June 2014 Newsletter

posted Jun 18, 2014, 10:20 AM by Debra Krusniak   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 10:20 AM ]
Hello, swim families!  Summer is finally here....the best swim season of all!

Summer swim practices are under way.  Remember that the summer schedule is as follows: 
  • Swim team: MWF 11:00-12:30 and TuTh 7:00-8:30pm (swimmers can stay for the whole 90 minutes or just for the first hour)
  • Juniors: MWF 11:00-11:45
Practices will be held in the outdoor pool, weather permitting.  If you haven't already signed up for Textcaster, be sure to do so at https://my.textcaster.com/asa/Default.aspx?ID=98abd64c-6618-43d4-a261-8371be8f7324 to receive announcements of weather-related practice cancellations.  Note that you can receive emails instead of texts if you don't have a cell phone.  We will send a textcaster message any time practice is cancelled, which does tend to happen on a regular basis now that we are in thunderstorm season.

We are kicking off the summer season with a fun new incentive program for swimmers!  Our awesome coaches have worked out the new Aquadogs Reward Program....details below:

We are excited to announce the beginning of our Reward Program!  Athletes
will have opportunities to earn rewards while swimming and competing.  This
will help instill responsibility and ownership of the sport.  For the
summer we will be operating on a punch card system.

Here's How Your Athlete Can Earn Punches:

   - 1 punch for bringing a water bottle
   - 1 punch if athlete is on deck at the start of practice ready to swim
   - 1 punch for bringing your goggles and wearing them
   - 1 punch for wearing a swim cap for the entire practice time
   - 2 punches for each event swam at a meet

What Your Athlete Will Be Earning as They Earn Punches:

   - 25 punches:   swimming tattoo (temporary of course)
   - 50 punches:   10 minutes of free time at the end of practice
   - 75 punches:   swimming sticker
   - 100 punches: Swim Today bracelet
   - 125 punches: help the coaches plan the workout for the day
   - 150 punches: kick day for the team
   - 175 punches: bag tag
   - 200 punches: game day for the team

Each athlete will have their own punch card as they work up the scale
toward bigger and better rewards.  These will be at the pool where swimmers
can see them at each practice.  We are so excited about this wonderful new
program!  See you at the pool!

Sarah Mires
Aquadogs Head Coach

Finally, remember to keep watching your email for announcements regarding upcoming swim meets.  Our first one is June 7, and you should have already received an email with details from our Meet Coordinator, Andrea Maag.  We're looking forward to seeing lots of Aquadogs at the meets!  If you would like a purple ASA swim cap to wear to the meets, they are available for $12.50.  Send me an email and I can get one to you.

Happy swimming, everyone!

Dana Vazzana
ASA President