October 22, 2018
I hope you had a great Monday. Please read through this email for important RENO news including some special practices in the next few weeks.
King of the Hill – Thank You!
A big thank you to everyone for your help at the King of the Hill meet! Swim meets would not be successful without the hard work of our parents. The meet went very well, and I heard positive feedback from multiple swimmers and coaches.
There are so many of our parents who went above and beyond this past weekend to ensure a successful swim meet. On behalf of the swimmers and coaching staff, thank you so much for everything! We greatly appreciate it!
King of the Hill – Performance Recap
Tomorrow marks my one year anniversary of rejoining the Reno Aquatic Club coaching staff. During the meet, I took a step back and evaluated where we are today versus one year ago. The difference is night and day. The performances in the pool this past weekend and the number of swimmers entered in the meet highlights our team’s improvement over the last 12 months.
On a performance standpoint, we had several best times, State/JO/Far Western cuts, and multiple event winners. I felt the RENO swimmers were racing strong and challenging themselves with new and different events.
On Saturday afternoon, I really paid attention to how the swimmers were interacting with each other. From my vantage point, it looked like every RENO swimmer was having a blast! This is how swim meets should be… have fun and swim fast!
Unfortunately, for swimmers not going to State, there is a lull in the competition calendar. We will be hosting a small intrasquad meet on December 15. The next big meet will be in January in Carson City. I am looking forward to seeing how much we improve in January.
Great job to all the RENO swimmers who competed last weekend!
On Friday, October 26 (Nevada Day) RENO will have a special practice / Halloween party at Northwest Pool. We would love to see everyone there! If your swimmer is in the Orange group or below, please come at 3:00 PM.
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.
We will also be doing a costume contest. If your child wants to participate, please have him/her wear his/her costume to the pool. Please avoid any excessive make-up or hair dye – we don’t want it to wash out in the pool.
No Practice on Halloween
There will be NO practice for any group on Wednesday, October 31.
I will be putting together a rough draft for State entries this week. Please let me know ASAP if you plan on attending. Please click here to fill out a quick RSVP.
On Saturday, November 5th, we will hold our annual State Pep Rally at Northwest Pool at 9:00 AM. Even if your child is not attending State, please plan on coming. We will practice team cheers and use it as an opportunity to get our swimmers pumped up for the State meet.
The Pre-Senior, Orange, Blue, and Mini RENO groups will NOT have practice from December 23rd – January 1st. Normal practice for these groups will resume January 2nd.
Our Senior and National groups will have practice this week. The schedule has not been set yet, but these swimmers will not swim on December 24th + 25th and January 1st. As soon as the schedule is finalized, I will let you know.
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. Click here to RSVP. It is going to be a fun event!
Additionally, we are seeking items for the
silent auction to be held that evening. Donated items could include
tickets (sporting events, plays, etc.), services (i.e. music
lessons, landscaping etc.), goods (i.e. gift cards, entertainment
baskets, etc.) or something else! Values range from $35 to
the skies the limit.
Please complete the Google form here by Saturday, December 1 to donate an item to the silent auction. We will collect the items December 6-13. Reach out to Torrey Palmer with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While I strive to keep open communication between parents and the coaching staff, here are some guidelines on when to best talk with your child’s coach. Please note: I am not discouraging you to talk with your child’s coach; rather, these are guidelines that will help facilitate better conversations:
- Please avoid bringing concerns to a coach before practice. Right before practice can be a hectic time for coaches. They are focused on being sure the kids are ready to get in the water. Having to deal with a parental complaint right before practice takes away from the entire group.
- Unless it is a true emergency, please avoid talking with a coach during practice. The coach needs to be focused on the swimmers in the water. Again, it is unfair for the entire group if a coach is engaged in a conversation with a parent during practice.
- After practice is a good time to approach the coach If you have a quick question or comment. Please be respectful/mindful of the coach’s time though. Our coaches often have obligations after practice. If your question or comment is more in depth, please send an email to schedule a block of time, so the coach does not get caught off guard.
- Setting up a pre-determined time to talk with a coach is the best approach.
- At the meet this past weekend, I had a few parents come to me with questions. Each parent prefaced their questions with “Is this an OK time for me to talk to you?” As a coach, I greatly appreciate this approach.
On a related note, I came across this article about how parents should handle conflicts with coaches. Click here for five great tips.
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:
- 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
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.