November Patriots News

Patriots News-November 2019 

Table of Contents:

  1. Calendar Update
  2. Welcome To Winter hosted meet update (VOLUNTEER)
  3. Travel meet update
  4. Parent/Swimmer Education

 November 2019 Calendar

Monday, November 4-Thursday, November 7: Regular Practice Schedule all groups:

Friday, November 8-Sunday, November 10: NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS DUE TO PATRIOTS WELCOME TO WINTER MEET. This is a team hosted meet and you need to get signed up to volunteer!


Monday, November 11-Friday, November 15: Regular Practice Schedule all groups

Saturday, November 16: Dual Meet with MMSC @ Mundelein

Sunday, November 17: Off


Monday, November 18-Saturday, November 23: Regular Practice Schedule all Groups

Sunday, November 24: Off


Monday, November 25-Wednesday, November 27: Regular Practice Schedule all groups

Thursday November 28-Friday November 29: NO PRACTICE DUE TO THANKSGIVING

Saturday, November 30: Normal Practice all groups

Sunday, December 1: Optional 12-2p 


December 2019 Calendar

Monday, December 2-Wednesday December 4: Regular Practice Schedule all groups.

*Thursday, December 5-8: OLY Meet (IUPUI)*

Thursday, December 5: Normal practice times for all swimmers not traveling to OLY

Friday, December 6: Normal practice times for all swimmers not traveling to OLY

*Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8: Arlington Alligators Meet @ RecPlex*


Monday, December 9-Friday, December 13: Regular Practice Schedule all groups.

Saturday, December 14: Blue/Senior/Elite: 8-10 am

*Saturday, December 14-Sunday, December 15: SINGLE AGE STATE CHAMPS @ Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center*

*Wednesday, Dec 11-Saturday, Dec 14: Speedo Jr National Champs (Seattle, WA)*


Monday, December 16-Friday, December 20: Regular Practice Schedule all groups.

Saturday, December 21: White 8-9:30 am, Blue/Senior 8-10 am, Elite 8-10:30 am

Sunday, December 22: Blue/Senior/Elite 12-2 pm


Monday, December 23: Senior/Elite 7-9 am

Tuesday, Dec 24-Thursday Dec 26: NO PRACTICE!!!


Holiday Training Schedule

Friday, December 27: Blue/Senior/Elite 7-9 am, Red 9-10:15 am, White 9-10:30 am, Barracuda 9-10 am

Saturday, December 28:  White 8-9:30 am, Blue 8-10:00 am, Senior/Elite 8-10:30 am

Sunday, December 29: Blue/Senior/Elite 8-10 am

Monday, December 30: Blue/Senior/Elite: 7-9 am, Barracuda 9-10 am, Red 9-10:15 am, White 9-10:30 am

Tuesday, December 31st: Blue/Senior/Elite: 7-9 am, Barracuda 9-10 am, Red 9-10:15 am, White 9-10:30 am

Wednesday, January 1: NO PRACTICE ALL GROUPS!

Thursday, January 2-Friday, January 3: Blue/Senior/Elite: 7-9 am, Barracuda 9-10 am, Red 9-10:15 am, White 9-10:30 am

Saturday, January 4-Sunday, January 5: No practice due to SWAT Grand Prix @ RecPlex.



Welcome To Winter Meet Update

We have a great meet coming up this weekend!  It looks as if we are going to be running two pools for the majority of the meet. If we ran 1 course that would put the timeline at around 5.5 hours, with a 2 course schedule we can run between 2.5-3 hours for each pool. Our website has been update,  click here to access the most recent meet details.


We also still have volunteering roles to fill. Please remember the following volunteer criteria:

Barracuda/F+T 1 job per family

Red/White/Blue/Senior 2 jobs per family

If your athlete is not in the meet, you still must meet your volunteer requirement. We do not want your buyout money, we want the help running an quality meet for all of our athletes and others of WI and IL.

Below is our open jobs as of 12pm today:


Friday night 15

Saturday AM 11

Saturday PM 11

Sunday AM 15

Sunday PM 20

Meet Marshall:

Friday night 2

 Saturday AM 2

Saturday PM 3

Sunday AM&PM 1




Travel Meet Reminders 

OLY Winter Invite:

The first travel meet will be a time qualifying meet in Indianapolis hosted by the Oakland Live Y’ers. The meet will be at the Legendary Natatorium at the University of Indiana at Indianapolis. It will be 12/5-12/8 

The hotel information has been posted for age group swimmers not traveling with the team. 13 and Over swimmers are encouraged to travel with the team on passenger vans and share rooms with teammates. Coach Dave will have more information regarding cost and itinerary very soon. A tentative itinerary has been posted for those traveling with the team.

OLY Event Page


Parent/Swimmer Education

Why It's Important to Avoid Tension on the Sidelines

By TrueSport®  | Wednesday, October 16, 2019

"I joke that when my daughter was playing tennis, I was just a chauffeur taking her to practice. And sometimes, that’s all kids really need you to be,” says Dr. Patrick Cohn, a sports psychologist at Peak Performance Sports. He’s only partially joking…most parents could benefit from decreasing their tension and taking a more passive role when it comes to youth sports.

"We tell parents that their only goal is to make sure that their kids are having fun. Your job is to support kids when it's appropriate,” Cohn adds. With that in mind, here’s why and how to avoid being tense and distracting on the sidelines.


Sideline Coaching

Your goal as a parent may be to see your child having fun, but research has shown that sideline behavior rarely reflects that goal. "Shouting instructions from the sidelines is a major no-no,” says Cohn. Not just because it’s irritating for the other parents, but because it can actually hurt your child’s performance.”

“Remember, the coach is there to coach the kids, and having another person shouting can also make them lose focus, get embarrassed, or feel pressure to perform perfectly for the parents shouting instructions all the time,” Cohn adds.


Your ‘Cheering’ Style

Showing up with your face painted in team colors while the other parents are in business casual? Try not to stand out too much.

"Pay attention to the cues from the other parents. Parents should be cheerleaders, reinforcing when they’re playing well but not overdoing it,” says Cohn. "Depending on the sport, there are different rules of behavior. Golf has quiet clapping, hockey has more yelling.”

“If you know you have trouble controlling your temper and what you do on the sidelines, I recommend you watch the game from afar where your athlete can’t see you. Watch up on a balcony, or even behind a tree…if you truly want your athlete to have more fun and be more focused, take yourself out of the equation if you know you’re a distraction."


Handling a Bad Call

Your anger with a bad call in a child’s game may be the same rage you feel on the road, which research has shown is tied to ego defensiveness and a control-oriented mindset. Angry reactions on the sideline often happen because parents make the game about them and take events personally. Even if you think you’re being subtle when you disagree with a ‘bad call,’ your child likely is picking up on it. 

“Your tension is extremely obvious to young athletes, and to yell at people around you is actually disrespectful to your kids,” Cohn says. Instead, let bad calls be a learning opportunity for them. If the ref makes a call you don’t agree with, that’s OK.

You won’t agree with every call, and the referee might even be in the wrong. But if you complain every time you disagree, you’re teaching your child that that behavior is acceptable in life. Keep in mind that your child will have to deal with a teacher or boss who isn’t always fair and can’t always rely on you to ‘fix’ everything. 


Non-Verbal Behaviors

"Kids are easily distracted during games. If you’re arguing on the sidelines with another parent, they’re likely going to notice, be embarrassed, and even alter their performance,” says Cohn. "If I roll my eyes, my daughter can see from 50 yards away.”

“I try to teach athletes to stay focused on the field or court, but that’s hard. Kids pick up on parents’ non-verbal cues. I’ve heard parents tell me that they got up to use the restroom, but their athlete assumed they had gotten up because they were upset with the child’s performance. If a kid is feeling your tension, they tend to start playing safer and more tentatively, in fear of making mistakes."


Dr. Cohn concludes, "From a long-term perspective, the athlete won’t have as much fun in the sport [if they’re worried about their parents on the sidelines], because they’re so tuned into what they think their parent is feeling during their game, which can lead to them leaving the sport altogether."

Bottom line: Knowing how to best support your athlete is key in creating a positive sport experience for not only your athlete, but also for their team and the rest of the parents on the sidelines supporting their athletes.

About TrueSport

TrueSport®, a movement powered by the experience and values of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, champions the positive values and life lessons learned through youth sport.

TrueSport® inspires athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to change the culture of youth sport through active engagement and thoughtful curriculum based on cornerstone lessons of sportsmanship, character-building, and clean and healthy performance, by creating leaders across communities through sport.