Fall Currents

Dear Swimmers and Parents,

Our Fall Season is just around the corner and I can't wait to see everyone in the water soon! There are some important changes I want to explain before the Fall season starts. 
 
First of all, Sonya has taken a full time job with MCRPD-congratulations Sonya! Unfortunately this means that she will not be coaching on a daily basis as she was before. She hopes to coach a couple days a week and still come to meets once she gets into the rhythm of her new job, and I certainly hope so too! Coach Matt and Perla will mostly be taking over the Green Group practices. Caitlin and I will be mostly coaching Blue-Senior group swimmers.  The big change for Green group is that Green Group will practice 5-6 Monday through Thursday with no Friday practices. The rest of the swim groups will have the same practice times and schedule. Sonya plans to be around and she is still part of our swim family, we just don't know how much she will be coaching. 
 
Registration Monday August 19 and Tuesday August 20
All swimmers need to register for the 2019-2020 swim year. Registration will be held Monday 8/19 and Tuesday 8/20 at 4:30 at the pool. If you are not here for registration you can register on your first day of practice. The practice groups (see below) have been refined and reorganized a bit, and there will be a list of the swimmers in each group at registration. 
 
Training Groups
Our program is built on a progression of skills and each group has a set of skills swimmers need to master before they move on to the next group. The specific criteria for each group can be found in our team handbook, and below is a quick overview of the groups.
 
Green Group
This is the beginning of our competitive program, where swimmers learn the fundamentals of all of the strokes and start to prepare for meets if they are ready. Minimum age: 6
 
Blue Group
This is the foundation of our competitive program, where swimmers are preparing to compete, and stroke technique for all strokes continues to be the focus of all practices. Blue group swimmers are gaining the skills, techniques and fitness to confidently compete in meets. 
Minimum age: 8
 
Pre-Senior Group (formerly Bronze, Silver and Gold )
This group is for dedicated swimmers 11-14 years old who have demonstrated competency in all of the Blue group skills and who have shown a commitment to competition by attending meets throughout the year. Within this training group swimmers achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold levels, which are determined by dedication, skills, fitness, and competitive performances. Minimum Age: 11
 
High School/Senior Group
This group is for high school-age swimmers who either want to train for the high school season or are year around swimmers, and it gives them an age-appropriate group to train with. The Senior Group are high school and college-aged swimmers who are training for and competing in Senior level meets and they have met or exceeded the Pre-Senior requirements. Minimum age:14
 
Meet Schedule
 
September
9/8 WhiskeyTown Open Water 
Senior group and any 11-14 year old swimmers who have completed a 500 or longer in a meet and who are ready to swim an unassisted mile in Whiskeytown Lake. Ask Derek if you have questions about this event. Camping at Oak Bottom Campground or find lodging in Redding.
 
9/21-9/22 WAVES Aquatics @ St Helena. Blue and Pre-Senior groups. Sign-up via  https://fastswims.com/
 
October 
10/18-10/20 Neptunes @ Finley Aquatic Center, Santa Rosa-All Team Sign-up via  https://fastswims.com/
 
Team Time Trial 4:30-6:30 @ Starr Center -All Team. Date TBD more info to follow.
 
November
11/16-11/17 HOME MEET Thankswimming Classic- All team and all hands on deck!
 
December
12/7-12/8 SR 2 Trials and Finals @ Pleasant Hill (SR Qualifiers)
12/13-12/15 Dickens @ Santa Rosa JC All Team
 
January
1/18-1/19 Zone 3 Championships (qualifiers B+) @ SRJC
 
See you at the pool!
Coach Derek