2018 Swim Team Registration is Open!

Sent by Seymour, Liz (Seymour, Liz and Tim) on 3/5/2018. This announcement was emailed to all users

 

Dear Byrnwyck & Blue Dolphin Families,

Once again, the summer swim season is around the corner! Registration is now open at https://byrnwyckbluedolphins.swimtopia.com and will run through Monday, April 16, at which point late fees for ASA kick in. We encourage you to register early, however, because we will need to cap the younger age groups. But before you get your kids registered, we have a few pieces of info for you.

As I emailed a few weeks ago, we welcome Andy Gibbons as our new Head Coach. We have high hopes for his experience and ideas, and we will schedule a chance for you all to meet him in the near future. As always, please remember that summer swim team is meant to serve as an introduction to competitive swimming. Our main goal is to foster a sense of fun and community!

Here is the rest of our staffing lineup:

Mary Claire (MC) Stockmeyer, Assistant Coach

Chris Lin, Assistant Coach

Jenna Monin, Assistant Coach

Jack Stockmeyer, Assistant Coach

Nathan Whatley, Assistant Coach

Ryan Hoad, Junior Coach

Hayden Hollingsworth, Junior Coach

Clare Seymour, Junior Coach

Given that we have a new website this year, you will need to create a new account. Registration fees will run as such: Members $140 for the first swimmer, $85 for the second swimmer, and $55 for the third, with a family max of $280; non-members (returning families only, no new non-members will be accepted) $190 for the first swimmer, $110 for the second swimmer, and $80 for the third swimmer, with a family max of $380. The ASA fee has increased to $29.50 per swimmer in order to cover the increased insurance liability coverage the ASA has assumed. Each registered swimmer will receive a t-shirt as part of the fee. NOTE: ALL teen swimmers, age 13-18, will only be charged $50 to swim. We really hope to retain this age group!

As many of you know, swimming as a sport is unique in its requirement of MANY volunteers. If you cannot or do not want to assist at the meets, then please reconsider your child's involvement. While in season past we have cited a specific number of volunteer slots required per family, the reality is that if your child is swimming in a meet, we will most likely need you to volunteer during some portion of it. We DO track who has volunteered, and we will make sure we spread the wealth before asking you to cover more than 4 spots, but there is no guarantee that you will not be needed more than that. If you do not show up or fail to fulfill your duty at a meet without a reasonable excuse or notice, we will pull your swimmer(s) from the following week's meet. Please don't put us in that position! 

Also, please note that we do not have our swim meet schedule yet, so I had to simply alternate home meets versus away meets when setting up the volunteer spots. This means that while the schedule may cite that 6/5 is a home meet, for example, I do not yet know if this is the case. The schedule should be released mid-April, at which point I will update the calendar to reflect it.

The season will begin with a week of afternoon dry-land practices May 7-10, followed by practices in the water May 14-17 (the calendar will specify which times for your swimmers, depending on their ages). Morning practices will begin the week of May 28, and  the afternoon/evening practices will continue then as well. Swim meets will be primarily on Tuesdays, with the first one on Wednesday, May 30.

We'll have fittings for swimsuits on April 14 from 1-4 p.m., April 15 from 3-5 p.m., and then again during the first week of practices as well as online. We will once again use the plain navy suit that has the Byrnwyck Blue Dolphins logo on it. Please note that these suits are always optional. Your swimmer is welcome to wear whichever suit he or she desires, both at practices and at the meets.

We are excited to see another season of the Byrnwyck Blue Dolphins! 

Liz Seymour