Harper's Choice Challenge: Welcome

Friday, June 20
HC Challenge 2014 Updates

 Hi Harpers Choice!


I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow night's pep rally and at our second meet against the KC Waves on Saturday morning! For anyone who wants to caravan to the meet, we'll be meeting in the Longfellow parking lot at 6:45; otherwise, please arrive at MacGills Common pool by 7:15 so we can gather outside the gate and march in together before warmups at 7:30

The following swimmers are currently placed in medley relays for this Saturday's meet--if you're in a medley relay, make sure you arrive on time so that you have plenty of time to check in with the clerk of course and find your relay teammates before the start of the meet!

15-18:
A: Bizu Baldinazzo, Kayleigh Hanson, Ben Costello, Matt Sikora
B: Murphy Freal, Lydia Angel, Joey Pickens, Taye Baldinazzo

9-10:
A: William Mantzaris, Brian Vance, Kate Kulesza, Ellie Costello

11-12:
A: Natalina Baldinazzo, Lindsey Bartlett, Joseph Withee, Evan Ying

13-14:
A: Melanie Hanson, Ana Lesho, Calvin Tuttle, Greg Costello

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Thanks, 
Coach Emma

 

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 Parent Meeting Notes:

Coaching Staff

Emma Boone                          Head Coach

Bizu Baldinazzo                     Assistant Coach

Lindsay Tuttle                       Assistant Coach

Kevin Costello                       Assistant Coach

Team Managers

Charlie Cassaza

Leslie Rafferty

Dawn Fish

Practice Times

Pre-season Practices May27-June 20  Monday-Friday

5:00-5:30pm              8 and Under

5:30-6:15pm              9-12 years old

6:15-7:00pm              13-18 years old


Regular Season Practice June 23- July 19

8:00 -8:30am             8 and Under             M,T, Th, F                  at Longfellow

8:30-9:15am              9-12 years old           M,T,Th,F                    at Longfellow

9:15-10:00am             13-18 years old         M,T,Th,F                    at Longfellow

 

5:30-6:00pm              8 and Under              Mondays                     at Longfellow

6:00-6:30pm              9-12 years old           Mondays                     at Longfellow

6:30-7:00pm              13-18 years old         Mondays                    at Longfellow

5:30-6:00pm              8 and Under              Thursdays                  at Swansfield

6:00-6:30pm              9-12 years old           Thursdays                  at Swansfield

6:30-7:00pm              13-18 years old         Thursdays                 at Swansfield

 

 

 

Swim Team Philosophy

Ø  Fun and comfortable Atmosphere

Ø  Personal Growth

Ø  Team Pride

Summer Swim Team vs. Lessons vs. Year Round Swimming

Requirements for Harpers Choice (school district and neighborhood)

Ø  Longfellow and Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School Districts

Ø  Longfellow and Hobbits Glen Neighborhoods

Eligibility to Join Harper’s Choice

Ø  Child must be able to swim one length of the pool, unassisted on their front OR Back

Ø  Time Trials is final chance to meet eligibility requirement

Ø  Physical Readiness vs. Emotional Readiness

Mentor Program

Ø  Mentoring will take place on Thursdays @ Swansfield Pool 5:00-5:30 pm starting 6/26

Trophy Eligibility

Ø  Complete 3 meets

Ø  2 meets +Time Trials

Swim Meets

Ø  Attendance is highly encouraged and crucial for team success

Ø  Please plan to stay until the very end of the meet (usually around noon)

Ø  Volunteering (Team Managers will talk more about this)

Ø  Absence Forms

o   Please fill out a form at the pool and place in Emma’s mailbox or you can e-mail the managers (hcchallengemanagers@gmail.com) directly when you need to be absent.  There is a spot on the form to notify us if you need to leave early.  Please turn in forms by Tuesday before we do the lineup for the week.  You only need to contact us if you are missing meets, not practices.

Ø  During all swim events (practices, pep rallies, meets) all swimmers 8 and under must have an adult with them at all times.

Ø  If you need to talk to a coach, please try to catch them before or after practice.  During practice please see a Team Manager for any questions or concerns.

Mangers

Please check the website, emails and posters at the pool to be informed.  Each family will have a folder in our bins.  They will be out front at each practice.  Please check them for information and swim ribbons.  A complete season schedule will be posted on our website.

 

The team website is:

http://www.eteamz.com/HCChallenge/

 

Volunteers- We need volunteers to make swim team successful.  We are asking for at least 20 hours per family.

Please sign up for Harper's Choice Swim Team - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:   

1.       Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/b7sxHr

2.        Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3.        Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

We are on Social Media this year, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram please follow/like us to keep up to day on important news and events

Harper’s Choice Challenge              Facebook

@hcchallenge2014                           Twitter

Hcchallenge                                      Instagram

 

You must register through CA Aquatics, on line or in person at the CA Aquatics Office, located on Gerwig Road.  You must be registered by 2:00 pm on June 7th the day of time trials.

Registration Website:

http://www.columbiaassociation.org/facilities/pools/programs/summer-swim-team-cnsl-/cnsl-registration

Pep Rallies

Pep Rallies are every Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm. We will not have one on July 18 because our Charity All Night Event is the next night.  We have dinners at the pep rallies and we will provide you more information on that next week.

Sodas

We ask for each family to donate four, two liter bottles of any flavor soda to be used at our pep rallies Please bring them next week to practices or to our first pep rally.

All Night Charity Event

This is a charity event.   We will donate our profits to cancer research this year.  There is a fee to attend this event.  It is a sleep over and it runs from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am the next morning.  Pick up is between 7:00 am and 8:00a m.  Kids 12 and under must have an adult present and responsible for them to attend.

 

July 4th

We will participate in the Longfellow Annual 4th of July Parade.  We walk in the parade as a team.  We meet in the Longfellow Elementary School parking lot and decorate ourselves for the 4th before the parade.

 

Awards Banquet

The awards banquet will be at Longfellow Pool on Monday July 21st.  Dinner will be served and trophy’s will be presented to swimmers.

 

Please ask questions either in person or email. There should always be at least one manager available, at every practice. 

 

Thank you very Much,

Charlie Casaza, Leslie Rafferty, and Dawn Fish

Harpers Choice Challenge Team Managers

 

 

 

It was so nice to see everyone at the Team Meet and Greet on Saturday.  Everyone seems very excited and pumped up and ready for the new season.  We had a lot of new families come to the meet and greet which is so awesome!! Welcome to the team & we are so glad you will be joining in all of the fun.


Many of you mentioned that you still needed to register. You can register online at 

http://www.columbiaassociation.org/services/health-and-fitness/swim/summer-swim-team

Please note that CA is doing things very differently this year and in order to be able to participate in practice starting June 2nd, you must be registered. 

 

Many families had questions about practices below are the dates and times for pre-season practices:

 

Pre-season practices are Monday-Friday 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This schedule will run until school lets out on June 20th.  All pre-season practices take place at Longfellow Pool

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm M-F                8 and under

5:30 pm to 6:15 pm M-F                9-12 year olds

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm M-F                13-18 year olds

 

Regular Season Practices start on Monday June 23rd. This is the schedule for regular season practice.

8:00 -8:30am                        8 and Under             M,T, Th, F                  at Longfellow

8:30-9:15am                          9-12 years old           M,T,Th,F                    at Longfellow

 

9:15-10:00am                        13-18 years old         M,T,Th,F                    at Longfellow


5:30-6:00pm              8 and Under              Mondays                     at Longfellow

6:00-6:30pm              9-12 years old           Mondays                     at Longfellow

6:30-7:00pm              13-18 years old         Mondays                    at Longfellow

5:30-6:00pm              8 and Under              Thursdays                  at Swansfield

6:00-6:30pm              9-12 years old           Thursdays                  at Swansfield

 

6:30-7:00pm              13-18 years old         Thursdays                 at Swansfield


While practices are not mandatory, we do ask that you try and make as many practices as you can during the scheduled practice times.  If you have any questions about practices and practice times do not hesitate to ask.

 

Just a few important upcoming dates to keep in mind:

Tuesday, May 27th           1st preseason practice

Saturday, June 7th            Time Trials

Monday, June 9th             Cy’s will be at practice selling our New Suits

Saturday, June 14th          First Dual Swim Meet against Pointers Run at Longfellow Pool

Friday, June 20th               Team Picture Night

 

Your 2014 Team Managers:
Dawn Fish, Leslie Rafferty and Charlie Casazza hcchallengemanagers@gmail.com 

Head Coach: Emma Boone
Ass't Coaches: Bizzu Baldinazzo, Lindsey Tuttle and Kevin Costello