Team News
The meet schedule has been published.

Stroke & Turn Judges
The Falcons are looking for parents to become Stroke & Turn judges.

Description of the Stroke & Turn Judge Duties:
The Stroke Judge watches the swimmer's form and must disqualify the swimmer if the stroke does not
meet stated criteria. There are 4 stroke judges, 2 from each team, located diagonally across the pool
from each other. The stroke judges are primarily responsible for the three lanes on their side and at
their end of the pool. If you are focused and decisive, this is your position. The swim team and league
are always badly in need good stroke judges.

Training is required for this position.  There is an upcoming session on
October 24, 10 am - 12 pm at
the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club


Great ways to prepare for the upcoming winter swim season!!

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 October 5th and will be held Tuesdays & Fridays from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

The cost of the program is $80.

Coach Tim's Advanced Swim Program:  This program is open to all high school swimmers and
swimmers who have previously participated (or with the approval of Coach Tim).  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 October 5th from 4:45 - 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.

Swim Times will be (starting on October 5th):

Mondays 3:45 - 5:45
Tuesdays 4:45 - 5:45 (after strength & conditioning)
Wednesdays 3:45 - 5:45
Thursdays 3:45 - 5:45
Fridays 4:45 - 5:45 (after strength & conditioning)

The cost of this program is $270.

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 October 5th.

Please email Carolyn Webber at for questions and interest!

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 5 –
October 29, 2015 (no practice October 12).
New swimmers are required to come on Monday,
October 5 for a short swim evaluation before being accepted in the program. Returning swimmers will
start clinic on Monday, October 5th, 2015. 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 2, 2015. General registration for
the team will be held at the pool during the first week of swim team practice, November 2-5, 2015. The
FSC team fee is $125 per swimmer. A $10 late fee will be applied after Nov. 5, 2015. 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’

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: , or email Wendy
Konstantakos at with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Falcon Swim Club.

The Hampden-Wilbraham Falcon Swim Club just setup an affiliate account with 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".

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Parents: We encourage you to go over the lap swimming rules of etiquette with your children,
especially the new swimmers.   Thank you.

Click here for changes to breaststroke and backstroke technical rules.