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    Torpedoes Team Update - Kick Off Party, Time Trials & Summer Schedule

    We are flying through the season Torpedoes!

    Time for another season update. We are quickly approaching time trials and transition to the summer schedule. Please note the important upcoming dates and times.

    Kick Off Party

    The kick-off party is THIS Thursday May 27th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. This will take the place of regular practice that day with the important exception of the 7/8B group (they will still swim since they are only doing every other day!). Swimmers can walk or drive through the circle drive at the Ellis Creek pool and pick up their t-shirts, any additional merchandise orders, buy Torpedoes swag, and purchase a team suit. Our Team Suit provider will be one site with suits for purchase and several sizes for trying on. They will also be selling goggles, mesh bags and swim caps. Pick up some refreshments including cupcakes (individually bagged up!) and go play at the Ellis Creek Park with your Torpedoes friends.

    Looking forward to see y’all there!

    Time Trials

    Time trials are scheduled for May 28th for 11&Ups. Parents, please plan to attend this practice with your swimmer and pick up a stopwatch. We need your help to grab their times to properly seed them into meets by times. This does not count as a volunteer shift.  We provide stopwatches, clipboards and pencils.

    Time trials are June 1st for 6U, 7/8B, and 9/10, and June 2nd for 7/8A. Again, parents should attend this practice with their swimmer and help with timing.

    We will sanitize the stopwatches between sessions.

    Summer Practice Schedule

    In the Summer ALL the kids will be able to practice 5 days a week. Wednesday AM after meets is an optional practice. 7/8B will no longer have a Saturday AM practice time and instead will only attend if there is a schedule clinic.

    We will transition to the Summer Practice Schedule on Friday June 4th, as Ellis Creek will be open to the public that afternoon. Your swimmer should attend the practice according to the summer schedule on this day. Please note that 7/8B swimmers are welcomed to practice this day in the time slot they have selected for summer practices (early / late).

    The practice times will be as follows:

    Open Age Group (15-18): 7:00am-8:00am
    6U: 8:00am-8:45am
    7/8 early: 8:45am-9:15am
    7/8 late: 9:15am-10:00am
    9/10: 10:00am-10:45am
    11/12: 10:30am-11:30am
    13/14: 11:15am-12:00pm

    On Saturday June 5th and 26th, we will have 2 “clinics”, one for 7/8 & 9/10 combined and one for 11&Up combined. These practices will be to refine techniques and work on starts.

    Saturday June 5th & 26th AM:
    7:30am – 8:15am 7/8 & 9/10
    8:15am – 9:00am 11&Up

    Meets & Volunteering

    Meets will be Tuesday evenings starting in June. All “meets” will be held in our home pool with the “away” team at their home pool. We will swim the meet separately and then compile the times and calculate “points”. Each week the league will update the “top times” for all swimmers. We will have a Meet of Champions on July 6th. All Stars will be held on July 9th for those who qualify.

    While swim team is a GREAT place to improve kids’ swimming abilities, we are also a competitive club, meaning we participate in meets. Families are expected to participate in the meets – this helps out our relays and helps meets run smoothly with volunteers. If you need to miss a meet, no problem, just make sure to declare online or tell a coach.

    Volunteering is required! We could not offer the program without volunteers. Please make sure that you have signed up for your volunteer assignments. More information about each job is available in the “volunteer” tab of the website and the “i” button next to the sign up position (on pc). Email us if you have questions or need help.

    Team Suits

    Team suits are available for purchase at D & J Sports Katy Located at 617 Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450. If you have a prior year team suit, it is still good. The store has some suits in stock now but they will also place you an order if they don’t have your size in stock. Give them a call to check inventory and order a suit at (832) 321-7946. Visit their website at https://djsports.com/katy .

    Communications

    Please ensure that you are receiving all communications. Request to join our FaceBook group New Territory Torpedoes (it is a closed group for Torpedoes families only so request to be added and you will be approved by admin). Download the swimptopia app on your phone and use the same login as for our website. You’ll be able to receive alerts, see your swimmers info, and check your volunteer assignments. Check our website swimnt.org regularly for updates and find important information.

    Upcoming Important Dates

    May 27th – Kick off Party, Team Picture & T-shirt Distribution

    May 28th – Time Trials 11 & Up

    May 31st – Memorial Day: NO practices

    June 1st – Time Trials 6U, 7/8B and 9/10

    June 2nd – Time Trials 7/8 A

    June 8th – 1st Meet

    Please check our website at swimnt.org for the full calendar.

    Go Torpedoes!

    Kelly Force
    Torpedoes Prez

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