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UPAC January 2022 Newsletter

Shark Updates: January 2022

We are so excited to launch our first monthly newsletter to share all sorts of happenings in and out of the pool in one location to simplify things for our families. You will still be hearing from us via email on a regular basis, but here is a great spot for you to find more details, key dates, hear from the coaches and find news! 

Find Us on Social

Coaches' Corner

Upcoming Events

Volunteering Updates

Fundraising Information

Safe Sport Updates

UPAC Apparel

Board Updates

On the Radar

General Membership Information


Find Us on Social Media

Facebook: University Place Aquatic Club

Instagram: @upacswim


Coaches' Corner

In the New Year, Coaches will be meeting with swimmers and parents in individual groups to explain expectations, development plans, and coaching methods/philosophies.

In addition, we will be holding a January group attendance competition  ! The group with the highest practice attendance, by participation percentage, will win a pizza party - held in the Curtis Pool classroom after a practice session.

If your athlete must miss due to sickness or COVID-19 quarantining/isolation, reach out to your group’s coach. Your athlete will be taken out of the equation for the period covered. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the  WA State Department of Health’s COVID-19 page  , or go directly to their  Isolation and Quarantine information page  .

We also understand some athletes may be participating in other activities that conflict with the swim schedule. We are in complete support of athletes participating in multiple activities! We do expect these conflicts to be communicated to your athlete’s group coach, via email. 

Participation score breakdown:

  • Monday-Friday practice attendance: 1 point
  • Communicated scheduling conflict: ½ point
  • Missed practice without explanation or communication: 0 points
  • Saturday practice attendance: bonus ½ point! 

Upcoming Events

  • January 13-16, 2022: Washington Open @ KCAC

  • January 15-16, 2022: UPAC Icebreaker Invitational (home meet)

  • January 19, 2022: UPAC January Board Meet (3rd Wednesday of the month)

  • February 5-6, 2022: BISC Winter Invitational @ Bainbridge Island

  • February 17, 2022: UPAC February Board Meeting

  • February 25-27, 2022: UPAC February Meet (home meet) 

Find all planned events HERE


Volunteering Updates

As a reminder, each family is required to log 40 hours of volunteer time - either through in person volunteering or hospitality donations. We cannot successfully put on our upcoming Icebreaker Invitational without the help of our families! Please review the job sign up below and consider being on deck and bringing hospitality items! Some of the key highlights of these hospitality donations include items for a taco bar for our officials and coaches and a hot breakfast bar on Sunday for these amazing individuals who help make our meet possible! Please sign up today!! 

  • January 15-16, 2022: UPAC Icebreaker Invitational - LOTS of jobs and/or donations available - please sign up today! 

Additionally, we have 3 more opportunities to volunteer at the University of Puget Sound meets. These meets not only serve as a fundraiser for UPAC but also allow us the opportunity to have access to additional pool space for our training groups. 

  • January 22, 2022, Sat UPS Loggers vs. Lewis & Clark, 1230-400pm
  • January 29, 2022, Sat UPS Loggers vs. PLU, 1230-400pm
  • February 19, 2022, Sat UPS Finale, 1100am-300pm

Login and Signup for your volunteer opportunities HERE


Fundraising Information

  • We are partnering with Mod Pizza in University Place during our February meet for a fundraiser! Please plan your meals accordingly and spread the word!! 

  • SwimOutlet:  Purchase Swim Gear including UPAC gear from the team store

  • Amazon Smile: Assign UPAC as your non-Profit of choice for rebate

  • Fred Meyer: Assign UPAC as your non-profit of choice for community reward

  • Volunteer to help host raise funds by hosting UPS swim meets - see event info above.


Safe Sport Updates

  • Reminder to take your Safe Sport Parent Course and Minor Athlete course (athletes 12-17 years old)! We are striving to become a Safe Sport Recognized Program and need to have a large percentage of membership completing these courses! Please reach out to Kayla Keigley if you have additional questions. **We are awarding 2 hours of volunteer time to members who complete this training. Please forward your certificate to  [email protected]  to receive credit. 

  • For 11 and U swimmers please consider speaking to your swimmer about safesport concerns by discussing the topics covered in the USA Swimming Safe Sport workbook:

  • For Useful Safe Sport Links Click the “Safe Sport” Menu at upacsharks.org


UPAC Apparel

  • Team Gear is available at the Swim Outlet Team Store.

  • White Latex UPAC caps are available for purchase ($5).

  • UPAC is looking to update the team logo. We are looking for ideas from our team members, and then hold a vote to select the best one (prize TBD).  Submit entries to [email protected]


Board Updates

  • Board Officer elections take place at the January 19 meeting (Pool Classroom). 

  • All Board Meetings are open to all members, and we invite everyone to attend.  Meetings are scheduled in the General Calendar at upacsharks.org 


Stay Informed

  • Setup SMS text alerts.
  • Subscribe to Practice Group Calendars
    • Login to upacsharks.org -> Click on Group Calendars -> Click “Subscribe Button”
      • Copy URL link to Calendar into Google Calendar or other calendar

On the Radar

  • Underwater video equipment purchase!

  • Spring/Summer Travel Meets

    • Spring

      • TBD

    • Summer

      • TBD, but reviewing opportunities in Eastern Washington, late June - Wenatchee, Spokane, Walla Walla (inland Empire Swimming) 


General Membership Information

For all information related to UPAC Membership please click here