Annual Membership Renewals 2018
Club annual membership renewals are here again. This is for every member of Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club.
Membership for 2018 will be:
Category 1 £17.00 - Non-competitive swimmers.
Minnow and Skill Development squads.
Normally swimmers can not compete in galas until they are 9, however there are a few invitational galas for 8 and overs, who can enter without upgrading their membership to Category 2.
Category 2 £34.00 - Competitive swimmers.
Everyone in C1, C2, Junior performance and Performance squads
Category 3 £12.50 - Voluntary contribution
Coaches, administrators, officials
Note to Seniors – Which category you swim in will be your decision.
If you are unsure which category your child should be in please ask.
This year there will be no forms to be completed unless your personal information has changed.
- contact number
If everything has stayed the same, there will be no need to compete a new membership form. Incase anyone needs to update their information the membership form can be found here
Deadline: 4th February 2018
Membership runs 1 January – 31 December.
We are requesting a deadline for every swimmer 4th February this will give everyone just over 3 weeks to confirm their Category and make payment.
By BANK TRANSFER online or by BANK DEPOSIT at the bank into the MASC Barclays account.
Junior League 2018 - Round 1 Team Selection
Following a meeting held in December regarding Junior League (Diddy League) please see the team selected to represent Morpeth ASC at the first round on Sunday 21st January.
Please can swimmers selected for the first round tick their name on the noticeboard asap. The dates for all Junior league competitions are below. As this is a team event please keep these dates free where ever possible. If a swimmer can't attend (any of the rounds) please let Becki know as soon as possible so another swimmer can be given the opportunity.
The other dates for 2018 Junior League:
16th September - Final if we make it
Young Leader Development Day
The 2018 North East Young Leader Development Day will take place on Saturday 27th January. This is a fantastic opportunity for young adults within aquatics clubs across the North East to widen their skills, get more involved in their club and develop their personal CV. The details of the day are as follows:
Attendees will be able to undertake the following two training workshops:
Team Manager Module 1 - This will give participants the knowledge and confidence to help to manage a team at a local level. It will raise awareness of the key areas to consider such as being safe and effective; help identify likely problems and challenges; understand the need for risk assessments and being aware of where further help, guidance and support is available. (Note that candidates cannot take on the role of a Team Manger until they are 18 years old but are able to assist a Team Manger to gain valuable experience).
Where Volunteering Can Take You - Experienced volunteers will give an insight into volunteering at a club level right through to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They will provide a valuable insight into taking the first steps in volunteering, explain the volunteering roles at the highest level in the sport and give an insight into volunteering both at World Championship events and with TeamGB.
In addition, Club Grants are available for providing additional training opportunities. Clubs can receive a £10 grant per young person who attends the day, if they support them with a personal development opportunity before the end of March 2018. Suggested opportunities could be an aquatic helper; assisting to organise a fun session; supporting with coaching or teaching; promoting the clubs activities on social media; being a young people’s representative at club committee meetings or whatever idea the club may have to support young leaders into volunteering. Clubs should contact us with the details of the Young Leaders who you’re looking to support and the opportunity which are looking to provide.
An application form and a promotional flyer are below. These are also available on the regional website where applications can be completed and submitted online.
Please contact David Parry on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the day. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Kit Bags at the Pool
Please see below message from Kay who has with others worked hard to tidy up the Kit bag area over half term.
"I have marked up the kit bag pegs into squads please use the correct peg when returning your kit. Please do not return your kit if it is not marked up with your name in all equipment
I will be carrying out periodic checks on the kit and any on the wrong pegs or not named will be returned to cupboard and you will not be allowed to use the facility and will need to take your kit bag home after each session
Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any questions"
Thanks Kay Howe
Gala Entry Payments for Competitive Swimmers
The Morpeth ASC committee has decided to change the way parents are asked to pay for their swimmer’s Gala entry and to use a system of payment at the time of entry, which is common for most clubs.
In the recent past…
parents often didn’t know whether and when to pay for a gala entry and we were frequently waiting - often for many weeks - to hear of rejections. This has not been ideal as payments came trickling in at random and reminder emails were often required.
This also meant, that the club had to pay the Gala host long before recouping the cost from the entrants.
Please pay for your swimmer’s entry at the time of online registration. Lynda Garland, our gala secretary, may also insert a payment prompt into the registration system. There will be several days for payments to be made before the Gala host's deadline.
Payments are best made by BACS. Alternatively, you may put cash or a cheque into the poolside payments box, but in this case, please drop me a quick email to let me know you’ve paid.
As a parent you can then forget about the entry formalities and look forward to the gala.
Like most well run clubs, MASC has updated it’s banking capabilities and - in the case of rejections - neither a credit system nor refunds to parents are now a problem.
Credits: I already run a credit system. When owed a £10 refund, most people chose to stay in credit and redeem the £10 on any other payment to the club: the next Gala, squad fee, hoodie, ASA fee, swim cap…
If you are in credit, I will email you and remind you of that option.
Refunds: If you prefer a refund, this can also be done. I would just ask you for your bank details so I can BACS you promptly. Cheque refunds are time consuming and only available in exceptions.
As always, if you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to email Andreas (Treasurer) .
Important Information - Drinks at Training
A quick reminder that all swimmers should be bringing a Water Bottle to ALL training sessions. Concern has been raised about the number of children turning up to training working hard sometimes for over a hour without a drink! Swimmers should attend with at least 750ml to 1L of fluid (water or dilute juice) for each hour of training. Swimmers in Performance and Junior Performance may need two bottles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Swimmers who attend training without a sufficient amount to drink will not be allowed to swim.
Northumberland 2017/8 Hub Sessions
The dates for 2017/8 Northumberland Hub are as follows:
27th January 2018
- Sprints / Race Practice for N & D’s
British Swimming Competition Pathway Handbook
It is an exciting time for swimming in Britain. The Domestic Competition Structure is changing. This brochure will outline the changes, and explain how these aim to contribute to the development of swimmers in the sport going forward.
New MASC Twitter Account
Please follow our new twitter account @morpeth_asc for important announcements, training changes, gala results etc.
Important Information for Inhaler Users
Can parents please ensure that if their child has an inhaler that it is brought onto poolside, that it is named and in a sealable clear bag so it stays dry.
Squad Session Equipment Requirements
Please read here for what you need to bring to each session.
NESS Swimwear have given club members the opportunity to receive a 5% discount when ordering, use the discount count morpasc20 in the shopping basket. At the same time the club will also receive funds from NESS.
Click on the NESS logo to go to their website.