Friday, April 27, 2012

Wooden Starting Blocks wanted

Greetings from the Park at West Lake Swim Team.  We are interested in creating/building our own wooden starting blocks.  Has anyone had any success with building them or finding someone to build them on their behalf?

If you can give recommendations or suggestions, please email me.

Dean Nunnally,
TSA Rep for the Park at West Lake Swim Team

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Clinics announced

Jewish Community Center will host a Stroke and Turn Clinic on Tuesday May 29 at 7:00 PM in their clubhouse. This clinic usually lasts around 90 minutes. Additional Stroke and Turn Clinics are planned at North and South League clubs.

Silverton will host a Starter Clinic on June 2 (Saturday). The clinic begins at 9:00 AM and usually lasts around an hour.

Watch the TSA Blog and your email for links with directions and additional information.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stroke and turn judge certification is available online now. TSA stroke and turn judges can become certified by completing the online course and test.

This course is offered completely online and may be taken at user’s convenience, including stopping at any point and resuming later, repeating sections, etc. Certification takes about two hours to complete, including post-training exam. Training and exam both use video clips extensively.

An exam grade of 80 percent or better is required to pass. The user must pay $12.95 fee to take course; each team can decide on its own whether to reimburse judges who use this. Please be sure to select the TSA and your club in the profile section under League/Team Affiliation.

The course is based on USA Swimming rules, so there are only a few minor differences from TSA:
• Covers Individual Medley, which TSA doesn’t use
• Some sections about officials refer to the Head Judge and Meet Referee, posts which don’t exist separately in TSA (the two TSA Reps, acting jointly, are the only officials in charge of Stroke & Turn Judges at a TSA meet)

Note that this is an alternative option for certification and is not required! TSA will still offer traditional (free) S&T clinics which will be announced soon. Also, S&T Judge certifications from USA Swimming, NCAA, NCHSAA or YMCA are still accepted by TSA; send name, team, certification body, certification number and certification expiration date to

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Special Offer to Tarheel Swimming Association Teams:

As a long-time member of Prestonwood CC, I’ve seen first-hand how ‘challenging’ swim meets can be for both coaches and parents during the hot summer months when those late afternoon thunderstorms occur. I’d like to offer some help. My company “Online Sports Comm” provides an easy-to-use “mass-alert” service that allows coaches and team administrators the ability to send an instant, simultaneous email and sms text message to all meet participants and family members -- directly from the meet site.  The service is flexible enough to be used ‘team-wide’ as well as within specific age-brackets.
There is nothing to learn, and best of all – team administrators don’t have to collect and enter any information themselves – as families can enroll directly from your team’s website.  You can learn more about our service at: 

Please use the ‘More Information” form on the website and we’ll contact you about special TSA pricing.

Mike Stevens, Founder/President

Swim Across America is Coming to TAC! We will have a swim clinic by 3 former Olympians!!!

On May 20, 2012, the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary has donated the entire 50m swimming pool to raise money towards cancer research. Swim Across America is publicizing the event, provided individual swimmer with fundraising web-pages, incentive prizes, and organizational ideas.

Click here to register: (registration is for free)

Some of the events include the following:
  • silent auction (includes signed basketballs, birthday packages, and yes Disney Tickets)
  • fun relays (including kids relays, parent-child, and grandparent-child)
  • Swim clinic by 3 former Olympians
  • Sponsorship tables

We also have added:
  • virtual swim-triathlon, offsite, swim meet can count towards this event
  • volunteer option-lifeguarding, counting laps, setting up, clean-up

The ultimate goal for this event? To bring a Swim Across America Laboratory to the Triangle Area!

Please click here to see why we swim:

why we swim

Please feel free to contact me for more information. Thanks!

Mary DeMilia

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coaches Needed for the New Preston Village Team

We are a subdivision off Davis Drive adjacent to Prestonwood.  We have a great facility and are starting up a fun summer team this year.  We are in need of a Coach & Assistant Coach to run morning & late afternoon practices as well as several exhibition meets.  We need people with at least 1 year experience coaching and that work well with children & adults.  We already have 70+ swimmers interested...many with previous team experience.  Please contact Dee-Dee Cale at with your resume for consideration. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fund Raising Opportunity!!

My wife and I are the new owners of the Smoothie King at Pleasant Valley. We would like to offer to deliver Smoothies to your meets as a fund-raising opportunity. We normally sell our 20 oz size for $4.49 but can sell them to you for $3.49 allowing you to keep $1.00 for every Smoothie you sell. (Of course, you could sell your smoothies for whatever price you feel is appropriate)  I would highly suggest our two most popular Smoothies, Angel Food (Strawberry, Banana and Protein) and Caribbean Way (Papaya, Bananas, Strawberries and protein).

Please let us know if you are interested and we can get the process started.
Thanks for your time!

Frank and Carol Horrocks
Smoothie King # 501
6274-110 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612
Store:        919-800-0118
Frank cell: 919-345-5161
Carol cell: 919-345-5489

Clinic for TSA Coaches

Lochmere will host a clinic for Coaches on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 PM. Note that the location is the Lochmere Highlands Clubhouse. Each club is asked to send one of their coaches to a clinic for coaches. Please make your coaches aware.

The Lochmere Highlands Clubhouse is on Loch Highlands Drive. Note that this is not the main pool address! Please ask your coaches to check the address and be on time.

The previously announced clinic for coaches is Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 PM at Northbrook.