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Age Group Practice - October 12th Q&A

Hello EMAC Families,

Thank you to all of you who contacted me over the last 24 hours regarding the new schedule. A lot of you were reaching out with the same questions and concerns, and if some have those questions, I know even more have them but have yet to reach out. Here are the top questions that were asked.


1. Rodale Address. In our previous communication we did not include the address to Rodale Aquatic Center. The address is:

  • 100 College Drive Allentown PA 18104
  • To access the site, drive north on cedar crest blvd past the hamilton blvd light. Turn right onto Cedar Crest College's campus off of Cedar Crest Blvd. Take the first right once on campus, the pool is on your right. The best way to leave the pool is to continue down past the Davinci Science Center and exit back onto the bypass.

2. Dryland. Due to needing to operate out of 2 different sites 5 days a week, our Age Group staff is not able to offer appropriate water coverage and still accomodate dryland for our groups. This is something we are looking at addressing in the future, though currently, we will not be offering dryland with this schedule

3. Schedules. The full practice chart is overwhelming, below is each groups practice schedule broken down by age.

Practice at EMAC will be in Green, practice at Rodale will be in Blue

8&Under  
Monday 7:00-7:45pm
Tuesday OFF
Wednesday 7:00-7:45pm
Thursday OFF
Friday 7:00-7:45pm
Saturday OFF
Sunday OFF

Practice at EMAC will be in Green, practice at Rodale will be in Blue

9-10s Green Gold
Monday OFF OFF
Tuesday OFF OFF
Wednesday 4:45-6:00pm 6:00-7:15pm
Thursday OFF OFF
Friday OFF OFF
Saturday 3:45-5:00pm 2:30-3:45pm
Sunday 5:45-7:00pm 4:30-5:45pm

Practice at EMAC will be in Green, practice at Rodale will be in Blue

11-12s Blue/Gold Green
Monday 4:45-6:00pm OFF
Tuesday OFF 6:00-7:15pm
Wednesday 7:15-8:30pm OFF
Thursday OFF 6:00-7:15pm
Friday 4:45-6:00pm OFF
Saturday 4:15-5:30pm 3:00-4:15pm
Sunday OFF 3:15-4:30pm

Practice at EMAC will be in Green, practice at Rodale will be in Blue

13-14s Green Gold
Monday 6:00-7:15pm OFF
Tuesday OFF 7:15-8:30pm
Wednesday 7:45-9:00pm OFF
Thursday OFF 7:15-8:30pm
Friday 6:00-7:15pm 7:45-9:00pm
Saturday 1:45-3:00pm 12:30-1:45pm
Sunday 2:00-3:15pm 12:30-1:45pm

Practice at EMAC will be in Green, practice at Rodale will be in Blue

4. November Schedule/Structure We will not be able to run programming out of the EMAC site during construction. Coach Doug is currently looking at the options available to us during this time. As of today, we also do not know the exact date of ground breaking.

5. Meets Due to COVID, running meets is significantly more difficult than before. At the moment, our staff is looking at what it would take to run a USA Sanctioned meet. At the least, we will be running intrasquad races once we get inside, though these races will not be sanctioned times that get imported into SWIMS, they will give our athletes the opportunity to race.

6. Group Assignments Group placement is reevaulated and adjusted three times throughout the Calendar year. September, December, and March. Once the structure is up, we will reevaulate groups for December. There will be new group assignments based upon, but not limited too, the following factors:

  • Swimmers who age into a different competition bracket
  • Roster sizes
  • Roster availability

7. Sunday 10/11 Practice We will be offering practice, though due to coach coverage issues this Sunday, we are only offering In-Water practice. The swimming schedule is as follows:

  • 13-14 Green 9:30-10:30am
  • 13-14 Gold 10:30-11:30am
  • 11-12 Blue/Gold 11:30-12:30pm
  • 11-12 Green 12:30-1:30pm

If you have any other questions, please do not hesistate to ask; as always: See you at the pool!