March 6, 2014
"Winners don't wait for chances, they take them."
NO REGULAR SATURDAY MORNING PRACTICE THIS WEEK. WE ARE, HOWEVER, HAVING A MINI MEET!
Mini Meet this Saturday: For mini squad and junior swimmers . . . sign up now if you haven’t already so that we know how many swimmers to expect.
Sign up for Vernon Spring Meet and Jamboree (April 12-13): Deadline to sign up is Monday, March 17th. If you are unsure about whether or not your swimmer should attend this meet, please check with your coach!
KAJ Long Course (May 9-11) and Wenatchee Apple Capital (May 30 – June 1): Sign up now if you haven’t already.
Child Fitness Tax Credits Receipts are available for pick up. They are in a box in the KISU office – if yours is missing, please email Jill. (Please note that the receipts say 2012, but the date is December 2013 and the payments are all dated 2013. Hopefully this won’t cause problems for anyone – sorry for the oversight! It wasn’t until after they were all printed that I noticed . . . )
What is mental toughness? It’s being in control of your emotions, being poised when challenged and under pressure. It’s the ability to maintain focus and to be resilient though intimidation and being able to bounce back from adversity. Mental toughness is being self-assured and learning how to deal with the fear of failure.
What can a parent do? Don’t demand or expect certain performance levels, condemn failure or equate love with performance. Stay away from undue or harsh criticism. DO encourage and support. Reward effort, not outcome. Realize that the consequences of failure are temporary and to learn and to help your athletes learn, enjoy the sport and have fun regardless of outcome.
Discourage statements (and never use them yourself) like: “What if I don’t do well?”, “I can’t blow it now.”, or “I don’t do well under pressure.” Encourage statements (and use them yourself) like: “I’m going to do the best I can.”, “I don’t have to feel pressure. I’ll just do my job.”, and “I’m giving 100 percent and trusting my training.”
An excerpt taken from USA Swimming