2021 Season Information - 5/7 Update
Good morning Pirates!
Here is the information that was covered in our Parent’s Meetings this week.
Welcome/Intros – Welcome to Pirates! We are so excited to have Coach Tyler Thames back as our head coach. He will be joined by Camille Cramer and Walker Wilson as assistant coaches. All 3 are former Pirates swimmers!! Coach Walker even holds some of our team records! Coach Camille and Coach Walker will each oversee a pool and Coach Tyler will be going back and forth weekly or so.
Our Board this year is:
• Amy Schrenk – President
• Camille Kraft – VP
• Nandita Mahendra– VP
• Sara Orsi – Secretary
• Ron Hatter – Treasurer
• Troy Orsi – Head Official
• Narelle Thrift – At-Large member
Still have 1 At -Large position available if anyone wants to volunteer!
Practices – Practices are held Tuesday through Friday. Please only attend the practice you are registered for. Practices are not mandatory. If you have to miss, there is no need to let anyone know. Obviously the more practices your swimmer can attend, the more they will get out of the season. Swimmers must wear masks when they are not in the water. Practice times are staggered to keep people from congregating at the gate. Junior coaches in the water will be wearing face shields.
Only parents of 10 and under swimmers will be allowed in the pool deck area and must bring their own chairs and wear masks and socially distance from the coaches and other parents.
Pool Rules – We are guests of the HOAs. Please be respectful of the pool and pool areas and clean up after yourself. The only people allowed in the water are the coaches and the swimmers registered to the specific practice. No one is allowed in the splash areas at either pool.
Volunteering – We are a volunteer run organization and cannot run without our volunteers! At the meets, we do require that if your swimmer is swimming, someone from your family is volunteering. There are plenty of great volunteer opportunities. The best seat in the house is Timing. With Timing, you are right on the pool deck timing the swimmers as they race. Don’t worry; you will be trained before each meet! We will also be running our own concessions this year, so there will be plenty of volunteer options. We will also have floaters this year to make sure that everyone is able to watch their swimmer compete.
Meets – Speaking of meets, at our 2 home meets at the Natatorium, we are only allowed 1 spectator per swimmer inside the building. We must keep capacity at 200 or less and that includes swimmers, volunteers, etc. So timing is going to be a great way to be able to watch your swimmer!
Our meets will be on Saturdays starting May 22 with Memorial Day weekend off and a bye week June 26. For all meets, swimmers must circle in by 7 am or they will be scratched. Please plan to arrive in plenty of time so your swimmer is not scratched.
Relays – Relays are the last events of the meets. Please be sure to stick around till the end of the meet! If your child is selected to swim on a relay, there are 3 other swimmers depending on them. If your child is asked to swim up on a relay, please let them do so! It’s fun for them and enables 3 other swimmers to swim. If your child does not show up for their relay without checking with Coach first, they will be ineligible to swim in relays until Coach says it’s okay.
Committee Chairs/Officials – We do still have a few committee chairs open. If you are interested in taking on a bigger volunteer role, please let a Board Member know. We are in need of volunteers for Ready Area, Sponsorship, Ribbons/Records, and Computer chair.
We are also still in need of officials. Officials attend training and then work during the meets. Again, please let a board member know if you are interested.
Inclement Weather – In case of inclement weather, practices will be cancelled. We will try not to do a mass cancellation, but cancel just affected practices. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter, your email, and your texts. Notifications of cancellations will go out through as many platforms as available.
Suits – New suits this year! Team suits are required if your swimmer is going to swim in meets (not required for preracers but you can still purchase a suit if you’d like!) These are available for purchase at Swim Shops of the Southwest (9430 Broadway St #144, Pearland, TX 77584, 281-485-3100). Please call before visiting as their hours are varying right now.
Sponsorship/Scholarship – We are a non-profit organization. And the heart of our program is our junior coaches. We provide scholarships for our junior coaches for devoting their high school summertime to coaching for us. Part of the money we raise from Sponsorships goes towards these scholarships. We also need to purchase equipment for the team. We are in need of multiple new lane ropes for both pools.
Important upcoming dates –
• May 8th (10-2) and May 11th (11-6) – Swim Shops of the Southwest (9430 Broadway St #144, Pearland, TX 77584, 281-485-3100) will be staying open late (until 8 pm) for Pirates to purchase their team suits! You also receive 10% off any additional purchases made when you purchase your suit.
• May 11– Tryouts. All tryouts will be at the SILVERLAKE pool. Please come during your swimmer’s practice time. Swimmers 8 and under must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers 9 and up must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke.
• May 12 – Practices begin!
• May 18 – Pictures! Individual pictures will be taken at the Silvercreek pool. More details to follow.
• May 22 – Home Meet at the Nat versus League City
• June 5 – Meet @ SouthBelt
• June 12 – Meet @ PineBrookWood
• June 19 – Home Meet at the Nat versus Deer Park
• Weekend of July 9-10 – Champ Series in Angleton (for qualified swimmers only)
• Spirit Night – Come join us for dinner and pickup your Pirates shirt and cap! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Pirates team.
As always, if you have any questions, please email Pearland.Swim.Board@gmail.com.