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August Training Sessions

Clinic/Conditioning: Dryland and Water Sessions - August/Early September 2016

Harrisburg area swimmers are invited to attend open training sessions for the month of August/early September at the Wedgewood Hills Swim Club. Conditioning and stroke improvement will be a part of each session. Dryland sessions will also included based on swimmer participation (age and ability).

How to Attend a Swim Meet

John Leonard, Executive Director of the American Swim Coaches Association, penned an article for parents, coaches, and swimmers titled, "How to Attend a Swim Meet". Take a moment and read the article HERE . Have you been attending meets with the correct perspective and attitude? This article was recently published in Issue 10 of ASCA Newsletter, 2013 Edition.

2016-17 Season Program Information Request

Any swimmer or parent that would like to receive information upcoming in-person registration dates should write to Erich Sprowls at elsprowls@yahoo.com or Kurt Sprowls at CollegiateAquatics@gmail.com. Coaches are also available to answer questions during our August training sessions.

A great article written by John Leonardthat describes the Collegiate Aquatics program structure.

USA Swimming

TIMES STANDARDS EXPLAINED

The USA Swimming web site has a dedicated web page that contains the various time standards used at all levels of competitive swimming. HERE is a brief explanation of the most common standards - the motivational standards for age group swimming.


USA SWIMS Database

INDIVIDUAL TIMES SEARCH INFORMATION
Tired of keeping track of all of your times? Then stop doing it! Let USA Swimming track them for you. Just enter the event you are looking for below, and let us do the rest. Search for your time at a specific meet, season or age. If you only want your best times, you can look those up, too!

USA Swimming - Individual Times Search HERE


What is Deck Pass?

Deck Pass is an online platform that tracks swimmers’ times and rewards them with digital incentives. USA Swimming members can track their best times, set goals, check their IMX scores and earn digital patches for their achievements. All swimmers can track their times via the log book and also set personal goals. Deck Pass also allows you to connect with friends and family and you can also share your achievements by connecting your account to Facebook.

Read more about Deck Pass HERE.


Virtual Club Championship (VCC)

The Virtual Club Championship (VCC) recognizes and highlight clubs that are developing athletes and achieving success at multiple levels emphasizing the team element in club swimming. This program serves as a key part of the Athlete Development & Performance component of the Club Recognition Program.

More information about the VCC is HERE

Check Collegiate's Ranking

USA Swimming's VCC Ranking Query Page is HERE

Query ALL Clubs, EASTERN Zone, MIDDLE ATLANTIC LSC


IMX Challenge and IM Ready

Collegiate Swimmers' IM Ready and IMX Scores Reported on Records and Top Times web page
HERE

USA Swimming has a number of programs to help swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers. One of those programs is the IMX series designed to help various age groups compete in multiple events, rather than specialize in one stroke too early.

Read about the programs HERE

Check your IM Ready and IMX scores on USA Swimming's Deck Pass HERE

A swimmer's "power points" for each event can be calculated using the online calculator HERE

you will need a My USA Swimming Account – it’s free, and easy, so sign up now!


Energy Drinks: a No-No for Young Swimmers

The USA Swimming Sports Medicine and Science Committee has recently reviewed the risks and benefits related to energy drinks and is providing information to call attention to the differences between energy drinks and "sports drinks" used for rehydration, to point out the risks associated with such drinks, and to provide suggested alternatives to use of these drinks.

In the coming weeks, the Sports Medicine and Science Committee will publish a series of articles on usaswimming.org on the risks of consuming energy drinks. Nutritionist Jill Castle covers the basic nutritional facts behind these drinks. Click here to read the article

This is the first installment of our series of energy drink articles.

Hershey Park Volunteering

Hershey Park Volunteering

We are happy to announce a new type of fundraising for the Collegiate/Latshmere swim teams. We have been approved by Hersheypark to participate in their volunteer program. All money earned from this will be credited to your fundraising requirement. Volunteers earn $6 per hour and will receive one voucher for a ticket to Hersheypark at the end of their shift.

We will be volunteering to work in the areas of food and beverage, rides, games, ushering and possibly more. There are specific job/dress requirements for each area. Please see the attached files for those details. It is very important that you read and follow all the requirements or they may deny you the option to work a shift. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your shift begins and be sure to sign in under Collegiate Aquatics so our organization gets properly credited.

We will be sending out emails listing the volunteer shifts available as we get them from Hersheypark. Please email Jodi Mackrell at jjbmack@hotmail.com or Deb Wisor at debrawisor@juno.com to sign up for a shift. Once the shift has been approved we will send you an email confirmation. Please be sure to include the date, time and department for the shift you want to work.

Hersheypark relies heavily on their volunteers and if you are unable to work your shift please try to find someone to replace you. In the event you cannot find a replacement Hersheypark must be notified as soon as possible so they can get a replacement. If you can’t reach Hersheypark with the numbers provided contact me or Deb ASAP.

Available volunteer shifts for May have been attached to this email. There are some April dates available listed below. Get your dates in to us as soon as possible because the shifts fill up fast. if you have any questions please email us. Thanks.

Jodi Mackrell and Deb Wisor

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