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AGUA Newsletter
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
AGUA COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to prioritize the safety of our AGUA athletes, coaches, and families, please review our updated COVID-19 protocols. Details are subject to change.

DAILY CHECK-IN
  • Swimmers may enter Asphalt Green no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of their practice. Swimmers should report to the bleachers (Upper East Side) or cellar level (Battery Park City). Swimmers ages 12 and up must show their vaccine sticker to enter. Daily health screenings are not required.
  • Swimmers attending practice at Sacred Heart will need to fill out their daily health screening and follow all check-in protocols.

MASKS
  • Until further notice, all swimmers must continue to wear their masks inside Asphalt Green until they enter the water.

SPECTATORS
  • Spectators will be permitted to watch practices. Non-member spectators must show proof of vaccination each visit to enter. Members may show their Asphalt Green Pass stickers. All are encouraged to maintain social distancing.

LOCKER ROOMS
  • Swimmers must arrive in their swimsuits, but may change quickly in the locker rooms after practice.
Action Required: MAAPP Acknowledgement
USA Swimming, AGUA's National Governing Body, requires every family to read and acknowledge the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP).

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) was designed to prioritize the safety of our athletes and addresses one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms, and changing areas and athletic training modalities.

Acknowledgement is mandatory by all families. Please do so by Friday, October 1.
Register Now: AGUA Season Starter
Sign-ups are now open for our first meet of the 2021-2022 short course season.

  • When: October 9 to 10
  • Where: Asphalt Green, Upper East Side
  • Who: All practice groups

The declaration deadline is Monday, September 27, 2021. Swimmers will not be entered into the meet unless they are declared to participate. Entry is not guaranteed after this deadline.

Family service sign-ups will be available in the coming weeks.
Remembering 20 years of 9/11 and Swim for the Future
The Swim for the Future scholarship was created in honor of two Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) Masters swim team members—Andrew Fisher and Doug Irgang— who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Since its inception, over 400 scholarships approaching $1 million dollars have been awarded for talented athletes to compete on our AGUA Swim Team. In memory of 20 years, we are creating a book to remember Andrew Fisher, Doug Irgang, and to honor the athletes who have received the scholarship.

There are two ways to give: donate or place a journal ad in the commemorative book. With these donations, Swim for the Future scholarships will be given to qualified athletes in Asphalt Green aquatics programs like AGUA swim team in addition to Asphalt Green swim school and swim league which are feeder programs to AGUA.
Upcoming Birthdays 

September 16
Beatrice Koffey

September 17
Grace Chen

September 18
Rohan Mehra

September 19
Sam Crisostomo
Max Packles
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Register Now: AGUA Family Welcome Meetings
Please save the date for our virtual fall family welcome meeting: Saturday, September 25. This year's meetings will occur on Zoom.

Team Suit & Gear Fittings
Ultimate Swim Shop will be visiting Asphalt Green on the dates below to assist athletes with proper suit and gear fittings. As a reminder, the AGUA team suit or a solid black TYR suit is required for competition for all 14 and under athletes.

2021 SUIT FITTINGS
  • Upper East Side: Wednesday, September 15, 3:30pm to 7pm
  • Upper East Side: Friday, September 17, 3:30pm to 7pm
  • Battery Park City: Monday, September 20, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

PRACTICE EQUIPMENT 
Required by Monday, September 27

National, Senior II, Senior I, Senior Prep Green and Gold
  • Snorkel
  • Catalyst stroke training paddle
  • Pull buoy
  • Kickboard
  • Fins (Crossblade or Hydroblade preferred)
  • Pulling ankle band

AG3 Green and Gold, AG2 Green and Gold
  • Snorkel
  • Pull buoy
  • Kickboard
  • Fins (Crossblade or Hydroblade preferred)

AG1 
  • Junior kickboard
  • Fins (Crossblade preferred)

TYR Tech Suit Discounts

AGUA's TYR Tech Suit discount website is available here (PW:AQUAXTYR).
Please note, all swimmers must adhere to the AGUA tech suit policy. Tech suits are only permitted at specified meets throughout the season. Check with your lead group coach if you have any questions. Please review the AGUA tech suit policy here.
Parent/Coach Communication 
In order to streamline parent/coach communication, please do not reply to the newsletter. Use the following email addresses for all questions:

Upcoming Schedule Changes
Dryland practices will begin for all groups on Monday, September 20, 2021.
Please note: The dryland updates below will be maintained for the entire fall schedule.

Monday, September 20
  • Senior I dryland will be from 5:45pm to 6:30pm.

Wednesday, September 22
  • Senior Prep Gold dryland will be from 5pm to 5:45pm.

Friday, September 24
  • Senior Prep Green dryland will be from 5:45pm to 6:15pm.
REMINDER: Masks are required for all visitors in all common areas at Asphalt Green, including lobbies, stairways, elevators, and locker rooms. Thank you for your cooperation.