AWARDS EVENING Please join us for a evening as we celebrate our FSC 1st place Champions!
We will try something new this year by just having the awards, and team gifts. There will be Scholarships presented to selected seniors. Our Coaches will recognize the records broken during the season. Everyone who participated in Championships will receive a Trophy!
WHEN: Tuesday February 25th (snow date Feb 26th) WHERE: MRHS Auditorium TIME: 6pm-7pm WHO: All FSC team swimmers and family
QUESTIONS: Send Email with your questions. If you can’t make it, please plan to have somebody pick up your awards.
****Please use the top part of the Auditorium, nobody near the stage please.****
CHAMPS RESULTS The results page has been updated with the detailed results from Champs.
WE WON!!!! GREAT JOB TO EVERYONE WHO SWAM AT CHAMPIONSHIPS!
CHANGE TO PRACTICE SCHEDULE All practice sessions will be cancelled on Monday January 20 (Martin Luther King day) and Tuesday January 28 (High School senior meet will be held at 6:30 pm).
CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION Signup deadline is for the Championship meet is this Friday, January 17. There will also be a listing at the desk of the swimmers that we are still missing birth certificates on. Detailed information on the Championship meet can be found to the right.
REMINDERS This is a reminder that the meet this Saturday will now be a HOME meet. Check in will be 12:15 meet starts @ 1:00. We are looking for some great snack / treat donations to sell at our food table for this last meet. Chips, Candy, things like that. If you could make a donation, just drop it off this week during practice or at the meet. We are all set with water for this meet.
Please remember to keep food out of the pool area during the meet as best you can. The bleachers are really hard to scrub after everyone leaves. If anyone can stay to help clean up…that would be great!!
SOUTH HADLEY MEET RESULTS Congratulations and thanks to all the families who rearranged their schedules to make it to South Hadley on Saturday morning!
MONTAGUE MEET CHANGE The meet on Saturday January 18th was away at Montague, It is now a HOME meet! The check in time is 12:15 , the meet will start at 1:00. Please check the book, If this changes your plans for the away meet at South Hadley this weekend…. We need to know immediately!
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE This Saturday January 11th, our swim meet has been changed! It will now be AWAY at South Hadley. The NEW time for this meet is: Check in 8:15am! Meet starts at 9:00. Please sign up in the book Monday 1/6 or Tuesday 1/7. Keep in mind that it is now away and morning….not home and afternoon. If you already signed up and now have a conflict, please take your swimmers name out of the book for this meet!
Please note: All swimmers must participate in four meets in order to go to Championships. The coaches noticed that there are many swimmers on our team that still need to get the fourth meet in.
Directions to the South Hadley pool can be found here.
WEST SPRINGFIELD MEET RESULTS Nice swims by many of our FSC swimmers who braved the freezing cold weather and swam at West Springfield on Saturday!! We had a skeleton crew and unfortunately, lost another meet.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHASE KONSTANTAKOS At the Belchertown meet, Chase broke the FSC boys 11-12 200 yd. freestyle record.
Old Record: Paul Dyrkacz 2:08.13 (2003) New Record: Chase Konstantakos 2:08.03
NO PRACTICE ON FRIDAY 12/20 We have to CANCEL our Training Session scheduled for this Friday December 20th. Due to the snow storm, the High School Team will be using the pool for a meet.
PLEASE READ Thank You to everyone for helping out and signing up at the meets. This weekend we are still looking for help at the food table and we are really in need of some parents for clean up after the meet. Please talk to your swimmer about keeping our pool deck and stands clean during swim meets. After the last meet, there was a very big mess left behind a nobody there to help clean it up. Food should stay out in the hallways if you can. Thank You.
HOLIDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE Over the next two weeks, the team will only be practicing on the following days:
December 23 - Monday December 26 - Thursday
December 30 - Monday January 2 - Thursday January 3 - Friday 6 - 7 p.m
HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICE HAS STARTED We can’t use the pool until 6:00. Please talk to your swimmers about not getting in the way of Coach Mandell while he is finishing up his practice. Our FSC swimmers need to stay quiet in the bleachers and wait our turn. There is no need to arrive before 5:45.
EXTRA TRAINING SESSIONS Starting Friday, December 13th, from 6:00 PM to 7:00PM the Falcons Swim Club will be offering extra training time with Coach Tim. This is in addition to our regularly scheduled practices and is a good chance to get in some more training. These training sessions will be held every Friday night from 6 to 7PM until further notice.
OPEN PANTRY FOOD DRIVE The Rock 102 Mayflower Marathon this past Monday 11/25/13 was a success. Our Falcon families contributed $783 in non perishable food donations!! Great job everyone!! Thank you for your continued support.
CONGRATULATIONS FALCON SWIMMERS The Falcons have won the meet against East Longmeadow
PLEASE READ Maureen Baskin will be selling team jackets at the table poolside. These jackets are only sold once a year. The last date for orders will be November 20th. The jackets cost $80 each. They will be in by the holidays (if you are thinking of gift giving) Please pay with cash or a check made out to ABACUS.
The custom team caps have been ordered! The date we have for them to arrive is mid December. We will email everyone as soon as they come in.
Locker Room….. Parents please sit and talk with your swimmers about what a privilege it is to use the MRHS locker rooms. This privilege can easily be revoked! Electronic devices are strictly prohibited (cell phones, Ipads, Itouches, etc…)
FALL MEET SCHEDULE The fall meet schedule has been published. Click here to view the schedule, or click the link to the right to download a copy of the schedule to print at home.
SUITS AND CAPS We will be selling FSC team suits and FSC team caps next week on Tuesday-Thursday 10/22-10/24 and the final deadline to purchase is on Monday 10/28. The prices have yet to be determined. This will be the first suit order an additional order will go in the middle of Nov and will not be a rush order.
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 October 7 – October 30, 2013 (no practice October 14). New swimmers are required to come on Monday, October 7 for a short swim evaluation before being accepted in the program. Registration for the clinic will be at the Minnechaug pool during the first week of the program only. The fee is $75.00 per swimmer.
The competitive team practices will officially begin November 4, 2013. General Registration for the team will be held at the pool during the last week of clinic October 28-30 and during the first week of swim team practice November 4-6, 2013. The fee is $125 per swimmer. A $10 late fee will be applied after Nov. 6, 2013. There are discounts for those who participate in the fall clinic and for high school students.
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. During the team season, swimmers ages 11 and up are offered an additional night of practice on Friday from 6-7:30. 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.