The Killer Whales in 2017

This page contains news and updates on:

 

Our Coaches

The Practice Schedule

The Meet Schedule

Tryouts

​Registration

Parents Meeting

Team Officials and Volunteer Opportunities

Swim Suits, T-shirts and Caps

Killer Whales Online Swim Shop

 

Our Coaches
The head coach for the 2017 season is Paul Waas. Coach Paul is very experienced. He has taught all levels of swimming and he is currently the Head Coach of the Catholic University Varsity Team. We are delighted that he has agreed to take on the job of PGP head coach this season. I am pleased to also announce that our assistant coach is Pippa Rogers. Coach Pippa is a student and varsity swimmer at Catholic University. Jake Rosensweig Stein and Matthew Nolan are our swimmer coaches. They will help our coaching team with the newer and younger swimmers. You can find out more about our coaches at the new team website. I hope everyone will give them all a big welcome.

 

The Practice Schedule

The Killer Whales first practice is on Tuesday, May 30, at 5:25pm and finishes at 8:15pm for the older swimmers. The practice time are:

 

5:25 – 6:15pm 8 and unders and beginners
6:15pm to 8:00pm for the 9 & over crowd

 

The practice that starts at 6:15 will be divided into three training groups. Younger and less experienced swimmers will be released from practice at about 7:30pm.

 

Once the schools close we have an addition morning practice from 10:00 – noon. This will run on Tuesday through Friday for four weeks beginning June 21.

 

We do not plan to have practices on Fridays.

 

Coaches may assign swimmers to another age group as appropriate.

 

This practice schedule will be changed if needed as the team builds and additional needs are determined.

 

Interested but not sure? Your child can swim for a practice session before you pay the fee. Come to the deck at the deep end just before practice and consult with the coach. You can also speak to other parents about swim team.

 

The Meet Schedule

We are in Division D this year. We are top seed. Our division comprises:

 

D1 Prince George’s Swimming Pool (PGP)

D2 West Laurel Swim Team (WLS)

D3 Greenbelt Municipal (GM)

D4 Westlake Village (WOW)

D5 West Arundel (WA)

D6 Belair Swim and Racquet (BSR)

League Swim Meets

 

We have three home meets. Our schedule is

June 10 Time trials at PGP

June 17 First Dual Meet BSR@PGP

June 24 Second Dual Meet PGP@WA

July 1 Third Dual Meet WOW@PGP

July 8th Fourth Dual Meet PGP@GM

July 15 Fifth Dual Meet WLS@PGP

July 22nd Division D Championship meet @ BSR

July 29th All Stars @ West Arundel Pool

 

We will also attend a mini-meet for the 10 and under swimmers. The date for that is to yet to be announced.

 

Tryouts

Please note on June 1 we will hold team tryouts for new swimmers. These will start at 6:00 p.m. Additional team tryout times will be scheduled during the first few days of the season. Please arrive at the start of practice at 5:25pm and talk to one of the coaching staff to schedule your try out. Swimmers can join the team if they will be 18 or under on May 31. Swimmers need to pass our swim test which is swimming 25 meters unassisted for the 9 and unders and two 25 meters lengths unassisted for older kids. Swimmers need to demonstrate a certain degree of confidence but they do not need to have any style. Any stroke is fine.

Registration

The cost of joining swim team this year is $89 for an individual and $150 for a family. We would like to get all swimmers registered before time trials (June 10th) please. To pay please go to the PGP member's website, log in with your regular PGP log in and follow the link to swim team registration. Prices are $89 for one child and $150 for two or more. Please make sure you enter ALL the returning swimmers in your family who wish to join swim team this year. If you are a returning swim-team-only member, please email me stating that you wish to return again this year and I will alert the webmaster to reactivate your login.

 

Payment on the PGP member's website is the first step in our new two-part process of registration. This year we will organise most of our team activities and communication through our new website. Once you have registered you will be invited to join the website and will be sent a personalized family login.

 

Parents Meeting

There will be a parents' meeting at 7pm on Tuesday June 6th. This is for new AND returning parents. We will use this meeting to get to know one another, and to discuss the 2017 season, coaching expectations and parent volunteering. We will aim to answer any questions you may have.

 

Team Officials and Volunteer Opportunities

Liz Houston will return as our meet manager and Helen Searls is the League Rep/Team Manager.

 

We urgently need one (or two) parent(s) to take on the job of assistant meet manager. Liz will be out of town for part of this season and so we will need someone to step into her shoes for the first three meets of the season. Please email us if you are willing to do this.

 

We also urgently need some newer parents to train as stroke and turn judges. Most of our current stroke and turn judges have swimmers who will age out in the next year or two and so we need a new generation of judges. This is the most interesting parent job on the deck. You will be fully trained by the league to be a judge and you can ‘shadow’ a judge this season until you are comfortable doing the task alone. You can sign up for a training session on the league website.

 

The up and coming training sessions are listed here. You can use the links below to sign up. You can only sign up to be a referee/starter if you have already trained as a stroke and turn judge. The dates are:

 

Thursday June 1st 6:30 PM Referee/Starter Clinic - 6:30 PM at Strathmore Bel Pre - Sign-Up

 

Saturday June 3 League Meeting & Officials Clinics - 5:30-9:00 PM at UMD (Tydings Hall). See the flyer for information and the map for parking information.

 

Referee/Starter Clinic - Sign-Up

New Stroke & Turn Clinic - Sign-Up

Recert Stroke & Turn Clinic - Sign-Up

Hy-Tek Clinic - Sign-Up

 

Sun. June 4th Stroke & Turn Clinic - 2:30 PM at Hawthorne Country Club - Sign-Up

Sun. June 4th Referee/Starter Clinic - 5:30 PM at Hawthorne Country Club - Sign-Up

Thur. June 8th Stroke & Turn Clinic - 6:30 PM at Strathmore Bel Pre - Sign-Up

 

We also need other parents to fill some seasonal roles. These are ongoing jobs. None of them are that difficult but they all have their moments of occasional intense activity.

 

T-shirt sellers

Ribbon organizers and distributors

Concessions organizer (for 3 home meets)

Swimathon/fundraising organizer

Concessions shoppers (for 3 home meets)

Friday potluck coordinator

 

If you would like to volunteer please email Helen Searls helensearls(at)gmail.com AND Liz Houston miz.liz.houston(at)gmail.com.

 

Swim Suits, T-shirts and Caps

We strongly encourage all swimmers to buy a team swim suit and cap. Besides adding to team spirit, it helps swimmers swim faster when they are wearing snug fitting, good quality suits.

 

SwimOutlet is our supplier of team suits (see more below). Our suits are available at the start of the season from the front desk. Suits bought at the front desk will be direct sales with no sizing kit. There will be a sizing suits available during practices in the first two weeks. Swimmers should be DRY to try on the sizing suits so plan to do this before your child gets in the water. When buying the suit please buy the correct size as we will not take returns on worn suits. We would like to complete team suit sales by the time trials.

 

Our suit is the Sporti Molecule suit in blue. The girls’ suit is $22.50 and the boys’ jammers are $18. The designs are on our team website. Our suits do not have logo as we have found the logos do not fare well in the sun and chlorine. Our caps carry the team logo. We have team silicone ($12) and latex caps ($4). These are on sale from the front desk. Caps should be worn for meets and practices.

 

We have a great team T-shirt that we gave to each swimmer last year. New swimmers this year will also be given a T-shirt. Replacement and additional shirts are available to purchase for all others for $15. More details on ordering follow shortly.

 

Killer Whales Online Swim Shop

We have again set up our online shopping portal. If you use this link to do shopping, the Killer Whales will get 10 percent of all sales. We recommend that you use our online store to purchase goggles ahead of the season. The speedo vanquishers and junior vanquishers are very popular with a lot of swimmers. You can also get everything you could possibly want for the new pool season from swim diapers to diving gear and everything in between. Shipping is free for orders over $49.

 

Helen and Liz
helensearls(at)gmail(dot)com
miz.liz.houston(at)gmail(dot)com