Thursday, May 11th, 7:30pm at the Linkie’s (11820 Farmland Drive). Stop by to say hello and find out how to get more involved with the team this summer. There are lots of opportunities to help out beyond timing and we need your help. We’re in need of volunteers to help coordinate social events, to plan and execute the Swim and Dive Banquet, and to run concessions. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
Old Farm will be holding its Annual Registration Night on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria at Farmland Elementary. Members of the Board of Directors will be on hand to answer membership questions. It’s also a great opportunity to submit those last minute membership dues before the early bird rates expire on April 30th.
Swim and Dive Team Registration
Coaches and Representatives of the Swim and Dive Teams will be on hand to answer questions regarding the swim and dive programs, team suits and lessons programs. Registration for both the Swim and Dive Teams will be done online through Team Unify (opening in the coming days). Payments can be made in person at Registration Night, paid through the Pool Store or submitted by mail.
Information will also be available on Tollefson’s Masters Swim Program and Coach Dorrer’s Triathalon Training Programs for kids and adults. Pool Spiritwear order forms will be available as well.
We’re looking forward to another great summer at Old Farm! Come by on the 26th to learn more about all of the fun in store.
Assessments will be conducted on all swimmers interested in the Pre-Team and Little Eagles Programs prior to registration. Assessment sessions will be held June 6th-9th at either 4:45 pm or 5:45 pm. Reservations for assessment sessions can be made via Sign-Up Genius. Each swimmer should sign up for one 15-minute assessment slot at the Sign-Up Genius here.
Coaches will make swimmer placement recommendations by 6/10/16. Practices for both Pre-Team and Little Eagles will begin on 6/13/16.
**Please note that all children must be 4 years old by 6/1/2016 and completely toilet trained to participate in either program. More detailed descriptions of the programs and their requirements can be viewed here.
A night out at Gilly’s for a good cause – CRAFT BEER!!! Gilly’s will be donating 10% of their sales to our Old Farm Swim and Dive Teams between 5-10pm. If you haven’t been to Gilly’s before, they are located at the corner of Twinbrook and Chapman Ave. (next to Urban BBQ). They have a huge deli (so come hungry) and 19 craft beers on tap (and come thirsty)! They also carry one of the biggest selections of craft beer in the Rockville area, a perfect opportunity to stock up for our Memorial Day Pool Opening and our Friday Happy Hours!
Parent Social: Thursday, May 12th, 7:30pm at the Linkie’s (11820 Farmland Drive)
Stop by to say hello and find out how to get more involved with the team this summer. There are lots opportunities to help out beyond timing and we need your help. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
Registration Night: Thursday, May 5th, 7:00-8:30pm at Farmland ES
Come see our coaches, FINS Director Nick Kaufman, and all your OFST friends. Register for swim/dive teams, and get fitted for and order your team suit from Aardvark Swim and Sport. Once again, our suit will be the TYR Phoenix in Navy/Red/White available in both thick and thin straps. Check it out at http://www.tyr.com/shop/women-s-phoenix-splice-diamondfit-swimsuit.html
Registration Night: Thursday, May 14th, 7:00-8:30pm at Farmland ES
Come see our coaches, FINS Director Nick Kaufman, and all your OFST friends. Dive Team New and Old, Come meet the 2015 Dive Coach Jessie Gendelman (returning OF Diver!), see your OFDT friends. Register for swim/dive teams, and buy your team suit from Aardvark Swim and Sport. Have your kids try them on at registration night to make sure they fit. Our new suit will be the TYR Phoenix in Navy/Red/White available in both thick and thin straps.
It’s almost here, the 2015 swim team season! Once again, we are very pleased to announce that FINS will be back at Old Farm and has hired a terrific team to coach the Eagles this summer. Leading the team will be Co-Head Coaches Danny Charlip and Barry Mangold with help from Assistant Coaches Mike Scott, Natsumi Horikawa and Coby Zucker.
There is lots of fun ahead for swimmers of all ages at Old Farm Pool! Below you will find a list of important dates for the summer as well as the Summer Practice Schedule.
Registration Night: Thursday, May 14th, 7:00-8:30pm at Farmland ES
Come see our coaches, FINS Director Nick Kaufman, and all your OFST friends. Register for swim/dive teams, and buy your team suit from Aardvark Swim and Sport. Have your kids try them on at registration night to make sure they fit. Our new suit will be the TYR Phoenix in Navy/Red/White available in both thick and thin straps. Check it out at http://www.tyr.com/shop/usa-water-polo-women-s-phoenix-diamondback.html
Preseason Fundraiser Dinner: Tuesday, May 5th, 5:00-9:00pm at California Tortilla
Join your Eagle friends for dinner at California Tortilla in the Cabin John Shopping Center (7727 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, MD). Just say “GOOF” when you place your order and CalTort will donate 25% back to Old Farm Swim and Dive Teams.
2015 Swim Meet Schedule:
- June 6 Time Trials 1
- June 10 Time Trials 2 (B meet bye week)
- June 13 A meet AWAY vs. Norbeck Hills
- June 17 B meet HOME vs. Montgomery Square
- June 20 A meet AWAY vs. Kenmontt
- June 24 B meet AWAY vs. Eldwick
- June 27 A meet HOME vs. Clopper’s Mill
- June 28 A Relay Carnival at Kenmont
- July 1 B meet HOME vs. Inverness Forest
- July 3 FRIDAY A meet AWAY vs. Ashton
- July 7 Coaches Longcourse (invitational)
- July 8 B meet AWAY vs. Tally Ho
- July 11 A meet HOME vs. Poolesville
- July 14 Celine Silver Mini Meet at Tilden Woods
- July 18 Divisionals Championship, at Poolesville
- July 19 Swim and Dive Banquet at Farmland ES
- July 25 All-Star Relays (invitational)
- July 26 Individual All-Stars (invitational)
Remember, you can automagically have the Swim Meet Schedule synched to your own personal calendar (scroll down to the bottom and click on the Subscribe button).
Summer Practice Schedule:
AM Practices (starts June 16th):
Monday – Friday
- 11&ups — 8:50am to 10:15am (Stretches start at 8:50am)
- 10& unders – 10:05am to 11am (Stretches start at 10:05am)
- Pre Team & Little Eagles – 10:30am to 11am
PM Practices (starts May 26th):
- 11& ups – 4pm to 5:15pm
- 10&unders – 5:15pm to 6:15pm (stretches start at 5:15)
- Pre Team & Little Eagles – 4:45pm to 5:15pm
Pre-Team and Little Eagles Programs
Registration for the Pre-Team and Little Eagles Programs will not be accepted until after the pool has opened. Those swimmers interested in the Pre-Team and Little Eagles Programs can sign up for an assessment session on Registration Night or online via Signup Genius but will be able to register only after an assessment has been conducted.
This year, in order to maintain a safe environment and to ensure quality instruction for our youngest swimmers, assessments will be conducted on all swimmers interested in the Pre-Team and Little Eagles Programs prior to registration. Assessment sessions will be held June 1st-5th. Each swimmer should sign up for one assessment slot. During assessments, swimmers will be evaluated by the coaching staff to determine the appropriate group placement based on the criteria for each of the programs (see program descriptions below). Coaches will make swimmer placement recommendations by 6/5/15. Practices for both LE/PT will begin on 6/8.
In order to reduce the size of instruction groups and to minimize closures of the shallow section during the busy afternoon hours, Little Eagles afternoons will meet twice a week—either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday (date swaps cannot be accommodated). Little Eagles morning swimmers will have access to practice five days per week. Groups will be limited to 12 swimmers per session. The registration fee for both programs (a.m. and p.m.) will be the same as it is for swim team. Minimum requirements for participation are:
- Age 4 or older and fully toilet trained
- Comfortable putting face into the water and blowing bubbles.
- Comfortable in the pool under the supervision of OF coaches and in a group environment
The Pre-Team will meet 4/5 times per week (depending on B meets) in either the afternoon or morning. Swimmers need to commit to either the morning or afternoon sessions. The Pre-Team groups will be limited to 14 swimmers per session. Minimum requirements for participation are:
- Must be able to swim the length of the diving well unassisted and have the stamina to do so a few times in a row under coach supervision.
- Must have a general understanding of freestyle and are familiar with the basic components of the stroke
**Please note: During Pre-Team and Little Eagles practices, parents are invited to watch from a distance. The coaches need space to work with the children without parents immediately next to the swimmers. If you feel that your child is not ready to participate in practice without your encouragement, they are probably not ready for these programs. Private and group lessons are available from FINS for those swimmers needing a little more attention.
From our friends at Tilden Woods Pool:
Tilden Woods Pool is hosting a Teen Night for middle schoolers and up on Monday, June 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Come hang out with your friends, and enjoy some snacks and fun! Teen Night is an exchange night so we hope to see our Old Farm Pool friends there!
Update: On Sunday, April 27th we had to make an update to our calendar system on the website. As a result, if you had previously subscribed to any of our calendars, we need you to resubscribe as the addresses changed. The correct links are at the bottom of this post. Sorry about the hassle!
We’ve been busy getting all of the activities planned for this season posted to the Old Farm Pool website as well as our Facebook page. Now for your planning pleasure, all of our social activities, swim team and dive team events are posted.
And for those of you that would like to easily keep track of these events in your own calendar, here are some handy links below. Just click on any of these links and they will be automagically added to your calendar.