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GOOD LUCK to our GMA athletes RACING at the New England 12 and Under Champs!

Dear GMA Families,

We are THRILLED to have 3 GMA athletes representing our GMA team this weekend at the New England 12 Under Championship Meet at Harvard University.  We wish our 12 and under long course athletes the best of luck as they work together to achieve their personal best times.  The New England 12 and Under Championship Meet is a fun, fast meet at a great facility and we can’t wait to see our athletes achieve their best at the meet!

Please read all of the following information thoroughly so that we can all work together to have a terrific championship meet!

NEW ENGLAND 12 and UNDER MEET:

CLICK HERE to the main meet information page

CLICK HERE for the GMA meet entries

MEET TIMES

Friday 10 and Under Session Lane 7 11:00 AM GMA On Deck  11:15 AM Warm-Up, 12:15 PM Meet Start

Saturday 11-12 Prelims Session  Lane 2 7:30 AM On Deck, 7:45 AM Warm-Up, 9:05 AM Meet Start

Saturday 10 and Under Session Lane 7 11:15 AM GMA On Deck  11:30 AM Warm-Up, 12:15 PM Meet Start

Saturday 11-12 Finals Session  4:45 PM On Deck, 5:00 PM Warm-Up, 5:35 PM Meet Start

LOCATION: The street address for Blodgett Pool is 65 North Harvard Street, Boston MA 02163. 

Meet Format

11/12 Events: The meet will be conducted in a trials/finals format for the 11-12 age group, with the top 24 returning in finals: one Bonus heat (C final), one Consolation heat (B final) and one Championship heat (A final) for all 11/12 events 200 meters or shorter. The 400 Free and the 400 IM will swim as timed final events with the fastest heat of each gender swimming in finals. The remaining heats will swim in prelims fast to slow alternating heats of girls and boys. The slowest heat of girls and boys may be combined. 10 & Under Events: All 10&Under events will swim as timed finals. The 10&Under 400 Free will swim slow to fast, all the girl’s heats followed by all the boy’s heats

Team Scratch Policy

All GMA team members are expected to race in every event in which they are entered. Swimmers who have problems or concerns about their events must talk to a coach 24 hours in advance of the race in question to determine if an event scratch is necessary. Any swimmers who choose not to attend the meet must let Laura know at least 24 hours in advance of the meet.  This is a CHAMPIONSHIP MEET and we need every athlete to put in their best effort, in every event for the team.

SCRATCH DEADLINES:

The scratch deadline shall be 5:45 PM the evening before prelims.

SPECIAL SCRATCH NOTES:

1. Coaches and swimmers are expected to understand the scratch, verification and relay rules before the meet begins.

2. Any swimmer who fails to compete in an individual event heat in which he/she is entered and has not been scratched will be barred from further competition for that day, including relays and time trials. The swimmer will be also automatically scratched from his/her remaining events unless the Clerk of Course has been notified of the swimmers intention to compete by 6:00 PM.

NOTE: Finals are considered continuation of events starting with trials.

3. Any swimmer who competes in a preliminary heat and qualifies for Finals and fails to notify the clerk of course of his/her intention to withdraw from finals within 30 minutes of the posting of the results and qualifiers for that event, and does not compete nor is excused by the Meet Referee, will be barred from all subsequent competition in the meet, including relays and time trials.

4. On Sunday, any team whose swimmer competes in an individual heat and qualifies for Finals and fails to notify the Clerk of Course of his/her intention to withdraw from the finals within 30 minutes of the posting of the results and qualifiers for that event, and does not compete nor is excused by the Meet Referee, will be fined $100. The Meet Referee may waive the fine, if based on his judgment, the swimmer was ill or the reason for missing the final was beyond the control of the swimmer.

TIME TRIALS

Time trials are $10.00 for individual events and $25 for Relays. Time trials will be held approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the prelim sessions only and will be limited to 30 minutes in duration.  Swimmers cannot swim more than 3 individual events per day, including time trials.

Coach Jim’s cell phone 802-363-3228

GMA ARRIVAL TIMES:

Please be aware that the pool deck will open 15 minutes prior to warm-ups and the spectator area will open 30 minutes prior to warm-ups.

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD TO ARRIVE AT THE POOL EARLY.  Traveling in Boston can take extra time due to traffic and road congestion.

PLEASE PLAN TO STAY UNTIL ALL GMA SWIMMERS ARE DONE RACING IN THE SESSION.  Please plan ahead for meals and sleep between and after sessions so that the athletes can maximize their recovery time.

GMA VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENTS

GMA parents are expected to volunteer to time, to volunteer to officiate and to fulfill our individual athlete timing assignments as needed throughout the weekend.  Please be aware of the meet and team needs each day and work with the GMA coach to help out at the meet.

GMA ATHLETES ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Arrive on time
  • Warm-up and warm-down properly at every session (regardless of session participation) and for every event (including relays.)
  • Eat nutritious foods throughout the weekend.
  • Pack and prepare nutritious foods for before, during and after meet.
  • Be leaders of team spirit and support staying engaged with the team at all times.
  • Get proper rest at night as well as between trials and finals.
  • If our athletes do not make it back for finals, we expect that they will create a plan with Coach Jim to attend finals to warm-up and/or to observe the best in New England Swimming.  This meet can provide a TREMENDOUS learning experience for our GMA emerging leaders. 
  • Race your BEST in every prelim, final and relay event.
  • ACT LIKE CHAMPIONS and RACE LIKE CHAMPIONS!

GMA PARENTS, YOUR ATHLETES WILL NEED YOUR HELP

  • Plan to arrive on time - plan ahead for crazy Boston city traffic
  • Understand that your athletes must warm-down after each session. 
  • Help with meal planning, prep and packing. Eliminate eating out at restaurants as much as possible for health and for time management.
  • Help with sleeping by maintaining a quiet and calm hotel environment.  Your athlete may need your help and encouragement to nap and to go to bed in a timely manner at night.  Your athlete will need space to rest each day between trials and finals.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Please arrive on time and stay for your assigned meet job.
  • Please help your athletes learn and grow from this excellent competitive experience. 
  • Please contact Laura Matuszak (802-238-9168) with any questions or concerns.
  • Have FUN and cheer for GMA!  This is the FUN part!!!!

GMA Team End-of-Season Meet Guidelines 

The GMA coaches provide the following guidelines for swimmers and parents going to a New England End-of-Season meet:

1. Plan ahead to attend the End-of-Season Meets for which you have qualified. Please fulfill your team obligation. If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please notify Laura as soon as possible.

2. Swimmers are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to the assigned team warm-up session . Team stretching and announcements are a very important aspect of championship meet success.

3. These meets can be long and tiring. Plan your daily schedule to ensure that you get the proper amount of food and rest. This is best achieved with good transportation plans and many comfort items packed.

4. The emphasis at swim meets is always on achieving your personal best times, being a great sport and showing excellent team spirit. Winning heats and medals can be fun, but is never part of our team goals.

5. Please provide your child with unconditional love. Your swimmers need your unconditional support in order to race confidently. If they feel that you are judging or critiquing their performances, they may race with less confidence and security.

6. Please do not offer your swimmers ideas on how to race better. Please refer such technical questions to the coaches so as not to confuse the swimmers. Swimmers are required to speak to their coaches just prior to and immediately after their races in order to plan and evaluate their performances.

7. Please pack the following for your swimmers: 

   2 GMA caps

   2 pairs of goggles

   GMA team suit

   GMA team apparel

   At least 3 towels

   Nutritious food and drinks only (Nutritious food includes meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruit.)

8. Swimmers are responsible for the following:

   Knowing their events

   Knowing their personal best times

   Knowing their goals for each event

   Talking to a coach before and after every race

   Checking themselves in for any positive check-in events

   Talking to the coach about any scratches               

   Getting to their heats and lanes by themselves

   Cheering for their teammates during the ENTIRE session (do not leave until the session is over and our team area is fully cleaned)

   Demonstrating great sportsmanship and team spirit

   Resting/ sleeping in bed at least one hour in between prelims and finals sessions

   Warming up properly before each event, warming down properly after each event and maintaining any prescribed physical therapy routine.

9. Rest, eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water. When you are not swimming, you are to be fueling your body and sleeping. All swimmers competing in a prelims and finals meet are REQUIRED to sleep in between prelims and finals. It is recommended that you rest even if you are not swimming in finals at night. Please do not plan family activities and adventures. In order to race their best, the swimmers need to rest whenever they are not competing.

10. GMA swimmers MUST warm-up and warm-down before and after every event. Please talk to your coach about specific recommendations. If no pool is available, please use the team warm-up and warm-down cards to properly warm-up or warm-down your body.

11. If you are unable to attend any portion of the meet, please contact Laura on her cell phone (802-238-9168) immediately. Your teammates are counting on you for relays and team spirit.  Please remember to STAY UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION to cheer for all of your teammates, even if you are done swimming. All 13 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to warm-up at EVERY session with the team (even when not swimming in the session).  All 13 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to attend the finals sessions (even when not swimming in an event) to watch and cheer on their teammates and to learn from the competitive racing environment.

12. All swimmers who have a regular physical therapy routine are expected to continue this routine on schedule while at the meet.

13.   Please WEAR YOUR GMA ATTIRE and represent your team with pride, respect and spirit!

14.   Please HAVE A BLAST!! You have earned a GREAT MEET!! LET’S GO GMA!!

GOOD LUCK GMA and see you at Brown!!!

Sincerely,

Laura Matuszak, GMA Head Coach

802-238-9168, lmatuszak@smcvt.edu