Spring 2019 President’s Message

Hello Swim Team Family!

The 2019 season is right around the corner! This year is a special celebration for Pebble Creek! It’s our 20th year operating as a swim team!

There are a few coaching changes for 2019. We are happy to have Jordan back as our head coach. Assisting him this year will be Coach Shannon returning from last year, Coach Lacey who is new to our staff but has multiple years of swimming experience and Coach Josie who many of you will know from the CIT program. We are very excited to have these 4 lead our piranhas this year!

Registration opens April 10th. 

The calendar is still being finalized with all the activities but here are some key dates below: 

April 10 Registration Begins
May 15 Open House Night
May 20 Practice Starts
June 9 Blue Orange Meet
June 11 (Tuesday) Meet 1 away
June 19 Meet 2 away
June 26 Meet 3 home
July 2 (Tuesday)  Meet 4 home
July 10 Meet 5 away
July 16 (Tuesday)  Meet 6 home *** senior night
July 19 End of Season party
July 26 and 27 Champs

May 15 Open House Night May 20 Practice Starts June 9 Blue Orange Meet June 11 (Tuesday) Meet 1 away June 19 Meet 2 away June 26 Meet 3 home July 2 (Tuesday)  Meet 4 home July 10 Meet 5 away July 16 (Tuesday)  Meet 6 home *** senior night July 19 End of Season party July 26 and 27 Champs

Please look out for additional communication as registration open date gets closer.

Looking forward to a great season!As always, please reach out if you have any questions! 
Jen Colley PCST president 

November 2018 President’s Message

Hello parents!!
The board has been very busy planning for the 2019 season. We had great response from the team survey.  Your comments are much appreciated as this helps guide the board for decisions in future seasons.
Some quick updates:
Santa Breakfast
The breakfast will be December 1, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. We still need volunteers for breakfast. Adults are needed in the kitchen from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kids are needed to be servers from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  This is a great way for the kids to give back to the team. Kids volunteering age minimum is 12 as they will be serving hot food.
To sign up to volunteer, please use the sign up genius link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C48AFA628A7FD0-santa

Sponsors
Thank you again to all of our sponsors for the 2018 season. Many of our sponsors come right here from our swim team community.
Thank you again:
Toyota
Green Light Solutions
B.Good
Code Blue
Sklar
Papa Murphy
The Hogan Group
If you are interested in sponsoring for the 2019 season, please contact Jen at jen_colley82@yahoo.com.
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns !!
Thank your for your support !!
Jen Colley
PCST President

June 2018 President’s Message

Thank you to all who came to the blue/orange practice meet!  Sorry we did not actually get to swim! This is the first blue/ orange we did not swim in many years!

During the parent information meeting, there was a lot of items talked about. I have summarized below.

First meet is Thursday!  Reminder: Let’s be great supportive team mates and hosts!  Last year Pebble Creek won a sportsmanship award! Let’s go for 2 years in a row!!

Please reach out if there are any questions!!

Thanks so much!

Jen
PCST President

Meet Fun Facts:

Swimmer Letter:

Each meet, a letter will be sent with important information regarding check in time, meet information, location, parking, etc. Please pay close attention to the times. Please DO NOT check in prior to the time stated.  At home meets, check in time starts at 430PM.   If you are going to be late to a meet for whatever reason, please TEXT CHRISTY. Information will be found in the parent letter sent the week of the meet.

If you arrive BEFORE check in time for home meets, plan on helping 😊  There is a lot of work that goes into home meets and there are a lot of volunteers that get to the pool early.

Check IN:

When your child checks in, your child will receive a card. The card will have information regarding which EVENT they are swimming. If your child is NOT dive certified, your child will also receive a X or O on their shoulder. This is to signify how your child should start based on this certification. If your child receives no writing on their shoulder, they are going off the blocks!

If your child did not receive their Piranhas cap, they will receive during check in!

Writing:

You may WRITE your child’s event numbers on their HAND ONLY. There should be no other writing on your child besides their hand and if they have a dive restriction. This is a rule that has been around for awhile, but bears repeating.

 

Items to consider at a swim meet:

Sharpie, towels, sweatshirt, water, snack, money for concession!

 

Parent Rep:

During the meet, if there is an issue that comes up, please see the PARENT REP, not the coach. For example, if a child needs to leave early and did not notify the coach prior to the meet, notify the parent rep. If there is an issue that arises during a meet, notify the PARENT REP.  The Parent Rep is there to handle any issue that you may have.  Our Parent Rep is Laura Cooper.

Warm-ups:

Warm-ups is an opportunity for your child to 1. Dive off the blocks/ side to get use to the pool (especially at away meets) 2. Count back stroke flags for those children who are swimming backstroke.    Please listen to the coaches as they will do 8 and under and 9 and up separately during our warm up times.

Relays:

8 and under relays are the FIRST event of the meet!  Please, if you have an 8 and under, DO NOT LET THEM WANDER after warm ups/coaches meeting. The kids will be gathered after that and taken to the clerk of the course.

9 and up Relays will be posted about event 26 in the meet. They are on the Relay boards hanging up. DO NOT LEAVE until you have checked the board.

Clerk/ Blocks

Clerk of the course for home meets is located at the diving well of the pool. The announcer will call the event numbers and if your child is swimming they will make their way over there. PLEASE ONLY THE CHILD come, not all their friends and relatives. Parents may bring their child to clerk as well, just not everyone come.  There is a lot of people at clerk!!  If parents want to take a pic, please stand behind the ropes.

The children will make their way from behind the diving well to behind the blocks. There should be NO PARENTS behind the blocks at any point in the meet except authorized individuals (clerk, ref, starter, timer, head timer).  Please make sure we keep this area cleared.

When at Clerk, it is important for your child to listen for their name.  The child will be assigned a number. That number corresponds to the lane they will be swimming in during their heat.

When your child gets behind the blocks, they will be asked their name again by the timer. This is just to ensure Sally is not swimming for Molly and vice versa!

Concession:
Concessions will be available during home meets. We will have a theme such as Southern BBQ plus a regular assortment consisting of hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, etc. Cash or credit card will be accepted.  Our very own Chef Brian creates the menu each home meet and does a wonderful job!

Also, we will have Kona Ice at our home meets. 20% of all sales go back to the swim team!

Available this year at concessions in addition to food: Goggles, straps and spirit wear!

Pool Rules:

Pool rules should be followed at all meets. This includes running. Pools WILL NOT be opened during the swim meet for ‘cooling off’ or swim time. This includes the baby pool. Please come prepared for the warmth 😊

Weather:

In the event of weather, delay, rain, thunder, etc, please LISTEN to the announcer if we are already at the pool and the meet or warm ups have started or adhere to the text messages if there is a delay prior to us being on deck.  If we must clear the pool area, PLEASE DO NOT go into the clubhouse. The outside veranda area is OK, but it does get crowded. Text messages will be the primary communication during these times so PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE SIGNED UP TO RECEIVE TEXTs.

Ribbons:

Ribbons for the meet will be handed out the practice AFTER the meet occurs. For example, most of our meets areWednesday, we will do ribbons on Thursday.  More information will come out about ribbons night in the ‘whats coming up’ additions that occur weekly.

Heat Ribbons are handed out at our home meets and some away pools also do these ribbons. These ribbons are for individuals who win their heat, not necessarily their event.
Event is the stroke, age group, gender specific event. Example: Girls 8 and under 25 Freestyle. The Heat is which number you are in when there are more people participating than the number of lanes. Example: 12 girls compete in the 25 Freestyle, at our HOME POOL, we will have 2 heats since we have 8 lanes. Heat numbers that are higher in number are usually your faster swimmers.

Volunteering:

It takes a lot of volunteering, especially AT HOME, to run a meet. If you have not signed up, please do so!! Your help is much appreciated in this matter!

Practicing:
Practice will continue in the EVENING ONLY this week June 10, 2018 thru June 13.

Practice will be your CHOICE starting next week June 18th.  You may choose morning or evening practice. Morning practice is preferred as there is only us at the pool but understand that that may not be feasible for all.

Practice Times starting June 18:
AM (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri)

8 & under – 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
9-12 – 8 to 9 a.m.
13 & older -8:45 to 9:45 a.m

PM: (Mon, Tues, Thurs)

10 and under: 615 to 7pm

11 and up: 7pm to 8pm

Adult Swim:
For those adults who want to do summer swim team as well, that will be offered by our very own Coach Jordan. Practices are 630am to 730am Mon, Tues and Fri. Cost is $40.

May 2018 President’s Message

Hi Families,

The swim season is off to a great start! It was great we were able to get into the pool the FIRST week of practice!!

For those that need to order new swim gear I would encourage all to order on the Pebble Creek Piranhas site at Swim Outlet!  A portion of all sales goes back to the team!  Website is: https://www.swimoutlet.com/pebblecreekswimteam/

Volunteering:  Volunteering is a VITAL portion of making a successful team!  This year, Christy- Team Manager, will be reaching out via email for volunteering preferences.   I would encourage everyone to respond as quickly as possible as we are making sure we are staffed and ready for our upcoming meets!  Reminder: Each family is required to at least volunteer for 5 halves or 2 full meets, whichever the family prefers.

A few reminders:

–          Mini Mite Try Out is Wednesday, May 30 at 630pm

o   A quick meeting with coaches and parents will occur at 630, then the try out will begin

§  Reminder: the coaches are looking for kiddos that can at least swim half the length of the pool. The goal is by the end of the season, they will swim the full length and participate in a meet!

–          Blue Orange Meet is Sunday, June 10 at 6pm

o   This is a great event especially for new swimmers to see what it is like to participate in a meet!

–          Swim Team night at the diamond June 23.  Tickets on sale now! Contact info@pebblecreekswimteam.com  Tickets are $8 with a portion going back to the team!

If there are ANY questions or concerns contact:

Christy(Team Manager)/ Laura (Parent Rep): Info@pebblecreekswimteam.com

Jen (PCST President): pcstboard@gmail.com

April 2018 President’s Message

Hello Families,
The board is been very busy lately making the final touches for the upcoming season!
A few reminders:
* Registration is now OPEN!
Register online, pay online or you can come pay in person during open house.
Tell all your friends!!
*Open house is May 16. During this time you can meet the coaches, register, order swim suits, get spirit gear and get squirrels tickets!!
* Season begins May 21
Swim Suits:
This year will be using a new company for ordering swimsuits. The website is below of how you can directly order your swimsuit. A portion of your purchase will go directly back to the swim team!!
This year, we are spicing it up a little! The swimsuit choices will be navy and orange Sporti Molecule or you can choose to do a navy suit like we have in years past.
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The website below has both of the swimsuits listed for your swimmer. A new suit is not mandatory for upcoming swim year. If you already have a navy blue suit, there is no requirement to purchase a new one!
The link is here:
Pebble Creek Piranhas Online Store

The link will also be on our website. Please use the link, then do ANY ordering. When you use the link, it automatically knows you are shopping through the store. If there is ANY item on the swim outlet website you wish to purchase, use the link first.  Even items that are not in our store page will be credited to the swim team. We appreciate your support!
Sponsors:
We are currently seaking sponsors for the upcoming season.  We have different sponsorship levels! If you or your know someone who may be interested in sponsoring the team, please have them reach out to sponsorpcst@gmail.com.
Upcoming Dates:
* Registration Open NOW
* May 16 Open House
* May 21 Season Begins
* May 28 No Practice (Memorial Day)
* May 30 Mini Mite Try Out
* June 10 Blue / Orange Meet
As always, any quesitons or concerns, please reach out!
Thanks!
Jen

Winter President’s Message

Spring has sprung.. kind of… and with that, warmer temperatures are fast approaching which means it’s time to get PIRANHAS back in the water!
A few announcements for the upcoming 2018 Season below:
April 9th: Registration is OPENED! Check out the website on April 9th and register!  Tell all the neighbors!
Open House night will be May 16th 6pm to 8pm
During Open House you can register for the team, get fitted for your swim suit and meet the coaches.
The board is very excited to announce our coaches for the 2018 Swim Season:
Jordan Witherow
Pamela Mulvaney
Ryan Griffiths
Shannon Birmingham
Jordan is our NEW Head Coach this year. He is currently at Randolph Macon. He comes from a long background of swimming and currently swims for Randolph Macon.  The board is very excited to have Jordan! Welcome Jordan!
Pamela is returning for her third year as an Asst Coach. The Board is very excited to have Pamela back! Pamela played a huge role last year with the CIT program.
Ryan is new this year, although not new to the team!  Ryan has been swimming with the team since he was 4 years old.  Welcome Ryan!
Shannon, like Ryan, is new this year.  She has swam for the team for many years and has been a HUGE part of the success of the CIT (Coaches in Training) Program.  Welcome Shannon!
Practices Start: Monday, May 21
Mark your calendars: Swim Team Night at the Squirrels Game: June 23.  Look for more information about tickets and how to purchase coming soon!
Look forward to seeing everyone at the pool May 21 for the start of practice!
Jen Colley
PCST President

November 2017 President’s Message

Hi Families!

By now, everyone is back into the new school year and swim season 2017 is just a distant memory.

What’s the NEW Board been up to?

The Board has been very busy. We have been reviewing 2017 season, member input via survey you took the time to fill out and planning for 2018 season.

Right now, the holidays are approaching! The Board has been busy planning the Santa Breakfast.  The Santa Breakfast will be held December 2 at the clubhouse from 8am to 1030am. The swim team has hosted this event for more than 15 years now.  It is not a successful event without YOU, the members!  This is the biggest fundraiser for the swim team of the year!

Want to get involved?

Ways you can help:

  1. Spread the word about the Santa Breakfast!!
  2. Sign up for the Pebble Creek Swim Team EVENTS page on Facebook. This is a shareable page and has our Santa Breakfast information listed.
  3. Volunteer: There are several volunteer slots to fill (see below)
  4. Auction Item Donation: donated items are always welcomed!

Please consider Volunteering for the Santa Breakfast!!  We need KIDS and Adults to make the Santa Breakfast successful.

Kitchen Helper (Adult)

830am-945am

945am-11am

Server (Kid)

745am-9am

9am-10am

10am-11am

Cashier Assistant

745am-915am

915am-1030am

Thanks so much for your support!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me: PCSTBoard@gmail.com

Thanks so much!

Jen Colley

PCST President