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February 25

NEWSLETTER 2018-19 ISSUE 23

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

Web Feb 27 Age Group Gold 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC (NO Thurs Feb 28 AM)

Wed Feb 27 NO Age Group Blue – Boys and Girls Club is closed for maintenance.

Thurs Feb 28 SrGold/Silver 3:00-4:30pm (on-deck dryland 3-3:30)

Thurs Feb 28 Age Group Gold/Silver Dryland 4:00 – 4:30 Swim 4:30- 5:30 pm CGAC

Thurs Feb 28 Age Group Blue 5:30 – 6:30 pm CGAC

Sat Mar 2 NO Age Group Gold/Silver/Blue/Bronze

Wed Mar 6 Age Group Gold 5:30 -7:30 am CGAC (NO Thurs Mar 7 AM)

No Swimming March Break from March 11 – 17 (except for SrGold/SrSilver)

 

COACHES REPORT

A message on swim-parenting from Oliver Poirier-Leroy (Your SwimBook author and SwimSwam contributor):

Great swim parents want only the best for their swimmers, but it can be very difficult walking the fine line between being too involved and being too aloof when it comes to your child’s performance. For young swimmers who get particularly excited or over-anxious it is helpful to understand that part of the reason they are feeling this way has to do with how anxious their parents are before competition. As it turns out, the stress and anxiety parents feel about their swimmer’s performance trickles down into how stressed and anxious they are.

Research performed at Ithaca College sought to determine just how much of an effect there was. The researchers worked with a group of youth athletes, ranging in age from 6 to 18, in a few different individual sports, including swimming. The day before a big competition the athletes and the parents were both given questionnaires to see how both expected the athlete to perform, and how they were feeling in regards to the upcoming meet...the results were not too surprising:

  • Athletes who were the most stressed out and anxious (with anxiety measured in terms of worry, and physical symptoms such as tense muscles and concentration disruption) had parents who really wanted their kid to beat the competition, or “to not lose to others.”
  • When parents were more interested in seeing their athlete out-perform the competition rather than achieving a personal best, the athletes experienced the most disruption in their concentration.

The external expectation of winning doesn’t help athletes get any closer to achieving it. Focusing exclusively on winning creates an environment where the young swimmer is physically less likely to make it happen. “You might think that’s a really positive thing, showing how much you care, but it’s actually creating a lot of worry for the child. I don’t think parents are necessarily thinking about that kind of thing,” says Miranda Kaye, study co-author and professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca College.

Parenting is not easy, and swim parenting perhaps even less so! Between fundraising, the costs of a full season of training, driving to early morning workouts, marathon swim meets, keeping the fridge stocked, dealing with injuries, it can be tempting to begin to consider the seemingly never-ending sacrifice as an investment. As a result parents might feel themselves putting more emphasis on winning in order to see a return.

But if parents really want the best for their child, the research continues to show that a relaxed, hands-off, let-the-kid-own-the-sport attitude is best for creating an environment where they will not only have more fun, but also excel both in the short and long term.

Go LAC Go! (and LAC Parents: keep being GREAT swim parents!)

 

SWIM A THON 

Swimmers Registered: 16                Money Raised: $1595

THIS WEEK’S PRIZE: London bathing cap to Sam Elkami for leading the club with $650 raised.

ALL LAC swimmers are invited to participate in our Annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place at CGAC on Friday,April 19.

Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 6:00 – 8: 00 am

Senior Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 8:00 – 10:00 am

Age Orange/Development 1 & 2/Introductory 10:00 – 12 noon

WHAT IS SWIM-A-THON: swimmers will see how long it takes them to do 200 lengths or how many lengths can they do in 2 hours. For our younger swimmers they will spend 2 hours in the pool participating in length swimming as well as some skills stations (starts, turns, etc)

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

HOW TO REGISTER: 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 $15,000 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.

Swimming Canada is no longer issuing 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 fundraising projects like a new video scoreboard, coaching educational opportunities as well as swimming and dryland equipment.

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

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

The LAC coaches and Board of Directors want to remind everyone to please please use your best judgment and discretion when it comes to deciding whether or not you are going to brave the weather conditions in an effort to get to either swim practice or competition. Facility closures due to weather conditions will be communicated in as timely a fashion as possible.

 

SPIRITWEAR ORDERS 

The hoodies have arrived you can pick them up from Donna, Liz or Mel. Any questions email Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com).

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

Any concerns should be emailed to Donna lacmembership01@gmail.com.

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!​

LAC Pentathlon - Senior Officials Needed - The LAC Pentathlon is coming up in April.  Please email Bonnie Marceau at brmarceau@rogers.com if interested.  Please include the session(s) and position(s) that you would like to try.  This is a great opportunity to try out what you have learned in the clinics that you have taken.  Just let Bonnie know that you are new and she will provide a mentor if needed.

Officials Clinics – I usually do a 3rd set of clinics in March/April but they are often sparsely attended.  If you have clinics that you are particularly interested in, please email me so that I am aware.  I will do a make up clinic for the Starter clinic that I cancelled and I will certainly do the Introduction to Swimming Officiating and the Strokes and Turns clinics.  No need to tell me about those ones. 

Meet Managers For 2019-2020 – It is not too soon to start thinking ahead.  If anyone has an interest in Meet Management next season, please let me know, especially of you have not taken the clinic.  If there is an interest in being a Meet Manager or in just learning about what is involved, then I can set up a clinic for that position.

Official Registration: As people take clinics AND work on the deck, they will need to be registered as an official with Swimming Canada.  We do the initial set up based on the clinic registration information.  When that is done an email will be sent to each newly registered official from systems@swimming.ca.  In this email are instructions on how to validate and update your account.  Until you do this we cannot complete your registration as an official.  For the 4th or 5th time, we have tried to register a group of 20 or so officials but they do not respond to the email.  I will be emailing people directly to let them know if they have been missing the registration notes.  Please check your email and spam folders and follow the instructions in the registration email to update and validate you registration information.

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

 Feb 28-Mar 3

 ON Spring Champs

 Etobicoke

 Qualifiers

 Feb 15

 Mar 2-3

 Wilmot Team Cup

 Wilmot 

 ALL LAC non-OSC/OYJC

 Feb 14

 Mar 7-10

 ON Spring Youth-Jr

 Markham

 Qualifiers

 Feb 21

 April 7

 LAC Pentathlon

 CGAC

 ALL LAC

 Mar 19

 

 

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 enrollment and may be subject to change.

The Session Credit Policies are posted under the “Parent Info" tab On the LAC website.

 

LAC EQUIPMENT

Instructions for ordering swim equipment can be found on the LAC website under “Swimmer 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. Equipment requirements for each group are also listed.

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

 

SWIM EQUIPMENT SHARK CARD

The 2018-2019 Shark Card is now available on the LAC website under the “swim equipment” tab. This offers a 15% discount off all regular priced goods. You MUST have this card with you at the time of purchase. Either as a pdf saved on your phone or a printed hard copy. The new online coupon code is listed on the cards as well this year. This code will be valid on the new website/webstore which is in the process of being launched. It offers a 15% discount on all regular priced goods listed on the site/store.

 

NEWSLETTER

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