welcome letter for important information regarding our season

Cenk Guler

Penn Trafford Aqua Club

PTAC Families:

Welcome to the Fall 2020 season! This will certainly be a season like no other, but we are excited to get back in the pool! There are many changes this year, and we appreciate your patience as we deal with ever changing circumstances and restrictions. We hope all of our families find the following information helpful.

We are excited to announce that Gina Mattucci has joined our coaching staff. As a former Penn Trafford and Clarion University swimmer and former Head Coach of Chatham University, we know she will be a great addition to the team. Welcome Gina! As your swimmers may have mentioned, Coach Elaina is no longer available to coach. We wish her the best of luck! Head Coach Dave Babik and Assistant Coaches Jason Kunkle, Jack Babik and Dan Simon will be back on deck for another fun season. We thank Coach Babik for his hard work and efforts in working with the Penn Trafford School District to allow us to continue our swim training.

Our Board of Directors consists of President-Maggie Harris, Vice President/Registrar-Cenk Guler, Treasurer-Dawn Barchiesi, Secretary-Laura Alexander, CRL Dual Meet Director-Brad Hayes, AMS Meet Director-Kelli Yant, and Concession Chairs-Amanda Hawk and Jessica Mastro. We hope to support the Penn Trafford Aqua Club as best we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have. Our team email is [email protected]. Be sure to follow us on Facebook: Penn Trafford Aqua Club-PTAC. Our website ptaquaclub.org was recently updated. Be sure to check it out!

Each season, PTAC participates in mandatory fundraising to support costs associated with our team. These costs include salaries for our certified coaching staff, website fees and insurance fees. Fundraisers also help keep our dues low. This season we will be selling pepperoni rolls from That’s A Wrap Café. The pepperoni rolls are sold in 6 packs for $12. They are no longer packaged individually. Each PTAC family needs to sell a minimum of 12 rolls ($24). Order forms are available at the pool, so please tell your swimmer to pick one up! All orders and payment are due by October 26th. If you are not interested in selling pepperoni rolls, a $30 buyout is also due by October 26th. Checks should be made out to PTAC, no cash please. Pepperoni rolls will be delivered on November 7th. Time and location to be determined. We appreciate your cooperation and support in our fundraisers!

Please remember to check the calendar often for practice times. As of now, we are only permitted to have 23 swimmers and 2 coaches (25 total) in the pool. Therefore, only 23 swimmers in each practice group are permitted at this time. Those swimmers who responded to the interest survey for the Fall Season were able to register and begin practices. We wish we did not have to limit the number of swimmers on our team, but we must adhere to all guidelines in order to be able to practice at the school. Once our high school swimmers begin their season in October, we will be looking at ways to adjust practices to allow more members to join the team. At this time, no meets are able to be scheduled.

As a reminder, masks must be worn in and out of the school. Please use the Penn Trafford School District Covid-19 Symptom Screening before sending your child to practice. Parents are not permitted in the stands during practices and may not gather in the hallway outside of the pool. It is recommended that swimmers are dropped off at the doors in front of the athletic complex. Swimmers are to use the locker rooms for emergency use only. Your understanding, for the health and safety of our swimmers, is greatly appreciated.

We are looking forward to a great season! Go PTAC! PTAC Board