TAC Weekly Letter

Quote of the week:
"If you cant outplay them, OUTWORK them."
~Ben Hogan



Your 2018 board members:


President: Laurie Bergvall

Phone: 360-333-2052

Email: lauriebergvall@gmail.com


Vice President: Niabi Drew

Phone: 360-914-8132

Email: ethernuts@gmail.com


Treasurer: Rob Hoxie

Phone: 360-299-9218

Email: mapmanrob@hotmail.com



Secretary: Lissa Snowman

Phone: 206-234-5510

Email: lissasnowman@hotmail.com


Parent Rep: Elton Erickson

Phone: 360-610-9354

Email: eltonerickson1974@gmail.com


Parent Rep: Silvy Yamazaki

Phone: 408-688-6080

Email: syamasj@aol.com


Parent Rep: Monica Harris

Phone: 360-421-1497

Email: monicacharris2@msn.com



AGI Entries closes 11/7 sign up now

This is the last day to sign up for AGI, dont miss out


Saturday the 11th is normal

We will be having a normal practice on the 11th, plan on being there.


Please dont idle in the parking lot

As it gets darker please dont idle or park in front of the doors blocking the parking lot.



Dont forget to print off and sign the waiver for Friday. We need those turned in this week.


Practice Friday the 10th

On the 10th the pool has hired a professional photographer to take photos of the pool in action. They are planning on using these photos on the pool site to promote the building and classes.


TAC will be involved with these photos. The older swimmers will be doing a mock swim meet that Friday and the younger swimmers will get to play on the wibbit. This will take place during normal practice time.


We will need each swimmer to fill out a waiver allowing their faces to be used in the photos. If you are completely against seeing your adorable kids on the pool website please keep them home that day. I will have a waiver that will need to be filled out before the 10th.   


Friday Plan

For Friday, high school girls will be at state.


Our Senior, Junior and any Gold swimmers that are at the pool will get in the water at 3:00and warm up, than do a practice swim meet until 4:00


They will then help set up the wibbit from 4:00-4:30.


At 4:30 the Silver and Bronze will finish up dryland and be able to play on the Wibbit until 5:30.


Senior and Junior swimmers might be asked to work on the TRX with Kyle for more photos or they might go home.


Anacortes Girls take 2nd at Districts

The Anacortes girls took 2nd at districts. Nice job and keep swimming fast at State.


Upcoming meets

So we have had two meets and are about to have a third meet all in the month of October.


So what is next for your swimmer?


The pace will slow down a bit for November, the team will only have one swim meet and swimmers need Gold cuts to attend. For those swimmers that do not have Gold cuts the next meet will be in December.


November 18-19th AGI meet. This is for swimmers who have Gold time standards, it is also the last chance for PNS time cuts. It will be held at Juanita Aquatic Center, Kirkland WA. The meet invite will go out after the Fall Thunderbird.


You can go online and sign up today.


Husky Invite December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, it is a very fast meet. The team will attend 1 day of the meet, see if we can set some team records, make some final swims and kick some butt. This is mainly for our Senior and Junior groups. The day will be determined by which day we have the most qualified races/relays.


Fall Divisionals December 2nd and 3rd . This is our final swim of the season for all our swimmers who do not have PNS times. The meet will be held in Snohomish, it is a great meet for all our Bronze, Silver and Gold swimmers. Please plan on attending, and lets see a lot of time drops, final swims and lots of excitement into the Holidays.


PNS 14 and Under Champs December 8th, 9th and 10th For all the swimmers with PNS times. If you have time cuts this is the meet where you show off, it is a highlight meet for all 14 and under swimmers with the time cut and TAC does expect swimmers to attend. If you have the time cut make sure the date is clear. The meet is held in Federal Way.      


2017-2018 home meet dates

These are our home meets for this year. Please reserve these dates and keep clear.

Fall Thunderbird October 28th and 29th

January Challenge 6th and 7th

TAC-E March 3rd and 4th

Spring Thunderbird May 18th, 19th and 20th


Order Team Gear Online 

Please note that your team suits are custom embroidered and may not be returned or exchanged so please be sure of your size.

  1. Web page link: http://www.swimmingteams.com/page.php?p=teamlogin
  2. Enter Login ID: thunderbird and Password: aquatics
  3. Follow instructions for checkout. Please note that you still need to complete the "shipping" field by choosing "copy billing info". Also please note that certain items have color options and a place to enter a name for embroidery.
  4. Contact information for any questions you may have:

 Contact Information:                                       
(800)214-6823                              Dan Martin
Tel:(702)696-9290                       360-510-4813
Fax:(702)696-9210                     Email: swimgear@msn.com



A lot of parents start off by coaching their own children. This is a very difficult balancing act to pull offVERY DIFFICULT! I recently was asked a question about this by a coach-father who noticed that he was being much harder on his son than the other players. He also noticed that his boy was no longer having fun playing. He asked, "At what age should a parent  should stop coaching his kid?" Here's my response:  

You'll find a lot of articles on the topic in my newsletter archives as well as shorter ones on my mental toughness blog. However, to directly answer your question, the time is NOW! If you are sensing that your son is starting to have less fun then it's time to let someone else coach him.


A lot of parents coach their kids in the beginning as the child enters youth sports and competition. The problem is that this is a very difficult dual role to pull off. One important role of a coach is to push a child outside of his comfort zone, and to criticize, to provide helpful feedback on what needs to improve. The problem is that this role directly conflicts with a parent's primary role which is to love your child unconditionally.


In sports, more parents get into trouble when they start coaching, either formally or informally from the sidelines. This is because our kids need us to be there for them when things go badly. They need us to be supportive and loving. They don't need us to push them, criticize them and be hard on them. Even in the best of situations it is very difficult to coach your own kid.


One critical litmus test of whether things aren't working in this precarious relationship of parent-coach is the fun level of the child. When your son's fun leaves the sport, both you and he are in trouble. If he's not having fun, then most likely he's spending practices and games feeling badly about himself and that he's letting you down. Without fun he will be vulnerable to burnout and performance problems. If your criticism and pushing is one of the reasons for his unhappiness, then chances are high that continuing to coach will strain your relationship together. 


If your son wants to and regularly asks, work with him on his own, get his rebounds, help him out, but find another competitive situation for him to be involved in where someone else is doing the coaching. It will make your life and his much easier and it will improve your relationship with him. And, as far as I'm concerned, this is what's really important. It's not whether he excels in basketball and becomes a star. This is the little picture. It's your long term relationship with him that really counts. Long after he puts the basketball away, when he's fully grown and has a family of his own, hopefully you guys will have a solid loving relationship. This is what's truly important. Don't let basketball get in the way of this.

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1603 22nd street
Anacortes, WA 98221