October 15, 2018
It’s a big week for Reno Aquatic Club! Our annual King of the Hill meet is this Friday – Sunday. There are some important notes about the meet included in today’s update.
Before we get started, there is NO practice for any groups on Friday, October 19 due to the meet.
King of the Hill
This will be the biggest King of the Hill meet. We officially have 500 swimmers registered with nearly 80 from RENO. There will be several of the local teams, a few from California, and Bend Swim Club from Oregon. It’s going to be a great weekend of swimming!
With the large number of swimmers and not a lot of deck space, we ask that parents pack lightly for the meet. We will have a team area on the pool deck – just look for the RENO banners. In addition, the weather should be nice, so we will have a RENO tent set-up just outside the pool.
This meet is a big fundraiser for the team. It would not happen without the support of our parents. A big thank you for all your hard work. We do need some additional volunteers to make the meet run smoothly. Teri, our meet director, sent an email last night with the positions we still need filled. If you missed her message, click here to read it. With the majority of the jobs at swim meets, you will still be able to watch your child compete in his/her races.
Later this week, I will send an email with the meet timeline and psych sheet. Be on the lookout for that email.
If you are planning on attending the Nevada State Championships in Henderson, please click here to fill out a quick RSVP survey by Monday, October 22.
The coaching staff is responsible for submitting entries for each swimmer. The entry deadline is Wednesday, October 31. We will aim to have a rough draft of entries by Wednesday, October 24, so we can make any necessary revisions. The coaching staff will pick the events each swimmer will be doing.
On Friday, October 26 (Nevada Day) RENO will have a special practice / Halloween party at Northwest Pool. We would love to see everyone there! Here is the schedule for the day:
1 – 3 PM = Pre-Senior, Senior, and National practice
3 – 4 PM = Party and Fun for All Groups – please be sure your child brings his/her suit, because we will be doing in-water relays and games with the entire team.
No Practice on Halloween
There will be NO practice for any group on Wednesday, October 31.
With King of the Hill taking place this weekend, we have several swimmers (and parents) who will be attending their first swim meet. Swim meets are a lot of fun and a chance for your child to showcase his/her hard work. For swim meet rookies, it can be intimidating. Hopefully the information below will make your first swim meet a success!
I found an outstanding swim meet 101 from the YMCA Birmingham team. Click here to access it. Please note: meets in Northern Nevada usually do not have a "Clerk of Course" as described in this document. Swimmers will just need to be behind the blocks and paying attention to when it will be their turn to swim.
In addition to the document, here are a few important things I want to highlight:
- If you have a question… ask! Remember, even the most seasoned swim parents had a first swim meet, and they most likely had the same questions you have. If you are unsure about anything, ask another parent, an older swimmer, a coach, etc.
- Show up on time and be sure your child is ready to get in the water when warm-up starts. General warm-up usually happens an hour before the events begin. Warm-up gets the swimmer’s body ready for a day of racing and it also allows him/her to familiarize his/herself with the pool.
Over the last few meets, RENO has done a good job of all the swimmers getting in on time and starting warm-up right when the pool opens. The coaching staff wants to continue this, so please arrive on time.
- Please be sure your child checks-in with his/her coach before AND after EVERY race.
- Although the coaching staff wants to avoid swimmers from being disqualified, if a swimmer gets disqualified it is OK! Disqualifications allow the swimmer and coaches to learn from their mistakes and work to prevent a DQ from happening again. If your swimmer gets disqualified, please don’t get mad at the swimmer (and especially the official), rather use it as a learning lesson.
- The main priority of the coaches at swim meets are the swimmers. Please be mindful of that. If you have questions or need to speak to a coach, please try to do that at an appropriate time. Although your swimmer may not be racing at that moment, there is a good chance the coach has another swimmer in the water that they need to be focused on.
- Meets have different rules on where parents can be. This can change from meet-to-meet and pool-to-pool. If a meet has an area that is designated for swimmers, coaches, and officials only, please respect the rule. Usually these areas are behind the coaches’ tables and the starting blocks.
- Most importantly, have fun!
Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website. Click here to read the archived articles.
We Need More Officials
If you have an interest in becoming more involved with your child’s swimming, I strongly encourage you to become an official. You do not have to have any swim experience. We are lucky to have a great training situation in Northern Nevada, and they will teach you everything you need to know.
Being an official helps you satisfy RENO’s volunteer requirements plus you get a front-row seat and free food at swim meets!
There will be a clinic for new/interested officials in Reno on Saturday, October 27 from 9 AM – 12 PM. Please click here for more information.
Here are the rest of the meets for 2018:
- October 19 - 21 – RENO's King of the Hill / Carson City, NV
- November 9 - 12 – Nevada State Championship / Henderson, NV
- December 5 - 9 -- Junior Nationals / Austin, TX
- December 15 – RENO Intrasquad Meet and Christmas Party / Northwest Pool
On the evening of December 15, RENO will hold its annual parent party. This year’s event will take place at the Renaissance in downtown. We will also be opening the party up to alumni (swimmers and parents). Click here to RSVP. It is going to be a fun event!
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.