The Ygnacio Wood Swim Team 13 – 18 Campout will be held at Camanche campgrounds in 2018.
This event is the highlight of the social aspect of the swim team for many teenagers. We strictly enforce the age limit to 13-18 year old swimmer. (The age group they swim in)
We will leave on Saturday, June 23, 2018 after the swim meet, from the Ygnacio Wood Swim Club. Be sure to either have eaten, bring a bag lunch or money if your carpool stops for lunch. Some cars will stop for lunch along the way, while others may drive straight through, please be prepared.
We will return on Monday, June 25th. Chaperones are needed for this event. The activities may include but are not limited to swimming, waterskiing, pulled on an inner tube by boat, or wake boarding.
Time Trials is on Wednesday, May 27th evening at the pool. Time Trials is an opportunity to set the seed times for the start of the season. Swimmers are invited to swim all strokes (free, breast, fly, back and IM) but don’t have to. We will seed swimmers on the blocks, which will take a little time (especially with our younger swimmers). We don’t need anyone to sign in or out of this event.
We ask that the parents who are at the pool for their kids help with timing, etc. This isn’t a full meet, and will go more quickly. We also don’t follow all the official timing rules, but we will have stroke and turn officials there to make sure we are only capturing good times.
There are no practices on Wednesday. Arrive no later than 5:30 for warm ups. We will start at 6pm and should be done by around 8pm.
First Dual Meet
Our first dual meet is on Saturday, May 30th at Valley Vista. If you cannot swim at this meet, please sign out by going to the “Parent’s Zone” on YWST.org at http://ywst.org/parents-zone/ The deadline to signout in Sunday evening for Wednesday meets, and Wednesday evening for Saturday meets. (If you decide after that you can or can’t attend, we maybe able to accommodate… let firstname.lastname@example.org know. It happens!)
For the new parents, you should arrive at ClubSport Valley Vista, 3737 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 by 8:15 for this meet. It should be over around noon. They will have a snack shack for food, but you are free to bring your own drinks and food. Space is pretty limited at this pool, so we will likely share canopies. Bring chairs to sit, blankets and towels to sit on, and sun block.
New Parents and Returning Parents Orientation
We are having a parent orientation meeting back at our pool starting around 12:30 after the meet on May 30. Bring some food back, go for a swim and we will hold a pretty casual meeting about how swim team works, and how you can get the most out of your season. Many answers can be found in our handbook. We will also be able to answer questions you may have.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me.
Have you ever tried to convey something so meaningful that you completely lacked the appropriate words? This is how I feel now; it may be easier to tell my story and share some background.
I am the proud father of a first-year 6-year-old member of the Ygnacio Wood Swim Club and Team. If anyone ever told me that I’d spend my entire summer sweltering for hours each and every weekend in 100 plus degree temperatures to watch my son swim for 10 minutes, I would have laughed.
I can’t remember exactly when it happened; however, something changed and our family couldn’t think of anything else we would rather do more.
It might have been the day our son sprinted off and dashed into the pool entrance; all we could hear from the outside were voices yelling his name. Twenty-year-olds down to children his age were all welcoming him and giving him high-fives. Do you know what that does for someone his age? For someone of any age?
My son went from liking swimming to absolutely loving it. He didn’t just love swimming, though; he loved his coaches and his team because they all became his friends, his swimming family. Events at Ygnacio center around the pool, but they aren’t all focused on swimming laps.
You see, our program isn’t just about swimming fast; it is about friends, family and fostering an environment that engenders fearless self-confidence. Our coaches swam on our team; they were developed by the coaches that came before them.
The spirit that pervades this team is so tangible that it is infectious. Our coaches are simply amazing. They became amazing because of the environment that Yginacio Wood fosters. They are college students that readily give up their summers.
They could be chasing internships or doing a hundred other things, yet they absolutely look forward to their time coaching. They create an environment that allows our kids to be amazing in turn.
I’ve been personally contacted by parents from other teams complimenting our coaches’ spirit, enthusiasm and sportsmanship.
One of our coaches who has been a part of our team for 16 years put it best: “It goes farther than being in a lane and swimming with someone; this place is a community that you hang out at. Whatever kids are here are your friends that you have fun with. I chose to coach because I wanted to give what Ygancio gave me to someone else.”
I would be more than proud if my son ever filled those shoes and became an Ygnacio Coach some day.
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We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year; this club has been the spark of evolution for generations of young swimmers.
Something like this deserves to be preserved; however, like any non-profit, we have our challenges. We rely solely on the dues paid by our membership, and no matter how responsible we are, the costs of running a pool are high.
Historically, many neighborhoods in our area were constructed with pools and parks as a central community area. Unfortunately, over time, most of these pools were neglected and filled in because either their neighborhoods were unable to afford them or lack of a central organization to manage them.
Ygnacio Wood is one of the few that remains.
Our entire pool is in desperate need of repair. It got so bad this season that the bottom of our pool started cutting the feet of our swimmers.
We’ve spent the past few years raising money to repair our pool; it isn’t enough. We are exploring all of our options to repair our pool before our next season. We owe it to our coaches, we owe it to our team, we owe it to future generations of swimmers to repair their pool and to preserve and continue this legacy.
Please help us continue to develop confident young adults through the pursuit of excellence in swimming, in life, and having fun with friends. We will yell your name during one of our famous pre-meet cheers!
As one of our historic chants goes: You Wish You Were a Seahorse!