July Team Newsletter/Return to Swim

New Practice Times


We are excited about resuming practices. Except for Gold/Platinum, there will only be one group in the water at a time. Below are the practice times beginning June 29th and extending through July. 

Gold/Platinum
7:45 - 9:00 AM, Monday-Friday
(practice will gradually begin earlier in the morning as we rebuild our training duration)

Silver Early/AM*
9:00 - 9:55 AM, Monday-Friday

Bronze
5:40 - 6:20 PM, Monday-Thursday

Blue 
6:30 - 7:10 PM,
Blue 1 Monday & Wednesday
Blue 2 Tuesday & Thursday

Silver Late/PM*
7:15 - 8:10 PM, Monday - Thursday
5:00 - 5:55 PM, Friday
 

New Practice Rules / COVID-19


In light of the current restrictions and guidelines, there are a few new rules that we must adopt to continue practices and they are as follows:

1) If you have COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you will not be allowed to participate.
  • Some symptoms include fever and/or cough, please consult the CDC website for a comprehensive list (all employees will also be screened each day).

2) Locker rooms will be closed, except as needed for emergency restroom use only.

  • Swimmers must arrive and leave in their suits.
  • Swimmers should enter the gate with their cap already on, so as to limit person-to-person contact as much as possible.
  • Swimmers are encouraged to use the restroom before coming to the pool.
  • No more than one swimmer should use the restroom facilities at a time.

3) Parents are not allowed on the pool deck/within the fence.

  • Parents are allowed to observe from outside of the fence, but are encouraged to maintain 6 feet of separation from other parents at all times.
  • The bleachers outside of the fence are closed, please do not sit on these.
  • Parents are also permitted to wait in their cars, if this is preferable.
  • If you need to speak with a coach, please make an appointment by emailing coach@wraswim.com

4) Parents should not leave the location during practice.

  • Swimmers will be required to leave the gate immediately at the conclusion of practice, and will then be assumed to be under their parent's supervision.

5) Swimmers will be given specific instructions for maintaining appropriate distancing in the facility during practice. Any swimmer who fails to comply with the instructions given by their coach will be asked to leave practice.

  • There will be separate entry and exit gates.
  • Swimmers will not be allowed to enter the designated entry gate until 5 minutes before their start times. 
  • Swimmers are expected to maintain 6’ distances both inside and outside of the gate. No congregating.
  • The bleachers inside the gate will not be for seating, these will only be used for swim bags and towels, and will be sanitized between practice groups.
  • During practice, swimmers will be given assigned spots in a lane to maintain throughout the practice time. Members of the same household will be allowed to share a place in the lane.

6) Swimmers MUST bring their own goggles, or they will not be permitted to swim. We will not be loaning any goggles or allowing swimmers to share equipment. 

  • Swimmers are encouraged to bring their own additional equipment. 
  • If a swimmer does not have their own equipment, there will be kick boards and pull buoys provided.
  • There will be a drop off point for borrowed kick boards and buoys, so that they can be sanitized.
  • Fins and hand paddles will not be provided. These items should not be needed for the first week. Email if you would like equipment recommendations (Blue group swimmers do not need fins and paddles).
  • Each swimmer will have a designated spot to store their equipment on the pool deck, but any personal equipment should be very clearly labeled with your swimmer’s name.
  • Equipment bags are not allowed to be left at the pool after practice. If you have an equipment bag that was left at the pool before the closure, it should be taken home after your first practice.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we navigate a return to practice amidst the current regulations and guidelines. We hope to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable, while having fun practicing with their teammates. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
 
Our summer swim lessons are underway with our next class starting July 6th, and we now have an email subscription list to notify you when new classes are open for registration. The email sign up list, as well as more information on our lessons, can be found here.
 

A Note from the Coach:

This has been a difficult time for everyone. Our athletes have spent three months out of the water, and they are not alone, this has been experienced by swimmers all over the country. Now, we are returning to training, and things are going to look a little different. We have hope that we will see a return to what we previously knew as normal, but in the meantime we need to work together to navigate these uncertain and challenging waters and reclaim our team culture and spirit.

We know swimmers (along with all of us, if we're honest) may have forgotten a few good habits, so we want to take a moment to remind you of some best-practices:

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It is HOT in July, and athletes need water to replenish their bodies. Due to current restrictions, we will not have waters available for swimmers at the pool. Please be sure to bring water to practice.
  • Healthy snacks, before and after practice. About an hour before practice, try to eat high-quality carbs for energy. After practice recovery snacks include bananas, nuts, cherries, etc. Appropriate fuel before practice and healthy recovery snacks after practice will be a vital part of a safe return to training.
  • Adequate rest. We know everyone's schedules have been thrown way off by the extended disruption to their regular schedules. It's important to make sure our athletes are getting adequate rest. Our bodies heal and repair while we sleep. If swimmers have been staying up late, start moving toward healthier sleep patterns. Turning screens off at least one hour before your targeted bed time will improve sleep quality.

In the upcoming weeks of our return to training, we will be focused on:

  • Gradually building endurance and strength
  • Technique 
  • Drill and kicking
We know everyone is anxious to return to competition. We hope to be able to announce a preliminary meet schedule in the near future.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

New events will be announced soon!

...see more

 

Committee Corner

Want to get more involved? We are always looking for members for the following parent committees: Officials, Social, and Maintenance.

Email Amanda to participate.

 

U.S. Masters Swimming 

Parents: Do you love swimming and wish you could train and compete with a team? Our Masters team is growing, and looking to add new team members! 

Visit our Masters Swimming page for more details.

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