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Coach Email 10.11.12

posted Oct 12, 2012, 12:37 PM by Annandale Swim and Dive   [ updated Oct 19, 2012, 4:46 AM by AHS Swim and Dive Team ]

Good Afternoon,


With the 2012-2013 swim season fast approaching, I cannot express how excited I am to coach the Annandale Swim & Dive Team! Having met a number of the student athletes, I am confident that with dedicated practice, teamwork, great team spirit, and great team support, we will have many fast swims and TEAM victories upcoming this season.


As you embark on this exciting mission to be the best swimmer/diver in and out of the water, I encourage all athletes to work hard in practice and in the classroom this winter. The work put in will show at the end of the season!


Before I go into details about the season, I just want to highlight how important it is to also continue to succeed in your studies. Please contact me at if you are going to miss a practice due to school, another club, visiting colleges or any other reason. Coaches will be receiving an end of the 2nd quarter grade reports; so let us study hard and aim to be at the top of Annandale Winter Sports team GPAs.



All practices will still be at Audrey Moore RECenter located at 8100 Braddock Road Annandale, VA 22003. The practices times however have changed. The new practice times this year are from 4:15 PM-5:30 PM for diving, and from 4:30 PM -5:30 PM for swimming. All swimmers with proper paper work completed and turned in to the Annandale Activities office will be able to practice starting Monday, November 5, 2012. Annandale's Swim/Dive tryouts will be held on Wednesday, November 7th and Thursday, November 8th. The tryout requirements will be announced at the first team practice. For all the athletes who make the 2012-2013 Swim/Dive team there will be amandatory team meeting on November 9th right after school. The location of that meeting will be announced in the upcoming weeks.


Pre-Season conditioning will be offered starting on Monday, October 15, 2012. All conditioning practices are optional, but I highly encourage athletes to participate. We will be meeting 3 times a week until the start of the season. Monday & Wednesday mornings we will meet at 6:20am in the Annandale weight room, and on Tuesday at 2:30pm outside the AD office.


Before any athletes are allowed to practice or join the team in the pre-season workouts, every athlete needs to fill out the FCPS mandated forms. Parents, please take a look at the below forms and work with your athlete to ensure they are turned in ASAP.


FCPS Forms

Forms needed to be completed and turned in before November 5th, the first day of pre-season practice:

·         Emergency Care Form

·         VHSL Physical Form

·         Participation Policy

·         Concussion Education Program

·         Driver’s License & Vehicle Insurance Information

·         Student/Passenger Acknowledgement of Risk From


The forms can be turned into the Annandale Activities Office, or be placed in the Swim/Dive mailbox in the Activities Office, or be turned in at the Annandale Winter Sports Red & White night on Monday, October 29, 2012. All forms must be turned in BEFORE the first day of practice on NOVEMBER 5th! If you do not have the forms in by that date, you will not be allowed to practice.


Also, if you are an athlete that would like to drive to practice, make sure you turn in the Student/Passenger Acknowledgement of Risk Form(s) prior to November 5th. FCPS does not allow coaches to let athletes use their own transportation unless we have the correct information on file.


Swim Suit and Spirit Wear

Senior athletes will be meeting in the next week to select the 2012-2013 swim suits. At that meeting, a suit/spirit wear form will be created; the form will be sent out to parents, and posted on the AHS Swim & Dive website. ( Note: All suit/spirit wear forms will be due NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 9, 2012.


Officials and Timers Needed

Parents, the high school swim season needs could not run successfully without the help of many of you. We need parent OFFICIALS & TIMERS.

·      Annandale only has a few returning officials so your help is greatly need. If you have been a summer league or USA swimming stroke and turn judge, starter or referee, consider helping the team this season. If you have do not have prior experience, we will send you to training. We need your help. Please contact Doug Padrutt at if you would like to become an official.

·      Timers are need for every eventt at every meet. Whether you can time of the entire season or just a meet or two, we need you! Please contact Nancy Jessen.  Her contact email is Nancy is also the Team Parent Coordinator, and will be assisting in scheduling team dinners, and other outside school team events. Parents, if you would like to help out, please contact Nancy.


2012-2013 Annandale Swim/Dive Schedule

The 2012-2013 Annandale Swim/Dive Schedule is presented below. (All swimmers are expected to be at each meet. Swimmers must notify the head coach in advance if they will not be able to swim the meet.)


1) 11/30/12 South County @ 6:30PM (H)

2) 12/7/12 Woodson @ 6:00PM (H)

3) 12/14/12 Lee @ 6:00PM (H)

4) 12/15/12 West Potomac @6:30PM (A)

5) 1/4/13 T.C. Williams @ 6:30PM (A)

6) 1/11/13 West Springfield 8:30 PM(A)

7) 1/18/13 Lake Braddock (H) **SR Night


The 2012-2013 will be an exciting swim season for the Annandale Atoms. I am honored to be your new head coach and with your help I look forward to making this season a memorable one for the Annandale athletes, parents, and community.  Go Atoms!




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Matthew Bell

Annandale Atoms Head Swim Coach