FEBRUARY 8, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 23

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

There are no practices on Family Day Monday February 21. We are planning to continue swimming through the March Break, and are working on a training schedule for that week.  If you have any questions about the practice schedule, please direct them to your swimmer's primary group coach. 

 

COACHES REPORT

Another inspirational poem, author unknown:

SO THEY DID IT

Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but they, with a chuckle, replied:

That "maybe it couldn't" but they'd be the ones who wouldn't say no 'til they tried.

So they buckled right in, with a trace of a grin, on their faces the worry they hid it.

They started to sing as they tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and they did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll NEVER do that - because no one we know's ever done it."

But they took off their coats and they took off their hats, and the next you know they'd begun it.

With the lift of their chins, and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quitting,

They started to sing as they tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and they did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophecy failure.

There are thousands who point at you all one by one, to the dangers that wait to befall you.

But just buckle in, with a confident grin, then put on your boots and go to it.

Just sing to yourself as you tackle the thing that they say can't be done and you'll do it!

 

COVID-19 

Our training and competition protocols are based on the latest guidelines from the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) as well as directives from City of London Aquatic Services and our provincial sport organization Swim Ontario.

Our vaccination policy is also based on MLHU and City of London directives with the exception of those swimmers born in 2010 or later, who must be fully vaccinated by March 1 2022 in order to continue participating in LAC programming.

Close contacts to positive cases in the practice setting are deemed to be 1) those swimmers swimming in the same lane from the same end as the swimmer who has symptoms or has tested positive  and 2) those swimmers swimming in the adjacent lane(s) from the same end as the swimmer who has symptoms or has tested positive.  Close contacts and their parents will be notified by the primary group coach and advised to follow MLHU guidelines.

All LAC swimmers are expected to follow facility regulations in both City of London facilities as well as in facilities in other jurisdictions. Swimmers during practices or competition who do not comply with COVID protocols & procedures as directed by LAC coaches and/or facility staff may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

ALL TIDES SPIRIT WEAR

The team store is now open, until February 20, for spiritwear purchases. It is club policy that all swimmers in Age Group Orange and above are required to wear the team bathing suit during practices. Not only does it create a great sense of team unity and pride, it is also a tremendous branding and marketing tactic for our club. People want to be part of a group that looks unified and has structure and discipline. Also, our team suits are of the highest quality and, in the unlikely event of a bathing suit issue, our partnership with All Tides enables us to address any concerns promptly and efficiently. So if you have yet to purchase a team training suit, please do so.

The link to the team store is HERE and the access code is: LAC

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

BOARD of DIRECTORS POSITIONS

If you are interested in joining the LAC Board for the 2022-23 swim year please contact the nomination committee by emailing Donna at [email protected]

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Next Meets:

LAC – Frigid and Fast – Time Trial: Friday February 25, Warm-up at 5:30 PM

LAC – February Freeze: February 26 & 27, 3 Sessions each Day, Warm-ups 8:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 4:30 PM

Meet Volunteers: Sign-ups for Timers and Inspectors of Turns for the above meets will be posted shortly.  Watch for the email announcing the posting.  If you want to work in a senior official position then please email me, Mark Lukings at the email address below, indicating the sessions you can work and the positions that you are interested in.  Senior officials include Stroke Judges, the ones who walk up and down the side of the pool, and all positions that are not Timers and Inspectors of Turns.

Official Accounts: This is a reminder to those who still do not have one.  If you are planning to work at meets then you MUST have an official account.  This is different than the swimmer registration account.  EVERY volunteer at a meet MUST have their own account with the consents completed to participate.  If you need an account, please email me at [email protected] with the name, gender, and email address for each official needing an account.    

Meet Managers: Thank-you to those who have expressed an interest in Meet Management.  I currently have two meet managers for the meets in April, May, and July.  I will send out confirmation emails soon.  EVERYONE who responded with a preferred meet has a job!

Officiating Clinics: I am hoping to have another Intro and Strokes and Turns clinic before the February meet, if I can squeeze them in while prepping for the meet, and another full round of clinics in March and April.  

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 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