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PARENTS PACKET 2018

2018 Morton Ranch Makos

PARENT INFORMATION

Introduction

Welcome to the Morton Ranch Swim Team- MRST! We look forward to meeting you and working with your swimmer(s).We are a summer team offering instruction, training and competition to your swimmers ages 4 to 18.The swimmer must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted. A test will be given the last week of May, and a partial refund may be requested at that time if the swimmer is unable to pass this test and is released from the team per the Head Coach.

Team History

The Morton Ranch Swim Team is a joint venture of the Morton Ranch and Westlake and Westlake Forest subdivisions to insure that all subdivisions will always have a swim team for their residents. It should be noted that other subdivisions are also encouraged to join. MRST is a member of the West Houston Aquatic League (WHALe).

Philosophy and Goals

MRST was organized to provide our youth the opportunity to participate in a quality competitive summer swimming program, which will provide personal growth, self-esteem, enjoyment, and introduce them to the life-long health benefits of the sport of swimming. The sport will be taught in a fun environment while nurturing a competitive attitude at the individual’s own rate.

MRST considers all swimmers as equal and integral members of our team. Our success is ultimately measured by how much opportunity we provide for the youth of our community and by how much their individual potential is maximized. The building of positive attitudes, healthy bodies, disciplined minds and enduring friendships are among the rewards our program strives to offer to those who join.

The 2018 MRST Organization

The MRST Board is charged with the ultimate responsibility for directing the financial affairs and supervising the management of all of the team’s affairs. The Board meets once a month. Board members are volunteers and consist of the following:

President  Zie Zie Greenwood Westlake Forest
Vice President Tonya Pruett Westfield
Secretary Ann Perez Cimarron
Treasurer Sharon Willmon Highland Trials
Concessions Elizabeth Gomez Westlake Village
Parent Volunteers
Officials Coordinator
Vacant
Fundraising Tiffanny Jean-Napolean Sundown Glen   
Coaching Staff
Head Coach Emily Howard
Assistant Coach Kiera Meloche               

Swim Meets – How to Handle Them…………………..

Meet Times

Morning Meets Arrive by 8:00 a.m. Home Meets – Warm-up at 8:00 a.m.

Meet starts at 9:00 a.m. Away Meets – Warm-up at 8:30 a.m.

Evening Meets Arrive by 5:00 p.m. Home Meets – Warm-up at 5:00 p.m.

Meet starts at 6:00 p.m.A way Meets – Warm-up at 5:30 p.m.

What to Bring

Swimmer 2 Towels Water Shoes Team T-Shirt
Goggles Swim Cap Ear plugs
Healthy Snacks Money for Dinks Cards, Magazines, Coloring Books

Parents

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Wear Team Shirt

WRITE NAME WITH SHARPIE ON ALL ITEMS!!!

IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ATTENDING A SWIM MEET, NOTIFY HEAD COACH 5 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEET VIA EMAIL TO mrst.headcoach@gmail.com .If you do not notify the head coach, it makes the day of the meet very hectic. Making changes on the heat sheet at the meet is confusing for all, and can cause errors in the team status for that meet. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

MRST Member Fees and Fundraising

Registration Fee: Includes team shirt, insurance, team party and trophy at the end of the season. Fees are as follows: 

Returning WGST swimmers (ages 4-14) $100

Returning WGST swimmers (ages 15-18) $65

Morton Ranch Residents swimmers (ages 4-14) $100

Morton Ranch Residents swimmers (ages 15-18) $65

All others swimmers (ages 4-14) $110.00 

All other swimmers (ages 15-18) $75.00

All swimmers, returning and new will have a mandatory fundraiser goal of $60

Payment options are available with approval, please contact a board member for details.   If the mandatory fundraiser amount is not raised by your swimmer(s), you will be obligated to pay the difference in order for the swimmer(s) continued participation on the team.

Team Swimsuits: Suits for the 2018 swim season will be available to purchase at A-Gleam Swimwear at 414 West Grand Parkway South Suite 120, Katy TX 832-437-0362.

Boys & Girls Suit Design – photos available on our website. 

“Mako-Ware” – Mako Goodies: Mako items will be available for purchase the day of registration and from the concession stand at all home swim meets (while supplies last).

Mako Logo Swim Caps (Silicone) $15.00

                    Fundraising Swim Event         GO Makos.....GO Makos.....GO Makos

MRST will be participating in a fundraiser again this year. We will be selling chocolate almonds and participating in a Swim-a-thon.   Tonya Pruett will be coordinating this event and more information will be forthcoming.

EVENTS

Team Pictures: Team & individual pictures will be held in May at the Morton Ranch Pool. Please check your calendar of events for the date and time. If you need additional information regarding this event, please contact the MRST Board.

Team Party: Swimmers and their immediate family are invited to this function for cake, sodas, and swimming. Each swimmers financial account must be current in order to participate in the team party.   Each swimmer will receive a trophy with their name, swim team name, and year on it. There are also special recognition plaques presented to swimmers for most improved and best sportsmanship, etc.

Division Meet of Champs: WHALe is divided into 6 Divisions with 4-6 teams in each division. We are in Division 6.  At the end of the season, the top 8 in freestyle, top 3 in IM and top 4 swimmers in all other individual events are invited to compete at the Division Meet of Champions. Medals are given for 1st- 8th places. The first place swimmer in each event and the next 10 fastest times in the league are invited to the All-Star Meet that same weekend. Parents of swimmers at the meets WILL BE required to work. (You will still be able to see your child swim.)

EVERY PARENT IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE DURING AT LEAST 3 SWIM MEETS.

Below are the positions that require participation at each meet. Please sign up at registration.

Thanks for your support!

CONSOLE OPERATOR – Sit at the scorekeepers table and monitor times and score meet.  Must attend a WHALe clinic to attain certification each season prior to working this position.

RIBBONS – Place children in order according to time card and give them the appropriate place ribbon.

RUNNER - Collect swimmers timing slips from timers and circle middle time. Give time cards to scorekeeper.

READY BENCH PARENT – Great job for parents with small children that are swimmers. You are responsible for getting all the swimmers in your group together and lined up in the correct order at the end of the pool for their races. Please arrive 30 minutes early before the swim meet begins to pick up heat sheets, which outline the order of races. The head coach must be notified 15 minutes before the meet starts of any swimmers that have not shown up. No changes can be made after this time limit.

TIMERS - You will sit at the end of the pool and record swimmers times. Please arrive at the meet 15 minutes early before the swim meet begins to pick up stopwatches and clip boards. Children are not allowed with you at the end of the pool, but you will always have the best seat in the house!!.

STROKE JUDGE OR TOUCH-TURN JUDGE - Stand at poolside and watch swimmers for incorrect strokes, touch, or turns. Must pay close attention and attend a WHALe clinic to attain a 2-year certification prior to working this position.

CONCESSIONS – Work shifts selling food and drinks. We will not be able to provide concessions for our swim team without your assistance. This is a major fundraiser.

SET UP/CLEAN UP – Help set up tents for the swimmers as well as concessions before the meets or help take down tents, pick up trash, etc. after meet. This should only take approximately 15 minutes.

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