February 23, 2018
Hello EMAC Swimmers and Parents
We have MANY champs meets coming up including Mini’s, HS Districts, Rested and Ready, JO’s, Bronze, Silvers, and Senior Champs.
We have had a tremendous response for champs attendance and the coaches are excited to see some fast swimming over the next several weeks.
I wanted to touch on a few things heading into champs: Rested and Ready Meet, Spring Session Information, Spring Session and Long Course Informational Meeting, Misperceptions of Taper, Champs T-Shirts
Rested and Ready Meet:
I sent out the information today on the Rested and Ready meet. The purpose of the meet is to benefit those HS swimmers who are tapered at Districts and who still need qualifying times for Senior Champs. It is also meant to benefit those swimmers who just don’t want to wait another month to swim fast.
The meet is open to swimmers 15 and over. Please understand that this is the first time we have done something like this for our HS/USA Swimmers. We will need help from swimmers and parents alike in volunteering. We will be sending more info on how you can help early next week.
Spring Session Information:
We are currently putting the final touches on our Spring Session Information. We should be releasing the information on Monday. Registration will open in the middle of next week for current, continuing members.
Spring Session and Long Course Informational Meeting:
On March 6 from 6:30-7:15 pm, we will conduct a meeting to help answer any questions regarding spring session. We will also be using that time to discuss the importance of swimming Long Course over the summer. In short, it is critical for us to drastically increase the number of swimmers ages 9 and over who are competing in Long Course meets. We will be meeting with summer league team reps to discuss how we can work together for the benefit of the swimmers by creating a plan that allows swimmers to continue doing summer league swimming and add a few Long Course opportunities. Please plan on attending if you have a swimmer age 9 or older who has never competing in Long Course.
Misperceptions of Taper:
One of the biggest mistakes swimmers, coaches, and parents make is worrying about how “good” the swimmers feel during the rest phase. The truth is that how one feels has nothing to do with how ready they are to swim. Want visible evidence of this? Click on the attached image. It is a picture of Michael Phelps at the 2016 Olympics with “cupping” marks on his body. People receive “cupping” treatments when they are sore and tight. Think about that for a second: the best, most well-trained athletes in the world are sore and tight at the biggest meet of their lives. Why? That’s how muscles respond when they are pushed…even at meets.
It’s important to note that the best in the world understand this and prepare themselves to work through it at the big meet.
Nancy Soares offered to get t-shirts made for each Champs Participant. As sponsorship from her business, Macungie Animal Hospital, she ordered the shirts and we will be handing them out to the athletes, starting with our Mini swimmers this weekend. Coach Greg will have the shirts at the meet.
When you see Nancy, be sure to thank her.
If you are thinking that you would like to also be a sponsor, please be on the lookout for information coming on that possibility. We are currently looking into a sponsor system that would allow us to provide a mutual benefit to sponsors and EMAC.
We are looking forward to some amazing swimming over champs season.