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Notes from parent meeting 9-11

Notes for Parent meeting 9-11-2014:

(in case you missed it here's what we covered)

Topics:

Coaching – level 3 status

Team Banquet

Team Pictures

Winter outfitting order

Fundraising change /// scrip

Service credit revision for fall/winter

USA swimming registrations

Freestyle Festival

October CAST hosted meets

SMS messaging

Amazon Smile

jeff yeager on deck tomorrow night with stuff

I NEED PHOTOS AND V IDEOS

Coaching – status of level 3:I won't take up a lot of time here. As most of you know I have assumed the L3 coaching. I am actively looking for an assistant to work with me (much like the role coach DawnElla has with level 4-5). I've interviewed 2 this week and have one more to go....I will likely be hiring one of those three. I'll keep ya'll posted.

 

Team Banquet:is a little earlier in the year this year 9-21.

Our annual banquet is our chance to recognize the achievements of our swimmers over the past year. It is enlightening for all to learn more about CAST, who we really are, and what were really here for. It is motivational for the swimmers and the parents and we strongly encourage all families to attend. ALL SWIMMERS IN ALL LEVELS WILL BE RECOGNIZED---EVEN IF YOU'RE BRAND NEW TO THE TEAM!We want everyone to see what the swimmers have accomplished and be motivated to reach higher, so don't miss this opportunity.

The deadline is here (tomorrow)!!!!! and as of yesterday only 50 people had signed up to attend. YIKES ---- HELP!!!!! If you're planning on attending, whether you are eating or not (there is a $2 cost for those not eating --- yes they charge us) we need you to sign up right away. We have to notify the Kroc center on Monday the 15 thhow many will be attending. The banquet / dinner is $13per person. If you're attending the banquet for the awards...in other words - skipping dinner- the costis $2.00.

Pleasepay online on the banquet page.

Please don't ignore it and just show up at the banquet --- this creates a bundle of problems on our end. Our annual banquet is our chance to recognize the achievements of our swimmers over the past year. It is enlightening for all to learn more about CAST, who we really are, and what were really here for. It is motivational for the swimmers and the parents and we strongly encourage all families to attend. ALL SWIMMERS IN ALL LEVELS WILL BE RECOGNIZED---EVEN IF YOU'RE BRAND NEW TO THE TEAM!We want everyone to see what the swimmers have accomplished and be motivated to reach higher, so don't miss this opportunity.

Team Pictures

We will be doing team pictures this year on November 1st at the Kroc center between 9:30 and 11:00. Please set the morning aside. More information will be headed your way in October.

Team Outfitting

I met with Jeff Yeager on Tuesday to organize an outfitting order. We still have a little data to collect before finalizing an order form....Information will be e-mailed out and posted online next week. We will be doing a fall/winter outfitting order to include: parkas, shirts, sweats, caps etc.

Recently the Board decided to require level 3 swimmers on up to have team sweat jackets This is for team uniformity, it will add a sense of belonging at meets, and just add a little more class to who we are. They are the same ones that were available last fall (speedo sonic) --- if you ordered a jacket last fall, you have nothing to do. Otherwise, plan on ordering one with the upcoming order.

Fundraising:

There is a change to the Fundraising policy for the coming fiscal year.

This year each family will be required to raise $40 per 6 months through our scrip program. With our scrip program, you don't lose any money....you order $200 of scrip and you receive $200 worth of gift cards. Each

store has a different percentage that the team gets. I'll explain more at the meeting and I strongly encourage you to look at the 5 minute tutorial on our website under the tutorial / docs tab. You can choose to bypass this by just donating $40 to the team each season, but since you pay for gift cards at face value, you save $40 by participating in the program. It really is easy....buy gas cards, grocery cards for the money you normally spend, and you'll be able to meet that $40 level very easily.

June: Swim-O-Rama minimum $135/ swimmer.

!!!!! important servicecredit revision!!!!! Beginning with the current short course season, the board has implemented a new work credit policy. It is very detailed, but the gist of it is 15 work hours from now until Mar 31, with an additional 3 hours per championship meet if your child is attending. Of that 15 hours at least 10 hours must be served at our own CAST hosted meets (5 days of competition Oct. 11-12, Jan. 9-11). Please refer to our website: about cast / volunteer hours / volunteer policy.

 

USA swimming registrations:Every member of the team must register with USA swimming within 30 days of joining the team. There are 2 types of registration. One is a Sesonal membership and is valid May- Sept 1. The other is an annual membership registrations after 9-1-14is valid through Dec. 31stof 2015.

For those of you who are new to USA swimming, you must present a birth certificate, or passport the first time you register. For those who hold a 2014 registration already, if it was a seasonal membership it expired 9-1-14. If it is an annual membership (listed as 2014) it expires on December 31st. I recommend you renew your membership prior to December to get it out of the way. I have a current listing of 2014 annual memberships available on deck, if you're not sure of your current status.

Freestyle Festival:is Saturday 9-27at Granite HillsHigh School.

This meet is traditionally the kickoff meet for the short course season and we really want every swimmer on the team to go. Please sign up to attend and pay for the meet online prior to Wed. 9-17. If you're not familiar with how to enter a meet, there is a video tutorial for it on our website under “tutorials/docs” tab.

 

October team hosted meets:We are hosting the Pentathlon and Senior meet on October 11-12. Please check to see if your swimmer is eligible. This is one of two meet weekends that you have to get your 10 hours of work credits, so please sign up to help asap. If 2 or 3 family members help, you can knock out a bunch of hours really easliy. Some people will not have swimmers competing, so you don't have to worry about missing your childs swims while working. Job signups are available now on the website.

For a full listing of meets this season – just look at the website listings.

SMS messaging:Please log in to you account and set up a number for SMS messaging. Although I rarely send out an SMS, I would like to be able to use the service a little more to be able to send out team information quickly. Don't worry, I'm definitely not going to flood your phone with texts. But it's a way to get you important information with 1 click.

Here's how it works..... go to your account on the website set up your phone to receive SMS messages from the team. Enter your phone carrier, and voila, you're done.

My plan is to send out quick reminders for things like meet entry deadlines, and obviously any important last minute things....example: “pump at kroc center is down – practice cancelled today”.

Amazon smile

Just an FYI....if you shop at amazon.com, click on the link on our website to amazon smile and sign up for amazon smile. Every time you buy stuff on amazon and go through amazon smile, the team gets

.5% (half of one percent). I don't think anything is tracked, so we can't give you credit, but it's really simple and helps us out.

Jeff Yeager our team outfitting helper will be on deck Friday night with stuff : shirts, caps, bag tags, towels, tatoos, etc

 

I NEED PHOTOS AND V IDEOS for the banquet video. If you have taken photos and videos of the swimmers over the past year, I need material for the banqeut video. Please turn it in to me at the pool asap.

Thanks for coming, and happy swimming!!!

Coach Dave