CLUB NEWS, January 30, 2014

“If you always put limit on everything you do, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits.  There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

- Bruce Lee



Come to Team Practice on Friday:  The last Friday of the month is here already!  Come to team practice and send some good KISU vibes to our swimmers who won’t be there because they are at the Provincial AAA Short Course Championships in Kamloops – GO KISU!

Remember that the LLSC February Jamboree has been cancelled:  If you already signed up, be sure to take it off of your calendar!

Check out the meet entries for the February Fling:  Here.

Go to the Job Sign Up tab for our February Fling home meet:  Jobs are waiting to be filled!  There are four sessions for this meet, and every session requires approximately 40 volunteers.  That’s 160 volunteer positions up for grabs!  Remember that, if you have a swimmer in the meet, your meet fees are reduced when you (or another adult) helps out.  A minimum of one session volunteered per swimmer also applies in order to receive the fee reduction.  But remember – EVERYONE – in the club benefits from the money that KISU earns through hosting a meet . . . and meets are hosted COMPLETELY WITH VOLUNTEERS.  Your swimmer doesn’t have to be in this meet for you to sign up to help.  Friends, neighbors, Masters, Alumni – we invite you all to participate in the hosting of our second home meet of the season!

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. Also a last chance for swimmers to qualify for AAs.  The sign up deadline is February 5th.  Cost is $10. (Tina is going out of town, so if late entries get to her before she leaves, then with the $10 late fee, they may be accepted . . . but once she’s gone, so is your chance to enter late).

Don’t miss the early sign up deadlines for:

Big Bus 2014 – We are going to Victoria!  Swimmers, coaches, and chaperones will be packing their swim bags and their sleeping bags at the end of April for our 2014 Big Bus meet.  Swimmers must be in grade 6 to come on this trip (some exceptions can be made for younger swimmers if they have a parent who is accompanying them).  If you are new to the Big Bus meet . . . talk to a veteran swimmer or parent – it’s a fabulous club event that you won’t want your swimmer to miss!  However, as you can imagine, this kind of an adventure takes lots of planning, so the deadline to sign up is early – FEBRUARY 15th – so that we know our numbers.  This will help us to determine, among other things, cost.  Although the club helps to subsidize the Big Bus, we anticipate this meet being more expensive than previous years.

Wenatchee Apple Capital – The Wenatchee meet is our only international meet, and takes place in June in a 50m outdoor 10 lane pool in a beautiful park in Wenatchee WA.  The deadline to sign up for this meet is March 15th.  Also an early deadline as the meet fills quickly and we need to be able to send our entries in right away. 




Congratulations to the following KISU swimmers who are representing our club at the Provincial SC AAA Championships this weekend: Acacia Benn, Andrew Cooke, Travis Doroshuk, Daniel Everton, Reece Haberstock, Elijah Kliever, Matthew Koster, Sam Lasinski, Xelian Louw, Jaren LeFranc, Myah Nackoney, Payton Nackoney, Avery Newton, Reilly Rowland, Anna Spence, Riley Wall, Tyler Wall, and Keaton Woods.



Strength for Young Swimmers           By John Leonard

For those of us who have been around swimming for many decades and are still coaching age group swimmers, the most pronounced “difference” in children in this decade, is the lack of overall body strength. Sure, there are exceptions as there always are, but the vast majority of children we see today are not only considerably overweight compared to the earlier versions of the same age children, but they are just flat...out....weak. (Young swimmers, defined as 7-12 years of age.)

This comes, of course from the nature of their toys, which are largely electronic and entirely sedentary. Where children of past decades played outside from dawn to dusk in the summer and from end of school to dusk in the winter, today’s child spends time watching a screen...either a computer, a television or a cell phone. Lack of physical activity creates weak children. Then they come to swim lessons. The teachers show them how to kick correctly. They kick for ten seconds and “I’m tired!”. With enough persistence, they learn to kick for 30-40-60 seconds until the “I’m Tired!” whine begins again. And once that initial stage is passed, we note that they are kicking, but not going anywhere. Of course not, because the tension in the mid section of the body, (the much-touted CORE) simply not all that kick energy is getting absorbed into the soft mid-section like pushing on a accordion..and a much reduced quantity of energy reaches the front end of the kickboard.

Crushing. Hard to learn to swim, when your back half won’t contribute much in the way of propulsion even if you do get it into better shape.

So there is a need for strengthening. Agreed?

Now, in days of old, simple outside PLAY created adequately strong core strength. If you live in a rural safe area, outdoor play is still the best way to build “natural strength”... climbing trees, running, chasing, all the joys of youth. If you live in a city or suburban area, that gets a lot tougher. IF swim team is the child’s only physical activity...the burden is on the coach. Most coaches today agree that a broadly based ACTIVE sports environment is the best way to build athletes and basic core strength. Note ACTIVE. Not standing around WATCHING coaches demonstrate, or watching the ball cross the field, but actual, sustained ACTIVITY. I watched both some youth baseball and some youth soccer the other day...neither qualified as “playing sports” in my mind...other than the existence of uniforms and a few kids moving, most everyone else was standing around. Parents need to measure the amount of real activity their child is getting in youth sport to know if there is health value or not.

Swim coaches love dryland training and these days, its valuable for every aquatic athlete from learn to swim to Olympian. For young swimmers, body weight strength building is the key. Pushups, situps, planks, calisthenics, pull-ups, medicine ball passes, and lots of related low or no equipment activities are appropriate with an emphasis on gradually increasing total number of moments per period of time...i.e. Creating more “density” of movements over time, is the best prescription for core and related strength improvements.

Young children, ages 7-12, definitely need to get stronger, and it will not only improve their general athletic ability, but it will improve their health as well.