Madeira Marlins 2018 Season Overview
We are looking forward to another fun-filled summer of Madeira Marlins! Welcome back all returning swimmers and welcome to those joining us this year. Our goal is to continue to provide appropriate instruction for all of our swimmers. Some highlights of our plans for this summer are shared below:
Season Kick Off Open House: Saturday, May 19, 4-6 pm.
Pick up your team t-shirt and swim cap
Swimville will be on-site for new team suit fittings (the same suit as last year so if it still fits your child, you are good to go!)
Purchase silicone team swim caps for $10
Job Sign-Ups will open at 4 pm. We will have computers on-site for use.
We encourage you to attend the Officials Clinic from 5-5:45 pm. As a reminder, the success of the swim team is dependent on our amazing families and everyone fulfilling volunteer jobs at swim meets. By attending the Officials Clinic you will learn the basic requirements for being a stroke and turn judge as well as other jobs and be able to volunteer for these positions throughout the season.
Know you will be out of town for a meet? Now is a great time to log into your Team Unify account and either confirm attendance or sign your swimmer out of a meet. With a team of over 250 swimmers, it helps us greatly to plan ahead for team lineups. Simply log into your account, http://www.mstcmarlins.com, click on the “Events” tab and click on “Attend/Decline” for each meet . Note: Registration is not required for 8 and Under Mini-Meets. Just show up and have fun!
Practices: On most practice days, we will incorporate the use of dry-land workouts to free up space in the pool. We believe this will help with not being so crowded in each lane, and, provide opportunities to work more on core and cardio training. Please have your child/children (ages 9 & up) come prepared with running shoes, socks, shorts and t-shirt each day. Also, we encourage them to bring a water bottle.
Swimmer Values: Our swimmers share values of being a Madeira Marlin. Those values include the following:
We support each other. We are teammates. We cheer each other on in meets,
We consistently display good sportsmanship. We like to compete and we like to win, but we do so in a positive, encouraging method and are respectful to other teams.
We try our best. We work hard to improve upon our individual times and accomplishments.
We listen to our coaches, parent volunteers and team captains.
4th of July Parade: Each year our team walks in the Madeira 4th of July parade. Details for that day will be sent out for this event the week before the event. Coaches and parent volunteers walk with the swimmers. This year’s parade occurs on Tuesday, July 3rd.
Bring Your Parent to Practice: Yes, this was a big success last season. Our 2nd Annual Bring Your Parent to Practice Day will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd. More details to follow, however, we want to make sure you block off your calendar to come along with your kid(s) to practice!
Goal Planning: New to this season, we would like to start doing some basic goal planning with each swimmer. A goal planning sheet is being sent home to each family for swimmers to think through a few of their goals for the summer. During the season, coaches will work with each swimmer to discuss their goals, review strategies to obtain these goals, and hold them accountable to this process.
Big Buddies: We will be doing Big Buddies again this summer. Big Buddies is designed to pair up an older swimmer (11 & older) with a younger swimmer (10 & under). A Big Buddy may have 2-3 younger buddies. The design of this program is for Big Buddies to help their younger buddies during swim meets, cheering them on, helping them when possible to get to the blocks, and a way for swimmers who don’t normally meet during the season to develop a unique relationship. Buddies pair-ups will be announced and posted on Monday, June 4th.
Parent Relays: This summer we will conduct the 5th Annual Madeira Parent Relay. The parent relay will be conducted on Thursday, June 28th¸ during our home meet vs. Three Rivers. Last year we had a record 40 parents participate! The Parent Relay Draft will be held the weekend before at the pool. A separate sign-up sheet will be sent out soon for any parent that is interested in participating. The race will be conducted immediately before the start of the meet (roughly 6:45).
Communication: If you have any questions or need anything during the season, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also utilize the Remind (text) technology to alert parents and swimmers of any urgent news, weather related updates, etc. throughout the summer.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call any of the Swim/Dive board members.
Swim: Doreen Grontkowski email@example.com
Dive: Chuck Pool firstname.lastname@example.org