Log by Paul Wadehra, Board
Thanks to everyone who
participated in the Red White & Blue meet. Besides being a lot of fun, the
swimmers, coaches, and volunteers did a great job of keeping things running
smoothly, and we are good to go for our first dual meet this Saturday, at home
against Steiner Ranch Blue.
Two years ago, Steiner
Ranch split into two teams, "Red" and "Blue". The Blue team is in our division
this year, so we will see them twice, once this Saturday in a dual meet, and
again at the end of the season in the three-team Divisional meet.
Arrival time on Saturday
is 6:10am at our pool. For more details, see below,
Don't forget that
Individual Photos will be taken on Monday, May 21, during your regular practice
time. Practice will also be held so I recommend arrive 15-20 minutes before
your practice starts. More information is
You can email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to
another fun and rewarding season!
Corner by Alex Fedorov, Head
This has been an
excellent week of practice and things seem to be running smoothly, thanks to an
exceptional assistant coaching staff. I am very proud of all the swimmers and
coaches as the Armada Swim Team is off to a great start and a great first meet.
I saw a number of great
swims and many areas of potential improvement. As a whole, our team looks very
strong as we had a number of swimmers surpass the time standards necessary to
qualify for invitationals. I saw a great many more swimmers very close to
qualifying for invitationals. As we move forward, I am looking forward to
seeing time improvements and better swimming.
I would like to thank
the number of parents that have welcomed me to the program. I am feeling very
much a part of this family and look forward to our first scored meet coming up
this Saturday. Go Armada!
Spot by Jeannie Boylan, Volunteer Coordinator
I want to
thank everyone for a great practice meet on Saturday! I had a really good time
and hope you did, too! Overall, everyone did a great job. It was wonderful to
see the returning parents helping out the newbies, getting them up-to-speed on
how things operate at meets. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Just a couple of things
to make things run even more smoothly
Please remember to sign
up for a volunteer position when you register your child(ren) for the next
meet. Positions are filled in a first-come-first-served basis and I will not
change the position you signed up for without contacting you. So if you sign up
for a position, that is what you will do at the meet unless you hear
differently from me.
If you try to sign up
for something and all the positions open to you are full, please let me know.
As I have said, ALL positions have to be filled in order to run the meets
successfully, so I will assign you somewhere else. We are working with a new
system for volunteering and Im still working out the bugs. Please bear
positions in both halves of the meet need to be covered. If your child(ren)
swim in the second half of the meet, you are expected to volunteer in the
second half, as well, if necessary. I can certainly understand you wanting to
go home as soon as your children finish swimming (I would like to, as well),
but we have to consider that this is a team. We all need to pitch in and help
the team succeed.
Another thing that would
help a lot is that if you see something that needs to be done, please just do
it. Things as simple as picking up trash, helping with set up in the morning or
tearing down after the meets are extremely helpful!
everyones patience and flexibility when it comes to volunteering
assignments. Thanks again for everything you do and I look forward to our first
competitive meet on Saturday, May 26th!
As always, if you have
any questions or need to let me know anything, please contact me at
Thank you for your
| Practice Schedule
We have assigned each
swimmer to a specific practice time. Schedules were emailed to each family.
Swimmers must swim at their appointed time.
If you have a question
about your practice time or did not receive the schedule, please email
|Monday May 7 - Tuesday May 31:
Practices are held Monday - Friday
||4:25 - 5:15 pm
||5:10 - 5:50 pm
||5:45 - 6:40 pm
||6:35 - 7:30 pm
||7:10 - 8:30 pm
Morning practices are not in the
same sequence as the afternoon practices. Be sure and look for your child's
name in the email you received for which practice he/she is in.
|Monday June 1 - Monday, July 9:
Practices are held Monday - Friday
||7:15 - 8:35 am
||8:25- 9:10 am
||9:50 - 10:45 am
|| 10:40 - 11:35 am
In case of weather
changes, please have a back-up plan for your swimmer (bike riders, walkers,
etc). Everyone must be out of the water during a thunderstorm and if lightning
is seen. Swim practice may continue if it is only raining and the coaches feel
practice will be beneficial. If in doubt, you can call the pool and ask the
lifeguard if swim practice is on. If the weather changes quickly, and the
swimmers must get out of the pool, a coach will remain with them until everyone
is picked up. The telephone number to the pool office is
| On-line Meet Entry -
We have a new way of
registering to participate in swim meets. Each swimmer is expected to follow
these procedures for each meet - even if they are not participating in the
Deadline for May 26
meet against Steiner Ranch is MONDAY (5/21) by NOON.
Please login to
- click on the name of the meet you want to register for.
Click here for Tutorial on
using OME (online meet entry)
Special Requests and
The software does not yet allow a way for you to send the
coaches notes or event requests about the meet. If you have a request about
event entries, please email
Once we close the meet
online, email email@example.com if you
have to scratch. You can send Mindy a text message Friday and Saturday morning
512-658-0843. You can call Paul at 512-659-1373 AFTER 5:30 a.m. Saturday or
BEFORE 9 p.m. Friday night.
| Steiner Ranch Blue Meet - May 26 -
Be sure to enter by
noon Monday - May 21 using our OME system.
This is a home meet for
us and a great way to start our dual meet season. We want as many swimmers as
possible to participate in the dual meets because each swimmer is important to
the team. Swimmers must be able to swim unassisted and do the strokes legally
Relays are chosen by the
coaches and we try to have as many swimmers as possible participate. Please
recognize that if a swimmers signs up for a meet and then does not participate
on Saturday, it may result in our having to scratch that relay team from the
Please arrive on time.
Late arrival could result in your swimmer being scratched from their
Scratch: Once we
close the meet online, email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have to scratch. You can send Mindy a text message
Friday and Saturday morning 512-658-0843. You can call Paul at 512-659-1373
AFTER 5:30 a.m. Saturday or BEFORE 9 p.m. Friday night.
||Willow Bend Pool
|WBA Warm Ups
||6:25 to 6:55
|SRB Warm Ups
|| 6:55 to 7:25
||Donations requested from ages 9-10
Friday, May 25 at 6:30 pm
Meet setup will start at 6:30 pm
for this meet. We must move all tables and chairs and put out ready benches,
ropes and the announcer tables. If you signed up as part of the setup team for
your volunteer assignment, or if you'd like to lend an extra hand, please be at
the pool then.
The morning of the meet, we need
help setting up pop-up tents around the pool. We appreciate all the help we can
get putting these tents up and taking them down at the end of the
We ask everyone
to clean up the pit and pool areas before they leave. We must return the pool
area to its original condition. the more people who help, the sooner everyone
can leave. Pit parents should not release swimmers until their area is
At a home meet, Armada families
park in the unpaved lot across the street from the pool, leaving the lot
adjacent to the pool for our guest team. Please follow instructions from the
parking attendants for everyone's safety. Drive slowly and watch for people
crossing the street.
Please respect the "no parking" signs where posted.
| Gold Medal
swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, three, or four individual
events at the Red, White, and Blue practice meet held May 19.
| Photos: Individual - May 21
The individual photos
will be Monday, June 21 during your regular practice time. You may put your
children together in a single photo if you wish. We suggest you arrive 15-20
minutes before the start of your practice time to get your full practice in.
Click here for all of
your picture day information.
| WBA Concession Stand and Donation Schedule
The concession stand normally accepts cash only. However, they will be selling
$10 "cash cards" that can be purchased by check.
This year, our concession
menu is being expanded. They will be cooking breakfast tacos on site and have
added turkey wraps and chicken tacos to the lunch menu.. They will also have
pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, sausage wraps, hamburgers and cheese burgers.
Donations: We ask
that parents make a donation of homemade baked goods or cut-up fruit to the
concession stand for sale during our home swim meets. Some ideas are muffins,
cookies, and fruit that is cut up and placed in containers such as plastic cups
with clear wrap on top. Please remember it will be hot outside and you don't
want to donate anything that will melt - like chocolate chips, frosting,
||All Ages: Bring
Candy to Throw
| WBA Swim Shop
The Swim Shop will be
open during swim meets.
Come and take a look at
our swimmer gear bags -- they are just the thing to use to keep your swimmer's
belongings together at swim meets - Only $15!
- Team swim bags - $15
- Team Resort Towels -
- Parent Support Team
Shirts - $17
- Parent Tie-Dye - $15
- Team Silicone caps -
- Lane 4 Team Swim
- Goggles - assortment
| Swim Meet Tips and Checklist
are a few important tips to make your swim meet experience successful:
Be on time. At the beginning of the meet the coaches will make changes to
relay events if there are swimmers that are absent or missing. It is important
that swimmers check-in with their pit parent to avoid being scratched from any
||Bring nutritious snacks. The swim meets begin very early in
the morning and last until noon or later. Please pack healthy snacks for your
swimmers to eat such as, fresh fruit, bagels, crackers, water, sports drinks
etc. We make an attempt to offer healthy items at the concession
||Pack appropriate supplies.Towels, sunscreen, goggles, etc -
See checklist below...
||Swimmers should stay in their pit areas The Pit Parents are
responsible for watching the swimmers in the pit area and getting them to the
ready bench when it is time for their event. If your child is going somewhere
with you, please let the pit parents know.
||MARK EVERYTHING! Please write your child's name on ALL
belongings. At the meet, you will be dozens of identical t-shirts, caps,
goggles - plus similar towels, flip flips, sunscreen. Don't forget to mark any
electronic games - they get mixed up!
||water or sport's drinks
||blanket to sit on in pit area
||warm clothes for after warm-up in early a.m.
||Quiet activities to keep them occupied in the pit area between
||Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply
| Swim-a-thon: Donations are needed for silent
Our annual Swim-a-thon
& Silent Auction will be held Tuesday, June12. This is our primary
fundraiser for the year and the funds raised help us keep our registration fees
low and help us purchase needed equipment.
We are asking for
donations of goods or services or gift certificates that we can auction off
during the event. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and
donations are tax decuctible.
Please contact Mary Hale
at 789-3903 or email her at email@example.com. She has letters
you can distribute to area businesses.
| Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite - June
An invitation-only swim
meet, the event will feature some of the worlds best swimmers including
16-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and lifetime Longhorn and
four-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen. With Phelps set to retire
after the Olympics, this may be your last opportunity to see him swim in
This warm-up for the 2012
Olympic Trials will also feature swimming stars Missy Franklin, Garrett
Weber-Gale, Amanda Weir, Kathleen Hersey and Allison Schmitt. UT swimmers such
as Round Rock's Dax Hill, Jimmy Feigen and Nick D'Innocenzo will be competing
as they make their final push before Olympic Trials.
The UT Swim Center is
located on the University of Texas Campus, 1900 Robert Dedman Drive, one block
west of I-35 on the northwest corner of the intersection of Martin Luther King
Boulevard and Red River Street.
Tickets to the Longhorn
Aquatics Elite Invite are available online through the Longhorn Aquatics Store:
here for meet information
| Swim Team Night at RR Express Baseball - Wed, June
Each season, the Round
Rock Express Baseball Team honors local swimmers at "Swim Team
They offer all swimmers
in the area half-price tickets and give host a pre-game parade around the
We purchase the tickets
as a team so that those that choose to sit in the reserved seats can all sit
together. Other options than many choose are the Home Run Porch or the lawn
seating. If you know your (older) swimmer is going to wander around the whole
game, the lawn seating ticket is a great option for $3!
Swimmers wanting to
participate in the parade should line up under the jumbotron at 6 p.m. -
Otherwise, the game start at 7:05 pm
Order forms have been
placed in your family folder. There are extra in the board/coaches filebox.
Please respond with payment by Friday, June 8.