Friday, January 24, 2014

TSA Swim Team Manager (TSTM) online service

TSA Swim Team Manager (TSTM) is an online swim team management web site designed specifically for TSA swim teams. This is the 5th year for TSTM.

The site includes a whole suite of features for team management including,

Registration and payment
User role management
Meet management (including automatic lineup based on TSA rules, data exchanges with other swimming software and various reports)
Result and record management
Volunteer management
Team communication (email and text)
Calendar and events
Team store
Document management
Advertising for sponsors

New in 2014 season, you can use your mobile devices as a stopwatch to time a meet and make result management even more efficient.

A complete list of features can be found at TSTM home page .
User guide is at: TSTM User Guide

Come and experience TSTM. Find out how much of your precious volunteer time can be saved with it and why more and more teams are using it. There is no risk to try it.  References are available upon request.

Please contact if you want to set up your team to use TSTM.

Thank you!

Coaches Wanted: Crooked Creek Crocs

The Crooked Creek Crocs, an established swim team of approximately 80 swimmers in Fuquay Varina, are seeking experienced, enthusiastic head and assistant coaches for the 2014 season. Please email to apply or to request more information.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thank You

Thank You

Thank you to all of the clubs who participated in our Meet Central demo last night after the Board meeting. We know the weather was getting worse by the hour, so we appreciate you taking the time to talk with us. We love showing off Meet Central, so if you have more questions or are interested in a group demo with your club representatives, contact us to set up a time that works for you.

Thanks again,

Charlie Houchin
CEO, HydroXphere

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Marlins of Raleigh congratulate Mary Ashley Darrow

Mary Ashley Darrow was the winner of a $400 scholarship at the 2013 North Raleigh Championship Meet hosted by the Marlins of Raleigh.  The scholarship is annually presented to a lucky participant at the North Raleigh summer league meet.  Mary Ashley received her award from her coach, Jodi Gore.  Mary Ashley represented the Jewish Community Center in the 2013 competition.  The Marlins of Raleigh will again host the North Raleigh Championship on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Ravenscroft.  The meet information will be distributed at a future TSA meeting to all clubs interested in attending.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Meet Central demonstration

Hello everyone,

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow night after the TSA Board meeting! Team HydroXphere will be in the classroom downstairs to demo Meet Central and address the needs and concerns of your club.  Have a great Monday.

Charlie Houchin
CEO, HydroXphere

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Some observations and thoughts about meet scheduling

For those who are interested in the low-level details and challenges of putting together a TSA dual meet schedule, I’ve written a treatise on this subject, aimed at the general TSA audience. I approached this task as an amateur, since I’ve never been personally involved in the schedule composition process. But the more I have learned about the challenges and intricacies of this topic, the more impressed I've become with the job that TSA’s Leagues and Scheduling committee has done over the years. Rubik’s cube, Jenga, house of cards – use any analogy you want, but constructing a working TSA schedule of 240-odd dual meets that fulfills the basic requirements of the scheduling model while still managing to cater to most of the special requests made by clubs is a complex and delicate puzzle of the highest order.

Please don’t hesitate to send me feedback, especially corrections to any errors you may spot. I’m particularly interested in how people feel about the new scheduling option proposed in the document.

Reminder and agenda for January meeting

The first Board of Directors meeting of 2014 is coming up this Tuesday night at 7:00 at the Triangle Aquatic Center. Attendees are expected to bring their own copies of the meeting agenda and of the previous meeting's minutes, as only a small number of handouts will be available to accommodate the forgetful.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Meet Central from HydroXphere

With the upcoming TSA Board meeting, I want to introduce myself and let you all know that I will be at TAC next Tuesday—I would love to meet all of you after the meeting. My team and I are excited for another year of great TSA swimming. TSA is near and dear to my heart; from the time I was five to 18 years old, I swam at Oak Park. Club swimming instilled my lifelong passion for the sport, and we are now thrilled to be able to give back to the community.

My company HydroXphere is proud to introduce our product Meet Central. Meet Central is the only operating system designed specifically for summer swim clubs.

What HydroXphere is All About

At HydroXphere (pronounced Hydrosphere) we are bringing TSA our product--Meet Central--the only mobile-based swim meet operating system. Meet Central allows you to run a summer swim meet in less time, with fewer volunteers, and with no manual complexity.

Meet Central streamlines swim meets by reducing the number of volunteers needed to run the meet, as well as the complexity of paper-based scoring. With Meet Central, times and DQs are sent automatically to the scorekeeper, which ultimately means a shorter swim meet--leaving more time for parents and swimmers to celebrate after Meet Central swim meet.
The heart of a Meet Central swim meet is our app, currently available for iPhone and iPad. The Meet Central app is free to download and use! For a walkthrough on how to use the app before you’re a registered HydroXphere member, stick around Tuesday night and I'll give you a walkthrough. Currently, you could use Meet Central to time a swimmer during practice, time a runner, or time your dog while he fetches a stick. You could even let someone DQ Fido for a “False Start”!

We’ll be at TAC Tuesday night after the Board meeting to show everyone how to use the Meet Central app. You can use the product without being a registered HydroXphere member; we think that’s pretty cool.

I am looking forward to meeting you all and sharing my love of summer swimming with TSA.

Until then,

Charlie Houchin
2012 US Olympic Gold Medalist
CEO, HydroXphere

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Board of Directors meetings

Cathy asked me to post a reminder of this year's Board meeting schedule. As usual, all meetings will held at 7 PM on the third Tuesday of the relevant months:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wanted: Go-getter for 2014 summer season

Carpenter Village in Cary is seeking a qualified individual to coach the CV HammerHeads summer swim team. We are a fun team in need of an energetic leader! If interested, please contact Inga Allred by January 24, 2014.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Swim Coaches Needed!

The Summerfield North Stingrays are looking for experienced swim coaches for the 2014 summer swim season. If you or anyone you know is interested in finding out more, please contact Jo Stewart by sending email or by calling 919-880-3160.