FINS, a program run by Nick Kaufman dedicated to teaching swimmers better techinque, has begun its summer program at Old Farm Pool. Between now and the end of July, FINS will be using lanes at the pool on the following schedule:
Afternoons: Noon – 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday
Evenings: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Tuesday
While there may be as many as two extra lanes used in the pool at these times, all facilities will be open for use by the membership, including most of the main pool’s swimming area (along with the entire shallow end, diving well, and the “baby” pool).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the FINS program, or you are interested in signing up for FINS, please contact Jay Matson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2012 season is underway and in full swing with a high percentage of renewals and a huge surge in new memberships, especially among young families. Opening weekend weather was perfect, the pool was very well attended and we sold out of all the food we had to sell at the Café Old Farm Bar-B-Q. Swim and Dive teams are preparing for the first meets, and we continue to receive complements on the new deck furniture and umbrellas. Our members and guests are enjoying some of our “extras” including the grills, Friday night pizzas, volleyball, basketball and ping pong. Just a few quick reminders and notes to help make everyone’s pool experience enjoyable.
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If your swimmer is not quite ready to swim all the way across the pool, but likes being in the water and wants to learn, Pre-Team is the place!
Pre-Team starts Monday, June 11. Practice with our swim team coaches take place from 4:15-4:45 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
And at the B meets on Wednesday evenings, our first event is the kickboard race (the meet starts at 6:00 PM). This is the perfect opportunity for your pre-teamer to get a taste of the action, with the board ensuring he/she stays at the surface and kicking away! And it’s all over a few minutes after 6:00, so you can be home for dinner and in bed on time, without any disruption to your night-time schedule!
Talk to the coaches about whether the kickboard race might be right for you!
For those of you who are new to the swim team, you may be wondering about the difference between A meets and B meets.
A meets take place on Saturday mornings, starting at 9:00 AM (and finishing about 11:30 AM). With the exception of freestyle races (where there can be two heats), there is only one heat in each event. In each heat, we have three swimmers. Points are awarded based on how each swimmer finishes (as well as ribbons). At the end of the meet, the points are tallied and one team (hopefully us!) is declared the winner. Generally, our fastest swimmers race in the A meets, but there are several reasons why that is not always the case (including illness or injury, vacation and certain limits on how many races an individual can swim). So do not assume your child will not be in the A meet – swimmers are often surprised!
B meets take place on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:00 PM (and finishing about 9:00-9:30 PM). There can be more than one heat in each event depending on the number of swimmers available. Points are not tallied, but ribbons are awarded to the swimmers individually. In any particular event, the rules generally prohibit our fastest swimmers (and our opponents’ fastest swimmers) from competing in that event in the B meet. But the swimmer could swim in a different event. (For example, Sally wins her butterfly race in the A meet. She is prohibited from swimming butterfly in the B meet the following Wednesday. However, Sally did not swim in the freestyle race at the A meet or she finished last in the A meet, so she is able to swim freestyle in the B meet.)
If you have any questions about A Meets versus B Meets, feel free to ask Gail Minsk (email@example.com) or Jay Matson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The swim team season is upon us. A couple of items for all our members to note . . .
1. The pool will be closed whenever we have home swim meets. There are only five home meets scheduled, so the closures are relatively minimal. They are:
- Saturday, June 23 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
- Wednesday, June 27 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
- Saturday, June 30 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
- Tuesday, July 3 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
- Saturday July 14 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
2. The swim and dive teams have their end of the season banquet on Sunday, June 22. We still need to finalize the venue, but on many occasions in the past we have held the banquet at the pool. In that case, the pool would close early (approximately 5:30 PM). More details on this in the very near future.
3. If you have a child 18 or younger who is interested in the swim or dive teams, we would love to have him/her join us! Any degree of experience, including none at all, is welcome! For dive team, contact Dori Morper (email@example.com). For swim team, contact Gail Minsk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jay Matson (email@example.com).
Calling all volunteers to help with a couple of aspects of swim meets!
1. FOOD. Marla Caplon will be managing our concession stand this season. Marla has been in this role for as long as I can remember (and I’m not a kid any more). But she can’t do it alone. This is a crticial part of swim meets, not only because it ensures we have food and drink on Saturday mornings (when we skipped breakfast at home) and Wednesday evenings (when we should be eating dinner), but because it helps raise money to supplement the team budget! We need a few people willing to help sell at the table, and a few people to work the grill. Otherwise, on Saturday mornings we’ll put out a box of Cheerios and a gallon of milk and watch everyone go all Hunger Games for it.
2. PHOTOS. For a long time, Bryan Ray (spouse of Jill, father of Jordan) was lurking on the pool deck with a camera taking shots of all the swimmers, which he and Jill would organize for a slide show at the banquet. Bryan is “retired” now (from his photo duties), so if we want to keep the slide show tradition alive, we need folks to take photos of the kids at the meets. In particular, we need one or two people to take the lead on this, which could be taking the photos themselves (as Bryan did), or collecting photos from other parents who are casually taking shots (or maybe a mix of the two). Otherwise, at the banquet we’ll have 60 seconds of silence when people can close their eyes and visualize what all the kids looked like in the pool.
If you are interested in helping out with concessions for a particular meet or all season, or you are interested in helping with photos and/or the slide show, please let Jay Matson know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday evening volleyball will be back again from 7 – 9 PM at Old Farm Pool this summer. With people busy with school, the game tonight is questionable, but we should begin a regular game starting June 12. We trucked in 18 tons of fresh, new sand and spread it around to create a great surface. The courts have been in heavy use by the kids over the weekend. To help organize things, please shoot an email to email@example.com if you are interested in playing, and he will send a weekly reminder email to those who have indicated interest.
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:
Back by popular demand, Old Farm Pool will be offering early-morning lap swimming from 5:45 AM until 7:15 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday…from Monday June 11 through Friday August 10.