News for This Week

I feel like a broken record, amirite?

Meet Reschedule
Sorry about the meet cancellation, again.

Practice Change for Wednesday 1/22
See the information below about practice changes for Wednesday.  We’re going to try a Virtual Meet and see how it goes.

Fitness Center Door Reminder
Beginning 1/20/20, the only entrance open will be the main Athletic Entrance on the west side of the building.  The Fitness Center door at the bus loop will be permanently unavailable.

Starts, Turns and Finishes Clinics on 1/31 & 2/7
Open to all training groups.  These will be quick tune-ups before the meets.

Friday 1/31 & Friday 2/7
6:00 – 7:00 PM
All training groups

1/25/20 – Home Meet this Weekend vs EGR
Home Meet – East Grand Rapids at NCST
7:45 – Swimmers – Highlight your name at check in and report on deck to your coaches ready to swim
8:00 – Swimmer warm up begins
8:15 – Swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched
9:00 – Swim Meet begins

We’ll be sending out entries later this week.

1/22/20 Practice Change

We’re going to try a Virtual Meet on Wednesday.  What this means is we’ll run a meet with just our swimmers and merge the results with another team doing the same thing.

That means all swimmers – all training groups should arrive at 6:00 PM for Warm Up.  They need to check in at the table.

We’ll be making the meet on the fly.  There will *not* be heat sheets.

We hope the meet can start around 6:30 or 6:45.  It’ll likely be less than 2 hours long.

We will need timers.  If you are willing to time, please meet outside the pool office at 6:15.  Please do not come into the pool office, we’ll be diligently working to make the meet.

Also note, since we’ll be merging the results with another team, you will not see final placement results until this is completed.  it may not be until the end of the month.

IF YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT BE HERE WEDNESDAY, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR SWIMMERS NAME!

Your entries will be listed below.

Download Virtual Meet Entries

2/1/20 Home Meet Information

1 – Unable to Participate

All registered swimmers (as of 1/27/20 at 6:00 PM) will be entered into the meet. You must let us know if your athlete will not be participating. Swimmers not showing up will affect relay teams (3 other swimmers) so it is imperative that you let us know if your athlete is not participating by 6:00 PM on 1/27/20. This isn’t like RSVPing to a family party, if we don’t have an accurate participation count, other swimmers will lose chances to swim. By 6:00 PM on 1/27/20, let us know your swimmer is unable to participate.

We are unable to participate in the 2/1/20 Home Meet

2 – Volunteers

We have several volunteer needs to help keep our swim meets running smoothly.  Please consider signing up to help the team out on Saturday.

Never helped before? No problem, we will train you, help you and thank you profusely!

Clean Up Crew, Timers, Marshalers and Greeters… they are all easy jobs.

We’ll need extra help in the Concession Stand on 2/1.  There are multiple events going on that day and we’ll be keeping the concession stand open later.  All proceeds benefit NCST.

I Can Volunteer!

3 – Concession Donations

If you signed up to bring concessions to our cancelled meet, we’re hoping you will still bring it for our 2/1 home meet.  And we’ll use any left overs for the Conference Championships.

All proceeds benefit the team!  Please bring your donations to the concession stand when your swimmer checks in.

NCST is a 501(c)(3) corporation and your donations may be tax deductible.

4 – Actual Meet Information

Home Meet – Grandville at NCST
7:45 – Swimmers – Highlight your name at check in and report on deck to your coaches ready to swim
8:00 – Swimmer warm up begins
8:15 – Swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched
9:00 – Swim Meet begins

Good luck everyone!

1/18/20 Away Meet Info & Entries

Let’s try this again, shall we?

Yes, they are predicting a storm again for us this weekend.  Please plan on the meet happening.  But if you feel it is unsafe to venture out, we understand.

Let us know if you can, otherwise we’ll scratch you from the meet if you aren’t here.

In the event that the meet is cancelled we’ll let you know as soon as possible via emailwebTwitter and Facebook.

Please be careful driving and walking into the school.

But First…Some News

Fitness Center Door

Beginning 1/20/20, the only entrance open will be the main Athletic Entrance on the west side of the building.  The Fitness Center door at the bus loop will be permanently unavailable.

Make Up Meet & Friday Clinics

Folks, we tried 4 different dates and we couldn’t find a time that worked for the pool and the other teams.  We’re not able to reschedule the meet from last week.  Sorry.

To make up for that we’re going to have two special clinics.  On Friday 1/31 and Friday 2/7 our coaches are offering a Starts, Turns and Finishes Clinic for all ages.  These will be quick tune-ups before the meets.

Friday 1/31 & Friday 2/7
6:00 – 7:00 PM
All training groups

Watch the team calendar for our current schedule.

OK, Meet Stuff…

1/18 Meet Details

Away Meet – Wayland, East Kentwood, NCST @ East Grand Rapids
7:45 – Swimmers – Highlight your name at check in and report on deck to your coaches ready to swim
8:00 – Swimmer warm up begins
8:15 – Swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched
9:00 – Swim Meet begins

Here’s directions. 

Hey Gold Groupers!  Check out your Saturday morning warm-up details below.

1/18 Entries

Make sure you write your swimmer’s events on his or her hand or arm (See below for details).

Download Meet Entries

Oh, you’re a First Timer?  Here’s some more information

Make sure your swimmer arrives with ample time to check-in and warm-up.

Check-in
Your swimmer must check in so that the event coordinators know he or she is there.  If your swimmer does not check in, he or she will be scratched from the events.

Check in is either with a person at a desk or you highlight your name on a list – it depends on location.  Go with the flow when you arrive, you’ll figure it out.

Once checked in, swimmers proceed to the locker room and swim deck and find your team and Coach.  The team generally sits together and cheers each other on.  Parents up to the balcony to watch.

Your athlete will want 2 towels, one to sit on, one to dry off with.  Healthy snacks is a good idea, remind them to clean up after themselves.  Something to entertain themselves between events may be a good idea – electronics are discouraged (it’s a wet pool after all.)

Don’t forget your goggles!  In fact, bring an extra pair if you have them.

Warm-up
Coaches will warm up the athletes.

Check in Cut Off
Any swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched from the meet.

Meet Starts
Once the meet starts, athletes need to listen for their events to be called.  They will be marshaled ahead of time to keep the meet moving.

This is where it helps for the swimmer to have event numbers written on his or her arm.  Note, we won’t know the heat and lane numbers until the day of the meet.  So, just write the event number, distance and stroke on your athlete’s arm.

Please do this the night before, this is a parent’s responsibility.  Coaches will be occupied warming the swimmers up.

Write the events on your swimmer's arm

For example, this swimmer is swimming event #4, a 200 yard relay (that is what the R is), he is in the B relay and will be crushing the fly stroke.  He is also swimming event #16, the 100 yard individual medley.  Then finishing the day in event #24, the 50 yard free.  Event numbers are not the same for every meet – so double check.  Also note in the background, this swimmer’s parents pestered him enough to lay out his swim bag, competition suit, goggles and comfy clothes for after the meet so he was all ready to go in the morning.

Remind your swimmer they are representing themselves and our community.  Be respectful of the facility and other swimmers – clean up before they leave.  Cheer their teammates on and have fun!  Swimmers should focus on improving on their own times and contributing to the team overall.

Don’t forget to read our First Timer guide online too.  Especially the part about Heats and Events (your swimmer may win a heat, but not the overall event.  Some events have many heats.)

Good luck everyone!

Let’s Catch Up…

Meet Reschedule
Sorry about the meet cancellation.  It sure seemed like the weather people were calling for something far more extreme than we experienced.  We’re working with the other teams and the pool schedule to see if we can get the meet rescheduled.

Team Calendar
Reminder, NO PRACTICE on 1/14.  Watch the team calendar for the schedule.

Fitness Center Door
Beginning 1/20/20, the only entrance open will be the main Athletic Entrance on the west side of the building.  The Fitness Center door at the bus loop will be permanently unavailable.

1/18/20 – Away Meet this Weekend at EGR
Away Meet – NCST and Wayland and East Kentwood at East Grand Rapids
7:45 – Swimmers – Highlight your name at check in and report on deck to your coaches ready to swim
8:00 – Swimmer warm up begins
8:15 – Swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched
9:00 – Swim Meet begins

We’ll be sending out entries later this week.

1/25/20 Home Meet Information

1 – Unable to Participate

All registered swimmers (as of 1/20/20 at 6:00 PM) will be entered into the meet. You must let us know if your athlete will not be participating. Swimmers not showing up will affect relay teams (3 other swimmers) so it is imperative that you let us know if your athlete is not participating by 6:00 PM on 1/20/20. This isn’t like RSVPing to a family party, if we don’t have an accurate participation count, other swimmers will lose chances to swim. By 6:00 PM on 1/20/20, let us know your swimmer is unable to participate.

We are unable to participate in the 1/25/20 Away Meet

2 – Volunteers

We have several volunteer needs to help keep our swim meets running smoothly.  Please consider signing up to help the team out on Saturday.

Never helped before? No problem, we will train you, help you and thank you profusely!

Clean Up Crew, Timers, Marshalers and Greeters… they are all easy jobs.

I Can Volunteer!

3 – Actual Meet Information

Home Meet – East Grand Rapids at NCST
7:45 – Swimmers – Highlight your name at check in and report on deck to your coaches ready to swim
8:00 – Swimmer warm up begins
8:15 – Swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched
9:00 – Swim Meet begins

Good luck everyone!

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