Weekly Announcements for week 8/4-8/10
Dear SBSC families,

Practice Schedule
RHS Practice Groups
All Groups-- Next Practice Tuesday September 3rd

NPHS Practice Groups

All Groups-Next Practice Tuesday September 3rd


Practice Notes: I received a message from Coach Ashley and we may be experiencing continued delays with the work being done at NPHS.  We are both holding out hope the pool is ready for practice on the 3rd.  I will update as soon as more is known.


Weekly Announcements

Our website/email system is set up to send out our weekly announcements to only active accounts.  During this down time between seasons swimmers (not accounts) will be moved to the inactive roster.  This may or may not cause a disruption with our weekly emails.  If you do not receive the weekly email there always links posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  You can also read the announcements directly from our "News" page.  They are also posted on our Blogger and Tumblr pages.


Last Day, FAST Day!

Today is our last day of the summer season.  We have 52 preliminary swims between Futures and Divisionals this morning.  We have had some outstanding swims, new best times, all time top ten swims, and some new team records set this weekend.  You can follow all the action of both meets by using your Meet Mobile app.  All results will be posted to our website as soon as they become available.


Fall and Winter Season

Our on-line registration for the fall and winter is now open. Our first practices will be the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 3rd.  The fall/winter meet schedule is finalized with the exception of the end of season championship meets.  We will be attending some different meets this winter with the hopes more swimmers will be able to participate.  We are scheduled for two meets at the new Elkhart Aquatic Center in November  If anyone has any questions about the schedule, just let me know.


I have started the fall practice schedule and I hope to have at least the first two months for both sites completed by the end of the week.  Once I am able to get high school meet schedules I will do the remaining months.  Just as a reminder, the calendar on our website is tentative and is for planning purposes only.   Our schedule could change without much notice.  The weekly emails are the most up to date schedule we will have.  If there are any last minute changes those will be communicated through email and our social media sites.


Easy Money

Thank you to the 5 families that have already registered.  Every year the majority of our families wait until the day of or day before our first practice to sign up.  This has left us a little short handed for practices. To alleviate this I am making the offer to all of our returning families if they register before midnight on August 18th you will be entered in a drawing to win $25 credit to your swim club account.


For those of you on Facebook you may have seen our post/advertisement about the fall registration.  The post has already been shared 25 times!  If you share this post you will also be entered in a drawing to win $25 credit to your swim club account. 


Finally we are offering an incentive to families who bring in new swimmers.  For every new Group 1 swimmer credited to your family you could earn a $10 credit, for Group 2 $15, and for Group 3 $20These credits will appear on your swim club account after the new swimmers have gone through their 2nd month billing cycle. For example, if a swimmer registers in September you will see the credit on your account November 2nd.


New USA Swimming Guidelines-MAAPP

USA Swimming issued a new directive with regards to electronic communication and social media contact between coaches and athletes.  Most of what is being implemented is common sense and falls in line with our club's policies.  One new requirement we will need to adhere to is how your minor child communicates with me.  For several years I have asked swimmers in Group 2 and Group 3 to text/email me if they would be missing practice.  Moving forward, swimmers will be instructed to include a parent on all communication with me.


If you are the parent of a Group 2 or Group 3 swimmer, and have never sent me a text before, please text me so I have your contact info in my phone.  This way if I need to contact your swimmer about missing practice I can be sure to include you.  My cell phone number is 574-276-6057.


I encourage all parents and swimmers to read the full policy.  We are required to keep this policy on our website, here is the link

Advertising Credit
A Group 2 or Group 3 annual membership plus all the other associated fees with our membership -- spirit wear, meet surcharges, technology fees, concession stand/hospitality fees, USA Swimming-- is approximately $550 for an entire year. (A Group 1 annual membership is about $100 less.)  If you were able to sell two of the Premiere+ adds it could easily pay for a whole year of swimming including meet entry fees!
Selling a one year ad to one company could earn you anywhere from $50 to almost $500. Here is the link for more information. Another easy way to earn credit for your swim club account is to hang our recruiting posters out in the public. For every poster you hang you will receive a $5 credit up to $25. Once you hang the poster post a pic of it on your Facebook page (or other social site) and tag the club.
Spring and Summer Meet Schedule/Dates of Meet/Location/Deadline to commit
Below is our spring/summer meet schedule.  Swimmers wanting to compete will need to commit to those meets.  The deadlines are based on deadlines that were set last year. They may change once the meet hosts posts the meet information.  When committing to multiple day meets please leave a message in the available notes section of what days you would like to attend. Meets marked with an * are meets that require swimmers to meet certain time standards.  All pool locations can be found on our website under the "Pools" tab


CSC Spring Fling/May 3rd-5th/Carmel High School/Our Results
NASA Off the Blocks/May 4th/Northridge High School/Our Results
IA May Invitational/May 10th-12th/Rolfs Aquatic Center, Notre Dame/Our Results
CON BW3 Blazin' Invite/May 31st-June 2nd/Merrifield Pool, Mishawaka/Our Results

*MSC Summer Splash/June 21st-23rd/Munster High School/Our Results
NASA Summer Invite/June 29th/Northridge High School/Our Results
IA Summer Spectacular/July 12th-14th/Rolfs Aquatic Center, Notre Dame/Our Results
*IN Senior State Championships/July 18th-21st/IUPUI/Our Results
*IN Age Group State/July 26th-28th/IUPUI/Our Results
*IN Summer Divisionals/August 3rd & 4th/Our Results-coming soon

USA Swimming Futures Championship/August 1st-4th/Our results-coming soon

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.


John VanDriessche
Head Coach
South Bend Swim Club
South Bend Riley High School