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FLIGHT PLAN 11/6/2020

FLIGHT PLAN – 11/6/2020

Thanks to all the swimmers, families, Y Staff, and Officials who made the 2020 YMCA National Virtual Meet at the Smith Y a reality!  Most of our swimmers competed for the first time in 8 months.  We will continue to find small meets throughout the rest of the season, so meets will be added as they present themselves.

Dates to Know:

Tuesday, Nov 10th Picture Day @ Avery ***Details below

Thursday, Nov 12th Cookie Dough Delivery @ Avery ***Details below

Sunday, Nov 15th – Dual Meet vs FVFY (Aquaforce) @ Fox Valley Family YMCA

Sunday, Nov 22nd – Dual Meet vs Kankakee YMCA @ Kankakee Y

Thanksgiving Week Practices:

           Mon-Wed, Nov 21-23 – Regularly scheduled practice

           Thu-Sat, Nov 24-26 – Thanksgiving Holiday, NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)

            Sunday, Nov 27th – Regularly scheduled practice for M3/M2/M1

Thursday, Dec 24th – Christmas Eve – NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)

Friday, Dec 25th – Christmas Day - NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)

Thursday, Dec 31st New Year’s Eve - NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)

Friday, Jan 1st – New Year’s Day – NO PRACTICE (ALL GROUPS)

Sun, Jan 10th – Dual vs FVFY @ Smith YMCA



Virtual Meet – The results of the National Virtual Meet have been submitted to USA Swimming, Y National Swimming, the Y National Virtual Meet Director for scoring, and entered into our own Team Unify site!  Thanks, again, for all the help making this meet happen.  Results for the virtual meet will not be available until mid-December.

Dual Meet @ FVFY – Sunday, November 15, 2020 @ Fox Valley Family YMCA, Plano, IL

The Aquaforce very nicely invited us to a dual meet on Nov 15th when another team had to cancel.  The registration is already available on our Team Unify site.  Since this is a USA Swimming Approved meet, the registration has to close at 8:00 pm on Sunday, Nov 8th so the file can go to Illinois swimming to make sure our athletes are compliant.

                 AM Session

  • Warmup:  8:30a
  • Start:  10:00a

PM Session

  • Warmup:  12:30p
  • Start:  2:00p

***Video viewing will be available for this meet.  Information on joining that video feed will be made available before the meet starts.

Dual Meet @ Kankakee YMCA – Sunday, November 22, 2020 @ Kankakee YMCA, Kankakee, IL

The Kankakee Y Stingrays have invited us to swim a dual meet before we hit the holiday season.  Registration is due Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020.  We will only be competing in one session, so here are the details so far:

  • Doors Open:  11:15am
  • Warmup begins in waves:  11:45a
  • Meet Start:  1:00p

***Desk space will accommodate one spectator per swimmer while that swimmer is racing.  Spectators will be rotating in and out of the pool each heat.  (This is a similar setup to our Virtual Meet)

Dual Meet vs FVFY – Sunday, January 10th @ Smith YMCA

JETS will be hosting FVFY at the Smith YMCA.  Volunteer assignments will be posted in December.

Head Coach Notes

As the weather gets cold, make sure you are sending your swimmer to practice in closed toed shoes, long pants, a winter jacket, and a hat.  Also, please help the coaches remind swimmers to NOT SHARE WATER BOTTLES!  (Ew!)

COVID News – As a reminder, masks are required in all locations in the Y except when swimmers are physically in the water.  Swimmers have been doing a great job, but it never hurts to remind them.  The pool side door will continue to be available for swimmers to exit.  I will be working with maintenance to make sure that path is plowed and salted.  As the temperatures dip, swimmers may need to use the locker rooms – swimmers need to remember to spend as little time in the locker rooms as possible and wear mask at all times in the locker room since it is an enclosed space.

Spirit Wear Apparel – the Spirit Wear Holiday Store open, again, through Eich’s this week!  The Spirit Wear Store has all the sweatshirts, hats, t-shirts, etc.  The Spirit Wear store will close on Nov 26th to give Eich’s enough time to process your orders for the holidays.  As a reminder, you can order from the Team Store throughout the season – I hear the parka makes a nice Christmas gift!

Picture Day by PMI @ Avery YMCA – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 6:00-8:00p

Picture Day will take place at Avery YMCA this year since we will not be able to take a traditional group photo.  All photos will be individual photos, and those individual photos will be used to make a group photo.  Plan on wearing your black JETS suit for your photo.  All photo ordering is done online this year.  To order, go to the Picture Day event page on our Team Unify site, and click on the link to order photos. 

Swimmers will be arriving in alphabetical order (schedule is on the event page for this event) so siblings can be grouped together.  Only swimmers in that time slot will be allowed on the deck at that time.  If you have a conflict, contact Coach Ashleigh.

M3/M2/M1 will have practice on picture day from 3-5p.  Zeppelins will have practice as usual from 5:00-5:50p.  All other practices will be cancelled for that day.

Cookie Dough Pickup – Thursday, November 12th from 5-7 pm

All Cookie Dough must be picked up on Thursday, November 12th from 5-7p.  If you are sending someone else to pick up your orders, please let Lacie Pifko know who will be coming.  Pickup will be at the side pool door at Avery Y.  Orders will arrive refrigerated.  

Cookie Dough Billing & Deficit Billing – Great work, again, this year in selling our team fundraiser, cookie dough!  I will be invoicing the cookie dough sales that are due (for those who participated in the fundraiser) in Team Unify.  That payment will automatically draw on December 1st!  If you did not choose to participate in the fundraiser, you will be invoiced $150 for one swimmer and $300 for 2+ swimmers.  With the holidays rapidly approaching, I do want to offer you an additional way to spread out these payments if need be – see below.

Team Unify Tidbits – Fundraising billing always brings about the question of, “Can I just pay my invoices before the first of the month?”  The answer is YES!  Team Unify will allow you to pay for any outstanding amount assigned to your account anytime of the month.  I’ll use myself as an example – I owe $390 for my cookie dough sales.  That payment will automatically draw on December 1st, but since I want to pay it, today, I can pay that amount to my card on file in Team Unify.  Best thing is that you don’t have to wait for me to bill it for you in Team Unify.  Sound good?!  Here’s how you do it:

  1. Login to your Team Unify account (on your desktop)
  2. On the left-hand side, MY ACCOUNT, MY INVOICES/PAYMENTS
  3. Click on the tab labeled, MAKE PAYMENT
  4. Enter Payment Amount
  5. Choose your form of payment
  6. Pay!

**Bonus – this is also where you can check your volunteer hours!

Christmas Break Practices – While it may seem early to talk about Christmas Break practices, I want to pass on some basic information.  With the exception of Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve/Day, we will plan on having practice that follows the regular practice schedule. There is also traditionally a Plainfield Boys HS meet over the Christmas Break, so I will add that to the calendar once I get that date. 

Thank you so much!

Coach Ashleigh