June 18, 2019
It’s RENO Gamble week! Our annual summer swim meet is this weekend at Idlewild Pool. This is the 37th year Reno Aquatic Club has hosted this meet. It would not be possible without the help of our amazing parents. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to help! I will be sending more details about the meet later this week.
Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP)
In last week’s Parent Education, I discussed the USA Swimming’s Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP). Please click here to read more about it.
All team families MUST acknowledge the MAAPP by June 23, 2019 for their swimmer to remain a member in good standing of Reno Aquatic Club and participate in acitivities of the Club including practices and swim meets.
With the RENO Gamble this weekend, I thought it would be perfect timing to share this article:
Two Tips for Parents About Swim Meets by Elizabeth Wickham (SwimSwam)
“A coach once told me that his favorite swim parents are the ones who jump in and help–wherever they are needed–and don’t expect anything in return. Keep that in mind, especially at swim meets. Here are two small things that can make a big difference:
When your team is hosting a meet: sign up early and often!
If you’re not on a mega-sized team that has parents waiting in line to volunteer, filling volunteer positions can be a major undertaking. Our team has a parent volunteer who fills all the jobs, signs up every family on the team and tracks their hours. Don’t create extra work for her. Volunteer right away.
Many teams require a minimum number of hours per family, per meet. Some families work every hour of the meet–from preparation months ahead–through tear down. Then, a few parents work a two-hour slot like it’s a major inconvenience and they’re too important to be bothered.
If you have the time, do more than the minimum. You’d be surprised how a few extra hours will improve the morale of your fellow parent volunteers and help the meet run smoothly.
When you are at an away meet: say thank you!
At meets, things can and will go wrong. The coffee may be cold at 7:30 a.m., the check-in line may be too long or the weather may not cooperate. Please, don’t take these things out on the hosts. If there are rules for parents not to go behind the blocks with their swimmers, don’t insist to a volunteer parent wearing an orange vest that you have to get behind the blocks. Accept that every meet won’t run perfectly and realize volunteers are parents, too.
At the end of the meet, take a moment to say thank you to someone on the host team, an official, or administrator. The people running meets are usually former swim parents who love swimming and choose to stay involved. A few kind words at the end of a meet can have a positive impact and brighten someone’s day.
Remember–this is all about the kids. By volunteering and doing a bit more than asked, you’re setting an example for your children. Look around your pool deck. You’ll notice that swimmers who stick with this great sport through their high school years and beyond have parents who jump in and help wherever they can.”
Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website. Click here to read the archived articles.
Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:
- June 21 – 23 – RENO Gamble / Reno, NV (all)
- July 12 – 14 – Swimming at Altitude / South Lake Tahoe (optional for Orange group and below)
- July 12 – 14 – Pacific JOs / Concord, CA (14-under swimmers with qualifying times)
- July 12 – 14 – Senior 2 T/F / Pleasant Hill, CA (15-over swimmers with qualifying times)
- July 19 – 21 – NNA Trials/Finals / Reno, NV (talk with coach)
- July 30 – August 3 – Western Zones Senior Championships / Clovis, CA (senior swimmers with qualifying times)
- August 2 – August 4 – High Country Championships / Minden, NV (end of the season championship – all swimmers who aren’t attending Western Zones)
- August 6 – 10 – Summer Junior Nationals / Palo Alto, CA (swimmers with qualifying times)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.