January Practice Times
Current restrictions continue to
affect our practice schedules. Swimmers will 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
3:30 - 4:45 PM, Monday-Thursday
3:30 - 5:00 PM, Friday
8:00 - 9:15 AM, Saturday
Silver (Early & Late,
4:45 - 5:40 PM, Monday-Thursday
5:00 - 6:00 PM, Friday
5:40 - 6:20 PM,
6:20 - 7:00 PM,
Blue 1 Monday &
Blue 2 Tuesday &
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
To request the use of scholarship funds for January, please
email [email protected] no later than January
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
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
- 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
- Swimmers should enter the gate with their cap
already on, so as to limit person-to-person contact as much as
- 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
- There will be separate entry and exit
- Swimmers will not be allowed to enter the
designated entry gate until 5 minutes before their start
- Swimmers are expected to maintain 6’
distances both inside and outside of the gate. No
- 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
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
- Swimmers are encouraged to bring their own
- 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
- 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
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
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]