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CLUB NEWS, February 5, 2014

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

TO DO

Watch for your Invoice:  February’s invoices were not emailed on February 1st, as they should have been. Please watch your inbox as they will be arriving tonight or tomorrow morning.

Sign up for Big Bus: The deadline is approaching . . . February 15th.  Please remember to sign up so that we can begin to make plans for the Big Bus to Victoria!

Mark Your Calendars: Swim-a-thon 2014 is scheduled for Friday, March 15th.  More details to follow shortly.

Check your Swimmer’s Entries with the OnDeck Parent App:  Wondering what events your swimmer is entered in for this weekend’s meet?  You can find out with the OnDeck app – go to account home, then select your swimmer, and future meets, and February Fling! 

Sign Up to Volunteer:  Our second home meet of the season starts this weekend at 5:15pm on Friday.  We needs LOTS of volunteers.  Even if your swimmer is not entered in this meet, please sign up to help.  All members benefit from the revenue that we generate by hosting swim meets – which are entirely volunteer run!

Spend some time in the Kitchen:  Can you do some baking, or make a pot of soup of chili for our meet volunteers?  Please email Jill if you can help out.  Baking can get dropped off on Friday or Saturday, and chili or soup can get dropped off in a crock pot on Saturday morning.  This is a great help!  Many thanks in advance!

Make Sure Your Invoice is Paid in Full and On Time:  We are in the process of developing a policy regarding outstanding accounts.  If your account currently has an outstanding balance and you have not already made payment arrangements with us, please ensure that you are paid in full asap.  If this poses a problem for you, please discuss with Jill and/or Nancy and we can come to an arrangement.  As a non-profit organization, our member dues are needed to keep our club afloat.  Your attention is appreciated.

 

THE RECORDS ARE FALLING  . . .

Congratulations to the following KISU swimmers who broke club records at the recent AAA Provincial Championship meet in Kamloops:

Sam Lasinski broke the club records for the 100 Back (2003), 100 Fly (1991) and 200 Fly (2006); Payton Nackoney broke the record for the 100 Free (1992); Anna Spence broke the record for the 100 Back (no date available), and Acacia Benn broke for the 200 Back (1989). 

Well done KISU!   

 

PARENT ARTICLE

 . . . always good reminders before a swim meet . . .

COMPETITION 101

RULES

The technical rules of swimming are designed to provide fair and equitable conditions of competition and to promote uniformity in the sport. Each swimming stroke has specific rules designed to ensure that no swimmer gets an unfair competitive advantage over another swimmer.

COURSE

Competition pools may be short course (25 yards or 25 meters), or long course (50 meters). The international standard (as used in the Olympics) is 50 meters. World records are accomplished in 25 and 50 meter pools. USA Swimming maintains records for 25 yard, 25 meter and 50 meter pools.

COMPETITION

Participants compete in different age groups and meets depending on their achievement level and how old they are on the first day of the meet. Traditionally recognized age groups are 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. Many local meets feature 8 and under, single age groups, or senior events. Team practice groups are usually determined by age and/or ability.

OFFICIALS

Officials are present at all competitions to enforce the technical rules of swimming so the competition is fair and equitable. Officials attend clinics, pass a written test and work meets before being certified. All parents are encouraged to get involved with some form of officiating.

10 COMMANDMENTS FOR SWIM PARENTS

I. Thou shall not impose thy ambitions on thy child.

II. Thou shall be supportive no matter what.

III. Thou shall not coach thy child.

IV. Thou shall only have positive things to say at a competition.

V. Thou shall acknowledge thy child's fears.

VI. Thou shall not criticize the officials.

VII. Thou shall honor thy child's coach.

VIII. Thou shall be loyal and supportive of thy team.

IX. Thy child shall have goals besides winning.

X. Thou shall not expect thy child to become an Olympian.