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little fin/BIG FIN

Little/BIG FIN is a great way to meet new families and develop lifelong relationships plus have a lot of fun. Many families remain friends with their Little Fin/Big Fin long after their swimmer stops swimming. On the attached spreadsheets you will 􀐙nd your Little Fin/Big Fin some Big Fins have 2 Little Fins so you may see your name twice, not only is your name with your Little Fin/Big Fin but a number is by Little Fin/Big Fin and corresponds with your Little Fin/Big Fin’s number. Some people may only have 1 little fin but might be assigned an additional little fin during the season. If your swimmer/family does not want to participate in Little Fin/Big Fin please let Debbie Flinchpaugh-Kirby (daf74mck@me.com) know as soon as possible so a new Little Fin/Big Fin assignment can be made. 

PARENTS:

Little/Big Fin is a fun way to meet other swim families, have fun, and build team spirit. You may not know your Little Fin Big Fin’s family at first but hopefully by the end of the swim season you will.

Help your swimmer build a friendship with their Little Fin/Big Fin by talking to their Little Fin/Big Fin and their family. 

DOUBLE check with your Little Fin/Big Fin’s parents about food & contact allergies.

The swimmers exchange little gifts at HOME meets and at the Pasta Pep Party before championships, these are things such as a snack bag (healthy swim snacks) or other little trinkets (some ideas include: bubbles, nail polish, glow sticks). 

At the end are some additional ideas and a link to a Pinterest Board with food and non-food ideas - please be as creative as you want but keep it small. 

BIG FINS:

Model Behavior – know that your little fin is watching your actions and listening to your words. Be kind and a good role model. 

Encourage – verbalize when your little fin is working hard notice good effort with words of encouragement and support. 

Focus on the Positive – Help your little fin by building their self-esteem and self-cofidence by cheering for them during their swims. 

Get to know your Little Fin:

In the heat sheet find their events and write them down and be sure to cheer for them 

Find out their birthday, it is on the team roster located on the BABF web site under team - https://blueashblufins.swimtopia.com/team-roster...

Check with them or their parents to see if your Little Fin has any food/contact allergies.

Play would you rather with them this is a fun way to get to know your Little Fin! https://wwwclassroomfreebies.com/2012/04/would-you-rather-questions-for-end-of.html.

Play games with them during the meet such as Uno or tic tac toe. (But be mindful of when your events are!!!) 

Introduce your little fins to your friends.

LITTLE FINS:

Cheer! - cheer loud and get excited for your Big Fin when they are swimming. Support - In the heat sheet find their events and write them down and be sure to cheer for them. 

Get to Know your BIG Fin.

Find out their birthday, it is on the team roster located on the BABF under team - https://blueashbluefins.swimtopia.com/team-roster.

Check with them or their parents to see if your Little Fin has any food/contact allergies. 


BIG FIN/LITTLE FIN IDEAS: 

The Pinterest Board below has some ideas for spirit/good luck gifts some of these are for other activities but can be easily adapted for swimming… https://www.pinterest.com/debfiinch/swim-big-finl...

NON-FOOD IDEAS 

Glow sticks 

Bubbles (eat my bubbles) 

Nail polish 

Water bottles 

Sharpie Marker 

Rub on tattoos 

Coloring sheets (on the Pinterest board above) 

chapstick 

SNACK IDEAS FOR BIG/Little Fins 

Water, diluted fruit juice 

Pasta salad 

Bananas, grapes, apples, plums, pears 

Dried fruit e.g. raisins, apricots, mango

Smoothies 

Crackers and rice cakes with bananas and/or honey

Mini-pancakes, fruit buns

Cereal bars, fruit bars, sesame snaps 

Yogurt and yogurt drinks

Prepared vegetable crudités e.g. carrots, peppers, cucumber and celery 

HAVE FUN! GO BLUE FINS!

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