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Well, it’s finally happening Amador Polar Bears, we are starting our swim season!!!! Not only that, but it looks like we will have 3 meets this season!

So here are a few important dates: Registration will open this Sunday March 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm. We are limited on the number of swimmers, we can have per age group up to 15, with the exceptions of the 9/10 age group which will be 18, so please sign up as soon as possible. However, we will be starting a waitlist as well, so as we can add swimmers, we will be able to do it in a timely manner. If you are interested in being on the waitlist because your age group is full please email us on the Amador Polar Bear website. Next, we will be starting the swim season on Monday the 12th of April and the times and age groups are as follows:

• 6 and under (who can swim the width of the pool unassisted) and all 7/8’s 6:00-6:30
• 9/10’s and some 11/12’s 6:30-7:30
• Some 11/12’s, 13/14’s, and 15/18’s who are not swimming high school 7:30-8:30

If you are a 6 and under who cannot swim unassisted across the width of the pool, your start date will be after high school swim is over, at the end of May. Also remember that time slots will change for everyone after the end of school.

Again, we will have three away meets this year in June and July, and hopefully one home meet as well. This is very exciting, as we did not think this would be possible this year. There will not be a championship meet, but maybe next year!

COVID restrictions will be the same at last year. For those who did not swim last year I will again go over these rules:

Deck Behavior

Horseplay or other physical behavior on the deck will not be tolerated. Parents, please help us by communicating with kids the expectation to maintain physical distancing before we start, particularly if you child struggles in this area. This swimming opportunity is a privilege. If guidelines are not followed, your child may be asked not to return. Speaking for the board and coaching staff, we wish circumstances were different, but given the existing state of affairs, we are trying to provide a safe opportunity for everybody to swim.

ENTRY and EXIT Instructions

For practice, we will enter in the pool area by the office and the normal everyday door will be the exit. This is important, please only enter through the far office gate where the health checks are taking place. If you don’t need to be on the deck, please stay on the outside. If you do come into the deck area, please keep the number of people to a minimum. We want to keep the bodies on deck to a minimum. Families can wait in the park area for swimmers to finish. Swimmers will be assigned a lane when they check in. Each lane has a single chair and bench behind that chair. The swimmer will place whatever gear they have (seats, towel, t-shirt) on the benches and sit in the chair until practice begins. Parents/Families who are on the deck should sit on the bench in the lane assigned to their swimmer(s). ALL who are on deck must where a face covering. This is a requirement of using the pool. If there are issues with this requirement you and your swimmer will be asked to leave. If the situation warrants, you will be kicked off the team for the remainder of the summer. This opportunity is a privilege and the team desires to provide the highest safety measures for all who are participating including the swimmers, coaches, volunteers, and families on deck.

Once the kids are done with practice, grab your stuff and go. THE SHOWERS AND LOCKER ROOMS ARE CLOSED AND NOT AVAILABLE. Hands must be washed upon entry and exit. We will have hand sanitizer available in those locations. Board members and volunteers will be there to help guide us through this process.

Volunteers

Speaking of volunteers, we will again need your help to make this season work. We will need help with temperature checks, getting swimmers to the correct lanes, and making sure we spray all chairs and benches between age group changes. We will need at least 2 to 3 people per practice for this, and you can sign up with Angela our Volunteer coordinator.

We know there is a lot of information here, but we are excited to be getting back in the water and we hope you are as well.

Sincerely,
Amador Polar Bears Board.


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The Amador Polar Bears has a strong tradition of good citizenship, morality and sportsmanship. For greater than 50 years our team has passed along these values to the next generation of swimmers. Our commitment to excellence in swimming, team spirit and summer fun continue to be a positive influence on the children of Amador County.

As we are a non-profit, run by a board of volunteers, we strongly urge you to take part in our democratic organization and fundraising efforts.

GO POLAR BEARS!!!