November 2, 2015
Please find enclosed my November report for the parents and executive. The past month has been a busy month, but one entrenched in activity and engagement. To date the PHAST coaching staff has been instrumental in a full month of training as well as two camps.
We have begun to finalize our attendance records knowing that we are approaching the end of the first 5 week program. While not all parents or swimmers have confirmed their decision – we are hopeful and planning for a full team. On deck (our unofficial waiting list), there are 4 new inquiries that are awaiting notice on space and opportunity. One is a 6 month (short term) international student who would swim either with myself and or Neil’s squad), 2 other swimmers that can only swim on Monday and Friday practices due to space. There is a fourth parental contact, but I am awaiting their reply. With these details in mind, we are looking at a team in the high 50’s. More to follow.
Novice Shifts: to date, little interest in changing times on Tuesday from 5-6, to 6-7. I am thinking that we may need to sell this hour shift from an executive point of view (I have included a sing-up sheet [in the Word document Coach report November]). Parents that I spoke to did not seem interested in moving their dinner time at this point. Please consider the sheet provided to help reorganize the “who,” and “when.”
This month has witnessed two camps for swimmers: PEI, and our own Nova Tech camp. Both camps had over 25 athletes in attendance for a total of 50 athletes participating – very good numbers!
The camps, based on outgoing comments positively received and tremendous team events. The costs for each camp were shared with PH, making the impact less dramatic. I am considering running one more single-day camp with the N.T. level swimmers later this year (prior to a meet). More details will follow.
As I understand, PCM are back in the water and training once again (week two!). I have not received word as to when a Tri-County Meet would appear, but will communicate this date once it is set. As discussed last meeting, it will be in their pool hopefully before Christmas.
This coming Christmas, PHAST will once more indulge itself in our version of Christmas – Hell Week 2015. This is an opportunity for swimmers in the PHAST club to train in each other’s pool alongside each other. This year will see a repetition of morning camp swims running from December 19-January 3. Actual dates are not yet in place, but details will follow once we have confirmation on each facility’s own schedule.
Finally, on the horizon we are looking at two weekends: one for The Antigonish NT meet (November 8), and the DCSC Inv. (November 14-16). These are both important meets as: it is the first NT meet of the year and coaches will be conducting a freestyle stroke assessment. The DCSC meet is also important as this is the first multi-day meet of the year. It is the hope of the coaching staff to have “all hands on deck” for these events.
Yours in swimming,