· A team suit is recommended, but not required. Team suits are available for purchase at A&H Sporting Goods, 3103 W. Emaus Ave., Allentown, PA. The alternative to the team suit is a plain black suit · A team swim cap is recommended, but not required; Caps are available through our team (see Mac-Bear-Wear) · Swim goggles are highly recommended, but not required
Swimmers are divided into practice groups based on age and/or skill level. The exception to the age groups is our ‘Cubs’ group. ‘Cubs’ are our swimmers who are new to competitive swimming, need to build endurance, and need more instruction in learning the four basic swim strokes. Swimmers will have the opportunity to move from the ‘Cubs’ to their respective age group practice during the season at the coaches’ discretion.
After school pre-season practices will begin in late May/early June from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (see home page "swim team news" for exact date). Attendance at after school practices is optional. If dropping off your child, please be prompt in picking them up at the end of practice.
Summer season practices are held each weekday morning after the end of the East Penn school year for all groups.
· Practice is highly dependent on weather conditions; If it is too cold or rainy, practice may finish early or may be cancelled · All parents and/or car pools are responsible for being available at the pool immediately upon completion of practice; Coaches assume no responsibility for the time outside of regular workouts; If a problem arises, please advise your child to wait within the pool area · When they arrive for practice, swimmers should check their name in the attendance book · Each swimmer has a file folder that must be checked daily before and after practice; Information and ribbons will be distributed to the swimmers via their file · Be ready to get in the water when your practice group begins · Parents should supervise non-swim team siblings; Coaches are not responsible for non-swim team members · Any suit that is appropriate for team swimming may be worn for practice; Team suits are expensive and you may wish to reserve them for meets · Bring a full water bottle to stay hydrated and several towels, as the morning air can feel very chilly · Bring goggles and be sure to put your name on them! · Coaches are responsible for the safety of every swimmer and should not be distracted during practice; If you have an issue to discuss with a coach, please do so outside of practice times
· Dual meets (Macungie Bears vs. another swim team) are held on Mondays and Thursdays, with the occassional exception around the July 4th holiday · Meets begin at 6:00 p.m. and usually last at least two hours · Swimmers are to check in with the Attendance Monitor upon arriving at the meet · Parent volunteers should report to the pool 15 minutes before the start of the meet and check in with the Volunteer Coordinator · All team members are required to follow proper rules of conduct · Home Meets: Swimmers should be ready for warm-ups at 4:45 pm · Away Meets: Swimmers should be ready for warm-ups by 5:15 pm · Check the line-up roster posted on the team bulletin board; It will be on a nearby fence, tree, or other stationary object; You may write your child’s event number and lane on their hand with a waterproof marker or piece of paper as a reminder of their events · The team stays together in one general location; Swimmers should not leave this area unless swimming or using the restroom; The meet Marshal will see that each swimmer is where he/she needs to be for their event; We do not want the Marshal to have to search the entire facility for a swimmer; We don’t want anyone to miss their events! · Swimmers should clean up the team area after every meet
Missing a Meet: If a swimmer will be missing a meet, they must sign OUT of the meet in the Meet Attendance Book. This must be done NO LATER THAN the Friday prior to the meet. The coaches begin making the lineup for meets several days in advance, so it is imperative that they know which swimmers will not be participating. Failure to notify them in advance may result in loss of participation in the next two swim meets. ALL swimmers, including Cubs, will need to sign OUT of meets.
Weather: Meets are held rain or shine. Thunder/lightning are the only things that will postpone or cancel a meet. Swimmers are expected to be at the meet location unless an e-mail indicates a cancellation or postponement. Line Ups: Line up sheets are prepared for every swim meet. They list each swimmer and show the events in which they are competing, their heat, and lane assignment. A swimmer may be placed in up to four events per meet, including exhibition heats. The Head Coach makes the decisions about the line ups. If your child has something special they would like to try, encourage them to talk to their designated coach. Line ups are very time consuming, and with a large team it is hard to get everyone in. Understand that the coach is making choices based on times and proficiency in strokes. Distance: The Macungie Pool is a 25-meter pool. Some pools in the league are 25-yard pools. In addition, Palmerton’s pool is a 30-yard pool. Exhibition: Exhibition heats give more swimmers an opportunity of swim a given event. At Macungie Pool, Lane 5 is our exhibition lane. The exhibition swimmers do not score points for the team, but their time can be used for Championships. Ribbons: Ribbons will be awarded for 1st – 5th places for all home meets. Away meet teams only provide ribbons for 1st– 3rd place. Ribbons will be placed in the swimmer’s file folder at the pool. They can be picked up a day or two after the meet. Official Rules: The Macungie Bears Swim team is a member of the Suburban Swim League of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Click here you are interested in reading the official USA Stroke Rules and Regulations as found on the Suburban Swim League's website.
Thunder/Lightning Plan of Action: 1. The pool manager and/or head guards will decide if everyone needs to clear the water. *At this point NOBODY questions their decision.* 2. The pool and deck MUST be cleared immediately. There will no longer be a choice to wait in locker rooms - parents need to take their kids under pavilions or in cars. Guards and coaches are not to function as babysitters during this time. They need to worry about the safety of the pool area. 3. When the weather has passed, if there is time, the meet will start or restart. Do not leave the area until this is determined. 4. Rescheduled meets are hard to plan - we understand it will not work with everyone's schedules. Remember, the pool manager must close the pool to members for our meets, so we need to be thankful if we are able to pick a night that works for the manager. 5. Clean up of the pool area can take place the next morning, or when the weather clears. Again, safety is the number one issue.
POOL RULES TO REMEMBER 1. Please do not park in the grass around the pool for any reason! We have a large parking lot, and others by the pavilion we can use. 2. Clean up - Please encourage and even help your child clean up after meets and swimming at the pool. 3. At 11:00 AM on weekdays, the swim team kids are done! Parents can swim laps at this time, but kids cannot return to the water until toddler time is over and pool is open to the public at noon. 4. The pool manager asked that if you move chairs from the snack bar area that you return them to the place you got them. We really appreciate all the manager does for the swim team and need to help keep the pool in great shape!
Our team is run by volunteers. We need the participation from all families to make our team successful. Please see the Volunteering page for more information.
The Macungie Bears Swim Team also holds some special events each year for our swimmers, like Breakfast with the Coaches and our Family Picnic. Come join the fun! New swimmers are always welcome!
If you have questions or concerns, please let us know! You can talk to Kami Reinhard,President Parent-Advisory-Committee (or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org) or Annie Kocon, at email@example.com. Swim team can be a great experience for our kids, but also quite confusing!