TAC Weekly Letter
Thunderbird Aquatic Club
TAC Weekly Letter

Quote for the week:

"A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action becomes a reality."



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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.  

Thunderbird Olympics

It is time once again for the Thunderbird Olympics. If you dont know what that is check out the information form. This event is for Senior, Junior and Gold groups. 


We had our first event "Water Polo". The Epic Win team and the Door Frames both ended in a very exciting draw. 


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 $700 registered online. Only $19,300 to meet our goal. The gold group is leading the pack so far. 


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 1stMay 22nd

Where:  Anacortes Public Library Annex 

Time:  5:30-7pm

If you cant 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


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

What Youth Sport Parents Need to Know About Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps affect athletes of all ages, sizes, shapes, and experience levels, yet the exact cause of muscle cramps is still not fully understood.

In the past decade, sports science has revealed information that challenges long-held beliefs and offers new hope for kids who are prone to cramps. If you still believe muscle cramps are caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, we have some important news for you.

Cramping is Complicated

Sports scientists have long been searching for the "magic bullet" that will put an end to muscle cramps, and the more they learn the more likely it seems that cramps are caused by a number of inter-related factors rather than a single cause.

Several studies throughout the 2000s showed no significant differences in the electrolyte levels and hydration statuses of athletes who cramped and those who didnt (3, 4, 5). Some severely dehydrated athletes dont cramp, and some well-hydrated athletes do. Some athletes with normal or high levels of electrolytes in the blood still cramp, whereas athletes with low electrolyte concentrations sometimes dont cramp.

Another criticism of the hydration/electrolyte theory of cramping was the fact that exercise-induced muscle cramps are almost always isolated to working muscles. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances are systemic, and when muscle cramping occurs in a medical setting, patients suffer cramps throughout the body. So, if cramping isnt caused by dehydration/electrolyte imbalance alone, what else plays a role?

Neuromuscular Control Theory

A better way to think about muscle cramping is as a disruption in the communication between your nervous system and muscles. To use your muscles, your brain sends signals to contract down the spine and out to muscles through alpha motor neurons, and then muscles use something called the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) to inhibit contraction and let muscles relax.

Under normal circumstances these signals are in balance and contractions are followed by relaxation. When communication breaks down, which can be caused by different combinations of factors, the contract! -contract! -contract! signals can become overactive, and the inhibition from the GTO diminishes. The balance tips toward more contraction and less relaxation, and you end up with a flexed muscle that just wont let go

What You Can Do About Cramps

As interesting as the science of cramping is, parents want to know how to prevent their kids from suffering from cramps and how to make them go away when they happen. Based on current research into exercise-induced muscle cramps, recommendations fall into three categories: training, nutrition (food/fluids), and strong sensory stimuli. 


In a lab you can induce a muscle cramp by stimulating a muscle to contract over and over again for a prolonged period of time. Eventually, the muscle fatigues to the point neuromuscular control gets out of balance, and Whammo! your muscle cramps. 

In real life, a young athletes chances of experiencing a muscle cramp increase when they are undertrained or new to a specific sport when exercise intensity increases significantly in a sport they are accustomed to, and/or when exercise duration is longer than they are accustomed to. 

A year-round combination of generalized fitness and sport-specific training can reduce the chances of muscle cramps in young athletes. Staying active helps ensure kids muscles are ready for new challenges, whether thats a new activity, more intensity, or longer practices/competitions. This is yet another argument against having kids specialize in a particular sport too early. 


While dehydration and electrolyte imbalances may not be the sole causes of exercise-induced muscle cramps, they certainly make a young athlete more susceptible! 

Heat and humidity also play a role, specifically because they exacerbate dehydration and the loss of electrolytes through sweat, and young athletes are at greater risk for overheating because they generate a ton of body heat but have relatively little skin surface area available for sweating. 

Keeping kids hydrated removes or minimizes one factor that can contribute to cramping, and consuming electrolyte-rich drinks during hot-weather practices and games can help minimize the chances of excessive electrolyte loss. 

Food also plays a role in preventing cramps, not only because foods can be a great source of electrolytes, but also because carbohydrate energy helps stave off muscular fatigue. 

Strong Sensory Stimuli

Strong tastes are the newest (and coolest) development in preventing and treating cramps. You know those athletes who swear by pickle juice or spicy foods/drinks as a means of preventing cramps? For a long time, people thought they were effective because they were high in sodium, but science has shown the effect happens faster than sodium can be absorbed and affect the bodys sodium concentration. 

A 2010 study by Kevin Miller, sometimes referred to as "The Pickle Juice Study," concluded the strong/bitter taste of pickle juice stimulated sensors in the mouth and throat called transient receptor potential (TRP) channels (1). TRP channels throughout the body mediate a various stimuli, from pain and pressure to heat and cold, and help the nervous system figure out what to do next. 

Remember those over-excited contract! -contract! -contract! nerve impulses that throw the action-relaxation balance out of whack and lead to a muscle cramp? Well, Miller and his colleagues found that strongly simulating TRP channels in the mouth and throat with spicy/bitter/vinegary tastes (not just pickle juice) can calm those overexcited nerves. This reduces the chances muscles will cramp and shortens the duration of a muscle cramp thats already happening! 

When it comes to cramping, its often said there are only two types of athletes: those who have cramped and those who will. Currently, there doesnt appear to be a foolproof way to prevent your young athlete from experiencing a muscle cramp, but its just as important to realize theres more you can do than just making sure your kids are well-hydrated 


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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