Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 Pool Hours and Summer Calendar

Hi Members,

We are super excited to announce our 2014 summer calendar! It's included at the bottom of this email and it's also online. We've added many new events and have some exciting additions planned for our traditional events. Special thanks to Ashley Kuehne for leading the Social Committee and to everyone who showed up to the meeting to offer ideas and to volunteer to make all of these events happen. 

In other great news, we've also added to the summer pool hours (again). Our new hours are below and also online. We are very proud to say that we continue to offer the most guarded hours of any pool around town. 

The pool opens in less than 7 weeks and after this long, cold winter we are more excited than ever for opening day! 

2014 Pool Hours:

Adult Swim-At-Your-Own-Risk
6:00 am to 10:00 am
Everyday, all summer long!

May 24th – August 10th:
10:30 am to 9 pm  (Mon – Thurs)
10:30 am to 10 pm  (Fri & Sat)
11:00 am to 8 pm  (Sun)

August 11th – Sept 1st: (after school starts):

3:00 pm to 8 pm   (Mon & Wed)
10:30 am to 8 pm  (Tues & Thurs)
10:30 am to 9 pm  (Fri & Sat)
11:00 am to 8 pm  (Sun)

Details about all of these events will be emailed to our members and posted in our online calendar and on our blog.
Fri, May 17: Tennis Round Robin
Fri, May 23: HH 5th grade graduation party; New Member Social
Sat, May 24: Opening Day!
Mon, May 26: Memorial Day Party, Cookout
Tues, May 27: Swim Meet Away
Fri, May 30: Cookout
Sat, May 31: Live Music Day
Tues, June 3: Swim Meet Away
Wed, June 4: Pot Luck Dinner
Fri, June 6: Cookout, Summer Drink Competition
Tues, June 10: Swim Meet HOME
Fri, June 13: Cookout
Sat, June 14: Guys Grill Night, Corn Hole Tournament
Tues, June 17: Swim Meet HOME
Fri, June 20: Cookout, Water Balloon Dodge Ball
Sat, June 21: Saturday Night Fever Party
Tues, June 24: Swim Meet HOME
Fri, June 27: Cookout
Sun, June 29: Teen Lock-in
Tues, June 3: Swim Meet Away
Tues, July 1: Swim Team Banquet
Fri, July 4: Parade, Cookout, Party
Sun, July 6: Chamblee Day
Fri, July 11: Fish Fry
Sun, July 13: Senior Potluck and Bingo
Fri, July 18: Cookout
Sat, July 19: Saturday Night Fever ADULTS ONLY Party
Fri, July 25: Cookout
Sun, July 27: Good Neighbor Day
Fri, August 1: Sponsor Night
Fri, August 8: Taco Night
Sat, August 9: Saturday Night Fever/Back to School Celebration
Sun, August 17: Dip Off
Sat, August 23: Casino Night ADULTS ONLY
Sun, August 31: Youth Carnival and Luau
Mon, Sept 1: Labor Day Cookout, Party

Friday, April 4, 2014

Online Hammerhead Swim Shop

The Huntley Hills Hammerhead swim team is pleased to announce the Hammerhead Swim Shop, http://www.hammerheadswimteam.us is up and running.  With this website, swimmers and their fans, can order essential Hammerhead swim gear, including the new official Nike Victory Color Block swim suit.

Any swimmer that did not attend the suit sizing meeting will need to go here to order their suit for the upcoming season.  All suits that are ordered by April 15 will be guaranteed to have the team logo professionally imprinted on the suit.  I still have a sizing kit if you’re not quite sure which size to order.  Each suit, male and female, has a sizing chart attached for your assistance.

In addition to suits, you can order team swim caps, both in a cheaper latex option and a more durable silicon option.  Silicone is preferred by most competitive swimmers so we’re giving everyone a choice.  Also, new this year is we’re giving swimmers the option to have their names imprinted on their swim caps.  No more wondering if that cap is yours or not.  Customized caps comes in pairs and only in silicone because of their superior durability.

We've also got an option for family members and fans to order the official 2014 Hammerhead Swim Team T-Shirt.  It hasn't been designed yet, so it’s still a mystery.  Only the Peachtree Road Race shirt carries more intrigue than the team t-shirt.

The payment system is handled using PayPal and goes directly to the HHSTC account.   The swim team will keep track of all orders to make sure everyone gets what they ordered.  Keep your invoices just to make sure.

Kindest regards and happy shopping,

Nick Guerrero
Co Swim Team Manager

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hammerhead Parent Meeting Recap

A great thanks to all that attended Sunday’s suit sizing and parent meeting.  It was really great to see all the kids and I’m so excited about the upcoming swim season.  I want to especially thank my partner in crime, Mary Finnegan.  Together, she and I hope to do as good a job as John Jewett, who been an amazing team manager these last few years and those who preceded him like Cindy Deminsky and Leslie Mottern.  Without the hard work from those people and many more, the Hammerhead Swim Team just wouldn’t be where it is today.  Lastly I’d like to thank Ashley Kuehne for being the concession manager and Allison Pellettieri for being sponsorship chair.

If you could not attend the meeting, I have a sizing kit at my house (3941 Longview Dr, corner of Longview & Ellwyn, tan house with red fence).  Either my wife, Shelly, or I should be around at all times but give me a call or text message at 404-285-6463 to verify were home.   Swing  buy and try on a suit to see which size fits best for your swimmer(s).

For those that did not buy a suit at the meeting, we’ll have an online Hammerhead Swim Shop that you can order a suit as well as team t-shirts and other swim gear.  Payments go to HHSTC PayPal account.  We hope to have that running later this week. 

Hammerhead Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach:  Kristen Clayton
  • Assistant Coaches:  Jordan Wilson & Patrick Lindstrom
  • Lead Junior Coach:  Casey George

We’ll also have an army of Junior Hammerhead coaches and that list is being worked out.  If you know of a middle school or high school swimmer that would be interested in becoming a Junior coach, please have them contact Mary as soon as possible.

Parent Resources

There are two very important resources that every parent will need this coming season. 

The new Swim Team Portal is a password protected site for swim families.  Once all swimmer registrations are completed user accounts will be created for family members.

Swim Team Portal:  http://huntleyhills.swim-team.us/

  • Swimmer Roster
  • Hammerhead Directory
  • Volunteer Sign-up
  • Photo Directory

The second resource everyone will need is the Huntley Hills Swim and Tennis Club website.  In addition to information about joining the club, which all swimmers living in Huntley Hills or within a mile of the pool are required to do, you also find information specifically about the Hammerhead Swim Team.  This is where you’ll go to register a swimmer for the League and the Hammerhead, must do both to compete in meets.  You’ll also find a link to the team Google Calendar and our new Hammerhead Swim Shop (in development) for ordering additional swim team t-shirts for family members,  swim gear, and swim caps.  In the past we gave a swim cap to each swimmer, but we’re no longer doing that.  Not every swimmer wanted one, some wanted nicer silicone caps, and some wanted caps with their names on it.   To make everyone happy, we’re giving everyone a choice on the Hammerhead Swim Shop.

Huntley Hills Swim & Tennis Club website:  http://www.hhstc.com

  • Hammerhead Swimmer Online Registration
  • ASA League Registration
  • Hammerhead Swim Shop: 
  • Hammerhead Swim Team Google Calendar


The Junior Hammerhead program was a great success and we’re continuing it again this year.  New for this year is breaking the Senior team into training groups based on skill, ability, and endurance.  We’re getting away from age defined groups.  Here is a breakdown of each:

Senior Hammerheads (Blue, Red, White)

Blue Team:  This group consists of the most advanced swimmers on the team requiring a challenging training schedule and stroke refinements.   Swimmers in this group must be able to swim all four strokes legally.  While the strokes do not need to be perfect, there should be no fear of disqualification for any stroke.  Swimmers must know how to dive and do a freestyle flip turn.  Again, the turn does not need to be perfect, but it should not lead to disqualification.  
Additionally, since this practice will involve many more laps and intervals than other groups, swimmers must meet some standards in terms of speed and endurance as determined by the head coach. For example, completing a 500 freestyle, with interval milestones, in 15 minutes or less
Red Team:  This group consists of a swimmers who are working on mastering all four stroke fundamentals.  Swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool, freestyle, with proper rotary breathing.  Swimmer must also be able to swim one length of the pool backstroke without flipping onto stomach.  Knowing breaststroke or butterfly is not required though they will begin learning and working towards mastering these strokes.  Swimmers must demonstrate some level of endurance.  For example completing a 300 freestyle within 15 minutes.
White Team:  This group consist of beginning swimmers who are learning to swim basics strokes, freestyle and backstroke, with a basic introduction to other strokes.  Swimmers in the white group must be able to swim one length of the pool in under one minute.  They should also possess some basic water safety skills such as floating on their back for five seconds and tread water in the deep end for one minute.  These requirements are mandatory for the safety of the child.  Anyone who does not meet these three requirements shall work with the Junior team.

Junior Hammerheads

The Junior Hammerhead swimmers are those who have just begun swimming but do not quite yet possess the ability to compete in the meets or the skills to safely swim in the deep end without excessive supervision.  The goal for each Junior swimmer is to develop these skills in order to advance to the Senior team at some point throughout the season. 


Pre-Season:  April 28 to May 23

Dry Land
Wet Work

4:00 - 4:45 pm

4:30 - 5:00 pm
4:45 - 5:00 pm
5:00 - 6:00 pm
5:30 - 6:00 pm
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Some may wonder why White practices before Juniors.  It is because many of the Junior coaches need time to get home from school and to the pool.

In Season:  May 27 - June 24


Dry Land
Wet Work

8:00 - 8:30 am

8:15 - 9:00 am
8:45 - 9:00 am
9:00 - 10:00 am
9:30 - 10:00 am
10:00 - 11:00 am

Monday & Wednesday Evening

Dry Land
Wet Work
All Senior

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Stroke Clinics

Advanced stroke clinics will be offered to Red and Blue swimmers seeking more advanced coaching.  Participation will be limited to the first 20 swimmers to sign-up or by Head Coach Assignment.  Because of the nature of the instruction, any swimmers, found to be disruptive or not acting with utmost respect will be removed from the clinic. 

Thursday, May 1, 6:00 pm – Butterfly
Sunday, May 4, 4:00 pm – Racing Starts
Thursday, May 8, 6:00 pm – Freestyle
Thursday, May 15, 6:00 pm – Breaststroke
Sunday, May 18, 4:00pm – Flip Turns
Thursday, May 22, 6:00pm – Backstroke

Senior Dual Meets

We are still waiting on the league to finalize the schedule.  We’ve been told it will be next week.  We do know we’ll have 3 home meets this year.
  • May 27:
  • June 3:
  • June 10:
  • June 17:
  • June 24:

Junior Hammerhead Mini-Meets, Wednesday at 6:00 pm

Starting this year, we’re going to have Junior Mini meets.  There will be relay’s and individual 25 Free and Back events.  We’ll time the kids to see how there doing and make ribbons for everyone participating.  If swimmers do well in these meets, the coaches may put them in the upcoming Senior meet.

Meet Volunteers:  Signup on Swim Team Portal

We cannot have swim meets without an army of parent volunteers.   Each swim meet is divided into two sessions.  Session 1 is events 1-43 and session 2 is events 44-86.   With 5 total meets that means there are 10 total sessions we needs volunteers.  We are asking that each family work at least two sessions.  That’s not a lot and I know many of you will volunteer a whole lot more than that.

ASA Fall Swim League

ASA is thinking about a 5 meet fall swim league starting Saturday, August 6.  It will be more laid back that summer league and teams will be able to combine with other neighborhoods if they choose.   We need to get an idea if you would like to participate in this so we can give the league some idea of who’s interested in participating.

Adult Swim League

ASA offers a swim league for adults.  It pretty laid back and more about hard core fun than hard core competition.  If you are interested in this let us know and if there is enough interest we can pull together a Huntley Hills team, though that is not required.  Meets are invitational where everyone swims at the same time at one of the clubs around metro Atlanta. 

Important 2014 Season Dates

Here are some important dates all parents and swimmers should know.  Each of the dates you see here, and any changes or updates will be maintained on the Huntley Hills Hammerheads team Google Calendar.  You can view and bookmark the team calendar by going to the Swim Team section of the Huntley Hills Swim and Tennis Club website or following this link:

March 15 
Registration begins online through Active.com.  Check HHSTC website for details
March 30
Parent Meeting & Suit Sizing, HHSTC Clubhouse
April 15
Deadline for Swimsuit Orders
Deadline for ASA registration without late fee
April 27
Swimmer Assessment for Senior Hammerheads
April 28
Pre-Season Training begins after school

May 26
Memorial Day - No Practices
May 27
5:30 pm
Hammerhead Meet #1
June 3
5:30 pm
Hammerhead Meet #2
June 10
5:30 pm
Hammerhead Meet #3
June 14
9:00 am
Kids for Kids Charity Swim Meet
Marist School
June 17
5:30 pm
Hammerhead Meet #4
June 24
5:30 pm
Hammerhead Meet #5
June 26
9:00 am
ASA Divisional Meet
Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
750 Ferst Dr, Atlanta, GA 30318
June 29
10 & U - 1:00 pm
11 & O - 5:00 pm
ASA Championship Meet for Divisional Qualifiers
Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
750 Ferst Dr, Atlanta, GA 30318
July 1
6:30 pm
Swim Team Banquet
HHSTC Pool & Clubhouse
July 25 - 26
GRPA State Swimming Championships
Cumming Aquatic Center, Cumming, Georgia


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Youth Tennis Lessons in April

Youth tennis lessons at HHSTC with Coach Johnny!

4 week session beginning Monday, April 14 and ending May 5.  

Cost is $50
Ages 4-6  from  4PM-5PM
Ages 7-11 from 5PM-6:15PM

Email Ashley Kuehne at kuehneash@att.net to reserve your spot! 

Don’t forget to sign up for our fabulous summer HHSTC tennis and swim camps!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Swim Team Meeting and Suit Sizing

Calling all Hammerheads and Jr. Hammerheads!

The swim season is fast approaching and we need to suit everyone up! 

We are having a swim suit sizing on March 30th in the clubhouse from 1p – 3p.  We have a new suit that is awesome and will be the suit for the ongoing seasons.

For the Parents – we will have a meeting from 3 to 3:30. We will introduce ourselves and discuss what the upcoming season will entail as far as practices, meets, volunteer expectations and address any questions you may have.  We would love to have any parents that are considering having their children join the swim team attend the meeting to see what the swim team is about.

We look forward to seeing everyone and having a winning season!

Nick Guerrero and Mary Finnegan
Swim team managers

If you have any questions before the meeting, please call Mary at 404-444-7870