February 25, 2018
Yes, it's finally time to SPLASH into the season! This is your reminder e-mail about the next 2 weeks...we welcome everyone into the 2018 season and start off with our first THANK YOU to Hot Chocolate, Team Gear, Board Volunteers, and Coaches who will all be busy making the start of our season a success! Read on for schedule reminders, what to bring, when to get your gear, and what happens after Splash Weeks!
Splash Weeks Schedule (REDWOOD)
The Splash Week Schedules are on the website. Click here for a refresher on your child's swim schedule over the next two weeks. Can't make all the days that the coaches would like your swimmer to come? Relax. All any of us can do is the best we can do. Coaches will also do the best they can do with the information they have. Practice group placements can and do change over time as well.
Remember, COM Tadpoles do not go to Splash Weeks. 8 & Under Blue COM swimmers may go to Splash Weeks if they are interested in being assessed for the 8 & Under Gold group at Redwood. COM Tadpole and 8 & Under practices begin at COM on Tuesday, February 27th.
Who Is Considered a "Returning" Swimmer?
Good question. For Splash week assessments we are considering any swimmer who has swum in a Tidalwaves swim meet a "Returning" swimmer. Any swimmer who does not meet that definition is considered a NEW swimmer.
My Child's Birthday Falls during the season. Which Splash Week Group Is S/he In?
For purposes of assessment, we are using the "Age Of" date of May 5th (our first dual meet) to determine which Splash Week practice time your child should attend. After Splash Weeks, Coach Marie will use birthday along with experience, assessed ability, readiness to learn in a group and other criteria to determine which practice group is best for your child. She will also consider our team numbers to ensure that no practice group is over-crowded.
What Happens When the Swimmers Get to the Pool?
For Splash Weeks, swimmers should arrive a few minutes before their practice time slot to check in at the gate with the registration volunteer (Liz Foley or an 'appointee'). Once the swimmer is checked in, he or she should put his or her warm towel and any other swim stuff in one of the cubbies on the deck and then move to the bleachers to wait for the coaches to call their group. Please remember that parents are not allowed on the deck. Help your child get their cap on and goggles sized outside of the gate. We will have board members available to help new swimmers on the deck the first week. DON'T FORGET FINS! Coaches will have the kids start using fins during Splash Weeks. Fin donations will be accepted and used fins will be available to anyone who does not purchase...while supplies last, of course. Please also have your child mark their fins in a way that is easily identifiable to them (with a Sharpie).
For COM Swimmers, one of the coaches will check the swimmers in either before practice or after. Parents, nannies, grandparents and siblings are welcome in the bleachers. While we welcome the presence of our 'future Tidalwaves' at practices so they can 'catch the wave' of swim excitement, we need parents and caregivers to watch them carefully and keep them in and behind the bleachers so that coaches can focus their attention on the kids in the water. Thank you for understanding the importance of this safety rule. A "COM" specific e-mail will be sent out following this one with other COM specific info.
Where and When Can I Get Some of the Great NEW Tidalwaves GEAR?
Team Gear volunteers will be at REDWOOD from 5:00-7:30pm on Monday (2/26) and Tuesday (2/27) of Week 1 of Splash and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3/5-3/8) of Week 2 of Splash. Available for purchase will be all the items our families have come to love over the years (T-Shirts, hoodies, pajama pants, hats, etc.) and some limited VERY EXCITING new styles that you won't want to miss out on! You’ll want to lounge in the new gear all day while showing off your team pride! COME TO REDWOOD to get your TIDALWAVES GEAR ON! If you have COM only swimmers and don't want to go to come to Redwood, team gear will be available for sale at COM at a later date...we'll let you know when we have those dates.
In the past, Splash Weeks is also when team gear volunteers have taken orders for PERSONALIZED Tidalwaves swim caps. Believe us, the kids do all look alike when they're wet...order personalized caps to help make your swimmer more identifiable to our Age Group Coordinators, Coaches, Fans, and most of all YOU! NEW this YEAR: You CAN place your order for custom caps ONLINE. Online cap orders must be placed by March 23rd. Caps will be available for pick up at Pizza/Cheer Night, April 27th.
Orders for team suits, parkas, hoodies and Tidalwaves sweat pants will all be available directly through T& B Sports (1345 4th Street, San Rafael. Phone: 415-453-2433).
- If you ordered a parka or sweats during our "Early Order Opportunity" your merchandise will be available for pickup at Redwood on March 7th and March 8th, when T&B Sports will have a representative at Redwood to allow swimmers to try on suits and sweats. Any merchandise not picked up on March 7th or 8th will be available for pickup at T&B Sports.
- The second (and final) window for ordering with T&B will be Now - 3/16. Click here to place your order during that time frame. Any items ordered during this time frame will be available for pick up at Pizza/Cheer night, April 27th. Any items not picked up at Pizza/Cheer will be available at Time Trials, April 28th. Can't make it those 2 days? Ask a friend to pick up for you.
Questions about Team Gear? E-mail our gear leads, Belinda Yan and Laurie Aaronson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happens AFTER Splash Weeks?
We will notify all families of their swimmers' practice groups via an e-mail Sunday, March 11th. At this point we will switch to our first half of the season, " standard practice schedule".
NEW Parent Information Night: March 12th, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Feeling totally overwhelmed by how much there is to know? We get it. You're a NEW family. We've all been there. That's why we offer a NEW Parent Information Night. Put it on your calendar now. A great way to get all your questions answered at once Click here for more info.
That's it for now! Look forward to starting the season with all of you this week! GOO WAVES!