Dec 2

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 11 December 2

Coaches Reports
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend at the LAC Time Trial and/or at Western University.

As we move through this competition phase it is important to take care of the “invisible” skills away from the pool that will help you maximize your potential for success. How well you’re eating and hydrating, how much sleep you’re getting, and how much relaxing and stretching you are doing will all play a factor in your “end-game” performances. These invisible skills, and how good you are at them, are a measure of your discipline. For our purposes the definition of discipline is “What you’re doing when no one is watching.” If you can be disciplined at the pool (doing your dolphin kicks underwater, turning at speed, stroking before breathing on your break-out strokes, finishing every repeat and every set better than you start it) and disciplined away from the pool, your chances for success are very good. And also remember, to paraphrase a U.S. president, “When you think you can, you are 80% there!” Race with confidence, trust your training, stay cool and calm, and have fun!

Workout Changes
Fri Dec 5: Senior Gold NO AM workout
Sat Dec 6: Age Group Blue, Bronze, Orange & Development No regular workouts due to Time Trial
Sat Dec 6: Age Group Bronze Pointe Claire Qualifiers 7:00 - 8:30 am CGAC.
Sat Dec 6: Senior Silver 6-8:30 am at CGAC
Sat Dec 6: No Senior Bronze workout
Mon Dec 8: Senior Gold NO AM workout
Mon Dec 8: Senior Silver 3:00 – 5:30 pm WSRC
Tues Dec 9: Age Group Gold NO AM workout
Fri Dec 12: Age Group Silver 4:00 – 5:00 pm CGAC
Sat Dec 13: Age Group Gold, Silver, Blue, Bronze 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: All Senior Groups 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: Age Group Gold and Silver 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: Age Group Blue, Bronze and Orange 7:30 – 8:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: All Development 7:30 – 8:30 am CGAC

Note: Beginning Monday January 5 and continuing until the end of the current schedule Senior Bronze will swim Mondays at CGAC from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

Dec 6 LAC Holiday Time Trial CGAC All Non Pointe Claire Entry Deadline  Dec 2
Dec 11-14 Invitational         Pointe Claire   Qualifiers       Entry Deadline Nov 11
Jan 17 - 18 12 & Under Celebration CGAC All LAC 12/unders Entry Deadline: Dec 16.

Holiday Training Updates

There will be no LAC training from Monday December 22 to Sunday December 28, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
The Holiday training schedule will be posted on the LAC website later this week.

FAQ Session Credit document is available on the LAC site

New and returning LAC Members: Read all of the information about the LAC session credit volunteer commitments for hosting LAC swim meets. The document is posted on the LAC site under the “Swimmer A/Cs” tab.

Congratulations to Karen Beacham who received her second sign-off for Chief Timekeeper at Nothers.  That makes Karen our first new level II official for this season!  We need a lot more!  See below for clinics to help get you there.

The December Time Trial is this Saturday and we still require a few experienced Strokes and Turns officials.  I have reopened the sign-up page and it will be open until Thursday at midnight.  We could also use a Clerk of Course, a Referee and an Electronics operator.  If you are interested in one of these jobs and are qualified then please sign-up using your OSOA.CA account as described in the Officials tab when you log on to this site or email Saad Aldin, the Meet Referee at    
If you have taken the Strokes and Turns Clinic and want to review before the Time Trial, there are review videos in the Officials tab when you sign on to the LAC web site.
I have been getting some requests, so I will be scheduling another Timekeeper clinic and a Strokes and Turns clinic in January, prior to the 12 and Under Celebration.
We are still in need of people who will strive for achieving level II as an official this season so I have arranged 4 more level II clinics as noted below.  The sign-ups will be posted soon and the enrolment will be limited to 15 people in each clinic.  If you are interested in achieving level II then this is a great opportunity to attend live clinics for these positions.  To achieve level II you only need the clinic and the two deck sign-offs for ONE (1) of these positions (in addition to the clinics and sign-offs for Timer and Strokes and Turns) but the more that you attend the more options you will have when trying to get these jobs.  There is only one of each of these jobs per starting end at each session.  Of course you can volunteer at away meets as well!

Level II Officiating Clinics:
Chief Finish Judge: Monday, December 8 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at CGAC, in the downstairs meeting room.  
Chief Timekeeper: Friday, December 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at CGAC, in the downstairs meeting room.  
Starter: Monday, December 15 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at CGAC, in the downstairs meeting room.  
Clerk Of Course: Friday, December 19 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at CGAC, in the downstairs meeting room.  
If you have any questions, please contact me via the following email address.
Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair


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