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2019 Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association Newsletter

2019 Divisions

Division I: Hunting Hills, Stonegate, Forest Hills and Read Mountain

Division II: Elks Lodge, Our Lady of Nazareth, Spring Run and Ashley Plantation

Division III: Olympic Park, Roanoke Country Club and Hidden Valley

Division VI: Castle Rock, Vinton Area Swim Team and Limestone Park

2019 Event and Meet Schedule

 

Date/ Events

Host

Visitors

Date/ Events

Host

Visitors

Monday, June 3

AP

HV

Monday, June 24

AP

OLN

25 BACK, 25 FREE (7-8)

EL

SR,LP

25 BREAST, 50 FREE (7-8)

CR

SR

25 BACK, 25 FREE (6 & UNDER)

HH

FH

25 BACK, 25 FLY (6 & UNDER)

FH

SG

50 BACK, 50 FREE (9 & UP)

RC

CR

50 BREAST, 100 FREE (9 & UP)

HH

RM

200 M FREE RELAY (9-12)

SG

RM

200 M MEDLEY RELAY (13 & UP)

OP

EL,LP

 

VS

OLN,OP

 

RC

HV,VS

Monday, June 10

AP

VS, LP

Monday, July 1

AP

SR

25 FLY, 50 FREE (7-8)

CR

EL

25 FREE, 100 IM (7-8)

EL

RM

25 BACK, 25 FREE (6 & UNDER)

HH

SG

25 FREE, 25 BREAST (6 & UNDER)

FH

OLN

50 FLY, 100 FREE (9 & UP)

OP

HV

50 FREE, 100 IM (9 & UP)

HH

HV

200 M FREE RELAY (13 & UP)

RM

FH

OPEN

RC

OP,LP

 

RC

SR,OLN

200 M MEDLEY RELAY (9-12)

SG

CR,VS

Monday, June 17

CR

HV,LP

Monday, July 8

AP

EL,VS

25 BREAST, 100 IM (7-8)

EL

OLN

25 BACK, 25 FLY (7-8)

FH

HV

25 FREE, 25 FLY (6 & UNDER)

FH

OP,VS

25 BACK, 25 BREAST (6 & UNDER)

HH

OLN

50 BREAST, 100 IM (9 & UP)

HH

SR

50 BACK, 50 FLY (9 & UP)

OP

CR

100 M FREE RELAY (8 & UNDER)

RM

RC

OPEN

RM

SR,LP

 

SG

AP

100 M MEDLEY RELAY (8 & UNDER)

RC

SG

 

**If inclement weather interferes with the completion of any of the July 8th individual events, there will be a makeup open event the next morning, Tuesday, July 10th at the Hunting Hills pool. Warmups will begin at 8:30am; events will begin at 9:00am.

AP Ashley Plantation     CR Castle Rock         EL Elks Lodge         FH Forest Hills           HV Hidden Valley                      HH Hunting Hills         LP Limestone Park        OP Olympic Park         OLN Our Lady of Nazareth      RM Read Mountain               RC Roanoke Country Club     SR Spring Run                     SG Stonegate         VS Vinton Area Swim Team

2019 CITY/COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

Friday-Saturday, July 19 & 20 Christiansburg Aquatic Center

10 & Under in the AM

11 & Older in the PM

Order of Events Friday: Backstroke, Short Freestyle, Individual Medley, and Freestyle Relays

Saturday: Butterfly, Breaststroke, Long Freestyle, and Medley Relays

2019 REGISTRATION

2019 online registration will be available starting April 1st:

  • Each swimmer must register at https://www.teamunify.com/reczzrvaa to be eligible to swim in the 2019 swim season

  • RVAA dues are payable online by credit card to complete registration:

    • $25 per swimmer if paid by May 28th.

    • $30 per swimmer if paid after May 28th.

  • RVAA dues are in addition to any team dues your swim club charges. Your team dues are not payable through the RVAA online registration. Team dues are handled directly by each team.

  • Deadlines: You must register online by May 28th to be eligible to swim for points and ribbons in the first meet of the season. Late registrations may swim in the first meet for exhibition.

  • Late registrations are available until July 1. To be eligible to swim for points and ribbons in the next Monday night meet, a swimmer must register on-line at www.swimrvaa.com by midnight the Friday before the meet. NO EXCEPTIONS. (see pg 9 for swimmer eligibility requirements for City County)

  • Registrations are non-refundable. NO EXCEPTIONS.

*Note swimmer’s status will remain “Pending Approval” until May 29th if they register on or before May 28th.  Swimmer’s registering after May 28th will have a “Pending Approval” status for up to a week. 

MONDAY NIGHT VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Volunteer requirements for Monday night meets will be available Monday, March 18th.  Please see your teams RVAA representative after March 18th for the sign up genius link.

If your team needs to add volunteer positions please email rvaasummervp@gmail.com.

Our league is always in need of Judges.  If you would be willing to be trained as an official please let your volunteer coordinator or RVAA representative know (more information on training is on pages 3 and 4).

 

2019 RVAA VOLUNTEER TRAINING

  • Training ensures that all meets are run smoothly and have the best officiating for the benefit of all swimmers.

 

  • Head Table Workers: Teams please provide names of head table workers to the RVAA (via summervp@gmail.com or through your RVAA rep).  We are changing a lot of things this year.  ALL Head Table workers should plan to attend the head table worker meeting June 2.

 

  • Clerk of Course: We will be offering a head clerk of course training on June 2rd.  This training is for all head clerk of course workers that feel they need training.

 

  • New and Returning Starters & Referees: You must attend the June 2rd training. In addition, you must attend the judges’ clinic or complete the online recertification. All hosting teams must have at least one trained starter and referee.

 

  • Coaches Meeting: Each team must send at least one coach or representative. Your team will be penalized 5% points at the end of the season for failure to attend the Coaches Meeting.

 

  • Please direct questions to your RVAA delegate or Sarah Nielsen at 556-4381.



 

TRAINING

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

COACHES MEETING

Thursday, May 30

7:00-8:30PM

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING HALL

STARTERS

Sunday, June 2

1:00 PM

SOUTH COUNTY LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

REFERREES

Sunday, June 2

2:00 PM

SOUTH COUNTY LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

HEAD CLERK OF COURSE

Sunday, June 2

1:00 PM

SOUTH COUNTY LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

HEAD TABLE/COMPUTER WORKERS

Sunday, June 2

       2:00 PM

SOUTH COUNTY LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

STROKES & TURNS JUDGES

Thursday, May 16

6:00 PM

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING HALL

STROKES & TURNS JUDGES

Thursday, June 6

6:00 PM

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING HALL

 


 

2019 RVAA Stroke & Turn Official’s (Judge’s) Eligibility & Training

Who is eligible for Stroke and Turn Training?

  • Anyone who is willing to be trained

Who must attend the Stroke and Turn Training?

∙ All new Stroke and Turn trainees

Who must complete the online Stroke test?

∙ All returning summer league Stroke and Turn officials (returning officials can skip the clinic)

∙ All new trainees AFTER attending a clinic

∙ Newly certified Y officials with less than 1 year of certification (can skip the training)

Who is exempt from Stroke and Turn Clinic and online test?

∙ All US Swimming certified S&T officials

∙ All certified Y S&T officials with one year of certification

How do I obtain a “code key” to take the online test?

∙ Code keys will be activated by our head judge, based on an email that you provide to John. He can be reached at rvaajudges@gmail.net. The test can be found at www.strokeandturn.com . You should receive an email directly from StrokeandTurn.com after John activates your key, sent to the email that you provide! The S&T email will direct the trainee how to access S&T.com and how to access the test. The test consists of stages, or segments, that can be taken all at once or over multiple logins. In certain segments (backstroke) the rules are slightly different from the videos. A disclaimer acknowledges as such. Complete each segment in the timeframe desired. Upon successful completion please notify John Stanley. Please note: there is a test and an evaluation that MUST be completed at the end of the Stroke & Turn online session before the certification process is completed. Please complete the entire online program!

How do I obtain my judges badge?

∙ Upon confirmation of clinic attendance and/or successful completion of the online test, John will drop off at a prearranged meeting spot (delivered through the weekly meet packages, most likely)

∙ If you are exempt from the clinic and online test, you still need to contact John Stanley to obtain a judges badge! You can email the head judge at rvaajudges@gmail.com. He will place you on the roster and drop off your badge at a prearranged meeting spot (delivered through the weekly meet packages, most likely).

I have last year’s badge. Does that work?

∙ NO! 10 months is a long time, even for the great minds so prevalent in RVAA! The clinics and the online testing is meant to refresh and/or educate. Our swimmers deserve a predictable and fair environment for competition. What else has changed for officials?

∙ We are now prompting Starters and Referees to be S&T certified. This cross-training allows more flexibility at meets and encourages a greater understanding of meet procedures and protocols by Starters and Referees.











 

2018 SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

2018 Sue Blackwell Scholarship Recipient

Kate Pufko

 

2018 George Devins Scholarship Recipient

Annie Lane

 

2018 Tyler Nordgren Trophy Recipient

Alexa Carter

 

2018 Duane Whitenack Award Recipients

Shannon Hoopes

 

2018 Irene Hurley Volunteer Award Recipients

Ashley Plantation-Kevin Rogers                      Castle Rock-Jason Kinzie                Elks Lodge-Kelly Seidel                    Forest Hills-Sandi Rhodes/Kim Young                 Hidden Valley-Jill Perez                    Hunting Hills-Katie Henritze              Limestone Park-Leanne Alford                 Olympic Park-Wendy Nave             Our Lady of Nazareth-Christina Finch             Read Mountain-Kathy McDaniel            Roanoke Country Club-Deena Lugar            Spring Run-Thomas Fucron                       Stonegate-Karen Brownmiller                 Vinton Area Swim Team-Candice Hoyos








 

2019 Scholarships and Awards

The Sue Blackwell Scholarship

The Sue Blackwell Scholarship, administered by the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, was established to honor the memory of Sue, who died in April 2000. Sue was a lifelong supporter of the RVAA and volunteerism. The scholarship is designed to support a graduating high school senior who is currently an RVAA member. Students must demonstrate academic ability, have financial need, and enroll in an accredited 2- or 4- year institution of higher learning. Applications are available at www.swimrvaa.com or from a high school guidance counselor. Deadline for 2019 applications were due Feb 15th. The scholarship is awarded at City/County, and currently is in the amount of $2,000.

 

The George Devins Scholarship

The George Devins Scholarship, administered by the RVAA, is a scholarship in memory of a man who devoted his life to swimmers and swimming in the Roanoke Valley - George Devins. The 2019 scholarship will be $1500 and will be awarded at the City/County Championship Meet. Applicants must be participating members of the RVAA and must have been accepted to, or currently enrolled in, an institution of higher learning. A committee derived from the RVAA Board of Delegates will judge applicants. Interested swimmers may obtain applications at www.swimrvaa.com. Applications must be received no later than July 1, 2019.  Completed applications should be sent to: RVAAGeorgeDevinsScholarship@gmail.com

 

The Tyler Nordgren Trophy

The 2019 Tyler Nordgren Trophy will be awarded at the annual City/County Championship Meet to an 8-and-under swimmer who embodies the spirit of Tyler Nordgren. Tyler was a member of the Read Mountain swim team who overcame a form of autism and whose brief swimming career was marked by a drive to improve and the excitement that comes with competing and winning ribbons. In July 2001 Tyler suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during warm-ups for a Monday meet, and passed away later that week. Applications should be submitted at the City/County Seed Meeting.

 

The Duane Whitenack Award

The Duane Whitenack Award In 1980, the RVAA established a special award in memory of Duane Whitenack, who worked to help the RVAA expand and grow and who established the plans for a year-round pool for the use of the traveling team. The RVAA designated the year-end championship meet, "The Duane Whitenack City/County Championship Meet." Also each year, the RVAA gives a special award in his memory to the person or persons who have contributed in an exceptional manner through their time and efforts to promote swimming in the Roanoke Valley. All recipients of this award share common characteristics: they are special, dedicated individuals who have demonstrated their love for our children and the great sport of swimming.

The Irene Hurley Volunteer Award  

To honor the service and dedication of Irene Hurley to the RVAA and the sport of swimming in the Roanoke Valley, the RVAA established the Annual Irene Hurley Volunteer Awards in 1996. These awards honor a lady who was actively involved in the RVAA for over 20 years; including ten years as treasurer. She was a model for the caliber of volunteer required for the RVAA. Every year, teams select a volunteer who emulates the qualities, dedication, and commitment of Irene Hurley.

 

                                                2019 RVAA OFFICERS

RVAA PRESIDENT

RVAA SECRETARY

SUMMER DIRECTOR

Hilary Griffith

Kit Williams

Sarah Nielsen 540-556-4381

540-580-5115

540-314-8085

rvaasummervp@gmail.com

rvaapres@gmail.com

swimrvaa@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

RVAA VICE PRESIDENT

RVAA TREASURER

CITY/COUNTY DIRECTOR

Andrea Wilson

Greg Hamilton

Troy Smith

540-588-5880

 

540-798-8653

rvaavp@gmail.com

rvaatreas@gmail.com

troy-smith@cox.net

 

2019 RVAA Delegates

ASHLEY PLANTATION

HUNTING HILLS

READ MOUNTAIN

Kerrie Jolley

Doug Doughty

Kit Williams

949-422-9550

540-798-1202

540-314-8085

kerriejolley@gmail.com

doughtysports@aol.com

kittswim@gmail.com

CASTLE ROCK

VINTON AREA SWIM TEAM

ROANOKE COUNTRY CLUB

Ellen Fedison

Sarah Nielsen

Amy Cullen

540-312-8896

540-556-4381

704-654-5111

castlerockswimteam@gmail.com

ben.nielsen@cox.net

amycullen@me.com

ELKS LODGE

LIMESTONE PARK

SPRING RUN

Monica Mroz

Leann Alford

Mary Hamilton

540-904-9712

540-309-0917

540-797-7666

Mrokes77@gmail.com

lalford4358@gmail.com

dressmup@cox.net

FOREST HILLS

OLYMPIC PARK

STONEGATE

Erik Largen

Shannon Hoopes

Mike Parrish

540-815-7558

540-397-3992

540-354-1984

ErikLargen@gmail.com

sak00182@gmail.com

maparrish2@comcast.net

HIDDEN VALLEY

OUR LADY OF NAZARETH

 

Whitney Smith

Caterina Murdock-Thorum

 

540-3548445

540-467-0544

 

alphahokie@gmail.com

cmthorum@cs.com

 

2019 RVAA SUPPORT TEAM

RVAA DATA and COMPUTER SUPPORT

HEAD JUDGE AND REFERREE

MEET EQUIPMENT MANAGERS

Shannon Hoopes

TBD

Troy Smith

540-397-3992

 

540-798-8653

datarvaa@gmail.com  

 

troy-smith@cox.net

RVAA WEBSITE CONTACT

 

*All visiting teams should bring equipment to away meets in case of equipment failure

Erik Largen

 

 

540-815-7558

   

ErikLargen@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

          

RVAA RULES FOR MEETS 2019

General Eligibility and Meet Rules

1. All swimmers will swim the entire season, including City/County, at the age they have attained on June 1 of the current year.

2. All swimmers must be members of the RVAA member club for which they swim.

3. Guests may swim exhibition in any weeknight meet if space is available. Clerk will issue cards and times will be filed by the RVAA to be used as official times if swimmers complete eligibility requirements. No points or ribbons awarded.

4. Up to three non-member coaches may swim for points and ribbons for any team.

5. Swimmers must pay non-refundable RVAA dues:

*submitted by swimmer online by May 28th $25

*submitted by swimmer online after May 28th $30

6. A physician’s statement and an explanation of any limitation must accompany a swimmer’s request to be classified as “PHYSICALLY LIMITED.” Prior to the start of the summer swim season, a committee of referees will review all requests. Therefore, the written request and doctor’s verification must accompany the registration and dues form. The referee at the meet site will judge temporary handicaps (ex.: broken arm) on an individual basis.

7. Any swimmer in any age group may start from the deck adjacent to the starting block. However, without a medical waiver, NO ONE may start in the water other than on backstroke or medley relay.

8. With the exception of caps, goggles, nose plugs, and ear plugs, all other swim aids are unacceptable during competition.

9. Each delegate, coach, and judge will receive a copy of the technical stroke rules, and may provide copies to interested swimmers or parents.

Team Responsibilities

10. Each team must supply its share of required workers to run a meet. Teams should refer to the RVAA worker requirements provided to their delegates for a description of the minimum number of workers required by each pool for each meet. Note: The RVAA may penalize a team if one or more of its workers leave the meet without first securing a qualified substitute for his or her position.

11. The RVAA and its officials may penalize any individual team or teams that fail to comply with the RVAA Meet Rules. The magnitude of the violation will determine the penalties applied: warnings, loss of team points, or disqualification. The referee will make his or her decision according to RVAA referee guidelines. That decision will be final.

12. Each participating team must provide a work roster, clerk of course worker(s), and a no show list to each host pool by 5:00 PM on the day of the meet. All other workers must arrive at the meet location by 5:30 PM. All Monday night meets begin at 6:00 PM.

13. No team may begin warm-ups without the presence of its coach and one responsible adult (or two responsible adults if the coach is absent). Every team must post a coach or adult at each end of the team’s warm-up lanes. All warm-ups will end no later than 5:50 PM or as designated by the meet referee.

Referee and Judging Policies

14. Meet events may be changed only in the case of a typographical error in the RVAA Newsletter. Referees are not to change the order of events.

15. Unless hazardous weather conditions exist, meets must be swum on the assigned date. However, when weather conditions necessitate a change, the referee will delay or postpone the meet after consultation with the coaches. The referee must notify the summer director on the same evening of the postponement. If the referee postpones a Monday night meet, the teams shall attempt to swim the meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday night of that week if pool availability and weather conditions permit. Teams will hold no makeup date for the last Monday night meet; however, if necessary, they will hold an open event on the following day.

16. In Monday night meets and at City/County, strokes and turns officials will judge six and under swimmers as they judge every other age group. If a six and under swimmer disqualifies or fails to place, he or she will receive a participation ribbon but will receive no points. Every six and under swimmer will receive a participation ribbon or a place ribbon.

17. The referee will relieve meet officials and workers of their duties if the officials or workers consume alcoholic beverages before or during the meet.

18. Swimmers should be confident and making forward progress of the length of the pool.  The referee will make the decision of whether the swimmer is unsafe or the swimmer is making progress in a timely manner.

Classification and Scoring Rules for Monday Night Meets

19. In Monday night competition, a swimmer will be classified for seeding and scoring purposes as Gold, Silver, or Bronze for each event based on the current RVAA Meters Time Standards. When a swimmer’s time card indicates no classification of Gold, Silver, or Bronze, the clerk of course will seed the swimmer in the Bronze division.

20. Fastest qualifying times determine the winners of each race. Ribbons and points will be awarded to the top five qualifiers in each of the three time standard divisions based on their FINAL time at THAT Monday night competition.

21. To earn Gold or Silver classification, a swimmer’s time must be equal to or faster than the stated time standard for their age group.

22. A swimmer may move up or down within the Gold/Silver/Bronze divisions from meet to meet.

23. Adult swimmers, ages 19 and up, will receive points but no ribbons at Monday night meets.

24. Monday meet relays receive ribbons, but no points.

In the case of meet postponement or cancellation:

25. Table officials will record all individual times regardless of the status of the meet completion.

26. Completion of two events will constitute a completed meet. If a meet cannot be completed within that week then only the events that were completed at ALL venues will be scored for team totals, and published team scores will reflect completion status.

27. After each Monday night meet, the participating teams have 48 hours to identify and notify the summer director of any apparent errors in the results. After the 48 hour period has elapsed, the unchallenged results shall stand as official.

City/County Championship Meet

28. To participate in any event of the City/County Meet, a swimmer must have competed in at least two weeknight meets as an RVAA registered swimmer. A swimmer must have established a qualified time in each event he or she wishes to enter at City/County, and must have a time equal to or faster than the C/C cutoff time in order to swim the IM or the 100 Free. (Swimmers who have established times but who have failed to compete in two weeknight meets may appeal to the C/C meet director for medical waivers only.)

29. Swimmers who have had fewer than the designated opportunities to swim an event for their age group (6 & Under-three; 7 & Up-two) may establish entry times for the City/County Championship Meet in the Open Event. No one holding a qualified time may swim to better that time in the Open Event. Open Events are held on the last two Monday night meets of the regular season, or, in the case of meet cancellation, on the following day.

30. Classification rules for City/County follow Monday night rules, but utilize the current RVAA Yards Time Standards.

31. In each of the three time standard divisions, medals or ribbons will be awarded for the top ten places, and points will be awarded for the top twenty places. Relays receive Gold medals or ribbons and points.

32. The season’s final score for each team will be the sum of 60% of its accumulated Monday night meet scores and 40% of its City/County meet score. RVAA championship awards will be presented to all teams based on final scores. Separate first, second, and third place awards will be given for City/County scores.

The RVAA will tolerate no malicious acts of mischief or vandalism against member pools, and such conduct may result in suspension and/or expulsion of the perpetrator(s) from the league.   








 

2018 RVAA TEAM RESULTS

DIVISION 1 

Meet

1

Meet

2

Meet

3

Meet

4

Meet

5

Meet 

6

City/County

Totals

HUNTING HILLS

1915

1887.50

1509

1859

1927

1959

19382

14428.7

STONEGATE

1396

1075.50

1164

1146

1350

876

14199.5

9828.2

FOREST HILLS

1206

748.50

1361

1314

1278

1128

10739

8525.3

ELKS LODGE

968

847

1262

1043

1020

1081.5

9247.5

7431.9

DIVISION 2 

               

READ MOUNTAIN

1414

1042

1099

1272

1494

1028

12748.5

9511.8

SPRING RUN

1197

1075.50

819

869

929

963

10637.5

7748.5

OUR LADY OF NAZARETH

901.5

 933

908

1051

973

1039

12030.5

8293.7

OLYMPIC PARK

800

541.50

592

902

776

500

7018.5

5301.3

DIVISION 3 

               

ASHLEY PLANTATION

1112

849.50

941

921

1023

869

7463.0

6434.9

HIDDEN VALLEY

833.5

757

661

787

521

691

 

4240.5

 

4709.3

ROANOKE COUNTRY CLUB

537

684.50

508

622

628

490.5

3093.5

3319.4

DIVISION 4 

               

VINTON SWIMMING

425

256

327

367

449

356

4204.0

2992.6

CASTLE ROCK

402

357

275

391

415

311

3934.5

2864.4

LIMESTONE PARK

111

43

93

105

43

94

1088.5

730

 


 

∙ View individual top times at http://swimrvaa.com/toptimes.html

∙ View time standards at http://swimrvaa.com/timestandards.html

The Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association was officially organized in 1964 when the RVAA prepared the present constitution and by-laws under the direction and supervision of the late Ed Hughes. During the same year, the AAU officially sanctioned the RVAA. The RVAA has grown from an organization with only a few hundred swimmers in 1964 to approximately 1,699 swimmers in 2012. Following the summer swim season each year, the RVAA holds a championship meet, involving all of the current year's participating teams. At the conclusion of the championship meet, the organization presents plaques and awards in each division for appropriate finishes. The RVAA also maintains, updates yearly, and publishes a record of all the fastest times in the individual age groups events for the championship meet.

The mission of RVAA is to promote the sport of swimming for participants of all ages and abilities throughout the Roanoke Valley Region. All swimmers, parents, coaches, and volunteers will be treated with the highest standards of courtesy and dignity in an environment that fosters fun, personal growth, fair play, and good sportsmanship. RVAA strives to ensure an equitable system of competition among swimmers. Its member swim clubs, in promoting team unity and competition, are charged with abiding by the letter and spirit of the RVAA rules.

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