VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHAMPS FSC is in charge of the bullpen at Championships. We need more volunteers to make this happen! There are parents that didn’t help out once this season, now is your chance! Please go to the desk and sign up to help out. It’s really really easy. Our job is to line up ALL the swimmers before they head out to the blocks to race. We can show you what to do. The more people that sign up, THE BETTER!
Please sign up right now, we don’t have very many signed up to help and we have over 180 swimmers going to Champs!! If you are working in the bullpen, you will not miss your swimmer race, and you will not have to work the entire meet. Please help. If you can’t get into the pool to put your name down, just send an email to email@example.com letting us know which half (first or second) that you would rather work.
PEP RALLY Coach Tim has decided to change the time of our Pep Rally tomorrow night. He would like everyone together at the same time from 6:00-7:00pm. Tim wants the younger kids to be inspired by the older swimmers, and be able to cheer together as we gather for our last time before Championships. The coaches plan to go over relays, and much more!
All FSC swimmers, All ages, Let’s get psyched up for PVSL Championships 2015! Pep Rally - Thursday, January 22 @6:00pm All ages!
NO PRACTICE, MONDAY 1/19 Enjoy your night off. Practice at the usual time on Tuesday,
CHICOPEE MEET RESULTS FSC 597 Chicopee 196
CHAMPS SIGN UPS It’s time to sign up for Championships! The Sign up book is now at the desk. We will have someone at the desk this week to answer any questions you might have about Champs. The sign up DEADLINE is THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015. Remember that every swimmer must have met the four meet requirement in order to participate in Championships.
If your swimmer will NOT be going to Championships, please write their name in the book for us and let us know!
A link to detailed information about Championships can be found to the right.
CHICOPEE MEET - TIME CHANGE The warm ups will be at 9:00 am and the meet will start at 9:30. Please do not arrive too early, the pool doors will not open before 8:45.
AMHERST MEET RESULTS FSC 542 Amherst 488
HOLIDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE You will find a link to the FSC Holiday Schedule. Print it out, and hang it where you’ll be able to check it each day.
REMINDERS As a reminder, the Home Meet this weekend will start at 1:00 Warm ups/ Check in 12:15.
The High School Team will be at the pool that morning, The doors to the pool will be closed while they practice. Please be respectful and let Coach Mandell finish their practice before we enter.
The special order Flannel Shirts are also at the table, poolside. Maureen Baskin will be there Monday and Tuesday with them.
There will be lots of FSC merchandise for sale next week for Holiday Gift giving ideas!
Everyone must compete in four meets to qualify for Championships. January 10th is our last meet. Please see Nancy Foley at the desk if you have any questions.
BELCHERTOWN MEET 12/13 - TIME CHANGE This away meet will be held in the Morning, with an 8:15am check in/9:00am start.
HOME MEET SAT 12/6 Just a reminder that our Home meet this weekend is in the afternoon! The warm up/check in time is 12:15 with a 1:00 start time.
The MRHS swim team will be practicing in the pool right before our meet so….Please be respectful and let them finish their practice. We ask that if you arrive early to please wait in the hallway for our turn in the pool. Thank You!!
TIME CHANGE FOR EAST LONGMEADOW MEET The meet this weekend at East Longmeadow High School will start at 9:30 am. Check-in time will be at 8:45 am.
FSC MINI MAYFLOWER MARATHON Once again, the Falcon Swim Club will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Rock 102 Mayflower Marathon. This is a great way to show community support and provide for those in need. Last year we were able to collect $750 in donations. Let's try to beat that this year. Help us reach our goal of $1000.
When: Monday November 24, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm Where: High School parking lot - outside the pool entrance.
All donations collected on Monday will be delivered Tuesday morning to the Rock 102 Mayflower Marathon Open Pantry collection in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
HOLIDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE Just a reminder... there will be no practice on Wed 11/26 - Friday 11/28. Happy Thanksgiving!
LONGMEADOW MEET RESULTS Another win for the Falcon swimmers! FSC 737 Longmeadow 331
ADVANCED PRE-SEASON PROGRAMS PLUS FSC COMPETITION SEASON Great ways to prepare for the upcoming winter swim season!!
FSC will once again be offering training opportunities for pre-season this fall! Strength & Conditioning will begin on September 29th and be held on Mondays and Thursdays. Coach Tim's pool training will begin on October 6th and be held Monday through Friday. Both programs will continue until the Thanksgiving break. Three registration forms for these two programs and the regular Falcon Swim Club competition season are attached.
Strength & Conditioning: This program is open to all high school and jr. high athletes who want to add the strength exercise piece to their training schedule. It is held in the pool area and consists of age appropriate land exercises. We encourage jr. high athletes to participate! This program begins on September 29th and will be held Mondays & Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
The cost of the program is $75.
Coach Tim's Swim Program: This program is open to all high school swimmers and swimmers who have previously participated. If you are a jr. high swimmer and would like to try the program, please contact Coach Tim for approval. He will be at the pool starting September 29th from 6:00 - 8:00. This is an effective program designed to get a head start on the training for the winter high school swim season which begins after the Thanksgiving recess.
Both programs are an excellent way to prepare for our winter swim season!
Falcon Swim Club:
In addition to participating in these pre-season programs, many of the high school swimmers enjoy/continue to be involved with the Falcon Swim Club. There is a requirement to swim in 4 dual meets which happen on Saturdays (in order to participate in the championship meet which is an important piece of the swimming involvement in Hampden/Wilbraham).
The cost of this program is $40 for high school swimmers and $75 for jr. high swimmers (they continue to practice with FSC after Thanksgiving).
All payments should be made to Falcon Swim Club. Forms and payments will be collected during the weeks of September 29th and October 6th.
You will find the forms to participate in all 3 programs on the FSC website.
UPCOMING FALCON SWIM CLUB REGISTRATION The Hampden – Wilbraham Falcon Swim Club will be holding registration for a four week Stroke and Turn Clinic and for the competitive team season which follows the clinic. Both programs will be held at Minnechaug Regional High School’s pool. These are not learn-to-swim programs.
The Fall Stroke and Turn Clinic is open to all Hampden & Wilbraham children who like to swim and want to learn about or improve in competitive swimming. The clinic will be offered September 29th - October 23rd, 2014. New swimmers are required to come on Monday, September 29th (6:00-7:00 for younger swimmers and 7:00 for 11 and older swimmers for a short swim evaluation before being accepted in the program. Returning swimmers will start clinic on Monday September 29th, 2014. Registration for the clinic will be at the Minnechaug pool during the first week of the program only. The fee is $75 per swimmer.
The competitive team practices will officially begin October 27th, 2014. General Registration for the team will be held at the pool during the first week of swim team practice on October 27-30, 2014. The FSC team fee is $125 per swimmer. A $10 late fee will be applied after October 30, 2014. There are discounts for those who participate in the fall clinic, a discount for high school students and also a discount available for families with 3 or more swimmers. Swimmers ages 6 - 10 swim from 6-7 PM and ages 11 – 18 swim from 7-8 PM on Monday through Thursday for both clinic and team. Some swimmers’ practice times may be moved at the coaches’ discretion.
A parent signature is required on each child’s registration form before the swimmer can enter the pool. Fees are payable at registration to Falcon Swim Club. Registration forms and more information about the Falcon Swim Club can be found on the website at: www.hwfalconswim.org , or email Wendy Konstantakos at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Falcon Swim Club.
ATTENTION ALL ONLINE SHOPPERS The Hampden-Wilbraham Falcon Swim Club just setup an affiliate account with SwimOutlet.com. SwimOutlet.com is a great place to purchase practice swimsuits, swim gear, equipment, etc. at great prices. If you purchase using the link at the top of the page, the Falcon Swim Club will earn 8% through their fundraising program. Money raised will go towards replacing our swim equipment over the next year. After clicking the link, at the top of your browser page you will see "You are shopping through the Hampden-Wilbraham Falcon Swim Club Affiliate account".
SWIM MEET PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES Parent sign-up sheets are located in the meet book, right in front of the swimmer sign-up book. We expect every family to have a representative work part of each meet. We cannot run a successful meet without your help. Please see any board member, and they can answer questions you may have about the volunteer jobs. Most jobs require no training, and working helps pass the time. You should not miss any races your swimmers are in, even when you are volunteering. We would love to train some new stroke and turn judges, please let us know if you are interested. Thank you in advance for your help.
SWIM MEET REMINDERS Birth Certificate - NEW SWIMMERS MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE for our file, or they will participate UNOFFICIALLY in meets. Check in - When your swimmer arrives at a meet please check in with the coaches or assistant coaches for attendance and swim lane warm-up assignments. Be on time for your warm-up. Bullpen - Parents please be aware that the swimmers need to come to the meet bullpen around 10 events prior to their event. It is your responsibility to make sure this happens and not the volunteers. Watch the event number sign carefully because we may combine events. Event Etiquette Reminder - New swimmers need to be reminded that in individual events and for the last leg of a team relay the swimmer must remain in the pool until everyone has completed that event heat. The announcer will tell the swimmers to clear the pool at completion. Goggles - Make sure you bring a spare set of goggles to the swim meets in case they break.
SAFETY REMINDER TO PARENTS For your child's safety... Please pick up your child on time and have them wait in the pool area or hallway until you arrive. Children should not wait by themselves outside.
INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS There will be no swim practice during thunder/lightning storms or if Wilbraham schools are closed due to a snowstorm. Once we close, it will be for both swim hours. We will do our best to notify you by email & website if a storm approaches late in the day. Please use your best judgment if you haven't heard.
POOL ENTRY The security personnel for Minnechaug has notified us that we can not prop the pool entrance door open for security reasons. We can temporarily open the door when we know they belong to our swim club but we can not leave the door ajar. If the door is closed and you need to get in please go to the outside entrance closest to the pool and enter through those doors. Females only can go into the girls locker rooms and then cut to the pool area. Boys or mixed groups should pass the gym and then take a left down the long hallway which will lead you to an entrance that will bring you to the shallow end of the pool.
LAP SWIMMING RULES OF ETIQUETTE Parents: We encourage you to go over the lap swimming rules of etiquette with your children, especially the new swimmers. Thank you.
TECHNICAL RULE CHANGES Click here for changes to breaststroke and backstroke technical rules.