Team News
SUITS, LAPATHON, & MORE
This is your FSC information for this week! We are very excited about our new custom team suits.
Please look for Katy Foster to be taking orders starting Monday, May 16th. It is very important to know
that because these suits are made just for our team, We will only put one order in this season. It will
take three weeks to get them after we put the order in. Katy will have sample suits to try on, and
pictures of our "custom" suit.

The womens/ girls suit is $62 The Mens/boys suit is $41. All suits must be paid in full before the order
goes in. Make checks out to Falcon Swim Club.

We will have our "Lapathon" on Thursday, June 2nd .  More information will be sent out soon about
this fun event. As always, There will be trophies for the  swimmers with the most amount of laps in
each age group. We will need parents to volunteer to count laps that evening at each practice. There
will be treats for all the participants after they complete the one hour lap swim.

Please be watching your emails for the invite to our new FSC web site. It will be ready very soon.  You
will receive an email with a link to the new site and instructions on how to log in to your family's
account. The email will be coming from Team Unify.

Lastly, we want to welcome all the new swimmers to Falcon Swim Club!

REMINDERS
Team practices will start this Monday, May 9th. Please avoid the late fee and bring your form filled out
with your check to the pool on Monday.

Stroke and Turn will finish this Thursday.

There  will be Saturday morning swim lessons starting on May 14th .. The time is 9-10am. This
session will run from May 14th-June 18th. The cost of this program is $90.

If you have a young swimmer that needs a little extra help , Email coach Erica at
erica_stampup@yahoo.com.  There are only a few spots open so reserve now!

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).

The swim workout schedule will be:
    Monday          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
    Tuesday         3:45 - 5:45 p.m
    Wednesday    3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
    Thursday        4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
    Friday             3:45 - 5:45 p.m.

**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
falconsswim@gmail.com

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.