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February 26

NEWSLETTER 2017-18 ISSUE 24

 

WORKOUT CHANGES​​

​Thu Mar 1 SrGold/SrSilver 6-7:30am

Fri Mar 2 SrGold NO 6-7:30am

​Sat Mar 3 SrGold/SrSilver 6-8am and dryland 8:15-9am (those not at Spring Provs or Wilmot)

Sat Mar 3 No Age Group Blue or Bronze

​Mon Mar 5 SrGold NO 6-7:30am

There will be NO workouts for ALL LAC groups (except Senior Gold and Silver) during the March Break from March 12–17. SrGold/SrSilver March Break schedule is now under the "Schedules" tab of the website.

 

COACHES REPORT

From "Conquer The Pool" by Olivier Poirier-Leroy: WHAT IS YOUR WHY?

​When your "why" is strong enough you can endure just about anything. When you have a "why" that is powerful enough, you can confront and overcome any "what". Your "why" gets you out the door at 5am and keeps you walking through the rain in the early-morning darkness to get to the pool. Your "why" pushes you at the end of a hard set or hard practice. When things go sideways, as we all know they sometimes do, you can lose focus and motivation, and your commitment can start to waver. It's times like these when you need to remind yourself of your "why", because it is what brings you back. A clear "why" is very powerful - it gives you a deep reservoir of fire and courage you didn't even know you had. It gives you a laser-like focus and clarity, and makes distractions and trivialities crumble. But it needs to be yours - no one should dictate to you what your "why" is. It needs to come from you and you alone. If you don't have a "why", make sure you think about it for the spring/summer season, and write it down someplace where you can see it every day (Michael Phelps did this.) As a very famous philosopher said: "Those who have a clear why can endure any how."

 

​WATERLOO TEAM CHALLENGE CUP

The Waterloo Team Challenge Cup is this Saturday and Sunday and the host club is in dire need of officials for all 3 sessions. Please contact Josh Reeve at officials@acesswim.ca if you are able to help out.

 

SWIM A THON 

CONGRATULATIONS to the first 5 LAC swimmers to sign up for the 2018 swim-a-thon fundraising drive, thus receiving a bathing cap: Madison Cann, Catalina Burneo, Katie Callon, Sam Elkami, and Graceyn Thompson. These 5 are also our top fundraisers thus far: 1)Sam $300 2)Madison $205 3)Katie $50 4)Catalina $50 and 5)Graceyn $20

ALL LAC swimmers are encouraged to participate in our annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place the weekend of May 5-6, these swim times will replace our regular schedule that weekend and all swimmers are encouraged to attend.

Senior Gold/Silver 5:30 – 8:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Gold/Silver 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC Sat May 5

Development 2 7:00 -9:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Senior Bronze/Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Orange & Development 1 6:30 – 8:30 am CHOCC Sat May 5

Age Group Bronze 8:00 – 10:00 am CHOCC Sun May 6

Age Group Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CHOCC Sun May 6

Our fundraising efforts for swim-a-thon are done using Swim Canada's online fundraising program.

To register your swimmer (or swim family if you have multiple swimmers and would prefer one family page) please follow this link www.ontarioswimathon.ca/lac to get started and begin collecting donations.  Our club goal this year is $20,000 and there will be fantastic prizes available to win! The top 3 fundraisers will receive LAC spirit wear, and the top 12 fundraisers will be invited to a bowling party with the coaches and will be able to pick a prize from the prize table.

This year Swimming Canada is unable to issue any receipts in any circumstance.  You may find out more information here: https://swimming.ca/en/resources/swimming-canada-overview/swim-a-thon-online/

Remember the funds raised from swim-a-thon will go towards launching our fundraising project of a new video scoreboard as well as updating our club record board and increased coaching education.

If you have any questions about Swim-a-thon please contact Donna at   lacmembership01@gmail.com

 

LAC SPIRITWEAR ORDERS

The January Spiritwear orders have now been placed. 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). The next order date will be in March.

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

The next statements will be sent out Mar 5 or 6, it you do not receive a statement by Mar 7 or if you have any concerns please contact Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com.

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!
Hey!  Someone hi-jacked my spot last week when, between work and the swimming stuff, I did not have time to write this.  Thank you for the recognition.  Rose and I certainly appreciate it.  One point made, perhaps unintentionally, is that there is not a lot of backup for me and Rose.  I would never expect a single person to take on ALL that we do but there are bits and pieces that have been picked up by us as people have left the club.  There is no reason why certain individuals in the club could not take on some of that work.  I will start outlining some of those items each week in the hope that interested people might step up.  To start, we could use an equipment team.  The main responsibility would be making sure that the timing and other equipment is ready for each meet.  This is typically done in the week leading up to the meet.  Let’s start with a simple one:

Equipment Team - Plunger Maintenance:

The plungers endure a fair bit of abuse during a meet.  For anyone who has timed you will have noticed that each lane has two types of plungers.  The newer ones with the red handles and the older looking ones with the grey handles.  The newer ones came with the Quantum timing system a few years back and so far none of them have failed.  Each of these is priced at over $100.00.  The grey handled ones were created by LAC people when the previous generation of buttons failed.  Prior to a meet all of the buttons must be tested and, if necessary, repaired.  Typically of the 40+ old buttons, 6 to 10 will need repairs.  The typical repair entails replacing the button or repairing plugs.  If you can strip a wire and use a pair of pliers then you can do this job while parked in front of the TV for a couple of hours.

Rule of the week:

After the WOSA meet, a coach emailed me videos of 2 races where the swimmer was DQed for one of the 2 most commonly called infractions.  Video is not allowed for a protest because the video is never taken from the proper vantage point.  Having said that, the video brings up two points, making it worthwhile to cover them one more time.  I will cover one this week and the other next week. 

Backstroke - Failure to initiate turn.  This infraction is called so frequently that Swim Canada is considering an interpretation/clarification.  Here is the point that the video drove home.  If the swimmer’s arm is still pulling then they are not yet required to initiate the turn.  The official should watch the arm pull and when the pull is complete at the swimmer’s hip or no longer moving then the official can then and only then expect and look for the flip to be initiated.  The flip can be initiated by lifting the head to orientate or the swimmer can simply flip.  There can be a small pause if the swimmer pulls backwards to flip.  The key point to look for is if they are attempting to make up distance to the wall.  That is the infraction.  They are swimming on their front.  Note that a similar infraction could be called if they flipped to their front and then kicked for a bit with their arm extended before starting the pull. Again, they are swimming on their front for a purpose that is not allowed as part of the turn.                 

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

 Mar 1-4

 Spring Provincials

 Etobicoke

 Qualified

 February 19

 Mar 3-4

 Waterloo Challenge

  Wilmot

 non-Prov/non-AA

 February 15

 Mar 8-11

 “AA” Champs

 Markham

 Qualified

 February 16

 April 8  LAC Pentathlon  CGAC  ALL

 March 22

 

 

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.***

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.