February 19, 2019
I hope everyone had a great three-day weekend! Please read through the email for important RENO news.
Swim for Funds
RENO’s Swim for Funds event is this Saturday! Our goal is 100% participation and to raise $10,000. I know our swimmers have many fundraising obligations with school, clubs, and/or other sports, but any contribution is greatly appreciated.
This is RENO’s biggest fundraiser of the year and it does make a BIG difference for the entire team. It helps with our goal of being the top swim team in the region.
Online donations can be made very easy. Just click here or share this link with friends and family:
As a reminder, the event time and location has changed to Saturday morning at Northwest Pool. Click here for the updated schedule.
There is a new place to get RENO apparel! The team store has a great selection of name brand gear (Adidas, Under Armour, etc.) and also some lower cost options. New products will be added over time.
All items will be shipped directly to you. Thanks for the support!
Practice Schedule Change Starts Next Week – Monday, February 25
Next week all practices will start and finish 15 minutes later (except the National groups Wednesday practice in Carson City). This is due to the high school swim season
In a recent SwimSwam article, Olivier Poirier-Leroy described how parents stress can contagious for the swimmer… and it’s not a positive situation for your child. Simply put, “the stress and anxiety [parents] feel about our swimmer’s performance trickles down into how stressed and anxious [the swimmer is].”
Poierer-Leroy cited a study from Ithaca College that researched the effect a stressed parent has on their child’s race outcome. The study researched how parents and swimmers expected the swimmer to perform and how both were feeling about an upcoming competition. Two key findings of the study include:
“Athletes who were the most stressed out and anxious (with anxiety measured in terms of worry, physical symptoms—tense muscles, and concentration disruption) had parents who really wanted their kid beat the competition or ‘to not lose to others’”
“The age groupers experienced concentration disruption the most when their parents were more interested in seeing the athlete out-perform the competition compared to achieving a personal best.”
Poierer-Leroy says “Winning might be everything—as the quote goes, but the expectation of it doesn’t help athletes get any closer to achieving it. Focusing exclusively on winning creates an environment where the young swimmer is physically less likely to make it happen.”
To add to Poierer-Leroy’s point, I also believe only focusing on best times leads to the same outcome. I have found success when swimmers focus on the process rather than the outcome (best time and/or a new time standard). If the athlete focuses on doing the process correctly, the best times and time standards will come.
Poierer-Leroy concludes his article with: “If you want the best for your child, the research continues to show that a relaxed, hands-off, let-the-kid-own-the-sport is best for creating an environment where they will not only have more fun, but also excel both in the short and long term.”
To read the entire article, please click here.
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:
- March 3 – Zone All-Star Meet (those selected)
- March 15 – 17 – Pacific 14-Under JO Meet (Qualification times needed – talk with coach to see if swimmer should attend)
- March 23 – 24 – NNA Age Group Open / Reno, NV (Swimmers who don't have another meet in March or April)
- April 4 – 7 – Far Westerns / Santa Clara, CA (all qualified)
- April 12 – 14 – Folsom Spring Splash (long course) / Folsom, CA (talk with your child’s coach)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.