Rockville Racers Swim Team FAQs (2019 Season)

 

Who can join the Rockville Racers Swim Team?

The Rockville Racers Swim Team is open to children ages 18 and younger of families who are members of the Rockville Center Pool.  Team members must be able to swim across the pool.  We have a Jr. team for children (typically ages 5-7) who can swim, but not yet across the pool.  A date will be scheduled at the beginning of the season for evaluations of young swimmers to determine if they can join the Jr. team.

How much does it cost to join the team?

The 2019 swimmers’ fees are $85.00 for the 1st swimmer, $150.00 for 2 swimmers, $205 for 3 swimmers, and maximum of $260 for 4 or more swimmers.

Additional costs to the swimmer may be associated with the purchase of swimsuits, caps, goggles, or spirit wear.

 What if my child isn’t a strong swimmer or doesn’t know all the strokes?

The Rockville Racers is comprised of swimmers at all skill levels. Swim team is a great way to learn and improve in an encouraging and fun environment. Regular practice attendance will typically result in significant learning and improvement for a swimmer over the course of the season.

When does the season start and end?

Swim team begins mid-May and extends to mid-July. Expect 3-4 weeks of training before the first meet. The season consists of six meets held weekly (usually on Wednesdays).  The 2019 meet schedule will be 6/12 (tentative), 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, and 7/16.  If your child qualifies for Champs, practices will continue through July and the Champs meet will be held on 7/27 and 7/28.

When is practice?

There are both morning and evening practices held throughout each week.  You do not have to attend all the practices.  You pick and choose the ones that work for your schedule and how many times a week you would like your child to practice.

What is the meet schedule?

There are six meets in a season, three home and three away. Typically, the meet schedule starts at 4:30PM with check-in and warm-ups and the meet officially begins at 6PM. Each meet is divided into two halves. Younger swimmers (8 and unders) swim in the first half and are usually finished by 8:30PM.

What if my child will miss a meet?

If you know ahead of time that you will not be at a meet, please email rockvilleracersteam@gmail.com and notify the coach as soon as possible, but AT LEAST two days prior to the meet so the coaches do not schedule your child.  Missing swimmers especially impact relays and it takes a lot of work to redo the relays if the coach finds out later that a swimmer will be absent.

What should I bring to a meet?

  • Extra towels
  • Extra goggles: it’s always a good idea to have a back-up pair
  • Extra hair bands for swimmers with long hair
  • Swim Cap: we encourage you to wear the Rockville Racers team cap
  • Fold-Up Chairs and/or blankets to sit on, especially at away meets
  • Sweatshirts: swimmers can get chilly at the night goes on
  • Money for concession items
  • Things to keep your swimmer busy while they are waiting to swim (books, cards, etc.)

How do I know how well my child did in his/her event? Each meet will have a designated area where event results are posted.  Your child will be grouped with other swimmers by age and swimming ability for their finish place.  The five categories, which are determined by time (based on event, age, and gender), are Novice, Advanced, Junior Varsity, Varsity, and Senior Varsity.  Any time that is in the JV, V, or SV category qualifies your swimmer for Champs.  Your child may win his/her heat, but not win first place in the event.

Do I have to volunteer?

Yes! Meets are made possible solely by the efforts of our amazing parent volunteers! With approximately 50 positions (each position is for either first or second half of the swim meet, NOT the whole thing) to fill for each meet, it is mandatory that at least one member from each family volunteer one half of each meet. No matter what position you fill, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH YOUR CHILD SWIM! Most positions require no formal training (like timing—you get to watch all the swimming and get to know other swim parents) and are easy and fun.  A few (such as Strokes & Turns Official) require training and certification by GRAL. A SignUpGenius link will be emailed once the season starts to secure volunteers for each meet and a description of each volunteer position and its responsibilities will be provided.

 What is GRAL?

GRAL stands for the Greater Richmond Aquatic League. We belong to this league with 29 other teams. The teams are broken into divisions (determined based on past performance and team size). Our division determines the teams against whom we compete. See the GRAL website for more info.

How do I find out more?

We are so glad you are interested in finding out more about the Rockville Racers Swim Team! We hope to make 2019 a fun and positive experience for all the swimmers! For more information, and to ask other questions, please contact at rockvilleracersteam@gmail.com.

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Pool Hours Extended into September

The pool will be open regular summer hours through Monday, September 3.  After that date, the pool will be closed during the week, then open the next 2 weekends.

Thursday, August 30.  10 am to 8 pm
Friday, August 31. 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday, September 1.  10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, September 2. 12 noon to 8 pm
Monday, September 3. 10 am to 8 pm

Friday, September 7. 4 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, September 8.  10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, September 9. 12 noon to 8 pm

Friday, September 14. 4 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, September 15.  10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, September 16. 12 noon to 8 pm

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South Anna Elementary School Staff Appreciation Day, Friday, August 3, 2018

This Friday, August 3, 2018 is South Anna Elementary School Staff Appreciation Day.  All SAES staff members are invited to come out to the pool to enjoy a day of sun and relaxation.  You do not need to be a member to join us.  Please sign in at the gate and pay $5 guest fee.

The Pool is open from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

If you are a staff member at any other school, please consider joining us as well!

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Celebrate Summer at the Rockville Center: Sunday, July 1st

Looking for a great way to kick off the July 4th week?  Why not come out to the Rockville Center on Sunday, July 1 for our Summer Blast!

The pool will be open starting at noon and the festivities begin at 4 p.m.

Dinner (hamburger or hotdog and sides) will be provided between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  One plate per person please.

Drinks will be available for purchase.

We’ll also have raffles, games, a bounce house for the kids and a DJ!

The pool will be open until 8:30.

After that, we’ll head out to the parking lot (bring a chair) for a Fireworks show sponsored by the Rockville Ruritans.

Guests welcome (use your guest pass or pay $5 at the gate)!

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2018 Pool Hours

2018 Pool Hours Monday, June 11 through Tuesday, June 19: CLOSED for concrete resurfacing

2018 Pool Hours June 20 – Sept. 3 :

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

Closes at 4 pm for Home Meets on these dates:

Wednesday, June 20th
Wednesday, June 27th
Tuesday, July 17th

2018 Pool Hours after Sept. 3: tba

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2018 Swim Team Registration Open Now!

It’s not too early to register for this summer’s swim team!

Swim team is available for members 18 years and younger.  It’s a great way to strengthen your child’s swimming skills and meet new friends!

Registration form attached here.  If you have any questions, please contact our swim team manager, Nicole Rada at rockvilleracersteam@gmail.com.

2018 Swim Team Registration Form

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2018-2019 Membership Forms Available Now

2018-2019 membership forms are available now.  We are pleased to announce we are keeping 2018 membership fees flat from last year.

Once again, we are offering a $100 referral refund for any new members you refer (payable upon receipt of payments received by both existing member and new member).  Limit of one refund per existing member.

Existing Member Forms:

2018 Active Member

2018 Inactive Member

New Member Forms:

2018 New Member

Payment due by April 30, 2018.

If you have any questions, please email us at membership@rockvillecenter.com or call Jennie Burcham @ 804-749-3731.

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August 2017 Calendar of Events

Below is a snapshot of our August events.  A .pdf of the calendar is also attached below if you want to down load and print it off.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017South Anna Elementary School Staff Appreciation Day.  All SAES staff members are invited to come out to the pool to enjoy a day of sun and relaxation.  You do not need to be a member to join us.  Please sign in at the gate and pay $5 guest fee.

Friday, August 4.  6:00 pm.  Float Night.  Sponsored by BHK Catering. The Kona Ice Truck will be here from 6:30 to 8:00!

Sunday, August 6th.  3:00 pm. Sundae Ice Cream Social.  Sponsored by Edwards Jones.  Please bring a topping to share.

Friday, August 11th.  6:00 pm.  Float Night.  Pay $1/float at gate.  Honor system.

Friday, August 18th.  6:00 pm.  Float Night.  Pay $1/float at gate.  Honor system.

Friday, August 26th.  6:00 pm.  Float Night.  Pay $1/float at gate.  Honor system.

August Calendar 2017_v3

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Adult Swim: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 6:30 am to 8:00 am

Just a reminder that we have an adult swim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 6:30 am till 8:00 am.

You must complete a waiver to participate.  Waivers are available from the guards at the guard shack.

If you have any questions, please contact Mac Fraser at macgregorfraser@yahoo.com

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4th of July Potluck Picnic, Tuesday, July 4th, Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Please join us Tuesday, July 4th for our annual 4th of July Picnic!  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and lemonade provided by the Center.

Bring a dish to share!

Sign up at www.perfectpotluck.com, under find, type rockvillecenter, under password type 2779.

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