September 29, 2019
RHS Practice Groups
Group 1: Thursday 6:00-7:15
G1 Elite: Monday 5:30-7:15
Group 2: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:30-7:15, and Friday 5:00-6:30
Group 3 PM: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:15-6:30PM, and Friday 5:00-6:30PM
Group 3 AM: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 5:30AM -7:00AM
NPHS Practice Groups (all times for NP are CST)
Group 1 Monday 6:00-7:15
Group 2 & 3 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 5:30-7:15
Practice Notes: NP families please make sure to use the main doors when entering the building at NPHS. NP Group 1 will practice on Monday this week to allow them another practice prior to the Intra-Squad meet.
No Wednesday AM for Group 3 due to the late start for South Bend Schools.
Group 3's Friday is unique. The majority of this group is part of the Riley Swim team and they are required to attend their Port-A-Pit fundraiser after school. We will offer a morning workout for that day and evening workout that starts at 5:00 PM. These will be the same workout so athletes should attend whichever one works best for their schedule.
Group 1's practices will last until 7:15 through the month of October.
A reminder to all Group 2 swimmers attending Friday's practice to bring dry-land clothes and running shoes.
I believe I have credited all the New Prairie families for September. If you do not see the credit on your account please let me know.
Meet starts- 8:15
This meet is a two team head-to-head meet between us and the Concord Swim Club. More details about time lines to follow. We will be meeting for lunch at BW3's after the meet. Each family will be responsible for their own meals. The deadline to commit to this meet is October 8th. But, if you know you will be attending this meet please commit as soon as you can. Since both the NCISC meet and this one offer the same events it helps with planning/event selection if I know they are attending both.
As of this morning we are just 25% of our way towards our goal. Only 22 swimmers have received donations so far. We currently have 116 swimmers active in our program. This is the only fundraising we do for the entire year and it is imperative for our operating budget. I realize every activity your child participates in does fundraising. I am also aware you can only call ask the grandparents only so many times. But it very easy to set up your swimmer's account, send out to your email and put a link on your Facebook page.
This year will be using the funds for our Swim-A-Thon to not only keep your costs low but to purchase some updated dry-land equipment, power racks for the pool deck, and continuing coach education. We also are looking into hiring a full-time lifeguard and hope to use the funds raised for this as well.
CON Skypoint Transit Invitational November 8th-10th
This is an exclusive meet and our club was given preferential early entry status. The deadline for this meet is tonight Sunday the 29th. This is the first meet being held in the brand new Elkhart Aquatic Center and promises to offer some great competition. The high school girl swimmers will be back with their high school teams but will not need a waiver to compete this weekend. The high school boys will have not yet started officially with their high school teams so they will also not need a waiver. Hopefully, you will be able to sign your swimmers up for this meet not only for the great competition but also to be a part of swimming history in our community.
Elkhart Invitational November November 23rd & 24th
You received and email reminder this morning about the approaching deadline of October 6th, next Sunday. We will almost certainly be extending the deadline. The meet information is not yet available so at minimum it will be extended one week later. I will update when I know more.
Spirit Wear I've met with one of the It's Tops sales reps several times over the last few weeks and we are getting very close to having the order form ready for distribution. We meet again next week so hopefully we will have something for you in next Sunday's email.
New USA Swimming Guidelines-MAAPP
USA Swimming issued a 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.
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/Monday September 30th
NCISC Fall Sprint Meet/October 5th/Riley High School/Monday September 30th
Dual Vs. CON/October 12th/Concord High School/October 8th
CON Great Lakes Meet/November 8th-10th/Elkhart Aquatic Center/Tonight Sunday September 29th
ELK Invitational/November 23rd & 24th/Elkhart Aquatic Center/possibly Sunday October 13th
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.