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Practice Updates 
Mon 4/16First day of Long Course season. Please note dry lands start next week (4/23).
Sat 4/28No Nautilus or Poseidon practice.

Please note that when the Piranhas have a meet scheduled on Saturdays practices that morning are cancelled for the swimmers who are eligible for the meet unless otherwise stated.  Sometimes we are able to run a Maia and/or House practice.

Please note dry lands will not start until he 2nd week of the season.

Piranha Spirit Wear Sale Wed, April 18th, 5:30p-6:30p  (check or credit card only)
If you are sure of the size you wish to order you may use the online order form; size exchanges are limited.

Invitations have been mailed.  DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT IS TUESDAY, APRIL 17TH; reservations are required (no walk-ins accepted).

Summer 2018 Practice Schedule I (April 16-June 17) – UPDATED 3/6
Summer 2018 Practice Schedule II
(June 18-July 28) – UPDATED 3/21 – TENTATIVE
Summer 2018 LC Meet Schedule  –  TENTATIVE

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Piranha Spirit Contest:
Hannah Gould 1st
Arianna Milewski 2nd
Salma Thomas & Sasha Intile   Tied at 3rd
9/Under Award Winner – Zofia Zalewski

Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork!

Coaches choose events for all swimmers.  Parents should check the entry as soon as it is posted and definitely way before you plan on attending to make sure you swimmer is entered.  Many times parents think they signed up, but in fact did not.  It happens every season.  Once the entry is sent parents are responsible for meet entry fees and seldom can we update to add swimmers. 

Parents on deck and in Team area:
Please note parents ARE NOT ALLOWED on deck at swim meets unless you are a volunteer timer.   Once you drop off your swimmer to the Team you must then proceed to the designated spectator area.  Every meet has one.  Even if the spectator area is on deck, like our pool, parents are still not allowed in the designated Team area, even parent timers.  Only coaches, officials and swimmers are allowed in the Team area at USA and YMCA swim meets.  This is a strict USA Swimming and YMCA Swimming policy. 

Warm-up Time
This is the time the Team is in the water. We would like swimmers on deck ready to go about 10 minutes before this time. It is very distracting when swimmers arrive late for warm-up. Not to mention a swimmer could be “scratched” from the meet. See below.

Scratching and arriving late the day of a meet:
Please note:  at meets coaches MUST hand in a scratch sheet (more about the scratch procedure can be found in the Team handbook, page 15-16) usually about 15 minutes after the first warm-up begins regardless of which warm-up wave we are assigned.  Once these scratch sheets are handed in, no changes are allowed.  If you are running late and your swimmer is SCRATCHED there is little to NO hope of getting your child back in the meet.  You must get word to coaches that you are running late.  Also, we would like to know if you are not attending so we are not guessing.  Emergency numbers are usually listed with every meet write-up but are not always reliable.  The best way to get in touch with a coach the day of a meet is to get the cell of another swimmer attending  prior to that meet and relay a message about attendance to the coaches.  You can also email Henk or LizThey will check their emails as long as there is cell service (we will not send a response FYI.)




May 11 – Wilton 400 IM/800 Free Meet – Open to all Junior I & Senior – ENTRY
May 12 – SMST 12/Under SCY Meet – Open to all 12/Under Piranhas –  ENTRY
May 18 – Greenwich 13/O Distance Session – Open to 13/Over Jr II, I, Sr – WE WILL POST ENTRY WHEN WE KNOW WE ARE IN FOR SURE.
May 19-20 – Greenwich Meet – Open to all 9/Over Piranhas WE WILL POST ENTRY WHEN WE KNOW WE ARE IN FOR SURE

June 1 – Zeus SCY 9/Under Meet – Open to all 9/under Piranhas – WE WILL POST ENTRY WHEN WE KNOW WE ARE IN FOR SURE.
June 1 – Y LC State 13/O 400 IM/Fr & 12/U 200’s of stroke Session – Open to all Nept, Jr II, I, Sr –  entry coming soon
June 6 – Piranha 13/O 1650 Freestyle – Open to all 13/O Junior I, II, Sr – sign-up deadline 6/1 – 3:00p – GOOGLE DOC
June 7 – WRAT 9/Under SCY Meet – Open to all 9/Under Piranhas – entry coming soon
June 13 – Summer Intrasquad – Open to all House, Maia, Naut, Pos, Nep, 12/U Jr II – sign-up deadline 6/11 – 3:00p – GOOGLE DOC
June 15 – CPAC 12/O 400 IM/Fr – Open to 12/Over Jr II, I, Sr –entry coming soon
June 16 – CPAC Meet – Open to all 9/Over Piranhas – entry coming soon

July 21-22 – WHAT Last Chance Meet – Open to all 9/Over Piranhas – entry coming soon

The Piranha Handbook describes in great detail the policies and procedures of the Piranha Swim Team.  ALL PARENTS MUST sign the last page and return to Henk or Mary.  Please do so sooner rather than later.

How do I find meet information?
What is the Piranha Database?
How do I sign up for a meet?
How do I know which day of a meet my swimmer is competing?


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Coach’s Corner:
A weekly article from the brain of Head Coach Henk Jansen.

PIRANHA TEAM DIRECTORY is available via email from Mary McCarthy in the Piranha office.  Please contact Mary for a directory.

Darien YMCA Phone App
For those of you who may not know, the Darien YMCA has its own Phone App.  This App is good for YMCA related schedules, closures and class changes, and you can even upload you membership card!  Please be advised that Piranha Swim Team related changes will  NOT be posted to the App.

Signs and symptoms of concussions for athletes and parents/guardians
Concussion information for all coaches, swimmers and parents.