April 19, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 33

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

CGAC is hosting a diving competition the weekend of Apr 23 & 24 below are the workout changes:

Sat Apr 23        5:30 - 6:30 am    Senior Gold & Silver   CGAC

Sat Apr 23        6:30 - 7:30 am    Age Group Blue/Bronze/Orange   CGAC

Sat Apr 23        7:30 - 8:30 am    Development 1   CGAC

Sat Apr 23        NO Age Group Gold/Silver

 

Sun Apr 24       5:30 - 6:30 am    Senior Bronze 1 & 2   CGAC                       

Sun Apr 24       6:30 - 7:30 am    Age Gold/Silver   CGAC

Sun Apr 24       7:30 - 8:30 am    Development 2    CGAC

Sun Apr 24       NO Senior Silver

 

COACHES REPORT

A reminder about the power of "MAYBE"...or USE ADVERSITY FOR GOOD!

Remember the parable of the Chinese farmer, mentioned in this space previously? Basically, every bad thing that happened to him, when his neighbours came to him saying things like "That is such bad fortune", he would respond: "Maybe." And when something good happened to him and his neighbours came to him saying "You are so blessed", he would likewise say: "Maybe."

The tendency for us to get discouraged and beat ourselves up and maybe even give up when things don't go the way we hoped or expected, is very common. But if we can learn to keep things in the right perspective and stay committed to our own long-term development and improvement, while at the same time not getting too complacent or self-satisfied when things are going our way, and continue to work even harder, good things will, eventually, happen!

You're injured? Aw, that's too bad. Maybe.

Your nerves got the better of you on race day? That must be so frustrating. Maybe.

You got out-touched at the finish for the gold medal? You must be so upset. Maybe.

Obstacles and adversity and challenge are all part of the process.

Do not fear your disappointments. Instead, listen to what they are trying to tell you and go forth with renewed effort and focus on becoming a better swimmer.

 

SUMMER SKILLS CAMP

LAC will be hosting a Summer Skills Camp at Gibbons Pool this summer. Spots are limited to one week per swimmer until May 6 and then open spots will be available for further sign ups. Current group placement will determine the swimmers group for the camp. The cost of the camp is $75 per week. Sign up is available on the LAC website under the "Events" tab, please click on "Job Signup" to reserve your spot. Email Donna at [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

FUNDRAISING

The MacGregor's Meat Fundraiser is on again!! Deadline to submit orders is Sunday May 22 and order pick-up will be Saturday May 28 at 9am in the Banting parking lot.  More detailed information will be sent in a separate email along with product information and order forms.

Swim-a-thon will also be returning in June 25

 

COVID-19 

All LAC swimmers are expected to follow facility regulations in both City of London facilities as well as in facilities in other jurisdictions. Our training and competition protocols and our vaccination policy are based on the latest guidelines from the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU), City of London Aquatic Services, Province of Ontario (Reference) and Swim Ontario.  

Despite the recent provincial government directive that face masks are no longer required in public spaces, we are mandating and will continue to enforce mask-wearing at all practices and competitions by all LAC coaches and swimmers, as well as by all volunteers working in an official capacity at our hosted swim meets, for the foreseeable future. Also, with the recent upsurge in positive cases we are asking all LAC swimmers, parents, and coaches to please maintain physical distancing of 2m and wear masks at all times indoors in public areas except swimmers when swimming.

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

If you have any questions about your swimmer statement please email Donna at [email protected]

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Next Meets:

LAC – Hollandia Spring Invitational – May 12 to 15 – CGAC

LAC – Blooming Talent - Development Time Trial – May 12 Evening – CGAC

LAC – Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational – July 9 to 10 – Thames Pool

LAC – Just Can’t Stop – Senior SC Time Trial – July 16 to 17 - CGAC

Our next meet is just over 3 weeks away!  To help at any meet you need a filled out Swimming Canada Officials account.  If you need accounts then send me the Name, Age, Gender and Email address for everyone who wants to help.  Clinics are coming.  See below.  Anyone with an account can be a Timer or a Heat Marshal. Everything else requires a clinic, including Safety Marshal.  As long as you will have the required clinic before the meet then you can sign up for the position. 

Hollandia and Dev TT Minor Officials: We will post job sign-ups shortly. 

Hollandia and Dev TT Senior Officials: It is never too soon to seek senior official jobs for upcoming meets.  To do so, email me, with the official’s name, the jobs they are interested in, and the sessions that they are available to work.  Please send a separate email for each meet and include the name of the meet in the subject.  There are 11 sessions in the May 12 – 15 meets.  So many jobs available.  

Upcoming Clinics:  Firm Dates

Fri April 22 – Chief Timekeeper – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Zoom

Sat April 23 – Recorder/Scorer – 10:00 AM to Noon - Zoom

Tue April 26 – Intro/Safety Marshal – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Zoom

Thu April 28 – Starter (Starts the races) – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Zoom

Sat April 30 – Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics – 10:00 AM to Noon - Zoom

Upcoming Clinics: Tentative Dates

Wed May 4 – Clerk Of The Course – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Zoom

Fri May 6 – Intro/Safety Marshal – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Zoom

Sat May 7 – Judge of Strokes and Turns – 9:00 AM to Noon – Hopefully Live

Tue May 10 - Judge of Strokes and Turns – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Hopefully Live

Question For The Group:  Zoom clinics have been well received BUT is there anyone who is holding out for live in-person clinics?  If that is you, please let me know, otherwise I am going to continue to take advantage of the convenience of Zoom.  One exception.  I will probably do the Judge of Strokes and Turns in person, if at all possible, so that we can view the videos during the clinic.   

If you have any officiating questions please contact me, Mark Lukings, L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at [email protected]  Note: This is volunteer work for me, so I may not get back to you immediately but, if urgent, I can handle a reminder.

 

SWIM MEET VOLUNTEER SESSION CREDITS

The club has a long-standing policy regarding volunteer participation in our hosted swim meets, which includes the "earning" of mandatory session credits through working at our hosted swim meets.  The session credit policy can be found on the LAC website under the "parent info" tab under "LAC policy #2 - Club Hosted Meets and Session Credits". With some of our hosted racing events being cancelled, our Board of Directors has reviewed the Session Credit Policy and unanimously approved a revision to the policy for the rest of the 2021-22 year as follows:

Families of swimmers in Age Group and Senior are required to earn 16 session credits.

Families of returning Development swimmers are required to earn 8 session credits.

New families are not required to earn session credits but can transfer up to 5 session credits if they should decide to volunteer (which of course is encouraged and applauded)!

Families with swimmers that have transferred from another team are considered returning swimmers and are subject to the session credit policy.

Any unworked session credits will be billed to your swimmer account at $40 per session.

The LAC Board will continue to review the Session Credit Policy as the year progresses.

 

EQUIPMENT

Please remember that all individual swim practice equipment purchases you make on the All Tides website using our LAC coupon code result in a kickback to the club, received at the end of the year. Last year the club received almost $1000 through this arrangement, most of which was put toward the purchase of dryland training equipment. You are helping the club by making your swim equipment purchases through All Tides. All group swim equipment information can be found on our website when you are logged in:  https://www.teamunify.com/team/canlac/page/swimmer-equipment