This week at Delaware Swim Team: 4/29-5/5
Here's what's happening this week at Delaware Swim Team:
Due to two swim meets this weekend, there are some practice changes.
Saturday, May 4
Senior National: No practice; swimmers should be at the meet
Seniors: No practice; swimmers should be at the meet
Junior National: No practice; swimmers should be at the meet
Age Group: No practice at any location; swimmers should be at the meet
Developmental: 4:00-5:00 PM at New Castle only
Winter Instructional: 10:00-11:00 (no change)
Sunday, May 5
Junior National: No practice; swimmers should be at the meet
Age Group: No practice; swimmers should be at the meet
Developmental: 8:00-9:00 at Pike Creek
Winter Instructional: 8:00-9:00 at Pike Creek
The NAAC Cinco de Mayo meet is this weekend.  The meet is at Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Delaware Swim Team has been assigned warm-up times for this weekend:
Saturday morning: 7:25-7:50 AM
Saturday afternoon: 11:50 AM-12:20 PM
Sunday morning: 7:00-7:25 AM
Sunday afternoon: 12:20-12:50 PM
Families should keep in mind that the swim meet is being held at the Naval Academy, which is an active military base.  With this in mind, there are several things to remember:
~ Anyone who does not have military or Department of Defense ID must enter the base through the Visitor's Access Center at Gate 1, located at Randall Street and Prince George Street.  Please allocate about 5-10 minutes towards going through security.
~ All people 17 & over must show photo ID when entering the base.  Non-citizens must show their passport when entering the base.  All people 17 & over will need to have their bags searched when entering.
~ Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult when going through the visitor's gate, and anywhere on base.  (Coaches on deck are considered adults that are supervising the swimmers.)
~ Parking on base is limited to people with military or DoD ID.  All others must park in the city of Annapolis.  Parking information for Annapolis is available here.
~ Naval Academy rules dictate that all swimmers must wear a shirt and shoes when not on the pool deck.  In addition to being fully clothed, swimmers must also be dry when leaving the pool deck/locker rooms.
~ As a guest of the Naval Academy, you agree to observe all government regulations
~ Ceremonial areas on base must be respected.
Paper programs will not be available for this meet.  Heat sheets will be available on Meet Mobile, and on NAAC's website.
On a side note, NAAC strongly recommends that anyone who has not visited the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center before to do so when they have time.  It is worth a trip to see the history and tradition of the US Naval Academy.  The Visitor Center is across the street from Lejeune Hall.
The FISH Long Course Derby meet is this weekend.  The meet is at the Aquatic & Fitness Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Delaware Swim Team has been assigned warm-up times for this weekend:
Saturday morning: 6:30-7:10 AM
Saturday afternoon: 3:10-3:50 PM
Sunday morning: 7:10-7:50 AM
Sunday afternoon: 12:40-1:20 PM
FISH wants everyone to remember that food absolutely cannot be eaten on deck.  This is a George Mason University policy.  A classroom will be provided to allow swimmers to eat very close to the pool deck.  Swimmers should look for signs on deck pointing to the classroom.
Folding chairs will not be permitted on the pool deck.
In spirit of the Kentucky Derby, in addition to the horse names submitted already, swimmers should wear the designated-color meet-specific swim caps provided to Delaware Swim Team by the meet director.
Timers are still needed for this meet.  If you can time, please sign up here.  Since timer positions have not been assigned to Delaware Swim Team, no volunteer service points will be awarded for this meet.
Tags with barcodes for entry into the Pike Creek and New Castle location should be arriving in the next week.  The administrative staff and facility staff will begin connecting barcode tags to Delaware Swim Team accounts once they arrive.  Families should expect to get their barcode tags at New Castle or Pike Creek in about a week.
Have you ever been interested in officiating swim meets?  Do you have a background in swimming?  Do you like watching the strokes that different swimmers have?  Have you ever been frustrated with officiating at swim meets?  If you answered yes to any of these, Delaware Swim Team is always looking for new people to become officials.  Parents with younger swimmers are especially helpful, and have a chance to help their children and their children's teammates for several years.
If you have ever been interested in becoming an official, now is the time to begin that process.  The first step, even with no certification at all, is to go to and click on the "Clinics/Training" tab.  Select a class that has a day and time you can attend.  Middle Atlantic has communicated to the administrative staff that they will take care of prospective officials from there, and help get them set up to train as an official.
People who are currently stroke & turn officials but want to get certified in other positions (starter, deck referee, meet referee, etc) can also begin their training by following the same instructions mentioned above.  Middle Atlantic will then reach out to you to help you from there.
The summer program for Traditional and KYFW swimmers is now open for registration.  This summer program will be the same as last year.  Younger and less-experienced swimmers will want to utilize the Mechanics group.  Mechanics practices will be similar to Developmental and Winter Instructional practices.  Older and more experienced swimmers will want to utilize the Conditioning group.  Conditioning practices will be similar to Age Group and Winter Training practices.
Colors indicate the site where practices are offered.  Blue practices are at New Castle.  Yellow practices are at Pike Creek.  Green, being the color created when blue and yellow are combined, indicates both New Castle and Pike Creek.  The Blue and Yellow options are offered at a discount, with less practices offered.  In both cases, these practices work around NBSL and SSL swim meet schedules.  This provides half-options (Blue or Yellow) that are ideal for local summer swimmers that want to still get coaching outside of their summer swim club practices, but do not want to pay for all practices.
The Delaware Swim Team coaching staff