SEPT. 23

Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 2 



Sat Sept 28                 No Dryland for Age Group Gold



Hopefully everyone is becoming familiar with their practice schedule as we move toward October. Before you know it we'll be looking at Halloween and then we're in to November. The time is now to be "hard-wiring" all of the good habits that will help you on the road to success.

A few reminders on the "habit" side of things: 1) check with your coaches to determine exactly what swimming equipment you are supposed to have 2) make sure you are arriving at practice on time...walking on the deck at 5:30 is different than getting in the water at 5:30! 3) again, these first few weeks the coaches are interested in one thing above all else: good technique - pay attention to HOW you are swimming - HOW FAST you are swimming comes later. And remember that discipline is what you're doing when nobody is many underwater dolphin kicks are you doing off the wall when the coach isn't looking? That's how many you're going to do when it counts.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to former LAC swimmer and coach KEN FITZPATRICK on his induction last weekend into the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame, and to ALEX VANDERKAM for his induction into the Swim Ontario Officials Roll of Honour, for those volunteers who have worked in white for 20 years or more.

Please take note that there has already been a revision to the meet calendar; the Harvest Meet is taking place at the University of Guelph Nov.1-3 for those who qualify. Those who are not qualified for the Harvest Meet will swim at the SWA Invitational in Tillsonburg on Nov.2-3. We will not be attending the Autumn Meet this year. Meet lists, with a roster of those swimmers expected to attend,  will be posted shortly in the "Upcoming Events" section of the website.



Announcing our annual awards banquet, which will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Greek Canadian Club on Sarnia Road. Our banquet not only recognizes the hard work and achievements of our swimmers from the past season it also introduces and welcomes our newest team members to the club. Please see the events section on our website for further details or contact:  Cindy Salmon @ or 519-474-3813

***PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE by Tuesday, October 15th 2013 - Under Current and Upcoming Events Tab found on the LAC Website****



Hi Everyone!

I attended the OSOA Seminar in Toronto on Saturday. Amongst the many things covered were the FINA rule changes coming out of Barcelona. They are mostly subtle changes but an example is that now, when finishing a backstroke race, at least some part of the body MUST be breaking the surface of the water when the wall is touched, so now the video that I use in the Strokes and Turns clinic no longer has a mistake! We do not yet have the Swim Canada interpretations of these rules but, as soon as we do, I will publish a link to those changes. There aren’t that many.

Here are a few reminders from last week:

I know that there are a few folks who are interested in moving up the officiating ladder. In order to move to any level above level two, the candidate is required to teach at least one live clinic. The number depends on the level you are trying to achieve. If anyone would like to do that this year, please let me know and I will work towards getting you that opportunity. Do not be afraid. If you have never taught a clinic before, you will be started on the Timer clinic.

The annual fall Western Regional clinics will be held on Saturday October 5 at the Fanshawe College Campus, 120 Bill Martyn Parkway, St. Thomas. These clinics are free and so are the morning refreshments and the lunch! The morning starts at 9:00 A.M. with your choice of Referee, Clerk of Course, Strokes and Turns/Head Lane Timer, and Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics clinics. The afternoon session begins at 12:30 P.M. with your choice of Starter, Meet Manager, Recorder Scorer, Chief Timekeeper, and Club Officials Chairperson clinics. Come out for the morning, the afternoon, or both. This is a great opportunity to learn from some very experienced people.

The OSOA.CA web clinics are back online. All clinics except Starter and Referee can be taken online. If anyone would like more information on how to take the online clinics please contact me.

Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair



Last week I introduced the topic of volunteering with LAC. If you did not read it, please go back and give it a perusal.

We are still (actually we always are) looking for people interested in Canteen work. There is always opportunity for involvement in this space at various levels of leadership. You will NOT be thrown into a position that you cannot handle. If you are interested please let me know.

Volunteer Position Of The Week: Swim Meet Electronics

If you are electronically or mechanically inclined, if you like computers, or if you just wondered how all of the equipment (that is used behind the scenes at a swim meet) works, then we have an opportunity for you. This is not nearly as complicated as you might think and we could use as many trained people as we can get. You do not need to know the whole set-up. There are roles of varying expertise and that expertise is easily learned. Just come out and ask a million questions. Do not be intimidated. We are happy to teach. We were novices ourselves not very long ago.

There are two set up groups at each meet.

Usually the evening before a meet, a group of invitees get together and assemble the network of automatic timing equipment, computers and printers. Most of this is a simple step by step process and is easily learned. This set up takes 1.5 to 2 hours and earns a session credit. Disassembling the equipment at the end of the meet also earns a session credit and takes about 30 minutes, but you have to be part of the club. Troubleshooting is a bit of an art and is learned ‘on the job’ but there is always a number of people on the deck to help. I would like to make troubleshooter a credit worthy job for each session as that is the case at away meets that I attend. I will bring this up with the board. Heads up Ron and Steve!

The second set-up team meets about 2 hours prior to the beginning of the meet and places all of the touch pads, plungers, and cabling from the operator stands to the lanes. This role is not nearly as technical but is equally important. We need people to learn this process as well. Set up earns a session credit and so does tear down at the end of the meet. There is a team of helpers assigned at each meet from the sign-up pages but we need people to learn how to do it so that they can guide the process.

If anyone is interested in either or both of these roles please contact me for on the job training. People volunteering to learn these leadership roles will be given priority for meets over sign-up pages.

Mark Lukings



Oct 20 LAC Time Trial           CGAC             All LAC                        Entry Deadline: Oct 10



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