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SWIMMER EQUIPMENT AND BEING ON TIME

 Good afternoon,

  • First see below regarding equipment needs for your swimmer by group.
  • The Red and White groups do not have any specialized needs currently, but beginning as early as the summer, we would like all WHITE II swimmers to acquire a snorkel.  ( The easiest way to tell who's snorkel is whose, is to take a cool colored piece of ducktape and mark your snorkel)

EQUIPMENT-

WE , the team , SUPPLY PULL BUOYS, KICKBOARDS, FINS, PVC STICKS, WHIFFLE BALLS, AS NEEDED.

THE BELOW WHAT WE USE ON A WEEKLY/DAILY BASIS WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOUR SWIMMER TO HAVE:

WHITE II

SNORKELS FALL 2019 (OR SUMMER IF WANT TO TRY now)

BLUE I 

  1. EQUIPMENT BAG
  2.  SNORKEL(SPEEDO OR FINIS)
  3. WATER BOTTLE

BLUE II (NEED ALL BY MAY 1, 2019

  1. EQUIPMENT BAG
  2.  SNORKEL(SPEEDO OR FINIS)
  3.  ARENA FINGERTIP PADDLES
  4.  FINIS RED PARACHUTE
  5. , WATER BOTTLE

SENIOR(NEED ALL BY MAY 1,2019)

  1. EQUIPMENT BAG
  2.  SNORKEL(FINIS OR SPEEDO)
  3.  FINS (some might the ARENA ones I just had added to site)
  4.  ARENA FINGERTIP PADDLES (NOT LARGER PADDLES)
  5.  FINIS RED PARACHUTE
  6.  WATER BOTTLE

You can find all of this equipment and more :

https://makingwavesusa.com/team/grand-traverse-bay-ymca-breakers/

​Password is gobreakers

 

LATENESS TO PRACTICE-some BLUE I but mostly BLUE II and Senior.

This has become a bad habit in my opinion for several pods of swimmers.  I am not pleased with the lax attitude of our swimmers as they come onto the pool deck, arriving unprepared, without equipment , fumbling for goggles and caps, water, etc... and disregard for coaches requests to be on time. The excuses we hear are incredible.  I also am however, very understanding about kids who travel from further away...this is not really what I(we) am frustrated about.

I understand that kids are excited to see each other but we have limited pool time and need every minute we have.  Please talk to your swimmers about this lifelong skill, that being on time is expected and being late is plain disrespectful and disruptive. 

Coaches will discuss a policy in our next coaches meeting in regards to having swimmers make up time they have missed etc...esp if this continues.  We will also be making notes on our rosters as well.

I appreciate you being understanding-

Have a great rest of the day!

Kathy