Weekly Announcements for week 6/23-6/29
Dear SBSC families,

Practice Schedule
RHS Practice Groups
Group 1 Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-7:30
G1 Elite Monday 5:15-7:30
Group 2 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:15-7:30 and Friday 5:00-6:30
Group 3 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6:30-9:15, and Friday 6:30-9:00

Group 3 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5:00-6:30
NPHS Practice Groups
Group 1 Tuesday and Thursday 5:15-6:45
Group 2 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4:30-6:45 CST
Group 3 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4:30-6:45 CST


Practice Notes: Swimmers attending Group 2's Friday practice should bring dry-land clothes and running shoes.  New Prairie swimmers and parents are asked to enter NPHS through door N9.  S6 will be closed, quite possibly, for the remainder of the summer to allow for more renovations.  The  west pool doors (shallow end) should be used to gain access to the pool.  New Prairie swimmers are welcome to attend their corresponding group's practice at Riley


New Prairie Construction

Unfortunately our season at NP will come to an end on Thursday.  Coach Ashley was informed the pool will be closed starting July 1st.  NP swimmers are welcome to finish the season practicing at Riley.  If there are any families that would prefer to put their membership on hold please email me prior to June 30th to avoid being charged for July.


Summer Hours & Entrance into RHS

All swimmers and parents are to enter and exit the building through door #22. This door is on the northwest corner of the building and faces Fellows Street.  There is a stairwell at door #22 that leads to the west entry door of our seating area.  This will be the door we open for parents who choose to stay and watch practice.  At the end of practice swimmers will be directed to leave the building from this door. Please plan on picking up your swimmers from this entrance.


Group 2 Swimmers Attending AM Practices

We allow Group 2 swimmers to attend morning summer workouts based on their age.  11 year old swimmers are allowed to attend once per week, 12 year olds twice, 13 year olds 3 times, and 14 year olds 4 times per week.  Swimmers should have at least one Divisional cut in their age group.  If they do not and would still like to attend they will need to receive permission prior to attending.  Group 2 swimmers that will not be in high school in the fall should arrive at 7:00 Monday-Thursday, and 6:30 on Friday.  We spend the first 40-45 minutes of morning workouts in the weight room except on Friday.  The vast majority of our Group 2 swimmers are not ready for this type of work.  Group 2 swimmers that attend mornings will be charged an additional $15 each month they attend.


MSC Summer Splash Several new best times over the first two days.  I will post the results to our website and update all the other pertinent pages as soon as the results file is sent out.  You can follow all the action by using your Meet Mobile app.


NASA Summer Invite Saturday June 29th Here are the pertinent times for this Saturday's meet

Warm-ups 7:30-8:50-our swimmers should be on deck by 7:15
Meet Starts at 9:00
This is now a one session meet, all ages will be swimming together.  Attached you will find the order of events.
There will almost certainly be divided warm-ups with younger and older swimmers and possibly by team.  As of this morning I have not been given any specifics.  If I receive any details prior to Saturday I will email those out.
I will be the coach on deck for this meet.  If you will be arriving late or unable to make it please text me so I can make sure your athlete gets signed in prior to the sheets being pulled.
Open Water State
At this moment the meet is still in question.  From my understanding the final decision if the meet will be held will be made Monday by 1:00 PM.  If it is cancelled I will alert everyone as soon as I hear.  Since this is a new meet for our club I have attached the meet letter to answer any questions you may have.  If the meet does go off as scheduled, here is the check in process and pertinent times for Tuesday's meet.
Athletes will check in and complete the following stations:
  1. Check in and receive numbering card.  It is imperative they retain the numbered card as it will be collected by an official as they enter the water for competition.
  2.  Numbering on arms and back and hands.
  3. Checking and trimming of finger and toe nails.  Athletes are asked to complete trimming prior to arrival at the competition site.
  4. Swimsuit inspection
After completion of check-in athletes will move to warm-up on the course during the designated time.
Mandatory Safety Clinic 8:00
Meet Starts 8:30
Again, I will be the coach at the meet please send me a text if you will be arriving late or unable to make it.
IHSAA Moratorium Week July 1st-July 7th
Each summer the IHSAA mandates the week that contains July 4th there is to be no contact between high school coaches and their athletes.  I will be at practice but I will not be on deck.  I will be sequestered in the office and available to meet with any non-high school swimmer or any parent.  All high school swimmers (or soon to be high school swimmers) are not be in the office for any reason.  Swimmers are not to arrive prior to 6:20 AM or 4:50 PM.  No swimmer will be let into the building until another coach arrives.
If an athlete texts or emails me after June 30th they will not receive a reply.  If there is communication that needs to happen it has to be initiated by the parents.  I realize with the new MAAPP guidelines parents and swimmers have been including each other in their messages to me, I will not respond to any text that has a swimmer included. 
I know this may sound confusing so if you have any questions please let me know.
Wednesday July 3rd and Thursday July 4th.
Due to the holiday falling on Thursday we will move all PM practices that day to Wednesday PM.  Group 3 will still practice Thursday morning but there will not be PM practices for any Group on Thursday evening.

New USA Swimming Guidelines-MAAPP

USA Swimming issued a new directive with regards to electronic communication and social media contact between coaches and athletes.  Most of what is being implemented is common sense and falls in line with our club's policies.  One new requirement we will need to adhere to is how your minor child communicates with me.  For several years I have asked swimmers in Group 2 and Group 3 to text/email me if they would be missing practice.  Moving forward, swimmers will be instructed to include a parent on all communication with me.


If you are the parent of a Group 2 or Group 3 swimmer, and have never sent me a text before, please text me so I have your contact info in my phone.  This way if I need to contact your swimmer about missing practice I can be sure to include you.  My cell phone number is 574-276-6057.


I encourage all parents and swimmers to read the full policy.  We are required to keep this policy on our website, here is the link

Advertising Credit
A Group 2 or Group 3 annual membership plus all the other associated fees with our membership -- spirit wear, meet surcharges, technology fees, concession stand/hospitality fees, USA Swimming-- is approximately $550 for an entire year. (A Group 1 annual membership is about $100 less.)  If you were able to sell two of the Premiere+ adds it could easily pay for a whole year of swimming including meet entry fees!
Selling a one year ad to one company could earn you anywhere from $50 to almost $500. Here is the link for more information. Another easy way to earn credit for your swim club account is to hang our recruiting posters out in the public. For every poster you hang you will receive a $5 credit up to $25. Once you hang the poster post a pic of it on your Facebook page (or other social site) and tag the club.
Spring and Summer Meet Schedule/Dates of Meet/Location/Deadline to commit
Below is our spring/summer meet schedule.  Swimmers wanting to compete will need to commit to those meets.  The deadlines are based on deadlines that were set last year. They may change once the meet hosts posts the meet information.  When committing to multiple day meets please leave a message in the available notes section of what days you would like to attend. Meets marked with an * are meets that require swimmers to meet certain time standards.  All pool locations can be found on our website under the "Pools" tab


CSC Spring Fling/May 3rd-5th/Carmel High School/Our Results
NASA Off the Blocks/May 4th/Northridge High School/Our Results
IA May Invitational/May 10th-12th/Rolfs Aquatic Center, Notre Dame/Our Results
CON BW3 Blazin' Invite/May 31st-June 2nd/Merrifield Pool, Mishawaka/Our Results

*MSC Summer Splash/June 21st-23rd/Munster High School/Our Results coming soon
*Open Water State/June 25th/Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indianapolis/Entry Sent
NASA Summer Invite/June 29th/Northridge High School/Entry Sent
IA Summer Spectacular/July 12th-14th/Rolfs Aquatic Center, Notre Dame/Entry Sent
*IN Senior State Championships/July 18th-21st/IUPUI/commit by July 7th
*IN Age Group State/July 26th-28th/IUPUI/commit by July 14th
*IN Summer Divisionals/August 3rd & 4th/commit by July 21st

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

John VanDriessche
Head Coach
South Bend Swim Club
South Bend Riley High School