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News from the Pool- Week of September 2

PRACTICE STARTS TOMORROW, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3!!!  Make sure your swimmer arrives a bit early to get checked in, meet the coaches, and for the Race Team swimmers to get a new team cap.  PHS swimmers, please stay OUTSIDE the pool gates until water polo practice is done. The coaches will tell you when it’s ok to come inside.

News from the Pool- Week of September 2

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, September 3- Our 12th season kicks off!!!

Tuesday, September 3- Last day to RSVP for Walnut Creek Senior Meet (Varsity/Senior only)

Tuesday, September 3- Last day to RSVP for Gilroy Gators Meet (all swimmers)

Wednesday, September 4- Dryland for PHS swimmers (due to home polo game)

Friday, September 6- Makeup class for PHS Mon/Wed Race Team swimmers, 6:00-6:45pm

Saturday, September 7- Stroke Clinic at PHS (all swimmers)

Monday, September 9- Last day to RSVP for December Winter Champs (Varsity/Senior only)

Wednesday, September 18- Dryland for PHS swimmers (due to home polo game)

Fri-Sun, September 20-22- Beat the Freeze (Varsity/Senior only)

Tuesday, September 17- Last day to RSVP for Race Morning (all swimmers)

Friday, September 20- Makeup class for PHS Mon/Wed Race Team swimmers, 6:00-6:45pm

Saturday, September 21- Race MORNING at PHS (all swimmers)

Tuesday, September 24- Last day to RSVP for Moraga Senior Meet (Varsity/Senior only)

Sat, September 28- Walnut Creek Senior Meet (Varsity/Senior only)

PRESENTATION (PHS) SCHEDULE

Group at PHS

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Senior

HOLIDAY

4:15-5:15 mtg + 5:20-6:20pm swim at PHS

5:30-7am swim at PHS, team dinner 6pm

3:45-5:15pm at Elks

5:30-7am swim, 5:00-5:50 dryland+ 5:50-7:15pm swim at PHS

8-10am clinic at PHS + opt 10-11am dry

Varsity

HOLIDAY

4:15-5:15 mtg + 5:20-6:20pm swim at PHS

5:30-7am swim at PHS, team dinner 6pm

3:45-5:15pm at Elks

5:00-5:50 dryland+ 5:50-7:15pm swim at PHS

8-10am clinic at PHS + opt 10-11am dry

Prep

HOLIDAY

5:45-6:30pm dryland

5:45-6:30pm dryland at PHS OR 6:15-7pm swim at XG

5:45-6:30pm dryland

5:50-7pm 

8-9am clinic

JV+

HOLIDAY

5:45-6:15pm dry + 6:20-7:20pm swim

5:50-6:35pm dryland

5:45-6:30pm dry+ 6:30-7:30pm swim

5:00-5:50 dryland+ 5:50-7:15pm swim 

8-9am clinic

JV

HOLIDAY

5:45-6:15pm dry + 6:20-7:20pm swim

5:50-6:35pm dryland

5:45-6:30pm dry+ 6:30-7:30pm swim

OFF

8-9am clinic

Gold 1

HOLIDAY

5:20-6:20pm swim

OFF

5:50-6:35pm swim

OFF

8-9am OR 9-10am clinic 

Gold 2

HOLIDAY

OFF

OFF

OFF

5:50-6:35pm swim

8-9am OR 9-10am clinic 

Race Team

HOLIDAY

5:50-6:35pm, 6:35-7:20pm

5:50-6:35pm, 6:35-7:20pm

5:50-6:35pm, 6:35-7:20pm

6:00-6:45pm makeup practice for PHS MW swimmers

9-10am clinic

 

 

  CROSSGATES (XG) SCHEDULE 
 

Group at XG

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Prep

HOLIDAY

6:15-7pm

6:15-7pm

6:15-7pm

5:50-7pm at PHS

8-9am clinic at PHS

JV+

HOLIDAY

5:30-6:15pm

4:45-5:30pm

5:30-6:15pm

5:00-5:50 dryland+ 5:50-7:15pm swim at PHS

8-9am clinic at PHS

JV

HOLIDAY

5:30-6:15pm

4:45-5:30pm

5:30-6:15pm


 

8-9am clinic at PHS

Gold

HOLIDAY

4:45-5:30pm

 

4:45-5:30pm

 

8-9am OR 9-10am clinic at PHS

Race Team

HOLIDAY

4:00-4:45, 4:45-5:30, 5:30-6:15, 6:15-7pm

4:00-4:45, 4:45-5:30pm, 5:30-6:15pm, 6:15-7pm

4:00-4:45, 4:45-5:30, 5:30-6:15, 6:15-7pm

 

9-10am clinic at PHS

 

WELCOME!  Little did I know my leap of faith in 2008 to begin a team that was closer to my home and easy for me to manage with two little kids afoot would lead to the adventure we are about to embark on this week... Season 12 of Swim South Bay is shaping up to be our best ever! With a passionate and knowledgeable staff and pool full of fantastic swimmers,  we will be running programs out of 3 pools We have a great list of meets planned, team events in the works and a fantastic group of parents who believe in our approach to coaching and support our program. Be sure you read our weekly newsletters to get the scoop on deadlines, practice schedules and other important things you need to know for your swimmers to be in the know.   I'm not a big believer of wasting time, and I don't want to waste yours with unnecessary fluff in your inbox. So if it makes it in the newsletter, you'll want to read it!

If you are BRAND NEW, be sure to check out our “We’ve joined the team, now what?! article written by a former BAY parent with 5 swimmers who went through our  program. She does a great job answering many of the questions you are wondering right this second.

Below is a brief review of some things to get in the “know” about for the upcoming season.   A great resource is the “Parent Info” tab on the homepage. If you’re looking for info and can’t find it, let me know.  We are VERY good at answering email (phone messages can take up to 24 hours to get through to us, so email is the best way to reach our staff.)  

  • What should they wear to practice?  Definitely a swimsuit. Whatever fits them is great.  Many boys find that jammers or briefs are the easiest to swim in.  Most 2 piece suits for girls tend to “ride up” a bit and make it harder to swim in. Tie back suits for girls are ok for practice, but they are not allowed (per USA Swimming rules) for meets.  

  • Goggles?  If they are used to them, yes.  Do they NEED to wear them? No.  

  • Caps?  All those in Race Team will get a blue or yellow cap on their first day.  All Race Teamers need to wear these caps. Gold, JV, JV+, Prep, Varsity and Senior boys- caps are optional (but great for longer hair.)  Girls in these groups with longer hair must wear caps. If you need to buy an additional cap, they are $5 and can be billed to your team account.

  • Sunscreen?  If your swimmer puts on their sunscreen at least 15 minutes BEFORE getting in the pool- YES!  Hooray for sun protection. If you put it on right before they get in the pool, you are wasting your money as it washes right off.  

  • Swim shirts- let’s skip those.  They make it WAY harder to swim and actually swim CORRECTLY.  They are like wearing clothes while you are drowning. While we are trying to practice proper strokes, let’s practice that in the easiest way possible for your kids.  

  • Towels and shoes for after practice- bring them.  They will need them!

  • Where to meet before practice begins?  At PHS, we meet outside the pool office.  At XG (Crossgates), we meet near the pool.  Coaches need to check swimmers in on attendance sheets BEFORE swimmers get in the pool (for safety, we need to know WHO is in the pool at all times.)  Do not have your swimmer just hop in if they are running late; stop and see your coach BEFORE they get in the pool!

  • Parking- at PHS, we are guests and need to drive with respect and courtesy in the parking lot.  There are many events going on throughout the evenings. It’s not worth an accident to rush through.  At Crossgates, we are also guests and must drive with courtesy and respect in the neighborhood and small parking lot.  If we get neighborhood complaints, we will NOT be able to use the facility. Please drive safely and slowly in and around the pool.

  • Coming on deck at PHS- please refrain from being on the deck while the PHS water polo team is practicing.  We are NOT ALLOWED to have parents or swimmers on deck while their team is in the pool or on the deck.  A good rule of thumb is to wait outside the pool gates until it’s your swimmer’s time to practice.  Between 5:50-7:45pm, we are AOK to be on deck though!

  • When to pick up your swimmer?  Your swimmer should be picked up within 5 minutes of practice ending.  They can not just “wait outside on the curb” until a parent arrives. Coaches can not stay past the contracted times of the facility.  Please plan accordingly and pick up your swimmers at the conclusion of their practice time.

TEAM EVENTS: If your swimmer would like to join us for one of the many team events/meets we have this season, please be sure to log into the team site, click on "events", then scroll thru what we have to offer.  By clicking on the event, you can read more about it before changing your reply from blank to YES. Some events are for specific groups or “qualifiers”, others are open to all swimmers in all groups. If you are uncertain if an event pertains to your swimmer, please read the description and then email me here if you are unclear.  We’d love for you to join us when you can!

We have some deadlines coming up right away (on Tuesday, 9/3), so if your swimmer is interested in joining any of these upcoming meets, be sure to RSVP now.  Late entries are not accepted. These meets will fill to capacity very quickly!

DRYLAND FOR PHS SWIMMERS: We will have dryland workouts on the days when the PHS water polo team is hosting home games.  Swimmers should come in athletic apparel and shoes with laces to meet their coaches outside the pool area on the grass between the pool and the gym. 

  • Wednesday, September 4
  • Wednesday, September 18
  • Wednesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, October 23

We will host makeup practices for Blue and Yellow group swimmers on Fridays from 6-6:45pm on 9/6, 9/20, 10/11, 10/25, 11/1 and Saturday 10/12 from 11-noon.

LOCATION CHANGES: Since the PHS water polo team is hosting tournaments, we will move some PHS Friday and Saturday practices to our Crossgates locations on the following days: 

  • Saturday, September 14- Senior, Varsity, JV+, JV, Gold 2 and Prep to Crossgates
  • Friday, September 27- Gold 2 and Prep to Crossgates
  • Saturday, September 28- JV+, JV, Gold 2 and Prep to Crossgates
  • Friday, October 18- Gold 2 and Prep to Crossgates
  • Saturday, October 19- JV+, JV, Gold 2 and Prep to Crossgates

END OF SEASON TREASURES: If your swimmer was on last season’s team, we have special pins for them (available for pickup in the PHS pool office or from the XG coaches.)

TEAM APPAREL SITE:

Our team swimwear supplier is also celebrating their 25th anniversary by giving you 25% off your order through 9/3.  Illusions Activewear is open M-F 9-5pm (138 Gilman Avenue off Campbell Avenue between the Pruneyard and downtown) or available 408-370-3954 or through their website.  While the sale doesn’t apply to team suit orders, they have LOTS of other things for the whole family!