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Karaoke, Games nights

Good afternoon, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. Here’s what’s happening at the pool …

VOLLEYBALL SEMINAR — Thursday, June 20 … Come down to the court tomorrow at 6:30 pm to learn the basics of how to play the game. Our talented instructors will introduce you to the rules, teach you serve and hitting techniques and give you some pointers on strategy. This is open to kids and adults!

KARAOKE — Saturday, June 22 … It’s your turn to take center stage! Pick a song from the KARAFUN.COM catalog, sign up and show us what you’ve got! We’ll start taking song selections at 6 pm and the singing gets going around 7 pm.

GAMES NIGHT — Saturday, June 29 … Is your family wild for board games? Bring a favorite game to the Pavilion and enjoy a fun evening with fellow fans. Anyone is welcome to play, but sign up ahead of time so we have a rough idea of how many folks are coming. Also, we could really use a few Game Coordinators to keep things fun and running smoothly: GAMES NIGHT SIGN UP

FINS SCHEDULE … The swim team is away for their next few meets. Tonight, the FINS are at Franklin Knolls and this Saturday’s A Meet is at Calverton. Next Wednesday, the road trip continues with a B Meet against NCC. The dive team, meanwhile, takes to the road on Sunday afternoon to compete against Tanterra. Go luck and go get ’em, FINS!

FINS GEAR ON SALE … Want to show your support for our FINS? All Rock Creek Pool families are invited to purchase towels featuring the RC Fins logo. The towels are available for order through Friday, June 28, and should be delivered to the pool within two weeks. The cost is $25 per towel.

EARLY BIRDS ARE BACK … Lap swimmers (adults only) can get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30 am – 8 am) until August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes.

SWIM LESSONS? … We’re asked often about swim lessons at the pool. While RCP doesn’t officially offer them, some coaches and lifeguards do provide private lessons. Check at the front desk and/or keep an eye out for flyers around the pool. Please note: you may not bring in an outside instructor per our contract with the pool management company.

POOL HOURS … The pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm. When there is a home swim meet, the pool is closed for general use. The diving well is closed during dive team meets. And keep an eye out for Summer thunderstorms. Lifeguards must clear the pool and surrounding areas for at least 45 minutes if they hear thunder. If you’re unsure, call the front desk (301-585-1185) to check the pool’s status.

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Three FINS meets, ice cream/movie night

School’s out! Let’s dance! … And eat ice cream! And watch a movie! Friday is all about celebrating the end of the school year! Get to the pool at 6 pm for the ice cream social. We’ll spin music from this century and invite all to enjoy some delicious ice cream treats! Then, grab a seat in the Pavilion for a screening of “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. Worth noting, Friday is a 10 pm closing night!

  • Ice Cream and music — 6-8 pm — We need your help. VOLUNTEER
  • “Greatest Showman” — 8-10 pm — The Pavilion is reserved at 7 pm.

Pool use during FINS home meets … When RCP hosts a swim meet, the entire pool is always closed for regular use. These events involve a lot of people, both from our pool and from the pools that come to compete against us. Parking, bathhouse use and seating all are at capacity. Lifeguards are not in place to help monitor recreational swimming. Every space is needed to put on these events, including the baby pool area which often is where we set up a hospitality zone.

When the dive team hosts a meet, we’ll close the diving well and may need to reserve the surrounding area for judges and dive families.

For this week, we have three home meets which affect pool use. All of these times are estimates:

  • Wednesday night, June 12 — B Meet against CCRA: The pool closes around 4:30 pm.
  • Saturday morning, June 14 — A Meet against Somerset: The pool opens around Noon or as soon as the meet is over.
  • Sunday afternoon, June 15 — Dive Meet against Glenwood: The diving well is reserved at 2:30 pm. until the meet ends.

Pasta party for swim/dive … Speaking of the FINS, the weekly Friday night pasta continues this week in the grill area. This team-building event is always a great way to cap off a hard week of practice. While the buffet is only meant for FINS (swim and dive) members, pool patrons can still use the grills while the party is going on.

Early bird starts next week … Lap swimmers (adults only) are invited to get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30-8 am) between June 17-August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes. As for the morning Masters Classes, as of press time, I’m unsure of the status but will fill you in when I hear anything!

Hours of operation … Now that MCPS school is out, starting on Monday, June 17, the pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm (see above for exceptions).

Volleyball seminar was a smash! … A hearty thank you to Emma, Audrey, Fiona and Ruby for hosting the volleyball seminar last Thursday. The BCC athletes did a great job introducing the sport and explaining proper technique and strategy. If you weren’t able to attend, there’s a second one on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 pm. This is for kids AND adults so if you’ve always wanted to learn, come on down to the court!

Trivia team takes the lead … Finally, here’s a tip of the cap to “Milton’s Pandas,” winners of the first Trivia Night last Thursday. We look forward to seeing them try to make it two in a row at the next round on Saturday, July 13!

Diving into Summer

Volleyball seminar, trivia night

Volleyball seminar is tonight! Want to learn the basics of how to play volleyball, from how to set to how to spike? Then come down to the court at 6:30 pm. Instructors from the BCC volleyball team will give you a no-pressure introduction to this fun sport. This is open to anyone 13 years and up, and adults encouraged to attend. If you can’t make this one, we’ll have a second seminar on Thursday, June 20!

A message for the dive team families … The deadline to register for the swim team is fast approaching, so take a moment to register today. Please note that a late fee of $20 per swimmer will be assessed after June 7, and registration will be closed at 10 am on June 14.

And please visit https://rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com/ to learn about the dive team and to register your child. If your child wants to try the team, register them and then you can send them to practice. If it doesn’t work for them, let us know by June 10 and we will issue you a refund of the $100 registration fee (but not the $15 insurance fee). Email Dawn and Katie, the reps, here: divereps@rockcreekpool.com. Let’s Go FINS!

Social events coming up … Make sure to check out the nifty social calendar on display at the pool for a complete listing of the 2019 events! Our next official activities are:

  • Trivia Night — Friday, June 7 — Join Quizmaster Bryan McCann for a fun evening of questions and answers. Starts promptly at 6:30 pm.
  • School’s Out Ice Cream Social and “Greatest Showman” — Friday, June 14 — This one needs volunteers: SIGN UP
  • Karaoke — Saturday, June 22
  • Games Night — Saturday, June 29

Tennis, anyone? … Please join us for friendly pick-up doubles tennis Monday nights, 6.30 pm (adults only). E-mail tennis@rockcreekpool.com to be added to the mailing list (as times may vary during the year).

Some administrative tasks …

  • Make sure your family has current photos on file.
  • Daily Guest Passes must be bought in advance.
  • Review the Rules & Regulations. Here’s one more — Parking Regulations:
    • Members and guests are not to use curbside parking along Grubb Road.
    • Members and guest must park their vehicles in the lined spaces provided in the paved lower level of the RCP property.
    • Parking in the upper lot is in designated parking spots only.
    • The speed limit in the parking lot is ten (10) mph.
    • All bicyclists must use the designated bicycle parking area. Bicycles may not be ridden inside the fenced pool area.

What the frequency, Kenneth? … Here are the hours of operation for Friday, June 7-Thursday, June 13:

  • Friday: 3:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Monday-Thursday: 3:30 pm – 8 pm

Keep an eye on the skies … Summer invariably brings late-afternoon storms and other weather that could affect our schedule. While light rain may not close the pool, please note that each time the lifeguards even hear thunder, they must evacuate the pool and the surrounding area for 45 minutes. Please listen to them and follow their instructions as we all want everyone to stay safe!

If you are on the swim and dive teams, the coaches or reps will let you know if practice is suspended or cancelled due to weather.

And you can always call the front desk (301-585-1185) to find out the pool’s status. That’ll be more reliable than waiting for me to update the pool’s website.