April News - Fit Party, Fins, Fun, and more

REST Communications
Apr 9, 2019

Happy April RATS families,

We’re getting closer and closer to our Summer Season. We hope you’re as excited as we are. We’ve got a lot coming up quick, so here’s what you need to know.

President’s Message – Welcome to all our new and returning families. We are so excited to officially start the 2019 swim season. We hope you’ve had a chance to check out our new website. Our calendar is up to date, you can find the application to join the Rat Pack, you can register your swimmers, and you can order your suits and apparel – all from the website.

We hope to see everyone this Friday at our last official Fit Party from 4-6pm. If you need to order a team suit, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to try on different sizes to make sure you get the perfect fit. We’re also hoping you stick around for the Parent Happy Hour.

And just a friendly reminder, please do not bring any glass onto the pool deck. Broken glass at a pool is a bad thing all around. We have lots of little bare feet running around,  and if any glass winds up in the pool, the pool would have to close down and be completely drained. So let’s avoid any issues and not have any glass at the pool. We do have some wine tumblers and travel drink mugs available for purchase with our 2019 Rats apparel, so be sure to check out all our team merchandise here.

- Karen Abbott

Coaching Update – Coach Dow wants to remind everyone to come prepared to practice. Goggles, caps, and fins are needed everyday. If you need to stock up, Sports Basement is a great one-stop swim shop. And remember, Friday practice times are a little different than the rest of the week. Please check our website for all practice times; they are listed under the Practice and Meet Info tab.

Final call for all interested RAT PACKers! All applications are due by April 12th. The Rat Pack application for the 2019 season is available online on our Rat Pack page. Print it out, fill it in, and drop it by the pool during practice or email to coachliaison@rudgearrats.com. I’ll be announcing this year’s crew by May 3rd.

Rat Pack swimmers should be 13& older, have an interest in modeling sportsmanship and spirit, and be excited to assist 6&Unders and Polliwogs in safety and skill development. The commitment is 4 days each week over the summer and with an emphasis on spirit at swim meets. These are volunteer positions. All details are on the application. Full details of the program are on our website under the Polliwog tab at the top of the page.

I can be reached at coachliaison@rudgearrats.com or 203-216-2032 with any questions.  

-Jen Landgraf

Registration Information – Regular season registration is open! Remember if you want your child to participate in Spring Practice, they need to be registered on the team first. We are not allowed to have non-team members swimming in the pool.

Spirit Update – Our second Fit Party of the year is this Friday from 4-6pm. Our Fit Parties are where you can try on sample sized suits before you order your team suit, and you have the opportunity to check out our new Rats merch for the season. Orders can be made online through our website. Suit orders will be taken through May 5, and apparel orders will be taken through May 18.

In addition to the Fit Party, we’ll hope you stay a while to enjoy a Rat parent Happy Hour as a time to reconnect with our summer family and meet maybe some new Rats.

Social Update - Mark your calendars for our official New Family Orientation / Welcome Back Party, Saturday, May 4. We’re starting our Orientation for new families at 4pm to go over what to expect after joining our swim team, answer any questions they may have, and teach them how to sign up for jobs. Everyone else can start showing up after 5pm. Bring a picnic for your family, we’ll provide something sweet.

Jobs Update – We’ll be opening up job sign ups in a little over three weeks from now. We do have some team jobs that we are looking to pre-fill before online sign ups open. Look out for an email next week with more details.

Important Upcoming Dates

4-8      Spring practice starts (must be registered for Summer before you can swim)

4-12    Rat Pack applications due

4-12    Our second/last Fit Party from 4-6pm

5-4      New Family Orientation – Welcome Back Party from 4-7pm

5-5      Online job sign-ups open

5-18    Time Trials