April 1, 2019
I hope everyone is enjoying their spring break! As a reminder, we will have normal practice schedule during the break.
This weekend is the Far Western Championships in Santa Clara, CA. Far Westerns is one of the premier age-group meets on the west coast. This year, we will have 12 RENO swimmers competing at the meet. Good luck to the following athletes:
- Julie Abrigonde
- Angelo Aramini
- Elena Aramini
- Katelyn Buono
- Addison Crain
- Emma Karam
- Sam Lindley
- Nathan McAlister
- David McLean
- Aidan Pflieger
- Alexia Taylor-Arredondo
- Claire Trevithick
In addition to the swimmers racing this weekend, RENO also has 6 other swimmers who achieved Far Western time standards, but aren’t attending the meet. Congratulations to Lydia Dyer, Julia Kennedy, Marni Kraemer, Ella Palmer, Delaney Skuse, and Nicole Van Geel for achieving Far Western time standards!
The Folsom meet (April 12-14) is now open for registration. As of this morning, all sessions are still open for registration. This meet is a great opportunity for the swimmers to get in some early-season long course racing.
High School Swimming
The high school swim season is roughly halfway completed. RENO swimmers have done an outstanding job representing their high schools at dual meets. I am looking forward to some outstanding performances at Regionals and State.
There is a new website that is posting all the results from the dual meets. Click here to access the website.
In addition, they just released the top-24 times from the North for each event. Click here to view the top-times list.
Last week, I discussed an article entitled “Our Children Become the Messages They Hear the Most” by John O’Sullivan. In the article, he provided 5 great messages our athletes need to consistently hear. I highlighted the first two tips; this week I will share the final three tips:
Talk about the process, NOT the results
“When we focus on results, and consistently critique mistakes, we create perfectionism in our kids. Perfectionism cripples performance, because perfectionists are focused only on outcomes, and they fear failure. Our kids know that results matter. Our society makes that abundantly clear. As Taylor says, this situation is a paradox. “Parents think that when they get their kids to focus on results, they are more likely to get those results, but it is just the opposite. By talking about results, it decreases the chance that they will get those results for two reasons.
First, when does the outcome of a competition occur? After it is over. If they are focused on the end, they are not focused on what it takes to get that outcome.
And second, what outcome are kids usually focused on? Failing. And this causes doubt, worry, stress, they get nervous and tense, they stop breathing, and they lose coordination, which most likely results in failure.
If parents would just focus on the process and say ‘what do you need to do today to be successful’ our athletes will focus on those things and that gives them the best chance of success.” – John O’Sullivan
Praise good behaviors and habits
“Early success in sports is usually a result of early maturity and winning the calendar lottery – the relative age effect – yet long-term success is highly dependent upon ownership, enjoyment, and the intrinsic motivation to do all the little things it takes to be great week after week, year after year.
We too often focus on outcomes and ignore poor behaviors such as lack of effort, being uncoachable, lack of commitment, refusal to work on weaknesses, lack of resilience, and being a poor teammate. An athlete’s habit today will be a far great determinant of their outcomes in the future. Praise those behaviors which determine long-term success.” – John O’Sullivan
Sports are what you do, not who you are
“Many athletes, especially those who join highly competitive and specialized sports experiences at a young age, end of up with identity issues because of sports. Instead of soccer or swimming being something that they do, their entire identity becomes “I am a swimmer” or “I am a soccer player.”
We have had recent examples of top athletes such as Olympian Michael Phelps and NBA star Kevin Love battling depression during transitional moments in their careers. When they get injured, when they get cut from a team, when they age out of a sport or reach a level they can no longer compete at, children can lose their entire identity and sense of self, and develop severe psychological issues.
This does not mean that an athlete cannot be very committed and competitive in a sport, but we must be sure if we want a healthy human being at the end of the sports journey, their sport cannot become their sole identity. Help them find and pursue other interests, find things outside of sports they do well and point those out, and remind them that sports NEVER defines them! They are always enough!” – John O’Sullivan
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:
- 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)
- May 24 – 26 – Intermountain Classic (long course) / Carson City (all) (registration is now open)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.