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1 Arlington Aquatic Club Back to Swimming Night September 25, 2014 Celebrating 41 years of Excellence

2 Meeting Agenda Board Member Talk Coaches e-mail’s AAC General Information AAC Team History AAC Philosophy AAC Goals Meet Schedule Orientation to Meets and Meet Entries Golden Gator Team Requirements AAC Pride AAC Payment Plan Equipment Parent Responsibilities AAC Website

3 GroupCoachE-mail National PrepEvan SeniorMatt Wakefield Sr PrepKevin W&L Age Group AdvancedSteve Wakefield Age GroupKasey W&L Age GroupKathryn Wakefield Age Group PrepJohn W&L Age Group PrepGypsy Yorktown Age Group Prep Bethany High School SprintJohn Bechtoldt Kevin Nolan Swim ClinicSteve Gator I, II, IIIHannah Mini-GatorsMary Lead Coaches

4 GroupCoachE-mail Assistant – National Prep/SeniorChristian Doud Assistant – National Prep/SeniorMike Galasso Assistant – Gator I, II, IIICarmen Vidal Assistant – Mini-GatorsJulie Gallion Mini Gator- Thursdays WakefieldMike Lengle Assistant – National Prep/SeniorBethany Wommack Assistant – WL Age Group Prep, Senior Prep Cabell Assistant – W-L Age Group Advanced, Swim Clinic John Bechtoldt Assistant- Wakefield Age Group Prep/Gator I, II, III Dave Dansereau Assistant – Swim ClinicKelly Cook Assistant Coaches

5 AAC General Information AAC Important Phone Numbers AAC Information Line 703-228-1814 Evan Stiles 703-228-1814 Wakefield High School Pool 703-578-3063 W-L High School Pool 703-228-6262 Yorktown High School Pool 703-536-9739 Sport Fair 703-524-9500 USA Swimming 719-866-4578 AAC Booster Board President Hugh Quinn703-998-3902 Officials Charles Lundy 703-241-8363 Secretary Beth Baker 703-447-6089 Social Missi Cox 703-244-0496 Treasurer Karen Serfis 703-528-0595 Katie Carman 703-276-0595 Admin Asst Ljudmila Mladenovic703-909-6585 Arlington Aquatic Club 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive Arlington, VA 22206 703-228-1814

6 AAC General Information Inclement weather: In the event the Arlington public Schools are cancelled due to snow or inclement weather, call the AAC information line 703-228- 1814. AAC Coaches will also try to send e-mail notifications if time permits. Communicating with the coaching staff: Small matters should be discussed with your child’s coach immediately after the practice session or by e-mail. Please take advantage of this time to have your concerns addressed. Please do not approach the coach on deck during the practice. Any question or concern requiring a more lengthy consultation may be addressed through the head coach, Evan Stiles, at 703-228-1814, or the individual coach can be e-mailed. All Coaches e-mails are listed under the “Coaches” tab on our website.

7 AAC Team History The Arlington Aquatic Club (AAC) was started in 1973 as a one night per week swim clinic. Through the years, AAC grew into a team that had practice groups ranging in ages from 4-18, all held at Wakefield High School. The program has developed into a fully competitive USA Swimming program. AAC has grown continually over the past 10 years and now offers practice groups for the pre-competition level and the competition level at Wakefield, Washington-Lee, and Yorktown High Schools. AAC has produced Mini, local, Zone, and Junior National Champions, Senior National qualifiers and USA Swimming Olympic Trials qualifiers.

8 AAC Mission The mission of the Arlington Aquatic Club is to provide ALL swimmers a complete education in the techniques and nature of competitive swimming while in a setting that is conducive to learning. The program will provide an enjoyable atmosphere backed with current scientific research that will enable any swimmer to reach his or her individual goals, foster a desire for excellence, and a love for the sport of swimming

9 AAC Competition Team Philosophy The AAC Competition Team philosophy is: –Teach and reinforce the techniques of competitive swimming –Build physical strength and endurance –Promote team spirit and unity through competition and social interaction –Develop a sense of commitment, responsibility, and time management skills necessary for achieving success –Teach and reinforce starts, turns, finishes appropriate for competition –All swimmers will learn how to set individual goals that are high yet obtainable, as well as learn the processes that it takes to reach these goals –Teach and reinforce race strategy –Apply what is worked on in practice, in competition –Promote the growth of the “total” swimmer- all strokes, all distances

10 AAC Pre-Competition Team Philosophy The AAC Pre-Competition Team Philosophy is: –Develop proper stroke mechanics for competitive swimming –Provide individual attention to all swimmers, regardless of age or ability level –Promote the psychological development of each swimmer by providing goal-achievement programs, resulting in positive self- esteem and a sense of accomplishment –Prepare swimmers to enter into the Competition Team

11 AAC Top 10 Personal Goals for Swimming 1. Have fun! 2. Make friends 3. Learn to balance life including family, school and swimming 4. Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated 5. Achieve goal times 6. Earn a Gator patch 7. Improve time standards in all events 8. Represent AAC and yourself by displaying good sportsmanship 9. Have exceptional practice skills 10. Learn all four competitive strokes, focusing on perfect technique

12 AAC Meet Schedule October 2014 Oct 10~11 MAKO Fall InvitationalGMU Oct 11~12 Harvest MoonHerndon Oct 17~19 PVS October OpenLee District Oct 25~26 Senior Circuit #1PGS&L Oct 25~26 Fall Gator Mini MeetWakefield HS November 2014 Nov 1~2 Fall Distance MeetTacoma Nov 14~16 PVS November OpenMt. Vernon Nov 21~23 Senior Circuit #2GMU-Freedom Cen. Nov 23Pilgrim Mini MeetClaude Moore December 2014 Dec 4~6AT&T Winter National ChampsGreensboro, NC Dec 4~7Turkey Claus ShowdownUniversity of MD Dec 6~7Reindeer Mini MeetProvidence Dec 11~14Sport Fair Winter ClassicGMU Dec 20Candy Cane Mini MeetGMU Freedom Cen.

13 AAC Meet Schedule (cont’d) January 2015 Jan 3~4PVS January Distance MeetLee District Jan 10~11Senior Circuit #3Wakefield HS Jan 10~11Polar Bear Meet (by invitation)South Run Jan 30~1IM X-treme Games-NEUMD February 2015 Feb 8PVS February Distance MeetFairland Feb 14~15Winter Gator Mini MeetWakefield HS Feb 14~15PM 14&U JO QualifierCub Run Feb 20~22PVS 18&U Age Group ChampionshipsLee District March 2015 Mar 5~8PVS Short Course ChampionshipsGMU Mar 5~8PVS SC Junior ChampionshipsGMU Mar 7~8Mini ChampionshipsClaude Moore Mar 12~15PVS 14&U Junior Olympic ChampionshipsUMD Mar 17~21NCSA Junior National ChampionshipsOrlando, FL Mar 19~22Eastern Zone Southern Sectional MeetChristiansburg, VA Mar 20~22March MadnessOak Marr Mar 26~28Eastern Zone SC ChampionshipsWebster, NY

14 Entering Potomac Valley Meets 1. Meet Announcements will be posted on our website and an e-mail will go out to all parents approximately three weeks prior to the competitions. 2. Under the Meets tab, you can commit to a meet by clicking “Attend this meet”. There will be a drop down box where you choose “Yes, I will attend this event”. 3.Once you click “Yes, attend”, a list of events will pop up and you will be able to choose the events you would like to enter. 4.Just clicking “Yes” does not enter your swimmer. You must select the events you would like them to swim. 5. There are some groups where the coaches will sign their swimmers up. If you ever have a question about what events to enter or if you should enter the meet at all, please talk with your swimmers coach.

15 Rules and Procedures for Swim Meets 1. Each coach will have a master entry form for the meet. Each swimmer should check with the coach for information actually entered, location of meet, and warm-up times. Any amendments to this information will be posted as soon as the information is received. 2. Each swimmer should arrive at the facility fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled warm-up. Each swimmer should check in with the coaches once they have arrived. 3. All swimmers must report to the AAC team area immediately upon arrival. This is particularly important when the meet has Positive check in. This is when the swimmer has to check each event they are in to help eliminate empty lanes. This is also important when relays are to be swum at the start of the meet. Always check with your coach to find out if you have been selected for a relay when you get to the meet. 4. Any swimmer who would like to leave the team area and talk to their parents or friends must inform a coach. NO PARENTS will be allowed on deck in the team area. This is a Potomac Valley Swimming policy. If you would like to come down on deck, you can volunteer to time during the meet! We highly encourage the parents to help out at the meets. We need you. 5. AAC swimmers are expected to display good sportsmanship throughout the meet and wear AAC apparel. 6. Before you leave the facility, make sure you have completed the following: -clean up your area -collect all of your belongings -inform your coach

16 Golden Gator Team Requirements The AAC Golden Gator Team is designed to develop well- rounded swimmers. Every swimmer, whether a B/C or A+ swimmer, can earn a spot on the Golden Gator Team 1. The swimmer must swim every event (legally) in his/her particular age group at least once 2. All events must be swum in the swimmer’s age group. A swimmer’s age will be determined by what they spent most of the season as. Patches will be awarded at the end of the year Awards Banquet for swimmers making the Golden Gator Team in each age group.

17 Golden Gator Team Events by Age Group 8 & Under9-1011-1213 & Over 25 Free50 Free 100 Free 200 Free 400/500 Free 800/1000 Free 1500/1650 Free 25 Back50 Back 100 Back 50 Back100 Back 200 Back 25 Breast50 Breast 100 Breast 50 Breast100 Breast 200 Breast 25 Fly50 Fly 100 Fly 50 Fly100 Fly 200 Fly 100 IM 200 IM 400 IM 10 events11 events12 events14 events

18 AAC Pride Arlington Aquatic Club National Team Jay DeLancey Ben Gorski Ryan Baker Chris Outlaw Kenyon Huber-Wilker Arlington Aquatic Club Sectional Team Evie Gieseman Brady Almand Jessica Green George Cranwell Isabella Lee Sam Kaylor Katherine Lundy Jacob Larsen Michaela Morrison Matias Moreno Kirby Nassetta Hugh Quinn Ellie Ridgeway Nicolas Reeves Margaret Saunders Brendan Richichi Anna Shumate Ian Shackley Belinda Vu Ian Stuver Travis Swan Potomac Valley Eastern Zone All-Star Team Emil Lasida Lauren Hartel

19 AAC Boosters Registration Fee To be a member of the Arlington Aquatic Club, everyone must pay a an annual, non- refundable/non-transferable registration fee. This fee includes USA swimming membership, an AAC t-shirt and an AAC cap. –All Non-Competition groups Registration Fees are $150. –Competition Groups Registration Fees are: Age Group Prep- $350, Age Group- $400, Age Group Advanced- $550, Senior Prep- $550, Senior and National Prep- $600. These fees include all meet entry fees. –There are No sibling Discounts. –This Registration Fee is NOT part of the Arlington County program fee. –If you choose to pay by check, the check should be made payable to: AAC Boosters and sent to: AAC Boosters PO Box 7512 Arlington, VA 22207-7512 -Next year, when Re-registering, you will use the AAC website to pay the registration fee with a credit card.

20 20 Arlington County Payments Payment Information AAC Team participants can now pay fees in full or set up a monthly payment plan for the fees payable to Arlington County. Go to https://registration.arlingtonva.us Login with your User ID and Password. If you have participated with AAC or any county programs in the past (recreation swim classes, summer camp, etc.) you already have an ID and password. If you do not know your ID and Password, please contact our Registration Office at 703-228-4747. If you are new to AAC and have never participated in any other county program in the past, you will need to create a new account. Go to the Sports -> Setup Team Payment Plan -> AAC menu. Select the appropriate AAC swim group. Select your payment option. – Pay in Full – You will pay all your fees upfront when you checkout. – Auto Charge Fees to Credit Card – Your fees will be billed to your credit card on the 1 st of the month. You can select to use a card which you have used with us in the past or you may enter a new credit card. Please note, County staff have access ONLY to masked credit card numbers. We DO NOT store complete credit card information in our system. If your credit card is declined during the course of the year, charges will be added as a balance due to your account, and late fees will apply to balances not paid in full by the 10 th of the month. – Add Fees as Balance Due – Your fees will be added as a balance due to your account. Checkout (you MUST complete the Checkout process, even if you choose a payment plan and owe nothing at this time). If you would like to have your fees auto- charged to a credit card, you MUST set up your plan by Sept 12. After Sept 12, any accounts which have not been paid in full or set up for automatic charge to a credit card will be defaulted to having monthly fees added as a balance due to the account. Account Balances may be paid as follows: (1) Credit Card payments payment can be done online (, by phone (703- 228-4747) or in person (Registration Office, 3700 S Four Mile Run Dr, Arlington, VA 22206). (2) Check payments can be made in person or by mail. Send to address above. (3) Money Order or Cash payments must be made in person.

21 21 AAC Apparel AAC has an on-line store open for some great AAC clothing.

22 Equipment Team equipment for AAC is supplied by Sport Fair in Arlington –Sport Fair, Inc. 5010 N. Lee Highway Arlington, VA, 22207 phone: 703-524-9500 fax: 703-524-9501 web: Some coaches will set up on-line stores to purchase necessary equipment for their group, other coaches will send an e-mail with suggestions for equipment. Your child will receive an AAC t-shirt and swim cap; these will be distributed at practice by each group’s coach. In addition, your child needs a team suit, practice suit, goggles, and a water bottle for each practice. Speak with your child’s coach regarding the need to purchase fins.

23 AAC Parent Responsibilities Communication Discuss any questions or concerns you have with your child’s coach by email, phone, or before or after practice. Please do not attempt to discuss issues with the coach during practice. No Parents should be on deck. Please wait or watch from the bleachers. Meets Volunteer to be a timer Become certified to be an official Work the concession stand at mini-meets hosted by AAC Make sure your child is on the pool deck, ready to get in, 15 minutes prior to the start of warm ups. Practices Make sure your child arrives to practice on time Be at the pool when your child’s practice ends to pick them up  Go to, member resources, Safe Sport and utilize the Parent section. Great information for new and old swim

24 Website Check the website for information about: –AAC News –Practice Schedules and Cancellations –Meet Schedule and Meet entries –Coach Bios –AAC Handbook –Team records –Masters Swimming Information –New address to send registration fees: PO Box 7512 Arlington, VA 22207-7512

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