Weekly News - January 3, 2022

Amy Parratto

Weekly News – January 3, 2022

Latest Information

  • Happy New Year – As we head into 2022, we urge all families to continue to be vigilant regarding covid safety protocols. We have definitely seen a rise in cases just in our little swimming world. When in doubt, please keep your child home and have them tested. Thank you for your help and patience during this challenging time!
  • Riptide Senior Distance Invite – Our first meet of 2022 is this Saturday. All meet information is posted on our meet page. We will have a livestream!
  • Practice Changes on Saturday – There are a few practice adjustments on Saturday due to the swim meet:
    1. No Senior Elite practice.
    2. Junior Select will practice 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    3. Senior and Senior Prep will practice together from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Safety Marshal Update – USA Swimming has received word from SafeSport that Meet Marshals are not now required to be non-athlete members. This is a pretty amazing turnaround but members of USA Swimming spoke up and made this reversal happen. Your voice does matter! Anyway, thank you to everyone who did step up to the plate. Who knows…this may be brought back in the future.
  • Lost & Found Update – We have delayed clearing out the lost and found until this Wednesday (1/5). If your child is missing anything, please stop in to check the lost and found table in the lobby.

Regular Reminders

  • Questions – If you have any questions regarding your swimmer, meets, clinics, practices etc. please contact your swimmer’s lead coach in order to get the quickest, most accurate and helpful response (see the list below). The coaches are here to help your child in all areas of their swimming. Make sure to reach out to them! If you have a billing question, contact Cara Pavek - [email protected].
  • Clinic Reminders – Clinic registration can only be done through our website. Do not register for clinics using the TU App. Make sure to read the description for clinics and register your swimmer with the correct roster. Your swimmer will not always be in the same session; it will depend on the clinic roster combinations.
  • Private Lessons: Riptide Coaches are offering 30 and 60 minute private lessons. The winter break may be an ideal time to try and schedule a session. If your swimmer is interested, either contact your lead coach directly or [email protected].
  • Adult Swim Private Lessons, Clinic & Training:

1. Adult Lessons: 30 & 60 minute sessions scheduled based on coach and pool availability.

2. Clinic: 5x 60 minute sessions on Friday afternoons from 1:30-2:30pm starting this coming week 11/12 geared for the beginner adult swimmer.

3. Training Group: 4-week session of 2x 75 minute practices per week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:45-8am beginning 11/29 geared more towards triathletes who are not quite at the level of or looking for masters swimming. For more information, contact [email protected].

  • Bronze, Silver, Gold, Senior Prep and Senior Groups – Our lead coaches want to remind you that all swimmers must bring their tennis shoes Monday through Thursday for the dryland exercise portion of practice. Thank you!
  • Remember that we do have a parking lot routine that everyone must follow. Here is the link to see the details - https://www.teamunify.com/mnwss/UserFiles/File/BuildingMap-traffic%20flow.pdf
  • New Team Suit – Please be aware that ALL swimmers are required to purchase the new team suit if they are competing in swim meets. Here is the link to our Elsmore team apparel page - https://elsmoreswim.com/teams/minnesota/clubs/riptide.html.
  • Officiating – If you have any interest in becoming an official, please contact Coach Amy Parratto – [email protected]

Safety Protocols

  • We still require masks while at BWAC. Fully vaccinated coaches may now remove masks while swimmers are in the water but will wear them during any interactions with the swimmers before or after practices. Thank you for your continued attention to these procedures.
  • Locker rooms are only available for swimmers to use the bathrooms. Exceptions have been made for selected groups and practices.
  • Swimmers should continue to arrive and leave practice in their swim suit.
  • Vaccinated swimmers are required to follow any CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and exposures. They do not have to follow the 10 day unvaccinated quarantine procedures. More information will be provided in the days to come.
  • Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should swimmers exhibiting symptoms associated with Covid-19 and/or with a fever of 100.4 or higher attend practices. Please work together to reduce the risk of infection. If your swimmer has had close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case, you must keep them away from the pool for 10 days. You may not test out of this quarantine. Please review the Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Stay home if you are not feeling well. Please err on the side of caution as one bad decision can impact numerous other swimmers and families.
    • Remember that family members sharing the same household are considered “close contact” when it comes to Covid exposure. Therefore, if a member of your family tests positive for Covid, you must quarantine from practice for 10 days. You may not “test out of quarantine”. In the event you must miss practice due to Covid exposure, please notify [email protected] and a credit will be arranged.
    • Please remind your swimmers to always wear masks at BWAC while not swimming. Send your swimmer with a small plastic baggie in which they may place their mask at the end of their lane. The mask may be taken off just prior to entering the water and must then be placed back on immediately after exiting the water.