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RENO News - 11/5/2018

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Please read through this email for important Reno Aquatic Club Information.

State Meet

It’s State Week! The coaching staff is very excited to see some fast swimming from RENO swimmers this weekend. This year’s meet takes place Friday – Monday in Henderson.

Last year, RENO had 32 swimmers participate in the State meet; this year there will be 36. On the surface that does not seem like much of an improvement, but it is important to note that last year’s State meet was in Carson City. If the meet was in the North again this year, RENO would have closer to 45-50 swimmers participating!

A big area of improvement is our 10-and-under swimmers. Last year, we only had four 10-and-under swimmers with State times. This year we will have six at the meet and an additional six more with State times that won’t be competing. Way to go, RENO swimmers and coaches!

Last Saturday we had our team rally. A big thank you to Russ and Brook Hollinger and their business, Eight Dimensions Health Center, for sponsoring and putting together goody bags for our state competitors. Also, thank you to End 2 End Swim Spa Covers for sponsoring our State shirts.

For those families traveling to State, I will be sending an email with more information in the coming days.

Practice this Week

With the State meet and Veterans Day, we will have some adjustments to this week and next week's schedule. 

- No morning practice for Senior/National on Tuesday; Thursday morning will be optional for those traveling to Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon.

- Normal afternoon schedule on Tuesday.

- Normal practice schedule for Mini, Blue, and Pre-Senior on Friday.

- NO Saturday practice for any group.

- NO practice for any group on Monday, November 12.

- Tuesday, November 13: Normal practice for Blue group, Orange will swim from 5 - 6 PM, Pre-Seniors will swim from 5 - 6:30 PM (no dryland), National/Senior will have the day off.

Practice Schedule

With the holidays quickly approaching, we will have some slight modifications to our practice schedule. I will do my best to give you as much notice as possible to any changes. Here are the current adjustments to the schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 6 – No morning practice for National/Senior; Normal afternoon practice for all groups
  • Friday, November 9 – Normal practice for Blue, Pre-Senior, and Mini; No practice for National/Senior
  • Saturday, November 10 – NO practice for any group
  • Monday, November 12 – NO practice for any group (Veterans Day)
  • Tuesday, November 13 – Normal practice for Blue, Orange will swim from 5 – 6 PM, Pre-Seniors will not have dryland and swim from 5:00 – 6:30, NO practice for National/Senior
  • Thursday, November 22 – No practice for any group (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 23 – No practice for any group (Family Day)
  • Saturday, November 24 – Normal practice for National and Pre-Senior group; NO practice for Orange and Senior
  • Monday, December 17 – 26 – NO practice for Pre-Senior, Orange, Blue and Mini RENO groups; National/Senior schedule for this week TBA.
  • December 27 – 29 – Modified schedule to be announced
  • Monday, December 31 – No Practice for Pre-Senior and below; Swimmers going to Washington Open will have practice from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.
  • Tuesday, January 1 – No practice for any group

Team Break – December 17 – 26 (Pre-Senior and Below)

Our annual winter team break will take place December 17 – December 26. The break is taking place this week due to Northwest being shut down for repairs.

For swimmers going to Washington Open, I have secured some pool space during this week. I am still working on finalizing the practice schedule, but I will let the swimmers/parents know as soon as possible. 

The practice schedule for December 27 – 29 is still being worked on. I will keep you updated. As of now, the normal practice schedule will resume January 2. 

See’s Candy Fundraiser

All swimmers should have received a See’s Candy packet. If your child has not brought one home, please be sure they get one from their coach this week.

RENO participates with See's Candy in an annual fundraiser selling holiday candy and treats. This is a voluntary fundraiser but everyone's participation is appreciated. The team receives a percentage of the sales from See's Candy. The more the team sells, the higher the percentage returned to the team. 

Packets are due November 30, and the orders will be available for families to pick-up the week of December 10 – 15. More details about pick-up will be available as we get closer to that week. 

Parent/Alumni Party

On the evening of December 15, RENO will hold its annual parent party. This year’s event will take place at the Renaissance in downtown. We will also be opening the party up to alumni. Click here to RSVP.  It is going to be a fun event! 

Additionally, we are seeking items for the silent auction to be held that evening. Donated items could include tickets (sporting events, plays, etc.), services (i.e. music lessons, landscaping etc.), goods (i.e. gift cards, entertainment baskets, etc.) or something else!  Values range from $35 to the skies the limit.

Please complete the Google form here by Saturday, December 1 to donate an item to the silent auction. We will collect the items December 6-13.  Reach out to Torrey Palmer with any questions at torreypalmer@gmail.com.  

Parent Education

With State this weekend, it is a good time to discuss sports performance anxiety.

During my first championship meet with our older swimmers last spring, I noticed a lot of the swimmers were very tense and nervous before their events. Their performances suffered, and they did not produce times that they were capable of. After analyzing our races, I noticed our swimmers were so fixated on the result (a certain time or achieving a new time standard), they sabotaged their races.

Throughout the summer, I stressed the importance of focusing on the process (giving 100% effort and racing). If the swimmers focus and execute the process, the best times and cuts will be a by-product.

Another important – and often overlooked  aspect to performance is having fun. If the swimmers are enjoying the experience and are loose and relaxed, they tend to swim faster. If they are not enjoying it and feel too much external pressure, they tend to have poor swims.

This past summer, I feel our best swims came when the swimmer was having fun and focused on the process rather than the result. It is still a work in progress getting the swimmers to think this way, but we have made tremendous improvements.

As parents, please remind your swimmer the importance of focusing on the process. Avoid adding any external pressure that will cause the swimmer to be tense and tight – this isn’t the recipe for fast swimming.

TrueSport has an article on sports performance anxiety. My main takeaway is the following:

“Parents and coaches can help reduce sport performance anxiety with the language they use before, during, and after games. Be wary of only praising athletes when things go right – a good rule of thumb to avoid adding stress is to praise effort instead of the result.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Just like training the body to race, training the mind is very important. Changes in the mental approach won’t happen overnight, but I am looking forward to making another step in a positive direction this weekend at State.

Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website.   Click here to read the archived articles.

Meet Schedule

Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:

  • November 9 - 12 –   Nevada State Championship / Henderson, NV (all qualified)
  • December 5 - 9    Junior Nationals / Austin, TX (all qualified)
  • December 15 – RENO Intrasquad Meet and Christmas Party / Northwest Pool (all)
  • January 18 – 20 – Blizzard Blast / Carson City (all swimmers not going to Washington)
  • January 17 – 20 – Washington Open / Federal Way, WA (all qualified)
  • February 8 – 10 – Douglas Dolfins Invite / Minden, NV (all)

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.

Go RENO!

Ryan Evans

Head Coach