Swim Team: May 17, 2020 Update

Hello Rockville Racers!

It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of May already. Thank you for your patience in regards to the lack of information thus far regarding the swim season. Until just this week, GRAL has been saying they hope to have a season but we have had no details about what that would look like. 

At this point, GRAL has put out specific guidelines regarding this summer. If possible (and in compliance with all state guidelines), we are still hoping to have some sort of a season. However, GRAL will not move forward with meets unless VA is in Phase 3. Below are GRAL’s specific plans for 2020.  

From GRAL:

As a league, we will follow the State guidelines for social distancing, including the recommendations of the Governor.  The basis of this plan is to have a season that corresponds with the Phase 3 plans.  

Season Recommendations

In Phase 2, teams would be able to run practices based on their individual team/HOA guidelines. We will not try and run meets during Phase 2.

If Phase 2 ends June 12th:

Meet #1 must be completed by 6/19

**NOTE:  If teams choose to run this meet as a dual meet (swim at your own clubs) this will be allowed

Remaining schedule remains

If Phase 2 ends June 19th:

Meet #1 will be canceled

Meet #2 must be completed by 6/26

**NOTE:  If teams choose to run this meet as a dual meet (swim at your own clubs) this will be allowed

Remaining schedule remains

If Phase 2 ends June 26th:

Meets #1 and #2 will be canceled

Meet #3 to be completed by 7/3

**NOTE:  If teams choose to run this meet as a dual meet (swim at your own clubs) this will be allowed

Remaining schedule remains

If Phase 2 ends later than June 30th, the season will be canceled. June 30th is our deadline for determining whether we will have a season. 

In addition, seniors from this year may come back and swim in 2021 if GRAL does not have a season this year. If there is no 2020, season, GRAL will allow 2020 and 2021 seniors to apply for a scholarship next year in 2021. Finally, divisions will be not be recalculated at the end of 2020 (they will be frozen through 2021). 

As of now, the guidelines for Phase 3 have not been released by the Governor. Therefore, the information above is based on the assumption that there will not be strict restrictions on the number of people who may gather together. However, if we are not allowed to have more than 50 people in one place this summer, there will be no GRAL season because swim meets would be impossible, even in a dual meet format (some teams in the league are very large). 

Josh and I believe (and the rest of the Rockville Board agrees) that swim team is not solely about the meets. Swim team also encompasses camaraderie, fun, swimming skills and safety in the water (especially for our younger children), not to mention the physical and mental benefits from the exercise and being outdoors. Therefore, we would like to still hold a Rockville season, even if there is no GRAL season. If we are in Phase 2, we can certainly hold practices for the kids. We will also plan to have our own meets on Wednesday nights, where our kids compete against each other. This would provide the fun and competition of swim meets in a smaller group format. Additionally, our seniors would then have the opportunity to still have their senior swim and celebration of their accomplishments. The Rockville pool will open as soon as we enter Phase 2 and is legally allowed. We plan to begin holding swim practices at that time as well.  

In order to make any of this possible, we need you to register for the team. We need to know what our numbers are so we can make decisions about how to move forward. If you do not plan to participate in swim team, we would appreciate a reply to this email so we can get an estimate of how many kids we will have. We are using paper registrations this year, and the form is attached. There is no late fee or official registration deadline. However, if you are planning to swim, we need your registrations. If we don’t get enough swimmers, we will not be able to have a team at all. If that happens (there is no team), and you have already registered and paid, we will issue you a full refund.  

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Julie Zubris

Registration Form: http://www.rockvillecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-Swim-Team-Registration-Form.pdf

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Center Members: May 17, 2020 Update

Dear Rockville Center Members,

Just wanted to bring you up to speed on where we are with opening the pool.  This is a long email, but please take a few minutes to read.

The pool will be closed to members during Phase 1. Details and the link to Virginia’s guidelines are below.

The pool will open to member once the state moves into Phase 2.  We expect this to be around June 1, but we cannot confirm that date until official word comes from the governor.  Initially, we will maintain our usual abbreviated “before school is out” hours.  Those hours are listed below.  These shorter hours will allow us to make sure we are following all cleaning and safety requirements.  Hours will be adjusted as we become confident in our ability to keep you safe and depending on membership levels.

Remember, none of us have been through this before, so we are proceeding with caution.  Our primary goal is to keep everyone safe.

In the meantime, you will see activity at the pool.  NOVA Aquatics approached the Center last month to inquire about using our facilities for practices.  After careful consideration and weighing the financial impact Covid-19 is taking on the Center, we are allowing NOVA to use our pool for practice during Phase 1.  They are following the state’s guidelines, specifically “Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming only, with one person per lane.”

This agreement is saving us several thousand dollars in chemicals and many hours of work as NOVA took the lead in prepping the pool for use this year.  This is a week to week agreement and will be modified when we are able to use the pool ourselves.

A separate email just went out to swim team members about the season.  If you are not currently a member of swim team, but are considering it this season, please reply back here so we can add you to swim team distribution.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.  We are all looking forward to getting back in the pool again.

In the meantime, don’t forget we have kid’s exercise classes on Mondays and Thursday starting at 4:00 p.m. Classes are 4-4:30 for elementary aged kids and 4:30-5:15 for high school aged kids.  This is a great way to get your kids moving.

Thank you!

The Rockville Center Board


Fitness and Exercise Facilities

Phase I: Establishments must remain closed in Phase I. Establishments may offer limited outdoor fitness and exercise operations.

Mandatory Requirements

Hot tubs, spas, splash pads, spray pools, interactive play features, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and all seating in pool areas must be closed. Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming only, with one person per lane. Indoor swimming pools and related areas must remain closed.

Before School is Out Hours:

Friday: 4pm to 9pm

Mon-Thurs: 4pm to 8pm

Saturday: 10am to 8pm

Sunday: 12pm to 8pm

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Center Members: April 23, 2020 Update

Dear Rockville Center Members,

Usually at this time of the year, most of you have submitted your membership forms and are waiting for Memorial Day and warmer weather so you can get to the pool.  What a difference a year makes.  With everything else going on in your lives right now, you may not be thinking of the Rockville Center, but the Rockville Center is still here and the Center Board has continued to meet to plan for the future.

On the facility side (the gym and the Center itself), our Rental Manager is working with our renters to reschedule events.  When that is not possible, we are offering refunds.

On the pool side, we are taking the necessary steps to prepare the pool to be open for our members this summer.  We understand the season will look different, but we also believe that when the time comes, our community will need a place to come together.  Until then, we are researching creative ways we may be able to follow the governor’s orders while providing some pool time for members.

Here’s the hard part.  The truth is we need income to keep the Center running.  The Rockville Center is a not for profit community center.  Our expenses will continue as we maintain the facilities (we have been carefully reviewing all our costs and making changes where we can).

We are asking you to consider maintaining your membership as you normally would (knowing the season will likely be shorter than usual).  Your Membership dues will allow us to cover the Center’s on-going operating expenses as we navigate this uncharted territory.  We understand this may not be possible for everyone, so as the governor lifts restrictions we will develop a plan to offer prorated membership dues (we will not have that information until a later date). No one will pay late fees in 2020.  Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at rockvillecentermembers@gmail.com.

If you are a swim team family, please read the statement below from the GRAL executive board.  We will open reopen swim team registration when we have better information about when we can start practices.  If you have questions specific to swim team, please email our swim team managers, Josh and Julie Zubris, at rockvilleracersteam@gmail.com.

Finally, please stick with us!.  This is not something any of us have ever dealt with before.  We are trying to do right by our members while still being able to cover the Center expenses.  If you have any suggestions for this summer, or you’d like to help us by volunteering, please email us here.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing everyone at the pool this summer!

The Rockville Center Board

Statement from GRAL:

  1. 2020 Season – We are still planning on having the season as scheduled beginning June 17th.  Our kids have had enough taken away from them, and we owe it to them to make our best efforts.
    • If the Governor’s response changes things in the months to come, we will adjust as needed.
  2. GRAL membership – I understand that many of our clubs will be having discussions about the status of their pool for the summer, not to mention the status of their swim teams.  
    • DO NOT WORRY:  I will bring to the board a measure to grandfather clubs that are unable to have a summer swim team this year into 2021.  (this will require a vote at our next meeting)
  3. Training – April’s training is cancelled.  We will truncate May’s training dates because we are going to have a virtual option. (more details to come)
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2020 Swim Team Registration Open Now

Rockville Center Summer Swim Team registration is moving into the millennium…welcome to on-line registration! Please use the link below to register for 2020 Swim Team.


Register by May 18, 2020 to avoid late fee. Registration after that date includes a $10 late fee. Registration closes May 31, 2020.

Please email Rockvilleracersteam@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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2020-2021 Membership Forms Available Now

Welcome to the 2020 season!

Mother Nature willing we will be open weekends starting on May 23rd (Labor Day Weekend) with full time hours once Hanover schools are out in June.  Swim team will start practicing before Labor Day (weather permitting).

2020 Active Member_v2


We have discontinued our inactive memberships.  If you have any questions, please email us at rockvillecentermembers@gmail.com or you can call Jennie Burcham, Membership Chairperson at 804-749-3731.

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Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Lifeguard Positions

The Rockville Pool is currently accepting applications for 2020 lifeguard positions. If you are interested in applying to be a lifeguard, please download the application and email it back to us at rockvillecentermembers@gmail.com OR mail to The Rockville Center, P.O. Box 111, Rockville, VA 23146.

Minimum Qualifications for Lifeguard:

* Current Lifeguard Certification up on first day of employment. May not expire during term of employment.

* Current CPR for Lifeguards or CPR for Professional Rescuers certification upon first day of employment. May not expire during term of employment.

* 15 years of age or older

Please download and complete an application. You will need a copy of your completed application when you interview with the Center.

2020 Lifeguard Application for Employment

2020 Pool Staff Handbook (to be updated with current information)

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August New Member Special (2019)

It’s that time of year again!  New members, if you’ve been considering joining, now is a great time!

The Rockville Center is offering a pool special for new members.  Sign up now for next year, waive the $200 initiation fee and swim all of August for free.

Please contact us at membership@rockvillecenter.com if you have any questions.

2019-New-Member-August Special

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Pool Safety Reminders

Tomorrow is the start of our 2019 pool season!  Thank you again to our Lifeguards and Volunteers who have worked hard to get the pool ready for us.

Please take a few moments to review following pool rules.  Let’s all do our part to ensure we have a safe and uneventful season!

Pool Reminders.  A full list of pool rules is available on this website.

  1. To ensure the Lifeguards’ maximum attention to pool safety, members are asked not to converse with the lifeguards when they are on watch.
  2. No running, pushing or causing of undue disturbance in or about the pool area and diving board is permitted.
  3. Noodles, kickboards, and toys (such as beach balls, diving rings, squishy balls, etc.) may be used in the main pool but must be kept in the pool and under control.
  4. The baby pool is for children ages 6 and under only.  Children may not be left unattended in the baby pool area.
  5. No flotation devices of any kind are permitted off the diving board.
  6. Diving is permitted from the diving board and pool deck in the diving area only, as well as the swim team diving blocks.
  7. Only one person may be on the swim team block, diving board, or diving board steps at one time and diving area must be clear before diving.
  8. No backward entries, handstands, cartwheels, excessive bouncing, sitting, or hanging on the diving board or diving blocks.  No diving toward the near edge of the pool.
  9. No glass articles are allowed in the pool area.
  10. All members and their guests using the pool must sign in at the gate.
  11. No hanging or playing on lane lines.
  12. Children who violate pool rules may be required by the Lifeguards to sit out for 5 to 10  minutes. 
  13. Guests must be accompanied by a member at all times. The primary household member is financially and otherwise responsible for the guest while visiting and using the Center facilities, including the pool.
  14. Members must pay the required Guest Fee at the gate prior to admission of their guests (for those of you who purchased guest passes, please note your guests on the sign up sheet.  We will update your pass).
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2019 Pool Hours

2019 Pool Hours May 25– June 13:

Special Hours, Monday, May 27: 10 am to 8 pm
Mon-Thurs: 4pm to 8pm
Friday: 4pm to 9pm
Saturday: 10am to 8pm
Sunday: 12pm to 8pm

2019 Pool Hours June 14 – Sept. 2 :

Mon-Thurs: 10am to 8pm
Friday: 10am to 9pm
Saturday: 10am to 8pm
Sunday: 12pm to 8pm

Closes at 4 pm for Home Swim Meets on these dates:

Wednesday, June 12th
Wednesday, July 3rd
Wednesday, July 10th

2019 Pool Hours after Sept. 2: tba

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Rockville Racers: 2019 Registration Now Open!

Hello Rockville Racer Families,

Now that the weather is getting warmer it is time to start thinking about summer swimming.  Attached is the 2019 registration form and practice schedule.  Registration deadline will be May 31st. We will have these posted on the Rockville website.

We are still looking for additional volunteers for certified positions.  We need one or two people that can do the computer work at the meets as well as some additional stroke and turn judges.  If you are interested in S&T you will need to attend training a training provided by GRAL.  Please let us know if you are interested and we can get you the training dates, or they are available on the GRAL website.  There is no training for the computer position with GRAL, but we will get you training.

Look for additional information on a parent meeting to be scheduled in April.

2019 Swim Team Registration Form

Rockville Racers 2019 Practice

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