June 18, 2021
“Some may have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone working harder than you do.” – Ryan Lochte, 12-time Olympic medalist
Saturday Meet Sheet is Ready. Attached to this email (and posted in the Documents section of our Team Unify pages) is Saturday’s meet sheet. Review this carefully to see what event(s) your children are swimming. Even if your child has never swum in an A meet before, please have a look because we have a lot of first-time A meet swimmers!
Family Potluck Dinner and Pep Rally begins at 6:00pm tonight. It’s Taco Night! Food assignments are by family last name: Holmes Run Acres Hurricanes : Event (teamunify.com)
A - G: Meat: chicken, beef, pork, etc
H - N: Chips, shells, or tortillas AND a condiment (sour cream, salsa, guacamole)
O - Z: Toppings: Lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, beans, rice, etc
Each family is welcome to bring a tablecloth and their own beverages (lemonade will be provided) and enjoy socializing with your new best friends - i.e. other swim families. The team will also provide paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery. Pep rally and cheers will follow. All swim families are invited, regardless of if you’re participating in A meets, B meets, or are Tropical Storms.
Big Fin-Little Fin Program. If you have a young swimmer, you might hear them talking about their “Big Fin”. This is a program where teen swimmers are assigned take a few young Hurricanes under their wings to make them feel welcome, cheer them on, and provide extra support and encouragement. This is a great way to foster friendships between kids of all age groups! It grows leadership in our older kids and confidence and inclusion in our younger kids.
Saturday Morning A Meet: Truro @HRA
- Parking: We want our visiting team to have plenty of space to park in our lot, so we ask that Hurricane families either 1) walk to the pool, 2) park at Woodburn Elementary and walk to the pool, or 3) park on a street in Holmes Run Acres, taking special care to not block any driveway.
- Volunteer Slots: The most important jobs to be filled right now are (2) Marshals, (5) Set-Up, arrive at 7:00am, (4) Relay Take-Off Judges, no experience required, and (5) people to help at the Hurricane Café, including folks to work the grills. All deck officials should wear navy blue bottoms and white tops (also, bring a water bottle!) This all works easily if everyone does a little to help: HRARA: Hurricanes Volunteer Roster (signupgenius.com)
- Dress Up Theme: Swimmers enjoy dressing up in a common theme for home A-meets. This Saturday it’s a Hawaiian theme! Pull out your aloha shirts, grass skirts and coconut bras – kids will have a great time being a little silly before the meet starts!
- Timeline of Events
7:00am Set Up Team gets to work
7:45 Team Reps and Coaches report to the Referee on the far side of the pool.
7:50 Marshals report to the Referee on the far side of the pool.
7:55 Marshals take their positions for warmups. Holmes Run Acres 5 minute warning for warmups.
8:00 When directed by the Announcer or Referee Holmes Run Acres has the pool for a 20 minute warm-up.
8:20 Holmes Run Acres clears the pool. Visiting Team 5 minute warning for warmups.
8:25 When directed by the Announcer or Referee Visiting Team has the pool for a 20 minute warm-up.
8:25 Stroke and Turn Judges meet with the Referee in the baby pool area.
8:35 Timers meet with the Chief Timer outside the bathhouse.
8:45 Visiting Team clears the pool. [Hurricanes perform the "sacrifice"]
8:50 Swimmers for Events 1 through 6 are called to the Clerk of Course.
8:55 All officials take their places for the meet.
8:56 Opening announcement. National Anthem.
9:00 First event
Masking: All people over the age of 2 who are unvaccinated are expected to wear a facemask. HRA swimmers AND Truro swimmers in their team areas and Clerk of Course should keep their masks on. Masks should be removed before entering the pool for a swim event and placed in a baggie labelled with your name.
All masked swimmers are encouraged to take regular "breaks" by distancing themselves from others, removing their mask for fresh air and drinking plenty of fluids. If they begin to feel overheated, dizzy, or weak, they should keep their mask on and get the attention of a coach immediately.
Upper Pool: The Upper Pool is 100% closed to all swimmers and their families during the A Meet. Full stop. It will open at 11:00am to HRA members. Swimmers should also not use the basketball court, playground or foosball table at any time during the meet; they are to stay (masked!) in the team area.
Hurricane Café will be open for breakfast! Breakfast burritos are happening! Other menu items include bagels and cream cheese, donuts, fruit, snacks, candy and ice-cold beverages. We’ll fire up the grills mid-morning so you can grab lunch as you watch those exciting relays. Have your swimmer stop by the Hurricane Café at the end of the meet for a free hot dog! Cash or cards are accepted.
It’s Times Like These You Learn to Live Again,
Heidi and Natalie