RAC NEWS Volume 11 - Season 2016-2017



What’s New

CT Swim Officials Visiting Practice

Guest Bartending at Gallo

Good Luck to GSwim

Sound Improvement Project

Swimming for better brain health

Team Sponsor Saving Center


Motivational Quote

“ Rarely do people move from mediocrity to excellence in one giant step. They get there by taking numerous small steps. That’s improvement. But the small improvements you make day by day can accumulate like compound interest. Eventually, they’ll add up to excellence.”

“inch by inch a cinch, yard by yard is hard….”


Thinking Out Loud

John Wooden Framework of Success

Free video course

Parents FAQ ~ The coach/parent/athlete role

Pics of the Week

Congratulations to our Top 16 CT Swimmers and to the 2016 CT Swimmer of the year, AJ Bornstein!
Click here for more Pics

Current & Upcoming Events

This Week

Saturday, November12th

Dr. Bill Ross Memorial Masters Meet ~ Good luck to Coach Emmanuel, Coach Thammara, Ivan Dusenko andLinney O’Malley! Want to join them in this adventure? Deadline is TODAY! Register Here

CIAC Class LL Qualifying ~ Good Luck GSWIM!!

Next Week

Wednesday, November 16th ~ CIAC Class LL Finals ~ Good Luck GSWIM!!

Saturday,  November 19th and 20th ~ WHAT November AGQ ~   MEET ENTRY 

Meet Results


Meet Registration Deadlines

Snowball Classic ~ December 2nd

Schedule Changes

~No Changes~
Coach's notes: To all swimmers, please be on pool deck 10Mins before all workouts. Swimmers should be in the water at the time all practices are scheduled to start. As a reminder, we are now following our Winter schedule, please
check your practice schedule for any changes. 

Practice Schedule

  What's New

Olympic Way Session 2


    Tryouts for the next session of Olympic Way is November 22, 4:30-6pm and the session start 11/29 and ends on 2/9.  Practices will run Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:15pm $480 for 10-Week Session, plus $25 registration fee.  Please contact Coach Danielle [email protected] for any questions.


  CT Swim Officials Visiting Practice

On Saturday, November 12th, Nancy Wargo (head of the CT Officials) along with two of our own team officials will be running a clinic and a short presentation for the developmental groups.  This program is an effort to get the development groups more comfortable with the DQ protocol, the officials and how a meet runs.  We hope to see all of you there. 

  Celebrity Bartender Night at Gallo in Ridgefield

     Attend our Celebrity Bartender Night at Gallo in Ridgefield on Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6-9pm. Mark your calendars!! Our very own Coach Emmanuel and Coach Thammara will be your guest bartenders for the evening.  Watch for more information coming this week!! 

Good Luck to G Swim at LL Prelims!

     Good luck to the Ridgefield G Swim as they head to the CIAC LL Prelims on November 10th.  All information on the event can be found here, including the psych sheet.

 Sound Improvement Project

    Barlow Mountain Pool, with it's 30-foot ceilings, cement walls, tile floors, and 25M pool causes excessive sound reverberation (echo) making it hard to hear anything, especially when you have a lot of kids practicing or racing, nevermind adding music to the mix. Our coaches and kids are in this environment everyday. We have awesome coaches, but the poor acoustics makes if very difficult for them to communicate effectively with the kids. They always have to increase their voice volume for the swimmers to hear them.

    We are working to raise money to install sound absorbing baffles that hang from the ceiling to reduce the amount of echo in the facility and improve the sound quality. The total project has been estimated to cost $31,000 and so far we've got commitments of $11,300! More detailed info here.

We would like to install the panels the Week of April 3, 2017, after the championship season. We need to have our funds raised by the end of January.


  • Attend our Celebrity Bartender Night at Gallo in Ridgefield on Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6-9pm.  
  • Participate in our 50/50 Raffle.  Tickets will be sold November 28th-30th at practices and at the Gallo event above. Tickets are $10.
  • Purchase Stop & Shop and Stew Leonards Grocery Cards!  You buy a $100 gift card for Stop & Shop or Stew Leonard's for $100 from Sandra Smith at RAC. You go to the grocery store and use your gift card to buy $100 of groceries. RAC earns $5 from Stop & Shop and $10 from Stew Leonard's.  NO COST TO YOU!! If 100 families purchased one Stop & Shop gift card per week for the next 12 weeks we could raise $6,000 for the project without you doing anything but buying your weekly groceries. Please order your gift cards by emailing [email protected] and Sandra will meet you at the pool so you can make your purchase. We accept cash or checks.
  • Please make a donation HERE. Click on the lane line at the top of the home page of our website to make a donation. Donations of $100 or more will receive a newly designed RAC car magnet.
  • Donations can also be made by check payable to Ridgefield Aquatic Club, P.O. Box 256, Ridgefield, CT 06877 (or leave in the Kieran Smith folder at the pool lobby) OR Online at .

Please support our coaches and swimmers in this project. Even if your swimmer is nearing the end of their swimming career at RAC, please support our excellent coaching staff and the future swimmers of our program. They will truly appreciate it. We appreciate any and all donations. Ridgefield Aquatic Club is a 501c3 charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law (Tax Exempt No. 06-1324602).

NOTE:  The fundraising for this capital improvement project is NOT associated with the Swim-a-Thon. The fundraising we do for swim-a-thon is for our annual operating budget for recurring expenses like salaries and pool rent. 

 Swimming for Better Brain Health


 Parents' FAQ ~ Coach/Parent/Athlete Role

    This subject is always a hot button issue for any sport and any team, but a necessary one to cover.  If all three parties in this relationship work successfully together, success will find it’s way in.  However, if one or more parties in this relationship are not peacefully coexisting and working together, the system is broken.  Let’s start by examining what each role is.


     A coach is a person with a certain level of expertise in a sport (specifically swimming in our contexts) that can guide a group of athletes through the athletic process.  The coach does this by implementing training, planning competitions, guides the goal setting process, gives constructive criticism and challenges the athlete to always be at their best.  By doing all of these things and much more, the coach’s goal is to make the athlete perform to his/her highest potential.


     The parental units are the direct caregivers to the athletes.  Providing food, shelter, guidance on life’s many challenges as well as UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND SUPPORT.  Through providing all of those things, the parents will raise a productive, well-adjusted and upstanding citizen of our country and the world.


     The athlete is the one who the parent and coach are working to build up into the best human being possible.  It is their job to absorb all the advice, guidance, and support, apply it to their situation and make the best of the tools they were given.    

     As you can see, all roles are completely different and have no overlapping responsibilities.  Simply put, coaches coach, parents parent, and the athletes perform!  

      As a parent, I feel like I should be able to criticize my son/daughter’s performance in the water!  If anything, it will only help them become better swimmers…..right?

     Not exactly, actually, no it won’t help AT ALL!  Why?  Look back at the role of a parent, one of the duties is to provide unconditional love and support.  Now look at the coach's duties, to provide constructive criticism.  As a parent, you want to become the loving arms your swimmer can come into after a tough race or an amazing victory.  Rather than the parent who scolds the child for missing the cut or berates them for missing that turn for the 10th time.  Studies have shown that over time, overbearing and harsh parenting tactics can become detrimental to the long-term development of a child as well as lead to burnout in the sport.

     I’m paying good money for this program, don’t I as a parent deserve a say in my child’s training/competition/feedback?

     Yes and no.  Yes, you are paying good money for an experience your child will be able to learn valuable life lessons from.  No, the training/competition/feedback should be left to the coach/athlete relationship.  Once again, the role of the parent is to provide unconditional love and support.  That does not mean dictating the hours a week your child trains, how much they train in the water, what events they should be swimming and what championship meets they should be attending.  Just as the coaches won’t say which kindergarten is best for your kids, which AP classes they want them to take, what to study in college and many more parent/athlete decisions.  I leave you with this quote as well as some other links to articles on this topic.

Your kid’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are...But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and who tries their best is a direct reflection of your parenting.


A responsible approach to the parent-coach relationship

Parent/Coach Relationship from a parent who is a coach

Open Letter to Parents from the Head Coach of Franklin and Marshall College Football


Thinking Outloud:

John Wooden Framework of Success

Free video course

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