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2017 Swim & Dive Team Manual Family Club of Choice Since 1964


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Swim & Dive Facilities at Forest Hills

After a recommendation by the Swim Committee in 2013, the Board approved that the Forest Hills swimming facility be named the Kevin Brennan Aquatic Center– commemorating Kevin’s 35 years of service to the Club. Coach Kevin is excited to kick off the 2017 season and welcomes all returning and new swimmers!


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Philosophy of the Forest Hills Swim & Diving Team We’re so happy you’ve chosen to join the Forest Hills Swim & Diving Teams. We feel it is important to share with you the philosophy of the teams. Over the last few years, the number of Forest Hills swim team members has exceeded 250 which is over 100 more children than the next largest country club. Our head swim coach, Kevin Brennan, has made every effort to accommodate these numbers, most notably forming three swim leagues: the Country Club Swim League, the West County Swim League and the St. Louis Swim League. Kevin makes the determination as to which league is appropriate for each swimmer based on the swimmer’s abilities and swim times.

The Country Club Swim League This is the most competitive of the three leagues. At these meets, the strongest swimmers will be competing. This will also hold true for the end of season Country Club Swim League Conference meet.

The West County and St. Louis Swim Leagues These are developmental leagues designed to improve the abilities of all of our swimmers, as well as get them comfortable and ready for a more competitive swim environment. These leagues also give as many children as many chances to swim as possible. The individual and team successes of these leagues can be seen in last year’s final numbers: Forest Hills placed 2nd in the St. Louis League, 1st in the West County League and 1st in the Country Club League. All children were eligible to swim at a conference meet, most 2 or 3 times, and approximately 95% of those who swam received a plaque reflecting their achievement. Our experience has been that the children enjoy the Forest Hills Swim Team for exactly what we intend it to be: a positive athletic and social activity for the swimmer, where they can learn new skills and make new friends. Our hope is that, as parents, you will support our efforts and the efforts of the children, bringing about an esprit de corps for this year’s teams, creating memories that last a lifetime.


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Swim & Dive Practice Times Swimmers should arrive no more than 10 minutes before practice begins.

Early Season Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2 Swim Team

Dive Team

Munchkins (6 & Under) 10 & Under 11 & Older

3:30 - 4:00 pm 4:00 - 5:00 pm 5:00 - 6:00 pm

4:30 to 6:00 pm

Time Trials All age groups except Munchkins All swimmers must have times to swim in meets. If you are unable to attend time trials, make arrangements with Kevin to have your swimmer(s) timed. First Time Trial for 2017 Season: Saturday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. Additional dates on page 7

Regular Season Tuesday, June 6 through Friday, July 7 Swim Team

Dive Team

Tuesday through Friday

Tuesday through Friday

Age 11 & Older Age 9- 10 Age 7- 8 Munchkins (6 & Under)

8:30- 9:30 am 9:30- 10:15 am 10:15- 11:00 am 11:00 -11:30 am

9:00 to 10:15 am

Intersquad Meets / Time Trials All Age Groups Except Munchkins Saturdays in June, 8:30 am


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2017 Schedule Country Club Swim League Date

Time

Opponent

Place

Tuesday, June 6 Thursday, June 8 Tuesday, June 13 Thursday, June 15 Tuesday, June 20 Thursday, June 22 Tuesday, June 27 Thursday, June 29 Thursday, July 6 Friday, July 7 Sunday, July 9

6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:00 am 8:30 am

Greenbriar Old Warson St. Louis Sunset Westborough Norwood Bellerive Algonquin Glen Echo Conference Diving Conf. Swimming

Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Old Warson Lindbergh

West County Swim League Date

Time

Opponent

Place

Wednesday, June 14 Wednesday, June 21 Wednesday, July 5 Saturday, July 8

6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 8:00 am

St. Albans Forest Lake Legends Conf. Swimming

Away Away Away Lindbergh

St. Louis Swim League Date

Time

Opponent

Place

Wednesday, June 7 Saturday, June 24 Saturday, July 8

6:00 pm 9:00 am 9:00 am

Westwood Meadowbrook Conf. Swimming

Away Away Forest Hills

2017 Swim Team Banquet: Wednesday, July 12th • 6:00 pm


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Code of Conduct While attending the swim team functions, including home and away meets, and especially the buffets and parties following the home meets, please be mindful of the behavior of your children. To quote from the Club Rules: HOUSE RULES (A)15– It is the responsibility of the Member or spouse to ensure that their children or the children of their guests are behaving in an acceptable manner when participating in Club events, in the dining facilities/ Café , or using Club amenities. Unacceptable behavior would include, but not limited to; excessive noise, rowdy activities, disrespect to others, offensive language, or misuse of Club property. We would like to emphasize that the golf course and all tennis courts are off-limits during these functions. This includes hole #9, the putting green and the driving range. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for the behavior of your children, and their actions are a reflection of our Club.

Parental Involvement In order for every meet to run smoothly, it is necessary that each family volunteer to work at least one meet and a conference meet to help with scoring, place picking or ribbon distribution. Committee members will give you instructions on how to complete your task. Regular season meet and time trial work assignments will be posted on the pool bulletin board as soon as possible. Conference work schedules will be posted the week before conference. A $50 buy-out fee is available if you prefer not to work. Failure to fulfill your work assignment will result in a “no show” fine of $75 that will be invoiced to your Club account.

Participation Fee The 2017 fee for participation on swim team will be $125 per swimmer. All swimmers will receive a t-shirt and trophy.


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Dress Code When at the pool, Café or attending swim meets, the Club’s dress code as outlined in the Club Rules applies. Swim cover-ups must be worn by everyone when leaving the pool and Café area. Swim apparel can be purchased at B & B Aquatics. We encourage the swimmers to wear the team suit to all meets and for the team photo. For longer lasting suits, rinse suits in cold water and hang to dry. Caps should also be rinsed, towel dried and a small amount of baby powder should be applied inside and out. Other Forest Hills sportswear is available for purchase but is strictly optional.

Locker Rooms The Pool Locker Rooms are available for use before and during the swim meet. Children between the ages of thirteen (13) and fifteen (15) may utilize the Ladies' Golf Locker Room between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm after an evening home swim meet. Children are to be accompanied and directly supervised by their parent or an adult designee.

Team Pictures Team and individual pictures will be taken at the pool. This will be in lieu of practice and will be held rain or shine. Your child should wear the team swim suit. Picture packages will be paid for when the pictures are taken and given out at the end-of-the-season banquet.

Time Trials All swimmers except Munchkins are encouraged to attend time trials. This is an opportunity for swimmers to hone their skills and prepare for the next meet. Breakfast will be available in the Café and the charges will be reflected on your Club statement. Time trials are scheduled for the following Saturdays at the Forest Hills pool beginning at 8:30 am:

June 3

June 10

June 17

June 24

July 1


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Meet Information Meets held during the week start at 6:00 pm; the swimmers should be ready to warm-up by 5:45 pm. Meets held on Saturday mornings begin at 9:00 am; swimmers should be ready to warm-up at 8:45 am. The meets last approximately two hours. Munchkins swim all meets, home and away, except the three Conference finals. The day of each meet, Coach Kevin will post the swimmers for the meet on the pool bulletin board. Your child may not swim at every meet, so be sure to read the posting as soon as possible. Relays swim at the end of the individual races. Coach Kevin needs to know, in writing, the dates that your children will not be available to participate in a swim meet. It is a good idea to provide this information to him at the beginning of the season. Please review the schedule included in this manual and let Coach Kevin know as soon as possible the dates your child is not available. Giving the coach as much notice as possible will ensure that everyone on the team gets the most possible swim time. After evening home meets, the Club offers a fun family dinner buffet on the lower patio. At the morning meets, there is a breakfast buffet in the CafĂŠ. Charges for these buffets will be reflected on your monthly statements. Many of the other clubs also offer similar arrangements and Forest Hills members are welcome to attend. Your charges at other clubs will be sent back to Forest Hills and appear on your monthly billing statement. Be sure to write Forest Hills on the tickets you sign and neatly print your name and Club number. The attire for the parents at the meets is country club casual. Every effort is made to swim a meet as scheduled, given the short length of our season. The start of a meet may be delayed but rarely are swim meets canceled. Normally, a meet would only be canceled if lightning was present at the hosting pool. In the event of inclement weather, the coaches will not decide to cancel a meet until 7:00 pm. If a meet has been canceled, an email will be delivered to the entire swim team. The end-of-season Conference Meets are held the last weekend of the swim team season. There will be extra practices scheduled before the Conference Meets with the final practice culminating in a surprise entrance by Coach Kevin. Be sure to not miss this practice and bring your camera! After the final Conference Meet, there will be a pizza party for the entire family at Forest Hills.


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The Swim Team Banquet is held at Forest Hills the Wednesday after all the Conference Meets. At the banquet, the coaches will give a presentation and hand out team awards. Following the awards ceremony, there will be dancing and DJ entertainment. This is a fun evening for both parents and children who participated in the Swim Team Program. Be sure to make reservations to attend.

2017 Swim Team Banquet: Wednesday, July 12th • 6:00 pm


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Lessons Group Lessons Group lessons will be offered for three sessions. Each session will last two weeks and includes a total of 8 lessons. Lessons are Tuesday through Friday, last for half an hour, and will be scheduled in the afternoon hours. Swimmers will be assigned to a group of no more than 5 individuals. Grouping will be done based on age and ability. Cost is $72 per swimmer. Swim lesson fees will be invoiced through your monthly billing statement. Session One: June 6 through June 16 Session Two: June 20 through June 30 Session Three: July 5 through July 14 (Session will begin a day late due to the holiday.) Beginning swimmers: Intermediate swimmers: Advanced swimmers:

12:00 - 12:30 pm or 12:45 - 1:15 pm 1:30 - 2:00 pm or 2:15 - 2:45 pm 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Contact Coach Kevin to arrange group lessons: kbrennan@chaminade-stl.com or (314) 482-8999

Private Lessons Private one on one lessons are available throughout the summer and can be scheduled at any time. Lesson times should be arranged with the instructor. Cost is $30 per ½ hour. All lesson fees will be billed through your monthly billing statement. Contact Coach Kevin to arrange group lessons: kbrennan@chaminade-stl.com or (314) 482-8999

Diving Lessons All diving lessons will be one on one private lessons. Diving lessons may be arranged with the instructor. Cost is $30 per ½ hour. All lesson fees will be billed through your monthly billing statement. Contact Coach Kevin to arrange group lessons: kbrennan@chaminade-stl.com or (314) 482-8999


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Diving Date

Time

Opponent

Place

Tuesday, June 6 Thursday, June 8 Tuesday, June 13 Thursday, June 15 Tuesday, June 20 Thursday, June 22 Tuesday, June 27 Thursday, June 29 Thursday, July 6 Friday, July 7 Sunday, July 9

6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:00 am 8:30 am

Greenbriar Old Warson St. Louis Sunset Westborough Norwood Bellerive Algonquin Glen Echo Conference Diving Conf. Swimming

Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Old Warson Lindbergh

The Dive Team practices are in conjunction with the Swim Team practices. They are scheduled so that children can participate on both the dive and the swim teams. Prior to each meet, the coach will post a roster of divers on the diving bulletin board. Your child may not dive at every meet so be sure to read the posting before each meet. Diving meets are held prior to swim meets and begin at 5:00 pm. Divers should arrive at 4:30 pm. The coach would like to know, in writing, the dates that your children will not be available to participate in a dive meet. It is a good idea to provide this information to him at the beginning of the season. Giving the coach as much notice as possible will ensure that everyone on the team gets the most possible dive time. Every effort is made to dive a meet as scheduled, given the short length of our season. The start of a meet may be delayed but rarely are dive meets canceled. Normally, a meet would only be canceled if lightning was present at the hosting pool. In the event of inclement weather, the coaches will not decide to cancel a meet until 7:00 pm. If a meet has been canceled, a blast email will be delivered to the entire swim team. The end-of-season Conference Meet is held the last Friday of the dive team season. After the final swim conference meet, there will be a pizza party for the entire family at Forest Hills. The Swim & Dive Team Banquet is held at Forest Hills the Wednesday after all the conference meets. At the banquet, the coaches will give a presentation and present team awards. After the awards are given out, there will be dancing to a DJ. This is a fun evening for both parents and children who participated in the Dive Team Program. Be sure to make reservations to attend.


Contact Information Kevin Brennan Swim Coach kbrennan@chaminade-stl.com

(314) 482-8999

Andy Crowe General Manager andyc@foresthillscc.net

(636) 207-3515

Pool Desk (636) 227-1729

Clubhouse (636) 227-5030


2017 Swim & Dive Manual