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February 2022 UPAC Newsletter

FEBRUARY 2022 - NEWSLETTER

 

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Coaches’ Corner

January Attendance Challenge Results:

1st place: Silver A

2nd place: Pre-Senior

3rd place: Bronze B  

 

Congratulations to Silver A for winning the January Attendance Challenge! We will be in touch to schedule a well-earned celebration!

 

 

Secondary Practice Locations:

The UPAC board and team leadership continue to seek out consistent availability at secondary practice locations to ensure uninterrupted training schedules. Our Senior group has had the opportunity to use the University of Puget Sound’s facility - thanks to everyone’s generous contributions and volunteering at their home meets! However, due to campus restrictions, our Seniors are the only group able to use the UPS pool for training. 

 

We continue to look for a secondary facility to ensure all groups are able to train when there are conflicts at the Curtis Aquatic Center. Our priorities in this search are:

  1. Proximity to Curtis / Commute convenience
  2. Comparable availability for training times 

 

Group Meetings:

Coaches are excited to meet their athletes' support networks and to present their group mission, expectations, and procedures. But, we will be holding off on scheduling these in-person meetings until we are confident we are past the Omnicon spike. Thank you for understanding!

As always, you are encouraged to reach out to your group coach through email, or find them on deck either before or after a training session. UPAC coaches strive to instill qualities in our athletes that will aid their future success in the pool and the world in general. Some of these include; intrinsic motivation for self-improvement, the enjoyment of competition, and community building. 

 

New Scoreboard Alert!

The Curtis Aquatic Center is getting a new, full color, scoreboard! This is super exciting. If you have ever seen the current scoreboard fully lit up, you know why this is also completely necessary.

 

The new scoreboard is scheduled to be installed the week of Feb. 14th - 18th. It is unclear if any programming adjustments will be needed to accommodate the installation. We will communicate any  practice changes as early as possible, but some of these notices may come at the last minute. Again, we thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being able to show off the new  scoreboard at the upcoming February Fly-In Invitational!

   

 

Upcoming Events

  • February 17, 2022: UPAC February Board Meeting
  • February 26-27, 2022: UPAC February Fly-In
  • March 18-20, 2022: WA State Championships (12-18 yrs) @ KCAC
  • March 30-April 2, 2022: Western Zone SC Senior Zones @ St. George, UT

Find all planned events @ https://www.teamunify.com/EventsCurrent.jsp?_tabid_=91210&team=pnupac

 

Volunteering

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 February Fly-In without you!! Please take a look and consider being on deck and bringing hospitality items. 

 

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

 

DONATE HOSPITALITY ITEMS

 

Additionally, we have ONE more important opportunity 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 Senior training groups. 

 

  • February 19, 2022, Sat UPS Finale, 1100am-300pm

 

Login and Signup @ https://www.teamunify.com/EventsCurrent.jsp?_tabid_=91210&team=pnupac

 

Fundraising Information

  • Feeling lucky? It is time for a RAFFLE!! Don’t forget to get your early tickets bought before it is too late! 
  • We are partnering with Mod Pizza in University Place on February 27, 2022 for a fundraiser! Please plan your meals accordingly and spread the word!! Be sure to reference the fundraiser when purchasing! 
  • Order your February Fly-In Swag here!
  • SwimOutlet:  Purchase Swim Gear including UPAC gear from the team store 
  • Amazon Smile:  Assign UPAC as your non-Profit of choice for rebates
  • Fred Meyer:  Assign UPAC as your non-profit of choice for community rewards
  • 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 Useful Safe Sport Links Click the “Safe Sport” Menu at upacsharks.org

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Apparel

  • Team Gear is available at the swim outlet team store.
  • White Latex UPAC caps are available for purchase ($5)
  • White Silicone UPAC caps are available for purchase ($8)
  • If you haven’t picked up T-shirts or Caps that you have ordered, please let your swimmers coach know.

 

UPAC Logo Refresh

The Coaches and Board have been working on updating the UPAC branding with the help from design specialists who work for professional sports teams in Seattle (Sounders!) Please find the new logo here. There are a few versions we will incorporate into various design options. We would like to get new banners ordered and start working on updating Team apparel options right away. If you have any feedback, please feel free to email Josh Newman with your thoughts! 

 

Board Updates

  • Board position voting took place at our January Meeting. For 2022 the following individuals will serve as Board Officers:
    • John Cotter, President
    • Mel Bellin, Vice President
    • Dan Forrest, Treasurer
    • Kayla Keigley, Secretary
  • All Board Meetings are open to all members and we invite everyone to attend. Meetings are scheduled in the General Calendar at upacsharks.org 

 

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