TNYA News and Updates

Cost-of-Swimming News

A couple of things to be aware of as we get ready to start the new calendar year:

  • The annual fee is going up. After holding off for as long as we could, we’re raising the annual membership fee to $50.
  • The annual fee will be charged to current members’ credit cards on Jan. 5. If you don’t want to re-up for 2015, you have until Dec. 31 to inform the team administrator. Send him an email at
  • Splash cards will be more expensive in 2015. A six-punch card will be $90; a 12-punch card will be $180. Consider buying a new card (or two) before the end of the year if you want to save some cash.
  • If financial hardship is an issue for you, consider applying for a Paul Fortoul Fellowship. (And if it isn’t, consider making a tax-deductible donation to help those who are feeling the bite.)

posted Thursday, Dec 18

Here’s Your Holiday Workout Schedule

So, hard as it may be to believe, the end of the year is at hand, and we’ll be seeing some facilities closures between now and the end of the year. Here are the details. Chinatown and Hostos will close Tuesday, Dec. 23, and everything else will close on Wednesday, Dec. 24 — and normal workouts won’t resume until Friday, Dec. 26. A similar scheme will come into play for New Year’s: Chinatown and Hostos close Tuesday, Jan. 30, and everything else closes on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Normal workouts resume Friday, Jan. 2.

However you celebrate it, TNYA wishes you the happiest of holiday seasons.

posted Thursday, Dec 18

Our RSS Feed Has Changed

For the seven or eight of you who use it: be aware that some back-end stuff has changed our RSS feed settings. You may need to point your reader at us anew.

posted Wednesday, Dec 3

Time to Renew Your National Memberships

It’s crazy, but it’s true: we’re almost done with 2014. Remember that you won’t be able to get in the water on January 1 (or thereafter) until you have renewed your US Masters Swimming, USA Diving, or US Water Polo membership. Why not take care of that right now?

posted Tuesday, Dec 2

Online Registration for OHS 2015 Has Begun

You can now sign up for Session A (JJC, Jan. 10) and Session B (HCC, Jan. 25) of the best damn thing we do all year. Relay captains, sign up as usual; any other relay-team members, use the button marked “Relay Signup (other than captains)” and make a note of who your relay captain is.

Fundraising this year will be handled through Razoo. Click “Join this team: Fundraise” to start your own page. You’ll find a handy template ready for you inside. You can add pictures, videos, jokes, personal stories, and your progress will be linked to the team leaderboard.

Now, go out and hit up your family and friends. Ask that local bar to support you. Write to your Grandma! And if you have a company matching program, definitely get your donations doubled. Finally, encourage your donors to give back more by picking up the fees. Hey, Razoo ain’t free, and we’d rather have the money go to Callen-Lorde and the LGTB Advocacy project.

posted Thursday, Nov 27

What Are Your Goals?

Your coaching staff wants to know what you want to accomplish in this year’s swimming, diving, and open-water season, and they’ve created a form so you can let them know. Why not take a minute right now to fill it out?

posted Thursday, Jul 17

A Friendly Reminder

Please remember that the only diving that should happen at a swim practice is off the blocks, under direct coach supervision. In other words, never, ever dive off the deck into the pool. Doing so violates our contract with our host facilities and also voids our liability coverage with USMS. Both of these things are bad and could put this team in serious hot water. So please — don’t. Yes, even you.

Diving at diving practice is, of course, encouraged. But even then you have to do it off the boards.

posted Thursday, Jul 17

Help the Fortoul Fellowships Help Your Teammates

The recession may be over, but TNYA is seeing plenty of swimmers swim less — or stop swimming altogether — for purely financial reasons. The team’s Fortoul Fellowship program is there to help prevent that from happening; but for it to do so, it needs your help.

If you still have a job, please consider making a donation to the Fortoul Fellowship. Perhaps a bit of that tax refund, the savings from a few bypassed cosmos or the proceeds from your recent eBay sale could be directed to this worthy cause. Please bear in mind that decreased attendance at practices could cause our current luxurious schedule of 19 swim workouts per week in 4 pools to undergo downsizing. And nobody wants that, do they?

The board is currently making plans to raise funds for the Fellowship in new, long-term ways. Stay tuned for future developments. But until that produces some revenue, we are asking for your help to see us through the next couple of quarters. Contributions to the Fellowship go 100% to helping swimmers and are fully tax-deductible. There are no administrative costs.

To make a contribution, e-mail Team Admin Mark D’Ambrosi and let him know how much you’d like to donate — it will be charged against the credit card we have on file. You can also hand a check made out to TNYA, with “Fortoul Fellowship” in the memo line, to a gatekeeper to send in for you.

posted Thursday, Jul 17