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

https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/#856436

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.

http://www.active.com/water-sports/swimming-registrations/rockville-racers-swim-team-summer-2020

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

2020-New-Member

2020 Inactive Member_v2 (updated 7/9/2020)

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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The Rockville Center is currently seeking a qualified Pool Manager

The Rockville Center is currently seeking a qualified Pool Manager.  The Pool Manager is responsible for all operations and activities at the Rockville Pool.  The Pool Manager can expect to work an average of 20 to 25 hours per week while the pool is open between May and September.  Additional time will be required before the pool opens.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hiring and supervising life guards, running pre-season training, helping prep the pool and facilities for opening, creating/maintaining life guard work schedule, coordinating rentals and helping with post-season clean-up. In cases of emergencies or gaps in the schedule, the Pool Manager may take the stand as a lifeguard if necessary.  This is a salaried position.

Required qualifications: Current Lifeguard Certification, Current CPR for Lifeguards or CPR for Professional Rescuers and Pool & Spa Certification. Certifications must be valid upon first day of employment and may not expire during term of employment.

To be considered for this position, please email your resume to rockvillecentermembers@gmail.com or mail to The Rockville Center, P.O. Box 111, Rockville, VA 23146.

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