January 2, 2019
Happy New Year!
2018 was a great year for RENO. The improvements the team has made has been very encouraging. Even though we had a great year, the coaching staff is excited for an even better 2019. A big thank you to everyone involved with Reno Aquatic Club. From our swimmers to parents to coaches, we are developing the premier swim team in Northern Nevada.
There's a lot of news in this week's email. Please read through it and let me know if you have any questions.
We return to (almost) normal practice schedule beginning this evening. It has been awhile since we have had a normal schedule… click here if you need a refresher.
There are some minor adjustments to the schedule for the rest of this week. These include:
Orange – No dryland Saturday
Pre-Senior – No dryland on Thursday
Senior – No dryland on Saturday
National – Dryland from 5:30 – 6:00 PM and swim from 6 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday at Northwest; no dryland on Saturday
We should return to 100% normal schedule on Monday, January 7.
Upcoming Practice Changes
- There will be no practice on Friday, January 18 due to the Washington Open and Carson meets.
- There will be no practice on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21.
- On Monday, February 25th the high school swim season starts. This means several of the schools will be using Northwest Pool for practice from 3:00 - 4:15 PM. The tentative plan for our practice schedule will be to shift all practices 15 minutes later -- the start and end times.
Nevada Swim & Dive vs. UNLV - Tuesday, January 15
The Nevada Wolf Pack Swimming and Diving team has a dual meet against UNLV on Tuesday, January 15 at 4 PM at Lombardi Pool on the UNR campus. I would like to encourage ALL RENO swimmers to attend the meet and cheer on the Pack. We will still have practice offered at Northwest, but the coaching staff is OK if they skip practice to watch the meet. This is the last home meet for Nevada for this year.
Reno Aquatic Club and the University of Nevada have a strong connection.
- Current Nevada Head Coach, Brendon Bray, is a former RENO swimmer.
- Donna DePolo, a sophomore at Nevada, swam for RENO.
- Current Reno Aquatic Club coaches, Susan Whitehouse and Erin Fuss, swam for the Wolf Pack.
- RENO Head Coach, Ryan Evans, had his first coaching position at Nevada as a student assistant coach.
Let's go Pack!
Carson Blizzard Blast
We would like to have a big turnout for the Carson Blizzard Blast on January 17 – 20. A group of older RENO swimmers will be in Federal Way for the Washington Open, but all swimmers not attending the Washington Open should plan on going to the Carson meet. If you have questions on how to register or what events your child should swim, please contact his/her coach or myself.
Online registration is open and it closes Wednesday, January 9.
Pacific Zone-4 All Star Meet
The deadline to apply for the Zone-4 All-Star Meet is quickly approaching. If you aren’t attending the Carson meet, the entry must be mailed by Tuesday, January 15. If you are going to the Carson meet, you can hand-deliver your application at the All-Star table by January 20th by 2:00 PM.
The Annual Zone All-Star Meet is March 3 - 4 in Sunnyvale, CA. This meet is always a great time and RENO swimmers look forward to it every year. The coaching staff highly recommends any swimmer who meets the qualifying requirements to apply. The minimum requirements include:
- Must be 9 - 14 years old
- Must have a minimum of 3 USA Swimming “BB” time standards in his/her age on March 3. Click here to view the standards.
- Swimmer cannot have participated at a higher-level all-star meet before (Western Zones, North American Challenge Cup, Pacific Coast)
Of all the positive traits swimming teaches, I believe the most important quality is developing leadership skills in our youth. Swimmers who learn to be strong leaders in the pool will become strong leaders out of the pool. Some swimmers are leaders naturally, but, with practice, anyone on RENO can develop strong leadership traits. He/she doesn’t have to be the fastest, oldest, or loudest to be a positive leader for the team.
In a recent Swimming World article by Wayne Goldsmith entitled appropriately, “Anyone Can Lead!” Goldsmith explains the skillsets of strong leadership. He says “All it really takes to be a great leader on your team is a willingness and a desire to help your teammates be all they can be.”
Often times people think of a leader as someone with the loudest voice or the person who can give the best pump up speech. This is not true. “The purpose of leadership is to inspire change,” says Goldsmith.
Here are a few highlights from the article that I want to share with you, and I hope you pass along this info to your child:
- Anyone can lead. All it takes is a commitment to help other people be the best they can be. Everyone loves to feel that the people around them care about them. Leaders show genuine interest in the other members of their team. They want all members of their team to succeed.
- You don’t need to do a leadership training course or an education program about leadership to become a leader. Just look, listen, and learn about the people you want to help, and then quietly, simply, and subtly influence their attitudes and actions in ways that will help them realize their potential.
- It’s not about you! Too many people believe that leadership is about their own ability to speak in public, their ability to plan, their ability to motivate other people. It isn’t about you—it’s about them! It’s about understanding the people you hope to lead and providing the environment and the opportunity for them to learn how to lead themselves. It’s about inspiring them to make the decisions that will lead them to achieve the goals and dreams they desire.
Credit: “Anyone Can Lead!” by Wayne Goldsmith
Here are some specific suggestions on how swimmers can be good leaders at RENO:
- Be ready to start practice on-time.
- Listen and follow the coach’s directions.
- Encourage teammates who may be struggling.
- Give high-fives after practice to all your teammates, not just your close friends.
- Be positive when a coach gives a challenging set; don’t complain, groan, or roll your eyes.
- Get to you know your teammates and have a genuine interest in them.
As we begin 2019, I am looking forward to seeing new leaders emerge!
Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website. Click here to read the archived articles.
Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:
· January 18 – 20 – Blizzard Blast / Carson City (all swimmers not going to Washington)
· January 17 – 20 – Washington Open / Federal Way, WA (all qualified)
· February 8 – 10 – Douglas Dolfins Invite / Minden, NV (all)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.