November Newsletter (Important dates and practice times)

Important Dates


Veterans Day: November 11th
In honor of Veterans Day, we will not have practices for any groups on Wednesday, November 11th. Blue 1 will have a make up practice on Friday, November 13th, from 6:00-6:40.

Thanksgiving Break: November 25th - 27th
Enjoy your time with family over the Thanksgiving Break. Practices will resume the following Monday.
 

November Practice Times


Current restrictions continue to affect our practice schedules. Except for Gold/Platinum, there will continue to be only one group in the water at a time. We are continuing current practice times. Daylight Savings will turn the clocks back one hour on the morning of Sunday, November 1st. This means the sun will set one hour earlier. Coach Wes has been working to improve the lighting at our facility to increase visibility, but until we are able to put the bubble over the pool, swimmers will also need to plan for colder temperatures out of the water before and after practice. Parkas are invaluable during the colder weather, and if your swimmer does not already have one, they can be purchased via SwimOutlet

Gold/Platinum
3:30 - 4:45 PM, Monday-Thursday
3:30 - 5:00 PM, Friday

8:00 - 9:15 AM, Saturday

Silver (Early)
4:45 - 5:40 PM, Monday-Thursday
5:00 - 6:00 PM, Friday


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

Blue 
6:20 - 7:00 PM,
Blue 1 Monday & Wednesday
Blue 2 Tuesday & Thursday

Silver (Late)
7:05 - 8:00 PM, Monday - Thursday
5:00 - 6:00 PM, Friday
 

USA-Swimming Scholarship Announcement


We are happy to announce that WRA Swimming applied for and received a second club relief grant from USA Swimming in the amount of $3750. We intend to use these funds to scholarship any WRA swimmers whose families have encountered financial hardships associated with COVID-19.

The terms of the scholarship will be very simple: 1) You must have been a member prior to the March shutdown, 2) You must attest that your family has experienced financial difficulties that are impacting your ability to afford monthly dues, and 3) You must request scholarship funds prior to the 30th of each month.

Because WRA is operating at reduced-capacity/revenue, the grant from USA Swimming is the only source of funding for the scholarship. Once the money has been used, we will no longer be able to continue offering the financial assistance. Scholarships will be granted on the honor system, and we trust that no members of WRA will take advantage of the funds if they are not needed, ensuring scholarship funds will be available for those who need them most.

To request the use of scholarship funds for November, please email [email protected] no later than November 10th.
 

Practice Rules / COVID-19


In light of the current restrictions and guidelines, we are adhering to the same rules that we previously adopted 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 [email protected]

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 continue to navigate 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.
 
Due to the time restraints placed on our program by current restrictions and guidelines, we are unable to schedule year-round swim lessons at this time. We will do our best to resume lessons as soon as possible, and we 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:

Due to the various restrictions and subsequent restraints imposed by COVID-19, all groups are still on slightly reduced practice durations. We hope this won't continue indefinitely, but in the meantime, we want to encourage all swimmers to continue to supplement their in-water training with age-appropriate strength training at home. For a majority of our swimmers, the most beneficial training will be core exercises and body weight exercises such as pushups, pullups, lunges, burpees, etc, all in addition to hamstring and hip flexor stretching. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

New events will be announced soon!

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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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