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COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Most of our communication is done by email. Please check your email regularly for importance information and updates.

TEAM MAIL FOLDERS
There will be a “Mail Box” with folders for each swimming family.  The box will be located at the 
outdoor pool. Please check these folders regularly as swimmers ribbons, etc. will be 
placed in the folders weekly.  Please remember that informational notices will be posted on the 
Pool Sharks website.  Such notices will not routinely be placed in each mail folder.  

COACHES COMMUNICATION
To contact coaches please email them, speak to them before or after practice, or put messages in their mailboxes.

MEET INFORMATION 

HOME MEETS - Please arrive at the pool by 6:45 a.m.  At this time, you may set up and get swimmers ready for warm ups.  

Helpful Hints:  

  • When you find out what events your child is swimming, it is helpful to write the event and # on their arm with a black Sharpie.  
  • Heat sheets will be available for purchase at the concession stand.  Bring a highlighter to mark your child(ren)'s events.  
  • Events will be announced over the speaker system well in advance of each race start. 
  • Between races, swimmers hang out with friends and do calm activities to save energy and stay out of the sun.  

AWARDS:  At home meets, our top 6 swimmers in each event are awarded ribbons.  Exhibition swimmers in 8 and under and 9-10 age groups are awarded participation ribbons.  No ribbons are given for DQ's (DQ = disqualified for stroke/start/finish infractions).  *Most other teams award ribbons for only the top 3 places, so when we swim away meets, your child will likely only receive ribbons for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finishes.  Conference has different awards - see below.

VOLUNTEER JOBS

Because Pool Sharks is a volunteer organization, we ask that all families volunteers at home meets.  Please click on link above to find out about volunteer jobs. Parent volunteers are essential to making home meets run smoothly.  Our volunteerism also shows our swimmers the importance of giving back and how much we care!


PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: IT TAKES 250 WORK HOURS TO RUN A MEET...All swimmer's families are required to have one family member VOLUNTEER at home meets that your child swims. Sign-up will be online on the website.  Training will be provided!  Your $100 deposit will be returned at the end of the summer if volunteer requirements are met. 

Swimmers and parents are asked to assist in cleaning up their areas prior to departure from home and away meets.  Meets are usually over by noon.

Parents please remember that you are responsible for your children's behavior at all meets and practices (CODE OF CONDUCT).  Please monitor your child(ren) when they are not swimming.

AWAY MEETS - Please arrive at the pool by 6:45 a.m.  At this time, you may set up and get swimmers ready for warm ups.  Pool locations are located in the Information TAB on this website.
  • All away meets are held at outdoor pools.
  • Indoor facilities are used only under inclement weather conditions.
  • Premium deck space is generally limited, so swim teams are assigned to a specific area outside the pool.
  • Swimmers assigned area is always outdoors and on the ground.
  • Spectators may want to bring easy ups, tents, chairs, blankets, etc., as seating for spectators is also limited.

Transportation for away meets must be provided by parents.  No buses will be provided.  Please arrive to away meet pools by 6:45 a.m. for warm ups and set up.  

WHAT TO BRING
Please label  ALL CLOTHING, TOWELS, BAGS, etc., as it all looks alike!  Dress according to
the weather.  Early meets can be chilly in Wisconsin so consider bringing the following:

  • Small tent or easy up
  • Sleeping bag and/or blankets
  • Warm clothes
  • Games, books, and cards
  • Extra towels
  • Two pairs of goggles
  • Extra swim caps
  • Sunscreen

MEET EVENTS

          Order Of Events: Girls Event # / age group / EVENT / Distance / Boys Event # 

Girls #1  8 & U Medley Relay 200  #2 Boys 

3  9-10 Medley Relay 200  4

5  11-12 Medley Relay 200  6

7  13-14 Medley Relay 200  8

9  15-18 Medley Relay 200  10

11  8 & U Freestyle 25  12

13  9-10 Freestyle 50  14

15  11-12 Freestyle 50  16

17  13-14 Freestyle 50  18

19  15-18 Freestyle 50  20

21  8 & U Backstroke 25  22

23  9-10 Backstroke 50  24

25  11-12 Backstroke 50  26

27  13-14 Backstroke 50  28

29  15-18 Backstroke 50  30

31  9-10 IM 100  32

33  11-12 IM 100  34

35  13-14 IM 100  36

37  15-18 IM 100  38

39  8 & U Breaststroke 25  40

41  9-10 Breaststroke 50  42

43  11-12 Breaststroke 50  44

45  13-14 Breaststroke 50  46

47  15-18 Breaststroke 50  48

49  8 & U Long Freestyle 55  50

51  9-10 Long Freestyle 100  52

53  11-12 Long Freestyle 100  54

55  13-14 Long Freestyle 200  56

57  15-18 Long Freestyle 200  58

59  8 & U Butterfly 25  60

61  9-10 Butterfly 50  62

63  11-12 Butterfly 50  64

65  13-14 Butterfly 50  66

67  15-18 Butterfly 50  68

69  8 & U Freestyle Relay 100  70

71  9-10 Freestyle Relay 200  72

73  11-12 Freestyle Relay 200  74

75  13-14 Freestyle Relay 200  76

77  15-18 Freestyle Relay 200  78

*Teams can, in advance, agree to alter the order of swim events to permit 8 and under freestyle relays to be rescheduled prior to the IM events.  When Sauk Prairie hosts, we usually elect to move up the 8 and under free relays.  This allows our youngest swimmers to leave earlier, when they're finished with their last event.

CONFERENCE MEET

The Conference Meet is the grand finale!  All 8 teams in the Tri-County Conference come together for this meet. It is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday following the last meet; the last full weekend in July. It is an exciting way to end the season.  Swimmers will be selected for the Conference meet based on COMPETITIVE TIMES so that the Pool Sharks have our most competitive line up for the meet.  Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 swimmers per individual event and 2 relay teams in each boys and girls age group.  There are no exhibition events at Conference.  Participation in the conference meet is not mandatory, but to be eligible to swim at Conference, the swimmer must be have swum in at least 3 dual meets. Swimmers must be available both Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday of Conference is only individual events. It will follow the same order of events as a dual meet without the relays: Free, Back, IM, *break* then Breast, Long Free, and Fly.  On Sunday, relays and finals for individual events are held. Individual finals includes the top 16 times from Saturday, plus 2 alternates, in each event, boys and girls, per age group.  In individual events, medals are awarded for the top 3 places and ribbons are awarded to 4th-16th place.  In relays, medals are awarded to the top 6 and ribbons for 7th-16th place. More information about the conference meet will be available in July.

The Tri-County Conference maintains a web site @ tricountyconferencemeet.com 

  WHAT TO EAT
  • All meets offer food services and concessions.
  • Swimmers should not, however, consume food or drink during the 45 minutes to 1 hour before a swimming event.
  • Foods to avoid:  food containing sugar and chocolate, greasy foods, junk food, carbonated drinks, and milk.
  • A light breakfast is suggested before the meet - fruit, fruit juice, toast and yogurt are all good foods for breakfast.
  • Eat a light breakfast at least 1 hour before a home meet and/or entering the water for warm-ups.    Snacking during a meet is okay if that snack is fruit, fruit juice or something other than junk food.

VOLUNTEERING

POOL SHARKS NEEDS YOUR HELP...

    * IT TAKES 250 WORK HOURS TO RUN A MEET...All swimmer's families are required to have one family member VOLUNTEER at home meets that your child swims. Sign-up will be online on the website.  Training will be provided!  Your $100 deposit will be returned at the end of the summer if volunteer requirements are met. 

    * Swimmers and parents are asked to assist in cleaning up their areas prior to departure from home and away meets. 

    * Parents please remember that you are responsible for your children's behavior at all meets and practices (CODE OF CONDUCT).  Please monitor your child(ren) when they are not swimming.

Because Pool Sharks is a volunteer organization, we ask that all families volunteer at home meets.  See the Volunteer page for more information.  

TEAM SUITS

Team suits can be purchased at registration from Simply Swimming or you can purchase suits directly from the store.

Simply Swimming (link to apparel site for Pool Sharks)
6649 University Avenue
Middleton, WI  53562

CONTACT:
(608) 836-6649

HOURS:
M, W, F 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

T & TH  10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
 


PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS
1. PRACTICES

  • In order to improve times and swimming skills, Pool Sharks swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of 3 practices per week.  
  • Failure to attend at least 3 practices as stated above may result in that a swimmer
    not being allowed to participate in that weekend's dual meet.
  • If a swimmer will be absent due to a vacation, please let the coaches know.  It still may be possible to swim in the next weekend's meet even though they missed practices.  
  • In order to get to know other team members and Pool Sharks coaches, swimmers who swim concurrently on club teams are required to attend at least one practice the week before attending a meet.  

2. EVENTS
  • Coaches will determine what events swimmers will participate in at meets.
  • Every effort will be made to swim all eligible swimmers at dual meets. Swimmers may swim a maximum of 4 events: 3 individual events and 1 relay OR two individual and two relays.

3.  POOL REGULATION
  • Upon arrival for practice, swimmers will take a seat in the bleachers and must
    stay out of the pool until a coach says they may enter.

4.   WEATHER
  • In the event of lightning seen or thunder heard, practice will be delayed or canceled.  If outdoor temperature is  very low, practices may be canceled.