Weekly News - September 23, 2019

Riptide Swim Team

Weekly News – September 23, 2019

 

New Information

 

Apparel: Riptide’s new apparel line is now available! The new apparel line can be viewed online and ordered through Friday of this week. You may also see and try-on the apparel in person in the BWAC lobby this week during evening practices. All orders must be placed on-line and are due by end-of-day Friday the 27th. Be sure to take advantage of this Elsmore Coupon for 10% off your purchases.

Riptide IntraSquad Meet: Saturday, September 28th

  • MEET WARM-UP and START TIME: Swimmers should arrive on deck no later than 11:45 a.m. for the meet warm-up at 12:00 p.m. The pool will be cleared at 12:25 p.m. and the meet will start at 12:30 p.m. Swimmers will sit with their assigned team (see team lists). The meet should finish up by 4:30 p.m.
  • RELAYS: All relays will be posted by Friday on the meet page and finalized the day of the meet. 
  • INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: Swimmers are responsible for knowing what events they are swimming. This meet will be pre-seeded and you will be able to see heats and lanes before Saturday! Remember...a prepared swimmer is more confident and relaxed. If you do not know how to view your swimmer's events, contact their lead group coach.
  • TEAM ATTIRE: All swimmers will be given a latex cap that corresponds to their assigned team. If your swimmer has a latex allergy, please contact your child's lead coach to make special arrangements. Get into the TEAM SPIRIT by having your swimmer dress in their team colors!!!! Be creative!!!
  • COACHES: Blue Team - Mikaela, Penny, Heidi / Green Team - Leigh, Amy, Kelly / White Team - Maggie, Sissy, Olga
  • MEET FUN FACTS:
  • Because the Bluewater Aquatic Center's refurbished starting blocks have been delayed, we will be running the meet with 7 lanes rather than 8 lanes.
  • Team Scoring - Points for Individual Events: 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 / Points for Relays: 18, 14, 12.

Meet Deadlines: Please pay careful attention to these upcoming meet entry deadlines. If you have any questions regarding appropriate meets for your swimmer, please contact your lead coach.

Local Construction: Bluewater access will be impacted by ongoing road construction. Please see the following links ( 1 & 2)  for important details. Drive safely!

Sr Elite & Sprint Parent Meeting: There will be a meeting at Bluewater for all Senior Elite and Senior Elite Sprint parents on Tuesday, September 24th from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Mark your calendars!

Safe Sport for Athletes: As part of Riptide’s effort to become a Safe Sport Certified Team, we are asking that our athletes, ages 13 & over, take a few minutes of their time to take the Safe Sport online training for athletes. It’s an introduction to Safe Sport, healthy boundaries, and how to speak up about misconduct, abuse, and the behaviors that lead to abuse. You can find more information and take the training at www.usaswimming.org/learn. The course is called "SAFE SPORT FOR ATHLETES". If we can get 10+% of our 13 & over athletes to take this course, we earn vital points towards our team certification.

Safe Sport for Parents: As part of Riptide’s effort to become a Safe Sport Certified Team, we are asking that our parents take a few minutes of their time to take the Safe Sport online training for parents. It’s an introduction to Safe Sport, abuse and reporting information. You can find more information and take the training at www.usaswimming.org/learn. The course is called "SAFE SPORT FOR PARENTS". If we can get 10+% of our Parents to take this course, we earn vital points towards our team certification.

March Age Group State Championship Hotel Block: For our early planners – we have reserved a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rochester for Age Group Championships in March! You may book here.

Recommended Reading:

Quote for the Week: 

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." ~V. Sasson

Ongoing Updates & Reminders

 

Private Lessons: If you’re interested in private lessons for your swimmer, please speak to your coach or email Paul Smith.

Billing Contact Info: Questions or concerns? You may reach Cara at billing@riptideswimteam.org or at 952-683-1662.

Fundraising: If you chose not to pay the $30/month facility fee and are, instead, participating in the fund raiser, please contact Cara in billing.

New Team Suit: Our new team suit for the 2019-20 season is now available to order online or to pick-up in-store at Elsmore. Be sure to get your new suit in time for the Sept 28th Intrasquad Meet.

Team Pictures: We will offer professional team/individual pictures this season! Please see the informational brochure for details. Picture dates are Oct 2-4.

MAAPP Certification: This is a reminder that ALL 17 year-old Riptide athletes MUST complete their MAAPP online training prior to their 18th birthday. This is a now requirement for USA Swimming membership.

Splash n Crash Nights: Splash n Crash Nights are an opportunity for swimmers to blow off steam, play in the pool, and then enjoy some Riptide team fun with movies and a snack! We as a team are emphasizing a strong team culture, and this is the perfect atmosphere to do this. These times are a perfect opportunity to get a little time off from your swimmer during a coach supervised activity.

  • Date & Time: Oct 13th @ 3pm
  • Movie shown: Turbo
  • Groups: 8 & Under, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Junior Select
  • Cost: $10

Riptide Pride: Keep your eyes peeled for Riptide Pride-Days on the second Friday of every month! We’ll highlight the “goings on” at Riptide by posting some great photos on our social media accounts.

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