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January 1

NEWSLETTER 2017-18 ISSUE 16

 

WORKOUT CHANGES​​

​The Dec-Jan holiday schedule for Senior Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue and Age Group Gold/Silver/Blue/Bronze is posted on the website under the "Schedules" tab.

​Age Group Orange & Development NO WORKOUTS Dec.24-Jan.1 inclusive. Regular schedule resumes Jan.2.

All Groups return to regular schedule Sat January 6.

 

COACHES REPORT​​

Happy New Year to everyone. 

As we embark on the 2nd half of the 2017-18 winter season, just a reminder that improvement in anything is only realistic and sustainable through regular, purposeful, and consistent practice. There are 3 sayings that come to mind in support of the above reality: 1)"90% of success is simply showing up." 2) "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." and 3) "it's not how hard you work that matters most...it's how you work hard."

As you head to practice in the cold (yikes!), dark days of January, remember these truths and use them as guiding lights as you work toward your 2018 swimming goals. And one more saying: "Make sure your dreams are always bigger than your memories." GO LAC GO!

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

The next statements will be emailed in the next few days. If you have any concerns please contact Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com by Thursday Jan 11. PAD payments will be withdrawn Jan 15.

 

12 & UNDER CELEBRATION

This meet is now available for sign up on the LAC website. Sign up deadline is January 5. The cost is $10 per event and $3.50 per relay. Once a swimmer has confirmed their attendance and the meet entries have been confirmed by meet management you will be responsible for your entry fees.

 

LAC SPIRITWEAR ORDERS

The next Spiritwear order will be placed January 26. If you would like to place an order please print off the form on the LAC website under the "Swimmer Info" tab under the "LAC Swim Equipment" tab. Complete the order form and deposit it in the LAC mailbox at CGAC. Please include the payment with the order (cheques made out to London Aquatic Club).

  

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Rule of the Week: 15 Meter Rule.  In Freestyle, Butterfly, and Backstroke the swimmer must surface by 15 meters from the wall for the start and for each turn.  Not very many swimmers challenge this rule off the turns, which is a good thing because very few pools have a 15 meter marker for the turn end (opposite the start) unless it is a 50 meter course.  Some pools will place pylons at the 15 meter mark for the turn end, but I think it would be a pretty easy protest for a coach if the marker is not a fixed part of the infrastructure.   For the start, the false start rope is positioned at the 15 meter mark making it a lot easier to watch for this infraction for starts and turns at the start end. The official judging this must be at the side of the pool, at the 15 meter mark  The rule states that the swimmer’s head must surface by the 15 meter mark.  If it is very close and the top of the swimmer’s head surfaces on the wrong side of the mark but any part of the head, including the chin in backstroke, surfaces on the proper side, then the swimmer is NOT in violation of the rule.  The judging of this rule is normally assigned to the stroke judges who walk the sides of the pool but can be assigned to any available official who is Strokes and Turns qualified.

Clinics: I will be scheduling another round of clinics in support of the up-coming meets.  I cannot promise anything but if you are looking for a particular clinic and have a very limited availability schedule, you can send me the clinics that you want and the times when you can attend and I will see what I can do.                 

12 and Under Celebration and WOSA Champs: If you are looking for opportunities to work senior positions at meets, it is never too soon to email the Competition Coordinator and let them know what you are looking for.  The Competition Coordinator for the 12 and Under Celebration and for the January 13 and over Time Trial is Denise McDonald: mcdonald.denise.e@gmail.com and I lac.coc@gmail.com am the Competition Coordinator for WOSA Champs.  When making a request please send separate emails for each meet and include the meet name in the subject.

Volunteers Needed: Before I start this, I need to make it clear that session credits are only given for LAC Hosted meets, not for helping at another club’s meet.  That said, we get a lot of help from other clubs at our meets and it is nice if we maintain the good will by returning the favour, especially if you are there anyway.  These are great opportunities to earn high school volunteer hours.

London Gliders (Special Olympics) is hosting a 1 session invitational on Sunday, January 28.  Warm-ups start at 7:00 AM and the event is planned to be complete by 1:00 PM.  They are looking for help with Timers and Strokes and Turns officials.  If you can help out, please contact Karen Campbell at: LACmeetmgrkc@gmail.com 

Western is hosting varsity meets on:

Saturday, January 13th at 4:30 pm (Western and U of T) about 80 swimmers – one session, timed final, about 3 hours.

Thursday to Saturday, February 8-10 (OUAA championships).  A.M. heats and P.M. finals with the likelihood of a short afternoon time trial on the Saturday.  This was a great meet the last time Western hosted it.  It comes highly recommended!

If you can help at any of the Western meets please contact Paul Cappa (Long Time LAC President) at: swim4life@isp.ca or cappa@cohenhighley.com

If you have any officiating questions please contact me, Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at lac.coc@gmail.com

 

UPCOMING MEETS

 Date 

 Meet

 Place

 Swimmers

 Sign  up  Deadline

 Jan 19-20

Toronto Grand Prix

  Univ of Toronto

  SrGold/Silver   

  January 8

 Jan 20-21

 12/under Celebration

 CGAC

 ALL LAC 12 & unders

  January 5

 Jan 20

 13 & Over Time Trial

 CGAC

 ALL LAC 13 & overs

 January 15

 

LAC SESSION CREDITS

Club hosted meets help to reduce membership fees by 20-25% as well as reducing travel costs by attending fewer out-of-town meets. To ensure the Club has sufficient resources to host meets, most LAC swim families are required to work a minimum of 22 sessionsduring club hosted meets (please see below for exceptions). These sessions may be worked through officiating or working at the club’s food canteen, awards or other positions. Any unfulfilled session credits will be billed at a rate of $40.00 per session to the swim family’s Swimmer Account at the end of the season. Please note that this is not meant to be a “fundraiser” but rather an incentive to participate in the running of home meets. Swim families may receive up to 5 donated session credits from another club family to complete their credits, however any more than the 5 donated session credits must be approved by the board. Session commitments are waived for first year swim families with no prior competitive swim club affiliation, as well as for introductory and post-secondary students training full time with the club and for varsity swimmers, although assistance during swim meets from these groups is greatly appreciated.  First year families ARE required to fulfill the LAC orientation program. This includes participating in an Introductory to Swimming clinic during the swim season and a follow up “on-deck” mentoring session.

*** Families of Development swimmers who are not in their first year of competitive swimming who do not have a swimmer in another level are required to fulfill only 11 of the assigned session credits.***

*The number of session credits will be reviewed by the board in the fall upon club enrolment and may be subject to change.

There is a session credit FAQ under the "Parent Info" tab under "Session Credits.

 

LAC EQUIPMENT

Instructions for ordering swim equipment can be found on the LAC website under “Swimmers Info” under the “LAC swim equipment” tab. Also found on the website is the TAS shark card, you will need this card when purchasing Team Aquatic Supplies merchandise at swim meets or in their stores.

If you have any equipment questions please contact lacswimequipment@gmail.com

 

EQUIPMENT SWAP – FACEBOOK PAGE

We have had a few requests to get this facebook (London Aquatic Club – Swim Team Equipment Swap) site up and running again. Feel free to post any items you would like to sell or any requests for equipment you might be looking for.

 

NEWSLETTER

Information for the newsletter should be emailed to lacnews1@gmail.com  by 10 am Monday mornings.