We are making an addition – and a change – to the meet schedule you have already seen for this session. The addition is a “dual meet” (there will actually be more than one other team) to be held on Sunday morning, Oct. 27th at Orinda Park Pool. This will be open to the whole team, though the Guppies will get the lion’s share of my attention during the meet. I’ll ask the Minnows and Sharks to show off not only their swimming but their age and experience, too, by being self-reliant at this event so that I can focus on the Guppies.
The change is that the Guppies will not attend the Pleasanton meet the previous weekend. (Entry instructions for this meet are given below. Minnows and Sharks, enter this meet this Saturday – the day it “opens.” The meet will fill up fast!)
Both of these adjustments to our plans will improve the meet experience for all our swimmers this Fall – the season when it has most wanted improvement in the past. The added meet will be a much smaller, less crowded environment, which is good for our newer swimmers and their families. And, of course, just one course of 6 or 8 lanes will be run, not two simultaneously. I will get a much better look at everything your swimmer does, including the Sharks and Minnows. It will all happen right in front of my eyes, and not too much at the same time.
And while it’s fun sometimes to have the whole number and range of our swimmers together at a meet, it spreads me very thin. I’ll be glad to be able to give more of myself to just the Minnows and Sharks in Pleasanton.
These are important purposes for the benefit of all, and it would defeat them if I start granting exceptions on attendance. (I couldn’t say ‘yes’ to just your request and ‘no’ to all others.) I’ll appreciate it if you stick with the plan described. The next meet, Nov. 2-3, will be a single-course meet open to everyone!