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GOOD LUCK to our GMA athletes RACING at the New England 11-14 Championship Meet!

Dear GMA Families,

We are SO PROUD of our athletes who competed at the New England 10 and Under Championship Meet and the New England 15-18 Championship Meet these last two weekends.  Our athletes worked hard to achieve their team goals together and we saw lots of best times and time dropped, several new cut times achieved and fast racing in finals.  Most importantly, we saw great JOY for racing and OUTSTANDING GMA team spirit!  THANK YOU GMA athletes and parents for your tremendous team energy!!

Our athletes attending the New England 11-14 Championships this weekend are ready to continue our teamwork toward our team goals! Best of luck to our GMA athletes representing the team at the New England 11-14 Age Group Championships at Boston Univeristy this weekend!

Please read all of the following information thoroughly so that we can all work together to have two terrific championship meets!

NEW ENGLAND 11-14 Championships

CLICK HERE to the main meet information page

CLICK HERE for the GMA meet entries

MEET TIMES:

 

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Warm Up Prelims

9:00AM

8:00AM

8:00AM

8:00AM

Prelims Begin

10:10AM

9:10AM

9:10AM

9:10AM

Warm Up Finals

4:30PM

4:30PM

4:30PM

4:30PM

Finals Begin

5:15PM

5:15PM

5:15PM

5:15PM

 

 

SITE PAPERWORK:

Every participant at this meet must print and fill out the form attached to the cover sheet. A parent/guardian may sign for all swimmers from their family. The entering team/coach is responsible for ensuring that ALL swimmers have completed and signed the form and must be delivered to the Entry Chair.

MEET FORMAT :

The meet will be conducted in a trials/finals format, with one Consolation heat (B final) and one Championship heat (A final) in each age group (11-12 and 13-14) for individual events 200 yards and shorter. Individual events will be swum as 11/12 and 13/14, with the exception of the 1000 and 1650 Freestyles. The 1000 and 1650 Free will be swum combined ages, but will be scored by age group, and will compete entirely in the prelim distance session. Both events will be swum fastest to slowest, alternating girls/boys. The 400 IM and the 500 Free will be swum as timed finals for 11/12 and as prelim/finals for 13/14 with one Championship A final heat. The events will be swum in the following order: 13/14 A Flight: The fastest 3 heats of girls followed by the fastest 3 heats of boys 11/12 A Flight: Fastest heat of girls followed by fastest heat of boys 13/14 B Flight: remaining heats fastest to slowest alternating girls/boys 11/12 B Flight: remaining heats fastest to slowest alternating girls/boys.  For all distance events (400 and over), the slowest heat of girls and boys may be combined.

GMA TEAM SCRATCH POLICY:

All GMA team members are expected to race in every event in which they are entered. Swimmers who have problems or concerns about their events must talk to a coach 24 hours in advance of the race in question to determine if an event scratch is necessary. Any swimmers who choose not to attend the meet must let Laura know at least 24 hours in advance of the meet.  This is a CHAMPIONSHIP MEET and we need every athlete to put in their best effort, in every event for the team.

SCRATCH DEADLINES:

All Thursday prelim scratches should be emailed to Alan Sanders at atsanders@aol.com by 6:30 pm Wednesday night. Please put team initials and SCRATCH in the subject line of the email.

Other pre-meet scratches can be e-mailed to Alan Sanders. (atsanders@aol.com) by 6:30 pm on Wednesday. Please put team initials and SCRATCH in the subject line of the email.

Thursday, 5:45 pm: all Friday events.

Friday, 5:45 pm: all Saturday events.

Saturday, 5:45 pm: all Sunday events, except the 1000 and 1650 freestyle.

DISTANCE CHECK -IN & SEEDING: Entrants in the 1000 and 1650 yard freestyles must positively check in and confirm their intention to compete by 9:30 am on Thursday and Sunday.

SPECIAL SCRATCH NOTES:

1. Coaches and swimmers are expected to understand the scratch, verification and relay rules before the meet begins.

2. Any swimmer who fails to compete in an individual event heat in which he/she is entered and has not been scratched will be barred from further competition for that day, including relays and time trials. The swimmer will also be automatically scratched from the following day’s events unless the Clerk of Course has been notified of the swimmers intention to compete by 5:45 PM.  

3. Any swimmer, who qualifies for finals and fails to notify the Clerk of Course of his/her intention to withdraw from finals within 30 minutes of the posting of the results, and does not compete, nor is excused by the Meet Referee, will be barred from all subsequent competition in the meet, including relays and time trials.  

4. On Sunday, any swimmer who qualifies for finals and fails to notify the Clerk of Course of his/her intention to withdraw from finals within 30 minutes of the posting of the results, and does not compete, nor is excused by the Meet Referee, will be barred from all subsequent competition in the meet, including relays and time trials and will be subject to $100.00 fine.

Program and Admission

$5.00 programs, $ 5.00 admission

Laura’s cell phone 802-238-9168

GMA Coaching Schedule:

Thursday and Friday – Brad Fallon

Saturday and Sunday - Sammy Sweeney

GMA Warm-Up Assignments:

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD TO ARRIVE AT THE POOL EARLY.  Traveling in Boston can take extra time due to traffic and road congestion.  We will remind our athletes of our daily warm-up times at the end of each session.  PLEASE PLAN TO STAY UNTIL THE END OF EACH SESSION, EVEN ON SUNDAY NIGHT.  Please plan ahead for meals and sleep between and after sessions so that the athletes can maximize their recovery time.

Thursday Morning– Lane 8 GMA arrive on deck at 9:10 AM, 9:25-9:50 AM Warm-Up

Thursday Finals – Open Warm-Up, GMA arrive on deck at 4:15 PM

Friday Morning– Lane 1 or 2 GMA arrive on deck at 7:45 AM, 8:00-8:25 AM Warm-Up

Friday Finals – Open Warm-Up, GMA arrive on deck at 4:15 PM

Saturday Morning– Lane 9 GMA arrive on deck at 8:10 AM,8:25-8:50 AM Warm-Up

Saturday Finals – Open Warm-Up, GMA arrive on deck at 4:15 PM

Sunday Morning (Daylight Savings Time – Set the clocks FORWARD)– Lane 14 or 15 (Warm-Up Pool) GMA arrive on deck at 7:45 AM, 8:00-8:25 AM Warm-Up

Sunday Finals – Open Warm-Up, GMA arrive on deck at 4:15 PM

Our TEAM GOALS for Championships are:

  • GMA athletes will achieve 100% personal best times at championships.
  • GMA athletes will make it back to finals in at least one event.
  • All GMA athletes will qualify for the next level meet this season.
  • GMA will place top 10 in all relays.
  • GMA athletes will show outstanding team spirit with cheering behind the lanes and positive attitudes on deck.

GMA ATHLETES ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Arrive on time
  • Warm-up and warm-down properly at every session (regardless of session participation) and for every event, including relays.
  • Stay at each session until EVERY GMA swimmer has completed their races.
  • Attend all preliminary and finals sessions.
  • Eat nutritious foods throughout the weekend.
  • Pack and prepare nutritious foods for before, during and after the meet.
  • Be leaders of team spirit and support staying engaged with the team at all times.
  • Get proper rest at night as well as between trials and finals.
  • Wear your GMA team shirts at EVERY SESSION.  Wear your 2018 GMA Championship Meet shirt at EVERY FINALS SESSION.
  • Race your BEST in every prelim, final and relay event.
  • HAVE FUN racing FAST TOGETHER as a TEAM!  GO GMA!!!

GMA PARENTS, YOUR ATHLETES WILL NEED YOUR HELP:

  • Plan to arrive on time - plan ahead for city traffic
  • Understand that your athletes must warm-down after each session. Timelines have been provided for your planning.
  • Help with meal planning, prep and packing. Eliminate eating out at restaurants as much as possible for health and for time management.
  • Help with sleeping by maintaining a quiet and calm hotel environment.  Your athlete may need your help and encouragement to nap and to go to bed in a timely manner at night.  Your athlete will need space to rest each day between trials and finals, even on Sunday.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Please remember that we expect every GMA athlete to attend every session of the meet to support their teammates.  Every GMA athlete will need to swim with the team at every session.  Swimmers will not be released from the session until after every GMA swimmer has finished their racing.  Please speak to Laura Matuszak, Brad Fallon or Sammy Sweeney in advance if you have any questions or concerns about this.
  • Please arrive on time and stay for your assigned meet job.
  • Please contact Laura Matuszak (802-238-9168) with any questions or concerns.
  • Have FUN and cheer for GMA!  This is the FUN part!!!!

 

GMA Team End-of-Season Meet Guidelines 

The GMA coaches provide the following guidelines for swimmers and parents going to a New England End-of-Season meet:

1. Plan ahead to attend the End-of-Season Meets for which you have qualified. Please fulfill your team obligation. If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please notify Laura as soon as possible.

2. Swimmers are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to the assigned team warm-up session. Team stretching and announcements are a very important aspect of championship meet success.

3. These meets can be long and tiring. Plan your daily schedule to ensure that you get the proper amount of food and rest. This is best achieved with good transportation plans and many comfort items packed.

4. The emphasis at swim meets is always on achieving your personal best times, being a great sport and showing excellent team spirit. Winning heats and medals can be fun, but is never part of our team goals.

5. Please provide your child with unconditional love. Your swimmers need your unconditional support in order to race confidently. If they feel that you are judging or critiquing their performances, they may race with less confidence and security.

6. Please do not offer your swimmers ideas on how to race better. Please refer such technical questions to the coaches so as not to confuse the swimmers. Swimmers are required to speak to their coaches just prior to and immediately after their races in order to plan and evaluate their performances.

7. Please pack the following for your swimmers: 

   2 GMA caps

   2 pairs of goggles

   GMA team suit

   GMA team apparel

   At least 3 towels

   Nutritious food and drinks only  (Proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and whole grains are foods that can fuel athletes!)

8. Swimmers are responsible for the following:

   Knowing their events

   Knowing their personal best times

   Knowing their goals for each event

   Talking to a coach before and after every race

   Checking themselves in for any positive check-in events

   Talking to the coach about any scratches               

   Getting to their heats and lanes by themselves

   Cheering for their teammates during the ENTIRE session (do not leave until the session is over and our team area is fully cleaned)

   Demonstrating great sportsmanship and team spirit

   Resting/ sleeping in bed at least one hour in between prelims and finals sessions

   Warming up properly before each event, warming down properly after each event and maintaining any prescribed physical therapy routine.

9. Rest, eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water. When you are not swimming, you are to be fueling your body and sleeping. All swimmers competing in a prelims and finals meet are REQUIRED to sleep in between prelims and finals. It is recommended that you rest even if you are not swimming in finals at night. Please do not plan family activities and adventures. In order to race their best, the swimmers need to rest whenever they are not competing.

10. GMA swimmers MUST warm-up and warm-down before and after every event. Please talk to your coach about specific recommendations. If no pool is available, please use the team warm-up and warm-down cards to properly warm-up or warm-down your body.

11. If you are unable to attend any portion of the meet, please contact Laura on her cell phone (802-238-9168) immediately. Your teammates are counting on you for relays and team spirit.  Please remember to STAY UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION to cheer for all of your teammates, even if you are done swimming. All 11 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to warm-up at EVERY session with the team (even when not swimming in the session).  All 11 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to attend the finals sessions (even when not swimming in an event) to watch and cheer on their teammates.

12. All swimmers who have a regular physical therapy routine are expected to continue this routine on schedule while at the meet.

13. Please WEAR YOUR GMA ATTIRE and represent your team with pride, respect and spirit!

Please HAVE A BLAST!! You have earned a GREAT MEET!! LET’S GO GMA!!

Sincerely,

Laura Matuszak, Head Coach Green Mountain Aquatics

802-238-9168, lmatuszak@smcvt.edu