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    Warmups tomorrow...

    If you are returning for finals tomorrow, please be at the tent by 7:30. Warmups are at 7:55am. Go sharks! 

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    CITY MEET CHAMPIONSHIP!

    Attached is tomorrow's heat sheet for CITY MEET CHAMPIONSHIP! Please check for your swimmer to see if they are in finals or are an alternate!

    And remember that ALL swimmers and their families are invited to the pool tomorrow at 6ish to celebrate. We'll have pizza, drinks, and…

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    COACH BONUS INFO :)

    If a specific coach or several coaches have gone above and beyond for your family, and you'd like to recognize them with a cash/check bonus or gift card, you are invited to bring it to the post-city party on Sunday or the end-of-season party on Tuesday. You may of course…

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    Last call for PHOTOS

    Jennifer Hartwig is wrapping up our slide show but still has room for CITY MEET PHOTOS! Upload them to our dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/request/sjuYFsN0aTLskD61Pnfc or email them to gpbluesharks@gmail.com.

    HARD DEADLINE IS SUNDAY. No late photos can be added.

    Thanks!

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    END OF SEASON PARTY TUESDAY

    I know there's a lot going on to keep track of, but don't forget our AWARDS/END-OF-SEASON PARTY on Tuesday!!!

    At this event each year, we hand out your child's Smoky awards, City awards, and our own trophies for MVP and Most Improved in each age group. I also…

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    CITY MEET DETAILS!

    It has been a great season!  Our last competition is this weekend – City Meet!  There is lots of information below, but please read all of the items and let us know if you have any questions!

    GKAISA City Meet Championship

    When:  This Weekend...

    Sharks 11yrs…

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    Pasta night cancelled, Posters at practice

    Soooo only 2 people rsvp'd for pasta night on Thursday, so we are cancelling. Enjoy the night in air conditioning! :)

    Kids will prepare posters for city meet at the evening last practice of WEDNESDAY evening and at the morning last practice of THURSDAY morning. We will have…

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    SMI Results

    The results did not make it onto the last email so let's try this again....

    Documents

    smi results 2017
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    SMI 2017 Recap

    SMI 2017 Recap-

        With scoring 510 points at the Smokey Mountain Invitational this year the Gulf Park Blue Sharks scored their team high for the past 3 seasons. The Blue Sharks had 8 wins, six came from individual swims and two from relays.  There were also 15…

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    It's the LAST WEEK! Lots of info - please read!

    It's hard to believe the last week of shark school and swim team season is already here! It's important to stay on top of all the stuff going on this week!

    This week is also COACH APPRECIATION WEEK. Let's give our coaches a boost this week so…

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    City Meet Callers Meeting tomorrow 6:30

    Each year our team runs the entire Clerk of Course at City Meet - it's a HUGE job and one that we take great pride in. Because of this responsibility, we get THE BEST tent spot right behind AJAC.

    Our own Jim Hemsley runs the whole clerk of…

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    Dual Meet Recap

    Dual Meet Season Recap-

    Hello to all our Blue Sharks out there.  We have so far had a great summer full of fun swims, life lessons, and of course ring pops.  I want to congratulate all of the swimmers for their hard work and improvements.  To quickly recap…

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    CITY MEET ROSTER - PLEASE CHECK!

    Here's who I have down for city meet! If there are any mistakes, please let me know ASAP via text to 865-621-2894. Thanks!

    Friday July 28 (11 & up)

    Arnold Daniel
    Arnold David
    Arnold
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    Dates & Reminders!!

    Great job at SMI, Sharks! Coach Chris will send a results recap out. So many great swims!! Catch your breath, there's just 2 more weeks of practice! Here are a few dates to remember...

    THIS WEEK:

    MONDAY noon is the deadline to RSVP for City Meet!

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    Sunday SMI Reminders

    Just wanted to send a few quick reminders about SMI tomorrow for 10 and Under swimmers

    When: 

    Sunday, July 16th

    Arrive at tent at 6:45am

    Where:  Springbrook Pool located at 636 Vose Road, Alcoa, TN  37701

    Tent Location:

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    IMPORTANT! City Meet RSVP Due Monday at NOON

    City meet is July 28-30. Friday July 28 is for swimmers age 11 and up. Saturday July 29 is for swimmers 10 and under. Sunday is championship day for ALL ages who finished in the TOP16 (plus spots 17 & 18 as alternates).

    We must know if your…

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    City Meet Shirts - deadline Tuesday

    Each year we take preorders for printed City Meet shirts that we receive when we arrive at the meet on July 28-29. This is a fundraiser for our parent organization (GKAISA), not for our team, so we don't keep any of the money... however we do collect the money and…

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    You can buy City Meet ads, banners, or posters

    FROM GKAISA ABOUT CITY MEET ON JULY 28-30

    Parents,
    As you may or may not know, the costs to run the GKAISA City Meet continue to rise. GKAISA is able to cover those costs through team dues, City Meet entry fees, heat sheet sales and ad sales,…

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    Friday morning practice time change

    Sharks, please be sure to come to tomorrow morning's practice to be ready for Smoky meet! We have a slight schedule change for this friday morning only:

    8&unders - 8:15-8:45am

    9-12yr - 8:45-9:30am

    13&up - 9:15-10:00am

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    RSVP for 12 and under backyard bash TODAY!

    Don't forget to RSVP and Join us for the 12 and under Backyard Bash!
    When: Friday July 14 6-8pm
    Where: The home of Jim and Karen Collins at 918 Oak Haven Rd
    Cost: Free
    What to bring: lawn chair, side dish or dessert

    Please…

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    Blaze Pizza Fundraiser on Wednesday July 19!

    Enjoy Blaze pizza for dinner and support our swim team! Show this flyer on paper or on your phone at Blaze Pizza and we will get back 20% of your meal.

    Organization: Gulf Park Blue Sharks Swim Team
    Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
    Time: 5:00-10:00pm

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    Smoky Mountain Invitational This Weekend

    Great Meet last night, thank you to all swimmers and families!  What a great way to go into the Smoky Mountain Invitational this weekend!  SMI is a great event for summer swimmers with over 1,500 swimmers from more than 30 teams over two days; the largest outdoor swim meet in the…

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    Volunteers for SMI on Saturday and Sunday

    We have a few jobs to fill for Saturday and Sunday - thanks to those that have already committed! Volunteers get a free all-day wristband for swimming.

    Sign up online at http://gulfpark.swim-team.us just like you do for all meets.

    Saturday - 11 & up
    Shift…

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    Reminders for Concord Hills @ Gulf Park Meet Tuesday

    Just wanted to send a few reminders for the home meet tomorrow night vs Concord Hills.  For complete details, refer to previous emails.

    Volunteer TODAY
    THANK YOU for signing up - We almost have all positions filled, just need a few more to truly be the Hosts…

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    12 & Under Backyard Bash!

    Join us for the 12 and under Backyard Bash!
    When: Friday July 14 6-8pm
    Where: The home of Jim and Karen Collins at 918 Oak Haven Rd
    Cost: Free
    What to bring: lawn chair, side dish or dessert

    Please RSVP!

    Parents &amp…

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    Concord Hills @ Gulf Park Meet Tuesday

    Our last Dual meet of the season is Tuesday.  The meet is at home vs. Concord Hills Piranhas.  While the last home meet went smoothly, it was evident that we NEED YOUR HELP.  If you have not signed up to volunteer, please do so TODAY.  If your family has already signed up…

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    New Final list for SMI :)

    If there's anyone to add or any mistake, please text me ASAP! 865-621-2894

    Bigs on Day 1:

    Bjornstad Hunter
    Bjornstad Jarrett
    Bjornstad Sydney
    Clements Sydney
    Dodson
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    Final List of Swimmers for SMI

    Here is who I show as attending SMI. If your swimmer wants to go but is not on this list, I need to hear from you ASAP! Text me at 865-621-2894 or email me at gpbluesharks@gmail.com.

     

    Saturday July 15 - 11 & up

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    Dive-In Movie Saturday July 8

    All shark school swimmers and their families are invited to Gulf Park Pool at 8pm on Saturday July 8 for a Dive-In Movie!!
    We’re opening the pool for some night swimming at 8pm. Plus while you swim, watch the movie SING on a giant inflatable screen! Movie starts at…

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    FUN on Saturday July 8!

    There are TWO opportunities for fun on Saturday July 8!

    First, swimmers age 13 and up can play laser tag with the coaches! Meet at Laser Quest at 8083 Kingston Pike at 6:30pm, we will play TWO games.
    Cost is $15 plus tax to pay to Laser…

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    Deadline MONDAY to sign up for Smoky Meet Invitational

    SHARKS! The deadline is MIDNIGHT MONDAY to RSVP to attend Smoky Meet! You can RSVP online or email or text LORI. Telling a coach does NOT count as an RSVP!!

    SMI is limited to kids who are not current "USA swimmers" (aka year-round swimmers), so it's fantastic chance…

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    Practice schedule for Monday July 3

    Morning practice on Monday July 3 will be shortened a bit - the 9-12 yr old practice will end at 9:45am, the 13+ practice will end at 10:30am.

    Evening practice on Monday July 3 is cancelled!

    We *do* still have shark school on Monday July 3.

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    Evening Practice Change for 11-12 yr olds

    Due to outstanding attendance by our 10 and under swimmers at our evening practice, we are making a change.

    Effective July 5, we want 11-12 years olds to attend the 8pm practice instead of the 7:15pm practice.

    Morning practice schedule is unaffected by this change.

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    Bathroom Upgrade/Repair Notice

    We are happy to let you know that we will be starting an upgrade plan for our bathrooms next week. We plan to replace all 4 toilets in the men's and women's bathrooms and repair some plumbing issues in this first phase.

    The work will get underway next…

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    Phone Number Correction for Pizza Preorder!!

    • Plz text Family Name and pizza order (large size) - you choose crust and toppings to me (Kristi Houk) by 4pm latest this afternoon. I will send confirmation back. If you have not received confirm and its nearing 4p - remessage and blow my phone up…

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    Photos for the slide show!

    SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!
    We make a slide show to present at our end-of-season party, so make sure your kid is in it! Send your photos to our dropbox. If possible, please take a moment to NAME your photo with the names of the kids in it and what…

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    Family night dinner tonight!

    Family Night Dinner tonight will be a Pizza Party!

    Tonight, we are serving:

    Domino's Pizza

    Featured Mixed Greens Salad and assorted dressings/toppings

    Watermelon

    Assorted Desserts

    All you care to drink Lemonade

    The goal of Family…

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    Picture Day reminder!

    Picture day is tomorrow Thursday June 29! Individual pictures are from 4-5:30pm, group picture cat-herding will start at 5:30pm. Wear your team suit or similar!

    Then family night starts at 6 - bring a check or some cash to join us for a delicious and affordable dinner!

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    SMI Scholarship Opportunity

    Parents, the Jake Thomas Scholarship (“JTS”) is a $1,000 scholarship, which will be awarded at the Smoky Mountain Invitational to one swimmer who best demonstrates motivating his or her teammates to enjoy their swim team experience. The scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

    The deadline…

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    Village Green @ Gulf Park Meet TODAY

    Just wanted to send a few reminders for the home meet tonight vs Village Green.  For complete details, refer to previous emails.

    Volunteer TODAY
    PLEASE HELP!  We almost have all positions filled, just need a few more to show Village Green what great families we have here at…

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    Results from Gulf Park at Green Meadow and at KRC

    While it has been a long process learning the email system we are using, I believe that we are on the right path torwards proper communication.  I am encouraged every meet by the amount we are improving not only with times but also with comprehension of our surroundings and our…

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    Hospitality for tomorrow's meet!

    Hello from your Hospitality Helpers!

    Another meet and another chance to EAT at the MEET and help your team while having yummy food! 

    We have several needs and requests for this area for tomorrow night. Please see if you can help with any of the list…

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    Picture Day rescheduled to THIS THURSDAY

    This Thursday is PICTURE DAY and FAMILY NIGHT at the pool. The swim team is invited to come out to the pool for individual photos from 4:00-5:30pm.

    At 5:45pm, we will gather everyone for our group team photo. WE WANT ALL SWIM TEAM KIDS THERE FOR THE PICTURE…

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    Parking tomorrow

    Hi Sharks, we are expecting a dump truck load of sand and another load of gravel tomorrow, so parking in the upper lot is blocked at the volleyball court and forward toward the pool. You can pull all the way down into the grass on the other side of the…

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    Adult social moved to tomorrow night

    Since there is an 85% chance of rain tonight, we are going to move the adult social plans to this Saturday night June 24th.


    This is our 21 and over party for parents and anyone of age that is up for some FUN!

    · BYOB

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    Village Green @ Gulf Park Meet Tuesday

    Our second Home Dual meet is Tuesday – help us show Village Green how AWESOME our sharks are at pulling together and putting on a Great FUN Meet.  TODAY is the DAY to SIGN UP and Volunteer to help our meet go smoothly.

    When: 

    Tuesday, June…

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    Picture Day rescheduled!

    Swim team picture day and family night dinner will be rescheduled. Tropical Storm Cindy is not invited!

    SHARK SCHOOL and SWIM TEAM PRACTICE may still be ON! Watch for text alerts closer to those times.

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    Parking in the upper lot

    Many of our families have begun parking in the upper lot off Cedar Bluff. While we understand the situation, we must always be mindful to keep the road from Cedar Bluff clear for emergency vehicles.

    We ask that you park in the lower lot or in the GRASS…

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    SMOKY MEET INVITATIONAL - RSVP by July 2

    It's time to start thinking about the SMOKY MEET INVITATIONAL (SMI)! This year, we will have some games under the tent while you wait for your swims. And tattoos, beads, maybe frisbees....

    SMI is limited to kids who are not current "USA swimmers" (aka year-round swimmers), so it's…

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    Sharks Away @ KRC Tonight

    Sharks Away @ KRC Tonight

    Just wanted to send a few reminders for the away meet tonight at KRC.  For complete details, refer to the email sent Friday.

    Volunteer TODAY
    We almost have all positions filled, just need a few more to show KRC what…

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    More SUMMER FUN at GP

    Swim Team and Shark School Families - you are also invited to these events at Gulf Park Pool!

    FAMILY NIGHT DINNER: Thursday June 22nd @6pm

    For any of you that have ever been to a family night at the pool you know how awesome these are…

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    PICTURE DAY - This Thursday!

    This Thursday is PICTURE DAY and FAMILY NIGHT at the pool. The swim team is invited to come out to the pool for individual photos from 4:00-5:30pm.

    At 5:45pm, we will gather everyone for our group team photo. WE WANT ALL OF YOU THERE FOR THE PICTURE. Wear…

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    Results from Gulf Park at Green Meadow

    Here are the results from the Green Meadow meet.  I'm very pleased with the progress we have shown as a team and espically the commitment and dedication of our younger swimmers.  We have KRC tomorrow and Village Green on the 27th.  Thank you to all the parents who are continuing…

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    Mosquitoes & Parties

    Did I say mosquitoes? I meant NO MORE MOSQUITOES

    We are so grateful for thee Laney family who own Mosquito Authority. They just finished spraying our property! If you are interested in mosquito treatment for your home, please considering supporting our sponsor:
    http://www.mosquito-authority.com/locations/knoxville-tn/

    865-951-7385

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    Sharks Away @ KRC Tuesday June 20th

    Thank you everyone for a great away meet last night.  The Gulf Park Blue Sharks are on the road again Tuesday, June 20th at Knoxville Racquet Club.  It is a lot of information, but please read all of the following.  For away, and all, meets it is VERY Important that you…

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    Gulf Park @ Green Meadow (away) Meet Notes

    Just wanted to send a few notes for the away meet tomorrow at Green Meadow.  For complete details, refer to the email sent yesterday.

    Volunteer TODAY
    We almost have all positions filled, just need a few more to show Green Meadow what great families we have here at…

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    Meet Results vs Peninsula Club

    Here are the results for the last meet we swam against Peninsula Club.  We did a great job against Peninsula Club but since it was the first swim meet of the year there are things that we can all work on. These results should be used as a guide for…

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    Sharks Away @ Green Meadow Thursday June 15th

    ​Sharks Away @ Green Meadow Thursday June 15th

    Thank you everyone for 2 great and successful meets last week.  The Gulf Park Blue Sharks are on the road for first time this season this Thursday, June 15th at Green Meadow Country Club.  It is a lot of information…

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    GP on Twitter

    Sharks - our senior swimmers have asked me to reinstate our dormant twitter account so that they can use it to communicate any spontaneous get-togethers. Please let your 13 and up swimmer know about it!

    Follow @GPBlueSharks

    https://twitter.com/GPBlueSharks

     

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    Photos & Donuts

    Thanks for a GREAT meet last night! Gulf Park puts on a fantastic home meet... mostly due to YOU parents, and we appreciate it! Now that the season is underway, here are a few important things for you to know....

    RIBBONS

    Your swimmer age 12 and…

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    Shirts are here!

    If you ordered shirts/jackets in the *first* order (cutoff Date was May 22), it's here! A few items were backordered and will be here soon. If you haven't paid, please bring a check to the meet tonight. See Wendi Arnold to get your order - we will sit her in…

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    FIRST DUAL MEET Peninsula Club Pirates at Gulf Park

    What a great Blue and White meet last night!  THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered, pitched in and helped the meet run so smoothly.  LOVED seeing all of the BLUE too!  SPECIAL THANKS to EVERYONE that helped prep the pool deck to set up for the meet and to Coaches…

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    IMPORTANT SAFETY ALERT!!

    We had an unprecedented incident in our parking lot this morning - several cars were broken into within a very short amount of time in our lower parking lot, in broad daylight.

    We have alerted the police and will work toward a solution for surveillance of this area.

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    Volunteer Needs and Peninsula Club @ Gulf Park Meet

    NEED VOLUNTEERS for TOMORROW Blue and White Meet

    We are looking forward to our Blue and White Meet tomorrow where we come together, get our baseline swim times, remember how to run, swim and complete a meet and of course HAVE FUN!

    If you haven’t already…

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    Volunteer Needs and Peninsula Club @ Gulf Park Meet

    We are looking forward to our Blue and White Meet tomorrow where we come together, get our baseline swim times, remember how to run, swim and complete a meet and of course HAVE FUN!

    If you haven’t already, please sign up to volunteer.  It truly takes a…

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    Shark Bites Cafe

    Good Evening Sharks!!! It's that time again!!! We will be having Pizza at the Blue and White Meet!! I'm asking for donations of canned soft drinks ( Diet Coke and Coke) best sellers and anything you would like to donate!! We need chips and fruit that can be  individually wrapped…

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    Blue & White Meet on Tuesday!

    Blue & White Meet  
    The blue & white meet is our trial run where us parents remember how to run a meet and our kids learn how to swim a meet.

    When:
    Tuesday, June 6th

    Time:
    Arrive at 4:30, warm ups begin…

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    FOUR Action Items before EVERY MEET!

    Hello sharks!! You'll be getting another email with specific information about Tuesday's Blue & White meet and Thursday's dual meet with Peninsula Club... but I want to take a moment to tell you about FOUR action items that each family should do before EVERY meet.

    1) RSVP online

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    Swim Team Practice starts this week!

    Woohoo! I'm ready to get this swim season started!

    SWIM TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

    Morning - Monday - Friday
    Ages 5-8: 8:15-9:15am (warm-ups at 8:15, in the water at 8:30am)
    Ages 9-12: 9-10am (warm-ups at 9:00, in the water at 9:15am)
    Ages 13&Up: 9:45-11am…

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    Swim Team corrections and important news!

    Thanks to all of you who came out to the pool yesterday to meet our coaches! They were busy plotting some fun stuff, and I'm excited for a great summer.

    IMPORTANT - Corrections Corner:
    1) I walked around all day saying the wrong practice start date (*sigh*)…

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    Get ALL the Gulf Park Swimming Info Here!

    This email is PACKED with information, please read through to the end!

    REGISTRATION
    Registration is open at http://gulfpark.swim-team.us - and it's all online. I don't need any forms from you! You can pay online or choose pay later to pay in person.

    REGISTRATION/PAYMENT AT THE

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    All the good stuff! Swim Team details

    Hey Sharks! It's almost time, are you ready?? Here are some details you need for summer 2017...

    REGISTRATION

    Registration is open at http://gulfpark.swim-team.us - and it's all online. I don't need any forms from you! You can pay online or choose pay later to pay in…

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    Registration is Open!

    Online registration is now open! This year I am pleased to tell you that I don't need ANY printed forms from you!

    Registration Instructions:

    On https://gulfpark.swim-team.us, click the "Online Registration" button on the right next to our team name or go directly to https://gulfpark.swim-team.us/team/Registration.asp.

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    Gulf Park Easter Egg Hunt

    Hey Sharks - you are invited to the easter egg hunt! It is Saturday, April 8 at 2:30pm. Bring your own basket - the hunt runs at 3pm!

    If you older swimmers need service hours, come out to the lower parking lot this Saturday 12-4pm to do a…

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    TNAQ Foundations Program

    Sharks, here's another opportunity to get in the water now to prepare for summer.

    TNAQ offers a Foundations Program for swimmers 5-11 years old. The spring session starts this week, but it's not too late! You can select the Mon/Wed session or the Tue/Thu session. Contact Jamie Haman…

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    Tentative 2017 Swim Meet Calendar

    Hey Sharks! This won't be official until late next week but I wanted to get it out to you ASAP for your planning purposes. Dates are subject to change at the official schedule meeting next week!

    Please try very hard to be available the week of June 6

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    ACAC Spring Conditioning

    Each spring ACAC offers an 8 week conditioning program to get kids more prepared for summer swim season.

    The cost for this program is $235, which includes a USA swimming fee that covers insurance. The practices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:15-7:30 at the Oak Ridge Civic…

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    2017 Coaching Announcement!

    I'm pleased to announce that our own Chris Franklin will be the head coach for 2017 Gulf Park Blue Sharks! Plus most of our fantastic assistant coaches are also returning..... we are excited for another summer in League 1!

    I've begun calling Coach Larry Hough our "coach emeritus."…

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    Planning meeting this Sunday

    It's time to get busy planning another great Gulf Park Blue Sharks summer! If you are interesting in helping, have some feedback, or want to pitch some new ideas, please let me know!

    We are holding a planning meeting at my house on Sunday March 5 at 6:30pm…

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