STRENGTH & CONDITIONING PROGRAM This program will begin on Monday, April 25th (following April Vacation). It will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. The program will last approximately 12 weeks and will finish up in mid-late July. **Note, this program, as well as the next described swim program shifts to morning hours (7:00 a.m.) after school ends.
Coach Tim feels it is important to keep up with the dry land exercises and plans to run the strength & conditioning program. It will be a "rotating station" based program held in the pool area on the deck. (Depending on the numbers, jr. coaches may assist)
The cost of this program will be $100.
ADVANCED SWIM TRAINING PROGRAM This program really goes hand-in-hand with the Strength & Conditioning Program. For your convenience, we have separated the two programs, but they are designed to work together to improve the overall conditioning of the athlete.
The program will begin on April 25th (Monday following April Vacation) and end with the WMSSL Championship meet which is typically the last Saturday in July (is not finalized yet).
**Note, this program, as well as the Strength & Conditioning Program shifts to morning hours (7:00 - 9: 00 a.m.) after school ends.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION There will be NO practice this week. Enjoy your April break!
Tim’s Advanced Swim program will start right after April Break. (Monday, April 25th) To sign up for Tim’s program, Please bring all forms filled out with your check on Monday, April 25th.
There are swimmers running around in the hallways outside of the pool area. No swimmer should be left in hallways without a parent, EVER!
STROKE AND TURN STARTS 4/4 Tomorrow, April 4th is the start of our Falcon Swim Club Stroke and Turn Clinic! We will begin at 6pm with ages 11 and under. All new swimmers should come at 6:00
SPRING 2016 SWIM SEASON WILL START SOON 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 Spring 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 April 4 – May 5, 2016 (no practice during school vacation April 18 – 21). New swimmers are required to come on Monday, April 4th (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 April 4, 2016. Registration for the clinic will be at the Minnechaug pool during the first week of the program only. The fee is $80 per swimmer.
The competitive team practices will officially begin May 9, 2016. General Registration for the team will be held at the pool during the first week of swim team practice on May 9 - 12. The FSC team fee is $150 per swimmer. A $10 late fee will be applied after May 12, 2016. There are discounts for those who participate in the spring 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
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.