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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Update to 2017-18 season

As we get closer to the beginning of the season, things are becoming more clear.  So this update is full of the latest information.  Please read it fully, because there are some important changes and additional information.

First, as I stated before.  This will be my last season as the Head Coach.  As of today, no one has reached out to signal to me that they would be interested in heading up the program next year.  I would love someone to step up who is good at organizing, because that is the biggest part of heading up the program.  I will teach you all you need to know about swimming, I promise! :)   Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested and want to know more.

Next, our practice times are changing.  Due to pool availability at Valley Catholic, we are going to practice from 5:00 to 6:00pm for polliwogs (K-3) and 5:00-6:30pm for cubs and cadets (4-6 and 7-8).  We will practice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  You will be allowed to sign up for one of those days once we get closer to the beginning of the season.  Our Sunday evening practices will begin in mid-November.

The season will begin on either October 17 or October 24.  This is mostly due to a lack of coaching volunteers...which brings me to my last point.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  If you can cheer, encourage, and help keep kids safe in water, you are qualified to be a coach!  On the job training is provided.  It does not require much extra time, since you will be a coach while your athlete is swimming and at meets already.  Please consider helping us with this need.  We are also in a need of Stroke & Turn judges.  To be qualified for this, some experience in competitive swimming is needed.  I will conduct a class, then you have the proper training to volunteer at meets as a Stroke & Turn Judge.

If you have any questions or want to contact me, please email me here.  If you reply to this email or blog message, it actually gets lost in cyberspace. :(

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017-2018 Swim Team info...

I hope you all are enjoying the last waning days of summer.  But as school ramps up, so does Swim Team planning.  Below, you will find the information that you need to know as we start another year.

But first, an important announcement.  I am sad to say that this will be my last year as the Head Coach.  Due to changes in my life, next year, I will need to step back.  I do not want this program to disappear, so I am hoping someone will step up and work with me this year so they will be able to head it up next year.  The Head Coach needs to be a good communicator, work easily with children, and can spend about 5-10 hours outside practice and meet times for paperwork and meet entries.  Did you notice, I didn't mention swim experience?  Obviously, if you have some experience...great!  If not, as you help coach this year, I will provide all the on the job training you will need.  Please contact me or Doug Loiler if you have any questions about this or are interested.

Here is the plan this year, which is much like last year's plan.

Practices will begin on 10/16.  We will practice primarily at the Valley Catholic Pool, located at Murray Rd./ Farmington Rd. in Beaverton.  We will offer at least three practices M-Th after school (exact days TBD).  Polliwogs (grades K-3) will practice for one hour from 4-5 (Tuesdays will most likely be 4:30-5:30).  Cubs (grades 4-6) and Cadets (grades 7-8) will practice for 90 minutes from 4-5:30 (Tuesdays will most likely be 4:30-5:30).  I will let families decide the exact day of their practice once the available days have been determined.  We will also have a practice at the Beaverton Swim Center on Sunday evenings from 6-7pm, although these will start a couple weeks into the season.  

Friday dry land practices are strongly encouraged for everyone and will be at WHCS from 3:15-4:30 every Friday we have school.  

I will urge all swimmers to attend a minimum of two swimming practices a week plus the dryland practice.  If you are on another WHCS sports team or on another swim team, your practice schedule will be reduced.  

Our meet schedule will be decided by mid-September, but they will mostly be on Saturday afternoons, typically on the east-side of Portland at a variety of pools. All swimmers must attend at least three out of five or six meets this year.  If this is not possible, please contact Coach Kevin for clarification.  Everyone will continue swimming through to the championship meets (everyone swims in at least one championship meet) in mid/late-January.  

For safety, I will conduct a swimming evaluation for ALL NEW swimmers.  This is to assure that all swimmers are able to swim (non-stop) 25 yards safely.  It doesn't have to be a racing stroke (although preferred), then we will teach the rest!  The evaluation will be on the week of Oct. 9 (exact date TBD), and you may wait to register until after that date, if you are concerned about your child's safety.

I am in need of help this year!  Particularly, I need SWIM COACHES & Stroke and Turn Judges.  Stroke and Turn Judges work at swim meets and we are required to have two working judges for most meets; currently we have a few.  Some prior swimming knowledge is needed, and training is provided.  If we could have four parents volunteer to be Judges, this would really spread the load out!  MORE COACHES are needed to give the swimmers the best possible experience.  Have you ever considered coaching?  No swimming experience is necessary. You will receive some great training from the experienced, returning coaches.  Qualifications for this role is that you are a parent who can help encourage the kids and keep them moving and safe in the water.  If you are interested or have questions, contact Coach Kevin!

Please don't hesitate to email any questions! (Do not reply to this email...it won't work)

~Coach Kevin

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Monday, July 31, 2017

2017-2018 WHCS Swim Team registration is open

The season will consist of up to three practices a week, 5 developmental meets, and a championship meet.  The season will begin in early October and end in late January.

Information will be sent out by Coach Kevin regarding practice times and the meet schedule (once released by CYO) via the team’s blog.  You can sign up to receive email updates (in the upper right corner of the blog) or just check it for the latest information anytime you choose on the blog.  The blog address is: whcsswim.blogspot.com

Requirements for registration swimming is each individual athlete has to be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) without stopping.  There will be a swimming assessment (TBA) prior to the first day of swimming practice.  The cost of West Hills Swim Team is $160 and can be paid online during your registration.

If you have any questions please email our Head Coach: Kevin Killian at swimteam@whcs.org  or Doug Loiler at doug.loiler@whcs.org and we will make sure your questions are answered.

Link to register for swimming is below.  Last day to register will be October 13th.

When signing up there will be a question that asks if you are an exception.  If you attend WHCS click NO, then proceed to register (top right corner) 


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Monday, February 20, 2017

End of Season Awards...Finally

Sorry for the long overdue notification about the End of the Season Awards Dessert.  It will be on Tuesday, March 7 from 6:30-7:30ish in the Auditorium at WHCS.  Each student will receive the ribbons they earned and a listing of all of their results from all the meets during this season.

Please plan to join us on March, 7 at 6:30!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Just a quick reminders for the Polliwog meet tomorrow...

Volunteers show up around 12:20.

Swimmer show up by 12:40 on the deck, but no showers.

Entry fee: Adults are $2, children are $1, and meet programs are $3. (cash only)

We will be short on coaches tomorrow, and we are swimming in the "bubble" tomorrow.  If your polliwog swimmer needs to go to the bathroom during the meet, they will need to find you to walk them over.  Please show them where you will be sitting at some point, so they can find you if they need to walk over to that building.

Lastly, if your swimmer is unable to make it tomorrow, please text me as soon as possible so I can re-arrange relays.  Kevin's mobile is 503-267-2346.

Friday, January 27, 2017

All-Star Meet and Polliwog Meet details

I will try to be quick with this information.

Two meets will be happening this weekend.  First, the All-Star Meet will occur on Saturday from 1:00-5:00 at MHCC.  Second, the re-scheduled Polliwog Championship Meet will occur on Sunday from 1:00-5:00 at MHCC.  Since meets are occuring on the same time of the day, the below information will be the same for the two meets.  If you have a swimmer competing either day, please read carefully below.

If you are volunteering for either meet, show up at MHCC on Saturday or Sunday by 12:15pm to report to your position.  You will need to check in at the volunteer desk before you enter the pool area (otherwise you will be charged).  If you are not volunteering, please remember that there is an entry fee of $2 per adult and $1 per child.  (Of course the swimmers are free.)  Also, meet programs will be sold for $3 each.  

There is still one more chance to get into the meet for free.  I am in need of a team photographer for yearbook and use at WHCS.  You will be allowed (mostly) all-access to the meet, but you must be able to put all the photos into a Dropbox account within a few days.  You will also need your own camera.  If this interests you, please email me ASAP!  I will provide all the necessary details when you email me.

All swimmers need to be at the pool, on the deck and ready to swim (no showers) by 12:40.  All of the swimmers will sit together, just look for the big WHCS banner.  Parents will sit close to the race course.  As always, swimmers should bring:
  • 2 towels
  • warm clothes that can get wet
  • a water bottle
  • a healthy snack (if needed)
  • NO ELECTRONICS
Lastly, if your swimmer will not be able to make it to the meet tomorrow, please text me as early as possible, because it takes some time to re-arrange relays for the Polliwogs.  My cell number is 503-267-2346.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the meet!

Coach Kevin

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cub and Cadet Meet tomorrow!

I hope all the swimmers have a good rest tonight and are ready to swim fast tomorrow!

First of all, I would like to thank to following volunteers for stepping up tomorrow:

Devyn and Kevin Larson
Amy McMahon
Marlene and Rob Groscup
Dan Bates
Jennifer Klinger
Lindsay Ruhnke
Jon Dooleuy
Karissa Aleskus
Clay Slocum

Please show up at MHCC tomorrow (Sunday) by 12:15pm to report to your position.  You will need to check in at the volunteer desk before you enter the pool area (otherwise you will be charged).  If you are not volunteering, please remember that there is an entry fee of $2 per adult and $1 per child.  (Of course the swimmers are free.)  Also, meet programs will be sold for $2 each.  

There is still one more chance to get into the meet for free.  I am in need of a team photographer for yearbook and use at WHCS.  You will be allowed (mostly) all-access to the meet, but you must be able to put all the photos into a Dropbox account within a few days.  You will also need your own camera.  If this interests you, please email me ASAP!  I will provide all the necessary details when you email me.

All swimmers need to be at the pool, on the deck and ready to swim (no showers) by 12:40.  All of the swimmers will sit together, just look for the big WHCS banner.  Parents will sit close to the race course.  As always, swimmers should bring:
  • 2 towels
  • warm clothes that can get wet
  • a water bottle
  • a healthy snack (if needed)
  • NO ELECTRONICS
Lastly, if your swimmer will not be able to make it to the meet tomorrow, please text me as early as possible, because it takes some time to re-arrange relays.  My cell number is 503-267-2346.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Coach Kevin

Friday, January 20, 2017

Last Dryland Practice TODAY!

Dryland will go from 3:15-4:15 today.  It will focus on stretching and mental preparations for the Championship Meets.  Please plan to pick up your swimmer in the auditorium or outside the gym doors at 4:15.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Volunteers needed for Cub and Cadet Meet

Sorry to bombard your email accounts, but we are in great need for 6 more volunteers for Sunday's meet.  There are only timer and bullpen positions left, so please email Julie M. and let her know which position you would like to volunteer for.  If we do not provide enough volunteers, the coaching staff may have to fill the needed positions.

If you were thinking of volunteering at the meet for any open positions, you will be allowed to do it after you pay the entrance fee.  But if you plan ahead, and email Julie now, you can get in for free (and you will get a free heat sheet in some positions).  I know that only saves up to $4, but every little bit counts, right? :)

So please help us by volunteering now!

Email Julie M. here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Polliwog meet rescheduled!

The new Polliwog Championship Meet has been set for Sunday, Jan 29 from 1:00pm until about 5:00pm at MHCC.  All of the swimmers will be swimming the same events, here is a list to refresh your memory.

Please email me by 8:00pm on Thursday if your swimmer cannot make it!  Also let me know if you can no longer volunteer for the shift you originally signed up for.

I will expect all polliwogs to continue to going to all normally scheduled practices this week and next.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Resuming normally scheduled life... :)

Happy Tuesday!

The temperatures are rising and all of this stuff is supposed to be going away soon, which means we can get back to life!  WOOHOO!

Here are some updates on what is upcoming.

Polliwog Championship Meet

CYO and MHCC still have not figured out when the rescheduled meet will occur.  I will pass along the inform you as soon as I know definitively.

Cub and Cadet Championship Meet

It is planned for this Sunday (2/22) from 1:00-5:30pm at MHCC.  Here is an entry list, and heat sheets will be available for purchase ($2).  

We still need at least 6 more volunteers!  Email Julie M. if you can volunteer.  Volunteers and swimmers get in for free, otherwise it is $2 adults and $1 children for entry.  If you volunteer you need to be there by 12:15.  If you are not volunteering, I need to have all swimmers on deck, ready to swim (no showers) by 12:30.

All-Star Meet

As of right now, I have the following people entered.  I need to have entries by Friday.  To enter the meet, it will cost $40 for up to three events, and there are no relays.  Please email me if you want to enter your swimmer.

Each swimmer can swim up to 3 events.  You can only swim in events which they have already qualified for.  Currently, here is a listing (2 pages) of who has qualified and in which events.

Practices

Practices resume once we return to school...hopefully tomorrow!  We will also have Friday dryland practice this Friday.

I really hope to see everyone soon!!!

~Kevin

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Polliwog Meet...CANCELLED!

I just received word from CYO that MHCC is closed the entire weekend, so the meet this weekend is cancelled.  The CYO Swimming Director is not sure if or when it will be rescheduled.  He will be in touch with MHCC supervisors over the next couple days and will inform head coaches of future plans.

I am very sorry to be delivering this news.  Stay tuned for more info.

~Kevin

All-Star Meet info

It is time to sign up the cubs and cadets for the All-Star Meet on Saturday, January 28 from 1:00-5:30pm at MHCC.  I would like to have all entries by Monday at 8PM.  But this time, I need an email stating which events they want to swim.  This meet is not part of the season, thus it costs $40 per swimmer.  Each swimmer can swim up to 3 events.  You can only swim in events which they have already qualified for.  Currently, here is a listing (2 pages) of who has qualified and in which events.  (PLEASE NOTE:  the previous versions of this file had our Time Trials included, but those are not valid events for the All-Star Meet since it was not a CYO sanctioned meet.)

Email Kevin your entries here or at swimteam@whcs.org.  (Do not reply to this email...it goes into a black hole!)

I will need a check for $40 made payable to WHCS on or by the Cub and Cadet Meet next Saturday, if your swimmer wants to participate in the All-Star Meet.  Again, this fee covers the entry into one to three events for one swimmer.  There won't be any relays.

If you have not been to the All-Star Meet before, it is a unique meet.  Swimmers will compete against swimmers from their grade only from all of the teams.  So, if your 5th grade girl swimmer qualified in 25 free, at this meet they will only swim against other 5th grade girls in 25 free!  This meet is a fun meet to watch, since there are a lot of fast races.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Championship meets

Polliwog Championship Meet

I have a minor date correction for the meet.  My last email stated that it was on Saturday, Jan 14, but that was incorrect.  The meet is on Sunday, Jan 15 as previously stated.

Below you will find an entry list for all WHCS Polliwog swimmers.  For each swimmer, relays are listed in a different format.  If you child has a 1-4 next to their name, they are swimming that relay, but if they have a 5-8 next to their name, they are an alternate for that relay and could swim if swimmers are absent.

WHCS Polliwog Entries

Additionally, I cannot publish heat sheets for this meet.  They will cost $2 each and can be purchased with your admission fee ($2 adult / $1 child).  Your swimmer is free, and if you want to be free, you can volunteer by emailing Julie Motschenbacher. :)

Cub and Cadet Championship Meet

Entries for the Cub and Cadet Championship Meet (everyone swims) on Sunday, January 22 from 1:00-5:30pm at MHCC are due today by 9pm!  As of right now, I only have 6 entries (Riley, Lucy, Maya, Rowan, Amalie, and Grace).  EVERYONE else must submit their meet entries TODAY.  Please click this link for your entries.

All Star Meet

This meet information will be coming out later this week, but remember that it is on Saturday, January 28 from 1:00-5:00.  This is a fee-based, qualifying meet.  All swimmers who qualify for it can swim for about a $40 flat fee (meaning whether they qualify for one or three events, it will cost a total of about $40, exact charge will be announced before entries open). Entries will begin later this week and end on Jan. 24, and your fee payment must accompany entries.  Currently, here is a listing (2 pages) of who has qualified and in which events.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Volunteers needed for Polliwog Meet

With the Polliwog meet this weekend, we are still short three volunteers.  Julie Motschenbacher has been doing a great job of updating everyone, but I need to remind everyone that it is first come, first served.  As of earlier today, there were only;

  • 5 timer spots left
  • 3 runner spots left
  • 6 bullpen spots left
  • 2 heat ribbon judges spots left

If you want to volunteer for any of these positions, please email Julie immediately at m13family@gmail.com (or click the link)  Don't forget that you receive free entry (normally $2 per adult), if you volunteer before Saturday.

I will send out more information about the meet on Wednesday, but expect to arrive around noon and to leave around 5:30.  The email on Wednesday will be more detailed.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday practice CANCELLED!

First of all, I have been out of town and returned safe and sound last night after vacationing for nearly three weeks.  It was crazy going from 25° C to 25° F within 24 hours.

I just received word that all THPRD facilities are closed today due to the weather, so our practice tonight is cancelled.  Our practices will continue this coming week with our normal practice schedule, including Friday.

Don't forget that this is the Polliwogs last week.  They have their final meet on Saturday and normal practices this week.

WHCS Swim Team Calendar