DECEMBER 28, 2021 - NEWSLETTER 17

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

The Dec 27 – Jan 2 practice schedule is posted on the LAC website under the “Schedules” tab.

We will make every effort to continue offering in-water programming to our members as we move through the uncertainty of the omicron variant and spiking positive case counts in the community at large. If, however, anyone is uncomfortable with their swimmer(s) continuing to practice at this time, this is entirely understandable and acceptable. We ask that you let your swimmer's primary coach know if this is the case.

Also, in the event that either a) a swimmer tests positive or b) is identified by the Middlesex London Health Unit as a close contact of a positive case, we ask that parents please notify their swimmer's primary coach immediately.

If you have any questions about the practice schedule, please direct them to your swimmer's primary group coach. 

 

COACHES REPORT

Well, we had lots and lots of great training and, as a result, racing in the first part of the swimming year. As we move forward and re-set our goals and objectives for the pool in 2022, here's something for everyone to think about:

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

A world-respected strength and conditioning coach from the U.S. by the name of Vern Gambetta, who works with and has designed programs for many of the top club programs in the USA, as well as for many professional sports teams, including major league baseball teams, has observed the following:

In a game, match or race there always comes a "moment of truth"  where the outcome is decided. It can be physical or mental but it is real. However, the actual  "moment of truth" was decided somewhere in training last week or last month, on a day when you did not feel like doing that last repeat or that last maximum effort or those 6 underwater fly kicks off that last wall, and you pushed through and did it. It is in practice and your approach to practice that you find the "moment of truth".

Now, a couple of observations from the LAC coaches on this truism:

1)we are less interested in how you practice on the “good” days, and way more interested in how you practice on the “bad” days. It’s what you do when you don’t feel like doing it that will see you make the biggest strides forward.

2)how many “moments of truth” do you encounter in practice every day?  A LOT!  Rise to the challenges, both physical and mental, that are presented to you every day in practice, and when the “moment of truth” comes in your race, you’ll be ready!

3)if you come to practice each day wanting to be challenged and willing to accept the challenges, you are setting yourself up for success. If, on the other hand, you come to the pool each day hoping to not be challenged, well...a)we wouldn’t be very good coaches and b)you are not going to realize much success

4)finally, when you are at the “big” meet - the meet where you hope to swim faster than you ever have before, the meet where you hope to make that qualifying time or win your first medal or beat that pesky swimmer from the other team who almost always beats you – it’s not about crossing your fingers behind the blocks and “hoping”, it’s not about “rising to the occasion”...what really happens in that “magic moment” is that you fall back on your training. As Vern Gambetta says, the magic moment isn’t an isolated occurrence that happens at the meet, it’s an everyday mindset in practice. Build up a collection of hundreds of magic practice moments, and when the “moment of truth” arrives in your big race, you will shine like the brightest star in the universe!

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

A reminder that, in order to participate in LAC programming, all swimmers born in 2010 or later now must have their first vaccination by January 1, 2022 and their second vaccination by March 1, 2022. While we are hopeful this will not be the case, any families unable or unwilling to comply with this policy will be eligible for a membership fees refund to be determined based on their swimmer's last day of participation in the program. Either a hard copy or a digital copy of proof of vaccination presented to the swimmer's primary coach shall be the process by which swimmers are confirmed eligible to participate in LAC programming.

Please read below new policies coming into effect for those using City of London facilities, including the Canada Games Aquatic Centre:

Effective January 4: only the QR code version of the proof of vaccination will be acceptable.  All club members, spectators and users can either show their proof of vaccination QR code on their phone or they may print it out and have available. Facility staff will be required to SCAN each and every QR code of an individual who wishes to enter the facility.
Effective January 15: all MEDICAL exemptions will be required to show their QR Medical Exemption proof, paper copies will no longer be accepted.
Effective December 19: spectators are not permitted to bring any food or drink into the building (to ensure facemasks stay on)

 

ALL TIDES SPIRIT WEAR

Everyone should have received their spirit wear orders.  If not, please contact your coach.

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Official Registrations: If you are intending to volunteer this season and do not yet have an official account, or if you think you have one from a prior year or a different team but have not registered as an official this season for LAC, then please let me know, and we can either find that account and move it to this season or we can create you an account so that you can be ready when your time to help arrives.

Name Tags: Some people have noticed that some of us have Swim Ontario or Swim Canada name tags.  These can be ordered through me.  The price is $9.00 or if you get to level 2 then it will be free.  If you are already level 2 and did not get one then let me know, and that can be arranged. 

Looking ahead: The surge of the Omicron variant has resulted in the 12 & Under Celebration being reduced to, hopefully, a series of LAC-only time trials, but at this time we are not certain what this opportunity will look like.  If you want to be a senior official, and are qualified, then please email me with the session(s) that you are available for (once you we announce the sessions) and the jobs that you are interested in.  Please include ‘12 & Under Celebration’ or ‘January Time Trials’ in the subject.

Clinics: I am still planning on having more clinics, but live clinics are not allowed until I am told otherwise, so they will be via ZOOM. There will be more to come on that as well.  Sign-ups will be posted as soon as possible.     

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

With us seemingly back to almost-normal with sanctioned swim meets, as more clubs and more swimmers come to our hosted meets, the need for more volunteer officials will be even greater. 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".

Families of swimmers in Age Group and Senior are required to earn 22 session credits each year.

Families of returning Development swimmers are required to earn 11 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.

*Please know that our Session Credit Policy is under constant scrutiny from the Board of Directors and, if deemed necessary, revisions to the policy may be implemented.

 

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 AllTides. 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