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Team Email - 12-16-2020

Team Email – December 15th

Barring a team emergency – this will be the last all-team email for 2020 so PLEASE read this carefully as it does include some new information and reminder of policies – especially as relating to sign-up, travel & general CoVid management.  Don’t worry – we’re ending on a high note!

1) Facility Updates
Please do NOT watch the swim sessions from outside the facility. This is a violation of the JCC policies and procedures. They have notified us that the police will be called if someone is watching in the windows at any time. Please wait in your car for practice to be complete. 

Athletes must enter and exit at the new entrance at the far east of the front of the building.

Baker is closed from Friday at noon until after the new year.

We are returning to Loyola this week. Please make sure your athletes are wearing masks and parents are NOT allowed to watch in the windows during the Tier 3 implementations.

2) New Travel Restrictions
I cannot ask earnestly enough to be transparent and honest with your travel. We want to keep the team open & operational and this takes a full team effort. We do not anticipate competition prior to February 1st at the earliest so being involved in our online dryland & programs while quarantining is a great complement to keeping athletes engaged and ready for the next steps.

Click HERE for the latest map of the travel restrictions
Red States – automatic 10 day quarantine
Orange States – 10-day quarantine OR negative test prior to return.

3) CoVid Exposure Updates
In the event that someone in the household is experiencing symptoms, waiting for results of a CoVid Test or currently under quarantine or isolation – we ask that you refrain from sending your athletes to in-person programming until quarantine has expired.

Some of the CDC protocols have shortened up, so in the event that you have an exposure or concern, please let staff knowemail Safety Director Greg Hartman and he will walk you through appropriate procedures/quarantine.

4) Schedule & Sign-Up
Throughout the break – we have small slots of time that we have opted to allot for All-Team Open Swims for 18&Under athletes. The intention of these times is to allow for families to attend a swim together and make scheduling lightly easier during the break. These are posted on a NEW sign up (I know, but there was no good way to do it otherwise) – and we encourage families who have athletes in different training groups take advantage of this 30 minute slot. If siblings are already in the same training group, we ask that you kindly opt to respect this space for those families to have some shared time in the pool.
CLICK HERE for that Sign Up genius – it will open tomorrow at noon for Saturday and will allow for sign up no more than 54 hours ahead of time.

Tentative All Swim times:

  • Saturday, December 18: 6-630 & 630-7p – Loyola (12 each)
  • Tuesday, December 22: 630-7p, 7-730p, 730-8p – OLPH (6 each)
  • Tuesday, December 29: 630-7p, 7-730p, 730-8p – OLPH (6 each)

The schedule for early January will be released closer to the end of break. Much of this schedule depends on facilities and we want to make sure that it’s as correct as possible before the schedule is released.

With that being said, please try to refrain from signing up on the genius until we send an email out stating the genius is complete – it is part of a four-step process to get the schedule out and we have to make sure each piece is accurate. We can’t always regulate each signup (there’s over 200 in a week) so we have to trust everyone to be a good teammate and be respectful of each other and the collective space.

For Additional Sign-Ups over break – please adhere to the 8p (For any session 6a-330p) and 2p (for any session 4p-9p). This gives the coaches a chance to sweep each signup as fast as they can (it is not a quick process to delete someone) and have it ready for the next signup.

We use the global clock – so don’t look at that microwave clock that you kind of reset for daylight savings for guidance!

5) Billing
Any billing adjustments for January need to be into the Business Manager by December 30th. Please email Kristen if you have any questions about your account – [email protected]

6) Water Polo Accolades

And now a bit of extraordinary news! We had 6 athletes and two coaches get selected to the 2020 USA Water Polo Holiday Camp! This is an elite camp usually held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs every December for only the top players – 8th Grade & younger. This year the athletes had an online environment where they learned about everything from key skills & drills to how to develop championship habits outside the pool through sleep, nutrition & conditioning.  Members of the National Team roster and support staff conducted sessions over the course of a weekend and really created a once in a lifetime opportunity of access for these athletes.

Coaches Selected – Laszlo Hruza & Apostolos Karagiannis

Athletes Selected – Caden Adrianopoli, Holden Hiebeler, Max Rosenfeld, Bella Rouse, Pippa Spaan and Hank Woodman

7) New College Commitments – Class of 2021

Alexis Burton – Colgate University – planning on swimming & majoring in Neuroscience

Lanie DaSilva – Augustana University – planning on playing water polo & majoring in pre-med/art

Nathan Reid – University of Miami-Florida – planning on majoring in finance

As college decisions come in, please let us know and let’s celebrate the successes of the next step for ALL our NTA athletes. Whether you choose to compete in college athletics or not – water polo or swimming has been a big part of that journey and we want to celebrate it!

8) Thank You to all the Coaches.
This has been a long 2020 with many pivots, adjustments, rescheduling and more – they have handled it beyond admirably and with an extraordinary amount of grace and kindness for each other and our athletes. I know I would be adrift without their commitment to our team family.

Be Safe. Be Well. Mask Up. Social Distance. 
We want 2021 to be an amazing year.