Pool and Tennis Programs – April 2018

Hi Neighbors!
Even though it’s snowing as I write this, all of the summer pool and tennis planning is underway. The pool opens this year on Saturday, May 12th (barring any unforeseen issues with the current construction). The pool schedule is posted here   www.blueridgeseattle.com .  Rosie McDonagh is back to lead our pool again as this year’s manager and Luke Ilgenfritz will also be back as the assistant manager. The seasoned Jessica Carey is returning again as the lesson coordinator as well. Rosie & Luke have completed their hiring process and their staff is in place for the 2018 season.
Swim Lessons:
Blue ridge swim lessons start June 11th and run all the way through August 17th . Registration for Community Plus Members is live now at  www.blueridgeseattle.com.   Common Members and   Non-Residents May 1st for session 1,2 & 3. Mark your calendars as the spots fill up quickly!  The full class schedule and details about the program can be found at the website as well. Please note that residents must log in to see this link, otherwise you will only see the non-resident sign up.
I am excited to announce that we will continue our partnership with Tennis Center Sandpoint. Lead Pro Clay Dudley will be our tennis director and has worked here the last 3 years. Clay will be leading the junior camps and tennis team for 2018 and we are excited for this new change in leadership. The adult program was a big success last year and the goal this year will be to get even more adults playing tennis at Blue Ridge. Coach Clay would love to create Blue Ridge’s first annual tennis tournament so hopefully enough players will show interest. We will repeat the popular kids program, and continue to work to build the team. Sign ups are now live for Community Plus Members at www.blueridgeseattle.com . Please note that residents must sign in to the website to see the full class schedule and details about the program. Please be prepared to follow the new registration instructions as we are using the Tennis Center Sand Point system. With this new system, you will be able to see available court times and schedule your court in advance!
Water Polo
Our water polo program is growing under the leadership of Thor Tyson . Schedules are flexible and the kids have a great time. Last year, many kids from the swim team joined after their season and we saw our 10-and-unders win the 2017 All-City Championship!! Congrats on a great year and we’re looking forward to another great season.
Swim Team:
We are very fortunate that Carlos Palacian will return this year for his 12th season with the Blue Ridge Barracuda swim team!  Glen Bradburn will also be back for his 4th year. The program is robust and building with many kids swimming in the off season and in influx of new families. If you are new to the neighborhood, you will quickly find out this is the lifeblood of the community during the summer and a great way to meet your neighbors. For more info, please attend the  New Parent Night on Thursday April 25th from 7pm-9pm.   We will also have the  Ice Cream social Wednesday May 9th from 6:30pm-8:30pm  and  Swim Suit Fitting Thursday May 10th 6:00pm-8:00pm.  The pancake breakfast will be Tuesday June 26th @ 9:00am up at the Clubhouse!
I have received a few questions regarding the 10 outside family CM+ memberships that will likely be approved at the next Board meeting. These families are grandfathered into the swim team from many years ago. At one point in our history, we did not have enough children in the neighborhood interested in the swim team and we needed a few more in order to compete in each race. At that time, the Board agreed to approve 10 families whose children would be part of the swim team. These families are only eligible until their children age out of the team. Additionally, these families are some of the most involved and strongest volunteers for our swimmers. We have no intention of approving new families as our swim program has grown so impressively!
The swim season could not happen without the tireless efforts of our swim parent coordinators. Thank you in advance Sarah Bradley , Jeff Malick and Katie Carlisle !
Please send any comments, questions or feedback to me directly at tennispoolchair@blueridgeseattle.com .
I look forward to seeing you at the clubhouse.
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