November 14, 2017
Coach Amy’s Comments:
1.) Jingle Bell Classic: Our first home hosted meet is this weekend! The meet is very full, and we are looking forward to some fast swimming. A copy of the meet entry was sent out on Monday. Please review your swimmer's entry and let us know of any corrections by 5pm Wednesday. We will not be taking any more changes after that deadline. Please remember that coaches put swimmers in events for various reasons. If you have a question about an event that was selected for your swimmer, please speak with their coach.
Shirt colors for the weekend: Friday-Black, Saturday- Red, Sunday- Gray
2.) Drop-off/Pick-Up: Parents, for the safety of your swimmers, please do not drop off them more than 15 min prior to the start of their practice. As winter activities at the school are increasing, there will be more people coming and going from the building.
3.) Pool Doors: On occasion the doors on the East side of the pool will be open to allow for some fresh air to enter the pool during High School practices. Per the school, these doors are NOT to be used as entrances or exits (only in an emergency) due to the tracking in of mud, dirt and other outside debris that can end up in the pool or make the deck more slippery than it already is. Please continue to use the Hall of Excellence as your entrance/exit. Thank you for your cooperation with this
Jingle Bell Update – If you haven’t already, PLEASE read the email from our Meet Coordinator, Kim Ferguson, which was sent Sunday (11-12-17). With such a big meet, it is critical for our club members to understand what is happening. Also, watch your emails and our Facebook page for any last minute needs.
Meet Survival Guide - CGAC Team Awards Chair, Erin Howe, put together a great Meet Survival Guide for those who have swimmers in their first season. It is attached below for new swimmers preparing to compete at Jingle Bell. Check it out!
Holiday Team Store - The CGAC flash store is open again for all your Holiday spirit wear needs and includes apparel with our NEW team logo. The store is open until 12/3. Additionally, if you want to order personalized caps, this is where you do it - https://mylogoshop.com/cgac/.
Ongoing Updates & Reminders
CGAC Team Store - The Team Store at the CGHS pool is now open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. each week.
CGAC Swim Parent Informational Videos – Our swim parent informational videos are now on our website. Click “Parent Info Page” and then click “Parent Meeting Info & Training Videos”. You can find a few helpful videos that give information on how to read a meet packet, how to sign up for volunteer spots, and what your swimmer should pack for a meet. Check them out!
Kroger Community Rewards - Are you a Kroger shopper? Please register your Kroger Plus Savings Card at https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow and select to support CGAC. Once you are enrolled, 3-5% of your purchases with your Kroger Plus Savings Card will be donated to CGAC each quarter.
Advertising - Do you have or know of a business that is interested in using advertising? Please contact Brian Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on CGAC sponsorship opportunities in exchange for advertising.
Follow Us - Please follow us on Twitter @CGACswim_TrojanSwim and on Facebook at Center Grove Aquatics Club – Official – Parents/Guardians.
How to Survive a Swimming Meet
by Erin Howe
If this is your first swimming meet, you might be thinking “what have we gotten ourselves into?” It’s okay, take a deep breath...we’ve got you covered with a “How to Survive a Swimming Meet Manual”. Sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy these survival tips!
1) Make sure you bring cash to pay for admission and your heat sheet.
Wait....what is a heat sheet?! Think of this as the program, like for a school concert. It will have your child’s heat and lane information on it so you know when to be watching your kiddo compete.
2) Find other Center Grove Parents to sit with. Meets are a great way to meet other parents, we have a wonderful swim family that make sitting at a pool for an entire weekend bearable.
3) Download Meet Mobile to your phone - this app will have your child’s meet results and sometimes even a heat sheet so you don’t have to spend an extra couple of bucks at the meet. Note that not every Meet is on Meet Mobile.
4) Bring an extra charger (preferably a battery, like Jackery) to keep your device charged.
5) There is a lot of downtime between races...books, phones, tablets, whatever will help entertain you is welcome.
Hence the extra charger!
PSA...remember you are typically on school grounds and certain items that may entertain you are not permitted...leave the flask at home.
6) If you have little ones coming that don’t swim...pack a backpack for them with small toys (no noise makers), books, their tablet, etc.
7) While every Meet has a concession stand, let’s be honest you are already spending enough money....pack a lunch, snacks, water/juice/soda...don’t forget snacks for younger siblings that aren’t swimming!
8 ) Pack an extra sharpie and a highlighter in your bag.
Wait...why do I need a Sharpie? Remember...your child needs his event number, and event name written on his arm with space for the Coach ( or someone else) to write their heat and lane information. The sharpie is a just in case your child needs you to help write on their arm.
Wait...why do I need a highlighter?
Most meets have a positive check in policy which means you should look for the swimmer sign-in sheets that are typically hanging on a wall near the pool and highlight your child’s name to confirm they are there.
9) Check this Facebook group for any updates on Meet times...occasionally meets can run behind and warmups will be later than expected. Parents and coaches will post those updates here...along with any traffic updates!
10) Bring your patience and a good attitude! Swimming meets are long days/weekends. Mentally prepare yourself to be hot and uncomfortable, packed like sardines on a bleacher. Make the best of it by sitting with Center Grove Parents! At some meets parents may bring lawn chairs and sit in an area outside of the pool...this makes it more comfortable and helps when you are bringing younger siblings!
Lastly...know that there are always plenty of Center Grove Parents around that will help answer any question or get you pointed in the right direction. Never hesitate to ask questions!