Outstanding week 1. Good week of practice, super Parent Meeting, instant bonds made between teammates on Friday, and a strong Saturday AM practice. Almost everything a coach could hope for in a first week of practice got accomplished.
That brings us to week 2. Except for the excitement that comes around Conference Championships and WIAA Sectionals, I can think of no other week in my short WNKM history that has more anticipated excitement.
Yes the first meet is Thursday and that sets the tone for the direction of the season. Freshman get a few knots in their stomach wondering how they are going to do. Junior Varsity swimmers may be taking that first every plunge into the pool in a meet that counts. The list goes on.
But the anticipation for the 24 Hour Relay Challenge is where it is at! We are still working on the schedule for the morning and may still do some tweaking, but the rest of the day is shaping up something awesome.
Then the Alumni come in on Saturday for a little meet and a social! Does it really get any better than this?
Over the past six months we have created a team to work on a Capital Improvement Project for the Waukesha North Pool. As you may or may not know the timing system which includes touch pads, starter, and timing system (Colorado System 4) was a hand me down from Waukesha South to Waukesha North when the South Natatorium was built 10 years ago.
I wrote a lengthy blog post about our first presentation to the Waukesha North Booster Club. Since that time we have met with the Kettle Moraine Booster Club and had a second meeting with the Waukesha North Booster Club.
The result is that we are having a large scale fund raiser. A fund raiser that we can do year after year. A fund raiser that can not only be a team building experience, and a revenue generator, but also allows us to give back to the community in some fashion. The concept is to hold a 24 Hour Relay Challenge with the team collecting monetary donations for the event. Those donations are not tied to the amount of activity, the number of minutes participating, or distance the team swim/dives but rather those will be donations to the event itself.
We will practice on Friday in the morning, and then start the event. Student/Athletes will pair up in groups of three and swim/dive in a relay fashion for an hour at a time. Starting at 6 PM, the team will spend two hours in a Food Pantry Scavenger Hunt to collect necessary items for the Waukesha Food Pantry.
From the conclusion of the scavenger hunt, the team is in the pool or pool area for the duration, while still swimming for an hour in their groups of three. We will have some entertainment events going to keep the mood and spirits high during this lock in period. Those include some yoga and massages, as well as the potential of re-painting the pool office.
The 24 Hour Relay Challenge will end around 9 AM Saturday morning, giving the team an hour to rest up before the 2nd Annual Alumni Meet.
The things we need assistance with right now are as follows:
Alumni to swim between 6 PM and 8 PM on Friday, August 19th
Ideas for Activities/Monetary Donations for the event
Alumni marking their calendar for the Alumni Meet.
Alumni making sure that they plan on attending the cook out AFTER the Alumni Meet
With only 211 days until the 2011 Season Starts there is not a day that goes by that I do not try to come up with a new idea to promote the WNKM Swimming and Diving team. Not necessarily gimmicks, but ideas that will promote the sport, promote the school(s), and allow the student/athletes to have a positive experience.
First idea is to “Pack the Pool”. This should easily be done. It would be great to jam the pool with Students and have it a little chaotic in the pool area. WNKM is 15-3 at home in the past four seasons. Trying to generate some internal buzz in the school is good for everyone. And you never know when a pool or school record will fall. The bonus is that we could be done in conjunction with the kick off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last season, we sold T-Shirts and raised close to $250.
A continuing idea was something that we already did last year, but this year we will make it bigger and better. And that is the Alumni Meet. Already scheduled for August 20th, this looks to have better events this year and a luncheon after the meet. Some of the Alumni are already getting prepared both physically and mentally for this grueling event.
There are a couple more ideas but I need to get them better organized before I get them published.