SSA Jenny Thompson Invitational Meet - FINAL GMA Team Information

Laura Matuszak

Dear GMA Swimmers, Parents and Coaches!

We get to race LONG COURSE this weekend at the SSA Jenny Thompson Pool in Dover, New Hampshire! How exciting to bring 15 GMA swimmers to Dover to race in an Olympic-sized pool named after one of the greatest Olympic swimmers in history who grew up in New Hampshire!! It looks like we are going to have warm temperatures and great opportunities to race our VERY BEST this long course season! How lucky are we GMA?

While this will be our first long course meet in almost 2 years, we expect that our GMA swimmers, parents and coaches will approach this competitive opportunity by embracing our team values and our team focus. This summer, most of our GMA athletes have stated goals to compete at their best at the New England Age Group Championship Meets. With that in mind, we know that we will practice ALL of the physical and mindset skills needed to perform at our BEST! GMA athletes will have excellent ATTITUDES about their racing, their teammates and their opportunities to compete together. GMA athletes will put in their very best EFFORT in each race. Our focus is on attitude and effort before outcomes. Finally, GMA athletes will show terrific SPORTSMANSHIP. We care about our teammates, we care about our competitors and we value the competitive environment that brings us all together to race in the sport that we love! Let's share that positive energy with those around us this weekend!

In order to accommodate the meet schedule and provide athletes with appropriate rest and recovery, there will be  NO GMA PRACTICES for AGE GROUPERS on Saturday 6/26/21 or Monday 6/28/21 and NO GMA PRACTICES for the SENIOR GROUP on Monday 6/28/21

 

SSA MEET INFORMATION

Please click  HERE for the GMA Meet Entries

Please click  HERE and read all of the important safety and meet organization information from the meet director.

 

MEET TIMES

FRIDAY

13-15 Prelims

Lane 3 (Sharing with CS)

DROP OFF TIME 6:40 AM

ON DECK at 6:45 AM

IN POOL from 7:00-7:20 AM

Meet Start 7:55 AM Meet End 9:50 AM

 

 

16 and Over Prelims

Lane 4 (Sharing with NANT/ VAS/ UN)

DROP OFF TIME 9:40 AM

ON DECK at 9:45 AM

IN POOL from 10:00-10:20 AM

Meet Start 10:50 AM Meet End 12:20 PM

 

 

12 and Under Timed Finals

Lane 1 (Sharing with ATLA)

DROP OFF TIME 12:10 PM

ON DECK at 12:15 PM

IN POOL from 12:30-12:50 PM

Meet Start 1:20 PM Meet End 3:25 PM

 

13 and Over Finals

Open Warm-Up

DROP OFF TIME 4:55 PM

ON DECK at 5:00 PM

IN POOL from 5:15-5:55 PM

Meet Start 6:00 PM Meet End 7:45 PM

 

SATURDAY

16 and Over Prelims

Lane 4 (Sharing with NANT/ VAS/ UN)

DROP OFF TIME 6:40 AM

ON DECK at 6:45 AM

IN POOL from 7:00-7:20 AM

Meet Start 7:55 AM Meet End 9:30 AM

 

13-15 Prelims

Lane 3 (Sharing with CS)

DROP OFF TIME 9:25 AM

ON DECK at 9:30 AM

IN POOL from 9:45-10:05 AM

Meet Start 10:35 AM Meet End 12:40 PM

 

12 and Under Timed Finals

Lane 1 (Sharing with ATLA)

DROP OFF TIME 12:30 PM

ON DECK at 12:35 PM

IN POOL from 12:50-1:10 PM

Meet Start 1:40 PM Meet End 3:45 PM

 

13 and Over Finals

Open Warm-Up

DROP OFF TIME 4:55 PM

ON DECK at 5:00 PM

IN POOL from 5:15-5:55 PM

Meet Start 6:00 PM Meet End 7:45 PM

 

SUNDAY

13-15 Prelims

Lane 3 (Sharing with CS)

DROP OFF TIME 6:40 AM

ON DECK at 6:45 AM

IN POOL from 7:00-7:20 AM

Meet Start 7:55 AM Meet End 10:35 AM

 

16 and Over Prelims

Lane 4 (Sharing with NANT/ VAS/ UN)

DROP OFF TIME 10:25 AM

ON DECK at 10:30 AM

IN POOL from 10:45-11:05 AM

Meet Start 11:35 AM Meet End 1:30 PM

 

12 and Under Timed Finals

Lane 1 (Sharing with ATLA)

DROP OFF TIME 12:20 PM

ON DECK at 12:25 PM

IN POOL from 1:40-2:00 PM

Meet Start 2:30 PM Meet End 4:45 PM

 

13 and Over Finals

Open Warm-Up

DROP OFF TIME 4:40 PM

ON DECK at 4:45 PM

IN POOL from 5:00-5:40 PM

Meet Start 5:45 PM Meet End 8:05 PM

 

VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENTS

 

  • Volunteer TImers may be requested by the host team. We invite all GMA families to support SSA and the meet by volunteer timing.
  • Officials - We encourage all GMA officials present at the meet to volunteer for a minimum of 2 sessions of the meet.

 

 

Here are some key details about the  on-deck meet experience for our athletes:

  • While masks are not required, SSA strongly encourages all unvaccinated persons to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. SSA will have masks available.

  • Swimmers must maintain 6 feet social distancing while warming up.

  • Only 3 heats of swimmers per event will be permitted on deck at one time.

  • GMA swimmers will talk to their coaches on deck before and after their races and return to the GMA team tent to support their teammates during the meet. The GMA team tent will be located on the hill outside of the fenced pool area.

  • Bathrooms will be limited to 1 person at a time. No changing in the bathrooms. Please arrive in your suit, bring your parka and plan to leave in your suit.

  • Warm up lanes in the dive well will be limited to two per lane. Please note posted signage. 

  • ALL GMA 13 and Older Swimmers are asked to PLEASE RETURN TO FINALS on Friday and Saturday for team cohesion and team support.  We ask that swimmers attend to warm-up with the team, support your teammates and clean up around our team area at the end of the session.  Athletes not racing in finals on Sunday evening are asked to stay for finals to support your teammates and swim with the team.  Please speak to Laura Matuszak if you are unable to stay on Sunday evening in order to be excused from the session.

 

Green Mountain Aquatics Long Course 2021:

SWIM MEET REMINDERS & GUIDELINES

The following reminders and guidelines are offered to our families to ensure that ALL GMA swimmers, parents and coaches enjoy FUN and SUCCESSFUL meet experiences!

1.    Please arrive at the pool early. All swimmers need to be on deck ready to swim 15 minutes prior to the scheduled warm-up time. Please stay for the entire session in which you are swimming.    Stay to participate on relays, to help clean up the pool area and to cheer on your teammates.

2.    Please arrive on time for your meet job. Please plan to stay for the entire meet session.

3.    Please introduce yourselves to GMA parents and to parents from other teams. We would like to create a cordial and open atmosphere at meets. Please do your part to be sure that all families feel welcome.

4.    Parents are reminded that ONLY parents assigned to work on deck, swimmers and coaches are to be on deck.

5.    Please pack the following for your swimmers:

2 GMA racing caps (black with the newest GMA team logo)

2 pairs of goggles (shaded or mirrored for outdoor meets)

GMA team suit

GMA team shirt

GMA team apparel

At least 3 towels

Sunscreen and a hat for sunny weather

Nutritious food and drinks only (Athletes eat meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some fruit that provide their bodies with healthy carbs, protein and fats for fuel.)

6.    Swimmers are responsible for the following:

Knowing their meet events

Knowing their personal best times

Knowing their goals for each event

Talking to a coach before and after every race

Getting to their heats and lanes by themselves

Cheering for their teammates during the ENTIRE session (do not leave until the session is over and our team area is fully cleaned)

Demonstrating great sportsmanship and team spirit

Resting/ sleeping in bed at least one hour in between prelims and finals sessions

Warming up before each event, warming down after each event and maintaining any prescribed physical therapy routine.

7.    At meets, the coaching staff will conduct and supervise warm-up procedures for the team.  Before and after each race, the coaches will offer feedback regarding the swimmers performance.

8.     It is the parent’s job to offer love and understanding regardless of their athlete’s performances. It is not the parent’s job to coach the swimmer on stroke technique, racing strategy or any other technical aspects of the sport. Please be patient with your child and remember that learning to be a champion requires time, experience and encouragement.  The meet experiences and your child’s self worth should not be measured by the number of personal best times achieved alone. GMA swimmers are wonderful young people who need to be recognized for their great attitudes and their excellent effort in each race!

9.    Please WEAR YOUR GMA ATTIRE and represent your team with pride, respect and spirit!

LET'S HAVE FUN RACING FAST GMA!

 

Sincerely,

Laura Matuszak, GMA Head Coach

802-238-9168,  [email protected]