June 15, 2019
Greetings Wahoo families!
There is a lot of information in this email, so please take the time to read it.
First off, after wrapping up another school year with my 5th graders just yesterday (Friday), it's time to turn our attention to the 2019 Wyomissing Wahoos Swim Team season. We are very excited to reconnect with returning swimmers and to meet new ones!
For those who don't know me, my name is Scott Williams (Coach Scott), and this is my third season coaching the Wahoos. This summer also marks my 31st season of coaching the great sport of swimming. It's been a privilege to work with so many phenomenal swimmers and their families over three decades in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. What I've learned about our summer team over the last two summers is that our kids are top shelf individuals. They are polite, hard-working kids who listen well in practice and race hard in meets. Our parent group has been nothing short of amazing the last two summers. Please know how much we have appreciated your support the last two seasons!
We are blessed to have our other two returning coaches - Annie Williams and Trevor Jackson. Annie is beginning her second season as our assistant coach, after completing her freshman year at Boston College. Trevor will be our developmental coach again, and he is one of the head lifeguards at the pool as well. He also just finished his freshman year at Massachusetts Maritme Academy. I cannot ask for two finer 19-year olds to work with our swimmers!
Our first practice is this Monday, June 17, and our first meet is an away meet at Ken Grill on Wednesday, June 19 at 6 P.M. Early this coming week, I will send out a warm-up schedule and the time you should try to arrive on Tuesday.
The practice schedule is as follows:
Blue Group (13 and overs and the more experienced 12-year olds): Practice time is 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. Please arrive @ 8 A.M. to help with lane lines, the pace clock, blocks, and backstroke flags. We will strive to get in by 8:15 each morning, and practice will go until 10 A.M.
White Group (9 and 10's and 11 and 12's): Practice time is 10 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. Please arrive at 9:45 to organize your equipment, etc. and to be ready to get in the water at 10.
8 & Under and Developmental Groups: Practice time is 11:15 to 12 noon. Please arrive at 11 to get yourselves organized and to be ready to begin at 11:15.
Equipment needed each day: a water bottle with ice in it, their swim suit, goggles with an extra pair in their swim bag just in case, a cap for swimmers with long hair and an extra one in his/her bag, a kick board, fins, and a pull buoy. If you don't own fins yet, I ask that you kindly get a pair for your swimmer, since we use them each day in practice. Please take the time to have your child's goggles adjusted this weekend so they fit correctly and we are not having to help a swimmer do this during practice.
I ask that parents, grandparents, or babysitters who are planning to stay for practice remain under one of our pavillions or on the grass at the far end of the pool opposite the starting blocks during practice, but not on any of the benches by the pool or under the tree by the diving well. Your cooperation with that is greatly appreciated because we want our swimmers focused only on having a productive practice.
Teamwork will be essential this year to help ensure that it's another successful season. First off, comminucation is key. We need to know if you are going to be competing at a dual meet or not. Please go on our website each week and click on the Events tab, then the Committed Athletes tab if your children are planning to compete or the Declined tab if your swimmer(s) cannot attend that particular meet. We begin putting together a meet lineup several days before a meet, so it's essential that you communicate in plenty of time.
As for invitationals, we want our entire team to compete at our meet on Friday, June 28. Our swimmers swim for free, and it's a great opportunity to post times for the remainder of the season. For the remainder of the invitaitonals, they are voluntary and NOT required. We will commit to send a coach to the Green Valley, Antietam, and Shillington inviationals for sure. Remember that you decide what events your swimmer competes in at those meets. You sign up on our website for those, but there are specific deadlines when we need to send in our entries for those meets.
Please plan on contributing somehow at dual meets and our own invitational on June 28. We need lots of volunteers at all meets, and teamwork in that area is vital. If you're not sure how you can assist, please ask. Timers, stroke and turn officials, and place judges are needed to run the meet. Also, parents are needed to sell items donated by our families at our concession stand.
Please check your email on a daily basis for updates about weather, meets, and any other miscellaneous information that you will need to know about.
Here's to a fun-filled, successful summer season!! Please stay upbeat and supportive of the swimmers and coaching staff, knowing that we are doing our very best to provide each swimmer with a positive experience on our team.