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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 -

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 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 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!