2017 Morgan Marlins Handbook


Welcome to the 2017 Morgan Marlins Swim Team!

Mission: The mission of the Morgan Marlins Swim Team is to promote the sport of swimming by
educating and motivating all swimmers.

Who are we: The Morgan Marlins Swim Team is a seasonal swim team, member of Northern Colorado
Swimming, and member of USA Swimming. The Morgan Marlins Swim Team is governed by a Board of Directors and bylaws approved by the board. Our swimmers are given an opportunity to compete and range in age from 5 to 18.

Co-Presidents Rena Frasco 
970-380-8392 and Barry Walter, Jr (970)441-0379
Secretary Melissa Ruppel 303-472-2054
Treasurer Tamara Thompson 970-380-0945   

Chance Middlemist 970-370-3272
Sheila Roth 970-380-2350

Team Email:
Team Website:

Isabella Laws
Head Coach
CSI/USA Team Representative
Elizabeth Gormish
Assistant Coach
Sarah Wilson
Assistant Coach


The main source of Morgan Marlins team communication is email (make sure you update
us if your email address changes) and our website. Information on upcoming meets,
events, notes from various sources and miscellaneous communications will frequently
be added to the team website or emailed as attachments to families. Please visit our
website for updates and team information.
If practice is changed and/or cancelled, a text message will be sent to families.

Coach Availability:
Do not approach a coach during any designated practice times, including warm-ups and
cool down.
This is a distraction and hazardous for our swimmers. Our coaches must stay focused on
our swimmers in the water during practice. Coaches will be available after the last
swimmer has exited the pool to talk with parents. If you are not picking up your
swimmer and have questions, please contact Bella and set up a time to ask your
questions or voice your concerns. Bella is very committed to the safety of our
swimmers as well as answering parent questions, this procedure allows her to uphold
both of her ideals.

Missing a Practice:
Please text or email our coach when your swimmer will be missing a practice. This
allows her to plan practices appropriate for the number of swimmers attending.

Conflict Resolution:
Communication is the best way to reduce conflicts within the club. The best way to
communicate with your child's coach is to meet them after practice. Coaches usually
have time after practice to answer questions or provide information. Sending a note to
the coach with your swimmer is a good way to get information to them as well.
When conflicts between a swimmer/ parent and coach do arise, please try hard to
increase communication between the affected parties and not decrease communication.
Refrain from discussing disagreements with other parents rather than taking them
directly to the coach or Board of Directors. Not only is the problem never resolved that
way, but this approach often creates new problems. Listed below are some guidelines
for a parent raising some difficult issues with a coach:
● Try to keep foremost in your mind that you and the coach have the best
interests of your child at heart. If you trust that the coach's goals match
yours--even though his/her approach may be different--you are more likely to
enjoy good rapport and a constructive dialogue.
● Keep in mind that the coach must balance your perspective of what is best for
your child with the needs of the team or a training group. On occasion, an
individual child's interest may need to be subordinate to the interests of the
group. In the long run, the benefits of membership in the group may
compensate for occasional short term inconveniences.
If your child swims for an assistant coach, always discuss the matter first with that coach
following the same guidelines and preconceptions noted above. If the assistant coach
cannot resolve your concern satisfactorily, then ask that the head coach join the
dialogue as a third party.
● If the head coach cannot resolve your concern then bring the issue to the
President of the Board of Directors.
● If another parent uses you as a sounding board for complaints about a coach's
performance or policies, encourage the other parent to speak directly to the
The following procedures regarding problems, questions, or complaints must be
followed by the families who elect to become part of the Morgan Marlins Swim Team.
A. Problems/questions/complaints regarding practice , stroke instruction, meets, team
rules or any other part of the TRAINING program should be discussed with the following
individuals, in order, until the situation is resolved:
1. The swimmer's coach
2. The head coach
3. The President of the Board of Directors
4. The Board of Directors at a board meeting
B. Problems/questions/complaints regarding any other area of the team should be
discussed with the following individuals , in order, until the situation is resolved.
1. The chair of the committee of the area in question.
2. The President of the Board of Directors
3. The Board of Directors at a board meeting
C. Problems/questions/complaints regarding other parents/swimmers should be
discussed with the following individuals, in order, until the situation is resolved.
1. The parent/swimmer in question
2. The President of the Board of Directors
3. The Board of Directors at a board meeting

1. Swimmers will learn the correct form for all competitive strokes, starts, and turns.
2. Swimmers will become confident in their strokes to enable them to compete in swim
3. Swimmers will exhibit good sportsmanship.
4. Swimmers will have fun and make new friends.

Season cost: The registration cost for each swimmer is $185.
This includes a $35 nonrefundable fee to USA Swimming and includes subscription and
full membership privileges.
All paperwork and fees MUST be turned in online prior to a swimmer beginning practice
for the season.

The reimbursement policy for a withdrawal from the Marlins Swim Team will be as
Refunds will only be made to swimmers who have paid the annual payment of $185.00 by the start of practice
and handled as follows:
1. If the swimmer quits within two (2) weeks of the first day of practice – a full refund less the CSI/USA fee (presently $35) and a $20 time and effort fee will be refunded.
2. If the swimmer quits after the first two (2) weeks of practice but before four (4) weeks of practice – a 50% refund less the CSI/USA fee ($35) and $20 time and effort fee will be refunded.
3. If the swimmer quits after four (4) weeks of practice, there will be NO refund.

**The swim fee includes $35 NON-REFUNDABLE payment to USA Swimming. This fee is
required as it is for insurance and other dues and no swimmer can enter the pool until this
fee is paid.


The following practice schedule is provided as a guideline and is subject to change.

MAY 22 - JUNE 2 at the Brush City Pool
5:30-7:00 PM

JUNE 5 - JULY 28
Morning practices will be at the Brush pool from 6:45-8:45 a.m. Monday-Friday. Evening
practices will be at the Fort Morgan pool from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Swimmers MUST come to practice with a suit, goggles (in good working
order), and a towel. Swimmers are asked to attend all practices, but it is
understood that there will be absences from time to time.


Team swimsuits are offered, but not required. If you have specific questions regarding
sizing and care, please ask.


REQUIRED Equipment for water practice:
∙ Practice suits (the more the better)
∙ Goggles
∙ Towels
∙ Swim cap
∙ Any additional medical aids (asthma inhaler, earplugs, etc)
REQUIRED equipment for dry land practice:
∙ Workout clothing (sweats, shorts, t-shirt)
∙ Running shoes (no sandals)

REQUIRED equipment for meets:
∙ Team suit
∙ Goggles (bring an extra pair)
∙ Swim cap
∙ Towels (the more the better)
∙ Healthy snack food
∙ Water
∙ Sunscreen
∙ Marker
∙ Warm clothes (just in case)
∙ Money for food/stuff
∙ Team spirit
Optional equipment for meets:
∙ Lawn chairs
∙ Blankets
∙ Shade umbrellas
∙ Camera
∙ Sunglasses
∙ Shampoo and other toiletries
∙ A good book

A meet schedule will be handed out at registration. Parents need to register for swim
meets through our website. Please be aware of meet registration deadlines, please
provide at least 2 days before the deadline to ensure your entry into the meet. There
are added meet fees for away meets. These fees will be charged to you once you
register your swimmer online. There are no fees for our home meets.
All age groups are open to swimmers of that age group or younger. If a swimmer swims
in an age group older than his or her own, then that swimmer must swim in that age
group for each event in which he or she may compete in that meet.
Two exceptions to this exist:
∙ If a swimmer competes in an older age group in an individual event, which is not
offered in his or her age group, the swimmer is then not required to compete in the older
age group for other events.
∙ A swimmer may "swim up" for a relay and then return to his or her own age group for
the individual events. The swimmer may not swim on two different age levels in relay
events, with one exception, 6 & under swimmers may compete in the 6 & under free
relay and the
appropriate 7 & 8 medley relay.
No swimmer may swim in an event unless his name appears on the event card.
A swimmer may compete in a maximum of four individual events per day/per meet. For
example, if it is a single day meet, a swimmer may compete in a total of four individual
events. If it is a two-day meet, the swimmer may compete in a total of eight (8) individual
From the time a heat is called to the starting blocks until that heat has finished
swimming, the swimming pool belongs to that heat only. Any other individual who enters
the water during this time is considered an intrusive swimmer and may result in
Disqualification of swimmers. This rule does not apply if water entry is to save a
swimmer in obvious danger.
The Morgan Marlins will have a minimum of one coach present at every meet at which
one or more of our swimmers are participating.
There will also be a “Meet Parent” assigned. The responsibility of the “Meet Parent” will
be to assist the swimmers in getting to where they need to be when they need to be
there, be a liaison between the coaches and parents so that the coaches can concentrate
on coaching rather than hand holding and to be a resource for parents to ask questions
with regard to that specific meet. At least one Board member will also most likely be at
each meet and will be available to assist as well.

Be prepared to do your best at a meet by taking all of the following:
∙ Team suit,
∙ Team cap,
∙ One or two towels,
∙ Team shirt,
∙ Two pairs of goggles (if used),
∙ Nutritional food and drink (juice, fruit, etc. NO JUNK FOOD),
∙ Book, games, and a blanket or something to sit on.

During the warm-up each swimmer should follow the prescribed routine. You should also
be sure to practice correct turns and starts (in designated lanes only).
After warm-up, swimmers should report to the team area and generally stay in the area.
It is the responsibility of each swimmer to report when the announcer calls their event. A
“Meet Parent” will be available to assist in making sure the swimmer is where they need
to be.
When not warming up, swimming, or cooling down, be out there supporting and cheering
on your teammates!!!!!! Before you leave the team area PICK UP ALL YOUR BELONGINGS
Once a swimmer has completed all their events, although they are free to leave at this
time, we encourage them to stay and cheer on the rest of their teammates!!!!


The Morgan Marlins Swim Team is a seasonal swim team and a member of USA Swimming. It was
formed with the objective of helping young swimmers to develop: physical fitness,
self-discipline, self-confidence, proficiency in competitive swimming strokes, a determination
to do one’s best and good sportsmanship. The expectation of the Coaches and Board is
participants will exhibit the highest standards of sportsmanship at all times while participating
in all Morgan Marlins events. Every participant, including swimmers, coaches, officials, board
members, parents and spectators, has a responsibility to behave in a respectable manner and
to comply with and support the Code of Conduct.
While attending and/or participating in any Morgan Marlins practice or event, no individual
∙ At any time strike, shove, threaten to strike or lay a hand upon an official, swimmer, coach or
∙ Engage in an abusive, verbal attack upon any official, swimmer, coach or spectator on or off
the pool deck;
∙ Use trash talk, profane, obscene or vulgar language, or gesture under any circumstances, on
or off the pool deck;
∙ Engage in an objectionable demonstration of dissent or unsportsmanlike conduct such as
throwing equipment or any other forceful action;
∙ Refuse to abide by an official’s decision.
Any violation of the above policy will result in one or more of the following sanctions:
First Offense - Ejection of the person(s) from the meet/event;
Second Offense - Suspension of the person(s) from any and all meets and/or events for the
remainder of the current swim season.
If this individual is acting in the capacity of a coach or meet official at the time of the offense,
additional sanctions available are:
First Offense – Ejection of person(s) from the meet/event;
Second Offense - Suspension of the person(s) from participating in an official capacity at any
and all Morgan Marlins sanctioned events for the remainder of the current swim season;
Third Offense – Suspension of person(s) from participating in an official capacity at any and all
Morgan Marlins sanctioned events for life

The following are terms commonly used/heard in our swimming “world”:
CSI SWIMMING – Colorado Swimming, the organization that governs and administers USA
Swimming in the State of Colorado. CSI sanctions competitions, registers swimmers, coaches,
clubs and volunteers, trains officials and runs educational programs.
DISQUALIFICATION – a ruling by a judge resulting from a rules infraction known as a “DQ.”
HEAT SHEET – a list of all swimmers by event number, heat, and lane assignments in a meet.
INTERVAL – a given amount of time the swimmer has to finish a given amount of work such as:
10x50 free on 1:00 means the swimmer must swim each 50 free in 1:00.
MEET DIRECTOR – swim meet official charged with overall command of the meet. S/he is judge
of any problem that may arise during the course of the meet.
MEET PARENT – parent(s) who are available to assist swimmers and parents during meets.
NCS – Northern Colorado Swimming, the organization that governs USA Swimming in the
northern region of Colorado.
SEEDING TIME – the time a swimmer uses to enter a meet. This time, which is included on a heat
sheet, determines the swimmer’s position and lane in the particular event. If no seed time is
given for an event, it is because the swimmer has not yet successfully completed that
particular event.
SET – a series of swimming, kicking, or pulling efforts performed in a workout. For example,
10x50 free on 1:00 or 300 kick.
SPLIT – a per lap time that coaches often record for teaching the concept of pacing. For
instance, a swimmer’s time for each 25-yard leg of a 100-yard event is the split.
STARTER – meet official who has the responsibility for a fair start to all contestants. S/he may
charge contestants for attempting to take unfair advantage during a start.
STROKE DRILL – an exercise used in practice to improve stroke mechanics by concentrating on
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Web Site Information: Northern Colorado Swimming USA Swimming Colorado Swimming


The POOL RULES of the Morgan Marlins, the City of Brush and Fort Morgan
are :
1. NO ALCOHOL, TOBACCO OR DRUG USE, including chewing tobacco or
cigarettes, shall be allowed in the pool area;
2. NO GLASS CONTAINERS shall be allowed in the pool area;
3. NO METAL OBJECTS in the pool (i.e. hair clips, bobby pins);
4. NO WEAPONS shall be allowed in the pool area;
5. Chewing gum is not permitted during practice;
6. Use kick boards, flippers and all other swim equipment with care and
replace after use;
7. Put all paper, cans and disposable items in the garbage cans;
8. NO HORSEPLAY OR RUNNING on pool decks;
9. Remove all personal property after practice and meets.
The City of Brush and/or the Morgan Marlins are not responsible for lost or
stolen items.