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Washingtonian Woods Waves

2009 Handbook

Week of 6/20
Coach's Page
Calendar of Events
Volunteer Schedule
Results and Highlights
B Meet Results
2009 Handbook
2009 Team Sponsors
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Welcome to the Washingtonian Woods Waves!


The Waves are a community-based team formed to help foster a strong sense of neighborhood and provide our children with an outlet for competitive swimming.  The Waves are a member of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) in Division N.  Information about the league and team standings can be obtained by visiting their website at


The Coaching Staff


Scott Collins – Waves Head Coach

       Once again, the Waves will be coached by Scott Collins.  Scott currently works as a coach for the Hydrosonic Tiburones Winter Swim Team and Dicks Sporting Goods. He comes to us with many credentials including over eight years of coaching experience in the MCSL.


Lindsey Peller – Waves Assistant Coach

Scott will be assisted by Lindsey Peller. Lyndsey has worked at Washingtonian Woods swimming pool as both an assistant coach and pool manager.  She just finished her second year at Tulane University.  She has been a swimmer in the MSCL league for many years until she graduated from high school last year.


Coach’s Contact Information

As in the past, please refrain from interrupting the coaches during practices or meets.  This takes away from coaching time for the entire team and disrupts the flow of practice.  If you need to discuss your child’s progress on the team, please contact the coaches to set up a meeting before or after practice.  Scott can be reached by e-mail at and Lindsey can be reached at


Additional Team Contacts:


A Team Rep                      Mary Alice Spivey      (301) 840-2020       


Assistant Team Rep            Anne Deslattes Mays (240) 328-2505


B Team Rep                      OPEN


Automation Coordinator        Anne Deslattes Mays (240) 328-2505       


Volunteer Coordinator(s)       Marcie Blackman         (301) 548-1085


Six and Under Reps             OPEN



Fees and Obligations

       With the exception of the coaching staff, the Waves are operated by a volunteer committee.  Therefore, each family is REQUIRED to volunteer to work a minimum of FOUR Meets.  Positions include ribbon writers, runners, timers, and many important activities to make our meets run more smoothly.  If you are unable to fulfill your volunteer commitment, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.  Please sign up promptly to ensure that you get the job that you prefer.  Marcie Blackman is the team’s volunteer coordinator.  Marcie Blackman can be reached at (301) 548-1085 or 


The team is funded by sponsorship donations and each swimmer’s registration fee of $100 for the first child, $90 for the second child and $80 for the third child.  All fees are due at the time of registration.  Swimmers will not be allowed to practice unless their registration fee is paid in full.  Refunds will not be given after June 15, 2008.



       All team information and updates will be posted on our team website,

E-mails will also be sent out because this appears to be the quickest way to get information out. Please make sure to check the site frequently to receive important communication and make sure we have your current e-mail address.



       Team swimsuits can be purchased at Underwater Wear in Gaithersburg (they have relocated to the Walnut Hill Shopping Center on 355). Every two years, the team is required to select a new swim suit, this year is the second year for our suits – so same suit as last year. Swimmers MUST have a team suit to swim in a meet.  Team suits are not required for practices.


Age Groups

Swimmers’ age groups are determined by their age as of June 1, 2008.  For example, if a swimmer is 8 years old on that date, he/she will compete in the 8 and under age group.  Even if a swimmer turns 9 on June 2nd, (or later) he/she will still compete in the 8 and under age group. 

Swimmers in the six and under group (as well as swimmers new to the team this year) will need to pass a swim test in order to participate.  The test is given the first day of practice.  Swimmers are required to swim 25 meters of the pool.  Swimmers six and under are additionally required to independently kickboard 25 meters.  If a swimmer cannot pass the test on her/his first attempt, the test can be repeated as often as the swimmer likes through out the season—so don’t be discouraged!  The coaches will also be conducting group and private swim lessons and clinics weekday mornings at the WWD pool for an additional fee.  A swimmer can swim in an age group older than his/her current age, but not younger.  The coaching staff will determine if and when a swimmer will advance an age group based upon the needs of the team at a specific meet.



       Practices are held weekdays at the Washingtonian Woods pool beginning Tuesday, May 26th.  All swimmers are expected to attend practice daily in order to participate in the meets.  If your child cannot attend practice, please let a coach or team representative know as soon as possible.

The practice schedule is as follows (please note new times):

              6 and under 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.

              7 to 10        5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

              11 and up    6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


ADDITIONAL PRACTICES will be held on Monday,

Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. beginning on Wednesday, June 17th.



       Weather-related pool closures may force the cancellation or postponement of some practices.  Please come to all practices prepared to swim unless otherwise directed by a lifeguard at the pool.  More often then not, thunder closes the pool for a short period of time and later practices can be held.  Do not assume that if the pool is closed for a 5:00 practice that it will be closed for the remainder of the day’s practices.


About Swim Meets

       Swim meets are held on Saturday mornings (A meets) and Wednesday evenings (B meets).  Scores from Saturday meets are used to determine the Waves’ rank within our division.  Meets on Wednesday nights are intra-divisional and the team score does not count toward our team’s overall standings.  However, times from both A and B meets are used to determine which swimmers will represent the Waves in A, relay carnival, and divisional meets. 


       Saturday home meets begin promptly at 9:00 am and swimmers are expected to be in the pool for warm-ups no later than 7:30 for home meets  For Wednesday home meets, we begin at 6:00 pm and swimmers are expected in the pool for warm ups promptly at 5:00 for home meets.


Once again, this swim season, all swimmers are to report to the WWD pool before traveling to away meets.  For Saturday meets, swimmers are to meet at the WWD pool house at 7:45 am.


For away Wednesday meets, swimmers should meet at the WWD pool no later than 5:00 pm. If these times change due to distance to the pool, each family will be notified.


Line-ups for each meet will be posted at the pool the evening before each meet.  If your child cannot attend a meet, please let the coaching staff and team representative know as far in advance as possible.  All team members are encouraged to attend all meets regardless if they are swimming or not.  During meets ALL Waves team members are required to stay in the team area.


We will hold time trials on Saturday, June 13th (9:00 to 11:00 am). All swimmers must be timed to participate in up-coming meets.



Sat. June 13                   Team Time Trials (9 to 11 am)

Sat. June 20                  Middlebridge (away)

Wed. June 24                   King Farm (home)

Sat. June 27                  Twin Farms (home)

Sun, June 28                  Relay Carnival @ Tanglewood (July 12 Rain Date)

Wed. July 1                      Manor Woods (away)       

Sat. July 4                      Tanglewood (home)

Wed. July 8                      Twinbrook (home)

Sat. July 11                    Twinbrook (away but at our pool)

Wed. July 15                    Potomac Glen (away)

Sat. July 18                    Flower Hill (home)

Wed. July 22                    Rockville (home)

Sat. July 25                    Divisionals @ Flower Hill

Sat. July 25                    WAVES BANQUET!!!!

Sat. August 1                             All-Stars Relay (Rockville)

Sun. August 2                  All-Stars (site Rockville)


Driving directions for away meets can be obtained by visiting the MCSL website at








WAVES Volunteer Schedule


        DATE                LOCATION                       ACTIVITY


1.     ______              _____________________     ______________


2.     ______              _____________________     ______________


3.     ______              _____________________     ______________


4.     ______              _____________________     ______________