News

2021 Swim Coaches

June 7, 2021

Hello Wellsley Wave Swimmers and Parents!

 

Happy first week of practice! We are Sydney Schmidt and Caroline Norland, and we will be your Wellsley Wave Head Coaches for the 2021 season! We are so excited to be back, and we can’t wait to see all of our swimmers back at the pool. Here is a little bit about us:

 

Sydney Schmidt- Hello! My name is Sydney Schmidt and this summer will mark my fourth season coaching, and thirteenth season swimming for the wave! I am a sophomore at North Carolina State University, majoring in human biology with a spanish minor. The Wellsley Wave swim team has always been a huge part of my life, and I am so excited that we can come back better than ever this summer! I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the wave back to the pool with all of our swimmers! Let’s have a great season and go wave!

 

Caroline Norland- Hi Wellsley Wave! My name is Caroline Norland, and I am so excited to be a Head Coach this summer. I am a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. I have been swimming for Wellsley for 13 years now and have been coaching for the past 5 years. In my free time, I enjoy running, volunteering, and tutoring. I can’t wait to coach for Wellsley this summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the swimmers again!


This week, we will have mini practices on June 8-10 to welcome our swimmers back to the pool. Each day will include a different age group in order to best accommodate availability of our swimmers. The dates and times for each practice are listed below: 
 

Tuesday, June 8

11/12:  7:00-7:30 pm

13& up:  7:30-8:00 pm

Wednesday, June 9

9/10:  6:30-7:00 pm

Thursday, June 10

6&U: 5:30-6:00 pm

7/8: 6:00-6:30 pm


This is not the normal practice schedule. These mini-practices are mainly to reintroduce swimmers back to the pool and establish expectations for the season. Because this season we will be having virtual meets, we want to foster strong team spirit and a fun environment for all swimmers this week. These mini-practices are optional and will include icebreakers and other fun activities. 

We will be using TeamSnap to communicate with families this season. Swimmers and parents have been invited to Team Snap through the mailing list. Please accept the invite and register for the app, as this is how we will communicate important events (as well as cancellations due to inclement weather.) We have created a new TeamSnap, so the link on the website is now inactive. We will update it ASAP and let you know when it is active once again. If you did not receive an invite, please let us know as soon as possible.

We can’t wait to begin this season. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us at wellsleyheadcoaches@gmail.com. If there are any administrative concerns, please contact the Parent-Coach Liaisons (Trish Colberg and Adrienne Allen) at wellsleywavepcl@gmail.com.
 

Go Wave!

 

Head Coaches Sydney and Caroline

2021 Swim Practice - Optional

June 6, 2021

Get Ready to Swim!

Early-bird Optional Practice

Our coaches are excited to meet the swimmers and start working with them! To give everyone a chance to get together before practices officially start, we are having an optional practice next week. See the times below:

 

Tuesday, June 8th

  • 11 and 12 year olds practice from 7:00 pm- 7:30 pm

  • 13 and older practice from 7:30 pm- 8:00 pm

 

Wednesday, June 9th

  • 9 and 10 year olds practice from 6:30 pm-7:15 pm

 

Thursday, June 10th

  • 6 and older practice from 5:30 pm- 6:00 pm

  • 7 and 8 year olds practice from 6:00 pm- 6:30 pm

 

Practice Schedule

As a reminder, the regular practice schedule is available on the 2021 Practice Schedule page.

 

T-shirts

Will be passed out at the pool during the first two weeks of practice. 

 

Ribbons Might Not Happen - Volunteer Needed

We are still looking for a Ribbon Coordinator. Without this volunteer, we will not have ribbons available this season. This individual prepares 1st-6th place ribbons, personal best ribbons, and participation ribbons for our home meets. In addition, this person is responsible for the inventory of ribbons, which includes placing orders every February for the upcoming season. If you are interested in this role or have questions about it, please email Kelly Schaeffer at kllygilbert@gmail.com

2021 Swim Test Update/Registration

May 21, 2021

Test Requirement Lifted - Registration Extended

 

Good news! With the recent changes made by Governor Cooper and the grace of our coaches, coaches can now be in the water with our swimmers!  As a result, we are removing the requirement to pass a swim test before you can join the team. If you would like to register your swimmer, please do so before May 30th. All registrations paid for before May 30 will qualify for the free tee-shirt, too! 

 

Note: Inexperienced swimmers must be comfortable in the water and not require a coach by their side the entire time that they are in the pool or on the deck. As always, our coaches reserve the right to determine if a child is not ready to participate on the swim team - refunds for those children will be available.

 

Register online by logging into your TSA account to register your swimmers. Find details on the Registration page.

If you are new to the swim team, please review suggested roles for new families HERE.

2021 Registration Extended

May 5, 2021

2021 Swim Team Registration Extended to May 15! (if you have already registered you do not have to re-register)

Register online by logging into your TSA account to register your swimmers. Find details on the Registration page.

Cost per swimmer is $99.00. A $10 sibling discount is applied to the 3rd registered swimmer and any additional swimmers. Accepted payment methods:

  • Venmo. Payments should be made to @WellsleyWave-Boosters. Please be aware that Venmo levies a 3% service fee for credit card payments (but not for other payment methods).

  • Cash. Hand-deliver any cash payments to Katie Bosken at 103 Bergeron Way.

  • Check. Make checks payable to Wellsley Wave Booster Club and drop them off at 103 Bergeron Way (still Katie Bosken). Leave checks in the box on the that is labeled "Swim Team" that is on the front porch. Do not leave checks in the mailbox - they might get picked up by the mailman by mistake. 

 

Note: Registration is not complete until your payment is received.

Swimmers registered by May 15th get a free Wellsley Wave tee. In step 2 of the registration wizard, you can select t-shirt sizes for your swimmers. Parents can also buy additional t-shirts in step 5 of the registration wizard.  Note: Step 5 is optional and should only be completed by those who wish to buy additional shirts. 

Volunteer Positions That Need You!
Volunteer Positions for New Families

We are looking for people who are interested in becoming Stroke-and-Turn Judges. This individual observes the turns made by all the swimmers, looking for disqualifying movements and motions. This is a technical position that requires training prior to the beginning of the season. If you are interested in being a Stroke-and-Turn Judge, please email Kelly Schaeffer at kllygilbert@gmail.com.

 

We are looking for a Ribbon Coordinator. This individual prepares 1st-6th place ribbons, personal best ribbons, and participation ribbons for our home meets. In addition, this person is responsible for the inventory of ribbons, which includes placing orders every February for the upcoming season. If you are interested in this role or have questions about it, please email Kelly Schaeffer at kllygilbert@gmail.com

 

Practice Schedule is Available

There will be both morning and evening practices available. For details, see the 2021 Practice Schedule.

 

Water you waiting for? Register today!

Wellsley Wave (Google) Calendar

2021 Registration Open

Apr 20, 2021

2021 Swim Team Registration is Open!

Register online by logging into your TSA account to register your swimmers. Find details on the Registration page.

You can register between now and April 30th, 2021. Don’t wait! If you are unsure about your participation this season, register anyway. We will give you a refund if you decide not to participate.
Note: If you registered before today, you must go in and register again or activate your swimmers if they are already listed.

Cost per swimmer is $99.00. A $10 sibling discount is applied to the 3rd registered swimmer and any additional swimmers. Accepted payment methods:

  • Venmo. Payments should be made to @WellsleyWave-Boosters. Please be aware that Venmo levies a 3% service fee, which is added to your total.

  • Cash. Hand-deliver any cash payments to Katie Bosken at 103 Bergeron Way.

  • Check. Make checks payable to Wellsley Wave Booster Club and drop them off at 103 Bergeron Way (still Katie Bosken). Leave checks in the box on the that is labeled "Swim Team" that is on the front porch. Do not leave checks in the mailbox - they might get picked up by the mailman by mistake. 

Note: Registration is not complete until your payment is received.

Swimmers registered by April 30th get a free Wellsley Wave tee. In step 2 of the registration wizard, you can select t-shirt sizes for your swimmers. Parents can also buy additional t-shirts in step 5 of the registration wizard.  Note: Step 5 is optional and should only be completed by those who wish to buy additional shirts.  

Each family is required to fulfill 2 volunteer roles. When you register, select all of the meets that you are available for. You will only be assigned 2 meets out of all of your selected options. If you are new to the swim team and need help deciding which volunteer roles to select, see the attachment in this email for our suggestions. A full list of our roles and their descriptions is available on our Volunteer Positions page.  If you are new to swim team, check out this link for suggested roles for your first season.

Team swimsuits are optional this year. If you want one anyway, you can email John Williams (jrwbeijing@gmail.com) to try on sample suits in different sizes. When you are ready, order it online through our vendor’s site here after you get login instructions from John.

Swimmers who are new to the team and younger than 11 years old are required to pass a swim test. (This summer only because at this time coaches are not allowed in the pool with swimmers.) 

  • To pass the test, a swimmer must tread water for 1 minute and swim two laps without stopping, resting, or touching the pool floor. The swim test will be given on the evening of June 14th.

  • Returning swimmers who are younger than 11 years old must be able to make it through swim practice unassisted. 

 

As usual, the coaching staff reserves the right to determine whether a swimmer is ready to participate on the team.

See you this summer!

If you have questions about registering, email Laura Feldberg laurafeldberg@gmail.com.

2021 Wave Season Update

March 26, 2021

2021 Swim Season Announcement

Good news, the Wellsley Wave swim team will be back in action this summer! Like so many of our traditions this past year, the 2021 swim season will look a bit different. It’s all about adapting to our rapidly-changing environment these days, and the Wellsley Waves are no exception. 

 

We’re actively working on cleaning up the website and will open registration soon! Before we do, take a minute to read through this information to find out what is changing and how we’re working to stay safe and have fun.

 

This season is shorter - 6 weeks with 3 meets.

  • Our season will run from June 15th - July 22nd this year.

  • We will have 3 meets instead of 6.

  • All meets will be at home, and only our team will be in attendance. Competition against other teams will be virtual. 

 

We are limiting who can be in the pool at one time.

Our goal is to have as many swimmers in the water as we can. As a result, coaching staff will stay outside of the pool during practices and meets. To ensure everyone’s safety, there are new eligibility requirements (for this summer only). 

  • Swimmers who are new to the team and younger than 11 years old are required to pass a swim test. To pass the test, a swimmer must tread water for 1 minute and swim two laps without stopping, resting, or touching the pool floor. The swim test will be given on the evening of June 14th.

  • Returning swimmers who are younger than 11 years old must be able to make it through swim practice unassisted. 

 

As usual, the coaching staff reserves the right to determine whether a swimmer is ready to participate on the team.

 

No concessions sold during meets.

Concessions-related volunteer roles are not needed.

 

The plan is the plan - until the plan changes.

We feel pretty good about this plan. However, we know that this summer will be an unpredictable one. We will stay adaptable and patient, and make necessary changes as needed.

 

It is better to register and cancel than to register late.

The size of the team determines the size of the coaching staff. If you are thinking of participating in this year’s swim team, but aren’t ready to commit to it, register now and get a refund later. This helps ensure we have the right number of coaches available.

Wellsley Wave Spring 2021 Pine Straw and Mulch Fundraiser

Feb 13, 2021

Time to spruce up the yard!

 

The Wellsley Wave Swim Team has arranged to provide free delivery of NC long needle pine straw and/or triple shredded mulch to your home! Please note installation is not available. Thank you for your continued support of our neighborhood swim team!

Pine straw (while supplies last): 5 bale minimum required to place an order. Please order in 5 bale increments. $5.50 per delivered bale

Mulch: 10 yard minimum for free delivery. $31.00 per delivered yard. Any delivery under 10 yds will need a 35.00 delivery charge.

Orders due: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Delivery: week of March 8-15 (could delay due to wet weather)

Ordering is fully online so don't wait for the paper order form. No need to print, just submit on google forms link below and drop off your check at 118 Barnes Spring CT.

 

https://forms.gle/qHwbdisBkRL1LoWb7

Wellsley Wave Fall 2020 Pine Straw and Mulch Fundraiser

Sept 20, 2020

The Wellsley Wave Swim Team has arranged to provide free delivery of NC long needle pine straw and/or triple shredded mulch to your home! Please note installation is not available. Thank you for your continued support of our neighborhood swim team!


Pine straw: 5 bale minimum required to place an order. Please order in 5 bale increments.
Cost: $5.50 per delivered bale


Mulch: 10 yard minimum for free delivery.
Cost: $31.00 per delivered yard

Any delivery under 10 yds will need a 35.00 delivery charge.


Orders due: Sunday October 4, 2020
Delivery: week of Oct 11 (could delay due to wet weather)


Ordering is fully online HERE so don't wait for the paper order form. No need to print the order just submit on google forms here and drop off your check at 118 Barnes Spring Ct.

Seeking New Board Members!

Aug 30, 2020

The Swim Team needs your help!
Thank you to those who have stepped up but we still have position that need to be filled.

Many of our current board members have served on the board for several years, and they are stepping down. We need new volunteers to take on the roles of these members. The board meets about once per month during the fall and winter and about every two weeks during the swim season. We ask that volunteers serve for two years. We need to fill the following positions by October so that the board can start planning for the upcoming season.

Co-Chairs—Two people share this role. These people run our board meetings and
ensure that all that needs to happen to run the team is done.

Secretary—This person takes minutes at the board meetings, runs the
registration each spring, and writes some of the communications to the families.

Social Chair—This person coordinates our social activities including movie nights,
the ice cream social, after hours parties, and the Awards Banquet. The social
chair has volunteers that are in charge of most of these events.

All of the current board members in these positions will train new members and
be available for help and consultation. Please consider volunteering! For more
information, please contact Crystal Barger at oculis_opal@yahoo.com, Kim
Koppel at kimkoppel@gmail.com, or Marni Thomas at marniath@gmail.com.

2020 Swim Team Update

May 28, 2020

We regret to inform you that the swim team board has determined that we will
not be able to have a modified swim season this year based on input from the
HOA. Due to the guidelines set forth by the Governor for pool operation, the HOA
did not see a way for us to proceed with swim team at this time.
We will issue full refunds for those of you who paid via PayPal. We have not
deposited any of the checks we received. We will contact you to determine if we
can shred your check or if you would prefer that we return it to you.
If you have any questions about refunds, please contact Marni Thomas at
marniath@gmail.com.

2020 Wave Season Update - Please respond

April 28, 2020

Important Information Concerning Swim Team


TSA has determined that we will not have a regular sanctioned swim season this year.  Based on their decision, we are trying to determine if families are interested in some type of alternative season which would not involve normal swim meets.  This alternative might involve some creative ways for the swimmers to get together to practice and perhaps compete given the social distancing guidelines established by the Governor.


At this point, we know that there is no possibility of having any type of swim team activities until June 1st at the earliest.  Please complete the following short survey so that we can gather information from you to guide us in determining our next steps.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LWZ98JN.  Anything that we decide would be contingent on guidelines established by the Governor on the size of groups that are allowed to gather this summer.

Please complete the survey by Sunday, May 10th.  Feel free to contact Marni Thomas at marniath@gmail.com with any questions.

2020 Swim Team Registration is Open:  Note changes in payment options

March 29, 2020

Swim Team registration remains open but with the uncertainty of how COVID-19 might impact the swim season, we are implementing some changes.   If swim team is cancelled, we will return any checks that we have received.  We will also issue a refund to families that have already paid via PayPal. 

We will hold checks received instead of depositing them. Checks that have already been received are being held as well.

We are going to suspend the PayPal option right now so that refunds will be easier to issue if that becomes necessary.  Families can continue to pay by check. 

If you have not registered for swim team yet, you may still register and pay by check or hold off on payment until we have more information.  We will communicate any information about swim team to you as we receive it.

2020 Swim Team Registration is Open!

March 1, 2020

We are using our online system for registration.  You will need to log into your account to register your swimmer(s).  All registration information can be found by following this link: https://www.wellsleywave.com/registration


Register early to take advantage of the discounted rate for March. 

 

Dates               Cost per swimmer **

March 1 - 31        $99

April 1 and later   $109

**A $10 sibling discount is applied to the 3rd registered swimmer and beyond.
 
All swimmers who are registered by April 30th will receive a free team t-shirt.  If you wish to purchase a t-shirt for another family member, please order by April 30th as well. 

In step 2 of the registration wizard, you will have the opportunity to select t-shirt sizes for your swimmer(s). Parents can also buy additional t-shirts in step 5 of the registration wizard.   This step is optional and should only be completed by those who wish to buy additional shirts. 

Each family will be required to fulfill three (3) volunteer roles as a condition to joining the team.  When signing up, please remember to select all of the meets that you will be available to volunteer.  You will only be assigned to work 3 meets, but we need you to include all potential dates that you can volunteer.   We need each and every family to do this in order to adequately staff the meets. 

In addition, we will be charging each family a concession fee of $20 per family. This fee will be added to the total cost of registration and is listed as “other fees”.   

If you have any questions regarding the various meet volunteer roles please click on this link:  Volunteer Positions.  If you have questions about registration in general, please email Marni Thomas at marniath@gmail.com.

Marni Thomas will have a box on her front porch labeled “Swim Team”.  If dropping off a check for registration, please put it in this box instead of the mailbox.

Please note that PayPal assesses a service fee, if you select to pay via this option.  Payment should be received by March 31st to receive the discounted rate. 

Wave T-Shirt Design Winner
Thank you to all our designers in the neighborhood!
Congratulations to the 2020 t-shirt design contest winner Corey Allen! See him slicing through the water in his new cap and goggles. Get ready to order your shirts (gray) for the upcoming season!

Swimsuit Try On and New Family Information Day:   
Sunday, April 26th from 3 – 5 pm at the pool
Your swimmer(s) will have the chance to try on swimsuits to determine sizes. Families who are new to the Team can also come to ask questions and get more information about the Wellsley Wave Swim Team.


Swimsuits orders and payments must be made online directly to Augusta Swim Supply at www.augustaswimsupply.com.  If you have outgrown swimsuits that you would like to donate for other swimmers, please put them in the box at the front door of John William’s house at 118 Barnes Spring Court.  
 
Check out the 2020 Swim Team calendar for swim meet dates and some event dates at:  Wellsley Wave (Google) Calendar


Did you know our neighborhood is on Facebook?  Find us HERE.

Wave Registration Open March 1st

Feb 23, 2020

It may be snowy but swim season is around the corner! 

2020 Registration Opens March 1st


Mark your calendars!  Swim Team registration begins on Saturday, March 1st.  We will send a detailed newsletter with registration information later this week.  Please note that some information on our website such as the practice schedule is not updated for this season yet, but it will be updated by March 1st.


If you have questions, please contact Marni Thomas at marniath@gmail.com.

Mulch/Pine Straw Spring 2020

Feb 15, 2020

Wellsley Wave Spring 2020 Pine Straw and Mulch Fundraiser

The Wellsley Wave Swim Team has arranged to provide free delivery of NC long needle pine straw and/or triple shredded mulch to your home! Please note installation is not available. Thank you for your continued support of our neighborhood swim team!


Pine straw: 5 bale minimum required to place an order. Please order in 5 bale increments.
Cost: $5.50 per delivered bale


Mulch: 5 yard minimum required to place an order.
Cost: $31.00 per delivered yard


Orders due: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Delivery: 1st week of March (could delay due to wet weather)


Make check payable to: Wellsley Wave Boosters (please order and leave a check ASAP)
Please fill in the online form. No need to print the form.
Checks may be turned in to (slot under mailbox @118 Barnes Spring CT)

Contact: John Williams ~ jrwbeijing@gmail.com (cell 919-397-1486)


Did you know our neighborhood is on Facebook?  Find us HERE.

2020 Wave Assistant Coaches and Interns

Jan 26, 2020

Swim season is around the corner! 

The Wellsley Wave swim team is actively searching for applicants for Senior Assistant Coach, Assistant Coach and Intern for the upcoming 2020 swim season.  Please note that applicants must be 14 years of age by June 1st to be considered for these roles.  If you or a family member are interested in any of these positions and would like to apply please fill out the this application (The job descriptions are included in the application).  Any questions can be emailed to wellsleywavepcl@gmail.com.

2020 T-Shirt Design Contest

Jan 25, 2020

The Wellsley Wave Swim Team is holding a t-shirt design contest! Please note the details below! We look forward to seeing your creativity and team spirit!

Contest start date: January 23, 2020
Contest end date: February 21, 2020
Winner announced by: Feb 29, 2020

Prize: Wellsley Waves Swim Gear Bag

Selection process: Selected by swim team committee (can't vote for own swimmer)

Rules:

  1. any swimmer can submit a design of their own

  2. design can take any theme as inspiration

  3. design must proudly display the team's name

  4. digital submissions are preferred (jpg or pdf format)

  5. no submission limit, you are welcome to submit more than one idea

  6. email submission to jrwbeijing@gmail.com

 

Restrictions:

  1. one color

  2. one side (sponsors on back)

  3. no copyrighted material

 

Please contact John Williams with any questions. jrwbeijing@gmail.com
 

2020 Head Coach Search

Dec 1, 2019

The Wellsley Wave swim team is actively searching for applicants for Head Coach for the upcoming 2020 swim season.  If you have a member of your family that is interested in a head coach position and would like to apply please have them fill out the application and return to Trish Colberg (trcolberg@yahoo.com) or hand deliver (107 Southwold Drive) by December 16, 2019.  If you do not receive confirmation of receipt after 48 hours please email the application again until receipt is confirmed.

Head Coach candidate requirements include but are not limited to: (see Head Coach Description for details):

 

  • Must have experience coaching/working with children.

  • Must have experience being a swim coach or assistant.

  • Must be professional, responsible and have a strong work ethic.

  • Must be available May 2020 through July 2020.

  • Must be able to teach and conduct sessions in and out of the water.

  • Must be able to keep control & order of swimmers and not be afraid to enforce rules, so as to maintain a safe and fun environment. 

  • Must be well-spoken and an effective communicator to swimmers, staff, pool management, and parents.