Flying Fish News - 5/19/2020
For the calendar
Our pools are currently closed but we hope to begin some limited programming by late June or early July. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to keep you posted.

If you paid for the spring season, you should have received an email about your options.
Flying Fish annual awards
Unfortunately, we were not able to hold our annual season-end awards ceremony in person this year. However, we sent an email with information about awards and award winners. You'll find that email here.

Congratulations to all of our swimmers on their commitment to the team, achieving a variety of goals, and being part of the Flying Fish community!
Flying Fish swimmers stage "dry land" Oz Relay
Shout out to all of the high schoolers, alums, and others who participated in a pop-up, dry land Oz Relay this past weekend. Almost 100 of you walked, biked, ran, or did some other form of exercise in honor of Oswald "Oz" Roper, a beloved Flying Fish coach and instructor. Oz died in 2013 and each year around this time, we hold the Oz Relay and Oz Meet to remember him.

Congratulations to our swimmers on their creativity in celebrating Oz and the mission of our aquatics program during this extraordinary time.

You can see photos from the pop-up relay below and many more on the Flying Fish Instagram. And you can learn more about Oz and the Oz Fund, which provides financial assistance for team members and swim school students, here.

The Oz Relay doesn't have to end yet! Do you want to walk, run, bike, or do something else in honor of Oz? Create a sign and send your story (including details of what you did and the distance) along with photos or videos to Anne.
Maggie and Michaela Heintz
Erin and Brendan Long
Lauren Nash
Help make the Flying Fish a Safe Sport Recognized Club
We are committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, and positive environment for our swimmers, coaches, parents, and volunteers.

During this downtime, you -- swimmers and parents -- can help us formalize this commitment and earn recognition from USA Swimming as a Safe Sport Recognized Club. How? By completing a free, web-based training session.

In order for the Flying Fish to receive Safe Sport recognition, we need 15 percent of parents and 15 percent of swimmers (age 12-over) to complete this training.
  • For Safe Sport training for swimmers 12-over click here.
  • For Safe Sport training for parents click here.

Our LSC is Illinois Swimming and our club name is YWFF. Parents, if you are not a member of USA Swimming (most of you aren't) you will need to create a free account. Note: The athlete training course takes about 25 minutes and the parent course is slightly longer.

New: As another option, athletes and parents can now attend Zoom meetings conducted by USA Swimming to complete this training. See the links below.

Parents : Every Wednesday 3:00‐4:00pm EST
Athletes: Every Thursday 3:00‐4:00pm EST
Training for officials now online
Parents: If you're interested in becoming an official, you can now become certified by Illinois Swimming though online training. If you're a current official and need to renew, you also can do this online. Learn more here.

Questions? Contact Harry Samuels, a former Flying Fish parent and current Illinois Swimming offiicial.
Fish out of water
What can you do when you can't swim? We've got ideas:

  • Help the Flying Fish become a Safe Sport Recognized Club. See above.

  • Learn more about competitive swimming technique. GoSwim is providing free access to its terrific instructional videos right now. All you have to do is create an account with an email address.

  • Clean out your closets and drop off gently used women's clothing and accessories at YWCA's resale shop, the Shop for Good, in Wilmette. The shop is now safely accepting donations on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from noon to 2 pm. Learn more here.

Our swimmers have ideas, too:
The Jennings family, including Ironfish Justin and Thunderfish Owen, took a trip to the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, home of many Flying Fish swim meets.
Justin and Owen looked longingly at the empty pool inside the RecPlex.
Bluefish Mason Dahl incorporated both Legos and swimming in this creative video.

If you have stories about being a Fish out of water, share them with Pete. And we may put them in the Flying Fish News!
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