Willowick Wildkats Newsletter #1 - Willoughby Meet

June 15, 2022



The team and individual photos will be taken tomorrow, Thursday, June 16, at Manry.

Please meet at the football field at 4p and we’ll coordinate all the kids for the team picture on the bleachers. After the team picture, we’ll head over to the pool for individual pictures. 

There is NO 5p practice tomorrow.

Picture order forms were handed out at the Red & Black Meet this past weekend. We’ll have more available tomorrow too. You can pay by check or credit card.

Team shirts will be handed out tomorrow as well. Those are the shirts everyone will wear in the team picture. Team suits (or plain black suit) or the shirt should be worn for individual pictures.

PLEASE NOTE: Pictures might be postponed by a week (June 23) as the team shirts delivery might be delayed. We'll let you know as soon as we know.



Saturday, June 18
at Willoughby Municipal Pool (36900 Euclid Ave.)  

715a - Check in with Coach Jack
730a - Team-Only meeting under pavilion
750a - Warm-ups
815a - Meet Starts


All notifications that your swimmer(s) will not be at the meet on Saturday are DUE BY 6p TODAY . It is the assumption of the coaches that every swimmer will be at every meet. They are marked as such on our team website.

If your swimmer(s) cannot make it Saturday, please sign in to the team website ( www.willowickswimteam.com ):

  • Go to the EVENTS Tab

  • Click the EDIT COMMITMENT button for the Willoughby Meet

  • Click on the swimmer(s) who will not be at the meet

  • Change their Signup Record from Yes to No. Put the reason for missing in the Notes section

  • Make sure to Save Changes (bottom right)

Please remember, this is the ONLY WAY , to let us know if your swimmer(s) will not be at a meet. The coaches will be generating their lineups right through the TeamUnify system. So it’s important that if your swimmer(s) cannot make it, they are marked as such.


Saturday's meet is a RED OUT. Wear red clothes - shirts, shorts, bandanas. Wear red beads. Decorate your tent area with red balloons or red banners! Anything and everything should be red!!!


If it's Saturday morning and you can suddenly not make it to the meet, please call or text Coach Jack (216.262.1390) as soon as possible.



Volunteers are needed at ALL of our meets (even the away meets). As of this afternoon, we only have one person signed up to help. We still need the following: .

  • Two finish judges

  • Eight timers

That is a lot of help we still need. We need EVERY FAMILY to pitch in and help. Use the "Job Signup" button for the Willoughby meet to sign up!


What To Bring

This is our first regular meet of the season, so here are just some reminders of some things to bring to the meet; for new families, this list is just some suggestions of things we typically see at meets:

  • Suit, Team t-shirt, 1-2 towels, goggles, swim cap

  • Pop-up tent (if you want)

  • Chairs / Blankets

  • Cooler with food and/or drinks

  • Sharpie marker to write events down

  • Cards / Books / Small Games – things to do between events


Swimmers are absolutely not allowed to be on the playground.





  • We need help from our 8&U and/or 9-10 parents at the end of the 5p practice getting the lane lines out. The lane lines are heavy, especially when wet, and the younger kids often aren't strong enough to get them out. We also need to do it rather quickly so the pool can open by 6p. If you are able to help, we need only 2-3 parents after each practice. Thank you to those of you who have been helping already.

  • The practice schedule is:

    • 8-9a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for 11-12, 13-18 age groups only

    • 1130a – 1p Monday-Friday for 11-12, 13-18 age groups

    • 5-6p Monday-Friday for 8&Unders, 9-10 age groups

  • A few notes about the practices:

    • We expect each swimmer to be at as many practices as possible, but a minimum of three days a week

    • It is important that each swimmer only attend the practice at which their age group is assigned .


We are still looking for new swimmers. If you know anyone who might be interested, please have them reach out with any questions (all of our contact information is below). Interested families can register their sons/daughters on the team website. This request is VERY IMPORTANT for the long-term vision for the team. 



Most of the Duck Bucks tickets have been handed out (if you haven’t gotten your tickets, please see one of our board members at this Saturday's meet).

We are asking every swimmer to sell 10 tickets each. Tickets are $5 each. The winner, announced at the banquet, will receive $2,500. The seller of the winning ticket wins $250 and the family that sells the most tickets will also win $250. If you need more tickets, let one of our board members know.

Once your tickets are sold, you can turn the tickets and money into Michelle Dulzer. Michelle also has more tickets if you need more!. All tickets and money need to be turned in by the last practice of the season – Friday, July 29.

This is the main fundraiser for the team and we rely on the participation of all families to make it a success.



  • No walking on or even touching the bottom of the pool during your races

  • If your goggles fall off or fill with water – keep swimming! Do not stop to fix them.

  • All starts should be long and shallow dives.

  • Do not breath (during freestyle and butterfly) off your start or turn – try to take at least two strokes after your start and turn before breathing.

  • Remember that you need a two-hand touch when you turn and finish in butterfly and breaststroke.

  • During a turn is the only time you are allowed to flip to your stomach during backstroke. You must be on your back when you leave every wall and at the finish.

  • During relays, you must wait until the person in the water hits the wall before leaving the blocks


Important Dates

  • Thursday, June 16   Pictures, Manry, 4p

  • Saturday, June 18 Away meet against Willoughby

  • Saturday, June 25                           Away meet against Euclid

  • Saturday, July 2                            Home meet against Highland Heights

  • Saturday, July 9                             Home meet against Chardon

  • Saturday, July 16                    Away meet against Mentor

  • Saturday, July 23                           Home meet against SEL and Cleve Heights

  • Friday, July 29    Pasta Party / Last practice of the season

  • Saturday, July 30 Championships at Euclid

  • Sunday, July 31  Championships at Euclid

  • Thursday, August 4                         End-of-Season Banquet, The Patrician


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