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News from the Pool- Week of August 21

News from the Pool- Swimming starts the Week of August 21



T 9/5- 2017-2018 Season begins

F 9/8- Makeup practice for PHS MW Race Team swimmers 4:15-5:15pm

M 9/11- Last day to RSVP for Santa Clara Meet on 10/28-29

W 9/13- Last day to RSVP for Race Night

F 9/15- Friday Night at the Races (all swimmers)

S 9/23- Saturday Stroke Clinic (all swimmers)

M 9/25- Last day to RSVP for OAQ meet on 11/18-19

W 9/27- Dryland day for PHS Prep, JV/JV+ and Race Team

F 9/29- Makeup practice for PHS MW Race Team swimmers 4:15-5:15pm

S/S 9/30-10/1- Marin Meet (Varsity/Senior swimmers only)


W 10/4- Last day to RSVP for Race Night

W 10/4- Dryland day for PHS Prep, JV/JV+ and Race Team

F 10/6- Makeup practice for PHS MW Race Team swimmers 4:15-5:15pm

S 10/7- Friday Night the Races, but on Saturday afternoon!

F 10/13- alternate practice arrangements for V/S, Prep, JV+ and Gold 2

S 10/14- alternate practice arrangements for V/S, Prep, JV+ and Gold 2

S 10/21- alternate practice arrangements for Prep, JV+ and Gold 2

S/S 10/21-22- Senior Meet (Varsity/Senior swimmers only)

S/S 10/28-29- Santa Clara Meet, Morgan Hill (all swimmers)


S 11/1- Saturday Stroke Clinic (all swimmers)

S/S 11/18-19- OAQ Meet, Willow Glen High School (all swimmers)



PHS Senior/Varsity- T 3:30-5pm meeting, W 5:15-6:30pm swim, Th 5:30-7am swim, Th 3:30-5pm (dry), F 3:30-5:15pm, Sat 8-10am (7-8am optional dryland)

PHS High School Prep- W 6:30-7:30pm, F 4-5:15pm, Sat 10-11am

PHS JV+- TWTh 5:15-6:15pm, F 3:30-5:15pm, Sat 8-10am

PHS JV- TWTh 5:15-6:15pm, Sat 9-10am

PHS Gold1- TTh 5:15-6:15pm

PHS Gold2- F 4:30-5:15pm, Sat 9-10am

PHS Race Team- MW or TTh 5:30-6:15pm, 6:15-7:00pm, 7:00-7:45pm



/XG High School Prep- M-Th 6:15-7pm at XG, F 4-5:15pm at PHS, Sat 10-11am at PHS

XG JV+-  TTh 5:30-6:15pm, W 4:45-5:30pm, F 3:30-5:15pm at PHS, Sat 8-10am at PHS

XG JV- TTh 5:30-6:15pm, W 4:45-5:30pm, Sat 9-10am at PHS

XG Gold1- MTTh 4:45-5:30pm

XG Race Team- MW or TTh 4:00-4:45pm, 4:45-5:30pm, 5:30-6:15pm, 6:15-7:00pm



This is just 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 swim suit.  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.  

  • 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.  

  • 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 near the blue popup tent 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.

  • 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.



For those of you on last year’s team, we’d appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out the   survey to get parent feedback about the season.  This is a great tool for us to plan the upcoming season and we can’t do it without your help!



We will have pre-season meetings for those in the Varsity and Senior groups.  If you do not see a timeslot that works with your schedule, I will be adding more appointments into September.  At this meeting, we will be discussing your season goals, what you can add to the group, expectations for your teammates and how we can work together for a successful year.  



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”, other 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!



If your swimmer was on last season’s team, we have special pins for them (available for pickup in the PHS pool office next week, M-Th 6-8pm.)



We will be having dryland days for Race Team, JV, JV+ and Prep swimmers due to PHS water polo home games on the following days:

Wednesday, September 27

Wednesday, October 4


We will have have makeup practices for the PHS Monday/Wednesday Race Team swimmers on the following days:

Friday, September 8 from 4:15-5:15pm

Friday, September 29  from 4:15-5:15pm

Friday, October 6 from 4:15-5:15pm


Friday, October 13- V/S will swim in the morning, JV+, Prep and Gold 2 will be swimming at XG (time TBD)

Saturday, October 14- V/S, JV/JV+, Gold 2 and Prep will be swimming at XG (time TBD)

Saturday, October 21- JV/JV+, Gold 2 and Prep will be swimming at XG (time TBD)



Check out the Swim Outlet team store: http://www.swimoutlet.com/swimsouthbay

(BAY receives equipment credit with EVERY purchase made throughout their website to use for kickboards, fins and buoys!  You don’t need to only buy BAY branded apparel; even goggle, swim bag or bikini purchases help the team.)


Click here to order personalized silicone caps and parkas.  Caps and parkas will only be ordered 4x/year.  Check out the “Parent Info” tab, then click on “Team Gear”.  We will bill your account directly for personalized gear ordered thru the google form.


If you are looking to buy a team suit, please contact Illusions Activewear directly.  They are open M-F 9-5pm (138 Gilman Avenue off Campbell Avenue between the Pruneyard and downtown) or available 408-370-3954.  Let them know you are looking for a BAY team suit.  They also have some amazing practice suits (and real deals in their bargain bins!)