TAC Weekly Letter
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TAC Weekly Letter

Quote for the week:

"Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less."

~John Maxwell


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Summer Hours

Here is our summer hours starting after school is out. We will practice through August 10th and than take 2 or 3 weeks off. Don?t forget that there will be no charge for the month of August.


Smile Amazon

We have a Smile Amazon account for the Thunderbird Aquatic Club. If you are buying something on Amazon thing of us.

To access:


to initiate Thunderbird Aquatic Club to be the recipient of the donations from your purchases:

go to "Account&Lists" in upper right

then select  "Your Account"

go to "Your Amazon Smile".  in upper right is a "button" to "SELECT CHARITY". scroll down to Thunderbird Aquatic Club.

There is no additional cost of goods for a donation to be made to TAC.

It's easier if you create a "bookmark" from the smile.amazon.com page rather than trying to remember to go to SMILE rather than just plain Amazon.com


Swim-a-Thon  May 12th

This will be happening May 12th and it is our one big fundraiser of the year. The swim-a-thon is going strong. You can see the swim-a-thon center here




Use the online tools they are awesome.


So far we have $3,512 registered online. Only $16,488 to meet our goal. The gold group continues to be the leading group.


What we are raising money:


Update some badly needed equipment. Touch pads, timing console and timing equipment.


Cover the cost of the end of the year banquet, purchase some replacement equipment for everyday uses.


20% of the money raised by the swimmers going on the team trip will help cover the cost of the team trip.


Most importantly a large amount of the money raised will go into our financial needs funds for families that could use a little help. We have a number of families that want to keep their kids swimming but financially its tough. TAC wants to give those kids a chance to experience the awesomeness that is swimming and being part of a team. So if you enjoy this team and want to help other families enjoy this team help us raise money so that we have the resources to continue to offer this option.


The basic schedule for the swim-a-thon will be.


Senior, Junior and Gold swimmers can participate in the sleep over Friday Night. After practice those swimmers will have dinner and participate in a fun team activity. We will return to the pool around 8pm, swim and have fun, go to bed around midnight and wake up in the morning.


Everyone else will arrive at the pool at 7:30, they will have 2 hours to try and swim 2,000 yards. Parents will be counting and cheering. There will be snacks and prizes during the event.


Spring Thunderbird 18th-20th

This is our big one. The Spring Thunderbird is a mini Olympics for our younger swimmers. Signups are available.


Please come to give your input at any of our information Sessions concerning the New Pool Design .

Dates: May 22nd

Where:  Anacortes Public Library Annex

Time:  5:30-7pm

If you can?t make it, please email Christine Mathes your input or questions at fpfccomm3@gmail.com  


Online Team Store

We are trying a new thing. Our gear vendor is setting up online ordering. They are also offering a partial return on your purchase. With your purchase the team will get a 8% returns. Hopefully next month you will also get 1.5% cash back on your purchases, they are still working that system out. You need to log into our site to see the tab. Once you click the tab it will take you to our gear site.


If you got something you need to buy go check it out.


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



Something New


Regret is the Worst Emotion in Sports

Over the last few decades, I have worked with many athletes, from juniors to Olympians and professionals. The most powerful work I do with athletes isn?t your typical mental training where I teach them about positive thinking, mental imagery, routines, and how to stay intense and focused (though these mental tools are important). 

Instead, the most valuable work I do involves the attitudes that athletes have toward their sport. No matter how strong your mental muscles are and no matter how filled your mental toolbox is, if you don?t have the right attitudes, you aren?t going to perform your best and get the results you want. 

This article is going to focus on a key attitude you should develop about your sport to not only perform your best, but, just as importantly, to enjoy your participation and gain the most benefits from your competitive experiences. 

I see athletes express many different emotions after competitions. After a good result, I see joy, excitement, pride, and inspiration. But, after less successful competitions, I see frustration, anger, and sadness. Yet, the one emotion that I consider to be perhaps the worst of all emotions for athletes to experience after a competition is regret. 

"There?s two kinds of pain in sports: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret." Jeff Blatnick, Olympic wrestling gold medalist. 

What is regret? That you wish you had done something differently. The sad reality is that there are no dress rehearsals in sports or life, there is no "Way Back" machine (can anyone give me that cultural reference?) for do-overs. You get one shot in a competition, so you might as well take it, otherwise there will be a whole lot of "woulda, coulda, shoulda" when you look in the rearview mirror of your competition day. 

When have you felt regret in your sport? If you?re like most athletes, it?s when you didn?t go for it in a competition, when you held back and performed tentatively. When you?re finished and you see how you did, you want to kick yourself because you wished you had gone for it. When I speak to athletes, I always ask whether they would rather perform safely and not perform up their ability or go all out and perhaps do poorly because of a mistake. With almost complete unanimity, the answer is "I would rather attack and see what happens." But when I ask them what they typically do, many athletes say rather sheepishly, "I usually perform cautiously." 

The irony is that when you play it safe, you have little to no chance of having a good competition because sports require that you perform on the edge to be successful. And therein lies the regret. Before you begin, you may feel compelled to play it safe. But when you perform poorly because you were cautious, you wish you had laid it down, even if the risks didn?t pay off. For you to perform your best, you must make the commitment to go for it before you walk onto the field of play. 

What prevents athletes from laying it on the line in competitions when they know consciously that they should? The most common reason: fear of failure (read my four-part series about fear of failure). This unconscious, yet potent, force causes a mindset that goes against just about everything that you need to think, feel, and do to perform your best and achieve your sports goals. Most basically, to perform your very best, you must take risks, whether going for an ace in tennis, a birdie putt in golf, or a 3-pointer in basketball. At the same time, when you take risks, your chances of missing increase as well; the nature of risks is that they are uncertain. If you have a fear of failure, you?re not likely to take those risks because you are more concerned with avoiding failure than you are about pursuing success. 

I don?t know many athletes who have regrets for when they went for it in a competition even if it didn?t work out (though there is certainly disappointment in defeat). I do know many athletes who have immense regret for what they didn?t do, for when they failed to "leave it all out there" when the opportunity arose. Yet, when you play it safe in your sport, regret is what you will surely feel. 

I think you should go for it in every competition. I don?t mean giving up on good technique and tactics and performing recklessly; that?s another recipe for defeat. You have to perform your best, but you also must know when to attack and when to lay back. 

Of course, many of those opportunities won?t end well; that?s the uncertainty of sports. You will naturally feel disappointment that things didn?t turn out the way you wanted. But that feeling of disappointment will be mild and short lived compared to the intense and long-lasting feeling of regret you may feel if you don?t perform all out. Also, with that sadness at the failed opportunity, there is an upside. You will feel a certain pride in knowing that at least you went for it and gave it your all because that?s all you have within your control. As the saying goes, "If you don?t take the shot, you can?t score." 

Along with regret is a question that may gnaw at you for every missed opportunity to leave it all out there that passes you by: "I wonder what could have been?" You don?t have a crystal ball in which you can gaze into the past to see what would have happened if you had let go of your fears and gone for it. Of course, good things don?t always happen when you put yourself out there, but I?m going to argue that more good things will happen when you go for it than when you play it safe. 

There?s another old saying that "It?s better to make errors of commission than errors of omission." Even if things don?t work out as planned, at least you tried and know what happened and, with that knowledge, you don?t spend your days wondering what could have been. Plus, I?m going to argue that if you keep going for it, I can?t guarantee that you?ll succeed today, but if you keep going for it, good things will happen at some point. 

At the end of a competition day, season, career, or when you are lying on your death bed, I want you to look back on your sport, whether you won Olympic gold, competed in college, or just had a ton of fun, and be able to say "I left it all out there." You can only do that when you aren?t afraid to fail. And one important way to not fear failure is to believe that regret is far worse than failure. And, based on my experience as an elite athlete, a person, and a sport psychologist, I can assure you that it is. 

By the way, there might just be an important life lesson beyond sports here as well! 

Want to make get your mind in the best shape of your sports life? Take a look at my online mental training coursesfor athletes, coaches, and parents.

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

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