New Announcements for March 19th:
This is the last week of training for the season, except for the Guppies. This week, arrive as close to 5 as possible, check-in and get your tickets, make your first Ladder challenge, go to training until 6:15, and then report to the ladder and play your initial challenge plus as many games as you can fit in until no later than 7:30 PM, and go home.
There will be no more homework for the remainder of the season, except for the Guppies. Kids are strongly encouraged to continue to practice on ChessKid and will be rewarded weekly with tickets.
There are still volunteer-from-home opportunities available, reserved only for those who cannot volunteer at the club in person. We need result slips and score sheets cut apart, Chess Bucks printed and cut, and Tina needs one person to be an assistant webmaster. This will involve some small weekly updates to the website, nothing major. If someone web-savvy steps up and we put you to work on bigger site improvements, this could turn into a fee-waiver position. You will be provided the login information for the site and if necessary, instructions on how to make the weekly updates. We also need a Facebook Admin person to post updates and announcements. There is no excuse for not fulfilling your volunteer commitments for the season with these opportunities.
SCHEDULE CHANGE ALERT!!! After discussing with the co-director, we have decided to cancel the 4-Board Team Tournament for this season that was originally scheduled for March 26th and April 2nd. Some of the reasons for this decision included the labor intensive physical set-up of the rooms for this format, the extensive team-assignment preparation required, and the fact that despite making a commitment to be there both weeks, we can’t avoid kids getting sick, cars breaking down, traffic jams, parents getting stuck at work, etc. Last year we had a number of forfeits in Week 2.
In place of the tournament, we have scheduled two fantastically fun alternatives!!!
March 26th there will now be a Fischer Random Night at the club! Click HERE for the rules and instructions for this new event: HRSCC Fischer Random Night. Click here for some interesting background and more information on this version of the game.
April 2nd will now be a Virtual Club Night! We will be setting up a live online tournament for the kids to participate in from home, and kids will be encouraged to spend the normal club hours beyond the tournament on ChessKid, solving puzzles, taking lessons, playing games, etc. This will give everyone a little break from rushing to club, give me more time to prepare for the Bughouse Championship the following week, etc.
Inclement Weather Policy
HRSCC follows the guidance of Virginia Beach City Public Schools for cancellations. If school is cancelled or released early, or if after school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, HRSCC will be cancelled that day.
Please continue to sign up to Volunteer (once per month required). Use the link pinned to the top of the Facebook page or from the Volunteer tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu to sign up in advance. Our volunteer coordinator is logging your hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (adults and kids). If you would like to submit retroactive hours, please see Amy Nichols at club.
It is imperative that you let Coach Tina know in advance if you will NOT be at club. This allows us to enter Byes in advance and know how many board numbers to lay out, saving time and allowing us to run each club meeting smoothly. E-Mail prior to 4 PM on Tuesdays if possible. Last minute absences (e.g. child comes home sick from school, car breaks down, impossible traffic, etc.) should be texted to 757-535-3880 prior to 5:30 PM, as should planned late arrivals. Rounds will start between 6 and 6:15 PM weekly, so if you can guarantee arrival by 6, you will be paired (but you will miss training). If you are a “no show” (absent with no notice), you will receive a zero point bye for that night’s round. If your absence is known in advance, you are entitled to one half point bye per tournament. Subsequent absences will receive a zero point bye for the same tournament. Despite these pleas, we continue to have a few no-shows each week.
Tickets: Tickets are awarded at check-in for ChessKid usage, tournament attendance, homework, etc. See the Weekly Homework tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu for your assignments! The chess store will be open each week for you to purchase items with your tickets.
This website has been updated. Take some time to look at important pages such as Homework, Tournament Opportunities, Club Schedule, Private Coaches, Special Events, as well as the Calendar.
****IMPORTANT*** If you missed the annual meeting, please see the page on this website for HRCA documents to review notes from the meeting, including an important announcement about changes to HRSCC regarding the summer, re-registration, and volunteer commitments.
See you Tuesday!