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RENO News - 11/13/2018

Wow! RENO had an incredible weekend at the State Championships in Henderson. I will be sending out a recap later this week, but the coaching staff is thrilled with the performances. What a meet!

Please read through this email for important Reno Aquatic Club news.

Practice Tonight

As a reminder, practice for this evening is as follows:

  • Blue = Normal practice (5 – 6 PM)
  • Orange = 5 – 6 PM
  • Pre-Senior = 5 – 6:30 PM (swim only; no dryland)

All swimmers who went to State are off today. Normal practice schedule resumes tomorrow.

Holiday Practice Schedule

With the holidays quickly approaching, we will have some slight modifications to our practice schedule. I will do my best to give you as much notice as possible to any changes. Here are the current adjustments to the schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 13 – Normal practice for Blue, Orange will swim from 5 – 6 PM, Pre-Seniors will not have dryland and swim from 5:00 – 6:30, NO practice for National/Senior
  • Thursday, November 22 – No practice for any group (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 23 – No practice for any group (Family Day)
  • Saturday, November 24 – Normal practice for National and Pre-Senior group; NO practice for Orange and Senior
  • Monday, December 17 – 26 – NO practice for Pre-Senior, Orange, Blue and Mini RENO groups; National/Senior schedule for this week TBA.
  • December 27 – 29 – Modified schedule to be announced
  • Monday, December 31 – No Practice for Pre-Senior and below; Swimmers going to Washington Open will have practice from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.
  • Tuesday, January 1 – No practice for any group

Team Break – December 17 – 26 (Pre-Senior and Below)

Our annual winter team break will take place December 17 – December 26. The break is taking place this week due to Northwest being shut down for repairs.

For swimmers going to Washington Open, I have secured some pool space during this week. I am still working on finalizing the practice schedule, but I will let the swimmers/parents know as soon as possible. 

The practice schedule for December 27 – 29 is still being worked on. I will keep you updated. As of now, the normal practice schedule will resume January 2. 

See’s Candy Fundraiser

All swimmers should have received a See’s Candy packet. If your child has not brought one home, please be sure they get one from their coach this week.

RENO participates with See's Candy in an annual fundraiser selling holiday candy and treats. This is a voluntary fundraiser but everyone's participation is appreciated. The team receives a percentage of the sales from See's Candy. The more the team sells, the higher the percentage returned to the team. 

Packets are due November 30, and the orders will be available for families to pick-up the week of December 10 – 15. More details about pick-up will be available as we get closer to that week. 

Parent/Alumni Party

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 torreypalmer@gmail.com.  

Parent Education

Last month, at my weekly meeting with the National swimmers, I read an excerpt from the book The Power of a Positive Team. Throughout the State meet, I saw our swimmers being much more positive. I am confident this contributed to our outstanding results. As with most things, we can continue to work on this, but I am pleased with the progress we have made over the last year.

I want to share the excerpt from the book with you:

“Michael Phelps and the US Olympic men’s swim team is a great case study in feeding the positive and weeding the negative. When Phelps was interviewed by Bob Costas he described their approach to building a positive team before the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He said:

“Every now and then you hear a bunch of negative comments or someone complaining, and during training camp at one of the meetings, I said to the guys that we are getting ready to go to the Olympics. This is what we have to do and if there is a negative comment keep it to yourself. The more positivity we have as a team the better off we are going to be. As soon as I said that we all became closer and then we really starting getting going.”

When I heard Michael say those words, I was thrilled because he shared a truth with the world that I have witnessed countless times throughout the years. A team with talent can be good. But they must come together to be great. Positivity is the glue that enhances team connection and performance, and it impacts office teams, school teams, church teams, and hospital teams as much as it does Olympic teams.

I’ve seen very positive teams with average talent accomplish more than anyone thought possible. I’ve also seen negative teams with a lot of talent accomplish far less than everyone thought was possible.

Positive teams work together more effectively. They stay positive, connected, and committed through challenges. They maximize each other’s talent. They believe together and achieve more together. Positive, high-performing teams don’t happen by accident. They are built by team members who reduce the negative and add a big dose of positive.

When you subtract negativity and add positivity to your talent, the sky is the limit. You must weed the negative and feed the positive. It’s not a one-time thing you do at an annual meeting. You must consistently weed and feed and feed and weed to maximize the growth and potential of your team.”

  • Jon Gordon, The Power of a Positive Team

Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website.    Click here to read the archived articles.

Meet Schedule

Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:

  • December 5 - 9 –    Junior Nationals / Austin, TX (all qualified)
  • December 15 – RENO Intrasquad Meet and Christmas Party / Northwest Pool (all)
  • January 18 – 20 – Blizzard Blast / Carson City (all swimmers not going to Washington)
  • January 17 – 20 – Washington Open / Federal Way, WA (all qualified)
  • February 8 – 10 – Douglas Dolfins Invite / Minden, NV (all)

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.

Go RENO!

Ryan Evans

Head Coach