October Team Newsletter

Important Dates


WRA Home Meet: October 4th (Registration deadline: October 1st)
All WRA swimmers are encouraged to participate. See meet information and sign up here.

Fair Day: October 7th
To give our families an opportunity to attend the GA National Fair, we will not have afternoon practice on Monday, October 7th. Blue 1 will have a make up practice on Friday, October 11th, from 6:00-6:45. See more details here.

Stroke & Turn Officials Training: October 8th
The first step in becoming a USA Swimming Certified Official is attending a Stroke & Turn training class. The next online training class is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th, from 7:00 - 9:30 PM. For more details, click here

Third Tuesday: October 15th
Third Tuesdays are reserved as our monthly meeting night, however due to the upcoming Swim A Thon to be held later that week, all groups will have practice as usual.

Swim A Thon: October 17th
Come swim laps and help raise money for your team and the USA Swimming Foundation. Remember, for crowd control purposes, we are asking that all swimmers declare their intent to participate via the "Job Signup" button found on the event page. See more details and sign up here.

Annual Fundraising Deadline: October 22nd
All WRA families have agreed to a $150/year fundraising commitment, unless they have opted-in to the Non-Fundraising billing option. Both the Swim A Thon and Partnership Campaign opportunities are currently underway. Any family that has not met their fundraising commitment by October 22nd will have the difference billed to their 11/01 invoice. If you have any questions about fundraising, please feel free to email assistant@wraswim.com

2019 Fall Classic: October 26th - 27th (Registration deadline: October 14th)

Held at UGA's Gabrielsen Natatorium. Open to all Silver, Gold, and Platinum swimmers, as well as 12 & Under Bronze group swimmers. Our entire team will compete in the same session, so this should be a great meet for team-building, and for younger swimmers to compete alongside their older teammates. See meet information and sign up here.
 

Fundraising Opportunities


The 2019 Swim A Thon has been scheduled for Thursday, October 17th. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and definitely the most fun! Set up your profiles now and start finding donors. There are lots of fun incentives offered by WRA and USA Swimming, including caps, shirts, bags, and parkas - And the top-earning roster group will win a pizza party! This year, the winning group will be determined by the highest average earnings per participant, to give the smaller groups an opportunity to compete.

Our second largest fundraiser, the 2019-2020 Partnership Campaign is now underway, and will remain open until October 22nd. We've streamlined this campaign, and made it simpler and easier for you to share with local businesses and organizations: The Partnership forms are available to be completed online by clicking here. If you prefer to distribute paper copies, they can be downloaded here.
 
Our year-round swim lessons are underway and the next session starts October 14th. Keep an eye on our website to be the first to know when new classes are scheduled. More information on our lessons can be found here.
 

A Note from the Coaches: Meet Attendance

Swim practice is HARD WORK. The greatest motivator for a swimmer to keep up consistent practice attendance, and to give their best efforts in each practice, is seeing their hard work pay off in competition.

It is almost impossible for an athlete to remain engaged and interested, without regularly attending meets and challenging themselves to reach new competition goals. We try to publish our upcoming meet dates several months in advance, to allow our families to plan their lives in a way that will accomodate meet attendance.

  • The expectation for Gold and Platinum swimmers is that they attend at least one meet a month during the meet seasons.
  • Silver swimmers should attend at least 3 meets per season, and those looking to advance should set the same meet attendance goals at Gold swimmers..
  • Bronze and Blue swimmers should aim to attend every home meet, as well as our Divisional meet and the GRPA District meet. You are never "too new" to attend a home meet. Several "away" meets are also open to Bronze and Blue group swimmers - the coaches make these recommendations based on the available events, so read the meet information and don't be afraid to sign up for a meet that is offered to your practice group or talk to your coach if you have questions/concerns.

At this point in the season, swimmers will not set personal best times in every race, at every meet. However, participation in these meets will help the swimmers to gain race experience and develop and hone race strategies that will help them to drop time as the season progresses. The BEST way to practice racing is to RACE.

We strongly encourage any swimmer who has not yet attended a meet this season, to sign up for the next meet that is offered to their practice group. For those who qualify, the upcoming Fall Classic is a great meet, held in one of the top swim venues in the country, and we encourage every Silver, Gold, and Platinum member to attend, as well as 12 and under Bronze swimmers.


At this point in the season, we are focusing on:

  • Increasing intensity
  • Technique, technique, technique
  • Developing good attendance habits and consistent training
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hurricane Mini Meet
November 2nd

Marlins Invite
November 22nd-24th

GA Senior State Championships
December 8th


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Committee Corner

We are still looking for members for the following parent committees: Officials, Social, and Maintenance.

Email Amanda to participate.

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PO Box 8048
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