September 30, 2019
I hope everyone had a great weekend and stayed warm with the winter-like conditions Please read through this week’s email for important Reno Aquatic Club news.
King of the Hill
We have a big number of RENO swimmers registered for the King of the Hill -- thank you! The meet takes place October 18 – 20. If you have yet to register, please be sure to do so this week. If you have any questions, please ask your child’s coach. Click here to sign-up.
King of the Hill Volunteers
The King of the Hill meet is hosted by RENO. It is a big annual fundraiser for the team and it would not be a success without the hardwork of our parent volunteers. If you have yet to sign-up to volunteer, please do so by clicking here. If you aren’t sure what job would be best, please contact our meet director, Teri Galvin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A big thank you in advance to all of our parents for their hard work during the meet. These meets would not be possible without you. The coaches and swimmers greatly appreciate your effort!
If your swimmer is planning to attend the State meet, please fill out this quick RSVP form. Entries for the State meet are submitted by the coaching staff, so we will start planning the swimmer’s events very soon.
I have secured a hotel block in Henderson. The room block code is now active. Please click here to access the info.
Upcoming Practice Changes
Here are some important dates for the upcoming practice schedule:
- Fall break (October 7 – 12) – Normal swim schedule but NO dryland for any groups during this week
- There will be NO practice for any groups on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 due to the King of the Hill meet
- Friday, October 25 – Nevada Day (observed) – Pre-Senior, Senior, and National will swim 8 – 10 AM; Juniors will swim 8 – 9 AM. NO evening practice for any group.
- Sunday, October 27 – Senior and National will swim from 8 – 10 AM
- Thursday, October 31 – NO practice for any group
Western Zone Open Water Championship
Congratulations to Aidan Pflieger for an outstanding performance yesterday at the Western Zone Open Water Championship in San Diego, CA. Aidan finished 7th in the 15-16 boys and 10th overall. His performance should also qualify him for the Junior National Open Water Championship. Way to go, Aidan!
In my experience, a quality that separates an elite swimmer from a good swimmer is the elite swimmer understands it is OK, in certain situations, to fail. The elite swimmer embraces failure and uses it as an opportunity to get better. A good swimmer lets the fear of failure cripple his performance and he will never reach his full potential.
In a recent article on USA Swimming titled “Parents – How to Help Your Swimmer Have a Great Mindset,” by Will Jonathan, he discusses how to turn failure into a positive. I encourage you to read the entire article by clicking here, but below is the section on failure:
"It’s so silly how people tend to demonize failure when it is both necessary for improvement and completely unavoidable. The fact is, failure is an important and inevitable part of, not just swimming, but life as a whole. How can your child learn and improve unless they are able to fail and see where and how they need to get better? How can your child develop the mental strength and emotional resilience needed for a healthy mind if they’re not allowed to fail, experience the feelings that come with that, and learn how to work their way through them?
There’s a very big difference between not wanting to fail and being afraid to fail. No one WANTS to fail. I don’t want to fail. You don’t want to fail. Your child doesn’t want to fail. However, that doesn’t mean you, your child or I need to be afraid of it. You need to make sure your child understands failure is not some boogie-man they need to be frightened of. They should be encouraged to see failure for what it actually is – a growth opportunity, a chance for them to improve themselves both physically and mentally to make them into a better swimmer and a stronger human being.
Most importantly, they need to understand failure is only acceptable when it happens under certain conditions. They need to understand there’s a right way to fail, and a wrong way to fail. If they go out there, attempt to coast through their swims, aren’t fully committed, have a bad attitude, and fail that way, that’s the wrong way to fail. They need to know that’s not acceptable in any way. However, if they go out there, give it their absolute all, are fully committed, have the right attitude, and still fail, they need to know that’s perfectly acceptable. That’s the right way to fail.”- Will Jonathan
Each week, I update the Parent Education section on our website with the newest article. Please click here to access it.
Skill of the Week – Neutral Head Position
Last week’s skill of the week emphasized the importance of neutral head position. This is important for all four strokes. The swimmers actually performed drills where the head was in an improper position. This helped demonstrate how much harder they have to work if the head is not neutral.
We had swimmers kicking in body line position while their chin was on the surface of the water and their eyes looked across the pool. This was very challenging. When the eyes are up, the hips drop and this creates unnecessary drag.
We then had the swimmers tuck their chins to their chest. This caused the swimmer to go into a pike position. This position creates drag. It also throws off balance and does not allow for proper rotation.
In both of the improper positions, the swimmer cannot access his core. To go faster in the water, the swimmer must be able to utilize the core to power him through the water.
After being in the improper positions, we had the swimmer focus on keeping the head neutral in body line kick that we introduced earlier this month. They were able to notice the drastic changes and how they were more efficient with a neutral head position.
I am working on finalizing our meet schedule for the 2019/2020 season, but here are the next meets RENO will be attending:
- October 18 – 20 – RENO’s King of the Hill Meet / Carson City, NV
- November 8 – 11 – Nevada State Championship / Henderson, NV
- December 6 – 8 – Husky Invite / Federal Way, WA (qualified swimmers)
- December 10 – 14 – USA Swimming Junior Nationals / Federal Way, WA (qualified swimmers)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.