Thursday, June 8, 2017

Something else for teams that use Hy-Tek's Meet Manager or Team Manager

Four years ago, I introduced a free software package called Bob’s Swim Tools for Hy-Tek, which consists of a small collection of utilities that can be used by TSA teams which own Hy-Tek’s swimmer management program, Team Manager, or its companion product for running swim meets, Meet Manager.

This year I am releasing a revised version of this software, now renamed to Bob’s TSA Tools for Hy-Tek. Teams who compose their entries for a dual meet in Team Manager as described in this document can use Bob’s TSA Tools to automate various pre-meet chores that formerly had to be done by hand. Teams which own both Team Manager and Meet Manager will be able to perform even more meet preparation tasks. As before, the software is still completely free of charge.

The components of this package include:

Event Entry Form Generator
This feature frees coaches from the tiresome task of manually transcribing all their main event entries (up to 138 swimmers in individual events and up to 240 swimmers in relay events) to the pink and blue event entry forms used during TSA meets. Instead, the tool will generate those forms online automatically from a team’s meet entries in the span of only a few seconds. The online forms can then be printed on sheets of blue and pink paper to create the physical forms that will be used in the meet by the Clerk of Course and Recorder.

Swim Up Form Generator
This feature produces a pair of forms, one for boys and one for girls, listing all the “swim up” athletes entered in any of their respective gender’s ten relay events, suitable for presentation to the opposing team’s TSA Representative as required by TSA rules. These forms are combined with the event entry forms described in the previous section so that they can be printed along with them, using the half-sheet of blue or pink paper that would otherwise be left over after producing 33 event entry forms for each sex.

Event Entry Error Checker
This feature examines a team’s meet entries and produces a report enumerating any violations of TSA rules it finds in entries for main event heats. Examples of such violations include athletes who are entered into too many main events and relay teams which include illegal “swim up” athletes; a full list can be found in the instructions. Coaches and other team personnel can use this feature to check their initial meet assignments and apply corrections as necessary before settling on their final entries.

Three Options for Producing Heat Sheets and Kid Pusher Reports
The previously described features require only Hy-Tek Team Manager and Microsoft Excel as prerequisites. If your team also owns a copy of Hy-Tek Meet Manager, you will be able to take advantage of another feature of Bob’s TSA Tools: the ability to seed meet entries, from one or both teams, and import those seeded entries directly into Meet Manager. You can then use Meet Manager to generate any desired meet paperwork, including heat sheets, kid pusher reports for specific age groups, timer sheets, etc. This paperwork will automatically identify swimmers both by name and by the swimmer ID number they are “tattooed” with during meets: “Doe, John (301)” instead of just “Doe, John”, for example. A separate set of seeded meet entries without the appended swimmer IDs will also be generated, and can be used to run the meet itself in Meet Manager if the teams participating in the meet opt to employ an automated timing system.

There are three seeding scenarios:

1)      Unseeded: If you have meet entries only for your own team, but no information about the other team, the “seeded” entries produced by Bob’s TSA Tools will facilitate mustering your team’s heat swimmers in the traditional TSA dual meet fashion. Your team’s main event (Heat 1) assignments will not be affected, but all other swimmers will be assigned to fake lane numbers (starting at Lane 21) in a single fake heat (Heat 99), in order of their seed times. This will allow those swimmers to be lined up in order from fastest to slowest and deck-seeded by the Clerk of Course into actual heats and lanes in real time, as in a standard TSA meet.

2)      Semi-seeded: If you have meet entries for your own team and also know how many swimmers the other team plans to enter in each individual (non-relay) event, Bob’s TSA Tools will generate a set of mock entries representing the other team and then fully seed the meet as in the final scenario below. Useful heat sheets, kid pusher reports and other meet paperwork can then be generated for your team, though not for the opposing team.

3)      Fully seeded: If meet entries for both teams are available, Bob’s TSA tools will seed Heats 2 and beyond for all individual events according to TSA rules (a capability not offered by Meet Manager’s own native seeding mechanism). In this scenario, useful heat sheets, kid pusher reports and other meet paperwork can be generated for both teams, not just your own.

Bob’s TSA Tools for Hy-Tek require Excel 2003 or later on a computer running Windows XP or later.

Your team must have access to Hy-Tek Team Manager (any version) and, optionally, access to Hy-Tek Meet Manager, but these need not be on the same system where Bob’s TSA Tools will run. However, it is more convenient if they are installed on the same computer.

To Get the Software
Simply download this file, unzip it, and follow the instructions.

For teams that use Hy-Tek's Meet Manager or Team Manager

As in previous seasons, I have created a set of meet databases and meet events files covering this year’s TSA season for use by teams that own Hy-Tek’s Meet Manager (MM) or Team Manager (TM) programs, so please share this announcement with your coaches and the folks who handle technology for your team.

The first item is a collection of meet events files for Team Manager users. There are actually four separate sets of meet events zip files inside the master zip file: one set for each combination of pool length (25 yards or 25 meters) and meet event ordering (normal TSA event order vs. “6 and under first” variant). Each set contains six meet events files, one for each dual meet date this season. Unzip the appropriate one for each of your meets and import it into Team Manager.

The second item is a collection of template Meet Manager databases configured for TSA dual meets. These will be used by meet administrators who produce heat sheets, import swimmer times, etc. There is one template for each of the four meet type combinations mentioned above. Meet administrators will need to adjust the meet date from week to week; the templates start out with the date of this season’s first meet (June 13).

Note that the events files for meets at 25 meter pools (about 10 percent of TSA teams host meets at such facilities; most TSA pools are 25 yards long) have the 6 & Under races listed as being 15 meters long. This is purely an artifact of the software -- TM and MM can’t handle a meet containing a mix of yard-based and meter-based events. The important thing to bear in mind is that the actual 6&U race distance is invariant regardless of pool length: it must always be announced by the Starter as “15 yards” and the finish rope must be placed 15 yards from the blocks, in accordance with rule 102.1.1.A.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Brian Goldman Memorial Swim Across America Olympian Clinic lands commitment from Ryan Held, NCSU swimmer, and Rio Olympic Gold Medalist!

Good evening everyone!

This is just a reminder that our Swim-Across-America event will happen next Sunday, June 11 from 2:00-6:00 at the TAC.

We will be having our most exciting clinic ever this year, with some simulated open-water swimming, a water polo clinic, and as always, some fantastic honored guests who will lead clinics for us. It is open to all - last year we had swimmers aged 8-80 participate in the clinics and the Simulated Open-water swim.

Here's a partial list of the swimming luminaries that will be present:

Elaine Breeden, Beijing Olympics Silver Medalist (butterfly) 

Todd Dudley(Pan Am Games Champion in 100 freestyle),

Erika Braun (Masters National and World Record holder many times over, and Olympic Trials qualifier at age 41)

Ryan Held, 2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4*100 free relay! Yes, we have just confirmed that Ryan will be taking a break from training to come over and lead a clinic for us!

We will also be hosting Tim Payne, a U.S. Army soldier who lost both his legs to an IED in Iraq, but regained his health through competitive swimming, and is an Invictus Games Champion, having earned four medals, including in the 100 free!

Alex Rousseau, a water polo Olympian, will again lead a water polo lesson for all skill levels!

Each of these champions will be available for photos and autographs after the swim clinics conclude!

So, whether it's inspiration they are looking for, a new sport to add to their swimming cross-training (water polo), or some great technique tips from the best in the world, we will have it next Sunday. The best thing about it, it happens Tuesday before the first TSA meet. What better way to kick off the season than some instruction that kids will remember long after the TSA season is over?

There are currently a few spaces available, so register online to ensure your spots!

Here's the link:

Thanks, as always!
Steve Ross

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TAC Swim CLinics

TAC will be hosting swim clinics for the upcoming 2017 Summer League swim season. There will be two clinics per day, one focusing on freestyle and backstroke, and the other one focusing on breaststroke and butterfly. I have been told by TAC officials that they will be held by elite coaches and swimmers and they guarantee a great learning experience. These clinics are $30 per person per session and are as follows: 

Tuesday 5/30 Freestyle, Backstroke, and starts and turns 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday 5/30 Breaststroke, Butterfly, and starts and turns 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday 5/31 Breaststroke, Butterfly, and starts and turns 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 5/31 Freestyle and Backstroke, and starts and turns 6:30pm - 7:30pm

You are able to sign up for any of the sessions by either going to TAC's online registration ( or calling their front desk (919-459-4045). This is a chance for some practice and refreshers before the season begins! 

DISCLAIMER: These clinics are NOT affiliated with the TAC Titans Swim Team, they are clinics run through their Swim Academy. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017



Sunday, July 16, 2017

All TSA summer league programs are invited to this single-day championship swim meet this summer on Sunday, July 16 in the A.E. Finley Athletic Center at Ravenscroft School.  10 and Unders will swim in the morning and 11 and olders will be in the afternoon.  Meet entries are due no later than July 10, 2017.  Swimmers are limited to four individual events.  A waiver is needed from each participant.  Meet information is attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Cara Cameron,

Visit for the official meet information and needed forms.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Good evening TSA reps!
As many of you know, each year for the past three, we, the Meredith Townes Mudpuppies, have partnered with the Swim-Across-America Foundation to host a swim-fundraiser to benefit cancer research. We do this to honor our first head coach, Dr. Brian Goldman, who lost his fight with cancer two years ago.

This year, the event will again be held at the Triangle Aquatic Center, where swimmers from all over Wake County will join us to partake in a one mile simulated open-water swim in the competition pool, a water polo clinic, and, always a fan-favorite, a series of stroke technique clinics led by swimming and water polo Olympians, National Master’s Champions, Champion Open Water Swimmers, and Division 1 swimming coaches. There will be time after the clinics to get autographs, talk with the coaches about swimming in college, and even take pictures with your favorite swimmers and their medals! This is a great event for summer leaguers, for year-round swimmers, and for prospective year-round swimmers.

The inaugural one mile swim was a hit last year, with almost 100 swimmers from age 8-80 participating, including a five time Invictus Games Gold medalist, Raleigh Area Masters’ swimmers, Summer league teams, and even relay teams! Head to the address below to register, and create your relay team today!
In keeping with Coach Brian’s original goals for this clinic, it will be held this year just prior to the start of the season. This is by design! This way, TSA swimmers can go into the season with some new skills and techniques that will serve them well for the entire season! Here are the particulars, and the website to register:

WHEN: June 11, 2017 from 2-6 PM

WHERE: Triangle Aquatic Center
275 Convention Drive
Cary, NC 27511

1:30 - 2:00 PM - Registration Open
2:00 - 2:15 PM - 1st Opening Ceremonies
2:15 - 3:15 PM - Brians Mile of Hope
3:30 - 3:45 PM - 2nd Opening Ceremonies with High
Five Line
3:45 - 5:15 PM - Olympic Clinics for Swimming and Water Polo
5:15 - 6:00 PM - Autographs with Clinicians
On behalf of the Mudpuppies, thank you to all who have attended our previous Olympian Clinics. Spread the word! Sign up today and be part of the best one yet!
See you on deck,
Steve Ross

Meredith Townes Mudpuppies

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hello TSA Reps!
We offer 3 methods in which your clubs may obtain TSA Stroke and Turn certification. Each club must have at least one certified official.  However, I would recommend that you have more than 2 to ensure you have coverage at your swim meets.

1) The preferred method for TSA Stroke and Turn certification is attendance at an in person Stroke and Turn clinic. 
MEGA CLINICS (starter, stroke & turn, coaches all in one day):
- Saturday, May 13th at the Triangle Aquatics Center (TAC) 275 Convention Drive, Cary, NC 27511
- Saturday May 20th at the North Hills Country Club, 4824 Yadkin Drive Raleigh, NC, 27609
Starter's Clinic: 7:30 am
Stroke and Turn Clinic: 8:45 am *
Coaches Clinic- 11:00 am - until 12:30 pm MUST STAY FOR THE ENTIRE CLINIC, no exceptions, plan accordingly

- Tuesday May, 23rd 7pm Planter's Walk Clubhouse - 901 Lynwood Road, Knightdale, 27545
- Tuesday, May 30th 7pm Scott's Mill Clubhouse - 201 Scotts Ridge Trail Apex, NC 27502 *
- Wednesday, May 31st 7pm Lochmere Highlands Clubhouse - 200 Loch Highlands Dr, Cary, NC 27518
Note: Stroke and Turn Clinics with an (*) will have the opportunity for stroke and turn judges to see
swimmers in the water to facilitate their training. Excellent opportunity for judges!!!
2) If your club has an USA Swimming or NCHSAA Swimming certified official, please send a copy of their current certification card to to be added to the 2017 approved Stroke and Turn list. 

3) Finally, we offer an on-line Stroke and Turn certification for a cost of $24.99.   The on-line link is:  . Once you have selected the course, a dropdown will allow for the parent to choose TSA and their team.  Upon successful completion of the on-line course, I will be notified and will add that individual to the approved list for 2017
If you have any questions, please contact
Jenny Smith

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 TSA Clinics
MEGA CLINICS (starter, stroke & turn, coaches all in one day):
Saturday, May 13th at the Triangle Aquatics Center (TAC) 275 Convention Drive, Cary, NC 27511
Saturday May 20th at the North Hills Country Club, 4824 Yadkin Drive Raleigh, NC, 27609
Starter's Clinic: 7:30 am-  Optional,highly recommended
Stroke and Turn Clinic: 8:45 am *
Coaches Clinic- 11:00 am - until 12:30 pm MUST STAY FOR THE ENTIRE CLINIC, no exceptions, plan accordingly

Tuesday May, 23rd 7pm Planter's Walk Clubhouse - 901 Lynwood Road, Knightdale, 27545
Tuesday, May 30th 7pm Scott's Mill Clubhouse - 201 Scotts Ridge Trail Apex, NC 27502 *
Wednesday, May 31st 7pm Lochmere Highlands Clubhouse - 200 Loch Highlands Dr, Cary, NC 27518

No RSVP required, open invite
Please be on time. information will be posted as it becomes available.

If you are a high school, college or USA Swim Official please send your certification information the the TSA Vice- President. Please send the information soon.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Springdale Looking For HEAD COACH

The SPRINGDALE AQUABEARS have a newly expanded & renovated pool, and are looking for a HEAD SWIM COACH. All interested candidates please contact Swim Team Coordinator Lisa Boneham at


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Crooked Creek Crocs Head and Assistant Coach Openings

The Crooked Creek Crocs are seeking applicants for head and assistant coaching positions this summer, from mid-May through July. Competitive salary. Please send a note of interest and resume to ASAP.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Head Coach Opening - Charleston Village Swim Team

The Charleston Village Crocodiles Swim Team is seeking a head coach for the 2017 summer swim season.

If you are interested in being part of this great team, please send your resume with references and a cover letter to the swim team board. To learn more about us, visit our team website.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Establish practice schedules and workouts for each age group
  • Create a good rapport with the swimmers and parents
  • Provide informative feedback to swimmers
  • Collaborate with the CV Swim Team Board
  • Encourage participation in meets
  • Help swimmers build confidence in their strokes
  • Work with assistant coach to pepare meet line ups
  • Provide a fun and positive environment for the swimmers and their families

  • Knowledge of the four basic strokes (free, breast, back and butterfly)
  • Ability to teach techniques to improve swimmers and their skills
  • Must be available for the summer swim season May-July
  • Must be able to attend meets on Tuesday evenings in the summer
  • Coaching experience is preferred

The pay rate for this position is dependent upon experience.

Thank you,
CV Swim Team Board

Thursday, March 16, 2017

RSA in Maypril Clinics are Back and Better Than Ever!

Raleigh Swimming Association’s RSA in MAYpril seasonal clinics are designed for children, ages four to fourteen, who are interested in summer league swimming.  Offered on weekdays and weekends, the clinics focus on skills needed for summer success.  Clinics are led by RSA’s professional swim team coaches and include stroke technique, starts, turns, finishes and reinforcement drills. 

RSA in MAYpril clinics are held at RSA’s Sonner Aquatic Facility located at 1013 Jones Franklin Road in Raleigh, NC.  Clinics include:
Firefish: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm
Session 1: 4/18/17-5/04/17
Session 2: 5/09/17-5/25/17

Weekday Wahoo: Wednesdays: 7:30 pm
Session:   4/19/17-5/17/17

Firefish and Weekend Wahoo: Saturdays: 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm
Session:  4/29/17-5/20/17

Firefish and Weekend Wahoo: Sundays: 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm
Session:  4/23/17-5/21/17

The Firefish clinics for four to six year olds are taught in RSA’s warm water instructional pool with in-water and on-deck coaches.  Firefish curriculum focuses on the elements of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, with an emphasis on FUN.  Participants do not have to be able to swim 25 yards unassisted, but must be comfortable in the water.

The Wahoo clinics for seven to fourteen year olds are taught in a six-lane lap pool with in-water and on deck coaches.  Wahoo curriculum focuses on the four strokes, (Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Freestyle), as well as starts, turns, finishes and drills.  Participants must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted. 

Registration is open online at via the Seasonal Clinics button on the home page or the Wahoo Swim Academy tab on the home page.   You can click here for a detailed description of the clinics. For more information, contact Coach Brent at, Coach Gavin at or Coach Megan at

Sign up today to swim the Wahoo Way!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Now Hiring ASSISTANT COACH for 2016 Division Champs Haddon Hall Hammerheads
The Haddon Hall Hammerheads, located near downtown Apex, are looking to hire an enthusiastic, individual with demonstrated ability teaching stroke mechanics, and the desire to motivate swimmers of all ages and skill levels. The Hammerheads are a 100+ swimmers, TSA South League team of swimmers age 4 to 18 that is run by an enthusiastic and supportive group of parent volunteers. 

Duties include, but are not limited to: teaching proper stroke technique, assist with day-to-day team management, development and supervision of age group appropriate workouts, assist in preparing and submitting meet entries, and create a fun and exciting atmosphere.  Must have current Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR. and Community First Aid.
The position is part-time from mid-May through July 20th.
Time Commitment is Monday-Thursday:  (No weekends or early mornings!)

Mid-May thru June 8th (our mock meet will be June 6th):  Monday - Thursday 4:30pm - 8:30pm until traditional calendar schools get out for the summer, then... 
June 12 thru July 17th (last meet July 18, party and awards on July 20):  Monday & Thursday 10am-12:30pm + 5:15pm-7:45pm, Wednesdays 4:30pm - 8:30pm,
Tuesday night meets 4pm - until (usually around 9-10pm)
You will also need to set aside some time outside of practice on Mondays/Tuesdays to make out the heat sheets for the meets

The ideal candidate will have prior swim team coaching experience, competitive swim team experience, and be proficient with preparing for meets.  Knowledge of TSA rules and regulations is helpful.
To Apply for this position contact Stacy Boxell, Haddon Hall Hammerheads Chairperson, at or call 919-244-8818.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Head Coach Opening at Medfield / MARC Sharks

Interested in being the head coach for the TSA team that went from Division 6 to Division 3 in just four years?

The MARC Sharks is looking to hire an enthusiastic, organized individual with proficiency in stroke mechanics, the ability to motivate swimmers of all ages and skill levels (100+ swimmer; 2 assistant coaches). Strong communication skills with parents and swimmers a mustCoaches will work a varied schedule from May-July: practices, meets, team functions, etc.

A well-suited candidate will have the following skills:
·       Good coach-athlete interaction
·       Teaching (technical; mechanics)
·       Practice & Meet Management
·       Positive role model
·       Punctual to all practices and meets
·       Team spirit

The ideal candidate will have prior swim team coaching experience, competitive swim team experience, and be proficient with preparing for meets. Knowledge of TSA rules and regulations is helpful.

Pay Rate starts at $12.00/hour
Download application at:
Or email with questions.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WAVE Swimming Spring Clinic Information

Follow this link for dates, times and all the information for the New Wave SwI'm Team's Spring Clinic.  The perfect way to get ready for the TSA Season.  

WAVE Swimming Spring Clinic Information

Head Coach Wanted, Brighton Forest Swim Team
The Brighton Forest community is looking for an energetic Head Coach to lead the community swim team. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with young people and loves the sport of swimming. This is an eight-week commitment, starting the day after Memorial Day (May 30) and concluding with the season-ending TSA Championship on July 22.

The Head Coach plays an integral role in the development and leadership of the overall program. With the help of an assistant coach, you will provide a fun and safe atmosphere for our swimmers.

To fit this role, candidates should be outgoing, responsible and have passion for developing youth swimmers.

Job responsibilities include:
n  Developing and coaching practices
n  Providing feedback to swimmers after their events at swim meets
n  Reading swimmers and assessing their needs
n  Listening and providing direction
n  Completing meet heat assignments per TSA rules

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:
n  2 years of experience as a competitive swimmer or coach
n  Strong organizational skills
n  The ability to supervising multiple age groups
n  Strong people and “kid” skills
n  Ability to enforce rules in a professional manner, but still maintain a fun, enjoyable atmosphere for swimmers

Commitment includes Monday, Thursday and Saturday practices, with expectations of being at the Brighton Forest subdivision pool between approximately 5:15 and 8 pm on weeknights and 8-10 am on Saturdays. There are 6 head-to-head meets, to be held on Tuesday nights beginning June 13 and ending July 18.

To apply, please send resume or applicable experience to For more information call Bill Overton at 919-796-0916 or Ann Overton at 919-810-6571.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Head Coach Opening at Renaissance Park!

The Ren Park Rays are seeking an experienced, energetic Head Swim Coach for the upcoming summer swim season.  The Renaissance Park neighborhood is located in South Raleigh at the corner of Tryon & 401.  We are a relatively small and developing team with supportive and involved parents, a beautiful pool with basic practice/meet equipment, several junior coaches, and about 40 eager youth swimmers.  

The season is 8 weeks longs, running from May 30th to July 23rd.   Coaching will require approximately 12 hours each week at late afternoon/early evening practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Tuesday evening meets, and a weekend Championship meet. 

Interested applicants should contact Lynn Chandler at as soon as possible.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Heritage Wake Forest Betas: Head Coach Position Available

The Heritage Wake Forest Betas are searching for a Head Swim Coach for the 2017 summer Tarheel Swimming Association (TSA) season.  We have ~150 swimmers, with the majority of swimmers under 12 years old.  The position runs from mid-May to late July. We have a 10-lane pool and offer swim team practice Monday through Friday from ~5:00 to 8:00 pm.  The Betas have an experienced group of youth Assistant Coaches and a long-serving friendly Swim Team Board and TSA Rep. We look forward to working together with the Head Coach to coordinate practices, provide mentoring for the coaching staff as needed, and assist with meet management.  Primary duties for the Head Coach include running practices, coordinating with the assistant coaches, and assisting with assigning swim order for the six dual meets of the season. We value sportsmanship, team building, and promoting swimming as a life-long sport. We offer competitive pay and a dynamic and vibrant program with which to work.

To learn more about the Heritage Betas, please visit our website (

We look forward to receiving applications of interest in the Head Coach position. Please feel free to contact us via email ( to follow up on this exciting coaching opportunity.

Monday, February 27, 2017


The Glenridge Gators, located in Cary, is currently seeking a Head Coach for the 2017 season. Our team consists of approx. 90 swimmers. Practice sessions begin in mid-May and run through late July. Morning and evening sessions. Competitive pay. If interested, please email your resume to Swim Team Chair - or  TSA Rep.;

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Life Guarding Jobs available

Do you want to earn extra money this summer? Are you 15 or older? Do you enjoy being outside? Are you responsible and energetic? Are you Life Guard certified? Planning to be? Then we have a job for you. Join the New Silverton Swim Club. We are under new management and planning for a great summer. Download your application here. Fill it out and email to Darryl Buda here. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you. If you have questions, you can email Darryl here or Johanna here. Come and join the fun this summer.