right onto Union Mills Rd (there is a sign for Lake Monticello here) and continue until you reach a four-way stop sign.  You will turn left onto S Boston Rd, continue until you reach Lake Monticello Rd.  You will turn right and go up the hill, if you miss this turn and get to the river – turn around and come back.  Once on Lake Monticello Rd, you will get to the gates of Lake Monticello and will turn left into the subdivision.  After stopping at the front gate, you will continue straight across on Ashlawn Blvd in until you reach the tennis courts, clubhouse and pool.  Parking this summer will be difficult due to renovations. 

This pool has limited lighting outside of the pool deck so be sure to bring a flashlight, also bring chairs as the deck has limited seating.  The pool will have concessions so you will be able to purchase food and drink.  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 each week. 

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.

Our league has developed on-line training videos for all worker positions at a swim meet.  Most take only a few minutes so please take time to review the video for those positions you are considering.  Please see the information below:

JSL has completed a series of NEW online training modules for all volunteer dual meet positions.  Hopefully this will make training easier, faster, and perhaps entertaining for our volunteers.  All of the modules are "Power Point" type presentations and all but the most technical positions take less than 10 minutes to complete.  Ten of the 18 modules take less than 5 minutes to complete. 
All of the modules are listed in the left hand drop down menu on at:
For your convenience, here is a list of direct links to the individual modules with the times for completion: 
Awards (2 min)
Backup Checker (3 min)
Clerk of Course (10 min)
Computer Assistant (3 min)
Computer Operator (3 min) still must have classroom certification or be certified
False Start Rope (3 min)
Head of Table (3 min)
Meet Director (8 min) still must attend required orientation
Meet Marshal (4 min)
Referee (7 min) must be certified by Officials Consultant
Refreshments (2 min)
Relay Takeoff Judge (4 min including review video)
Runner (2 min)
Sorter (6 min)
Starter (10 min + 30 min review video) must be certified by Officials Consultant
Stroke and Turn Judge (8 min + optional videos) must be certified by Officials Consultant
Sweep Judge (8 min)
 Timer (9 min including video)
Practice Schedule for upcoming week
Monday, Tuesday & Friday 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
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evening – Yellow 7:00-7:45 PM, Blellow 7:45-8:15 PM, Red/Green 8:15-9:45 PM
Saturday Clinics – Breaststroke 8:30-9:15 AM, Backstroke 9:15-10:00 AM
Fundraising Opportunities
There are several fundraising opportunities which can be used to help your family fulfill the $100 per swimmer fundraising obligation.  Here are the current options:

Summer Concert Series – Louisa Art Center, 6:30 – 9 PM…this week will be the GospelFest.
We are manning the Adult Beverage stand during this event, selling beer and wine.  Please let Coach Debra know if you are available to work this event.  Workers will receive a $10 credit for each hour worked (must be 21 to “work” this event).  This is a free, family event and will also feature at least one food vendor.

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 is in the process of picking an item to be our raffle prize for this summer.  Tickets will be available at the front desk once the item has been chosen.
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
540 760-1464