The Cougar Aquatic Team strives to keep our parents informed and educated. Communication between all parties is essential and encouraged. Our coaching staff knows age group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health, by teaching healthy fitness habits. In addition to physical development, children can develop greater intellectual competence by participating in a guided, goal oriented program of physical activity. Learning and using swimming skills engages the thinking processes. Lastly we believe a happy swimmer is a fast swimmer! Both swimmer and coach are likely to have a list of performance criticisms for his/her performance, no matter how good it might have been, so all athlete needs from you is love and support! As they get older, the swimmers themselves need to establish their own goals and make their own progress towards them.
Please always remember to read all CAT emails. Always check out Events Calendar for Meet and other happenings! Please also read everything below...
CAT Web Accounts
In the upper right hand corner of our website you will notice a 'Member's Only Login' tab. This is a password-protected section of the website only available to current team members and it is required for each CAT family to have an account (one account per family please). The 'Parent Resources' link on the left hand navigation bar includes important forms, documents, links to swimming articles, and volunteer information. A full roster team roster and training group rosters are also posted in this section.
Click Here for our Blog post with a step-by-step guide on how to Register!
Meet Fee Escrow Account
We find the best way to handle meet fees is for each family to maintain an escrow account that we can deduct from as the season progresses. Our Meet Fee Coordinator, Terry Murray will send you an invoice to let you know your balance in September, February (before the Championship meets) and again in May (before Long Course, if applicable). At those times we ask everyone to replenish their accounts. Your ‘escrow amount’ will be included in your ‘amount due’. Your invoice will state your current balance, which will be in parenthesis if you have money in your account. If there are no parenthesis, this means you have a negative balance. Meet entry fees vary from meet to meet. Please keep in mind that you are charged once you are entered in a meet even if you do not attend the meet. You can check to see what events you have been entered in by checking the Events Calendar.
To start the season, the following balances per swimmer are required (on your invoice this is known as the ‘escrow amount’):
Senior National and Senior 1 - $200
Senior Prep - $150
Gold & Silver - $100
Bronze Team & Junior Team - $75
Please send in a check made out to “Cougar Meet Fee Account” and place it in the “Murray” file folder at the pool. Meet Entry Account contact email: Terry Murray - email@example.com
Why are we fundraising and where does the money go? The profit that is cleared from our hosted meets goes into the CPO Fund to support the team. The money we make on our other fundraising activities and the sale of the specialized Cougar clothing (bathing caps, towels, car magnets and other items) also goes into this fund.
At the end of the season, the Cougar Parent Organization provides a small scholarship to the graduating seniors based upon the number of years of high school participation on the Cougar Aquatic Team. The cost for the swimmers at both the Junior and Senior Awards dinners is subsidized by the Parent Organization. Additionally the CPO helps cover some of the travel expenses of the coaches.
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You can additionally find this link on the bottom of our website (Look for the Amazon Logo!) or Links page ('CPO Amazon Affiliate'). After clicking will be brought to the Amazon website, just like you would normally on your own computer. The GREAT part is that a percentage of whatever you then buy from Amazon will be credited back to Cougar without you having to do anything different. How simple is that…shop for whatever you were going to anyway from Amazon, do it through the Cougar website and instantly make money for the team!
Training Group Placement
Only CAT Coaches decide when and where swimmers will be placed on the team. Swimmers are originally evaluated at a try-out for the team. Later, they will be assessed by times achieved at meets, practice test sets, social skills, commitment to the team, endurance, and overall physical development. We place our swimmers in groups that are best for the training and the skill level they are at. As soon as an athlete is emotionally ready, properly trained, and meets the subjective and objective standards of a particular group of swimmers, our coaching staff will work together to move the athlete. Please respect our decision as many things are taken into consideration for a move.
CAT is called upon to provide officials for all meets that we participate in. Officials are present at all competitions to enforce the technical rules of swimming so the competition is fair and equitable. Officials attend clinics, pass a written test, and work meets before being certified. All parents are encouraged to get involved with some form of officiating.
We are always in need of parents to volunteer to become certified USA Swimming officials!
Understanding Different Levels of Swim Meets
Green & White: Our in-house mini meets for 11&Unders!
No Time Standards: Typically these meets are for 9 and over swimmers only. Anyone who meets the age requirement is eligible for this meet. This is no time requirement beforehand.
Mini Meet: These meets are for all 8 and under swimmers.
Time Standards: Typically these meets are for 9 and over swimmers only. To be able to go to these meets, you must have swum the event and had a faster time than the time standard listed in the meet announcement.
Qualify: This means you have to qualify for the meet and this happens depending on the particular meet. Please check the meet announcement for details, as they are all different.
Timing at Meets
We couldn't run swim meets without timers - your help is essential and appreciated - thank you!!!
Timers are a significant resource at swim meets and play a very important role in the success of the swimmers and in the smooth operation of a meet. Most New Jersey host teams rely on parents from participating clubs to share the responsibility. On very few occasions, some host teams use their own members as timers or even bring in outside volunteers. Each family will be assigned a timing assignment for the meets their swimmers are attending.
A head timer will organize each meet and this timing schedule will be emailed and posted to the web site. If your child is entered into a meet, please make sure you check the timing assignments to see if you have been selected as a timer. It will be your responsibility to find a replacement if you are not able to fulfill your obligation. Please notify the head timer in advance of any changes.
12&Under Meets: Leia Welch firstname.lastname@example.org
13&Over Meets: Stacey Smith email@example.com
All families will be required to volunteer their time working any 3 (three) sessions of the 2 (two) hosted meets, even if their children do not swim in either of the meets. If for any reason a family cannot attend 1 (one) or all of the sessions they may relinquish their responsibility by paying $100.00 per session missed. (Please understand that this is not an attempt to collect money; these meets require many volunteers to run smoothly and we prefer having people show up to volunteer).
Sign up sheets will be made available in the "Parent Resources" section once you login. All positions will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Any positions remaining open will be filled by families who have not volunteered. Last year we used GoogleDocs as a means of putting it all online.
Positions available for the hosted meets: timers, officials, marshalling, admissions, announcer, awards, hospitality, runners, kitchen and t – shirt sales, and much more!
Training Group Parent Reps
Each training group has parent representatives that help to organize group events outside of the pool and serve as a liason between parents and coaches.
2016-2017 Team Parents
Team Parent Coordinator
Michele Gervino - Gervino@yahoo.com
Debbie Flint - firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Hegarty - email@example.com
Joe Dolce - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Durante - email@example.com
Stacey Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Geiger - email@example.com
Sarah Geiger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy Ross - email@example.com
Kristen Dollard - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Burghardt - email@example.com
Jen Gillian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Oliver (Basinger) - email@example.com
Janice Leas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Train with Purpose.