News and Announcements

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The Kings Charter Tidal Waves welcomes the Twin Hickory Torpedoes for our 3rd swim meet of the season on Wednesday, June 29. The meet will start at 6:00 pm. The make-up date is Thursday, June 30.

Location: Our pool is located at 9191 Stephens Manor Drive, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23116. This is the Lakeview pool.

Pool Specifics:

  • Our pool is measured in 25 meters and has 6 lanes.
  • The start end of our pool is about 5-5 1/2 feet deep and the turn end of our pool is about 3 1/2 feet deep.
  • This means that swimmers can dive in the start end, but the second and fourth legs of mite relays will need to start in the water.

Parking: Our parking lot will be reserved for our guest team. We will reserve a few spaces for our coaches and computer reps, but all other spaces will be reserved for our visitors. Please park on the street if you need to (walking and biking encouraged).

​Seating: Seating for the away team is located at the right side of the pool deck, and our KCST will be on the left hand side. Please bring deck chairs for your use. Please inform your swimmers and parents that the baby pool, volleyball, playground, and tennis courts are all off-limits during the swim meet.

Check-In: Please have your team begin check-in no earlier than 4:30. Check-in must be completed by 5:30. A table will be set up to the right of the pool entrance for your check-in. The Lakeside Pool will be cleared at 3:30pm (so no camping out aloud) ;)

Concessions: Food will be available from Dave’s Al-A Cart, and our concession stand will offer hot dogs, uncrustables, chips, candy, and drinks. We will also have Kona Ice. All will be available in the parking lot outside of the pool.

Reminder: Please ensure no swimmer has any sharpie markings on their bodies other than event numbers on hands and diving markings. Good Sportsman like conduct needs to be exhibited at all times.

Weather: If we have to clear the deck due to the weather, you may wait in your cars in the parking lot. We will use Remind for any weather related communication.

Theme: This meet will feature a ZOO THEME! Please encourage your swimmers to join us in celebrating by wearing their fun outfits! We will have a photo contest on our Private Facebook Group.

Meet 2 Information – Ashland Barracudas Details
Volunteering still needs your help: It is your responsibility to find a replacement if you can’t make your meet commitments.
Signup at https://swimportal.active.com?a=284315401
or email marianne.veitch@gmail.com.

Meet 2 at Ashland Barracudas Details
Meet Date/Time: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 at 6:00

Meet Schedule:
5:00-5:20 Ashland Team warm-ups
5:25-5:45 Kings Charter Team warm-ups
6:00 Meet Start Time, Order of Events for Week 2

Schedule of Meetings:
5:15-5:30 Coaches’ Meeting (Computer Room)
5:30 Officials’ Meeting (by the Starter)
5:45 Timers’ Meeting (behind the blocks)

Location: Our pool is Carter Park Pool, located at 1112 Maple St., Ashland, VA 23005

Parking: The parking lot is reserved for you, the visiting team. If the parking lot is full, please refer to the parking map attached. If cars are parked on Maple Street (the entrance to Carter Park Pool is on this road), the majority of the car must be off the pavement and parking is only available along the east side of the street, opposite the pool. We recommend parking in the parking lots or along the slightly-further-away neighborhood roads, also shown on the parking map.

Seating: Seating is allowed in designated areas inside the pool area/fence (see attached map) AND anywhere outside of the fenced pool area. Our pool is in Carter Park, a Town of Ashland public park. Please know that the park is not lit after dark, so before it gets dark, please move closer to the pool area, the parking lot, or bring a lantern. The park is town property and we cannot control who may be in the park and on the playground during the swim meet. The playground is available to supervised children.

Restrooms are located in the brick building at the pool entrance. Shoes must be worn in the restrooms at all times.

Concessions: The Ashland Catering food truck and Kona Ice will be on site beginning at 5 pm. Drinks, candy, and chips will be for sale under the tent just outside of the pool gate.

Clerk of Course: Swimmers will enter the Clerk of Course for their events on the deck past the baby pool area. After their swims, swimmers will exit the pool & walk down the lane 8 side, opposite from the Clerk of Course area.

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Week 6 Updates
Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming swimming swimming… and bring water to swim practice, it is hot!!

June 22 (Wed) – Ashland Swim Meet
Swimmers check-in at Ashland at 4:45pm.
All volunteers (1st & 2nd half) must check-in with the Volunteer Coordinator by 5:30pm.
Events begin at 6:00pm

From the Coaches
Summer Practice Schedule starts on Monday with morning and evening practices available. Please only have your child participate in one of these. For the morning practice, the baby pool is not open to siblings as there is no lifeguard on duty.

Saturday clinics – Saturday 25th Breast stroke

Ribbons for both meets will be given out on Thursday (23rd).

For the 6 and unders, we can let these out after 45mins.

Meet Commitments released for the upcoming meets. Please make sure these stay up to date if your plans change.

Pool Party and Team Pictures
Pool Party & Team Pictures
June 26th starting at 4pm for individual pictures and team pictures will be at 4:30.
Please have the swimmers wear their team suit.
RSVP by Tuesday (June 21) so that we can order the correct amount of food.
RSVP https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4AA5AC2FA6F58-pool1

Spirit Nights – Come Support our Swim Team during the upcoming Spirit Night:
June 23rd, 2022 – Vito’s
June 27th, 2022 – Texas Roadhouse
July 11, 2022 – Mi-Jalisco (bring flyer or mention swim team)

Swim Meet – Being a good Guest
We received a general message from GRAL stressing that we all (all the teams) need to be good guests at away meets. This means, picking up our trash, helping make sure deck furniture is not defaced by Sharpies, etc. We will note that Sharpie can come off with sunscreen application and can transfer from a swimmer’s arm to the furniture mistakenly. Please just be mindful and help clean it up if there is a mishap.

Remind App
Please sign up for our Remind App. This will be the primary way our Coaches will communicate with you. If we get into a Thunderstorm situation, Remind is how we will communicate. And an emergency communication at the Swim Meet will happen on Remind as well.

“Like” our Facebook Page and Sign up for our Private Group.
Pictures from the Mock Swim Meet are posted in our Private Group. https://www.facebook.com/kctidalwaves

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KCST – Week 5 Updates – First Swim Meet on June 15 at AshCreek
Good morning swimmers and swim families,

We are excited for our first swim meet of the season coming up this Wednesday June 15, 2022. At the bottom of this email are all the specifics on this week’s Swim Meet. Please read carefully, its a long one this week!

June 15 (Wed) – AshCreek Swim Meet
Swimmers check-in at AshCreek at 4:45pm.
All volunteers (1st & 2nd half) must check-in with the Volunteer Coordinator by 5:30pm.
Events begin at 6:00pm

We also still have positions open for Volunteering later in the summer, please discuss with our Volunteer Coordinator (Marianne) or email us for more information.

Practice this Week:

Monday & Tuesday are normal
Wednesday – no practice because of the Swim Meet
Thursday – Normal practice. Ribbons to be given out the following week.
Friday – No practice.

Starting next week (Monday June 20) we will transition to Morning and Afternoon practice for summer schedules. Swimmers are to pick ONE practice a day. And generally the mornings are less crowded than the afternoons.

Check Our Website for lots of information:
We understand that the links might not have been working in our last email. Please know that everything is posted to our website should something not be correctly working. If you are signed into our website, under the documents section, you will find many of these files (see clip below). Some places on our website that you might want to review:

  • Swim meet event order (under the schedule tab).
  • Meet Buddies (under documents)
  • Remind App (under documents)
  • Meet Commitments Instructions (under documents)
  • Swim Meet Checklist (just a suggestion, not mandatory; under documents)
  • Volunteer Position (under the volunteer tab) for descriptions

*Saturday Clinics *
The Coaches are ready to hold Saturday clinics. Please check out website later this week for the sign up link.

Upcoming Events:
Spirit Nights – Come Support our Swim Team during the upcoming Spirit Night:

  • June 23rd, 2022 – Vito’s
  • June 27th, 2022 – Texas Roadhouse
  • July 11, 2022 – Mi-Jalisco (bring flyer or mention swim team)

Pool Party & Team Pictures June 26th
​https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4AA5AC2FA6F58-pool1
TSS Photography will be there at 4pm for individual pictures and the team picture will be taken at 4:30. Swimmers need to wear their team suits. The photographer’s website if anyone wants to see what their products look like:
https://tssphotography.com/richmond-virginia/Products/Sports-Product-Lines

Remind App
Please sign up for our Remind App. This will be the primary way our Coaches will communicate with you. If we get into a Thunderstorm situation, Remind is how we will communicate. And an emergency communication at the Swim Meet will happen on Remind as well.

“Like” our Facebook Page and Sign up for our Private Group.
Pictures from the Mock Swim Meet are posted in our Private Group. https://www.facebook.com/kctidalwaves

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Kings Charger at AshCreek (the details)
The Ashcreek Crocs welcome the Kings Charter Tidal Waves Wednesday, June 15th. The meet will begin at 6:00 p.m. The rain date will be Thursday, June 16th.

Location: Our pool is located at 10854 Linderwood Dr., Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

Pool Specifics: Our pool is measured in meters and has 6 lanes. The start end of our pool is about 4.5 feet deep and the turn end of our pool is about 3.5 feet deep. This means that swimmers can dive in the start end, but 2nd and 4th legs of 8 and under relays will need to start in the water.

Parking: Our team reserves the parking lot for the visiting team. If additional parking is required, families may park along the main road as long as they don’t block intersections or driveways.

Seating: Seating for the away team is located on the right side of the pool closest to the parking lot. You may also use half of the awning at the far end. Please bring deck chairs for your use. Please inform your swimmers and parents that the clubhouse and playground area are off limits during the swim meet.

Check-In: Please have your team begin check-in no earlier than 4:30 pm. Check-in must be completed by 5:30 pm. A table will be set up outside the pool for your check-in.

Warm-ups: KC team will warm up from 5:15-5:35. Ashcreek’s warm-ups will be from 4:50-5:10.

Concessions: The concessions are located outside of the fence area just past the bathrooms on the left and will be serving food beginning at 5:15 and will continue to sell until approximately 9:00. Our concession will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, snacks, candy and drinks. Kona Ice will be located in the circle drive in front of the clubhouse.

Weather: Per GRAL guidelines if there is a sighting of lightning or hearing of thunder, all participants must clear the pool deck and wait in the parking lot or their cars.

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Week Four Updates: Meet Commitments, Meet Buddies & T-Shirt Orders
We are coming up on our fourth week of swim team and it is time to get serious about the first swim meet. We have a tremendous pool of volunteers and parents, and we understand that for first time parents there is a lot of information to take in. Please feel free to reach out to us (or any veteran swim parent) and ask questions if needed.

Meet Commitments
You should have received an email already that the meet commitments are posted. Commitments must be made by Saturday June 11, 2022.
Navigate to our website under Documents and you will two helpful items: Meet Commitments (for this week) document and Swim Meet Checklist (for later). We have to declare who is swimming in each event a couple of days ahead of the meet. The Meet Commitments document will walk you through these steps. And when we get close to the first meet, the Swim Meet Checklist is a suggestion (not a requirement) to give you an idea what you might need to pack for you and your swimmer.

Meet Buddies
One of our favorite traditions at KCST is the Meet Buddies (under Document on our website). This is where our team pairs up new swimmers with more advanced swimmers to show them the ropes. Bring a note for your swim buddie at the first meet, maybe some candy or a sign? Time to show our Tidal Waves Spirit and cheer each other one.

Team T-Shirts
If you missed the deadline to order a T-Shirt, there is still time to order. We are collecting information on a google form for your to purchase, $20/shirt. Due on Friday June 10, 2022.
https://forms.gle/gRxra7ovkSDoAFwR7

If you didn’t make it to the Mock Meet and still need to get your T-Shirt and Cap, Rebecca Martin will be at Practice today (Tuesday) and Thursday for you to pick them up.

Remind App
Please sign up for our Remind App. This will be the primary way our Coaches will communicate with you. If we get into a Thunderstorm situation, Remind is how we will communicate. And an emergency communication at the Swim Meet will happen on Remind as well.

Spirit Night at Marty’s June 8th (Tomorrow!)
Come Support our Swim Team during the upcoming Spirit Night:

June 8, 2022 – Marty’s

June 23rd, 2022 – Vito’s

June 27th, 2022 – Texas Roadhouse

July 11, 2022 – Mi-Jalisco (bring flyer or mention swim team)

*"Like" our Facebook Page and Sign up for our Private Group. *
Pictures from the Mock Swim Meet are posted in our Private Group. https://www.facebook.com/kctidalwaves