Monday, May 22, 2017

Practice at the High School

Reminder,
Practice will be at the High School Pool starting today and for the rest of the summer.
Practice schedule

Also, Swimathon packets will be available to pick up today. Please start collecting donations as soon as possible.

I would like to thank Maple Hill Golf, Rebounderz of Grand Rapids, Monellis Italian Grille and Sports Bar, and Tarry Hall Roller Rink for supporting our Swim-A-Thon.

Additional Swim-a-thon info below:

What is a Swim-A-Thon?It’s a simple, in-pool fundraiser where participants earn money by swimming lengths of the pool. Swimmers ask family members, friends, neighbors, or businesses to pledge a certain amount of money per length, or make a flat donation in support of the team.
Athletes participating in the Swim-a-Thon fundraiser can earn Swim-a-Thon Deck Pass Patches, participation and incentive awards from the USA Swimming Foundation, including bag tags, swim caps, water bottles, t-shirts, hoodies, towels, duffel bags, and backpacks.
When is the Swim-A-Thon? Tuesday June 27th during normal practice times(13&over 7am-9am, 12&unders 5:30pm-8:00pm). 
How many lengths can I swim? Swimmers can swim up to 200 Lengths during the Swim-A-Thon
Where can I pick up my Swim-A-Thon Packet? At practice starting Monday(5-22-2017)
Who do I tell people to make the checks out to? Grandville Community Education
Can we accept cash? Yes we can
This will be a fun and laid back event. Music will be played, coaches will participate. We will need parents to come on deck and help count lengths for the swimmers. Paper, pencils, and refreshments will be provided. 
Please help our team continue to be the best team we can by supporting this fundraiser. 
Thanks
-Coach Jessie

Friday, May 19, 2017

Jenison Invite Entries Posted

Hello All,
If you signed up for the Jenison Invite the entries are now posted to the website. Follow the link provided for more information.

File is labeled as "Jenison Invite Entry Report - Grandville.pdf"

https://sites.google.com/site/grandvilleaquatics/aghome/meet-schedule/meet-entries?pli=1

Have a good weekend
-Coach Jessie

Swim-A-Thon

Hello All,
We will be running a Swim-A-Thon this summer.

What is a Swim-A-Thon?It’s a simple, in-pool fundraiser where participants earn money by swimming lengths of the pool. Swimmers ask family members, friends, neighbors, or businesses to pledge a certain amount of money per length, or make a flat donation in support of the team.
Athletes participating in the Swim-a-Thon fundraiser can earn Swim-a-Thon Deck Pass Patches, participation and incentive awards from the USA Swimming Foundation, including bag tags, swim caps, water bottles, t-shirts, hoodies, towels, duffel bags, and backpacks.
When is the Swim-A-Thon? Tuesday June 27th during normal practice times(13&over 7am-9am, 12&unders 5:30pm-8:00pm). 
How many lengths can I swim? Swimmers can swim up to 200 Lengths during the Swim-A-Thon
Where can I pick up my Swim-A-Thon Packet? At practice starting Monday
Who do I tell people to make the checks out to? Grandville Community Education
Can we accept cash? Yes we can
This will be a fun and laid back event. Music will be played, coaches will participate. We will need parents to come on deck and help count lengths for the swimmers. Paper, pencils, and refreshments will be provided. 
Please help our team continue to be the best team we can by supporting this fundraiser. 
Thanks
-Coach Jessie

Practice Cancelled Tonight (5-19-17) Due to illness

Practice cancelled for today(5-19-17).


Coach Jessie Will be at the Middle School Pool from 5:30pm-6:00pm to collect any Jenison Invite Entries. Payment is due at time of registration. 
$5 per event, with checks made out to: Grandville Community Education.

Any questions? Email Coach Jessie at Jwortski@yahoo.com

Also, next week we move to the High School Pool for the rest of the season.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jenison Invite June 10th - Optional meet

Hello all, 

Sign ups for the Jenison Invite are now open. Please print and fill out the event sign up sheet and turn it into a coach before May 19th. Payment is due at that time as well. 

Event Sign Up sheets are posted on the Team Website as "Event Sign up sheet - Jenison Invite Summer 2017"
https://sites.google.com/…/aghome/meet-schedule/meet-entries

This is an optional meet and attendance is not required. This meet is a USA sanctioned meet so it is mostly for veteran swimmers, but all are welcome to sign up. 

$5.00 per event
Make Checks payable to: Grandville Community Ed

-Coach Jessie

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Great first practice

Hello all,


Great practice tonight. Glad to see so many returning swimmers, as well as a lot of new faces. 


A couple notes for the next couple practices:
1. We will continue "time trials" on Thursday and maybe Friday


2. Once "time trials" are finished we will be forming practice groups for the 8 & unders, and 9-10 groups, 11 & overs will stay with their current coaches.

3. If you have not paid for the season. please do so as soon as possible at the Community Education Building. I can not add you to my roster until you have been processed through the comm ed system.

4. Get ready for a great season, i talked to the coaches and they are ready and excited to work with your swimmers this summer season.

-See you at the pool

Coach Jessie

Monday, May 8, 2017

Practice starts soon

Hello All,
Practice starts tomorrow at the Middle school. If you have not signed up please sign up as soon as possible so i can get a set roster for the coaches. You can either go to the Community Ed building on Prairie and fill out a form there, or sign up online.

Requirements for new swimmers are: 
8 years and younger - Must be able to swim one length(25 yards) of front swimming and back swimming
9 years and older - Must be able to swim two lengths(50 yards) of front swimming and back swimming
Online Registration: 

Here is some other useful information,

*sign up for the Blog to get email announcements
**the practice schedule is on the site (May 9-May 19 will be at the Middle School, after that it will be at the High School Pool)


Twitter: Coach Jessie@GVAGSwim

Hope to see you all at practice
-Coach Jessie Wortman

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Registration

Hello All,
Registration for the summer age group swim team will be closing on Monday. Please sign up online or in person(Community Ed Building) before it is too late. Also, tell your swimming friends about our great team so they can join as well.

Sign up online: https://recpro.gpsbulldogs.org/CourseActivities.aspx?id=12&cat=6

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GVAGSwim/

Twitter: Coach Jessie @GVAGSwim

See you at the pool
-Coach Jessie

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Registration Today April 26th

Hello All,

Registration is today(Wednesday April 26th).

Where: Grandville High School - Pool Lobby

When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

I hope to see you there
-Coach Jessie

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/grandvilleaquatics/aghome

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GVAGSwim/

Twitter: Coach Jessie @GVAGSwim

*if you can not make it to registration tonight, don't worry
Follow this link to sign up online: 
https://recpro.gpsbulldogs.org/CourseActivities.aspx?id=12&cat=6
Registration online closes May 9th

Monday, April 24, 2017

Registration Today

Hello All,

Registration starts today(Monday April 24th).

Where: Grandville High School - Pool Lobby

When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

I hope to see you there
-Coach Jessie

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/grandvilleaquatics/aghome

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GVAGSwim/

Twitter: Coach Jessie @GVAGSwim

Friday, April 14, 2017

Swim Flyers

Hello All,

Informational flyers for the Age Group Swim Team should have come home with your swimmers today.

Also, remember registration dates are fast approaching April 24th and 26th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the High School Pool Lobby.

I hope to see you there.

-Coach Jessie

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Summer Informational Flyer

Hello All,
There will be an informational flyer coming home with students next week. I have included the information below.

Grandville Bulldog Swimming
Age Group
The Grandville Bulldog Swimming (GBDS) program is designed to give children the opportunity to progress from beginning swimming to championship levels.  Your child will learn better stroke technique and gain confidence in competition against others their age and gender.  Swimmers must be able to swim the shortest race of his/her age group—freestyle and backstroke.

We encourage all swimmers to attend practices as frequently as they can, given time commitments and other opportunities for personal growth outside the pool.  If you feel GBDS is the right fit for you, there are a few dates for which you come and register.

*PLACEMENT DATE--ALL NEW SWIMMERS will be April 24th and 26th at the High School Pool during registration*
All new swimmers will be evaluated before the season begins, in order to determine if the swimmer is physically ready for the demands that will be placed on him/her.  We want all swimmers to be successful and proficient in practice and meets.  In some cases, the swimmer may not be ready for the current season.  Therefore, the coach will suggest taking a session of swim lessons to build that proficiency, and then have them try the swim team the next season.

Practice begins Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Please note-- practice schedules are subject to change!

Practice Schedule: (May change!)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

          8 & Under:                5:30-6:30pm
          9-10:                         5:30-6:30pm
          11-12:                       6:30-8pm
          13 and over:             6:30-8:30pm(7am – 9am Starting June 19th)
           
Important Dates and Meets:
Thursdays are expected dual meets, starting in June.
(6:00 p.m. start time)

April 24 & 26      Registration—High School Pool – 6:30-8:00pm

July 18th        "A” Championship Meet- 13 & Older

July 19th        "A" Championship Meet– 12 & under

July 20th        "B" Championship Meet– 12 & under

Cost: $125 for 1st swimmer, $115 for each additional swimmer(sibling)

                              For more detailed information, check the Bulldog Swimming
                                               website. 
www.grandvilleaquatics.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Jessie Wortman at Jwortski@yahoo.com.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Summer Practice and Meet Schedules Posted

Hello All,
I have posted the summer Practice Schedule and the Swim Meet Schedule to the website.
Please be aware that times and dates could always change. Check the website regularly.

Also, registration will be coming up soon. Check for flyers coming home from school after spring break.

Our coaching staff is set for the summer.  We are looking forward to having a fun and successful summer season. See you at the pool.

-Coach Jessie

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tentative Summer Practice Schedule

Hello all,
I have posted a tentative Summer practice schedule to the website. Swim Meet information and dates will be posted after the West Michigan Swim League coaches meeting in a couple weeks.

Practice Schedule

- Coach Jessie

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Summer Age Group Registration

Hello All,

Registration dates for the summer swim season will be Monday April 24th 6:30 - 8:00pm, and Wednesday April 26th 6:30 - 8:00pm in the High School Pool lobby area.

Any questions please feel free to email me at Jwortski@yahoo.com

-Coach Jessie

Monday, February 20, 2017

Just a reminder

Just a reminder we have our end of the year party at Rebounderz (7500 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428) on tomorrow, the 21st, from 4:30-6:45pm. The cost is going to be $18.00 this includes two hours of jumping, pizza and drinks. Ribbons will also be available for pick up at this event as well. 

If you are planning on having your swimmer attend please fill out the Rebounderz waiver prior to the 21st to insure that we get the full two hours of jumping. 

Also siblings are more than welcome to come as well, even if they are not swimmers! 

Any questions feel free to let me know!

-Coach Bri
bthompson@gpsbulldogs.org

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sad to say

Dear Parents,
         Working with you and your kids these past few years has been a pleasure and so rewarding. Coming into the pool for practice and seeing their eager faces, just as excited to as mine to jump in the pool has made my decision to resign as head coach a hard one. At the end of the month I will start a new adventure on the east side of the state with my fiance. Jessie Wortman will be taking over after the season is done. He has been great asset to the program the last couple years and I can not wait to see what he does for the program in the future.
         Thank you for putting your trust in me when it came to teaching your kids. I want to wish all the swimmers good luck as they continue to beat their times and improve. Thank you all for your understanding and well wishes!

-Coach Bri

Monday, February 6, 2017

A-Meet Entries

A-Meet entries are now posted on the website.

Below is the information regarding the meets:

Friday Session (11 & Over)Location:  Grand Haven Aquatic Center (17001 Ferris St., Grand Haven, MI  49417)Warm up: 4:30 p.m.Meet Start: 5:30 p.m.
Saturday Session (10 & Under)Location:  Kentwood Aquatics Center (6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI  49508)Warm Up: 8:30 a.m.Meet Start: 10:00 a.m.

End of the year party

We will be having our end of the year party at Rebounderz (7500 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428) on February 21st from 4:30-6:45pm. The cost is going to be $18.00 this includes two hours of jumping, pizza and drinks. Ribbons will also be available for pick up at this event as well. 

If you are planning on having your swimmer attend please fill out the Rebounderz waiver prior to the 21st to insure that we get the full two hours of jumping. 

Also siblings are more than welcome to come as well, even if they are not swimmers! 

Any questions feel free to let me know!

-Coach Bri
bthompson@gpsbulldogs.org

We are invited to Olympian led clinic

Parents and Swimmers!

I am excited to announce the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by SwimOutlet is coming to St. John’s, MI on February 12th! This event is an amazing opportunity for us to learn from Michigan native, Peter Vanderkaay! In addition, if you use the code: WMSL during the registration process, you will receive a 10% discount.


Learn to improve your turns, breakouts, and underwater dolphin kicks with one of America's best! 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Peter Vanderkaay will be leading two clinics to teach swimmers the key components of a fast turn, breakouts, and Underwater Dolphin Kicking! Each clinic is designed for swimmers of specific ages and abilities.


Click on the links below for curriculum, clinician, and registration details! Use promotional code "WMSL” for the 10% discount.









Monday, January 30, 2017

A-Meet & B-Meet Info

B-Meet Info
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Jenison High School (2140 Bauer Rd. Jenison, MI 49428)
Swimmers need to be checked in and on deck by 8:00am. Meet will begin at 9:30am.

 *Entries are now posted on the website*


A-Meet Info
11&Over
Friday, February 10, 2017 at Grand Haven Community Aquatic Center (17001 Ferris St., Grand Haven, MI 49417)
Swimmers need to be on pool deck by 4:15pm. Meet will begin at 5:30pm.

10 & Under
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at East Kentwood Aquatic Center (6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508)

Swimmers need to be on the pool deck by 8:15am. The meet will begin at 10:00am.

*Qualifiers are now posted on the website*

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

East Kentwood Entries

Now posted on the website are the entries for the meet this weekends meet against East Kentwood. Also on the website are the volunteer assignments for the meet as well.

Swimmers need to be on deck at Grandville by 7:45am, with the meet starting at 9:00am.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Entries for Byron Center

Entries for the meet this Saturday at Byron Center High School (8500 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315) are now posted on the website. Swimmers need to be at the meet by 7:45am and the meet will begin by 9:00am.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Thank You!!!

Big thanks to all the parents that volunteered this weekend, we really appreciated it! The meet definitely could not have gone so smoothly without you guys. The results from the meet are now posted on the website. Also in the stands in their folders are ribbons from the meet as well.

If your swimmer is not going to be at the meet this weekend please be sure to fill out the meet absent form. Also if your swimmer needs to leave early please be sure to fill that out as well so we can get them in early events.

Just a reminder there is NO PRACTICE on Thursday due to the high school boys home swim meet. Be sure if you are able to, come and support them as they take on Grand Haven.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

No practice tonight

No practice tonight due to the snow day at Grandville.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Entries for Saturdays meet

Now on the website are entries for Saturdays meet. Please note that relays may change due to attendance. Also on Saturday we are having close to 350 kids at this meet so we are going to have the swimmers sit on the indoor track. With that in mind please be sure to pack extra towels and warm clothes for them to put on in between events, it gets a little cold in there for the little ones.

Also since we are sitting on the track we are in search of a couple parents to help with marshaling our kids to events so coaches can watch some races. If you are able to help please talk to Coach Bri.

Finally if you are planning on being at practice on Friday night and would like something to do we would love some help setting up for our meet the next morning. Just flag Coach Bri down Friday and she can find something for you to do.

-Coach Bri

Monday, January 9, 2017

Now available..

Silicone caps are now in! They are $10.00, latex ones are still available for $5.00.

Also I have just booked our end of the year party. It will be on February 21,2017 from 4:30-6:45 at Rebounderz. Please be sure to put it on your calendars. More information on this will come later.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Meet next Saturday

Next week Saturday we start our duel meet season with a tri-meet versus East Kentwood and Jenison. All swimmers will need to be on deck by 7:45am, with the meet itself starting at 9:00am. Entries for the meet will be posted in the hallway and online no later than Wednesday night. If your swimmer is not going to be able to make it please fill out the meet absent form asap.

Also now on the website and on the table in the stands is the volunteer assignments for the meet on the 14th. Timers will need to be ready for a timers meeting by 8:30am. If you are working concessions if you could be there by 8:00am for set up that would be great! Thank you in advance to all the parents helping out next weekend, we really appreciate it!

Finally if any one has taken home a suit that is not theirs can you please return it. I have a few swimmers who are looking for suits.

Any questions feel free to let me know.
-Coach Bri
bthompson@gpsbulldogs.org