2018 Morgan Marlins Handbook
Welcome to the 2018 Morgan Marlins Swim Team!
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
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barry Walter Jr. 970-441-0379
Melissa Ruppel 303-472-2054
Tamara Thompson 970-380-0945
Sheila Roth 970-380-2350
Chance Middlemist 970-370-3272
Jaime Ley 970-380-3686
Melanie Tuck 970-768-7416
CSI/USA Team Representative
MARLIN SWIMMER GOALS:
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 meets.
3. Swimmers will exhibit good sportsmanship.
4. Swimmers will have fun and make new friends.
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.
Make sure your email addresses and SMS numbers are verified in your
MMST account. The On Deck app is available for your smartphone and
provides another link to our team communications.
To ensure all swimmers have a safe and productive workout, please
refrain from approaching coaches during designated practice
Our coaches and board members are available before and after
practice or by email and are more than happy to answer any
questions you may have.
Missing a Practice:
We know your summers are full of all kinds of fun activities.
Practices are not mandatory, but the more time your swimmer spends
in the pool the more he or she will improve! Please give coaches a
head’s up if you’re going on vacation or plan to miss
several practices in a row--it helps us plan better
While we hope every swimmer and parent has the best possible
experience as a part of the Morgan Marlins, we know conflicts can
sometimes arise. We try our best to communicate all necessary
information to parents and to create a fun, safe and productive
environment for every swimmer. Please do not hesitate to reach out
to your swimmer’s coaches and the team’s board members
with any concerns or frustrations you may have. We will work
together to find a solution acceptable to all parties.
Season cost: The registration cost for each swimmer is
This includes a $35 nonrefundable fee to USA Swimming and includes
subscription and full membership privileges. This fee is required
as it is for insurance and other dues and no swimmer can enter the
pool until this fee is paid
SWIMMERS ATTENDING THE FORT MORGAN PRACTICE MUST PURCHASE A SEASON
PASS OR PAY THE DAILY ENTRANCE FEE. In 2016, children’s
season passes were $50 and family season passes were $125. Daily
entrance cost $3.
All paperwork and fees MUST be turned in online prior to a swimmer
beginning practice for the season.
MORGAN MARLINS SWIM TEAM
The reimbursement policy for a withdrawal from the Marlins Swim
Team will be as
Follows. Refunds will only be made to swimmers who have paid the
annual payment of $185.00 by the start of practice and handled as
If the swimmer quits within two (2) weeks of the first day of
practice – a
full refund less the CSI/USA fee (presently $35).
If the swimmer quits after the first two (2) weeks of practice but
four (4) weeks of practice – a 50% refund less the CSI/USA
fee ($35) will be given.
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 16-May 18 at the Brush City Pool
4:30-6:00 PM (Time may change during week of May 21, because of
public swim hours)
May 29 - AUGUST 3
Morning practices will be at the
pool from 6:45-8:45 a.m. Monday-Friday. Evening practices will be
pool from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Things to Remember:
REQUIRED Equipment for water practice:
--checkout Swim Outlet for affordable swim gear
--buying a nicer pair of Speedo or TYR brand goggles--$10-$15--will
save you and your swimmer a lot of hassle. Again, check Swim
Shop via our team store at:
MMST Team Store Swim Outlet
they might look silly, but they keep hair out of swimmer’s
faces and help prevent swimmer’s ear infections
Any additional medical aids
(asthma inhaler, earplugs, etc)
A healthy snack and a water bottle--
please make sure your swimmer has eaten something prior to practice
and is well hydrated
REQUIRED equipment for dry land practice:
(sweats, shorts, t-shirt)
(please, no sandals)
REQUIRED equipment for meets:
• Goggles (bring an extra pair)
• Swim cap
• Towels (the more the better)
• Healthy snack food
• Warm clothes (just in case)
• Money for food/stuff
• Team spirit
Optional equipment for meets:
• Shade umbrellas
• Shampoo and other toiletries
• A good book
Meets can be very fast-paced and confusing for new swimmers and
parents. Coaches try to use practices and ‘mock-meets’
to introduce everyone to the process. Parents are encouraged to
watch practices and ‘mock-meets’ to reduce confusion
when they arrive at the real thing!
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 and must be paid ASAP. If
the swimmer misses the meet the fees must still be paid. The team
pays the host team fees for all registered swimmers before the
meet. There are no fees for our home meets.
COACHES ASSUME YOU DO NOT PLAN ON ATTENDING MEETS UNLESS YOU TELL
THEM DIFFERENTLY PRIOR TO THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE. ONCE ENTRIES
ARE SUBMITTED, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MEET FEES. PLEASE TELL
COACHES ASAP IF YOU CAN NO LONGER MAKE IT TO THE MEET.
For the most part, swimmers will compete with children of similar
ages. OPEN races do not separate children by age but by similar
time. Additionally, your child’s competition age is
determined by his or her age on the first day of the meet EXCEPT at
the state championship meet. At championship meets, age is
determined by your child’s age as of May 15th. For example,
if Sally’s 9th birthday is on June 30th, she will swim as an
8 year old until June 30th and as a 9 year old afterwards. She is
STILL eligible to qualify for state as an 8 year old. This is a
very confusing rule, so please reach out to a coach for further
explanation if your child has a summer birthday on or after May
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)
The Morgan Marlins will have a minimum of one coach present at
every meet at which one or more of our swimmers are
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 most likely be at
each meet and will be available to assist as well.
WHAT TO DO AT A SWIM MEET
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
AND CLEAN UP YOUR TRASH!!
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!!!!
MORGAN MARLINS SWIM TEAM
SWIMMER AND PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT
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 shall:
• At any time strike, shove, threaten to strike or lay a hand
upon an official, swimmer, coach or spectator;
• 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
• Engage in an objectionable demonstration of dissent or
unsportsmanlike conduct such as throwing equipment or any other
• Refuse to abide by an official’s decision.
Any violation of the above policy will result in one or more of the
First Offense - Ejection of the person(s) from the
Second Offense - Suspension of the person(s) from any and all meets
and/or events for the remainder of the current swim
If this individual is acting in the capacity of a coach or meet
official at the time of the offense, additional sanctions available
First Offense – Ejection of person(s) from the
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
– 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.
– a ruling by a judge resulting from a rules infraction known
as a “DQ.”
– a list of all swimmers by event number, heat, and lane
assignments in a meet.
– 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.
– 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.
– parent(s) who are available to assist swimmers and parents
– Northern Colorado Swimming, the organization that governs
USA Swimming in the northern region of Colorado.
– 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.
– a series of swimming, kicking, or pulling efforts performed
in a workout. For example, 10x50 free on 1:00 or 300
– 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.
– 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.
– an exercise used in practice to improve stroke mechanics by
concentrating on one aspect of the stroke.
The following websites have lots of useful information including
meet calendars, articles about healthy eating and cool information
about high-profile athletes.
Northern Colorado Swimming
The POOL RULES of the Morgan Marlins, the City of Brush and Fort
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
3. NO METAL OBJECTS in the pool (i.e. hair clips, bobby
4. NO WEAPONS shall be allowed in the pool area;
5. Chewing gum is not permitted during practice;
6. Use kickboards, flippers and all other swim equipment with care
and replace after use;
7. Put all paper, cans and disposable items in the garbage
8. NO HORSEPLAY OR RUNNING on pool decks;
9. Remove all personal property after practice and
The City of Brush and/or the Morgan Marlins are not responsible for
lost or stolen items.