August 19, 2018
Hello all Panthers,
Our first week of fun practice is completed and it is great to see so many returning swimmers in all age groups. This week we will see how many newbies we have joining the team as our tryouts will take place today and then continue on until Thursday.
At the end of this week will we have completed our squad assignments and your swimmer should be set for the semester. If your child ages us to the next age group in the next two months, we will move them up now so they are used to their new squad.
We also have the first events and meets up on the website for you to sign up for, if you are new please read the instructions below for signing up (both swimmers and parent volunteers). It is important to remember that every family is responsible to volunteer for 8 hours per family. Without your support we cannot run this team…you are the backbone of our community…thanks in advance!
Signing up for events (meets) and parent volunteering:
Our team subscribes to a swim team website called Team Unify. The best part of this system is the easy sign up procedure for our swim families. On the website you go to the “meets and events” tab and then click on each individual event or meet.
SWIMMERS: You will see a commitment button that you then click on. From there you simply click yes you will go to this event or no you will not. Then you are finished. You can do them all at one time and then we know who is not going to which events. If you do not decline, then you will get emails asking you to say yes or no. You can always change later and edit your decision.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS: Beside the commitment button is the blue “Job Sign-up” button. Click on that, then read the jobs needed and then click on the button beside the job you want to do…Easy-Peasy.
25m pool update:
Our 25m pool is going to look amazing when it is completed, but sadly it is not quite ready. For this reason, Jr. Panther swim squads will be joining us at the 50m pool for the month of August and then returning to the 25m pool when it is finished (September 3rd they promise me).
Tryouts for new swimmers: August 20- 23:
2:30 at the 50m pool. All ages come at this time. If you know somebody who has swum on another team before, please tell them to contact me directly as I only need their current times for the tryouts.
2018-19 Event schedule is now on the website:
Find it under documents and information.
Panther Swim Team Thanya Pura Winter Camp (December 15-17th) Sign up on the website now:
This Winter Camp has been a huge success over the past 2 years. It is a great combination of swimming, dryland training, team bonding and just tons of fun. Non-swimming activities include beach volleyball, ropes courses, team obstacle course races, sand castle building and beach soccer. The Thanyapura Health and Sports resort is a world class resort that offers every bit of fitness activity you could ever imagine. No swimming family members have full access to all these activities.
The camp is organized and run by our Panther Swim Team coaching staff; so this is a great opportunity to get to know your coaches on a whole new level.
You can find more details about booking rooms and cost on the website under “Meets and Events”, click on the winter camp event and it is all there.
Panther Swim Team Swim-a-thon (October 15th):
This has always been a very successful community event in the past. All ages join in the fun and even bring some friends out. This year our high school team is doing a Habitat for Humanity build on October 27th and will need all the funding we can get!
More details to come, but let’s start raising some funds!
If you need the pledge sheet you can find it on our website under “documents and info”.
Upcoming Events…sign up today on our website:
Sept 12th (after school): Panther Kick off Gala and Dinner
Sept 30th (Sunday): Pantana Tiger Prawns (6-8 year olds only)
Oct 2nd (after school): Fall Panther Palooza (Senior)
Oct 3rd (after school): Fall Panther Palooza (10 & under)
Nov 10/11th (Saturday/Sunday) ISB Swimfest 2018 (Major Meet)
Dec 15-17 3rd Annual Thanyapura Winter Swim Camp (Phuket)
That is all for now, see you on deck!