Swim Team Meets & Parent Coaches Meeting

First I would like to thank everyone for having filled out the Contact Form, the information makes it easier for me to stay in contact with you the parents; as well as providing me easy access to invaluable contact information in case of an emergency. Anyway, there are two items that I would like to make you all aware of…

10.07.14 Parent Coaches Meeting
Next Tuesday, from 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM we will be hosting our Parent Coaches Meeting. This is a forum for you as the parents to discuss your concerns, and ask your questions, of the coaching staff (this will most likely be just myself and Pat); while we will have the opportunity to discuss some of our plans for the season. As always, it is recommended you attend. We will be meeting in the racquetball courts at 5:45 PM.

Swim Meets
Every season I try to get the meet schedule finalized before hand, but I usually run into scheduling issues as the season progresses. We, as coaching staff, also like to see perfect attendance at meets; seeing as we are a small group every member matters! Also, swim meets serve as the perfect forum for athletes to show off their hard work, and we do want every athlete to participate in every meet. With that in mind I am sharing a tentative swim meet schedule for the season…

  • 11.16.14 - Meet vs. Hartford JCC @ Hartford JCC
  • 11.23.14 - Meet vs. Bridgeport/Stratford YMCA @ Home
  • 12.14.14 - Meet vs. Springfield JCC @ Home
  • 01.18.15 - Meet vs. Springfield JCC @ Springfield JCC
  • 03.06.15 - Meet vs. Bridgeport/Stratford YMCA @ Stratford YMCA
  • 03.08.15 - JCC Championships @ TBA

I hope this schedule makes it easier, I feel as if most meets are well spaced out, and there will be no crazy drives to Salem this year. Anyway, please set aside these dates in your calendar, and I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday.

Welcome To A New Year Of Swimming (SCY 2014-2015)

I want to start by saying welcome back to many of you! (And for those of you new to what we offer, welcome for the first time!) Thank you for your interest in the Blue Marlins of Greater New Haven swim team, this email is here to let you know that our new season is fast approaching, and being a potentially new (or existing) member I would like to share with you some information about this coming season before we start swimming.

First, and foremost, our swimming season will start on September 22nd and continue till Mid-March. During the first few weeks the schedule will be a little hectic, only because of the various Jewish holidays, I do plan on offering a printed calendar to get us through those early days though.

Moving on to our program itself. We offer 4 distinctly different groups for your young swimmer, the White Group, the Blue Group, the Pre-Senior Group and the Senior Group. Each group builds off the other and builds up what we believe to be strong swimmers.

  • The White Group is an introductory group. This is for swimmers who can do a lap or two of straight freestyle swimming and are wondering what else they can learn and do. We offer 3 practices a week with a minimum attendance of 2 of them. Practices are typically offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM. For more information please click here.
  • The Blue Group is a more developed program. Swimmers here have begun to develop strong technique skills and are continuing to build on them while the shift to racing begins. We offer 3 practices a week with a minimum attendance of 2 of them. Practices are typically offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM. For more information please click here.
  • The Pre-Senior Group is a competitive group. Swimmers here have strong technique skills and are now primarily focusing on developing their racing skills. We offer 4 practices a week with a minimum attendance of 3 of them. Practices are typically offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM and Wednesdays from 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM. For more information please click here.
  • The Senior Group is our highest developed group. Swimmers have developed many if not all of their competitive swimming skills and are focused on speed and refining the not so smooth parts of their swimming. We offer 4 practices a week with a minimum attendance of 3 of them. Practices are typically offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM and Wednesdays from 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM. For more information please click here.

This covers many of the basics of our program, and more specifically the groups. As mentioned before our season starts on September 22nd, and for our first few days (9/22, 9/23) we will all be together as one big group from 5:15 - 6:30 PM. Not all of this time will be swimming as much as it will be the opportunity to get to know each other, see how the swimmers swim, and so on.
Until then, I hope you all have a fabulous rest of your summer.

End of Season

I’m hoping many of you had fun this past Friday. I’m here now to share with all of you our end of season plans for this year. I’ll keep this brief.

June 19th will be our last day of practice this season. We will continue our regularly scheduled practices until that date. However our June 19th practice will be something special; we will be running a Blue & White (Intra-Team) Meet.

06.19.14 Blue & White (Intra-Team) Meet
This will be the last day of practice. We invite parents to come and watch if they’d like as we will be pitting the athletes against each other in an all out struggle where only one can win. (That’s usually me, just because).

All athletes must be on deck ready to swim at 5:30 PM. The meet itself will start at 6:00 PM, and I imagine we will be done before 7:00 PM. Expect a line up next week.

But that’s it really. Just 6 more practices until we all get to enjoy a nice summer break. I’ll see the Pre-Seniors & Seniors tonight, and the entire team tomorrow.

02.23.14 JCC Championships Results & 03.02.14 CT Regional Championships SCY 2014 Results

Oh my have I sat on these two results. At the end of our last season (think February/March) we had two championship meets. For most of our team that was JCC Championships, and for a few it was Regionals.

As always I’m proud of how well or team did/does.We always put out a strong showing, with many of our athletes placing in the top 10 of their events. For a small team, that always good.

I happen to love these types of meets because almost always an athlete is able to swim with similarly skilled competitors which pushes them to achieve personal bests and swim exciting races. I also love them cause usually I get to just sit back and watch.

Anyhoo, here they are…

02.23.14 JCC Championships Results
03.02.14 CT Regional Championships SCY 2014 Results

06.06.14 Meet vs. Bridgeport/Stratford YMCA

Our first dual meet of the season is approaching. On Friday, June 6th, we will be facing the Bridgeport/Stratford YMCA in a fun and casual swim meet.

The BSY will be hosting the meet (Directions Here), and it will be an abridged dual meet, we both like to keep things moving. Athletes are expected on deck by 5:30 PM. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO SEATING! You will need to bring your own seats!

A final copy of the line up is available here. I’m pretty sure I’m not missing any athlete committed to swimming.

Lastly we are will be assigning timers as well, that list will be sent out to the timers. If you are unable to time you will need to find a replacement, feel free to contact me for help with that.

Anyway, I wish you all the best, and we return to a regular practice schedule starting this Monday.