1/11/20 Home Meet Info & Entries

And so it begins.  Are you ready?

But first, please, please, make sure you are paying attention to the team calendar.  We do share the pool with other teams.   Also, please walk your athlete in, just in case.

Here’s the link to the team calendar.

1- Weather

We almost certainly will be having a meet Saturday. Ice, snow or whatever.  We’ll be here.  We hope you will too.  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.

If there is no power or we absolutely cannot run the meet, we’ll let you know as soon as possible via email, web, Twitter and Facebook.

Please be careful driving and walking into the school.

Our concession stand still has some items we would like to be stocked.  Selling items in the concession stand is how we keep our registration fees low.  If you can donate, please do!All proceeds benefit the team!  Please bring your donations to the concession stand when your swimmer checks in.

I Can Donate!

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

3 – Meet Details

Home Meet – East Kentwood and Wayland 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

This is our first Winter meet, so please be patient as we get our groove back!

Good luck everyone!

4 – 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 your swim events on your 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!

1/18/20 Away Meet Information

Next week is an away meet at East Grand Rapids

1 – Unable to Participate

All registered swimmers (as of 1/13/20 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 1/30/20. 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 1/30/20, let us know your swimmer is unable to participate.

We are unable to participate in the 1/18/20 Away Meet

2 – Actual Meet Information

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

Good luck everyone!

First Home Meet is a Week from Saturday!

Happy Monday!

You ready to get this started?  Everyone have their New Years Resolution swim times set?  Our first home meet is right around the corner on January 11th.

1/11/20 Home Meet Information

1 – Unable to Participate

All registered swimmers (as of 1/6/20 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 1/6/20. 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 1/6/20 let us know your swimmer is unable to participate.

By 6:00 PM on 1/6/20, let us know your swimmer
is unable to participate.

We Cannot Participate in the 1/11/20 Meet

2 – We Need Help Stocking the Concession Stand

Our concession stand also needs to be stocked.  Selling items in the concession stand is how we keep our registration fees low.  If you can donate, please do!All proceeds benefit the team!  Please bring your donations to the concession stand when your swimmer checks in.

I Can Donate!

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

3 – 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!

4 – Actual Meet Information

Home Meet – East Kentwood and Wayland 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

This is our first Winter meet, so please be patient as we get our groove back!

Good luck everyone!

Reindeer Relays on Wednesday

Here we go with one more full week of practice before the holidays.  Make sure you watch the team calendar for what’s happening through winter break. We know there are lots of holiday concerts the next few weeks too.

Reindeer Relays is Wednesday (12/18 at 6 PM)

Reindeer RelaysWho’s excited for Reindeer Relays?

We hope to see all our swimmers on Wednesday for Reindeer Relays.  All age groups start at 6:00 PM.  Yes, 6 PM!

Oh, you’re a first timer?  Don’t know what Reindeer Relays is?

It’s an NCST tradition.  It’s an endurance challenge where we put all the athletes in the water and see who lasts the longest.  That swimmer gets to be Rudolph!  It’s super competitive.  Nah, just kidding, it’s a night of fun and crazy races.  Just how crazy? Come and find out!

Swim Caps Are In
If your swimmer was one of the first 100 to sign up, their swim caps are in.  Make sure your swimmer picks his or hers up after practice.

Team T-Shirts Are Ordered
Team t-shirts have been ordered.   We’ll let you know when they arrive.

Early Bird Swim Caps, Team Shirts and Reindeer Relays

Here we go with a full week of practice before the holidays.  Make sure you watch the team calendar for what’s happening through winter break. We know there are lots of holiday concerts the next few weeks too.

Swim Caps Are In
If your swimmer was one of the first 100 to sign up, their swim caps are in.  We’ve started passing them out tonight and will continue to through the next several practices.

Team T-Shirts
Team t-shirts have been ordered.   We’ll let you know when they arrive.

Reindeer Relays is Next Wednesday (12/18)

Reindeer Relays
Who’s excited for Reindeer Relays?

We hope to see all our swimmers on Wednesday for Reindeer Relays.  All age groups start at 6:00 PM.

Oh, you’re a first timer?  Don’t know what Reindeer Relays is?

It’s an NCST tradition.  It’s an endurance challenge where we put all the athletes in the water and see who lasts the longest.  That swimmer gets to be Rudolph!  It’s super competitive.  Nah, just kidding, it’s a night of fun and crazy races.  Just how crazy? Come and find out!

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