September 1, 2011
Welcome all LAC Families! We are looking forward to a great year after a wonderful season of growth in numbers, team work, and swimming skills last year.
Here are a few highlights from last season:
LAC members grew to over 90 people
LAC put on its first successful meet with most ever team participation and a great profit
LAC purchased video equipment, rewarded swimmers for grades, team records, A times, and Junior Olympic and above achievement
LAC girl’s relays qualified for 2 Santa Clara International times at Sectionals
LAC had most ever qualifiers for JO's, Far Westerns, Sectionals, Santa Clara International Meet, and Junior Nationals
LAC sent 2 swimmers to Mexico for NACC and 1 swimmer to Clovis for Western Zones
LAC had 3 High School All-American swimmers
LAC Juniors and Seniors taught free stroke technique lessons to Novice swimmers in Fall during our Leadership and Character program
LAC Swimmers were introduced to the Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People through Coach Lisa's Leadership and
LAC Swimmers were introduced to the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People through Coach Lisa's Leadership and Character activities
This season we will have some new coaches joining our staff for Fall Rec and LAC programming:
Leslie Dabney: Leslie is an LVTC Master's swimmer and has extensive competitive swimming experience. Swimming for the Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins as an Age Grouper she competed in the Pan Pac Championships. Leslie will be shadowing Coach Lisa during September and will step in for Lisa when Lisa is on Maternity Leave.
Julie Knight: Julie is a former Aquacowboy and current Fireball coach who has over twenty years of competitive swimming and coaching experience. She will be coaching the Novice 1 and Pre-Comp groups three days a week.
Theresa Davis: Theresa is an LVTC Master's swimmer and former middle school teacher who will help us out with the Novice and Pre-Comp groups once a week.
Kylie Clark: Kylie is a Granada High School Student and Fireballs coach who has experience swimming at the Junior Olympic and Far Western Levels and will coach the Novice and Pre-Comp groups once a week.
When a new year starts it is sometimes enjoyable to create a theme or intention for our kids to build off of. Last year our theme was INSIDE OUT SWIMMING, focusing on each swimmer doing his/her best and focusing on the qualities that help us and our teammates be our best.
If you are new to our team, or if it's been a while since you thought about it, here is our team mission. Below that is this year's theme-
At LAC, our mission is to utilize swimming as a unique educational tool that will develop young people into leaders in their communities. We aim for perfection in thought, speech and action, knowing that although perfection is unattainable; steadfastly striving toward perfection will create young people who are a benefit to everyone around them.
In honor of the Olympic Year, our theme is Swim Golden. This means, swim with a Golden Attitude, with Gold Medal Strokes, and Gold Medal Efforts. Only one person in the world wins a Gold Medal in an Olympic Event any given year, but we can all display a Gold Medal Spirit, no matter what we are doing. If we have this kind of spirit in the work we do, we are sure to succeed. A great quote that goes along with this theme is: “Full effort is full victory.” Mohatmas Gandhi.
Here are some key points to remember about the first couple weeks of the season:
· A parents’ meeting will be announced shortly in which Board Members will be able to answer many questions about fundraising, our meet, and other important topics
· Please have all equipment and be on time for your group, this will minimize the chaos of getting readjusted to practices
· Please have patience the first few days and refrain from engaging coaches with conversation during practice time. Coaches will be required to place swimmers, teach swim team etiquette, and set expectations for the group during this crucial period.
· If you have a pressing question, email Coach Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or please visit Coach Alex during office hours, M, Th, F 2:30-3:30, or by appointment
· There will be no dryland the first week of practice. Junior 2, Pre-Senior, and Senior swimmers will meet upstairs in the club room at 4:45. There will be swimming later, bring equipment
· There will be no morning practices the first week of practice except Saturday which will be from 8-10 am. There will be no practice for any groups on Friday the 16th of September or Saturday the 17th as the LVTC parking lot will be repaved
· Coaches must leave deck after practices for family time. Please be considerate of this important priority and plan on communication with coaches during office hours, or by scheduled appointment
Here is a list of Key Dates through December:
September 6th- First day of practice
September 16th-17th- Off for LVTC repaving
October 1st - Swim a thon 9-11:30 am?
October 8-9- AIA meet, 14&un only, Novice and Junior
October 22-23- Livermore Aquacowboys home meet, Everyone
October 28th- 4th annual Costume Party and pumpkin decorating contest
November 11-13- Terrapins Sr Meet, Senior qual. Only
November 19-20- WCAB
November 24,25- Off for Thanksgiving
December 2-4th- 14&un JO’s
December 9-11- Short Course Sr. Champs, Senior qual. Only
December 16-20- Sectionals Long Beach
December 19- 25- Off for all groups
December 26-30- 8-10am Pr Sr/Sr/Jr 2, 10-11 am Nov 1/2/Jr 1
December 31- Off
Thanks you all LAC parents for the awesome energy you bring to our team shown through your encouragement of your kids. We are looking forward to another year of excellence. What a great opportunity we have to see these outstanding young people gain skills which will help be great in the pool and in life!