Practice Reminder & Holiday Party

  • Practice Reminder– no practice tonight Wednesday November 23, and tomorrow Thursday November 24.  Practice will be normal on Sunday. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
  • Holiday Party! Friday December 2 from 7-10pm at Rachel Brown’s Condo- 1020 N Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201 in the club room on the second floor.  RSVP on our Facebook page or sign up at the pool. We are providing drinks and pizza. Please bring an appetizer, snack, side dish or dessert.  For those that are interested, we are going to do a white elephant gift exchange.  What is white elephant? You bring a wrapped gift (examples: a gag gift, swimming gift, bottle of wine, etc)- and don’t spend more than $10. We’ll go around and each person who brought a gift gets to pick a wrapped gift or steal someone’s already unwrapped gift. We hope to see you there!
  • USMS Renewal– Not to beat a dead horse, but please renew your USMS memberships! If you haven’t renewed by January 1, 2017, you will not be allowed to practice.  Everyone who was a registered member in 2016 should have received an email from USMS with a personalized link to renew for 2017. If you did not receive a personalized link, the general link is here. Sign the waiver and select Potomac Valley as your LMSC and ARMS as your club.

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Team Bonding

Thanks to the Spirits of 76 for hosting our team happy hour! We are excited to be sponsored by you!

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Renew Your USMS Membership!

It’s that time of year to renew your USMS membership! The cost of renewal is $60 (includes USMS, LMSC and ARMS fees all in one). Everyone who was a registered member in 2016 should have received an email from USMS with a personalized link to renew for 2017. If you did not receive a personalized link, the general link is here. Sign the waiver and select Potomac Valley as your LMSC and ARMS as your club. Bring proof of membership (either printed or via cellphone) to the front desk by Jan 1, 2017. If you do not have a USMS membership by Jan 1 you will not be able to swim at practice with the team.
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Upcoming Dates

  • Happy Hour- The pool will be closed Thursday November 3 for a dive meet. We will hold happy hour instead at a new location- The Spirits of 76- located at 3211 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA. It’s Patrick Doody’s (formerly of O’Sullivans) new bar and he has been a supporter of our team in the past.
  • Election Day- Tuesday November 6, normal practice.
  • Thanksgiving- No practice Wednesday November 23, and Thursday November 24th. Normal practice on Sunday November 27.
  • Holiday Party- Friday December 2 from 7-10pm at 1020 N. Highland Street, Arlington, VA (Rachel Brown’s condo building). More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.
  • USMS Renewal- Starting November 1, you will be able to renew your USMS membership for 2017. Look for a customized link in your inbox next week from the Potomac Valley Registrar. All members of our team must be registered by January 1, 2017 or you will not be allowed to practice. You can conveniently pay for your USMS, Potomac Valley and ARMS dues all at once again this year for $60. Stay tuned for more informationin the upcoming weeks.
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Annoucements

  1. Columbus Day- The pool will be closed for practice next Monday, October 10th in observance of the holiday. There will be practice on Sunday, October 9th. Enjoy your long weekend!
  2. Sprint Classic- Don’t forget to sign up for the Annual Sprint Classic on Sunday October 30th at George Mason Aquatic Center in Fairfax, VA.  The last day to register is October 25th. Click here for more info.
  3. Happy Hour- The pool will be closed on Thursday November 3rd for a dive meet. We will hold happy hour instead from 7-9pm at The Spirits of 76- located at 3211 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA.
  4. Holiday Party- Our annual party will be Friday December 2nd from 7-10pm at Rachel Brown’s condo building. More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.
  5. Exec Board– We will have three openings on the board in the coming year for Vice President, Meet Coordinator and Secretary. It’s not too much of a time commitment and we are a fun group. Below are the descriptions of the available positions taken from our bylaws. Please email us at arlingtonmasters@gmail.com if you’re interested in serving and let us know why! We’d love to get some new blood on board.
    • Vice President- The Vice President shall have full authority to act on behalf of the President in the event the President is absent or unable to perform his or her duties. The Vice President shall perform other duties assigned to him or her by the President. The Vice President shall also act as the Equipment Manager. This includes assessing and purchasing such equipment that the Executive Committee deems necessary, promoting and designing team paraphernalia such as t-shirts, caps, banners, and other accessories, and keeping tabs on team equipment.
    • Secretary- The Secretary shall record the proceedings of all meetings, shall maintain all necessary business and organizational records of Arlington Masters with the exception of those records required to be maintained by the Treasurer and provide oral and written assistance for prospective new members. The Secretary shall also act as a Social Media Coordinator. This includes promoting content for the team website and posts for social networks, providing outreach to the community, and acting as a liaison with other organizations or sponsors of the team. The Secretary shall also provide bi-monthly verbal announcements to the team at practice after a warm-up session, or appoint a coach or other member to announce said upcoming events.
    • Meet Coordinator– The Meet Coordinator shall promote meets within the Potomac Valley region to all Full and Associate Members. The Meet Coordinator shall communicate with the coach in the weeks leading up to meets so that the coach can structure practices tailored to specific competitions (i.e. practicing starts, turns, tapering, and endurance work). The meet coordinator, or a Member he or she appoints, shall attend meets, promote relays, and foster other team bonding activities in support of said meet.
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Updates

A few updates:
  1. There will be no coach for the rest of this week. The front desk volunteers will be writing the workouts.
  2. The Annual Sprint Classic will be held on Sunday October 30th at George Mason Aquatic Center in Fairfax, VA. We usually have a good group of people participating in this meet. New to meets and want to give it a try? This is a good one. What could be better than 50’s and 25’s?  Jump in the hot tub after your race! Let us know if you’re attending. The last day to register is October 25th. Click here for more info.
  3. Mark your calendars- it’s never too early to start thinking about our annual Holiday Party. This year it will Friday December 2nd from 7-10pm in Rachel Brown’s building. More details to follow in the upcoming weeks. Thanks for hosting us again, Rachel!
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Pool Closed for Lightning

The pool just closed for lightning and won’t be open for another 40 minutes. Because it looks like storms the rest of the night, practice is cancelled tonight, 8/15/16.

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