Hi COOG Parents
(I know this is a long email but please read it all as it contains a lot of important information)
The Coaching Staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contributions and help with the first ever COOG Bingo night. It was an awesome night and a huge success with the team raising over $10k! which is more than we originally hoped for. Events like this cannot run as smoothly as they do without the countless hours of work put in by the families who organized the event and we are eternally grateful to them. If you missed the Bingo Night, don’t worry, we will have another one next year.
Next Saturday, 12th September, we will have our annual intra-squad meet at the Merfish pool. This event is for all swimmers in all groups (including Age Group South) and is a great introduction for younger swimmers and parents on how swim meets run. As we are hosting a couple of Gulf meets this year it will also be a great chance for parents to learn specific roles in order to get them ready. Once you have registered you can declare online your swimmers intent to attend the meet. Warm ups start at 8am sharp and the meet will begin around 9am. This meet will run quickly, is a lot of fun and is essential in helping to build that “Team Unity” we are looking for. We encourage all swimmers to stay until the end of the meet as we will have a team BBQ immediately after the last event.
D&J sports and our team’s Arena rep will be at the intra-squad meet on the 12th. They should be there before the warm ups start in order for your swimmers to try on different size suits to make sure that they get the right size/style suit for the season. For the female swimmers, there are various styles to our team suits so this is a perfect chance to try them all to make sure you choose the right one for you. If you do not have a specific piece of equipment for your swimmer that they need for practice like fins/paddles/snorkel etc, these will be available to purchase. As our team outfitter, D&J will also be selling the team warm ups, bags and parkas.
This year the team registration shirt will be Red. When you register online, you are asked for your swimmers t-shirt and swim suit sizes. Please make sure these are completed correctly so we order the right numbers of both. For those that did not receive the email about Hoodies and those that did not attend the Bingo Night we also have some other items available right now.
If you would like to order a COOG team Hoodie then please email Coach Greg ([email protected]) with your desired sizes and color. The Hoodies are available in Navy or Grey and costs $30 each.
If you would like to order COOG silicone swim caps with your name on them then please email Coach Greg with your “name” and amount you would like. They come in multiples of 2 with the same name being on both caps at a cost of $30 for the pair.
Special Orders 
Also available for the first time this year are Car Decals, Yard Signs and Women’s Jerseys. If you would like to order any of these items or have any questions about them then please email Mrs. Bayeh ([email protected]) to place your order.
Once again, thank you for all your help
COOGS Coaching Staff
Greg Orphanides
Head Coach
Houston Cougar Aquatic Sports
(832) 244 5503