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REMINDERS and UPDATES-May Madness Vol. II

May Madness 2018-Volume II.

Welcome to the Week at a Glance E-Bulletin that provides your one-stop-spot for all the information you need to know now, some reminders, and where to find the information you need.  Please make sure you are logged on to the website when you review the information-many of the pages are visible only when you are logged in. 


PRACTICE STARTS TUESDAY
Practice for Competitive Team swimmers begins this coming Tuesday, May  29th. Please look at the Practice Schedule linked  HERE and make sure you are coming during the correct practice time. Mini Dolphin practices will begin after school is out on Monday, June  18th. Please note that due to some very large age groups, we may shift some swimmers to balance lane capacity. This will be communicated by our Head Coach to impacted families.
 
POOL ACCESS
Pool access is through the small gate near the deep end of the pool. If you are a Wellington HOA member family, or a Non-Resident Pool Member ( NRPM) family, you must badge in with your electronic pool access card using the scanner at the Lifeguard desk. If you are not an HOA or  NRPM family, please stop by the desk and let the Lifeguards on duty know you are there for swim practice. Board members will be on hand to help with direction the first few weeks. If you are an HOA or  NRPM member with invalid pool access cards, please visit the HOA onsite office ASAP to get your pass sorted out. We cannot help you if the Lifeguards deny access due to invalid passes-that's between you and the HOA office.
 
FIRST TWO WEEK CRAZIES
A lot will go on the first two weeks! We will have nearly 250 swimmers to work through 3 hours of practice. Please be understanding of the Coaching staff as they get to know your swimmers and learn their capabilities. We will have Board members on deck available to help and answer questions. Please keep an eye on the website and your email for information and updates. We will be scheduling Parent meetings which will be helpful for new families. Our website is full of information, especially on the Parent tab. (Make sure you log in to see this content!) 
 
IT's CRAZY FOR EVERYONE...WE GET THAT
This is a nutty time of year with so much going on. We understand that families may be double or triple booked with Orchestra Concerts, Graduation Parties, the Baseball team made the playoffs...if you won't be at practice, it's FINE. If you will be missing practice for an extended amount of time, make sure to let the Coaches know. If you are going to miss a swim meet, make sure you sign out before the deadline!
 
FAMILY TO-DO CHECKLIST: ARE YOU READY?
Make sure you have done the following:
  1. Have you checked your swimmer's information under the Swimmer Rosters page of the website? It is under the Parents tab  HERE. Email us if you need changes, especially to T-shirt sizes. We will update these lists as new swimmers continue to register. 
  2. Have you signed up to Volunteer? All the Meet volunteer lists are open. We have lots of information about Volunteering linked from the Parent Tab of our website if you need help.
  3. Did you sign your Competitive swimmer out of any meets you will be missing this summer? It is essential you sign out for meets by the deadline posted on the Meet Schedule page. Failure to sign out will drive the Coaches crazy. Don't risk it. There are step-by-step instructions on how to do this posted under the Parent tab on the Sign out for a Meet page. Mini Dolphins do not need to sign out from meets.
  4. Did you make sure you have your phone set up properly to receive text alerts? Follow the instructions for setting up text alerts under the Parent tab or click HERE.
  5. Have you connected to us on Social Media? We will be communicating practice cancelations and urgent information using text alerts along with our Twitter (WDSwimTeam) and our Facebook (Wellington Dolphins Swim Team). You do not need a Twitter or Facebook account to view these pages. Posts to Twitter>Facebook also post on the home page of our website. There is a closed Parents group on Facebook called Wellington Dolphins Swim Team Parents. Contact us if you wish to be added to this group. It's a great place to network with other Dolphin families.
TEAM SUIT SALES -IF YOU MISSED THE  FITTINGS
If you missed the team suit fitting dates, or are newly registered, you can visit Riptide Swim Shop located in Central Park Aquatic Center. Information on Team Suit Sales is linked  HERE.
 
CAP ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE POOL
Caps ordered during registration AND custom name cap orders will be available at the pool during the first two weeks of practice. Please find the Board table set up on the pool deck to pick yours up.
 
MINI DOLPHIN ASSESSMENTS
If you are a parent of a Mini Dolphin who *MAY* be able to swim on the Competitive team, keep an eye out for communication from Coach Wendy. She will set aside some practice time for Mini Assessments to see if your Mini should be immediately promoted. Every year we usually move several up before things even get going, especially if swimmers have been taking lessons over the winter.
 
OFFICIALS TRAINING-WE NEED MORE STROKE & TURN JUDGES
For those interested in training to become a Stroke and Turn Judge, the PWSL offers two free clinics. One is on  Wednesday, May 30th at Occoquan Bible Church, the other is on   Saturday, June 2nd at Sudley.  (Attend one or the other, not both.) If you are unable to make either of these two sessions, let us know. Our Head Referee Scott Bewley can work with you for some in-house training. Remember to sign up on the volunteer lists for these clinics if you go. It's the best seat in the house at swim meets!
 
REGISTRATION WILL REMAIN OPEN THROUGH JUNE 6th OR UNTIL WE SELL OUT
Our numbers have topped 285 swimmers, but we still have room for a few more on the team!  Our families are our best advertisers. If you know of a family that may be interested in swimming with us, send them our way. All pricing and registration information is located   HERE. With Time Trials on June 9th, we are unable to take registrations after June 6th.
 
REMEMBER TO KEEP LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN !
Please keep an eye on our website, and watch for and read emails from us. If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to send us an email. Someone typically will respond to you right away.