Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Next Week Schedule Change

I wanted to let everyone know that we have added a meet at the last second for next week.  On Tuesday night we will be swimming at Riverside Brookfield in a tri meet along with Oak Park-River Forest.  This is a make up since the OPRF pools are no usable at the moment.  Combine this with Wednesday morning practice and a meet on Wednesday night, next week is going to be rough.  Luckily, next week is the worst week and the only week that is bad at all.  All of this information has been added to the calendar.

Reminder about tomorrow mornings practice.  Enter door 19, be there and ready to start at 6am.  Once I go inside to start practice the doors will lock behind me.  Door 19 is under the fieldhouse, from the Park Ave. entrance it will be on your left across from the baseball field.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Wednesday Morning Dryland and Fremd Invite Information

For Wednesday morning dryland, and all drylands at South we will be entering through door 19.  Parking can be done right in front of the door without any concern as long as the girls move their cars fairly quickly after we are done with practice.  Any questions please let me know.

For Saturday's meet at Fremd High School,  warm-ups will start at 8:30 and I would like to be in right at 8:30.  The meet is also a relay meet.  Relay meets are fairly wild and tend to be very exciting.    I am looking forward to everyone getting to experience one of the more unique formats to HS swimming.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Morning Practice Info

First off please let me congratulate the Green team for their victory over intersquad week.  The final score was 80-75.  Which means the meet was a complete tie and the victory came down to the fact green team performed better throughout the week.  For those of you who don't understand meet scoring enough,  the difference of 5 points in a dual meet is nothing more than 1 team not winning a relay.  If green wouldn't have won the last relay the score would have been 79-76 to the blue team.  Basically every point counts in a close meet.

For practice tomorrow,  please enter through the North doors of Biester Gym(the lower building) by the faculty lot.  I know some people have never been there so I am going to try and stay outside by the doors right until 6am.  The girls have access to the PE locker room if they need to get changed. We will be done a little before 7 so everyone can get to their required school.  Finally, please make sure to bring water, closed toed shoes, school appropriate workout clothes, and something to eat after practice.

See everyone bright and early.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Helium Stick Results, and info for tomorrow.

So today was the Helium stick challenge.  Basically all the girls had to get a very light stick balanced on there fingers then lower it to the ground.  Kinda like this.  Note how the stick is so light the act of keeping the fingers on it raises it, hence the name.

Everyone ended up working together very well and both teams got the stick to about thigh high before the stick started to move back up. The green team did marginally better and will be awarded one point.  Final scores are, the simplified score I will use tomorrow in parentheses.

Green - 19(5)
Blue - 14(0)

For the meet tomorrow... We will warm up at 9:30 and start competition at 10:00am.  The meet should last between and hour and 90 minutes.  If we have time after we will probably warm down or do some drills.  There will be a light dryland from 11:30 till noon.  I encourage everyone who can make it to come and cheer on all the girls.

Scoring will be as follows
Relays - 8-4-2 limit 2 per team
Individual - 6-4-3-2-1 limit 3 per team

I will update scores after each event.  The winners will receive the ultimate prize....

Quality of prize likely to be much less

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dryland Race Results

So today's activity was our dryland race.  The girls did a great job on it and both teams ended up beating the goal time of 20 minutes.  All of the girls have vastly improved in all of the dryland movements already.  The blue team earned 10 points, 5 for winning and 5 for beating the time.  The green time also got 5 points for beating the goal time.  New scores.

Green - 18
Blue - 14

I forgot to mention last night but the Oak Park-River Forest meet, listed as Sept. 16th, has been postponed till later in the season due to their pool/s being closed.  Hopefully we can get in to swim them later in the season, but for now it is a no go.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Score update and some meet news

We played a modified version of water polo today for our activity.  It was a bit of a wash with the green team scoring 3 goals to the blue teams 0.  Updated scores are...

Green - 13
Blue - 4

The calendar for next week has been posted through Friday.  Yes, we are starting morning workouts next week.  I will add another post once I have exact procedure on how to get into the buildings and where to park etc.  We are only going to have 2 morning next week to help the girls adjust a bit.

For the Dekalb meet we can get into the pool at 3:30.  However, do to the amount of travel we will be planning on getting in around 3:45-4:00.  This allows for an hour to get out there,  which I know is very tight on time, but we will be training before the meet starts.  I will post the information for the Andrew meet as soon as I get it.

On Saturday all of practice will be open for the intersquad meet.  This will be the culmination of all weeks extra activities and should be good fun.

Finally, I am very happy to announce that we got into a York JV Invite on November 1st.  This will be the last meet for the athletes who don't make the Sectional team.  I am super excited that these girls are going to get a championship meet.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Relay Race Fun

Relay races were a whole lot of fun today.  Green won 2 race, Blue won 0.  We had 3 races, but unfortunately everyone lost in the Boat Race.

Green 10
Blue 4

Monday, August 23, 2010

Apology and Updated Score

First off, please let me apologize for leaving two of the girls off the intersquad rosters last night.  I don't know how I missed them but luckily someone alerted me.  I am truly sorry and hope no one feels slighted.

Today was quiz day.  The girl's dazzled with there knowledge of random trivia......

The Green team scored 27 points
The Blue team scored 31 points
To keep the numbers small and easier to keep track of the score will be simplified

BLUE - 4

Tomorrow is weird relay day.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Intersquad Week!!!

Welcome to one of my favorite weeks of the season.  Over the course of the week we will be doing a number of non traditional games/activities to challenge the girl's both individually and as a team.  The schedule of activities for the week is as follows.

Monday-Trivia Challenge
Tuesday-Silly Relays
Wednesday-Slot Polo
Thursday-Team WOD
Friday-Helium Stick
Saturday-Intersquad Meet

All activities will be done during normal practice time.  Speaking of normal practice times we have switched to the afternoons for this week. The two teams are as follows

Green                                                     Blue
Katie Roeing                                          Alayne Theodore
Jenny Armstrong                                     Meg Beese
Kallan Land                                           Courtney Boak
Colleen Mulchrone                                 Connie Hsu
Allie McGavok                                       Brenda Liu
Nicole Otero                                          Katie Sheline
Bri Price                                                 Malvika Singh
Joanna Szewczyk                                   Elise Sundberg
Lucy Vasquez                                        Jenna Strohbusch
Joy Xue                                                 Hailey Walch

Look for the schedule moving forward to come out soon.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Concerning Weather

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows that we will still have practice regardless of what type of weather we end up getting tomorrow(or any other future dates).  Make sure the girls have cell phones in case of severe weather and we finish early because of it.

Reminder, if you daughter is going to miss practice send me an email.  I lose track of what days who is missing and email is the easiest way to keep it all in one place.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Photo Reminder

Just a friendly reminder about tomorrows Team Pictures.  Please be at Duchon at 4:15 so we can be quick with the pictures.  Wear your team suit and jean shorts.

Below is a video of something we have been talking about a lot at practice recently.  Kitajima is widely considered the greatest male breaststroker of all time.  More amazingly Kosuke is rather small, by world class swimming standards, and does almost everything on form.

Make sure to watch it a couple times and see how fast his hand are.
Look how stretched out he is on every single stroke, you want to hit this position on every stroke of fly and breast
Look at when his kick is and how fast his feet move.  He uses his momentum from the pull to help him start the kick.

Do ignore the pullouts though, he is the only one in the world doing that right now.

See everyone tomorrow.


Handbook Posted, And A Request For Help

I just added the team handbook that I read from last night.  Please read through it and ask about anything that doesn't make sense.  Added at the very end is something that I forgot to discuss last night.  Letters will be awarded for meeting any one of the following criteria.

Scoring at Sectionals or higher
Scoring at Conference
Holding a team record at the end of the season
Averaging 6 points per dual meet over the course of the season, including relays.
Winning an end of year award
100% attendance

Every member of the team is capable of achieving something on that list.  It is my goal that everyone has a realistic opportunity to letter.

As you noticed one of the methods to earn a letter is to hold a team record at the end of the season.  However, with this being a new team the record book has not yet been compiled.  If anyone has hard results from last year I would appreciate being able to borrow them.  The girls have also said that they would like to use all previous results.  This means that times from as early as 1976 will be used in calculating the team records.  I will be combining both the South and West times from the past into a single list and post that as soon as possible.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Stuff to bring for Dryland and more....

For the week of Monday, August 16th, dry-land will be added on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  The girls will need to bring shorts and shoes.  If they are unable to perform a basic conditioning movement, running, squats or push-ups please let me know ASAP.  Also make sure they drink plenty of fluids before practice, as it has been hot and sunny.  There is no such thing as too much fluids in this weather.  Everyone did a great job last week with the initial adjustment and I am excited to see this team grow together.

I look forward to talking to everyone on Monday, August 16th at 7:00pm for the parent meeting.  We will be meeting at the Glenbard West Auditorium.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Extra Stuff to Bring to Practice.

Just wanted to make sure that everyone knows how important water is at practice.  Given the heat and the amount of sun we could get at any given practice the girls should be drinking about 32 oz. of water per practice. Please make sure they at least bring a water bottle to practice, they can refill it if they need to.

Second,  since we are outdoors sunscreen probably isn't a bad idea.  Doesn't have to be anything super strong, but just something to think about.

We had a great practice today, and I am looking forward to tomorrow.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Important Tryout Information

Tryouts will be held this coming Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30 am at Butterfield Park District Aquatic Center.  Hopefully no cuts will be necessary, but due to district rules a tryout must be held.  The only equipment required is a suit, goggles, and a cap. No other gear is mandatory at this time.

Please have all the required sheets filled out at your respective high schools before tryouts (forms can be found on your high school website), as anyone who has not completed the forms will be unable to participate.

I understand that some students may have their final day of summer school on the same day as try outs.  If this is the case, please let me know as soon as possible so I can put you/your child's name on the roster and count them as in attendance.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at chris.flamion@gmail.com.