June 24, 2019
I hope everyone is having a great day. Please read through this week’s email for important Reno Aquatic Club information.
Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP)
IF YOUR FAMILY HAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED THE NEW MAAPP POLICY, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY. YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PRACTICE OR PARTICPATE IN MEETS UNLESS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE NEW POLICY.
Click here to acknowledge the policy. Once you read the policy, click the “attend” button.
Another successful RENO Gamble is in the books! The weather was perfect and our new starting blocks looked great. I talked with many of the coaches, and they all had positive feedback on the meet.
Thank you so much to all the parents for the hard work. Several parents were there the entire time – from set-up on Thursday to tear down on Sunday. There were also many parents who worked shifts even when their swimmer wasn’t competing. Your commitment and support of Reno Aquatic Club is amazing! The coaching staff and swimmers greatly appreciate it.
A big thank you to our meet director, Scott McLean. Scott has to handle many small details throughout the year and the meet weekend to ensure a successful meet. He did a tremendous job and the club is very grateful for his hard work. Thank you, Scott!
In the pool, we had some great swims! Several our swimmers achieved multiple best times, new time standards, and tried new events. I was happy to see all the smiles and it looked like everyone was having fun. Some of my best memories from swimming are from the RENO Gamble. I hope the swimmers gained some lifelong memories over the weekend.
Congratulations to Marni Kraemer and Oliver Raker for winning the 10-under high point awards!
I have updated Reno Aquatic Club’s top-10 times after the Gamble. Congratulations to Marni Kraemer for posting top-10 times for RENO:
9 - 10 Girls: 5th – 200 IM, 8th – 50 Free, 8th – 50 breast, 9th – 50 back,
Practice Schedule Changes
Coach Melanie and I will be taking 17 swimmers from our Senior and National groups to a training camp this weekend at UNLV. It’s going to be an excellent opportunity for our swimmers to get a taste of what it’s like to be a collegiate swimmer. With both of us being gone there will be some slight changes to the practice schedule for the Senior and National groups. All the other groups will remain the same.
Senior and National – 6/27 – 6/29
Thursday AM – NO Practice
Thursday PM – 5 – 7 PM at Idlewild
Friday – 7:00 – 9:00 AM at Idlewild
Saturday – 7:30 – 9:30 AM at Idlewild
On Thursday, July 4, the Senior and National groups will have normal AM practice. There will be no afternoon practice for any groups on the Fourth of July.
As social media grows in popularity, the dangers of our youth participating in social media is well documented. I know many parents discuss the dangers of inappropriate social media with their children, but sometimes the parents have difficulties convincing their children to be careful. A parent shared with me a video that may help get the message across.
The video is an interview with Northwestern’s football coach, Pat Fitzgerald, talking about how inappropriate social media can potentially ruin the chance for an athlete to play their sport at the next level. One bad post on social media can haunt a person and ruin opportunities for the rest of their life.
When I was out of town last weekend, I was at one of my best friend’s wedding. There were several assistant swim coaches from major universities in attendance. We were having a discussion on recruiting swimmers and every single one of them said their school stopped recruiting an athlete because of what they discovered on the person’s social media account. Coaches do their research. It sounds like the new trend is for teenagers to create “fake” accounts. These fake accounts can still be easily traced to the individual.
I plan to discuss the dangers of social media more with the swimmers, but hopefully the above information can give you some more help with convincing your child to be careful when they are online.
Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website. Click here to read the archived articles.
Sierra Summer Swim League Novice Meet
RENO is partnering with Silver Bear Swim School to host the SSSL Summer Championships on Saturday, July 27th in Carson City. This meet is perfect for swimmers in our Blue, Mini, and Summer Swim Program. I will have more details soon, but please mark your calendar if you plan to attend. The meet should go from 9 AM – noon.
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 27 – Sierra Summer Swim League Championships / Carson City, NV (Blue, Mini, Summer Program)
- 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.