September 22, 2020
Welcome to the 1st Quarter of the 2020-2021 swim season. This newsletter is to inform you of upcoming events and information regarding the Torpedoes Swim Club. Due to changes for COVID mitigation in the City and at the pool, our season will not look like it has in the past. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncertain times and please realize that this season is subject to changes as new information becomes available.
The first Quarter will run from October 12 to December 4th. We will take the week of November 23-27 off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Each level is limited to 12 swimmers. The homeschool session was created to provide an alternative practice time to accommodate more team swimmers and is open for ages 6-18.
10 and Under – Monday & Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm @ Pool
Friday Dryland @ HHES time TBD
11 and Over - Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 – 4:30pm @ Pool
Friday Dryland @ HHES time TBD
Homeschool - Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:30 – 11:30am @ Pool
The locker room is NOT available for use. Please have your child come dressed and ready to get in the pool or use the family changing room. The lobby area is also not open; parents will have to drop you child off and be there for pick-up at ending time. This is City mandate, we apologize for the inconvenience.
Registration will open on September 28th at 7pm. Click on the red ‘Online Registration’ button on the website, valdeztorpedoes.com, and follow the prompts to register your swimmer. All swimmers must be registered to participate in the 1st Quarter.
Space is limited to 12 swimmers per level with registration filled on a first come first served basis. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Sonja Mishmash, Registration Coordinator, at 907-255-2010.
To make sure all information gets out to our members we utilize several sources for communications; emails, website, and Facebook. During this time of fluidity it is paramount that you check your email & social media to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
We send emails throughout the season to inform our members of meets, special events, fundraiser information, and invoice payments. If you receive an email from Team Unify or [email protected] the content is pertaining to VTSC, please read and respond if necessary.
We are continually updating the website as a source of information for our members, take some time to look over the content. This site has meet records, meet information, team calendar, and your team account. You can also commit to meets and sign-up for volunteers jobs.
Please like our Facebook page Valdez Torpedoes Swim Club. Here we post meet information, volunteer requests, reminders and it is our go to place to post schedule changes and last minute reminders. As a member you can also post information/requests on that page.
ON DECK APP:
On Deck is a free swim management app that is connected to our website. Through this app you can declare your commitment to meets, sign-up for jobs, see meet results, and a host of other options. You will need your Team Unify (Torpedoes Website) account log-in for this app.
NEW TEAM MEMBER INFO:
Parent information can be found on the website or in the team Handbook. Look under the ‘Parent Info’ tab on the top of the website. The handbook can be found on the website under ‘Documents’ or ask for a copy at the pool.
LEARN TO SWIM:
It is our intent to offer swim lessons after the New Year when the High School swim season will be over and more pool time available. We will send out more information once we get pool time secured and the schedule determined.
Due to the uncertainty of COVID in the state there are limited meets on the schedule. This will most likely change throughout the season and we will keep you posted of any changes. We do not have Postal meets scheduled at this time, due to the uncertainty of High School swim using the pool for their own Postal meets on the weekend. We will post the Postal meets on the team calendar (on website), on Facebook, and in an email as soon as they are determined. At this time there are a few meets on the Alaska Swimming Events calendar:
2020 Central Area Champs December 11-13 @ Bartlett pool in Anchorage
2021 Senior Champs January 29-31, 2021 @ Bartlett pool in Anchorage (long course)
2021 Age Group Champs February 12-14, 2021 @ location TBD ( 14 and under)
2021 Central Area Champs March 26-28, 2021 @ Bartlett pool in Anchorage
2021 Junior Olympics April 23-25, 2021 @ Bartlett pool in Anchorage
2021 Summer Champs July 23-25 @ Bartlett pool in Anchorage (long course)
We plan to move forward with our annual Wreath Fundraiser. Information will be going home with swimmers the first week of practice. We will also be spreading information via email and social media. This is our biggest fundraiser and the community looks forward to the evergreen items for the holiday season.
We can’t succeed as an organization without everyone’s continued support of VTSC. We always need support during our Postal meets. When volunteer opportunities are available members will be notified via email and on our Facebook page.
We are currently in need of Officials, if you are interested in becoming an official please contact a current official or our Official Coordinator, Erica Shirk, at [email protected].
We need YOU! Several of the current Board Members will be stepping down after this season. If you would like to become involved and make a difference in this organization, please let us know.
We are looking at providing a 2 week camp between the end of the first quarter and Christmas break. This will allow those that are qualified for the 2020 Central Area Champs an opportunity to continue training after the quarter ends. More information will be provided at a later date.
Through a grant from Providence Alaska Foundation we will be able to offer a discounted USA Swimming membership fee for TEAM swimmers for the 2021 season. The 2021 fee is $86 and we will only be charging each swimmer $40, the grant money will defray the remaining membership fee costs. Thank you Providence! Returning swimmers will be current on their membership fee until December. All new swimmers must have a current USA Swimming membership to swim with VTSC.
As this season will be in constant flux we keep you informed of any and all changes as they pop up. Thank you again for your patience and support. We look forward to a fun, albeit unusual, season – see you at the pool!
VTSC Board of Directors and Coaches
Chris Mishmash – President
Betty Hoffman – Vice President
Desirae Roosma – Treasurer
Raechel Gondek – Secretary
Jen Ditman – Member at Large
Kate Goudreau – Member at Large
Caitlin Neahr – Member at Large
Sonja Mishmash – Member at Large & Registration Coordinator
Sam Shirk – Member at Large
Carl Young – Head Coach