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Thank you Flippin’ Pizza for a Great Fundraiser!
This past Friday, we threw a fundraiser party with 35 pizzas copiously donated to us by Flippin’ Pizza. Not only was the pizza outstanding, but we netted nearly $500 (even after a generous tip). Thank you to Suzanne Stack, who spearheaded this effort, and the other volunteers who made this event a success in raising money toward the planned tot lot upgrade. We will likely plan other such fundraisers in the future to provide the little ones with a nicer play area on the back portion of our property.
This summer, FINS Swimming will begin offering summer programs out of our wonderful pool.
We will offer a 7 week program, starting on Wednesday June 13th, that will focus on technique, technique, technique! Many of our swimmers will be swimming for their summer swim teams and looking to add FINS practices to their swimming schedule. And lots of FINS Swimmers who don’t have a summer team will also be joining us.
FINS will offer the following programs that swimmers can participate in once or twice a week:
We’ll have the pizza, you bring the beverages!
Enjoy the evening with friends and family while helping to raise funds for our planned new playground equipment. Flippin’ Pizza has generously donated 30 pies to help us with the fundraiser, and all proceeds will go toward the planned tot lot upgrade. Pizzas will cost $15 by the pie and $3 per slice. Unless you preorder a whole pie, all pizzas provided will be cheese. If you wish to order in-advance, you can choose one topping for free from these choices (sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, mushroom, green pepper, roasted red peppers, onions, or tomatoes). Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to June 5, and your pie (with your name attached) will be available for pick up at the pool between 5 – 6 PM on June 8.
The swim team will be holding time trials from 4:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, June 10.
We’ll now take questions from the audience . . .
Q. We never hold time trials on Sunday afternoon/evening – why the change?
A. Because change is good. We must embrace change, even if it means we are considered “socialists” by certain people who don’t know what socialism is. And, more importantly, if we want to have the coaches at time trials, we need to hold them on Sunday afternoon/evening.
Q. Are any other teams coming to participate in time trials with us?
A. No. In the past we have had years where we hold time trials with another team and we have had years where we don’t. Things are a little simpler and a little quicker (and who doesn’t like quick?) if we do time trials on our own.
Q. What if a swimmer can’t make time trials?
A. We’ll be sad, but we’ll get over it. We want to strongly encourage all swimmers to come to the time trials (and their parents to volunteer to help). However, we realize that there are other things that come up, especially with it being the end of the school year. So we hope to see you there, but if you’re unable to make it, don’t worry. We’ll get your first set of times at the first B Meet on Wednesday, June 13.
Q. Wait a minute . . . you put that “volunteer” thing in parenthesis hoping we wouldn’t notice it. What do you mean volunteers?
A. Time trials are not only a chance for the swimmers to get their first times, it’s also a chance for the parents to practice making a swim meet go. Plus, without the parents, the swimmers would stand around aimlessly on the pool deck not knowing what to do. Among other things, we’ll need a referee, a starter, a gaggle of stoke and turn officials, two gaggles of timers, a clerk of course . . . the full panoply of positions needed to make a swim meet function properly.
Q. Gaggle? Panoply? What are you, studying for the SATs?
A. Mercifully, our days of #2 pencils is well in the rearview mirror. Besides, we hear that the ACT is all the rage now.
Q. Anything else?
A. Not for now, but if anyone has any questions, feel free to email Jay Matson at email@example.com. He’ll do the best he can to get you an answer!
For those interested in swim team, dates and locations for this summer’s A Meet schedule are below. There will also be B Meets during the week on Wednesdays too, please stay tuned for those dates and locations.
- June 9-10: Time Trials (precise time TBD)
- June 16: A Meet: Away versus Clopper Mill
- June 23: A Meet: Home versus Eldwick
- June 30: A Meet: Home versis Poolesville
- July 7: A Meet: Away versus Plantations
- July 14: A Meet: Home versus Carderock Springs
- July 21: Divisionals
- July 28-29: All Stars
There are also A and B relays somewhere in there as well (usually each is on a Sunday in the middle of the season). The details regarding these meets still needs to be finalized. For your convenience, all of these dates are located in the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club calendar. Feel free to subscribe to this calendar to automagically sync this information into your family’s personal calendar.
It’s cold outside and we’re still four-plus months from the first practice, but plans for the 2012 swim season are already under way.
In particular, we have started our search for both a head coach and assistant coaches. If you know someone who is interested in either position, please encourage them to contact me at his/her earliest convenience at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the head coach position, candidates should send me a resume and salary requirements. For the assistant coach position, a simple email letting me know he/she is interested is sufficient – I will follow up.
Our goal is to have completed the process and hired the coaches in the next 4-6 weeks.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who are competing in All-Star Relays and Individual All Stars this weekend!
Saturday (July 30): All Star Relays
Warm-ups are at 9:30am. Swimmers, please be there on time! The meet starts at 10am and is expected to conclude by 12pm. Our team area will be in the grassy area on the far side of the pool, most likely near the scoreboard.
Sunday (July 31): Individual All Stars
Warm-ups will be as follows:
- 7:00am-7:20am 12& under
- 7:20am-7:40am 13-18
- 7:40am-7:50am general warm-up
The meet starts at 8am. There will be warm-ups available during the meet. We will plan to meet up in the same place as Saturday – the far side of the pool in the grassy area by the scoreboard.
Cheer On Our Swimmers!
All Old Farm swimmers not competing, but who will be in town are encouraged to attend to cheer on our fellow Eagles!
Where The Meet Is & A Note About Parking
The All Star meets (relays and individuals) will be held at the Rockville Municipal Swim Center, which is at 355 Martins Lane in Rockville (near the post office just north of Rockville Town Center).
- Parking will likely be difficult for these meets, so you should plan on arriving earlier rather than later. Here is what MCSL is saying about parking:
- Parking in the Rockville Swim center parking lot will be controlled and if you want to park in that lot that it will cost $1.00
- Only park in the defined spaces at Rockville, do not make your own parking space.
- If no spaces are available in the Rockville parking lot, you may park on Martens Lane, or at the Rock Terrace School (do not park on their fields or grass), or in the Board of Education parking lot.
- Do not park in the surrounding neighborhoods.
- If you do not heed the above advice you will run about a 99% chance of getting ticketed or towed.
On Friday, July 22nd, there will be morning practice from 9:00-10:00 AM. Immediately after practice, we will be feeding the team a pancake breakfast instead of donuts. If you have contacted me to volunteer, please arrive or drop off your contribution no later than 9:45am.
In the afternoon, the coaches will be directing the swimmers to rest and stay out the sun in preparation for our big Divisional Meet (accordingly, there is no afternoon practice on Friday). Each year, we host a Movie Watching Party so that the team can be together. The Gendelman family has graciously offered their home (and 55″ TV) for this year’s party. Details are below:
Swim Team Movie Day
Friday, July 22nd 12:30 – 3:00pm
(please feed your swimmer lunch before sending him/her)
9 Dairyfield Court, Rockville (in North Farm)
Donations of healthy snacks and drinks are greatly appreciated!
(please be considerate of the Gendelman’s carpeting)
Welcome to hump day, buckle you seat belts and aim for the weekend!
A couple of reminders as we approach Divisionals and the Banquet:
1. Coaches Gifts – Please Give
To all of you who have contributed to end-of-season gifts for the coaches, Thank You! To those who have not yet done so, there is still time!
Amount: We’re asking that folks consider $10 per swimmer or $20 per family (if you have 2 or more swimmers in the family). Bottom line – whatever you’re comfortable with.
Optimal would be to hand cash or a check directly to Gail Daumit or Ron Minsk.
Second best, you can leave a check in their mailbox (999 Farm Haven Drive in North Farm) – DO NOT LEAVE CASH IN A MAILBOX (in fact, do not leave cash anywhere except your wallet or purse . . . I lost cash yesterday in the pocket of my swim suit. Yes, that’s true.).
Last but if your schedule absolutely prohibits options 1 or 2, email me (email@example.com) and tell me you pledge X, but keep in mind if you pledge, we are going to “front” the money on your behalf. That means, like Dog the Bounty Hunter, we will track you down – no backsies!
2 . Friday – Pancakes, Practice and Movie
There is practice on Friday.
There is also a pancake breakfast (Yummy!) and a movie (Fun!). Pencil all this in on your calendar. Details coming a little later today!
As we approach the end of the 2011 swim season, we are already thinking about the 2012 season.
A Meet Assistant Manager
For those who don’t know, after many years – something like 8 !!! – as the A meet manager, Jill Ray is going to retire. We have begged her to stay, but every time we do that she just laughs and walks away (ok, that’s not true, but we think she is looking forward to retirement). In addition, Griff Lindsay, who has been doing swim team stuff since the last ice age (well, something more like two decades. No, seriously. TWO DECADES!) is going to take emeritus status. Kind of like when Yoda fled to Dagobah . . . he was still around to help from time to time (and Griff will be around), but Luke was largely on his own.
Gail and Jay will be working together on the A meets next year. We hope not to miss a beat, but we could really use a third person on the team, an assistant A meet manager. If the prospect of working with Jay isn’t totally repulsive, let him or Gail know if you would be interested. We’ll train you. It will be fun. If no one steps up, Jay will feel rejected and that will make him cry. We don’t want that.
B Meet Manager and Assistant Manager(s)
Kathi Nardella is going to be retiring as well. Kathi has been doing yeoman’s work as the B meet manager for the past couple of years. She is looking forward to Wednesday nights roaming the Wholefoods, looking for bargains (actually, we have no idea what she’ll be doing on Wednesday nights – maybe helping with the B meets in some other capacity?)
If you have a low IQ, you’re disorganized, you have a generally cranky personality or you dislike working with others, don’t bother to volunteer for these positions. We need smart, organized, upbeat and social. Ok, we’ll settle for a pulse. For those of you who feel guilty, like you should do more, go with that feeling. Let it drive you to tell Jay that you want to manage the B meets, even though you’re not really sure what it involves and you’re scared it will overwhelm you (Jay can get you narcotics that will totally eliminate that feeling, and he’ll throw in a large bag of Cool Ranch Doritos in case you get the munchies.). If we can get a team of 2 or 3 folks for the B meets, the work can be shared and it will be fun. And if Jay actually becomes a Jedi, he’ll provide whatever guidance you need. So who’s up for it? Bueller . . . Bueller . . . Bueller. Come on, someone wants to do this, we can tell!
Seriously, we are about to undergo a major changing of the guard next year. If you think you might be able to help in any of these positions, let us know and we’ll talk earnestly about what it entails and support you in any way we can. We really do need several people to step up!