CLUB NEWS, January 22, 2014

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

– Bill Cosby


Get Ready for the January Jamboree:  Our Jamboree is this Saturday!  And there are still a LOT of volunteer spots that need to be filled.  Parents, please remember that your meet fees for the Jamboree are reduced when you volunteer to help out.  Click on the Job Sign Up tab in order to choose your volunteer position.   And even if you do not have a swimmer in the Jamboree – please feel free to help!

Practice Your Stroke and Turn Officiating:  Have you taken the stroke and turn clinic, and are wanting an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned?  Has it been a while since you officiated at a meet and you’re feeling rusty?  Why not come to the January Jamboree on Saturday January 25th from 10am-2pm and “practice” your officiating!  We will have experienced Stroke and Turn officials available to work with you and have you in tip-top shape for our February Meet!

Come to Saturday Practice:  Just because our Jamboree is on Saturday, doesn’t mean there is no practice – regular Saturday morning practice is still ON!

Sign up for the February Fling:  You have until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT to sign up for our home meet in February without being charged a late fee – if you haven’t done it yet – hurry!  As with the Jamboree, reduced meet fees are offered to families who volunteer their help at the meet, so to get your favorite volunteer job, sign up early.  Reminder that this meet is for swimmers who are sub-4 (if you don’t know whether or not your swimmer is sub-4 for their 200IM, ask your Coach!)  Check out the first draft of entries here.

Plan to spend February 10th with your FAMILY:  February 10th is BC Family Day – no practice.

Sign up for the Club Time Trial, Saturday, February 15:  For all Junior and up swimmers – no need to be sub-4 for this Time Trial.

Shop KISU!  We have new club towels available for purchase - $30 gets you a fabulous blue microfiber towel with the KISU logo.  Microfibre towels are great for swimmers – the dry very quickly and easily!  We also have lots of sizes of our new club suits available as well. And if towels or suits aren’t on the menu, we have water bottles, flip-flops, T-shirts and other gear available by contacting our equipment managers, Susan and Karen, at



From Coach Tina:

Our home meet falls at an interesting time in the meet schedule, being the last regional meet before AAs, but also being AFTER the AAA Provincial Championships.  Swimmers need two AA times in order to qualify for AAs.  Additionally, two AAA times, will de-qualify them from attending. So, much strategizing takes place in putting together the meet entries.

For qualified AA swimmers – they are not swimming events that they already have AA in (although there may be some exceptions . . . we don’t want anyone making two AAA times at this meet). Non-qualified AA swimmers who have A times are swimming the events they are closest to AAs in.  Please double check this!  With more than 50 KISU swimmers entered in this meet, and each swimmer entered in approximately 9 events, mistakes can be made! For swimmers who do not fall into the above to categories, events will focus on filling in gaps in their times – either NT or older times.  If you just had a fabulous swim at the Kelowna meet in 100 Back . . . you probably won’t be in the 100 back in Penticton.



Sports Psychology Guidelines For Sports Parents

Reprinted from

Dr. Patrick Cohn explains how parents can help make sport a successful and fun experience for young athletes. Sports parents have a big impact on their young superstars. A healthy and successful sports experience will depend on the sports parents' ability to instill confidence and self-esteem in athletes. Parents have a tremendous impact on how children will engage in sports. I am often asked by parents how they should help their child superstar win at and enjoy their sport. Below are some simple guidelines for sports parents to adopt with youth athletes.

Guidelines for Sports Parents

Sports should be fun for kids. Treat sport as a game, it is not a business for kids. With all the money in professional sports today, it is hard for parents to understand that it is just good fun to young athletes. The primary goal should be to have fun and enjoy the healthy competition. Your own agenda is not your young athlete's. They compete in sports for many reasons. They enjoy the competition, like the social aspect, engage with being part of a team, and enjoy the challenge of setting goals. You might have a different agenda than your young athlete and you need to recognize that it is their sport, not yours.

Emphasize a mental focus on the process of execution instead of results or trophies. We live in a society that focuses on results and winning, but winning come from working the process and enjoying the ride. Teach your young athlete to focus on the process of the challenge of playing one shot, stroke, or race at a time instead of the number of wins or trophies.

You are a role model for your young athlete. As such, you should model composure and poise on the sidelines. When you are at competition, your young athlete will mimic your behaviour as well as other role models. You become a role model in how you react to a close race or the questionable behaviour of a competitor. Stay calm, composed, and in control during games so your young athlete superstar can mimic those positive behaviors.

Refrain from game-time coaching. During competition, it is time to just let them play. All the practice should be set aside because this is the time that athletes need trust in the training and react on the court or field. "Just do it" as the saying goes. Too much coaching (or over-coaching) can lead to mistakes and cautious performance (called paralysis by over analysis). Save the coaching for practice and use encouragement at game time instead.

Help your athlete to detach self-esteem from achievement. Too many athletes attach self-worth to the level of performance or outcomes. Help your young athlete understand that they are a person FIRST who happens to be an athlete instead of an athlete who happens to be a person. Success or number of wins should not determine a person's self-esteem.

Ask your young athlete the right questions. Asking the right questions after competitionand games will tell your young athlete what you think is important in sports. If you ask,"Did you win?" they will think winning is important. If you ask, "Did you have fun?" he or she will assume having fun is important.

Dr. Patrick Cohn works with athletes and teams world wide from a variety of sport backgrounds. As the president and founder of Peak Performance Sports (Orlando, Florida), Dr. Cohn is dedicated to instilling confidence and composure, and teaching effective mental game skills to help athletes, teams and corporate professionals perform at maximum levels.