January 8, 2019
I hope everyone is having a great week. Please read through this email for important Reno Aquatic Club news.
Carson Blizzard Blast
We would like to have a big turnout for the Carson Blizzard Blast on January 17 – 20. Online registration closes this Wednesday, January 9 at midnight.
If you have questions on how to register or what events your child should swim, please contact his/her coach or myself.
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 this year.
Pacific Zone-4 All Star Meet
The deadline to apply for the Zone-4 All-Star Meet is quickly approaching. 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.If you aren’t attending the Carson meet, the entry must be mailed by Tuesday, January 15.
The Annual Zone All-Star Meet is March 2 - 3 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)
Pacific Coast All Star Meet
Congratulations to RENO’s Aidan Pflieger for participating in the Pacific Coast All-Star meet last weekend. Only 8 swimmers from each age-group were selected to represent Pacific Swimming at this prestigious meet. Despite being in the middle of heavy training, Aidan swam three best times (50 free, 200 back, and 400 IM). Way to go, Aidan!
Last weekend, I attended the Pacific Swimming Coaches clinic. It was a great opportunity to learn from and talk with some of the best coaches in the country. Throughout the weekend there were 12 different presentations from 9 different coaches. The speakers ranged from former USA Olympic Team coaches to age-group coaches at successful club teams.
One of my favorite quotes about the importance of consistency and hard work was used by multiple presenters throughout the weekend:
“Swimming is a delayed gratification sport in an instant gratification society.”
Today, a lot of people want quick and easy gratification. They want to do the least amount of work and get the most benefit… Swimming is not conducive to this type of mindset. It takes months and years of hard work for the athlete to reach their full potential.
This sport, at times, can be brutal and unforgiving. Swimmers can go months and even years without getting a best time—even though they are working really hard. These plateaus can be very challenging and, if a swimmer doesn’t have a strong mindset or the proper education, it could cause them to quit the sport. I do believe that a swimmer who stays consistent will eventually break through his/her plateau. A former teammate of mine didn’t get a best time from the age of 14 until her senior year in college… 8 years!
The lessons a plateau teaches and the emphasis on consistent hard work is so invaluable for the real world. As I know you can attest, life presents many challenges. If someone can consistently work hard, they will overcome those challenges and be successful. They will receive delayed gratification even if the rest of society is seeking instant gratification.
It is important as coaches and parents that we continue to talk about swimming being a journey. Each practice will impact their performance in two weeks, two months, and two years (and beyond) from now. This concept can be hard for the swimmers to understand, especially at a young age, but the more we discuss it, the bigger impact it will have on them as they grow older.
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 Valentine's Day Invite / Minden, NV (all)
- March 3 – Zone All-Star Meet (those seleced)
- March 13 – 15 – Pacific 14-Under JO Meet (Qualification times needed – talk with coach to see if swimmer should attend)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.