February 2018

Upcoming Events:

Be part of the super or elite group below!!!

Super Parents

Cindy and Shawn Wheeler

Erin and Brent Ross

Tim Barrington

Jill and Bryan Schwartz

Alexis Himsieh

Elite Parents with 100 plus hours

Pamela Cartwright

Lori and Brent Joray

Eva and Lee Miller

Lap and Marie Pham

Amy Powell

Coaches Corner:

Greetings from the pool deck!

It’s February and time for us swim fast! Is everyone ready! The end of the Short Course season is coming up, and we’re getting ready to go fast. Coaches are tailoring their workouts for the end of the season, and our kids are really moving.

We are hosting our first meets of the year, later this month. We are hosting a one-day time trial for older A swimmers on Sunday, February 18th, and a BB & Under meet for all ages on February 23-25. Both meets are at Grapevine. Volunteer positions will be posted soon. We’re going to need your help. Please consider signing up to help. Bring the family and get more service hours taken care of.

The LSC meet calendar will be approved for 2018 by the end of this month. We will be hosting another BB & Under meet in May and again in the fall. We also have a big meet in June, the Bill Nixon Memorial meet. In addition, we’ll have at least two intra-squad meets this year, in April and September. Be looking for information on all of these events.

I have been looking at the number of folks who don’t open my emails. The number is quite staggering. Please understand that I will only send out emails when I think you need to hear about something important. For instance, I sent out an email about UTA Parking a few weeks back. 149 of our families never even opened the email. I think some of these same folks were the ones who received parking citations. Please read my emails.

Your coaches also send out weekly emails for their groups. These are really important. These emails apply specifically to your children. You must read these.

Congratulations to all of our Elite Parents and Super Parents! You folks are amazing! Thank you!!

If you have any questions about anything, please ask your child’s coach. They know most everything. If you have a question about your account, please ask Lauren. She definitely knows everything.

Have great day!

Coach Brian

Parents Corner

  • When temps drop - please remember to have your swimmer(s) always fully clothed when walking into practice. As well as, change out of suit and into warm/dry clothes before leaving practice!

Ask MARSian Parent

Q: Are there going to be any training classes for us to learn different volunteer positions to get service hours?

A: YES!!! Look for an email and a Facebook invitation soon!!!

Q: Why do we have to volunteer at our meets?

A: In order for us to host a successful and safe meet, we need our MARSian families to be part of every meet we host. We all lead very busy lives. However, I can promise you that your swimmer will feel even more supported seeing you as a timer, head timer, meet runner and/or working concessions or hospitality room. Everyone is good at something which means everyone has something to offer. Please be on the lookout for upcoming dates for training classes for each of our volunteer positions. ***Each person will receive volunteer points for attending the training class. ***Please Note: You will receive the points once you put that training into action at our hosted meets. In addition to the points you will receive for your volunteer work at the meet.

Q: Do the service hours start over in January?

A: Yes, service hours are per calendar year (January 1st through December 31st).

Q: How many service hours will we owe for 2018?

A: We will each owe 18 service hours for 2018 per family that have swimmers in Bronze and above groups.

Q: What is OnDeck Parent application and why do I need it?

A: OnDeck Parent is an IPhone or Android application which allows you as a swim parent to manage your MAR's account and follow your swimmer's accomplishments. See these web sites for more information about the application and download instructions. iPhone or Android

Once you download and install the application on your device you can login by filling in the following entries:

Username - Is your email address that you used to login to the MAR's (TeamUnify) web site.

Password - Is your password used to login to the MAR's (TeamUnify) web site.

Team alias - ntsmars

Q: How do I set up the SMS messaging?

A: How to set up and receive SMS from your coach's about pool updates or quick important info.

1- log-in to your account

2- Click on My Account then under the drop down click on My account again

3- Add up to two SMS number and the Carrier and click save

4- Then go to click on Not Verified and you will receive a code via text message that then you type in and hit verify.

5- Set to start getting text from the team when a pool is closed or we need to get you fast information.

Do you have a question for the MARSian parent? Email at

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