Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris
Apr 29, 2019

First how about a shout out to Stephanie Miller for organizing our team outing this past Saturday to Northside Lanes for some bowling fun!!  Thank you to all our swimmers and parents who participated, looks like everyone has a great time!

YOGA Reminder - We will not hold yoga class this Thursday or the month of May, we will resume Wednesday, June 12th at 7:00am at the outdoor pool in Jim Barnett Park.

Thank you to all our parents who filled out the practice RSVP form for May.  This information will be helpful with scheduling over those 3 weeks.

JIM BARNETT PARK INDOOR POOL CLOSURE:

This Thursday, May 2nd will be our last JBP indoor practice till August.

Jim Barnett Park practice May 28 and beyond will be communicated as we get closer or as information is available.  Most depends on the weather.  Silver to Senior Practice Groups will practice May 6 to 24 at these facilities...

1 - Signal Knob Recreation Center - 35 Brandy Ct in Strasburg (17 mi. from Jim Barnett pool)

2 - Round Hill Aquatic Center - 17010 Evening Star Dr. in Round Hill (25 mi. from Jim Barnett pool)

3 - Valley Health Wellness Center - 401 Campus Blvd (4 mi. from Jim Barnett pool)

White and Blue swimmers will remain on their normal schedule at Westminster-Canterbury May 6 - 30.

Bronze swimmers will swim at Westminster-Canterbury Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7pm - 8pm May 6 - 29.   

CLICK HERE FOR SILVER TO SENIOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE

2018-19 WST BOARD MEMBERS:

The WST nominating committee is meeting this week to review applications for the board and determine where we may still have openings.   Board positions run July 1 - June 30 of each year.   Elections will be held the second Tuesday in June each year.  This year will be Tuesday, June 11th at the annual Parent Meeting 7:00pm.  We have several committees looking for members including Fundraising, Social and Long Course Meet.  A position on a committee is always a great starting point for getting involved.  If you are interested in helping to shape & determine the direction of our team, we encourage you to attend our monthly board meetings (3rd Wed. of each month) and fill out an application for the board or committee. The next board meeting will be Wednesday, May 29th, 6:30pm, location TBD.  All parents are always welcome.  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

OFFICIALS TRAINING:

Looking to become a swim official?  This is the best time to get your feet wet (literally) and help our local swim community and team during the upcoming summer league meets.  SVSL if hosting 2 Stroke and Turn Official Clinics Monday, May 13th and May 20th in the Arts and Craft room at Jim Barnett Park, 7pm to 8:30pm.   This training will also prepare you to be a High School Stroke and Turn Official. You do not have to attend both classes.  On May 20th we will also offer training on the Hytek computer as well as Chief Judge or Starter training.  Please email kelly@warnagiris.org with any questions.  Training and Clinic for USA Certified Officials will be offered September 2019. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE CLINIC

SUMMER REGISTRATION:

Our coaches are currently offering new swimmer evaluations for Spring/Summer sessions.  Please email kelly@warnagiris.org if you have any family or friends interested in an evaluation.  Full information on our evaluation and registration process can be found at our team website.  Summer is the best time to have fun with summer league meets and figure out if swimmers would be interested in the year-round program.  2019 - 2020 Online Registration for year-round program is scheduled for 7/10/2019 - 7/17/2019.

WST SWIMMER REPRESENTATIVE TO VIRGINIA SWIMMING:

A big thank you to our current WST Athlete Representatives Stephanie Miller and Mason Van Tassell whose term will be completed June 30th.  At last week’s board meeting our 2019 – 2020 representative was announced, Kimberly Warnagiris will serve at the WST Athlete Representative starting July 1, 2019 thru June 30, 2020.  Kimberly will represent WST at the VSI Swimmer Clinic in Richmond, September 22, 2019. 

CALENDAR REMINDERS:

Friday, May 3rd – Deadline to sign up online for 757 LC Meet in Richmond May 31 – June 2, 2019.

Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th - Apple Blossom Festival – NO PRACTICE

Monday, May 13th – SVSL Official Training 7pm to 8:30pm – JBP Arts and Craft Room

Wednesday, May 15th - WST Monthly Board Meeting 6:30pm to 9pm

Monday, May 20th – SVSL Official Training 7pm to 8:30pm – JBP Arts and Craft Room

Saturday, May 25th to Monday May 27th - Memorial Day Weekend – NO PRACTICE

2019 - 2020 Online Registration for year-round program 7/10/2019 - 7/17/2019

LONG COURSE TRAVEL MEET:

More information will be available in the near future on where our team will be traveling to this summer.  We were unable to get into the Tennessee meet due to pool renovations.  Meet and location TBD June 13 – 17, 2019.  If your swimmer(s) is/are interested, please reach out to kelly@warnagiris.org with questions.

WST LONG COURSE MEET JUNE 21 – 23, 2019:

Our annual WST hosted Long Course meet is 10 weeks away.  This home-base meet is our only hosted meet in the Jim Barnett Park outdoor 50-meter pool, June 21 - 23, 2019.  It is our teams biggest fundraiser.   All families are required to participate and help to make it a success.  Please click on "WST LC Meet 2019" tab at the top of our WST homepage for newsletter that details why we host this meet and the many volunteer opportunities.   The online Volunteer and Donation sign ups will be available round Memorial Day weekend.  Please contact Jennifer Lilly or Faye Thompson wstlongcourse@gmail.com  if you are interested in joining a committee.  Parents please click on this link for information on our volunteer policy found in the parent handbook and reviewed during online registration… CLICK HERE FOR WST LONG COURSE PARENT NEWSLETTER

FACEBOOK PRIVATE WST PAGE:

Our team has created a closed private group on Facebook for our team parents to use for sharing information that is not public facing.  If you would like to be added to the private group, please text 7032839121 with your FB name or email address to be invited to the group.  All members of the page can add other WST members to the group.

I’m happy to help, please email kelly@warnagiris.org.

Have a great week!

Kelly Warnagiris

WST Secretary, Officials Chair

703-283-9121

HIGHLIGHTS FROM VSI HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING:

Twice a year the governing body of Virginia Swimming meet in the Richmond area.  Yesterday Kelly Warnagiris attended the meeting representing WST.  Each team has 4 delegates = Coach Tag Grove, Coach Trey Shafer, Kelly Warnagiris and Stephanie Miller (Athlete Representative)

USA Swimming recently streamlined their BOD format and sent each LSC a required board organization template.  Virginia Swimming adapted the new format and held elections for the board officials following the new format which took their total number of members from 22 to 15.  Most of the operational work will be completed by committees.

2019 - 2020 Virginia Swimming Budget = $1,008,050

7000 Athletes projected including 700 Flex registrations.

Fees to VA Swimming will not be raised.  Fees to USA Swimming go up $2.

*Swimmer reimbursements will follow a tiered program and include TYR Pro series meets, NCSA, Futures, Jr. Nationals, Olympic Trials etc.  Reimbursement policy will be posted to VSI website with an application form and qualifying meets.

*VA Swimming is starting a Hall of Fame.  They are currently accepting applications.  Minimum of 2 recommendations per nominee.  At the September meeting they will announce candidates (swimmers, coaches and officials)

*There was a change this year in Athlete Protection Certification, the new cert will be good for 12 months from the day you pass the online class (1 hour).  Since it currently valid thru December, Mary Turner recommends completing the new class in early December.  Please be aware that you MUST take the survey at the end of the class in order for OTS to update that you completed the class. 

*All Non-Athletes are now “reporters” of child abuse cases and must contact local authorities.

*Concussion Training is not mandatory by VA State Law but VSI highly recommends coaches and officials to take the class and send certificate to VSI who will enter into OTS.  Class can be found online at CDC or High School Swim League.  No expiration date currently. 

*VSI signed an agreement with bag tags for on deck credentials, we can get a discount if we go through them for our orders.

*VSI was ranked 5th in the nation for the new FLEX Registration mostly used for learn-to-swim programs.  This helps clubs eliminate an extra insurance policy (18 and over) where now 16/17 coaches can be covered under the FLEX policies.  Save clubs money.

*All meet directors are required to attend a workshop.  Currently offered in April/September.  An online or video conference class will be available in the future.

*USA Swimming requires new By Laws Template for all LSC’s making it more streamlined with a separate Policies and Procedures. 

*House of Delegates voted on changes to VSI By Laws and Policies and Procedures.  They cleaned up the language to be more straight forward to match USA Swimming template. 

*Thinking about increasing the maximum number of events per swimmers for Senior Championships. 

*Possible requirement for minimum number of officials for each meet secured by the host team.  Specifically, dry deck, referees and starters.

*3 additional pre and post meet forms required from safety committee for each meet including facility walk through forms.

*Recommendation was made to cover hotel cost for Age Group and Senior Champs Meet Referee from meet operation budget.

*There was a 10% increase in reported concussions this year.  Trying to get out more information and education.

*Future coaches’ elections will be done electronically.

*Athlete rep Sarah announced that 170 VSI swimmers participated in the online voting.  Jack McCann was elected the new VSI Athlete Representative.  Each team needs to make sure all athletes register for 2020 election.  They also highly recommend that each teams Athlete rep maintain an Instagram account to communicate with team swimmers.

Important Dates from the meeting:

Virginia Swimming Awards Banquet - Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ Kings Dominion

Virginia Swimming Athlete Clinic - Sunday, September 22, 2019

VSI House of Delegates meeting - Saturday, September 28, 2019

VSI North District Championships - February 14 – 16, 2020 – location TBD

VSI North Regional Championships - February 28 – March 1, 2020 – Jeff Rouse Aquatic Center

VSI SC Senior Championships - March 5 – 8, 2020 – Richmond Collegiate Aquatic Center

VSI SC Age Group Championships - March 12 – 15, 2020 Christiansburg Aquatic Center

NCSA Junior Champs - March 17 – 21, 2020 YMCA Orlando, FL

NCSA Age Group Champs - March 25 – 28, 2020 YMCA Orlando, FL

VSI North Summer Awards – July 10 – 12, 2020 Jeff Rouse Aquatic Center

VSI LC Senior Championships – July 16 – 19, 2020 location TBD

VSI LC Age Group Championships – July 23 – 26, 2020 Richmond Collegiate Aquatic Center