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General Team information

The Bedford Sharks Swim Team is a fun and enjoyable experience for children to be further exposed to competitive swimming, improve their swimming skills, learn about team spirit, and represent the community of Bedford at Falls River. The Bedford Sharks Swim Team was started in 2005. We are members of the Tarheel Swimming Association.

2017



 

Bedford Sharks Swim Team Club

at Bedford at Falls River


Bedford at Falls River is excited to offer the 2017 summer swim team club: The Bedford Sharks. The Bedford Sharks is for residents only and is a fun and enjoyable experience for children to be exposed to competitive swimming, improve their swimming skills, learn about team spirit, and represent the community of Bedford at Falls River. If you are new to the Bedford Sharks the following information will help you know what to expect. If you are a returning family please read carefully as there may be important changes or things you have forgotten from previous years. GO SHARKS!!!

Registration, Fees, and Information


 

Swimmer

 

Fees

Swimmer age 5-14   $95.00 each swimmer
Swimmer age 15-18   $15.00 each swmmer



Included in your fees, each child will receive the following:

  • 8 fun filled weeks of swimming instruction and 6 consecutive, weekly dual-team swim meets.  
  • Coaching staff who are either college or high school students who have previously been life guards, coaches, or Bedford Shark team members.  They are all past or current TSA swimmers for 10+ years. They have experience as high school swim team members,  and/or year round swimmers.  They have experience in coaching various local swim clinics and each have previous experience in giving swim lessons to young children through Bedford or other organizations.
  • 2017 Bedford Sharks Swim Team t-shirt
  • Swim cap
  • End of Season Recognition Award
  • End of Season Swim Banquet


** When you register your child(ren), you are agreeing to work at 3 swim meets. The Bedford Sharks will appreciate and welcome you to help above and beyond 3 meets, but 3 meets is the minimum requirement of each swim team family. If you are unable to fulfill this commitment, please respect this requirement and do not sign your child up for the team**

Please note the swimmers’ requirements for being eligible to be a swim team member (suggested age and ability).

At least 4-5 years of age and able to swim one length of the lap pool unassisted.

All swimmers will be evaluated by the coaching staff during the first week of practice. The coaching staff will evaluate your swimmer(s) during the first week and if they feel your child is not capable of swimming well enough to be safe during swim team practices, they will discuss it with you. A good guideline for you to go by when deciding whether they will pass the coach’s evaluation or not, would be if they can make it from one end of the pool to the other unassisted. The coaches are well practiced at being able to determine if a swimmer is close enough to this goal, and strong enough to be safe in the water during a regular swim team practice session.

**If you are unsure how close your child is to swimming an entire length of the pool, it would be a good idea to visit one of the indoor pools in the area to give it a try. Millbrook Exchange Park, Optimist…these are two of the closest. The safety of all swimmers is the main concern of our coaches and organizational team, followed closely by the desire for everyone to HAVE FUN !! Please be respectful of their considered opinions and supportive of our coaches in making sure your child(ren) are ready for a safe and fun summer participating in swim team.



Swimsuits
 

Team suits can be purchased through our partner SwimOutlet.com. A link to our ordering site can be found on the Home screen on the right hand side of the screen. All questions ,concerns, returns etc should be directed to swimoutlet.com directly. 

Please feel free to check in with a team manager if you need to try on a test suit from our fit kit prior to placing your order. 


All swimmers are encouraged to wear goggles for practice and meets. They provide good protection for the eyes from chemicals in the water, and they allow a swimmer to clearly see where they are swimming.

Practices Schedule   

Practice groups are based on age. We ask that your child attend 1 practice per day. Team members may attend both morning and afternoon practices if they wish.

5/30/17 Afternoon swim practices begin with 3 Swimmer Assessment Days:

Tuesday - Thursday, May 30 - June 1, 2017

Age Group

Time

Days

6 & Under

5:00-5:30 PM

M-Thursday

7-8

5:30-6:15 PM

M-Thursday

9-18

6:15-7:00 PM

M-Thursday

 

 May 30 – June 8

Afternoon Only Practice Schedule:

Age Group

Time

Days

6 & Under

5:00-5:30 PM

M-Thursday

7-8

5:30-6:15 PM

M-Thursday

9-18

6:15-7:00 PM

M-Thursday

 

June 12 - July 18 

Morning and Afternoon Practice Schedule

Morning Practice

Age Group

Time

Days

9-18

9:00-9:45 AM

M-F

7-8

9:45-10:30 AM

M-F

6 & Under

10:30-11:00 AM

M-F

 Afternoon Practice:

Age Group

Time

Days

6 & Under

5:00-5:30 PM

M-Thursday

7-8

5:30-6:15 PM

M-Thursday

9-18

6:15-7:00 PM

M-Thursday

 
 

 

2017 Swim Meet Schedule

June 6, 2017    Time trials @ Bedford.  Be ready at pool for 6PM start time.

June 7, 2017    Wacky Wednesday Kick Off Party-Meet Our Sponsors @ Bistro Bar and Grill @ 5:00PM

Date

Meet

Status

Opponent's

 

 

 

Rank

2017-06-13

Bedford at Falls River at Springdale

Meet Not Held Yet

9 (Dn 2)

2017-06-20

Greenway Clubat Bedford at Falls River

Meet Not Held Yet

10 (Dn 3)

2017-06-27

Harrington Grove at Bedford at Falls River

Meet Not Held Yet

6 (Up 1)

2017-07-05

Bedford at Falls River at Meredith Townes

Meet Not Held Yet

4 (Up 3)

2017-07-11

Northbrook at Bedford at Falls River

Meet Not Held Yet

5 (Up 2)

2017-07-18

Bedford at Falls River at Lake Park

Meet Not Held Yet

8 (Dn 1)

 

   July 25, 2017     End of Season party @ Bedford.  Invitation will follow later this season

Swim meets are scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 6:00.

Warm-ups begin at 5:00 for home meets and 5 :30 for away meets.

We ask all swimmers to be at the meet location 30 minutes before warm-ups.


If the meet is rained out it is moved to Wednesday.

The order of events at swim meets is as follows:

  • Medley relay – 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-13, 15-18
  • Freestyle – 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
  • Backstroke – 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
  • Breaststroke – 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
  • Butterfly – 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
  • Freestyle relay – 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18


Each event starts with the youngest boys first, then the youngest girls, on through to the oldest girls. 6 & unders swim 15 yards, 7-10 swim 25 yards, and 11-18 swim 50 yards.

Prior to the first meet all swimmers will participate in “Time Trials” in each stroke.

Time trials for 2017 are scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at our pool.  

Our regular meet season, 2017, will begin on Tuesday June 13. We have six scheduled meets, three of which are considered divisional meets, and three against teams from other divisions.

All children will have the opportunity to swim in the six regular season meets. Some will be selected to swim in the main heat (which scores points for the team) and the rest swim in participatory heats. The main heat selection is left to the discretion of the coach and is generally based on the best times from the previous week’s meet.

Meet Absences
Please notify us as soon as possible when your child will NOT be at a meet. Line-ups for a meet are created the weekend prior to a meet. Although emergencies do arise, please try not to wait until the day of the meet to notify us of your child’s absence. This adds unnecessary confusion to an already hectic time. Relays and heat assignments are made the weekend prior to the meet and the coaches must be informed of a child’s inability to attend to make the proper assignments.

Coaches

See Coaches tab to learn more about each of our wonderful coaches!



TSA (Tarheel Swim Association) Representatives
· Bedford at Falls River is a member of the TSA (Tarheel Swim Association).
· We are governed by TSA Rules.
· Detailed information about the TSA is available at www.tsanc.org


Volunteers
The Bedford Sharks operates entirely with volunteers and paid coaches. We have volunteers that coordinate the entire season and volunteers for individual meets.

In order to be effective, the Bedford Sharks Swim Team REQUIRES your active support and participation. It takes a minimum of 40-50 people to run each of the 3 home meets and somewhat fewer at the away meets.

 

General Operations

   
Swim Team Coordinators Hire and manage coaches, interface with other teams, provide meet line-ups event sheets, oversee meet operations, registrar responsibilities. Emily Kozubowski,Kristen Purcell, Michele Puckett, Milne Burgess, Kathryn Kiel
Sponsorship Coordination   Michele Puckett
TSA Representative Interface to TSA. Attend meetings. Ensure regulations are followed at meets.Sets up officials meeting prior to the meeting. Communicates final meet results to TSA Joe Kozubowski, Ken Vincent, Brendan Kiel
Treasurer Accept and manage deposits of registration fees, sponsor donations.  Maintain budget.  Approve spending based on budget approved by swim team club committee. Request checks for reimbursments of monies spent for the team.  

position is open

Technology/Website maintains and updates website

Ken Vincent

Team Photographer Take pictures at all meets, and some practices.  Maintain, and manage Shutterfly website for parental viewing of photos.  Possibly provide a picture slide show at end of season party. Heather Johnson
Socials Coordinate the Kick Off Season Party and End of Season party Michele Puckett & additional volunteer needed
TSA City Meet Coordinator Coordinate the registration and entry fees for all swimmers participating in the TSA Meet. Patty Russin & additional volunteers needed
Meet Operations    
Volunteer Coordinator Ensure all volunteer positions are filled for all six meets.

Kristen Purcell

 

Stroke and Turn Judges Monitor all main events for legal starts, turns and strokes Peter Cera, Annie Hall Doyon, Jeremy and Patty Russin, Liz Armbruster
Home Meet Operations    
Meet Set-up and Sound System Set up lane ropes, flags, chairs, boundary ropes for the event. Set up sound system for announcements and for starter. parent volunteers and 15 & older swim team members
Starter Keep the meet moving. Call all swimmers to block and begin each heat. open position
Clerk of Course

Get swimmers to starting blocks for their events.

Provides events slips to runner, to give to scorer.

 
Meet Central Timing System Coordinator Oversees operation of timing system during meet Tracey Ogorman and Milne Burgess




Swim Meet Required Volunteers

HOME - VISITORS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1 - 1 SCORERS - Records place finishes from the event and disqualification slips and scores on the score
sheet.

1 - 0 RECORDER - Records place finishes and winning time on event slip from place judge positions and can adjust for disqualification’s.

0 - 1 6 th PLACE JUDGE - Stands in sixth place finisher's lane. (May hand out participant ribbons in heats for 10 and under)

1 - 0 5 th PLACE JUDGE - Stands in fifth place finisher's lane. (May hand out heat winner ribbons in heats for 10 and under)

0 - 1 4 th PLACE JUDGE - Stands in fourth place finisher's lane. Also, judges second place for the second relay when two events are combined.

1 - 0 3 rd PLACE JUDGE - Stands in third place finisher's lane. Also, judges second place for the first relay when two events are combined.

0 - 1 2 nd PLACE JUDGE - Stands in second place finisher's lane. Also, judges first place and obtains finish time for the second relay when two events are combined.

1 - 0 1 st PLACE JUDGE - Stands in first place finisher's lane and obtains the finish time for first place.

1 - 0 STARTER - Starts each event with an appropriate starting device; asks whether judges and timers are ready; announces gender, distance and stroke; directs "Take your mark."; pauses to ensure no early start; gives starting signal and calls false start if needed.

1 - 0 ANNOUNCER - Calls swimmers to the clerk of course for each event; announces scores.

2 - 2 RUNNERS - One from each stroke and turn judge to the recorder with disqualification slips. Two other
runners that alternate from the recorder to the scorers with event slips with places recorded and any disqualification slips.

6-12 - 6-12 KID PUSHERS - One or two from each team, per age and gender group, to gather up the swimmers to be brought to the clerk of course when the event is first called by the announcer. Once gathered then bring the swimmers, in event order, to the benches in their lane positions.

 

** 2017, we will have LIMITED kid pushers again this year.  We will be allowing parents to be their own kid pushers.  Please pay attention to the announcer and the large bullitan board located upper left deck as to what age group should be reporting to the clerk of course benches to get lined up for each race.  It is important to pay attention so your child does not miss a race. Thank you in advance for your help in making the meets run smoothly.**

1 - 1 CLERK OF COURSE - Get swimmers to proper starting blocks for their events and get event slips to the recorder.

1-2 - 1-2 RIBBON WRITERS - Complete award ribbons and distribute to the swimmers.

1 - 1 TSA REPRESENTATIVE - Represents the swim club on the TSA board of directors. Works as the representative of the TSA at the season's duel meets. Resolves or takes to the TSA board any events of question. Sets up officials meeting before the duel meets.

1 - 1 STROKE AND TURN JUDGE - Judges whether proper stroke, turn and finish are executed by the swimmers during the meet.

2-3 - 2-3 TEAM TIMERS - ( Optional ) May be positioned on side of pool to obtain unofficial times for their own team's swimmers during the meet.
19-26 Total people required to operate meet.

Additional Information
Our coaches are committed to making practices as much fun as possible. Although this is summer swimming, a certain amount of stroke technique instruction and endurance building workouts are required to sustain a level of competition. Much of the enjoyment of the program comes from participating on a team, the camaraderie with fellow team members, and reaching one’s own personal goals. Feel free to talk to the coaches before or after practices about your child and any concerns you may have. During a meet please allow the coaches to focus their attention on the meet.

If any issues arise during a meet, please contact the TSA representative, not the coaches . If you find it necessary to leave a meet early, please notify the coach immediately, as this could impact upcoming events/relays.

TSA Meet
This year the Greater Raleigh Championship Invitational, previously known as the TSA Championship Meet, will be held  before the end of the regular season. This meet is held at the Curran Aquatic Center (TAC) in Cary next to Cary Town Center Mall and will include swimmers from teams from the North Wake League. The participation of the swimmers on the MSRC Team will be determined as the season progresses. Each team participating is required to have several parent volunteers to help time or assist children to their events at the meet.

Private Lessons
Please be aware that the number of children, their various levels of ability, and general time constraints preclude any significant individual instruction during regular practice. However, our coaches will be available off-hours for private lessons at very competitive rates.

Lessons for Bedford Shark Swim Team members only are managed by the coaches directly. They schedule all lessons, collect and receive all payments, and handle all communications directly. You may speak with them on the pool deck when they are not coaching swim team and not providing private lessons.

Updates
E-mail, Bedford Sharks & Bedford HOA website and the bulletin board will be used to convey information throughout the season. Please check both for important information.
We hope that this basic information sheet will be helpful as the new season starts. If you have other questions, please feel free to email:

Bedford Sharks Swim Team Managers: Kristen Purcell, Michele Puckett, Milne Burgess & Emily Kozubowski can be emailed at: manager@bedfordsharks.org

We’re looking forward to a great summer swim season and to some exciting meets.