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Practice Updates 
Wed 10/24Due to Piranha hosted meet no practice swimming or dry lands.
Mon 10/22P105 Dry Lands - 4pm. Swimming ends at 6:15p. This is for all Mondays.
Wed 10/31No practice for Maia, Nautilus, Neptune or Juniors. P90, P105, P120 - TBA.
Wed 11/7Due to Piranha hosted meet no practice swimming or dry lands.

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.

If you ordered a suit and/or a backpack at the sales or online, please make arrangements to collect those items in the Y lobby on WEDNESDAY, Oct 17th between 5 and 6 pm.  Mary will be there to hand out gear.  Please contact Mary with any questions about your suit or backpack order. 


Piranhas instituted a MANDATORY timing/meet volunteering requirement for all Piranha families.  This applies regardless of your level of meet participation.  Each family (regardless of # of swimmers), will be required to work a minimum of six timing/meet volunteer shifts during each year (Sept-July), one of which MUST be done during the Long Course season (May-July).  Each “season” is defined by the respective start date of the season up to and including CT Regionals.  Please note for Age Group championships and Senior championships those parents of entered swimmers must fulfill those requirements regardless if your yearly Piranha requirement is already fulfilled.  A “shift” is defined as a predetermined amount of time a person times/volunteers at a meet, usually no more than two hours.  The Piranhas usually divide assignments into 2 shifts but can divide into 3 or 4 shifts, if necessary.  A “shift” DOES NOT include timing for your own swimmer at Distance meets.  An on-line sign-up sheet is emailed in advance of a meet and parents can sign up to time using this on-line system. Each family (with their registration) has paid $300 towards this volunteer requirement.  If you fulfill 5 of the 6 shifts, you will receive $100 back for your efforts.   If you fulfill all 6, you will receive the entire $300.  If you work more than 6 shifts in a given swimmer year (Sept-July), you will receive $50 off the next year’s volunteer fee.  If you work several shifts over the requirement, you may receive a larger discount. Maia swimmers (8/Under) who swim “Winter Only” (Sept-Mar) and kids who join the Team in the Summer pay $150 and are required to fulfill 3 shifts during their respective Season to receive a full refund.  If you do not fulfill your requirement, the amount paid will be forfeited.
Families can “volunteer it forward” up to 5 shifts by working more sessions in the Short Course Season, giving that family continued credit for the Long Course BUT at least one of the total six shifts must be completed in the Summer Long Course season. All 6 can be completed in the Long Course, if necessary.
Active Piranha USA Officials will not be required to adhere to these requirements. 
Every meet the Piranhas attend MUST have parent volunteers to ensure a smoothly run meet and the Piranhas always have to put forward their fair share of volunteers.  USA Swimming and the Piranhas cannot operate without these volunteers.
All the swimmers and coaches appreciate your participation.

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 as 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.)

2018-19 SCHEDULES:
2018-19 Piranha Practice Schedule – updated 8-29
– Please note the schedule may change slightly when dry land sessions are confirmed for the P90, P105 and P120 groups.

2018-19 Piranha Meet Schedule UPDATED WITH MEET ANNOUNCEMENTS – 9/18
– There may be changes to meets we attend, but I will do everything I can to keep the weekends the same.


Piranha 200 Free Meet for 9-12 year olds, Darien YMCA, 10/24 – ENTRY
Attire: Yellow Caps, Piranha Team T-shirts and all Piranha Gear
Warm-up 4:45p, Start 5:15p
Volunteers: Asking all the 13/Overs who are swimming the 1000 to volunteer and time.  I will need at least 12 timers.

Piranha 1000 Free Meet for 13/Overs, Darien YMCA, 10/24 – ENTRY
Attire: Yellow Caps, Piranha Team T-shirts and all Piranha Gear
Warm-up 5:45p, Start 6:15p – this depends on the length of the 200 meet prior.  Won’t be alter than a 6:30p start.  
Volunteers: Swimmers need their own timers and other Piranhas will count.  

Blue take first Intrasquad of the 2018-19 in decisive fashion!
Blue 198 – Yellow 66
Hope everyone enjoyed the first Intrasquad of the season.  Results are bring doubled checked and processed and will be posted soon.  Thanks to all the parents volunteers who helped time and serve pizza!   

Blue Team Roster

Yellow Team Roster

For results and entries, please check the 2018-19 Piranha Meet Schedule Page.
Please note we are having technical difficulty with uploading entries to our on-line database.  Entries are posted on the Piranha bulletin boards in the lobby of the Y.  For now, this is the only way to view entries.  I hoping to have this rectified by Monday.  As well please check the Google Doc to make sure your swimmer is signed up for meet.  Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Date —————Meet——————————–Deadline——Sign-up Sheet
Wed. 10/24  – Piranha 9-12 200 Free meet – CLOSED – ENTRY

Wed. 10/24 – Piranha 13/over 1000 free meet – CLOSED  – ENTRY
Fri. 11/2, Sat. 11/3 – CPAC Qualifier – CLOSED – ENTRY
Sat. 11/3 – BGNW 8/under meet – CLOSED – ENTRY
Wed. 11/7 – Piranha 9-12 200 IM meet – 11/2 – google doc
Wed. 11/7 – Piranha 13/over 1650 free meet – 11/2 – google doc
Fri. 11/16 – Wilton Thanksgiving Invite Distance – 10/19 – google doc
Sat-Sun. 11/17- 18 – Wilton Thanksgiving Invite – 10/19 – google doc
Fri. 11/30 – CPAC Xmas DistanceCLOSEDgoogle doc
Fri-Sun 11/30-12/2 – 
CPAC Xmas Trials/Finals Invite (Fri distance) – CLOSED – ENTRY
Sun. 12/2 – Gaels 8/under Invite – 11/6 – google doc
Sat. 12/15 – Sharks Holiday Distance meet – 11/20 – google doc

PLEASE make sure you read the meet announcements for each meet that you sign up for as each meet has different sessions and start times.

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?



Spirit Wear – Orders have been placed with vendors 9/18.  Mary will contact families when the gear can be distributed (in 2-3 weeks).

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

Y MEMBERSHIP OFFER FOR Piranha Parents Membership Offer 2018

PIRANHA TEAM DIRECTORY is available via email from Mary McCarthy in the Piranha office.  Please contact Mary for a directory.  2018-19 will be available in October 2018

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.

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