Weekly Announcements for the Week of April 14

Here’s all the news you need to know for the week of April 14 (it’s a little long, but we have a lot going on!):

1. Activities This Week – We’ve got all sorts of things happening at the pool this week!  Here are a few key dates for you to keep in mind:

  • Coach-Parent Meetings – The meetings are now planned as follows: 

Sharks and Dolphins (Coach Nina) – Monday night at 5:50 pm

Silver (Coach Tony) – Tuesday night at 6:00 pm

Gold and Seniors (Coach Ron) – Saturday morning at 8:30 am

  • Tuesday, April 16 – Team Cap Tuesday – Show your team spirit by wearing your FAST cap for Team Cap Tuesday!
  • Wednesday, April 17 – Last Day to Sign Up for FAST Swim Meet – Though we’ve got a number of swimmers signed up, we’d love to see a few more!  Let your coach know if you’re having trouble signing up, and we’ll make sure that it’s taken care of!  Click HERE to go straight to the swimmer sign-up page.
  • Wednesday, April 17 – All About Swim Meets – Are you new to competitive swimming and have questions about meets? Have you been on the team awhile but still have questions about how time standards and meets work? Come to this session to learn about time standards, how to read a meet information sheet, billing for meet entries and more!
  • Thursday, April 18 – Annual Egg Dive Watch your swimmers join in the fun as they dive for eggs at this fun FAST tradition.

2. Practice Cancellations – There are NO CANCELLATIONS THIS WEEK. Your coach will let you know if there are any practice-group specific adjustments to this week’s schedule.

And, you can always check out the FAST Calendar, available HERE, for an up-to-date list of cancellations and team-related events.

3. Help Us Grow the Team – Know anyone who might be interested in swimming competitively?  Here are a few dates and options to keep in mind: 

  • Next Tryouts are Tuesday, April 23 – Please help spread the word!  Information about tryouts (what to bring, forms to fill out) is available HERE
  • Race Ready Lessons – RACE Ready is a professionally taught stroke school, with new classes starting every 4 to 6 weeks. Classes are open to all ages, starting at age 5 and ranging to adults and seniors. Click HERE for more information. 
  • Shape-Up Summer Swim for High School Swimmers – Shape-Up is for high school swimmers wanting to work on specific technique and stay in shape during the summer break!  Click HERE for more information. 
  • 2019 Summer Punch Card Program – This program is for new swimmers who want to give the team a try over the summer before committing fully.  15- and 20-punch options are available.  Click HERE for more information. 

4. Future Team Activities – We’ve got all sorts of team activities planned for the next few months. Here are a few dates for team meetings and events to put in your calendar:

  • Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 –FAST-Hosted Swim Meet – FAST is hosting a spring BB/B/C meet! Sign-ups to swim are due by Wednesday, April 17, and volunteer sign ups are now live. Click HERE to sign up to swim or volunteer. Please come out to the meet to swim and/or volunteer, to help make our first meet of the spring season a success!
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Annual Spring Banquet – Please plan to join us for the Spring Banquet. We had a great time last year, and so are planning to try the same format. Volunteer sign ups are now live. Click HERE for more information, and to sign up to volunteer.
  • Monday, May 13 – Swimming in College Night – Have you wondered if your swimmer can swim in college? Not sure? Or maybe yes, but not sure where to start? Join Coach Ron at 5:45 for a very informative meeting about collegiate swimming. Coach Ron has had swimmers go on to swim at every Division and level of swimming in college. Come hear his insights into "the next step" after high school and learn what it takes for your swimmer to continue swimming in college.
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Annual Spring Meeting – Please plan to come to this meeting to hear about our plans for long course season and for updates on the team!

All of these dates are on the FAST calendar, available HERE. It’s your best source for dates and times for team events and swim meets.

5. Looking for Parent Goal Sheets? – If you missed Ron’s parent goal session and want to see what all of the fuss was about, you can get a copy of the goal sheet HERE

6. Ribbons! – Looking for a ribbon from a past meet? Check the file cabinet stored at the top of the stairs at WGAC. Click HERE for more information.

7. Upcoming Swim Meets – The spring and summer schedules are firming up, and we’re furiously adding the meets to our calendar (with hyperlinks and sign ups). Hyperlinked info isn’t ready for every meet yet, but we wanted to get the schedule out for your planning purposes.

  • 4/27-4/28 – FAST BB/B/C Meet @WGAC – This meet is for swimmers with BB times or slower, and we’re hosting! The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 17. And, volunteer sign-ups are now LIVE!
  • 5/3-5/5 – LAC BB and Up Long Course Invitational @Lewisville Westside – This meet is for swimmers with BB times or faster. Registration links are coming soon -- the deadline to register will be Monday, April 22.
  • 5/11-5/12 – NTN Mother’s Day Invitational @Southlake – This is a B/C meet, so perfect for our younger swimmers or for those trying to achieve a BB time. Registration links are coming soon -- the deadline to register will be Monday, April 29.
  • 5/17-5/19 – MARS Open Long Course Invitational @UT-Arlington – This is an open meet (anyone can swim) featuring 100 M and longer events at the outdoor pool at UT-Arlington. Registration links are coming soon -- the deadline to register will be Monday, May 6.
  • 5/17-5/19 – MAC North Texas Senior Meet @Mansfield – This long course meet is for swimmers with 15-16 AA time cuts. Registration links are coming soon -- the deadline to register will be Monday, May 6.
  • 5/31-6/2 – MAC BB & Up Long Course Invitational @Mansfield – This meet is for swimmers with BB times or faster. Registration links are coming soon -- the deadline to register will be Monday, May 20.
  • 5/31-6/2 – Texas Senior Circuit Meet I @SMU – This meet is for senior swimmers with very fast times. Registration links are coming soon – the deadline to register will be Monday, May 20.
  • 6/13-6/16 – Bill Nixon Memorial Pro-Am @Lewisville Westside – This meet is for 12 and under swimmers with A times or faster, and 13 and over swimmers with AA times or faster. Registration links are coming soon – the deadline to register will be Monday, May 27.
  • 6/20-6/22 – Texas Senior Circuit Meet II @Texas A&M This meet is for senior swimmers with very fast times. More info is coming soon!
  • 6/22-6/23 – FAST BB/B/C Meet @WGAC – This meet is for swimmers with BB times or slower, and we’re hosting! More info is coming soon!
  • 6/27-6/30 – NT Long Course Champs @Mansfield – This meet is for 14 and under swimmers with A times and faster. Registration links are coming soon -- the deadline to register will be Monday, June 17.
  • 7/11-7/14 – Summer Sectionals @UT Austin – This meet is for senior swimmers with very fast times. More info is coming soon!
  • 7/24-7/28 – 2019 Long Course TAGS @UT Austin – This meet is for 14 and under swimmers with very fast times. More info is coming soon!
  • 7/24-7/27 – 2019 American Long Course @Lewisvile Westside – OR – Senior Circuit Champs @San Antonio-Palo Alto – We’ll go to one of these two meets. Both are for senior swimmers with very fast times. More info is coming soon!

We think there will be another meet or two in mid-July or at the beginning of August for B/C swimmers. Watch these newsletters and the FAST web site for more details!

8. Sign up for Team App – Click HERE for instructions for creating an account and linking to the coaching groups. Check it out, and sign up! And, be sure to turn on notifications, so that notices from your coaches pop up on your phone in real time.

See you at the pool!

Eric

 
    
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