- Warmly welcoming our new swimmers to SCIS Dragons Swimming Team!
This year at swimming team try-outs we had over 100 students try-out. The coaching team are very happy that our team has a strong interest from our school community.
This year we selected: Eighteen (18) 8 & under swimmers, six (6) Bronze development 1 swimmers, four (4) Bronze development 2 swimmers, one (1) Silver swimmer, one (1) Gold swimmer & seven (7) Fitness swimmers. Names of new swimmers shall be added to the practice groups section of our website over this coming week.
As you may notice that a strong emphasis, again, has gone into our 8 & under program and we hope to create more swimmers moving up and through the Bronze and Silver groups into that all important 9-10 age category.
Parents and swimmers, make sure you make the new faces around deck feel welcome and help share your experience with the new swimming families! Your knowledge from a parents perspective will be really insightful and more than likely different from the coaches!
Seasoned swimmers, my expectations for you have risen and I am looking for you to set a great example of what it means to be an SCIS swimmers.
2. Extremely happy with the swimmers attitudes and efforts this season
So far this season our swimmers have shown positive attitudes and energy, the swimmers are becoming accountable for notifying the coaches of absences and importantly are training hard. Remember that the swimming season is year round, I hope that these efforts can be sustained throughout the entire school year.
To aid your child to become successful in their goals and efforts it is important that as parents you should review your child’s dietary intake now that they are swimming consistently through the season. Particularly for swimmers who have either moved up a level or just begun in swimming their energy levels may take a while to re-balance. You may even notice a change in mood from time to time however, all of this is normal but should be observed and hopefully treated in a sympathetic way as the children’s schedules are busy. Some swimmers when they start may feel exhausted but, do not worry I promise that all of the swimmers will come through this after 6 weeks of consistency. Keep encouraging them and telling them that you are proud of them, keep them well fed and hydrated and the coaches shall look after the other components.
The coaches shall attempt to talk to the swimmers about healthy and sensible choices now that they are pushing their bodies limits on training days.
Swimmers swimming early morning sessions should not eat before, if they do only a little. You should have a breakfast prepared for them for after OR ensure that they have cash to buy breakfast at the cafe.
Be aware that they need to remain well hydrated and additional snacks should be provided so that they can think about having a snack an hour before swimming.
Don’t forget your water bottles and flip-flops for training days.
3. Parent presentation evening | WEDNESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2017 | SCHOOL CAFE | 6:30pm – 8:00pm!
I hope to see you all at our parent presentation evening. This should be an adult only event, however, you may bring your child if you cannot find another alternative. Snacks and beverages shall be provided.
The goal of the presentation is to introduce the program to new and old swimming families, go over the competitions for the year and a chance for parents to ask questions and gain further insight to the world of swimming and the swim team expectations.
4. Practice finish times.
Pre-season is now over. The first four (4) weeks of training had a strong emphasis on technique, kicking and now we are moving into our aerobic phase of the program.
8 & under, Bronze, Silver group finish regular time.
Carson Shen’s ‘gold B/C’ cycle finish at 6pm every night now for the rest of season until after ACAMIS.
Cheryl Philp’s ‘gold AA/A’ cycle shall finish at 6:15pm every night now for the rest of the season until after ACAMIS.
Every Thursday evening shall finish no later than 6pm, depending on the sets focus release time could be from 5:30 – 6pm. This is so the swimmers can have at least 12 hours between the next set.
5. Time-trials (not try-outs)!
Time trials are essential for all swimmers in all practice groups to attend both days.
Swimmers who are 10 years old and under MUST attend Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th September from 3:15pm – 4:30pm.
Swimmers who are 11 years old and under MUST attend Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th September from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.
Additionally, to make this a positive experience we need volunteers to aid our team in creating a fluid and successful trials. Please see the sign-up sheet for volunteers displayed below. Swimming teams depend on the help from parents during swimming competitions and time trials for the success of the team. It is a basic requirement that all parents attempt to help in some way at least once in the season.
6. SAS/ISB payment collection.
This is a travel meet and this sign up in now CLOSED. Now we are finalizing arrangements.
The travel agents who have been aiding myself with the booking arrangements for our Beijing travel meet shall come to the school and set up a desk to collect payments and passport copies on Wednesday 20th September from 4pm – 7pm. This shall link up nicely with our Parent Presentation!
If you cannot come on that day we can arrange Wechat or Alipay for your convenience. NO CREDIT CARDS accepted.
7. Team Captains
I am delighted to announce our captains for 2017-2018 who shall gain an automatic slot for ACAMIS 2018. Any swimmers who age up (Cato Vliegenberg for example shall pass her captain-ship to another swimmer however, will still gain automatic ACAMIS slot).
Captains congratulations, well deserved and I know that you will aid the coaching team to positively mentor your team mates and show support for your team and team mates.
10 & under captains : Matilda Glitterstam & Nathan Crandall
11-12 captains : Cato Vliegenberg & Alvar Kjellgren
13-14 captains : Mia Gabay & Lucas Florczak
15 & over captains : Kira Florczak & Yoshiyuki Kimura
Have a great weekend! See you all next week for another great week of training!