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Dolphin Update: July 12, 2021

Dolphins! As always, read the email in entirety. :-) 1) Meet info for Tuesday: we are AT SCC against Ashby. Our first in person home meet! Home team swimmers should arrive by 4:15PM. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR SCC TO SHINE TO NON MEMBERS SO PLEASE BE SUPER WELCOMING. -PARKING: PLEASE PARK PERPENDICULARLY IN THE GRASS (I.e. DO NOT PARK long ways along the pavement; turn into the grass and park as if the grass space was lined). This will maximize space and leave the paved lots for our guests. Kip will be manning the parking lot. -MENU: the snack bar will be open, and will also have cash for our guests who may want to purchase items. Alcohol will be limited to sale AFTER the opposing team departs. -The Line up for tomorrow is ready (Thanks to Grace for getting it done early). Check your swimmingly app for line up - and let us know if there are any problems. -Stay for the Post Meet Pool Party - which starts as soon as our competition team departs. -If there is a swimmer who would like to sing the anthem prior to the meet, please let me know. Otherwise, I will fill in (but I would rather a swimmer shine)! -Junior Dolphins will swim while Ashby warms up. -SignUpGenius: fill in roles please: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094EAFA623A6FC1-meet1 -Side note: Gannon and I are celebrating our 14th year of marriage at the meet tomorrow. G will be starter for the entire meet as his anniversary gift to me. LOL. Give the man a high five if you remember. ;-) 2) Team Photos: Dan will be returning next Monday and Tuesday to take our team pictures. Monday PM practice, and Tuesday AM practice. We will have individual and family shots ready for heat sheet ads (see below). 3) CHAMPS: Planning for the championship at JMU is in full swing. I think we (the VSL) are crazy for trying to pull this thing together in 5 weeks (thanks, Covid), but I am also glad we will be able to provide a bit of normalcy for our swimmers after the past 16 months. Here are things to know: a) Mark your calendars for Saturday July 31. With the exception of any graduated relays, 10U swim in the AM between 8am-12n; 11+ 1-4PM. Ending times are flexible simply pending how quickly we finish. Normally we all are housed in the JMU Godwin gym, and we will do the same this year AND there will be added outdoor space for anyone who prefers not to be inside in a large group. b) Please let us know if you will attend by filling out this google sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MGG_S3ONxqggTHhUu5UORsxwxjWMwVr5t7ynGi7wKKA/edit?usp=sharing c) Please volunteer for jobs at champs. Sign ups to come later... just know we need 4-5 AM timers; 4-5PM Timers; clerks of course, AM & PM ribbons, 4 stroke and turns (half day each); team photographer. Please be thinking about how you can serve our community on this day! d) Heat Sheet Sales: an 8.5x11 booklet of information is given out at champs (cost of the booklet is $5 and was INCLUDED in your team registration fee). This booklet contains the competitive heat sheet/meet line up, as well as team rosters, advertisements, commemorative picture ads congratulating swimmers, etc.... it can also be used as a fundraiser for our team, as we sell ad space to interested parents. They are sold in full page, 1/2 page or 1/4 page options (see image). These are VERY EASY to create on your own using canva.com, or even Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint. If you need help, please let me know. I am still waiting to hear back from a local photographer on our team pictures, but hope to have that in place for next week. If there are any photographers on the team who would want the job, let me know! :-) SUBMIT PDF ADS by uploading ad pages to your team google folder by Noon on Monday, July 19th, using the following link: VALLEY SWIM LEAGUE FOLDER LINK: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gr28B-4EKwLuPI7YTdMdE72uSigqj1EK?usp=sharing If you have any questions, please let me know. Again, ALL ARE DUE BY MONDAY JULY 19th. 7) Banquet this year will be different. Because of the calendar shift which places champs on the last day of July, the first week of August starts on Sunday August 1. Both myself and our head coach grace depart early on August 1, so our Tuesday post champs banquet won't occur as in the past. As an alternative, we thought we would do our parent/kid mock meet on Friday July 30 at the pool from 5-8PM, and have a pool party banquet instead. If you have ideas, comments, concerns please let me know. Think low key fun pizza party with swimming and fun games, with awards at 7PM so we can all get to bed in time to be rested for champs!

Hilary :-)

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