Hey Team! It is great to be back and seeing the swimmers again! I have a couple things for you this week, but with such a different season, we likely will not have the need for news to be pushed out weekly. There are a number of "Action Items" for you. If you could take some time over the next few days to check each one off the list, I would be extremely grateful!
o SIGN UP FOR WEATHER TEXT UPDATES: We will be using an app called "Remind" to push out texts for delays and cancellations due to weather. It is not always feasible to get emails & social media sent out. Anyone who would like to be notified can sign up (i.e. swimmer, parent, those driving swimmers in, etc). If you have not signed up, send a text to 81010. Choose your group and the message should be the info after the colon. For example, group one would send a text to "81010" with a message of "@grp1s"
Group 1: @grp1s
Group 2: @9bacfa
Group 3: @8h9ef78
Group 4: @cbh89a
Group 5: @7kkg98
Group 6: @ghhbk9
Group 7: @f9b8h8
o UPDATE GEMS LOCKER: Take some time to go into your Gems Locker and enter in all data. I know there are many redundant areas. I am working with them to try to get this set up a little better. In the meantime, it is what it is. And all the data is important for reports we as a team need to run. If families do not fill in the information, I need to go into every individual swimmer locker and enter in the data I have from our old system. This is tremendously time consuming. For the USA Swimming section, I sent out an email including USA Swim ID numbers to use to fill in. Status for everyone right now should be "renew." Thank you for helping with this!
o SAFE SPORT TRAINING: We have been working diligently on obtaining our Safe Sport Recognition from MN Swimming & USA Swimming. We have 2 components we need your help with. Parents and swimmers need to take a short online safety training. In order to do so, follow these steps (They are also on our "Safe Sport" page on our website):
To ensure that your training is recorded under your club, please follow the directions below to register as a non-member parent.
1. Go to: https://learn.usaswimming.org/
2. Click the Register button
3. Click on the Create Account button under Non-member access
4. Complete the registration form and click the Register button.
a. Select Minnesota Swimming under LSC
b. Select your club name under Club Name
5. Once registered and logged in, complete the Safe Sport for Swim Parents course.
6. In addition to the Safe Sport for Swim Parents course, you may wish to also complete the Preventing Bullying course. ***Swimmers select Safe Sport for Athletes
o GOOGLE REVIEWS: Have you enjoyed your experience at RFSC? Consider writing a review on Google! If you have not had a positive experience, please reach out to Coach Michael, myself, or our Board President, Melissa Anderson.
Thank you all for your patience with us during this process. We are all learning the ways we need to adapt from a new website and team management program to groups being combined, a shallow pool, different sets, etc. It is a lot for everyone. We appreciate it!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out!
~Brenda K. Derks