CLUB NEWS, November 27, 2013


"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” 

         - Thomas Edison



Sign up to HELP at the Time Trial on Saturday!  We can’t do it without parent help . . . so far, only 9 out of 47 families who have signed up their swimmers for the time trial, have also signed up to help – so take a break from reading your email and sign up now!

Bring your swimmer to Team Practice:  This Friday, being the last Friday of the month, is Team Practice.  Mini Squad, please join us from 4-5:30pm!

Come to the AGM on Friday:  AGM during team practice . . . then take the kids home and come out to the Bufflehead at the Lakeside Hotel for our Parent Social at 5:45.

Sign up for your Farm Bag!  If you’d like to be on the list for December’s farm bag, you have until Friday to sign up.  Go to  Part proceeds go back to the swim club!

Fill out the Team Travel forms for the Kamloops Ice Classic Meet:  If your swimmer is signed up for Team Travel to the Kamloops Meet, you will be receiving an email with some paperwork to fill out.  If you think your swimmer is on team travel and you do not receive the documents, please contact Jill asap!  We don’t want to miss anyone!

Sign up for the next Stroke and Turn Clinic: We will be conducting a Stroke and Turn clinic on Saturday morning, December 7, 7:30-9:00 (during morning practice) in the KISU office.  Becoming a Stroke and Turn judge will help you learn more about your child's sport and give you additional options for volunteer positions at our swim meets.  Ideally, every swimmer in Age Group and Swim Academy should have at least one parent trained in Stroke and Turn, but we welcome parents of younger swimmers to the clinic as well.  The only prerequisite is that you have been a timer at a meet and are at least 16 years old.  If you are thinking "I can't do that - I could never DQ a swimmer", keep in mind that a DQ at a local meet can be an important learning experience, may help reinforce something the coach has been trying to correct, and may save the swimmer from a DQ at a championship meet.  So that we can be sure we have enough hand-outs and space, please sign up for the Stroke and Turn clinic event on the website.   

Watch for you Billing Summary:  Your Billing Summary will be arriving in your inbox later this evening.  The Billing Summary is part of KISU’s automated billing system through our Team Unify website.  The purpose of the Billing Summary is to advise you of the amount that will appear on your upcoming invoice (the first of each month).  It will outline all of the charges to your account – that have been posted prior to the Billing Summary date – as well the upcoming monthly charge.  If you notice anything that looks incorrect, please contact and we can fix any issues before the actual invoices get produced and emailed on the 1st.  If you have signed up for My Autopay, your invoice will automatically be charged to your credit card on the 1st.  If you are not signed up for credit card payments, your invoice payment is due by cheque no later than the 10th of the month.  Please feel free to let Jill know if you have any questions.




IMX is a program used by USA Swimming to promote goal setting and well-rounded swimmers.  Swimmers are given a point score based on certain events and their age.  This season, at the end of every month, KAJ (Kelowna Aquajets), VKSC (Vernon Kokanees) and KISU will be comparing our IMX scores.  This Saturday’s time trial will be focussed on trying to improve the IMX placings of our swimmers (and the 400 Free, which no one has had a chance to swim so far this season). 

Please see more details on IMX -

Please see KISU’s IMX points -



Dear Coach

My swimmer’s strokes are not improving as fast as I would like to see.  The coaches don’t seem to be working on technique much. What can I, as a parent, do to help?

Mini Squad – Please keep in mind that becoming a great swimmer takes time and the best quality you can have as a parent is patience.  At our Mini Squad level, we are working on their strokes, but more importantly we are trying to give them strong basics.  We emphasis kick, balance/body position and rhythmic breathing.  These are the foundation of strong swimming.  If a swimmer has great balance in the water because they know how to move their body without their arms, then modifying their arms will be relatively easy, compared to a swimmer who has learnt to maintain their body position by using their arms. 

Swimmers also need a certain amount of comfort level and endurance before they can execute skills properly.  They will swim back and forth a lot before they can make and maintain any changes to their strokes.

Juniors and Up – Now that swimmers have the basics to the strokes, coaches will continue to balance both stroke improvement and fitness.  Co-ordination and strength can play a big role in a swimmer’s ability to further modify their strokes.  Coaches approach technique in many different ways – drills to break down the different components of the strokes, group correction, individual correction, demonstrations, watching videos of great swimmers, video-taping swimmers.  As swimmers move through the season, there are times when the balance shifts more towards training and times when it will come back more towards technique again.

As a parent, the best thing you can do is be patient and encourage your swimmer to enjoy the sport.  Talk to the coach so they are aware of your concerns, but stroke correction is a never-ending process.  Even the fastest swimmers in the club are still working on the details of their strokes and the biggest gift you can give your swimmer is your support.