TAC Weekly Letter
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TAC Weekly Letter


Quote for the week:

"All great achievements have one thing in common--people with a passion to succeed."

~Pat Cash, 1987 Wimbledon Singles Champion


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

Dates:  Mondays April 2ndApril 16May 1stMay 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  

Try this Workout by the end of the week

This IM Set can get quite challenging in a hurry. The set is somewhat tame at the start, but switching out the Free in the later rounds adds an interesting wrinkle

                1 x 300  25 IMO/50 Free                 @ 4:20

                1 x 200 25 IMO/25 Free                  @ 3:00

3x            1 x 100 IM FAST                             @ 1:40

                1 x 200 25 IMO/25 Free                  @ 3:00  (go faster than 1st 200)

                1 x 300  25 IMO/50 Free                 @ 4:20  (go faster than 1st 300)

  • 1st round performed as written
  • Intervals should be easy enough so that 1st round is not tight.
  • 2nd round: Free parts are now backstroke.
  • 3rd round: Free parts are now breaststroke.
  • These changing strokes on the 2nd and 3rd rounds make the set dramatically harder. 
  • You may want to add :20-:30 extra rest between rounds if swimmers are not strong 400 IMers.
  • For our younger swimmers ignore the intervals and just swim the distances.

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


Spring Break

The team will be taking a break March 31st to April 8th. Practice will start up again on the 9th. This is lined up with the Anacortes school district spring break. I hope everyone enjoys their Easter and break.


During spring break, lap swim is free for TAC swimmers.


Marlin Madness April 14th and 15th

The first meet out of break will be the Marlin Madness. This is a fun meet, the older swimmers get to compete in races they normally don?t get to do and the younger swimmers get to go to a low pressure swim meet and work on their racing skills.


You can get online and sign up now.


West Coast Open May 5th and 6th

Everyone should have gotten the invite to West Coast Open. It is a very fun event. The details where in the email and you can find the meet information on the team site.


A couple of parents have already signed up and have warned that the hotel on site is very full. It seems they managed to set the date of the meet on the same weekend a hockey tournament is going on. If you are interested I would recommend you start looking now.


Feel free to also come up for one day as well. The trip is very easy and the border is not too terrible. We also had some families stay on the US side of the border over the weekend.


Swim-a-Thon  May 12th

Change in Swim-a-thon date.There was an error in the West Coast Open date and the swim-a-thon. So the swim-a-thon will be on the 12th now.


It is getting close to our team swim-a-thon. This will be happening May 12th and it is our one big fundraiser of the year. If you don?t know what a swim-a-thon is check this link out




This year we are looking to raise $20,000. The money will go towards updating our touch pads and timing equipment, raising money for the end of the year team gift, cover part of the cost of the team trip, purchase team equipment and create funds for families in financial needs.


More details coming, we are also looking for energetic parents who would like to partner and help run parts of the swim-a-thon.


Also for swimmers going on the team trip, 20% of the money they raise will go towards their cost.


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.


Team Trip June 1-3rd

This year the team is traveling to the Tri-Cities. In the past the cost has been about $300 per swimmer. That amount covers, transportation, food, room and meet entry fees.


TAC will be taking only 13 and older swimmers. They will travel with the team, compete together, eat together and hangout together. It is one of the best events through the year.


Parents are welcome to come and watch the swim meet but they need to handle their own transportation and room.


Swimmers that are 12 and under can compete in the swim meet but they must travel with parents and it will be like a normal meet for them. They can participate in team activities but will be staying with parents.


Sign up is Open for the team trip. We will be leaving Thursday May 31st and returning June 3rd.The team will be traveling in 2x15 passenger vans and staying at the Spring Hills Suites, the cost is $285, with $100 due when signing up and the rest before the team leaves for the trip.


The $285 covers transportation, food, meet entries and housing.      


Something New

Thriving or Surviving: Signs Your Kid Is Stretched Too Thin

There are so many extracurricular activities available for young people now, including youth sports, art classes, religious schools, STEM activities, music lessons, language, and the list goes on. What educators have learned over the years is that young people stay out of trouble when they are involved in co-curriculars. They learn new skills, become physically and mentally stronger, and discover their passions. As parents, we want our children to thrive and find their passions, as well as learn social skills and build strong relationship with people who have common interests. 

As the seasons move from winter to spring and warmer weather makes more outdoor sports opportunities available for children, parents need to make sure we can help them find a balance between schoolwork and all of those fun activities they are interested in and driven toward. Here?s a way to do that: 

List and Rank the Options

Start off by sitting down with your child and creating a list of activities in which they are interested. After you jot down all of these activities (or if your child is older, they can make the list), categorize the activities with a number system that re-lists the activities in order of importance. If you use a 10-point scale, one might mean: ?I?m interested, but can live without it?. Five might mean: ?I enjoy this activity but can live without it?. Ten might mean: ?This is really important to me, and I?m not sure I can live without it?. Come up with a creative system that will resonate with your individual child. 

Establish Non-Negotiables

Once your athlete has his or her list, you can present them with a short list of non-negotiable things that must take place during the week. After school sports or an evenings-and-weekends sports league might be high on your child?s list, but if the team practices every Tuesday night and you have another commitment that can?t be moved, then your child will need to consider other youth sport options. 

In addition to non-negotiable events, there may also be non-negotiable outcomes. For most families, academic success comes first. If youth sports are getting in the way of academic successes, a non-negotiable outcome may be that they are no longer allowed to participate. 

Discuss Your Limitations

This is also a good time to talk to your child about your budget, and what your family can comfortably afford. This may mean that out of the four activities they are interested in, the family budget only accommodates two. Some sports are more expensive than others, due mainly to equipment costs. As a result, some youth sports programs have a supply of loaner equipment to help kids try a new sport and see if they like it before parents need to purchase specialized equipment. It is okay for young people to know there are parameters around cash flow, and in the long run helps kids learn to set priorities and understand budgeting. 

Involve Kids in Making the Schedule

Once you have established your family?s priorities around school, money, and other aspects of your schedule, focus on the activities that are at the 10-end of the scale, do a web search to see if those activities fit into your family schedule, and get them on the calendar. 

Making sure that your child participates in most of this process is essential. Kids are more likely to stick with a sport ? or any activity ? when they have some ownership over their decisions. Involving kids in the whole process also sends a strong message that you are really listening to their needs and wants. 

Signs Your Child is Overstretched

It?s important to know if your child is stretched too thin from their new schedule. Keep an eye out for these signs: 

  • If you see restlessness and inability to focus on everyday tasks, classwork, or chores 
  • If they are strangely impatient or short with you during a non-confrontational conversation 
  • If they start to get sick (like a common cold) 
  • If you find that they are struggling to keep up with school work, or they never have time to sit and watch a movie, or go play outside. 

Adjustments That Help Your Child Thrive

When children start a new sport you may need to make some shifts in your already-established schedule. For example, you may need to change bedtime, change time available for certain activities, and provide downtime when there?s nothing scheduled. Making sure young people have enough time to get their homework done, a little time to practice their trombone, time to just sit and read a book, and time to go outside and play with the neighbor kids is essential. 

Pay attention to calorie needs. More activities means greater energy expenditure, so it?s important to ensure calorie intake supports their new schedule. If you?re finding you?re dealing with more tears and more conflicts at home, or if kids are having a harder time getting to sleep, consider whether hunger is playing a role. 

Kids don?t come with fuel and fatigue gauges, so there?s a lot of trial and error in finding the right balance. Having a few healthy snacks stashed in your car or in your son or daughter?s backpack or gym bag, and adding a little extra fat and protein at meal times can make all the difference in helping a child thrive with a busy and active schedule. 

When It?s Just Not Working

Sometimes, despite best intentions, kids get in over their heads and there?s simply too many commitments on their plate. If the adjustments above are not resolving the signs your child is stretched too thin, here are your next steps: 

  • Take a break, but don?t quit: In youth sports and after-school sports it can be difficult to sit out for a little while and then return to the team, especially because some coaches have rules that don?t allow athletes to play unless they attend all practices. Nonethless, it?s a good idea to consult with the coaches. At the end of the day they want your child to be successful on and off the field. 
  • Pull the plug, for now: As beneficial as youth sports are for kids, health and education are higher priorities. On one hand, it is important for kids to follow through on their commitments to a team and an activity. On the other hand, it is also important to learn when continuing does you more harm than good. When concerted efforts to adapt schedules, diet, and sleep are ineffective, pulling out of an activity may be the wisest option. 

There?s a limit to how much any of us ? adults or kids ? can pile into our schedules. Adults have learned where our limits are (for the most part) and we have the autonomy to make choices if we get overloaded. Young athletes have neither the experience to know where their limits are, nor the decision-making ability to make appropriate changes. But hopefully with the tips and strategies above, you can help your young athlete adapt and thrive with a challenging schedule. 

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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