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May 2018 Patriot News

Patriot News May 2018

 

Table of Contents:

  1. Calendar Update
  2. Open Water Swimming Events
  3. LC Hosted Swim Meets and your volunteer obligations
  4. SC 2018-2019 Billing/Fee/Membership Changes
  5. Waunakee 12 and Under Travel Meet
  6. Parent/Swimmer Education

 

Calendar Update

May 2018

 

Monday, April 30-Friday, May 4: Regular Practice Schedule All Groups.

Saturday, May 5: Blue/Senior 6:30-8:30am, No White or Red Practice

Sunday, May 6:  No Practice All Groups.

 

Monday, May 7-Thursday, May 10: Regular Practice Schedule All Groups.

Friday, May 11-Sunday, May 13: MMSC Bring On The Heat Swim Meet, no practice all groups

 

Monday, May 14-Thursday, May 17: Regular Practice Schedule All Groups.

Friday, May 18: NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS, TEAM OUTINGS FOR EACH GROUP INSTEAD

Saturday, May 19: Blue/Senior 6:30-8:30am

Sunday, May 20: NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS

 

Monday, May 21-Thursday, May 24: Regular Practice Schedule All Groups.

Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27: Practice Schedule TBA, due to Speedo Elite Swim Meet at RecPlex. We will be holding practice between prelims/finals for Saturday and Sunday. It does not look like we will have Friday practice.

 

Monday, May 28-Thursday, May 31: Regular Practice Schedule All Groups.

Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3: Patriots Welcome To Summer Meet, Hosted meet so get signed up to swim and volunteer! NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS.

 

 

 

June 2018

Monday, May 29-Thursday, May 31: Regular Practice Schedule all groups.

Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3: Patriots WTS Hosted Swim Meet, No Practice all groups. Get signed up to volunteer for our meet. (THANKS!)

 

Monday, June 4-Thursday, June 7: Regular Practice Schedule all groups.

Friday, June 8: Home Dual Meet with Fox Valley Wave, NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS

Saturday, June 10: Blue/Senior 6:30-8:30am, last 30 minutes dryland (We are really hoping for this to be an open water swim, weather permitting)

Sunday, June 11: NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS

 

****On Monday, June 11 we will begin our summer schedule. All morning practices will be LCM and all evening practices will be SCY*****

Barracuda: M-Th 5-6pm, F 9-10am

F+T M/W or T/Th 5-6:15pm

Red: M-F 9-10:15am, M-Th 5-6:15pm

White: M-F 9-10:30am, M-Th 5-6:30pm

Blue: M-F 8:30-10:30am, M-Th 5-7pm

Senior: M-F 7-9am, M-Th 3-5pm

 

Monday, June 11-Wednesday, June 13: Regular Practice Schedule all groups

Thursday, June 14: AM practice only due to OW Zone Clinic. Senior 7-9am, Blue 8:30-10:30am, White 9-10:30am, Red 9-10:15am, Barracuda 9-10am

Friday, June 15: AM practice only due to OW Zone and BSC Swim Meet. Senior 7-9am, Blue 8:30-10:30am, White 9-10:30am, Red 9-10:15am, Barracuda 9-10am **there will be a small number of coaches at practice due to OW zone. We will swim, but Luke and Dave will definitely not be on deck.

Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17: NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS DUE TO BSC SWIM MEET.

 

Monday, June 18-Thursday, June 21: Regular Practice Schedule all groups

Friday, June 22: TBA due to SEA Swim Meet and PP Tri

Saturday, June 23: Blue/Senior 6:30-8:30am, last 30 minutes dryland

Sunday, June 24: No practice all groups

 

Monday, June 25-Friday, June 29: Regular Practice Schedule all groups

Saturday, June 30: Blue/Senior 6:30-8:30am, last 30 minutes dryland

Sunday, July 1: No practice all groups

 

 

Open Water Swimming Events

Click Here to view our open water swimming page for this year. On this page you will find information for three events.

1. Central Zone Open Water Weekend: There will be a clinic from 3-7pm on Thursday, June 14th. This event is open to everyone. Signup for this is done on the Patriots Swim Team Website, as we are hosting the clinic.

On Friday, June 15, we will host the Central Zone Open Water Championships. The distances are as follows: 10u 1k, 11-12 2k, 13-14 3k, Senior 5k.The qualifying standard is an “A” time in the 10u/11-12 200/400/500/800/1000/1500/1650 freestyle. If you have achieved an “A” time in any of those races you are able to participate. Entries for this event will be done through Wisconsin Swimming, www.wisconsinswimming.org. You must register with Team Wisconsin and following that the Wisconsin Swimming Zone Chair will submit entries on your behalf.

As of right now, Wisconsin Swimming does not have signup information available. We are pushing them to get this posted ASAP, as it affects the event we are hosting. So be on the lookout for that.

 

2. Wisconsin and Illinois LSC Open Water Championships:  On June 28th we are hosting Open Water State Championships. Click Here to be taken to the event homepage on our website. Qualifying for this event is a “BB” time in the following races:

10&U/11-12: 200/400/500/800/1000/1500/1650 Free
13-14/Senior: 400/500/800/1000/1500/1650 Free

If you qualify, we would really like for you to participate. We have always had a top 3 showing at OW state championships and we want to continue that trend. Click Here to view the USA motivational time standard. Look in your athlete’s age area and identify the “BB” time for the races above. If they are faster than that time in any of the listed races, they can sign up to participate.

Please sign up on the team website, as we have that available now. We will submit your entry at the deadline.

 

3. From June 7-June 23 we will have a series of OW clinic open to athletes from both IL and WI. If you have an interest in OW swimming, you should definitely attend. Click Here to be taken to the OW clinic landing page. OW swimming is a really exciting and challenging change of pace. There is more strategy and definitely more scenery than your average swimming. Please check this out.

 

 

Long Course Hosted Meets and Volunteer Obligations

Patriots Welcome To Summer Invite, June 1-3, 2018

Fitness and Technique/Barracuda Groups 1 session during meet

Red/White/Blue/Senior 2 sessions during meet

 

PX3vsWAVE Dual Meet, June 8, 2018

We do not have a requirement for this meet, but we will need around 25 volunteers for timing/marshalling/Colorado operator.

 

Open Water Zone Week, 6/14-6/15, 2018

We have no requirement for this meet. We can use some help on Thursday night with body tattoos for athletes (body marking). We also need 2 more boats with engines to help during the event on Friday. Officials are in the water at the lead and trail of the pack in boats. The boats can’t be that big, 24ft plus, as our launch will have a hard time accommodating. The use will be from 7am-1pm. Follow up with Coach Luke if you can help.

 

PX3vsWESTvsEBSC Tri-Meet, June 27,2018

We do not have a requirement for this meet, but we will need around 25 volunteers for timing/marshalling/Colorado operator

 

WI/IL Open Water State, June 28, 2018

We have no requirement for this meet. We can use some help on Thursday night with body tattoos for athletes (body marking). We also need 2 more boats with engines to help during the event on Friday. Officials are in the water at the lead and trail of the pack in boats. The boats can’t be that big, 24ft plus, as our launch will have a hard time accommodating. The use will be from 7am-1pm. Follow up with Coach Luke if you can help.

 

Patriots July Invite, July 6-8, 2018

Fitness and Technique/Barracuda Groups 1 session during meet

Red/White/Blue/Senior 2 sessions during meet

 

Wisconsin Swimming 13 and Over State Championships, August 2-5, 2018

Fitness and Technique/Barracuda Groups 1 session during meet

Red/White/Blue/Senior 2 sessions during meet

**If you have an outside group that is interested in raising some money, we want to help you out. We will pay $500 to any group that provides 22 timers for a session. Contact Luke Towry if you are interested**

 

It is really important that we staff our two invites and the state championship appropriately. The hosted meet component of our revenue is vital to our team.  This provides capital for the facility to maintain and enhance our venue. It provides revenue for coaching and maintenance. Hosted meets help us keep fees as competitive as possible.

 

 

SC 2018-2019 Billing/Fee/Membership Changes

Starting September 1, 2018 we will no longer require athletes to be members of the RecPlex. However, for those that are not members there will be a $20.83 fee difference from those that are. This is the cost of the USER 250 youth membership. While you are participating with the team, the athlete will be considered a member of the RecPlex as a result.

We will also break the SC season into two sessions. You can commit to one, or both. The first session will be September 1-November 30. The second Session will be December 1-March 30. Our year will also have a third session, the long course season, April 1-July 30.

The fee structure will look like this:

Session 1, 9/1-11/30 (3 months):

Group

RecPlex Member Fee (Monthly/Season)

Non-Member Fee (Monthly/Session)

1st

2nd

3rd

1st

2nd

3rd

Barracuda

$55/$165

$50/$150

$45/$135

$65/$195

$60/$180

$55/$165

Fitness and Technique (10 & Under)

$45/$135

$40/$120

$35/$105

$55/$165

$50/$150

$45/$135

Red

$60/$180

$55/$165

$50/$150

$80.83/242.49

$75.83/227.49

$70.83/212.49

Fitness and Technique (11 & Over)

$45/$135

$40/$120

$35/$105

$55/$385

$50/$350

$45/$315

White

$70/$210

$65/$195

$60/$180

$90.83/272.49

$85.83/257.49

$80.83/242.49

Blue

$85/$255

$80/$240

$75/$225

$105.83/317.49

$100.83/302.49

$95.83/287.49

Senior

$100/300

$95/$285

$90/$270

$120.83/362.49

$115.83/347.49

$110.83/332.49

Masters

$40/$120

$35/$105

$30/$90

$60.83/182.49

$55.83/167.49

$50.83/152.49

 

Session 2, 12/1-3/30 (4 months):

Group         

RecPlex Member Fee (Monthly/Season)

Non-Member Fee (Monthly/Season)

1st

2nd

3rd

1st

2nd

3rd

Barracuda

$55/$/$220

$50/$200

$45/$180

$65/$260

$60/$240

$55/$220

Fitness and Technique 10 Under

$45/$180

$40/$160

$35/$140

$55/$220

$50/$200

$45/$185

Red

$60/$240

$55/$220

$50/$200

$80.83/323.32

$75.83/303.32

$70.83/283.32

Fitness and Technique 11 Over

$45/$180

$40/$160

$35/$140

$55/$220

$50/$200

$45/$185

White

$70/$280

$65/$260

$60/$240

$90.83/363.32

$90.83/343.32

$85.83/323.32

Blue

$85/$340

$80/$320

$75/$300

$105.83/423.32

$100.83/403.32

$95.83/383.32

Senior

$100/400

$95/$380

$90/$360

$120.83/483.32

$115.83/463.32

$110.83/443.32

Masters

$40/$160

$35/$140

$30/$120

$60.83/243.32

$55.83/223.32

$50.83/203.32

 

 

Session 3, 4/1-7/30 (4 months, Long Course Season):

Group         

RecPlex Member Fee (Monthly/Season)

Non-Member Fee (Monthly/Season)

1st

2nd

3rd

1st

2nd

3rd

Barracuda

$55/$/$220

$50/$200

$45/$180

$65/$260

$60/$240

$55/$220

Fitness and Technique 10 Under

$45/$180

$40/$160

$35/$140

$55/$220

$50/$200

$45/$185

Red

$60/$240

$55/$220

$50/$200

$80.83/323.32

$75.83/303.32

$70.83/283.32

Fitness and Technique 11 Over

$45/$180

$40/$160

$35/$140

$55/$220

$50/$200

$45/$185

White

$70/$280

$65/$260

$60/$240

$90.83/363.32

$90.83/343.32

$85.83/323.32

Blue

$85/$340

$80/$320

$75/$300

$105.83/423.32

$100.83/403.32

$95.83/383.32

Senior

$100/400

$95/$380

$90/$360

$120.83/483.32

$115.83/463.32

$110.83/443.32

Masters

$40/$160

$35/$140

$30/$120

$60.83/243.32

$55.83/223.32

$50.83/203.32

 

This will allow us to have 3 yearly swim sessions. A 3 month fall (SC), a four month winter (SC), and a 4 month spring/summer (LC). You can opt to register for 1, 2, or 3 of them before each session begins. There could possibly be some math issues in the grid above. It has only been reviewed one time, sorry.

 

 

Waunakee 12 and Under Travel Meet

Hotel Information:

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Baymont by Wyndham Waunakee

904 E Main St, Waunakee, WI 53597

608-849-6900

Room Block is under Patriots Swimming

90$ per night, includes breakfast!

 

Swim Meet is Wednesday evening, SCY for the little ones! We are staying in hotel for Wednesday night and then going to the waterpark on Thursday morning, July 12th .  The water park sign up and event information is located in our event section. Click Here to be taken to the event landing page.

 

Parent/Swimmer Education

5 Tips to a Better Balance Between School and Sports

By Michelle Wells, Contributing Writer

What would the proverbial “fly on the wall” see if it spent a week in your home during a season of school and sports?

Think about it.

Would it see chaos and stress? Or would it see a family working together efficiently?

Families that invest their time and energy in sports are probably already convinced of the value that kids receive from sports participation. However, the challenges of juggling several full schedules are still overwhelming at best and can exact a hefty toll on the family dynamics.

Achieving a balance between family priorities, academic responsibilities, and athletic pursuits does not happen by accident. It has to be intentional and, as a parent, you establish the tone in your home.

Here are 5 tips that can help you set your family up for success in the balancing act between school and sports. An easy way to remember them is to use the acronym G.R.A.C.E. Incidentally, you might need a bit of that too.

1) G is for Game Plan

When a child participates in a sport, everyone in the home is affected. Getting to and from practices and going to games near and far will impact the day-to-day rhythms of a family. For this reason, there needs to be an overall family game plan.

Here are three important elements to include:

● A well thought out list of family priorities

● A large, centrally located family calendar

● An understanding of chore responsibilities

Choose 4 or 5 top family priorities that will guide decision making. These might include things like academics, family outings, church attendance, etc.

Keep an up-to-date calendar with all of the game dates, upcoming tests, doctor/dentist appointments, etc. to avoid last minute logistical issues.

Clarifying expectations of who is responsible for taking out Rover or emptying the trash helps to avoid unnecessary squabbles.

2) R is for Recognize and Reward

Pushing through to finish that math homework after a challenging practice requires a bit of “mental gymnastics.” As adults, we more than likely have learned the concept of “digging deep,” to find the strength and drive to finish something we may not feel like doing. For most kids, it is not something that comes naturally but needs to be learned and then encouraged.

Children love rewards and thrive in environments where they are recognized for hard work. Here are some practical ways you can teach your child to approach all of their responsibilities well.

● Be generous and specific with your affirming words. For example, “John, I am so proud of how positive you were all the way through those intervals at practice.”

● Celebrate small improvements as often as the big accomplishments. Perhaps plan on an ice cream treat after a smooth week of homework, chores, and good attitudes.

● Recognize and randomly reward the effort that goes into something – not just the results. Take your child out for an impromptu movie night after a particularly hard day at school and/or practice.

3) A is for Allow

Allow your kids to manage some aspects of their busy schedule. Regardless of mistakes that could be made, they should have some “skin in the game.” In the short term, it helps you as the parent to not be responsible for everything. In the long term, it empowers them to practice the art of balancing their daily duties and learn from their mistakes.

What does this look like? That will depend on the ages of your kids but here are some practical examples:

● Younger children can help pack their sports bags/equipment the night before.

You can also enlist their help with putting together lunches and/or healthy snacks.

● Older children should also keep a personal calendar with their school deadlines, game times/locations, and important events. They should be responsible for filling in the family calendar with the events that directly affect them.

● Allow them to make choices on how to divide their time appropriately. Step in only if you see a pattern of poor choices.

4) C is for Communication

Packed schedules and full to-do lists can lead to a “putting-out-fires” mode of parenting.

Regular and clear communication of expectations is one way to combat this.

A weekly family meeting may seem like a lot of effort, but the dividends far outweigh the costs. Be sure to include these activities:

● Plan out the following week, with calendars in hand. It will protect you from unexpected conflicts.

● Address any bad habits or negative attitudes that may have crept in.

● Plan something fun and upbeat – such as a game, special dessert, or movie and popcorn night.

5) E is for Equip

Set your kids up for smooth sailing by equipping them with the right tools. Most families have this on their radar in the fall but it’s important to realize that school supplies and sports equipment may need replacing throughout the year.

In addition to things that teachers and coaches request, here are other options to equip your child for success:

● Organizational binders, journals, and calendars

● Sports bags that allow them to easily carry everything they need for practices and games

● One-on-one coaching sessions if they are struggling with a skill

● Tutoring or online resources for academic challenges

Final Thoughts

Finding the balance between school and sports requires an intentional effort. Use these five tips – Game plan, Recognize and reward, Allow, Communication, Equip – to make it the norm in your home.

 

Michelle Wells is a wife to one and a mom to six, with 20 plus years of experience at both. With a love for being active in sports she took her passion for competitive training to the world of triathlons where she rocked the elite age group level for several years. In an effort to share her enthusiasm for a balanced and healthy life she inspires others through personal training and freelance writing, especially for Growing

 

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