April 25, 2013
"You can have results or you can have your excuses. You cannot have both." – Unknown
Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard for the Swim-a-thon fundraiser! Not only did our swimmers shine in the pool, but their achievements in raising money for the club surpassed our target of $10,000 . . . and we raised $12,033.60. Job well done, everyone!
Thank your Swim-a-thon Sponsors! Please go to your swim-a-thon page and send out the Thank You email to your sponsors! We had a lot of very generous donations and want to be sure that everyone who contributed knows the success that they contributed toward! It’s quick and easy – the email template is in the drop down menu. Thanks! The swim-a-thon results are attached . . .
Show your KISU ID: The staff at the reception desk have asked that KISU swimmers please start showing their ID cards when coming in for practice again, as of April 20th! Thank you! If you don’t have your card any more, ask your coach for a new one.
Spread the word . . . Registration is open for KISU’s summer swimming Lessons in the Lake! Registration is quick and easy – it’s done online through our website. Lessons will be offered in both Okanagan Falls and Naramata again this July and August. In addition to Red Cross lessons, there will also be Lifesaving Society courses (Bronze Star, Medallion, and Cross).
Sign up for the Club Time Trial on Saturday May 4th: Due to technical difficulties, our February time trial results are not “official” SNC results, so May 4th is your opportunity to re-swim your events and make your times official! There is no cost for this time trial.
Come to Friday’s Team Practice . . . but don’t come Saturday morning, as practice is cancelled! Friday’s team practice will be the last practice of the season for Mini Squad (don’t forget to sign up for the Wrap-Up party!) and for the Fitness swimmers. There is no Saturday morning practice this week.
Send good wishes to the KISU swimmers who are travelling to Calgary! 38 of your teammates will be swimming at the Calgary Chinook Invitational this weekend. They leave Penticton at 4:30am on Friday – Good Luck and Swim Fast!
DID YOU KNOW?
We have a new Canadian record holder in our midst! KISU para-swimmer Avery Newton recently broke a Canadian record in her classification in the 200m butterfly event. Avery swam a 3:58.04 at the CanAm meet in Minnesota early in April. She has now earned herself a spot on the Canada Games 2013 team. Congratulations, Avery!
- More Parent Article from Coach Michael Brooks
I love you… if you swim fast. “Bribing” your swimmer by promising presents, money, special meals, etc. for performing well is highly discouraged. While bribery may work in the short run – the swimmer may indeed swim fast this afternoon – the long term consequences are never good. Bribery leads to inconsistency and twisted motivation: swimmers only care, swim hard, and do their best when they are being paid for it, and the rest of the time they just float. I want kids trying their best on every race, not because they are on salary, but because they want to get better and to see how fast they can be, and because they love racing their friends. Take your child to dinner after a meet because you love him and he’s a good kid, not because he swam fast in the 50 backstroke.
Fun, fun, fun. If “fun” means mindless entertainment and sensory bombardment, then wasting hours playing Nintendo is loads of fun, and swimming is by definition “not fun.” If “fun” means working hard and challenging yourself, taking pride in accomplishing difficult goals, and discovering talents you didn’t know you had, then swimming is fun and Nintendo is by definition “not fun.” The meaning of fun is very much an open question for children, and one where parents and coaches have much influence over their charges. Are we creating a world of energized achievers or lifeless couch potatoes?
Work, work, work. Persistence and work ethic are the most important qualities leading to success in swimming and everything else. And if a work ethic is not created and cultivated when a swimmer is young, it very likely will never appear. It is so rare as not to be an option that a kid who is a slacker from ages seven to fourteen will suddenly change his spots and become a hard worker. Love for and pride in hard work MUST be inculcated early on, and again parents and coaches have much influence in creating this attitude.
No little league parents. Kids sometimes make mistakes at meets. If your child is disqualified at a meet, don’t complain, don’t whine, and don’t make excuses. Your child’s DQ is not a reflection of the quality of your parenting. The official is not blind, he does not have a vendetta against your child or your family or your team, and he is not incompetent. In fact, he has a much better vantage on your child’s race than you do, and he is looking on dispassionately. You are sitting up in the stands where you can’t see precisely, and you are paying attention to everything except the exact angle of your child’s left foot as he kicks in breaststroke. If a DQ is questionable, as sometimes is the case, the coach – and not the parent – will take the proper steps. And even then, DQ’s are almost never overturned, so don’t get your hopes up.
By the by, most DQ’s aren’t surprises to the coach. If a swimmer rehearses an illegal turn forty thousand times in training despite a coach’s remonstrances, then that illegal habit will likely show up under the stress of a race. As Joe Paterno said, “Practice good to play good.”
“Burn-out” is over-rated. So many times parents will say, “I don’t want my son to commit to swimming because I don’t want him to get burned out.” But for every one case of “burnout” caused by a swimmer’s spending too much time in the water and working too hard, we will see a hundred cases of “pre-emptive burnout”: in order not to be burned out, the swimmer only comes to practice when he feels like it, doesn’t train hard, skips team meets with regularity, and generally makes no commitment to the program or to the sport. Not surprisingly, the swimmer swims slow, makes little to no improvement, does not advance to higher training groups with his peers, and sees his formerly slower teammates and competitors rush right by him. Then we wonder why he “just can’t get jazzed about swimming.”
Sitting on the fence and remaining lukewarm on principle has nothing to recommend it. Discipline and commitment are good things, not things we should downplay, hide, apologize for, or (worst of all) stop demanding because it may be unpopular. If you want to enjoy swimming even more, commit more of yourself and swim fast! You do not become excited about an activity you don’t do well at.