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Registration for the 2021-22 SCY Season is here!

Zach DeWitt

FRST Family,

 

Our mission at FRST is to always provide our athletes with the best possible environment of training, leadership, and relationships we can offer as a coaching staff.  Every season brings new challenges, new faces, and new hurdles, one’s that should be embraced!

 

Ultimately our goal is to put everyone in the right position to be successful (both kids and coaches).  This year we wanted as much consistency as we could by keeping people in similar roles as the previous years, so that we can further build outstanding relationships with athletes.  We’d like to give each of you a little more information about the groups, coaches, our team goals, and our vision for this season at FRST. 

 

We believe that this short course season is set up to be a catalyst to start the next chapter in FRST’s journey and we are incredibly happy to have you as a part of our story.

REGISTRATION & FIRST PRACTICES:

Practice for the Endeavor, Challenger, and Eclipse groups will be starting this coming Monday, August 16th. All other groups will have their first practice the following Monday, August 23rd. Team registration is currently open online (if you have a middle school athlete, please read the Middle School section below), and we will be hosting evaluations/in-person registration this Tuesday and Wednesday (17th-18th) at the Franklin Community Middle School pool. If you have any questions or know anyone interested in joining FRST, please stop by!

FACILITY

As some of you may know, our high school pool is currently down for maintenance. This looks to be the case until Monday, August 30th. This means that for the time being, we will be training out of the Franklin Community Middle School (FCMS) & Franklin Family Aquatic Center (FFAC). All Age Groups, with the exception of select Eclipse practices, will be training at FCMS.

Obviously, this is not the way we dream of starting the season, but in the perspective of the hurdles we have had to overcome in the past year and a half, this will be fairly short-lived and easy to overcome!

 

 

On the pages below you will see a list of important dates & previews to each group - feel free to skip ahead to the area that interests you the most! Lead Group coaches will keep you informed of the important upcoming dates as we progress through the season, but we wanted to make sure you’re informed of the upcoming dates within the first 8 weeks of the season!

 

I am really excited for the new year and can’t wait to get started!  Thanks for your passion, patience, and support of our program,

 

Zach DeWitt

Franklin Regional Swim Team

Head Senior Coach / Club Director

 

SCHEDULES:

🔵 Practice Calendars:

There have been a few changes in the coming weeks, most notably due to our pool situation .  All calendars can be found within this link for your scheduling purposes.  Colin has gone to great lengths to make sure that we're as up-to-date as possible on the website!

 

🔵 Meet Calendars:

Our meet calendar may change a bit, but you can find all events (meets / social / etc.) at this link.

Week 1 -  8/16-21 (All at FCMS)

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Endeavor

Challenger

Eclipse

6pm-8pm

@FCMS

6pm-8pm

@FCMS

6pm-8pm

@FCMS

6pm-8pm

@FCMS

6pm-7:30pm

@FCMS

No Practice

 

Week 2 - 8/23-27 (All at FCMS except Eclipse)

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Spark

5:30pm-

6:30pm

5:30pm-

6:30pm

 

5:30pm-

6:30pm

   

Ignition

6:30pm-

7:30pm

6:30pm-

7:30pm

 

6:30pm-

7:30pm

   

Launch

5pm-6:30pm

5pm-6:30pm

5pm-6:30pm

5pm-6:30pm

   

Exploration

Discovery

5pm-6:30pm

5pm-6:30pm

5pm-6:30pm

5pm-6:30pm

5pm-6:30pm

 

Endeavor

6pm-8pm

6pm-8pm

6pm-8pm

6pm-8pm

6pm-7:30pm

 

Challenger

6pm-8pm

6pm-8pm

6pm-8pm

6pm-8pm

6pm-7:30pm

10am-12pm

Eclipse

3:30pm-

5:30pm

@FFAC

3:30pm-

5:30pm

@FFAC

3:30pm-

5:30pm

@FFAC

3:30pm-

5:30pm

@FFAC

6pm-7:30pm

@FCMS

10am-12pm

These schedules are what we intend to use, but are subject to change based on current circumstances. If the FCHS pool is back online any earlier than currently expected, all operations will be moved back there immediately.

 

 

PERSONNEL:

Having been here for over a decade now, I can confidently say the following statement:  Top to Bottom, this is the best staff we’ve ever had at FRST. I know the “swim business” well and this quality of staff is a top-3 staff within the state. However, in life, the only thing that’s certain is change!  FRST is fortunate to not have an incredible amount of change in terms of departures or additions this season, but there are a couple, so let’s take a look!  

 

ADDITIONS:

Griffin Edwards | Launch Group & Senior Group | Griffin’s excitement to return home begins this week as he gets the ball rolling within the Senior Group.  You can read Griffin’s Bio here, and also check out the new’s blast & interview here.

 

 

DEPARTURES:

Tony Ressino | Coach Tony will not be with FRST for the SCY 2021-22 Winter Season.  However, many of you can still expect to see him on the regular if your athlete competes with the Franklin Community MS team.  Tony will continue as Head Coach at FCMS, as well as work as a full-time employee at FCMS.  Tony’s love for our kids and loyalty to the Blue and White of Franklin will continue to be on full display for the foreseeable future.  

 

  


IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS

 

AUG-SEPT:

◼️ Late August / Early September:  1-on-1 Challenger / Eclipse Age Group meetings to be scheduled with Coach Colin Mothersead

◼️ August 16th: Online Registration begins & Some Age Groups begin practice

◼️ August 23th:  All Age Group practices begin

◼️ August 30th:  FRST set to return operations to FCHS.

◼️ September 10-11th :  No practices for any groups due to GAIN Dryland Summit

◼️ September 13th:  FRST Apparel Night– Suits, Goggles, equipment, etc. will all be made by Elsmore Swim Shop.  

 

OCTOBER:

◼️ October 3rdCarmel Meet Entries are due.  Mandatory meet for Senior, Eclipse, Challenger, and Exploration Groups

◼️ October 9-16th  - Franklin Community Schools Fall Break, Practice times may slightly change for some groups.

◼️ October 23rd&24th  – athletes are expected to attend meet; parents should be prepared to work 2 sessions per family.

 

GROUPING:


As many of you are already aware, we have added some new groups to the club (officially) this season. These will be the Endeavor (11-14) and Ignition (10 & Under) groups. As our club grows, changes, and improves, we are always looking for better ways to serve you and your kids. These groups have been created to help us keep a reasonable coach-to-athlete ratio at all practices and help create breakpoints and goals for all kids in our program.

For those who might not be familiar with the general overview of the Age Group Program, here is a brief description of each group and what it has to offer:

10 & UNDER

  • Spark

    • Our introductory level. Spark is for swimmers making the transition from lessons or water safety instruction into the world of competitive swimming.

    • This group requires swimmers to be able to swim 25-50 yards without stopping, and be familiar with the freestyle & backstroke, as well as a few other basic skills.

    • This group teaches swimmers some of the fundamental techniques to transitioning from being able to swim the strokes to being able to swim them smoothly and efficiently. Swimmers will be exposed to the other two strokes, (breaststroke and butterfly) as well as taught fundamental racing skills such as starts & flipturns.

  • Ignition

    • Our developmental level. Ignition offers challenge to those who are beginning to show some proficiency in the long axis (freestyle & backstroke) strokes and are looking for growth in the sport.

    • This group requires swimmers to be competent in one of the short axis (breaststroke & butterfly) strokes & demonstrate the ability to consistently do flip turns.

    • This group teaches swimmers all the necessary skills to legally execute all four competitive strokes in competition, and begins to introduce training skills, such as interval tracking & lane etiquette.

  • Launch

    • Our competitive level. Launch offers development for swimmers as they transition from proficiency toward mastery. 

    • This group requires swimmers to be able to legally execute all 4 competitive strokes & be nearing Divisional time standards.

    • This group teaches the discipline & accountability necessary for long-term growth & achievement, and addresses skill deficits and challenges that have arisen through each athlete’s development.

  • Exploration

    • Our advanced level. Exploration is for those swimmers who are interested in competing at the Divisional & State level, and have demonstrated the necessary skills, commitment, and attitude to achieve success in the world of swimming.

    • This group requires swimmers to be at or very near Divisional cuts (and as we continue to progress this group, State cuts) & be comfortable with challenge & high expectations. Swimmers in this group must show proficiency in skills related to all four strokes and maintain a high standard of practice attendance.

    • This group teaches many training techniques which athletes will be exposed to at the 11-14 level to prepare them to succeed not only in their current age bracket, but beyond. Athletes will begin to see more extensive dryland training, and more varied/complicated practices.

11 - 14

  • Discovery

    • Our introductory level. Discovery embraces those who are discovering the sport of swimming & what it has to offer.

    • This group requires swimmers to be able to swim 25-50 yards without stopping, and be familiar with the freestyle & backstroke, as well as a few other basic skills.

    • This group teaches swimmers the basics of all four competitive strokes & how to execute them in a race. It also introduces athletes to “dryland” training &  teaches training skills such as interval tracking, lane etiquette, and stroke counting.

  • Endeavor

    • Our developmental level. Endeavor introduces kids to the competitive & goal-driven environment of swimming achievement.

    • This group requires swimmers to be able to legally compete in all four strokes and expects athletes to be striving to achieve qualification for the Divisional meet.

    • This group teaches swimmers about goal setting & accountability, as well as introducing them to more advanced training concepts, such as energy systems & workout execution.

  • Challenger

    • Our competitive level. Challenger offers opportunities to those kids who are interested in swimming at the state level, and pursuing long-term high achievement in the sport.

    • This group requires athletes to have achieved Divisional qualification (preferably in multiple events) and be committed to the sport & the process of improvement. Athletes must maintain a high standard of attendance, execution, and improvement in this group, and must be comfortable with being held to that standard.

    • This group teaches discipline & dedication to swimmers as they strive to break through onto the State stage. These swimmers will struggle with adversity as they experience some of the most challenging, but rewarding aspects of the sport.

  • Eclipse

    • Our elite level. Eclipse is for those athletes who will represent FRST and our area at the state level & beyond.

    • This group requires the highest standard of commitment, attitude, and execution of any of our Age Groups. These athletes are expected to be the examples which support and inspire the next generation of FRST champions.

    • This group teaches the mental, physical, and emotional skills necessary to face any challenge that the sport of swimming, or life, could place on one’s path to success. These athletes will not only understand what is expected of them, to achieve their goals, but why each piece of the program, and each step along their journey is a necessary part of achieving whatever it is they want to achieve.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

For those in our 11-14 program, the Middle School season is an important & exciting part of the Short Course season. This year, we intend to organize the FCMS season similarly to last year, such that FRST practices will count toward attendance of FCMS practices. This means, however, that if your athlete is intending to practice with FRST throughout the Middle School season, that during registration, you should select the “Age Group'' option, not the “Middle School” option. The “Middle School” registration option is for those who will not be attending the majority of club practices & events during the months of January through March.

Our coaches highly recommend for any FRST athletes to choose this club option, as it comes with many benefits:

  • Consistency of coaching & training plan

  • More practice time & competition opportunities

  • Lane space & use of FCHS facilities

We have been working hard over the past few seasons to create the best hybrid model which allows kids to gain the benefits of both middle school & club swimming. If you have any concerns, or are not sure which option is right for you, please reach out to Colin at [email protected].

CALENDARS

As we approach the season, we have been working to get calendars & dates put together for the sake of planning throughout the winter. In the past few seasons, our calendars have been a bit short-sighted, as we often did not know what lay a few weeks ahead. With all hope that current trends do not continue, we look to have the season scheduled through the Championships in March, and our calendars will reflect that. We will have a standard PDF calendar linked on our website as we typically do, as well as offering (new this season) a Google Calendar for each group that will contain all practices, meets, and events and can easily be imported into your personal phone calendar.

MEETS

All invitational meets for the upcoming season have been posted to the team website, so please look at the dates and commit/decline as much as you can. 

Reminder: Our two home meets are required competitions for the following groups:

  • Launch

  • Exploration

  • Discovery

  • Endeavor

  • Challenger

  • Eclipse

    Meaning that if you are not able to attend, there will be an absence fee applied to your account in place of the registration fees for the event.

 

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