Lightning News - Week of 10/12/15
October 11, 2015
- Fri 10/16 & Sun 10/18 : USA-S Meet at UDAC
- Sat 10/17: Black & Gold Intramural Meet with Team Picture
PRACTICE CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK
Regular Schedule (Except - No Saturday practice due to Black & Gold Intramural Meet)
BLACK & GOLD MEET TIMELINE
- 8a - Arrive, hand out team shirts, and take team and group photos
- 8:45a - Warm-up
- 10a - Start Meet
- 11:30a - End Meet and Pizza!!
REMINDER: Parents, please sign up to volunteer. Our meets can not run efficiently and professionally without your time and service. The more volunteers we have, the faster and smoother each meet runs. Volunteer by going to the meet page and clicking on the "Job Signup" button.
MEET DAY EXPECTATIONS - HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR SWIMMER
For 4 weeks now, your children have been learning (and reviewing) fundamental skills and concepts of "competitive swimming". For most, this has been a new and frustrating experience. With that in mind, please avoid judging or critiquing your child's performance. They might look similar to a newly born foal - awkward, gangly, uncoordinated and insecure. This Saturday, we coaches will simply be "observing" which skills and concepts are "sticking" are which ones are not. For example, if we see that most 10&U are not doing a legal backstroke turn, then we'll keep devoting practice time to turns.
This past Saturday and Sunday, Coaches Jeanie, Megan and I were fortunate to attend the Eastern States Coaches Clinic (along with Lightning swimmers Abigail and Melanie Hwan!!!). One talk that stood out to me was by 2-Time Olympian and medalist Josh Davis. He spoke of 2 vital ingredients to being successful in swimming (and life):
"Love what you do and know that you're loved".
From an early age, swimmer's tend to be very hard on themselves. They always want to do better and swim faster (all while half-naked, wearing a small swimsuit, in front of loved ones and friends - for the whole world to see them "succeed" or "fail"). Coaches inherently add an additional layer of challenge, pressure and stress to the equation. Parents, however, have a choice to be either a third source of anxiety and stress OR to be that one source of unconditional LOVE and SUPPORT. Josh noted that the common denominator of successful, life-long swimmers is the unwavering love and non-critical support they got from the most important people in their lives - you. Our only job as parents is to CHEER and tell our swimmers that we LOVE them (after every outcome and every result - "warts and all").
Please keep this in mind on the ride home Saturday.
ONE TEAM ONE LIGHTNING!