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JUNE 2

Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 36

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

Fri June 6 NO pm Senior Gold/Silver workouts due to WOSA Champs

Fri June 6 Age Group Gold/Silver & Senior Blue 5:00 -6:00 pm THAMES

Sat June 7 NO Senior Gold/Silver/Orange workouts due to WOSA Champs/Sting

Sat June 7 Age Group Gold/Silver & Senior Blue 9:00 – 10:30 am THAMES

Sat June 7 NO Age Group Gold pm workout at WSRC

Sat June 14 Age Group Gold/Silver 9:00 – 10:30 am THAMES

Sat June 14 Age Group Blue/Orange 10:00 – 11:30 am THAMES

Thurs Jun 26 Senior Gold 3:30 – 5:00 pm THAMES

Fri June 27 Age Group Gold/Silver 5:00 – 6:30 pm THAMES

The June and July schedules are posted on the LAC website. All schedules are subject to change based on pool availability.

 

COACHES REPORT

As we embark on the busy competition phase of June and July, remember a few things that can help you perform consistently well throughout the meet. First, you can only swim one race at a time. So, when it's Friday and you're swimming the 200IM, you shouldn't be thinking about Sunday's 400FR! Focus on each swim individually, ONE AT A TIME, and not the whole program you'll be racing over 3 or 4 or 5 days. One day at a time, one session at a time, one race at a time. If you can manage to do this, your chances of success are much better. On the same theme, if the swim you just finished wasn't quite up to expectations...it's OK! It's not the end of the world. Stay composed, talk to your coach, then, FIDO: Forget It, Drive On! Just as we want to avoid thinking too far ahead, we also want to avoid carrying around a past performance (good or not so good). There are positives and things to improve in every race. Stay positive, stay calm, stay confident, and get ready for the next one. GO LAC GO!

WOSA 13 & OVER CHAMPS – JUN 6-8

Brock will be requiring a lot of help from visiting team parents. Please help them make this competition a great one for our WOSA swimmers! Officials should report to WC room 203.

Parking: Spring Convocation is scheduled on both Friday and Saturday June 6th-7th at Brock University, meaning parking will be at a premium. Please note the following details as provided by Parking Services:

Arriving on Friday or Saturday before 4:00 PM: There will be no charge for parking. Those who get here early on Saturday may park in D Lot, however once traffic controls starts they will be directed where to park, and will need to follow the direction of Campus Security (likely A Lot).  Should anyone require accessible parking spaces (would require an accessible permit) they should so inform the parking control attendants.

Arriving on Friday or Saturday after 4:00 PM: Meet participants may use D Lot visitor parking as usual, and will be required to pay $7.00 for parking. Depending on the exact finish time of Convocation, they could be redirected to S Lot or A Lot.

Sunday June 8th will be a normal day and participants may use D Lot at a cost of $7.00 per entry.

Note that P Lot will not be available at any time through the weekend.

Please use the map at https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/24204 for parking lot locations.

 

WOSA STING MEET – JUN 7-8

Change to Warm-up and Start Times: Due to a large subscription for the WOSA 13/Over Championships being held in the mornings, the warm-up and start times for the Sting Meet are adjusted as follows:

Warm-up 1:15 PM  Start 2:00 PM

BROCK will be requiring a lot of help from visiting team parents. Please help them make this competition a great one for our swimmers! Officials should report to WC room 203.

Parking: Spring Convocation is scheduled on Saturday June7th at Brock University, meaning parking will be at a premium. Please note the following details as provided by Parking Services:

Arriving on Saturday before 4:00 PM: There will be no charge for parking. Those who get here early on Saturday may park in D Lot, however once traffic controls starts they will be directed where to park, and will need to follow the direction of Campus Security (likely A Lot).  Should anyone require accessible parking spaces (would require an accessible permit) they should so inform the parking control attendants.

Sunday June 8th will be a normal day and participants may use D Lot at a cost of $7.00 per entry.

Note that P Lot will not be available at any time through the weekend.

Please use the map at https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/24204 for parking lot locations.

 

WOSA 12 & UNDER CHAMPS – JUN 14 - 15

We will be hosting this meet at Western. Sign-ups for minor officials and other positions is open. This will be a great meet featuring the best 12 & under swimmers from the region. 

 

LAC AGM

The LAC Board of Directors extends an invitation to all LAC parents to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Club. The AGM will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 beginning at 7.30 pm at the Medway (Ray Lanctin) Arena in the upper level meeting room. Attendance is not mandatory; however, we encourage at least one member of each swim family to attend this very informative evening.

Further information including a copy of the Minutes from the 2013 AGM and a proxy for 2014 will be posted on the website under the Events tab.

If you have any questions please contact me at swim4life@isp.ca.

Paul Cappa, Past President

 

LAC SWIM CAMP – JULY 7-10

This is just a reminder for those who are signed up for swim camp that cheques for $150 were due June 1st. Cheques made payable to the London Aquatic Club may be given to your swimmer’s coach. The LAC staff is looking forward to another great year at swim camp!

 

OFFICIALS REPORT

WOSA 12 and Under Champs

LAC is hosting this meet on June 14-15. Sign-ups are posted for minor officials.  The sign-up deadline is Sunday (June 8).  We need your help, even if you already have your session credits.

Clinics

I am tentatively holding a Timer Clinic in the lobby of Thames Pool from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM this Saturday (June 7).  First come, first served.   If we have to cancel then an email will be sent to everyone.  Please bring your own lawn chairs!  This should give development parents time to come to the clinic and then get their kids for practice.  This is the only time that works due to traffic through the lobby at all other times.  This is the last clinic this year.  All clinics can be taken online as well.  If you need information on the online clinics please email me.  A session credit is earned for each clinic (live or online) that anyone takes for the first time.

Introduction to Starter

So far I have introduced Clerk of Course, Chief Finish Judge, Chief Timekeeper and Electronics Operator. This week I will introduce Starter. Remember this is a very brief outline of the usual duties.

Starter – The starter is responsible for engaging the electronics at the start of the race and ensuring a fair start…..take your marks . . . beep!  There is a lot more to this job than meets the eye. Prior to the race you will look at the heat sheet and note how many swimmers are expected, and what lanes should be empty.  The Referee will blow a long whistle to tell the swimmers to get on the blocks, or in the water for backstroke.  If backstroke, then as soon as the last swimmer’s head surfaces there will be a second whistle to tell them to get into position.  You should be confirming that the proper lanes are occupied and, if any are unexpectedly unoccupied, be watching for a late arrival.  Once the Referee is satisfied that the swimmers are ready then they will raise their arm indicating that control of start has been given over to the starter to commence the race.  You will also confirm that all the swimmers are in a ready position.  You press the speaker button and say ‘Take you marks’ in an even-toned regular-cadenced voice and as soon as the last swimmer is in position and motionless you give the start signal.  If, at any point, for any reason, you feel that a fair start cannot be achieved, you will ask the swimmers to step down or relax.   As you are doing all of this you are watching 6 to 10 lanes for early forward motion.  Forward motion prior to the signal would cause you to recommend a disqualification to the Referee.  If there is reason to recall the race then you would give the recall signal and someone would drop the false start rope.  After the start you watch at least until all of the swimmers have surfaced and then note the time of the start.  For distance you would keep track of the laps for all lanes, and for all races you record the order of finish.  Finally, if directed by the Referee, you would clear the pool.  Repeat until end of session.  A chase session (starts from both ends of the long course tank)  adds a little more adventure to the job!  Next week Meet Manager.

If anyone has any questions about anything officiating related, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair lac.coc@gmail.com

 

UPCOMING MEETS

Jun 6-8 WOSA 13/O Champs - Brock University - (13/O qualifiers) - Entry Deadline: May 20

Jun 7-8 WOSA Sting - Brock University - (non-regional qualifiers) - Entry Deadline: May 20

Jun 14-15 WOSA 12/U Regionals - Western University - (12/U qualifiers) - Entry Deadline: May 27

Jun 28-29 Provincial Summer Festival - Nepean - (13/U qualifiers) – Entry Deadline: Jun 10

Jul 3-6 Provincial LC Champs – Brantford – (qualifiers) – Entry Deadline: Jun 12

Jul 11-13 Paul Hauch Invitational – THAMES – (all LAC)

Jul 16-19 Nationals – Saskatoon – (qualifiers)

Jul 23-27 Age Group Nationals – Winnipeg – (qualifiers)

Jul 24-27 Ohio Sr Champs – Ohio – (Senior qualifiers)

 

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