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1
Piedmont Swim Team
  • Welcome to the Piedmont Swim Team

2
The Piedmont Swim Team is an Important Part of
our Community
  • Piedmont parent-run organization
  • Competitive swim team since 1964
  • Only competitive/recreational swim program in
    Piedmont for elementary, middle school and high
    school kids
  • Primary training facilities are at the Piedmont
    Swim Club

3
Contacts Coaches PST Board
  • 2009-2010 Piedmont Swim Team BOARD MEMBERS
  • Polly Upshaw (President) coachpolly_at_usms.org
  • Hugh Schugart (Treasurer) hschugart_at_comcast.net
  • Joel Piser (Vice President) piserfam_at_comcast.net
  • Lisa Reynolds (Events Coordinator)
    lreynold_at_lehman.com
  • Allen Matthews (Public Relations)
    amatthews_at_sfchronicle.com
  • Christine Chapon (Coaches Liaison)
    christinechapon_at_yahoo.com
  • Michael Lee (Coaches Liason) michael.lee_at_csueastb
    ay.edu
  • Leslie Fennel (Member-at-Large)lesliepannell_at_yaho
    o.com
  • Marcella Ching (Parent Coordinator)
    mtoyching_at_comcast.net
  • Jennifer Ray (Member-at-Large)
    Jennifer.Ray_at_jud.ca.gov
  • 2009-20010 Piedmont Swim Team COACHING STAFF
  • Helen Garcia (Head Coach) helenswim_at_gmail.com
  • Jesus Salcedo (Assistant Coach)
    jesswimming_at_yahoo.com
  • Morgan Filler (Assistant Coach)
    morganfiller_at_gmail.com
  • Alexandra Lee (Assistant Coach)
    alee4081_at_gmail.com

4
Our New Web Site
  • Our web site is www.piedmontswimteam.org
  • Visit the site for helpful information such as
  • Background info about Piedmont Swim Team
  • Our team philosophy
  • How to join - membership info
  • Weekly team updates
  • Swim meets What to expect
  • Emergency contact form
  • How to fill out a meet entry form
  • Schedules for meets and for workouts
  • Coaches bios
  • Pictures from various team events
  • Decoding swim meet lingo
  • Contact info
  • Useful links

5
Team Billing/Fees
  • Dues are billed at the beginning of each quarter
  • Fall (September-November)
  • Winter (December-February)
  • Spring (March-May)
  • Summer (June-August)
  • Dues vary by level (Member/Non-Member)
  • Stingrays- 285 / 320
  • Juniors- 310 / 345
  • Pre-Seniors- 335 / 370
  • Seniors- 360 / 395
  • High School Fitness- 310 / 345
  • Summer dues are 149. This reduced amount
    factors in vacation and other absences during the
    summer.
  • Monthly swim fees are the principal source of
    income. Because the team is dependent upon
    regular receipt of these funds for a substantial
    portion of its income, it is an essential
    obligation that fees be paid each month and on
    time (regardless of illness, vacations, summer
    plans, etc).

6
Team Billing/Fees
  • In addition to dues, there is an annual
    membership fee of 100 per swimmer (capped at
    200 per family).
  • This fee defrays administrative costs, such as an
    annual 55 registration fee per swimmer that PST
    pays to U.S. Swimming, costs of technology, etc.
  • Billings are sent via e-mail, and remittances go
    to PSTs post office box.
  • We are exploring options to allow credit card
    payments through the new web site.
  • P.O. Box 20006, Oakland, CA 94620

7
Equipment Requirements
  • Stingray Groups
  • Required
  • Team Suit- Solid Blue Nike Lycra suit w/ PST
    silk screen logo. This suit is recommended to be
    used for swim meet competitions only. If youre
    looking for a practice suit check out the next
    page with recommended gear.
  • Girls- fastback style Boys- Jammer style
    or brief cut
  • Fins- Be sure to try on the specific size, fin
    size and shoe size doesnt always match. Fins
    are available to borrow from the clubs supply
    but it is recommended to have your own pair. Many
    of the clubs fins are worn and mismatched and
    most often takes time away from the workout to
    find the right pair for each swimmer.
  • Junior Group
  • Required
  • Team Suit- Solid Blue Nike Lycra suit w/ PST
    silk screen logo.
  • Girls- fastback style Boys- Jammer style or
    brief cut
  • This suit is recommended to be used for swim meet
    competitions. If youre looking for a practice
    suit check out the next page with recommended
    gear.

8
Equipment Requirements cont.
  • Junior Group continued
  • Fins- Hydro Fins. The hydro fin is required, they
    are more comfortable and better for leg work than
    the traditional long fins. Its also a better fit
    if you have wide feet.
  • Pull buoy- like the fins, pull buoys can be
    borrowed from the club but nice to have your own.
  • Paddles- Stroke Maker Paddle. Each swimmer in the
    junior group needs these. Size .5 is recommended
    (red).
  • Mesh bag- put all your stuff into this bag and
    keep it at the pool. The blue cage at the deep
    end side of the pool is available to PST. It is
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to write your name on all
    equipment and tag your bag as well.

9
Equipment Requirements
  • Pre-Senior Seniors
  • Required
  • Team Suit- Solid Blue Nike Lycra suit w/ PST
    silk screen logo.
  • Girls- fastback style or technical suit
  • Boys- Jammer style, brief cut or technical suit
  • This suit is recommended to be used for swim meet
    competitions. If youre looking for a practice
    suit check out the next page with recommended
    gear.
  • Fins- The hydro fin is required, they are more
    comfortable and better for leg work than the
    traditional long fins. Its also a better fit if
    you have wide feet.
  • Pull buoy- like the fins, pull buoys can be
    borrowed from the club but nice to have your own.
  • Paddles- Stroke Maker Paddle. Depending on hand
    size you should choose the size 1 for average
    size hands, 1.5 for larger hands. Ask Coach Helen
    if youre not sure.
  • Snorkel- Finis snorkel great tool for stroke
    technique a must have.
  • Mesh bag- put all your stuff into this bag and
    keep it at the pool. The area next to the baby
    pool is available to PST to hang up all bags on
    the fence. Be sure to write your name on all
    equipment and tag your bag as well.

10
Equipment Requirements Recommended Extras
  • Nike Team Duffle-(All groups) Navy blue team bag
    (small) or grey (large) with PST embroidery,
    several pockets for wet items and other swimming
    essentials.
  • Team Warm-Ups- (All groups) Nike jacket and
    pants. Great quality and essential for swim meets
    to represent your team with pride?! Each swimmer
    can have their name embroidered with PST logo on
    back of each jacket.
  • Parka-(All groups) solid navy blue jacket with
    fleece lining. PST block letters on back,
    swimmers name on front. Highly recommended for
    the season, swimmers have been known to live in
    these jackets all year round. Very cozy and great
    for team identity pride. If you have a young
    swimmer I recommend buying these a few sizes
    larger. Think of it as a one time purchase that
    will last through each stage of growth!
  • NOTE IT IS RECOMMENDED TO ORDER YOUR PARKA BY
    THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND YOULL HAVE IT ON BEFORE
    IT GETS TOO COLD!!
  • Mesh bag- (Stingray group) Put all your stuff
    into this bag and keep it at the pool. The blue
    cage next to the shallow end side of the pool is
    available to PST to keep your equipment bags in.
    Be sure to write your name on all equipment and
    tag your bag as well.

11
SwimConnection Sign Up for Meets
  • Bookmark www.swimconnection.com
  • This is a great website that offers many
    benefits
  • Online meet entries
  • Electronic Meet Sheets with time standards,
    driving directions, warm-up times, and event
    schedule
  • Individual swimmers database of best times
  • Time Standards for all ages in both yards and
    meters
  • No membership required you only pay for meet
    entries
  • Membership is available for 15 per year. As a
    member you can access your swimmers times and
    track their progress.

12
SwimConnection How To
  • www.swimconnection.com
  • Click tab Club Pages Central, click PC-Pacific
  • Frequently Used Functions
  • Enter Meets Tab lists all meets available to
    enter
  • Look for the meets selected on PST Master
    Calendar
  • Swimmers Tab
  • Alpha listing of all USA Swim registered swimmers
  • Includes best times for a September-September
    year
  • These are available to load automatically for
    meet entries
  • Meet Results Tab
  • Results are posted the following Monday or
    Tuesday

13
SwimConnection Enter Meets
  • www.swimconnection.com
  • Click Enter Meets - Click the meet you are
    interested in entering
  • Look at light blue MEETgt header
  • Print Meet Sheet for warm-up event schedule
    and driving directions
  • Click Online Registration to enter a meet
  • Online Meet Entry
  • Click Non-Member option
  • Fill in name and e-mail
  • Enter USA Swim - every swimmer gets a card with
    this (see FAQs)
  • Available events will populate click Best
    Times to populate times from database or
    manually enter times
  • Click Save
  • Enter USA Swim number to add a siblings entry or
    click Entries Done to pay
  • Click Proceed to Payment to complete
    transaction
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your
    entries and event number bring to the meet
    along with Meet Sheets.

14
SwimConnection FAQs
  • What is my USA Swim number?
  • Your swimmer receives a card with the number
    every year with the renewal of their USA swim
    dues. Keep this in a safe place. If yours is
    missing, contact Mark McComb, our treasurer, and
    he will be able to look it up. His address is
    mccomb4_at_sbcglobal.net. General rule of thumb for
    number is as follows DOB First 3 letters of
    first name Middle initial First 4 letters of
    last name i.e. 102600SAMRREYN
  • What entry time do I use if my swimmer has never
    swam a particular event?
  • Before you click on Online Registration to
    enter a meet, you will see above that link, in
    yellow, Standards.
  • Find your childs age group i.e. Girls 11-12 or
    Boys 8-Under. Look at what the minimum standard
    for a B time.
  • For your swimmer, enter a time SLOWER than the
    slowest B time. We recommend adding 10 15
    seconds to the B time that will ensure your
    swimmer swims in the novice heats for the first
    time.
  • What do I do if my best time was in a 50M pool,
    but the current meet in in a 25Y pool?
  • Click Swimmers tab and find your swimmer, click
    name link to display best times
  • Above your swimmers name click the following
    Course 50M, Convert 25Y this will convert all
    meter times into yard times.

15
Expectations of Stingray Greens
  • At least two practices per week.
  • At least one swim meet per quarter recommended.
  • Must be able to work with a group in a workout
    setting.
  • Needed skills Basic knowledge of each of the
    four strokes butterfly, backstroke,
    breaststroke, freestyle.
  • Swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of
    freestyle with side breathing, 25 yards of
    backstroke with good body position. Swimmers must
    be able to dive in a streamline from the side of
    the pool.

16
Expectations of Stingray Blues
  • Two-three practices per week recommended.
  • At least two swim meets per quarter recommended.
  • Must have an understanding of all strokes and
    turns (legal).
  • Must compete in at least one 100 yard race
  • Must be able to work and keep up with the group
    pace in an organized workout setting with
    attention to detail.
  • Needed skills Swimmer must be able to complete
    each of the four strokes butterfly, backstroke,
    breaststroke, freestyle with legal form. Swimmer
    must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle with
    side breathing, 50 yards of backstroke with good
    body position and technique, 25 yards of
    breaststroke and butterfly with a legal kick.
    Basic knowledge is necessary for all starts and
    turns for each stroke.

17
Expectations of Juniors
  • Four-five practices per week recommended,
    including Saturday mornings.
  • Wednesday afternoon dry-land workouts are highly
    recommended for goal setting and visualization
    workshops to help mentally prepare for
    competition.
  • At least three swim meets per quarter
    recommended.
  • Each swimmer is required to fill out a
    goal-setting sheet with specified times and goals
    for each season.
  • Must be able to work and keep up with the group
    pace in an organized workout setting with
    attention to detail.
  • Needed skills Swimmer must master each of the
    four strokes butterfly, backstroke,
    breaststroke, freestyle with legal form and
    appropriate technique. Swimmer must be able to
    complete 10 x 50 _at_100 with a defined breathing
    pattern and controlled stroke count. Swimmer must
    compete in the 500 yard freestyle race in at
    least one of the monthly swim meets.

18
Expectations of Pre-Seniors
  • Five-six practices per week recommended,
    including at least two morning workouts,
    including Saturday mornings.
  • Dry land workouts are highly recommended every
    Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for aerobic
    conditioning.
  • At least three swim meets per quarter
    recommended.
  • Each swimmer is required to fill out a
    goal-setting sheet with specified times and goals
    for each season including split times for each
    event. Goals are reviewed by the head coach in an
    individual meeting. The goal sheet is then signed
    by swimmer, parent and coach to ensure all are
    informed of the aim of the swimmer.
  • Must have mastery in all strokes and turns,
    including transition turns for the individual
    medley race.
  • Must be able to work and keep up with the group
    pace in an organized workout setting with
    attention to detail.

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Needed Skills for Pre-Seniors
  • Needed skills Swimmer must master each of the
    four strokes butterfly, backstroke,
    breaststroke, freestyle with legal form and
    appropriate technique, including controlled
    stroke count for freestyle, backstroke with good
    shoulder roll, breaststroke with appropriate
    timing of arms and legs and butterfly
    coordination of upper body and kick.
  • Swimmer must be able to complete
  • 5 x 100 individual medley _at_ 150
  • 5 x 100 freestyle _at_ 130
  • 10 x 50 freestyle _at_ 50.
  • Swimmer must compete in the 500 freestyle and 400
    individual medley in at least one of the monthly
    swim meets.

20
Expectations of Seniors
  • Six-eight practices per week recommended,
    including at least three morning workouts,
    including Saturday mornings.
  • Monday and Friday afternoons are highly
    recommended for stroke assessment, goal setting
    and mental preparation for competition.
  • Dry land workouts are highly recommended every
    Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for aerobic
    conditioning.
  • At least three meets per quarter recommended,
    plus JR or Senior meets.
  • Each swimmer is required to fill out a
    goal-setting sheet with specified times and goals
    for each season including split times for each
    event. Goals are reviewed by the head coach in an
    individual meeting. The goal sheet is then signed
    by swimmer, parent and coach to ensure all are
    informed of the aim of the swimmer.
  • Swimmer must be willing to take on leadership and
    mentoring roles for all groups below senior
    level. For example, swimmers must assist younger
    swimmers who are new to meets and help them get
    acquainted with meet protocol. Senior level
    swimmers are expected to attend team outings and
    lead by example.

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Needed Skills for Seniors
  • Needed skills Swimmer must master each of the
    four strokes butterfly, backstroke,
    breaststroke, freestyle with legal form and
    appropriate technique, including controlled
    stroke count for freestyle, backstroke with good
    shoulder roll, breaststroke with appropriate
    timing of arms and legs and butterfly
    coordination of upper body and kick.
  • Swimmer must be able to complete
  • 5 x 100 individual medley _at_ 145
  • 5 x 100 freestyle _at_ 120
  • 10 x 50 freestyle _at_ 50.
  • Swimmer must compete in the 500 free, 1000 free
    and 400 individual medley in at least one of the
    monthly swim meets.

22
Expectation of Parents Team Support
  • Be supportive of the Team!
  • Make sure you volunteer at each swim meet event
    your child attends we usually need helpers in
    the later portions of meets.
  • Make sure that children behave in the locker
    rooms monitor the locker rooms if you are at the
    pool.
  • Due to increase in number of swimmers, we kindly
    ask that PSC members avoid swimming during
    practice hours (330-430pm is the worst time).
    However, if you have no other option, please make
    sure you will share lanes.
  • Help at PST events (banquet, BBQ, outings).
  • Be considerate of our Event Coordinator by
    RSVP'ing on time to invitations.
  • Be considerate of our treasurer Please pay your
    dues in a timely manner.
  • Attend a board meeting.
  • Our annual fundraiser in May is the Banquet
    Raffle. All families are required to sell 75
    tickets per family. Swimmers will compete for top
    seller awards. Encourage your swimmers to sell
    raffle tickets!

23
Expectation of Parents Coach Support
  • Be supportive of the coaches!
  • Respect the decision of the coaches.
  • If you need to talk to the coaches during
    practices, make sure that they are available
    before starting a conversation. It is best to
    talk to the coaches BEFORE or AFTER practices
  • If any incident occurs with your child and the
    coaches, try first to discuss it with them. If it
    cant be resolved, contact the coaches liaison.
  • You are always welcome to contact the coaches
    liaison and board members if you have any
    concerns or comments.

24
Expectation of Parents Swimmer Support
  • Be Supportive of your swimmer!
  • Help your swimmer set a consistent practice
    schedule.
  • Encourage them to participate in morning
    practices.
  • Support them in goal setting.
  • Encourage your swimmers to participate in swim
    meets.
  • Be proud of them!

25
Key Team Events Raffle Fundraiser
  • KEY TEAM EVENTS
  • Back to School Fall BBQ (end of August)
  • Equipment Day(early September)
  • Team Pictures (October
  • PST Parents Meeting (mid-September)
  • Fall Practice Meet (October)
  • December Holiday Party (early December)
  • Awards Banquet (early June)
  • PST End of School Year Pool Party (Day after
    school is out)
  • PST FUNDRAISER
  • AWARDS BANQUET RAFFLE
  • Grand Prize donations solicited in February.
  • Standard form letters from PST requesting
    donations are available.
  • Coaches order raffle tickets and our kids sell 75
    x 1 tickets in April.
  • We need parents to step up and help prepare the
    food so the cost of catering goes down and team
    revenues remain high enough to support our
    coaching and water expenses.
  • This is our only real fundraiser we need EVERY
    FAMILY to participate in raffle sales!

26
What Happens at a Swim Meet Swimmers
  • Check with coaches BEFORE the day of the meet to
    find out when warm-ups start.
  • Try to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to warm ups,
    even if your first event is half way through the
    event schedule.
  • Check in for your events at the central check in
    table.
  • Find coaches for warm-up.
  • Once the meet starts, watch sandwich boards for
    event posting.
  • When your event is posted, note heat and lane and
    report them to the coaches.
  • Check in with coaches before AND after your event
    for commentary.
  • If you are swimming a 25Y event (8U) your
    event will start at the OPPOSITE end of the pool
    where the timers are sitting.
  • KEEP WARM and STAY HYDRATED!

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What Happens at a Swim Meet Parents
  • Help your swimmer pack smartly for the meet
    (see pack list).
  • Try to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to warm ups,
    even if your first event is half way through the
    event schedule for the day.
  • Find the PST tent and put your gear under the
    tent.
  • Help your swimmer check-in and find coaches for
    warm-up.
  • Swimmers only need to check in for the events
    they want to swim if they need to leave early,
    dont check in for those specific events. Always
    seek the advice of your coach before you scratch
    an event.
  • SIGN UP FOR TIMING Every family need to provide
    a timer for a 90 minute slot for every meet they
    attend. There are lots of parents who can help
    your swimmer get to their events while you time.
  • Once the meet starts, watch sandwich boards for
    event posting.
  • When your swimmers event is posted, help them
    find their heat and lane.
  • Help your swimmer keep track of events and help
    them get to the blocks in time a missed event
    will require a positive check in for the next
    race. Two missed races will disqualify your
    swimmer from the meet.

28
What to Pack for a Meet
  • PST will have a huge tent/tarp that can usually
    accommodate most swimmers and parents and will
    shield most from sun/rain.
  • Key is to keep swimmers as warm and as dry as
    possible, especially their feet, which get really
    cold on the wet pool deck.
  • General rule of thumb is that you need a towel
    for every time a swimmer gets in the pool. If
    she is doing two races, you need three towels
    (includes warm-up).
  • Bring your own food meet food is expensive and
    not very healthy.
  • Here is a typical pack list
  • Two chairs, i.e. collapsible camping chairs.
  • A warm jacket and shoes/boots (easy on and off
    with bare feet and WARM)
  • Bring deck shoes/flip flops for prior to race.
  • Dont forget cap/goggles/change of
    clothes/fleece blanket and additional sweatshirt.
  • Wear White PST Cap for meets. They are available
    from your coach for 5
  • Carry a duffle with towels and a rolling soft
    sided cooler with food (chairs roll nicely on
    this).
  • If its raining, bring a garbage bag or something
    to keep things dry.
  • Key is to keep kids warm, dry, hydrated and
    energized with healthy food!

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What Do Time Standards Mean?
  • The letters C/B/A refer to the first three
    divisions of swimming. C division is the
    beginning, B division is the next up and A
    division is at the top.
  • After your first swim meet, you can see what
    category your swimmers times fall into. Each
    group of swimmers are ranked according to their
    time and given awards by their division. A new
    swimmer in the C division will be ranked by time
    against other C division swimmers.
  • These divisions create incentives for each
    swimmer to encourage each swimmer to shoot for
    the next divisional standard. Relatively new to
    USA swimming are the sub groups within the A and
    B groups. Now there is a BB AA, AAA AAAA.
    These additions were designed to help bridge the
    gaps between each groups time standards.
  • Beyond C/B/A comes Q times, PRT times,
    Junior . These time standards are a bit more
    challenging. PRT stands or Pacific Reportable
    Time and signifies the time achieved is
    considered the among the top of the Pacific
    Region and is therefore submitted to Pacific
    Swimming for a rankings.
  • Confused? Dont throw in the towel, all it takes
    is a little time to get it down. For those just
    getting started, all youll need to remember is
    the C/B/A info.
  • A peak at whats ahead and the possibilities in
    this sport is beneficial. Refer to your USA
    swimming guide for a list of time standards for
    girls and boys.

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Parent Requirements
  • Supporting your child in swimming can be one of
    the most rewarding experiences in sport. You may
    be timing at meets, helping at fundraisers,
    organizing social events, or becoming a Board
    Member. Whatever your role may be, your childs
    experience with PST has much to do with your
    positive support. 4 hours per family per quarter
    is the minimum volunteer requirement. You have
    the option of paying out in the amount of 120
    per quarter if you cant volunteer. Here is a
    list of parent requirements.
  • ____Timing at Meets. Each team that attends meets
    is expected to provide timers based on the number
    of swimmers they bring to the meet. Each family
    is expected to time ONE shift over the course of
    the meet. A sign up sheet is available at the
    team tent.
  • ____Annual Team Fall BBQ (late Aug/early Sept)
  • ____Annual Holiday Party (Dec)
  • ____Annual Awards Banquet (May) Set-up, Clean-up,
    Cooking
  • ____Raffle Prize Director
  • ____Help coaches with team canopy set up or take
    down at meets
  • ____Computer/Web site updates
  • ____Volunteer Director
  • ____Become Certified USA Swimming Official
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