November 21, 2019
FLIGHT PLAN – 11/21/19
Holy Moly! I can’t believe it’s the end of November already! Here is the Flight Plan for this month:
Dates to Know:
Saturday, Nov 23rd – NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS), due to high volume of swimmers in BRRY Meet!
Sat/Sun, Nov 23-24th – BRRY Thanksgiving Classic @ Naperville Central High School (separate email with details to come)
Thanksgiving Week Practices:
Mon-Wed, Nov 25-27 – Regularly scheduled practice
Thursday, Nov 28th – Thanksgiving, NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)
Fri-Sat, Nov 29-30th – Regularly scheduled practice
Saturday, Nov 30th – Chicago Wolves Hockey Game (Ticket sales for JETS are already closed)
Sunday, Dec 1st – HFSC Swim Your Own Age St Nick Meet @ Homewood Flossmoor HS
Sunday, Dec 8th – St Charles Speedo 8 & Under Classic, St Charles North High School
Fri-Sun, Dec 13-15th – LWSA Holiday Splash Meet @ Lincoln Way Central High School
Saturday, Dec 21st – JETS Holiday Party @ Avery Y, 6:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec 24th – Christmas Eve – NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)
Wednesday, Dec 25th – Christmas Day - NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)
Friday, Dec 27th – Feed My Starving Children – Signup in Events!
Tuesday, Dec 31st
- Stunt Pilots, Gliders, and Zeppelins (NO PRACTICE)
- Moonlander, Mach 1-3 practice @ Galowich 6-8 am
Fri-Sun, Jan 3-5th – HWSA 36th Annual Winter Splash @ AA Stagg High School
BBRY Thanksgiving Meet – If your swimmer cannot make it to the meet for whatever reason, please let Coach Ashleigh or Coach Marissa know ASAP. As a reminder, when you register your swimmer for a meet, you are committing to the responsibility to pay for your swimmers events and associated fees even if you do not end up attending. Here are the session breakdowns for all swimmers:
- Saturday Morning: 9/10; 11/12
- 8:00-8:50 am Warmups
- 8:20 am Positive Check-in Closes
- 9:00 am Meet Starts
- Saturday Afternoon: 8 & Under; 13/14; 15-19
- 12:00 pm Warmup
- 12:15 pm Positive Check-in Closes
- 1:00 pm Meet Starts
TIMERS NEEDED! To signup, please register through the BRRY event in Team Unify.
- Saturday PM – 3 Timers
- Sunday AM – 1 Timer
- Sunday PM – 2 Timers
Virtual Meet – Great news from Y National Swimming Entry Chair! We can use the results from the BRRY Meet to participate in the Y National Virtual Meet! All your swimmer needs to do is swim fast this weekend, and I’ll submit the results to the Y National Entry Chair to be ranked with other swimmers, Nationally!
JETS TrY Meet – Sunday, January 12th @ Avery
JETS will be hosting FVFY, NAPY, and KNEE for this one-session meet @ Avery Y. Volunteer assignments will be posted by Rachel Mika in December.
Travel Meet – HEAT
The event file is finally available and loaded, so please take a look at those events. Remember, this is a Prelims/Finals Meet which means that if your swimmer swims fast enough, the will qualify to swim that same event, again, in the evening (finals) session. Before you commit to this meet, know that this meet takes place down in Champaign, IL. If you have any questions about if your swimmer qualifies for this meet, please reach out to Coach Marissa or Coach Ashleigh.
Head Coach Notes
As the weather gets cold, make sure you are sending your swimmer to practice in closed toed shoes, long pants, a winter jacket, and a hat. Also, please help the coaches remind swimmers to NOT SHARE WATER BOTTLES! (Ew!)
BULLYING – The Coaching Staff has seen an increase in bullying behavior and unacceptable locker room behavior is year at Avery. Please help the coaching staff reinforce anti-bullying behavior and appropriate locker room etiquette. All swimmers participated in a Safe Sport Day during practice, so they need to begin demonstrating good behaviors to one another. Thank you for your help and support in this matter.
Custom Swim Caps – the custom caps should be arriving any day! This is the most popular time of year for custom name cap orders, so thanks for your patience!
Meet Entries – Billing for Meet Entries is based on what is submitted to the host team NOT the events that are actually swum in the meet. For instance, if a swimmer is registered for 4 events and misses 1 event at the meet (or chooses to scratch an event), the swimmer will still be charged for 4 events.
Cookie Dough Billing & Deficit Billing – Great work, again, this year in selling our team fundraiser, cookie dough! I know my fridge is filled with cookie dough to pass out this week. Coach Marissa will be invoicing the cookie dough sales that are due (for those who participated in the fundraiser) in Team Unify. That payment will automatically draw on December 1st! If you did not choose to participate in the fundraiser, you will be invoiced $150 for one swimmer and $300 for 2+ swimmers. With the holidays rapidly approaching, I do want to offer you an additional way to spread out these payments if need be – see below.
Team Unify Tidbits – Fundraising billing always brings about the question of, “Can I just pay right now before the first of the month?” The answer is YES! Team Unify will allow you to pay for any outstanding amount assigned to your account anytime of the month. I’ll use myself as an example – I owe $390 for my cookie dough sales. That payment will automatically draw on December 1st, but since I want to pay it, today (and get all these checks out of my purse), I can pay that amount to my card on file in Team Unify. Best thing is that you don’t have to wait for Coach Marissa or me to bill it for you in Team Unify. Sound good?! Here’s how you do it:
- Login to your Team Unify account (on your desktop)
- On the left-hand side, MY ACCOUNT, MY INVOICES/PAYMENTS
- Click on the tab labeled, MAKE PAYMENT
- Enter Payment Amount
- Choose your form of payment
**Bonus – this is also where you can check your volunteer hours!
Christmas Break Practices – As we approach the holiday break for our swimmers, be reminded that we still have practices going on. Please help out me out and let me know using the Christmas practice events in Team Unify if your swimmer(s) will be available. Many of you may only be available for part of the break, if so, please leave me a note on the declaration page on which days/week your swimmer will be at practice. Thank you so much!