August 18, 2019
RHS Practice Groups
All Groups-- Next Practice Tuesday September 3rd
NPHS Practice Groups
All Groups-Next Practice Tuesday September 3rd
Practice Notes: Coach Ashley is reaching out to the school admin this week to see if we can get a definite date for using the NPHS pool. We are both holding out hope the pool is ready for practice on the 3rd. I will update as soon as more is known.
Fall and Winter Season
Our on-line registration for the fall and winter is now open. Our first practices will be the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 3rd. The fall/winter meet schedule is finalized. We will be attending some different meets this winter with the hopes more swimmers will be able to participate. We are scheduled for two meets at the new Elkhart Aquatic Center in November If anyone has any questions about the schedule, just let me know.
I have started the fall practice schedule and the first two months for both sites are completed. Once I am able to get high school meet schedules I will do the remaining months. Just as a reminder, the calendar on our website is tentative and should be used as a guideline and all practices listed at NPHS are CST. The weekly emails are the most up to date schedule we will have so please use those for planning your week. If there are any last minute changes those will be communicated on our website, through email, and our social media sites.
Thank you to the 25 families that have already registered. Every year the majority of our families wait until the day of or day before our first practice to sign up. This has left us a little short handed for practices. To alleviate this I am making the offer to all of our returning families if they register before midnight tonight, August 18th you will be entered in a drawing to win $25 credit to your swim club account. Please, if you are planning on being part of the club register soon.
For those of you on Facebook you may have seen our post/advertisement about the fall registration. The post has been shared 40 times! If you share this post you will also be entered in a drawing to win $25 credit to your swim club account.
Finally we are offering an incentive to families who bring in new swimmers. For every new Group 1 swimmer credited to your family you could earn a $10 credit, for Group 2 $15, and for Group 3 $20. These credits will appear on your swim club account after the new swimmers have gone through their 2nd month billing cycle. For example, if a swimmer registers in September you will see the credit on your account November 2nd.
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.
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.
Fall and Winter Meet Schedule/Dates of Meet/Location/Deadline to commit
Below is our fall/winter meet schedule. The first date listed is the day(s) of the meet and second date is the deadline to commit. Swimmers wanting to compete will need to commit to those meets. The deadlines are based on deadlines that were set last year (or best guess for new meets). They may change once the meet hosts posts the meet information. When committing to multiple day meets please if the option to select the days you want is not available, please leave a message in the available notes section of the specific 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
Intra Squad Meet/October 1st/Riley High School/September 30th
NCISC Fall Sprint Meet/October 5th/Riley High School/September 30th
Dual Vs. CON/October 12th/Concord High School/October 8th
CON Fall Invitational/November 8th-10th/Elkhart Aquatic Center/September 22nd
ELK Invitational/November 23rd & 24th/Elkhart Aquatic Center/October 6th
Maple City Classic/December 7th and 8th/Laporte High School/November 3rd
DUNE Rumble in the Region/December 14th/Chesterton High School/November 10th
IA TW Invite/January 3rd-5th/Rolfs Aquatic Center, Notre Dame/November 10th
CON IMXtreme Challenge/January 24th-26th/Concord High School/December 8th
NCISC Winter Championships/February 15th/Riley High School/February 9th
CON Last Chance/February 28th-March 1st/Concord High School/January 26th
*IN Divisonals/March 6th-8th/Lake Central High School/February 16th
*IN Age Senior State/March 13th-15th/IUPUI/March 1st
*IN Age Group State.March 20th-22nd/IUPUI/March 1st
*Speedo Sectionals/March 26th-29th/Elkhart Aquatic Center/March 1st
As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.