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Welcome to the new Midlakes Swim League Board Members for 2017!

Division 2 Rep - Tanya Mertel (STC)


NEW PARENT REPS and HEAD COACHES:

Are you the new Midlakes Parent Rep for your Club?  If so, please select this link and complete the information indicated.  New Parent Rep Contact Information

Are you a new Head Coach for your Club?  If so, please select this link and complete the information indicated.  New Head Coach Contact Information

This information will be used to create an official website account.  You will receive a message from the Midlakes Website asking you to log on and complete additional information.  Doing so will guarantee that you receive League information throughout the season.

If you are NO LONGER the Parent Rep for your club, please select this link and complete the information as indicated:  Delete Parent Rep Information

If you are NO LONGER the Head Coach for your club, please select this link and complete the information as indicated:  Delete Coach Information


Sanctioned Meets:  Is your club interested in hosting an additional meet for the season?  Would you like it to be a Midlakes Sanctioned Meet?  To find out how to request that your event be sanctioned by the League go to our new Sanctioned Meets page under Swim Meets on the menu bar.


CLUB INFORMATION

Are you looking for information on League clubs?  Do you need to know the location of a club?  Are you looking for a head coach or a parent rep to contact?  The place to go is the Club Info page.  Just select the tab itself and you can find the following information:

  • Club name, league acronym, address, phone number
  • Link to the club or swim team webpage
  • Which aquatic sports are available:  swim, dive or water polo
  • The number of lanes
  • The club mascot name, logo and team picture
  • Number of swimmers on the current season roster
  • The head coach and email
  • The parent reps and emails
  • Information change links:  contact information, website updates, etc.

NEW SCORING FOR 2017

Hi Coaches and Reps,

Following up on the testing we announced for this season, here are some key elements to adjust to the 6-place scoring system (with a few exceptions).

Keep in mind the intent is to deliver long-term benefits aligned to simple, fundamental human needs, in a summer league that is competitive, but focused on fun, improvement, growth, achievement, and recognition for as many kids as possible.

Many individual clubs & coaches do a nice job promoting these qualities, of course, but the equally important foundational system should encourage and complement, rather than work against or put a ceiling on them. One without the other falls short.

Finally, please understand that we are not concerned with the immediate-term impact on any one meet or one season, but rather the positive impact on more kids of more ability levels over time.

Plus it makes meet entries more fun for coaches, so here are some key points for you, and we hope everyone enjoys it!

1) Key benefits:

  • Doubling places from 3 to 6 means more kids achieve recognition and value
  • A broader range of kids and abilities can contribute for their teams and impact a meet

2) This applies for all dual meets, both A and B, in 2017

3) Most meets will score 6 places in every event

  • Set Individual scoring to 7-5-4-3-2-1 for places 1 through 6
  • Set Relay scoring to 14-10-8-6-4-2 for places 1 through 6
  • If there are less than 6 kids, the system will automatically score however many there are
  • If you swim in a 4-lane or 5-lane pool, swim and score only the first 4 or 5 places. Use the same scoring as 6, but just don’t have a 5th or 6th place.

4) Clubs can sweep 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places

  • Even if one team sweeps, the other team still gets 4th, 5th, and 6th place – it’s not shut out
  • The artificial limit preventing teams from getting all 3 places in the old system may have been well-intended to keep meets closer, but having a kid swim to a 3rd place only to be told he or she doesn’t count seems unfair to that child as well
  • Sometimes one team may sweep; sometimes the other team will – it tends to be a wash, so don't worry about it

5) Meet Manager set-up

  • The Sample Meet file template will be posted on the Midlakes site in the “Hytek – MM” section under the “Swim Meets” tab, but you can also update it yourselves
  • Choose the fourth Restore Method option
  • Unzip, copy database to a selected folder, and open this new database
  • Go through the Meet Checklist to update your meet information
  • This will be included in the Computer Instruction manual posted in the Hytek section of the website as well 

6) Ribbons

  • You may use colors you already use for 2017 season
  • If we continue this going forward, we may evaluate standardizing them

7) Very important – let kids know how they contribute

  • All places count toward the meet and team
  • All places matter – especially in a close meet
    • For example, we re-scored one team's meets from all of last year, and while most wins and losses remained the same (meaning this won't wreak havoc on the general state of things), a couple close meets did change
    • In other words, a close meet can come down to a handful of races, and the difference between 3rd and 4th place, 4th and 5th place, or 5th and 6th place means all those swims and kids matter
  • Make sure a kid who finishes in ANY place knows how he or she is important
  • Post printed results - kids (and parents) love to see their names in print
  • Announce results if you can
    • NOT required given our announcer/starter structure, but kids love hearing their names even more if you want to give it a shot

8) Announce meet scores if reasonable (if it’s a blowout, you could hold off)

  • This creates excitement and motivation for kids to swim for their teams
  • Kids want to know how they can impact the meet, especially leading up to relays
  • A close meet that flips back and forth is fun for kids, parents and coaches
  • It doesn't matter if the announcement through a certain event lags the event in the pool at the time

Thank you, everyone. We know any change can be challenging to understand and accept, yet this is fairly simple and with clear benefits.

Good luck, and feel free to email or call me with any questions!

We will send out instructions for the Week 4 test meet shortly as well - it's simply an extension of this structure for individual events that provides even better opportunities.

Jonathan Alford - and the rest of the Midlakes Board and Competitive Structure Group