Tuesday, December 18, 2012

January - CIA Meet Info.



Coaches Newsletter # 9


Good Morning,

 January/February practice Calendar.  On the list of events below I have those that have made qualifying times for state under the championship dates. Once we get one 9/10 boy and 8&Under boy qualified for state we will then add all 8&Under boys and 9/10 boys to the list so we can have relays J.

Winter get together:
I talked to some of the kids at the ICE meet, we thought it would be fun to do a winter party for the USA team. I have talked to other teams and they do team outings and other team functions to help the families get to know each other better. With our team being a small close knit group of swimmers we don’t need to do as much but it would be fun to do something. Let me know if anyone is interested in hosting/organizing something for the team to do together either over break or after the first of the year.

CIA Meet:
CIA information. Entries and fees are due back to the pool or via email to Jennie by December 31st. Please let me know if you need assistance with events. We will have relays for this meet. They are mixed so please indicate on your form if you do NOT want your swimmer on relays.

Upcoming Events:
·         Tuesday, December 18:
o   5:45-7:15 Practice: Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Caleb, Hank, Smita
·         Thursday, December 20:
o   5:45-7:15 Practice: Josh, Samantha, Kira, JJ, Zach, Charles
·         Monday, December 31:
o   CIA Entries are due
o   Possible morning practice – let Melissa know if you can make it so she can get it scheduled
·         January 12-13: All Star Meet in Lawrence, KS (must apply)
·         January 26-27: CIA Meet @ Summit MS in Johnston
·         February 15-17: 12&Under Championships
o   Alexa, Alexis, Caleb, Hank, Hannah, Maddie
·         February 21-24: Senior Championships
o   Isaak, Jake, Jeannie, Josh, Samantha, Caleb

Thanks!
Coach Jennie
Head Coach of the Pella Swim Club

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mid-Season Opportunity to Join Pella Swim Club

Cost: $155
Includes:
USA Swim Club Dues through Dec. 31. 2013
Pella Swim Club Dues through Aug. 31, 2013
4 events at the CIA meet Jan. 26-27
4 practice sessions
Use of sponsorship dollars for state meet relays
Team t-shirt (limited number & sizes available (4))
Team Cap (limited number available (6)) 


Contact Jennie or Melissa with questions.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Coaches Newsletter #7


This weekend we are swimming at the ICE meet, there is no Rec meet this weekend. Here is what I know for this weekend, if I get an update to warm-up times I will send out another email. Location: Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242

At this meet there is a cool down warm up pool. We will only be using that pool for just that warming up and/or cooling down. You must have permission from Jennie to get in the pool, I want to ensure that we don’t get too tired before we race J
 
Saturday AM: 12&Under Boys; 10&Under Girls
Hannah, Jacob, Zach, Caleb, Alexis, Charles, JJ
·         Arrive at pool: 7:50am
·         Warm-ups: 8:00 am
·         Meet starts: 8:30am
Saturday PM: 11&Over Girls; 13&Over Boys
·         Jeannie, Jacob, Josh, Isaak, Maddie, Alexis, Samantha
·         Arrive at pool: NB 12:00pm
·         Warm-ups: NB 12:15pm
·         Meet Starts: NB 1:00pm
Sunday AM: 12&Under Boys; 10&Under Girls
·         Hannah, Alexa, Eli, Kunal, Caleb, Charles, JJ, Zach, Carver, Jacob, Danny
·         Arrive at pool: 7:50am
·         Warm-ups: 8:00am
·         Meet starts: 8:30am
Sunday PM: 11&Over Girls; 13&Over Boys
·         Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Isaak
·         Arrive at pool: NB 12:00pm
·         Warm-ups: NB 12:15pm
·         Meet Starts: NB 1:00pm

Upcoming Events:
·         December 4:
o    5:45-7:15 Practice: Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Caleb, Hank, Jake, Samantha, Josh, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie
·         December 6 Practice:
o   5:45-6:30: Alexa, Hannah, Kunal, Eli, Nathan, Isaac
o   6:30-7:15: Carver, JJ, Zach, Danny, Charles
o   5:45-7:15: Josh, Kira, Samantha
·         December 8-9: ICE Meet @ Mercer Aquatic Park in Iowa City
·         December 11:
o   5:45-7:15 Practice: Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Caleb, Hank, Smita
·         December 12:
o   Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Hank, Caleb, Zach, Carver, JJ, Charles
·         December 18:
o   5:45-7:15 Practice: Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Caleb, Hank, Smita
·         December 20:
o   5:45-7:15 Practice: Josh, Samantha, Kira, JJ, Zach, Charles
·         January 12-13: All Star Meet in Lawrence, KS (must apply)
·         January 26-27: CIA Meet @ Summit MS in Johnston
·         February 15-17: 12&Under Championships
o   Alexa, Alexis, Caleb, Hank, Hannah, Maddie
·         February 21-24: Senior Championships
o   Isaak, Jake, Jeannie, Josh, Samantha

Thanks!
Coach Jennie

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Att. Pella Corp. Employees & Spouses


If you or your spouse works at Pella Corp. please consider filling out the 
and naming Pella Swim Club as the recipient of a $100 grant.  
The employee and spouse may each fill out an application.  
$100 is donated for each application filed.  
Applications are 
due Friday, Nov. 30.  
Our swim club has received over $600 in grant money 
from Pella Rolscreen Foundation since receiving 501(c)3 nonprofit status.  
All it takes is a few minutes to fill out your volunteer work.  
It does not have to be specifically for the swim club and 
can be any volunteer work to meet the 50 hour requirement. 


Name of Organization: Pella Swim Club
Contact Person: Kurtis Webb
Phone #: 641-416-0356
Address: 604 157th Pl, Otley, IA 50214

Friday, November 16, 2012

BLAST MEET INFO.


tHIS MEET IS NOT AN 
OFFICIAL TEAM MEET 
NO COACH 
WILL BE PRESENT.



Blast entries

blast Meet fees


Monday, November 12, 2012

ALL STARS INFO.

Attention Pella Swim Club athletes 
if you are a 14 and under aged swimmer and 
ranked in the top 20 in any individual event 
in the State of Iowa 
you are encouraged to apply for the 
All-Stars team to represent 


Deadline: Wed., Dec. 12, 2012

*See Jennie with Questions.

ICE meet ...


This weekends’ meet was AMAZING!!!! We had 26 total Q-times made!!!!! Nice work! We did have one DQ, but that was MUCH better than the last meet. I am so excited for the future of our team.



The ICE meet is up next, I am hoping to have the invite for that meet this week. We will need to have entries in the DAY the invite comes out so if you want to help me out with this here is what you can do:

1.      Reply to this email and tell me if you are planning on attending

a.       Tell me which day(s) you wish your swimmers to attend

b.      Tell me your time restrictions

Here is an example:

·         “Samantha will be swimming both Saturday and Sunday of the ICE meet she will not be able to be there after 2:00pm on Saturday and not before 12:00 on Sunday. Please do not have her swim up in open events if at all possible. Thanks”

Thank you ahead of time for your help!



Upcoming Events:

·         November 14: Practice 2:30-3:30:

o   Josh, Samantha, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Calebe, Hank, Eli, Zach, Carver, JJ, Charles

·         November 16: Practice 4:45-6:00:

o   Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Caleb, Hank

·         November 20 Practice:

o   5:45-6:30: Zach, JJ, Eli, Carver, Charles

o   6:30-7:15: Maddie, Smita, Alexis, Caleb, Hank

o   5:45-7:25: Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie

·         December 8-9: ICE Meet @ Mercer Aquatic Park in Iowa City

·         January 12-13: All Star Meet in Lawrence, KS (must apply)

·         January 26-27: CIA Meet @ Summit MS in Johnston

·         February 15-17: 12&Under Championships

o   Alexis, Caleb, Hank, Hannah, Maddie

·         February 21-24: Senior Championships

o   Isaak, Jake, Jeannie, Josh, Samantha



Thanks!

Coach Jennie

Head Coach of the Pella Swim Club

Thursday, November 8, 2012

DMSF Nov. 10-11 Details

*Please read Coach Jennie's email below. 
*Lots of team pictures will be taken this weekend.  Make sure to wear your team shirts.  If you don't have your shirts, Melissa will have them at the meet.  

Champions BELIEVE in Themselves!  
We BELIEVE in each one of You!  
Let's Go Pella! 

Notes from the Coach




Rec practice starts this week; be sure on Tues/Thurs that we also have USA practice that your swimmers drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and at practice, WATER BOTTLES are not an option at practices! They also need to eat something as soon as they are done with their rec practice and before their USA practice.





DMSF Meet - November 10-11:

·         Entry list 


·         Meet info:
o   Saturday AM
§  12&Under Girls, 10&Under Boys
·         9:00 arrive at pool
·         9:15 warm-ups
·         10:30 meet starts
o   Saturday PM
§  13&Over Girls, 11&Over Boys
·         NB(not before) 2:15: arrive at pool
·         NB 2:30: warm-ups
·         NB 3:40 meet starts
o   Sunday AM
§  12&Under Girls, 11&Under Boys
·         7:15 arrive at pool
·         7:30 warm-ups
·         8:40 meet starts
o   Sunday PM
§  13&Over Girls, 11&Over Boys
·         NB(not before) 12:15: arrive at pool
·         NB 12:30: warm-ups
·         NB 1:40 meet starts
·         Location – This meet is at VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL in West Des Moines
Team Goals from the coach for this meet: (If we accomplish this we will have a prize for all!)
·         NO DQ’s
·         25 Q-times accomplish between all swimmers

Upcoming Events:
·         November 5: First REC practice
·         November 6: Practice 5:45-7:15pm
o   Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Caleb, Hank, Jake, Samantha, Josh, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie
·         Novmeber 9: Practice 4:45-6:00pm
o   Carver, JJ, Charles, Danny, Zach, Jacob, Alexa, Hannah, Kunal, Nathan, Isaac, Eli
o   Kira, Josh, Samantha, Jake, Isaak, Jeannie – come practice on your own at the same time (I will have workout printed and ready, you can do it as a group to push each other)
·         November 10-11: DMSF Meet @ Valley High School, West Des Moines – info above
·         November 14: Practice 2:30-3:30:
o   Josh, Samantha, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Calebe, Hank, Eli, Zach, Carver, JJ, Charles
·         November 16: Practice 4:45-6:00:
o   Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie, Maddie, Alexis, Smita, Caleb, Hank
·         Novmeber 20 Practice:
o   5:45-6:30: Zach, JJ, Eli, Carver, Charles
o   6:30-7:15: Maddie, Smita, Alexis, Caleb, Hank
o   5:45-7:25: Jake, Josh, Samantha, Kira, Isaak, Jeannie
·         December 8-9: ICE Meet @ Mercer Aquatic Park in Iowa City
·         January 12-13: All Star Meet in Lawrence, KS (must apply)
·         January 26-27: CIA Meet @ Summit MS in Johnston
·         February 15-17: 12&Under Championships
·         February 21-24: Senior Championships

Thanks!
Coach Jennie
Head Coach of the Pella Swim Club












Friday, November 2, 2012

Parent Meeting Notes


A. All communication is done through email and the blog – Please check your email daily – No hard copies are sent home

B. Team Shirts are in – to be handed out at practices next week please wear to the meet next weekend – team pictures will be taken for those attending- each athlete received one shirt with their club registration fees

C. SportsPageGrafx now has our logo available to embroider items – cost to embroider an item you bring in is $5-$7.

D. Team Caps are ordered – all families that ordered customized caps will be receiving a refund for the personalization – we didn’t meet our minimum for number required to personalize 

E. Late Fees & Handling of CASH– Please read through new policy effective Nov. 1

F. Electronic Communications policy – Please read effective Nov. 1

G. Bullying Policy – Please read effective Nov. 1

H. Code of Conduct forms are at the pool - 
The following families still need to sign – Bailey, Etnyre, A. Gaylor, Yang

I. Nov. – Dec. practice assignments/schedule
J. Jan. & Feb. practice schedule- assignments to be posted on blog late Nov.

K. 2nd installment for all season dues was due Oct. 31

L. FACEBOOK - Friend Pella Swim Club to receive updates

M. Working to coordinate a Holiday bake sale for families to earn money to help pay for meet entry fees

N. Renew magazine subscriptions through E-Fundraising – club receives 40% of what you pay

O. Meet entry process
  1. Visit blog –  Click on Meet Registration info.
  2. Click on meet registering for ex. DMSF – visit pages identified
  3. Click on meet entry form for specific meet – all dollar amounts & due date will be filled in – download or print off form
  4. Fill out form and email or return to Pool
  5. Note on forms whether you would like your athlete to participate in a relay - if there are enough team members to create a relay Jennie will let you know once all forms are in
  6. If you do not know what events to sign your child up for– fill out the form – circle the day you will be attending the meet and Jennie will assign events to that athlete and let the family know what the total due is and what events they will be swimming
  7. Please pay special attention to meet entry due date – 
  8. Leave payment at pool

THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


PARENT MEETING
THURS., NOV. 1
6:15-7:15
PELLA PUBLIC LIBRARY


* All new & experienced USA Swimming families should plan to attend.  New policies & procedures will be implemented and discussed at the meeting. Please email Melissa if you are unable to attend.



Sunday, October 7, 2012



10 Commandments of
Sports for Parents


1. Thou shall be sure that your child knows that--win or lose, scared or heroic--you love him/her, appreciate his/her efforts, and that you are not disappointed in him/her.
2. Thou shall try your best to be completely honest with yourself (not your child) about your child's athletic capability, his/her competitive attitude, his/her sportsmanship--and his/her actual skill level. 
3. Thou shall be helpful--but don't coach him/her on the way to swim or on the way back home.
4. Thou shall teach your child to enjoy competition for competition's sake, remembering that there are lessons to be learned in winning as well as in losing.
5. Harken `O parents: Try not to relive your athletic life through your child--or try to create an athletic career to replace the one that you never had.
6. Thou shall not compete with the coach--remember, in many cases, the coach becomes a hero to the athletes, a person who can do no wrong.
7. Thou shall not compare the skill, courage or attitudes of your child with that of other members of the squad or team.
8. Thou shall get to know the coach so that you can be sure that his\her philosophy, attitudes, ethics, and knowledge are such that you are happy to expose your child to him\her.
9. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reactions when they bring home tales of woe--or tales of heroics.
10. Thou shall make a point of understanding courage and the fact that it is relative. Some of us climb mountains but fear flight-- some of us will want to fight but turn to jelly if a spider crawls nearby. A child must learn: courage is not absence of fear, but rather doing something in spite of fear.