Monday, May 24, 2010

Starter Clinics

A clinic for Starters is planned to be held at Quail Hollow on June 8. The time is 7:00 PM.

Remind your potential starters that Silverton in Cary will also host a Starter Clinic this Saturday (May 29). The time is 9:00 AM.

Starters can find very helpful documents on the TSA web site; see: Starter Event Form, Starter Script, Starter Clinic Summary and Starter How-Tos.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cecil L. Williamson Educational Grants

On May 18th 2010, the TSA Board of Directors approved by acclamation a motion to rename TSA's Educational Grant program in honor of the late Cecil Williamson, who passed away in February at the age of 55.

Cecil Williamson was involved with TSA and with the larger swimming community for almost two decades. Beginning in 1987 as a Stroke and Turn Judge with the Kildaire Farms Racquet and Swim Club, Cecil rapidly became an institution at swim meets, officiating at TSA Championship Meets, Junior Championship Meets and Cary City Invitational Meets. Cecil was certified by USA Swimming as a Stroke and Turn Judge, as a Meet Referee and as a Meet Manager. He studied at the USA Swimming Training Center in Colorado and in turn mentored many local TSA parent volunteers through clinics and workshops and during meets. Cecil used his talents to serve the wider swimming world as well, officiating at meets held by year-round swim teams such as RSA and the YMCA and at the Special Olympics. He likewise gave his time to competitions held at Wake County high schools, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Such was Cecil's dedication to swimming that he continued to volunteer his time to TSA and other swimming events for many years after his own children had ceased to swim competitively, until his illness finally forced him away from the sport in 2005.

Cecil Williamson was known as an honest and dedicated man, passionate about making swimming a sport for everyone. His hard work over many years helped make TSA the organization it is today, and we in turn are grateful to commemorate Cecil by naming the TSA Educational Grants in his honor.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Southern Wake Invitational Meet at Lochmere - July 11, 2010

The meet information for S.W.I.M. has been emailed to most teams already. If you did not receive that information, and your team wishes to attend, you can find the meet information on the MOR website.

Please email your intent to attend S.W.I.M., with approximate number of swimmers, to Cindie Lawton by May 28, 2010. As we get closer to the meet, the MOR website will have all updates and changes. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindie.

We are looking forward to another great meet!

Monday, May 17, 2010

May Board of Directors Meeting

Remember, our final in-person Board meeting of 2010 is coming up this Tuesday (May 18) at 7:00. We will be meeting at the NC State University Club again. If you can, please print and bring your own copy of the meeting agenda and the March Meeting Minutes.

The Board meeting proper should be short, which will allow us to distribute meet management materials and then adjourn directly into our annual Meet Management Clinic. Everyone is welcome to stay for this clinic, but it will be most useful for new TSA reps and for new clubs (including exhibition teams). If you are unable to attend the clinic but have questions, be sure to read the meet organization document on the TSA website and to familiarize yourself with some of the other resources on the site.

If you find it difficult to attend Tuesday’s meeting, I strongly urge you to find some other team parent to send in your place. As mentioned above, the meeting itself will last only a few minutes, and arranging for someone attend will save you the inconvenience of having to track down your team’s bag of meet materials later.

In the meantime, please make sure that your coaches and parent volunteers know about the various clinics described on the TSA Blog. Each team must send at least one coach to a Coach’s clinic. The Starter’s clinic is optional, but highly recommended for new starters. Attendance at one of the Stroke & Turn Judge’s clinics is mandatory for every judge unless they already have a separate accreditation from USA Swimming, NCAA, NCHSAA or YMCA; officials with such credentials will need to contact TSA Vice President Mike Kaufman in order to claim the clinic exemption.

Most teams have already started registering members, so please be sure all your swimmers are in compliance with the TSA rules, specifically the eligibility requirements described in Article 304. Be especially careful to check the eligibility of any coaches or lifeguards that may wish to compete on the team, as they must still meet all club membership requirements in order to join the club’s swim team. In particular, if your club is a homeowner’s association in which pool membership is restricted solely to residents of a particular neighborhood, non-resident staff members may NOT compete for your swim team as they are, by definition, not eligible for club membership.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Black Horse Run Assistant Coach Needed

Black Horse Run in North Raleigh is looking for an assistant coach for the upcoming summer swim season. We are a relatively small team with approximately 70-90 swimmers. Our head coach is seasoned and well respected by the adults and children on the team. She would be a a great coach to work with. If you are energetic, knowledgeable, and enjoy working with children, this is the job for you. Contact Meg at with any inquiries.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Diving Clinic / Free & Back Starts

We are excited to offer you an opportunity to have your student(s) attend 1 of 4 diving clinics Coach Matt and Coach Lizzy will be offering on Saturday, May 22! We have had many parents make the request and are happy to be able to offer these classes!

Classes will take place at TAC in the program pool and will be 40 minutes long. The cost of the class will be $15 per student. Students MUST be 5 years or older and MUST be level 3 and above. Ideally they should be joining a swim team for the first time or have been on a swim team last year.

Coach Matt and Lizzy will work with all students, so please sign up for either instructor - they already have the class content planned. We have 32 slots in total and acceptance will be based on a first come, first served policy. Register online today by clicking here.

Please contact us vis email if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Triangle Swim School / Support Team

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lifeguard chair for sale

Passing this along...

Lifeguard chair in excellent condition available for sale in Cary. Any offer will be considered.

Please contact JC at 467-6098 if interested as this will go fast.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Coaches' Clinic

Northbrook is hosting a Coaches' Clinic on Thursday, May 20. The time is 7:00 PM. Let your coaches know that Jonathan Watson will be instructing. He always has excellent information and provides wonderful resources especially for newer coaches.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Saturday Stroke and Turn Clinic June 5

We have scheduled a Saturday Stroke and Turn Clinic on Saturday June 5 at 8:00 AM. The location is Cary Swim Club. Thanks to Cary Swim Club for hosting and providing an instructor. The clinic is expected to last about 90 minutes.