JANUARY 25, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 21

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

We are hoping to resume regular programming on Monday January 31. A separate email will be sent to confirm this once we have received notice from City of London.

The 'LAC-TIVE HOME FITNESS" tab on our website has "Links to Live DIFY Classes", where all swimmers in AG Orange and above can find their virtual dryland training schedule, as well as the links to participate. Please remember it is a legal requirement, as directed by Swim Ontario, that all participants in virtual dryland training must have their cameras turned on, so the coaches in attendance can monitor technique and safety. 

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

 

COACHES REPORT

Fingers crossed we'll all be safely together again in less than one week!! Reports are the virtual dryland has been very weel attended and everyone's been working really hard - awesome! However, if you've been struggling a little bit with your motivation - which is totally understandable and OK -  here's a little poem to help you get re-focussed and excited about getting back in the water:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re on seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit – rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns, as every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a person turns about, when they might have won had they stuck it out.

So don’t give up though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up, when they might have captured the victor’s cup;

And they learned too late when the night came down, how close they were to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out, so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

 

COVID-19 

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 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

The team store will again be open for spiritwear purchases from February 7-20.

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Next Meet - WOSA SC Championship February 25, 26, 27: We have the pool booked and, if the facility will allow it, and LAC and the region still want to hold it, and the Covid projections come true, and Swim Ontario’s Return To Racing Schedule stays on track, then this is our next meet! 

Meet Managers: I have had a number people express an interest in Meet Management.  If you are willing to start big then WOSA might be for you!  I am hoping that all of you are going to sign up for the Meet Manager clinic this Saturday morning.  We can discuss then who might be interested in what meets.  If you are still interested but cannot make this clinic then please let me know if you have a particular meet or month in-mind (February-WOSA, April-Pentathlon, May-Hollandia, or July-Hauch).  I would like to strive for 2 or more Meet Managers per meet.   

Officiating Clinics: Saturday’s Clinic will complete this round of clinics.  I was thinking of starting another round next week but, if we are going ahead with WOSA then I will probably go with a couple more Intro and Strokes and Turns clinics closer to the event and then do another full round in March in preparation for the Long Course Season.  Here are the remaining Clinics for this week:    

Wednesday, January 26, 7 to 10 – Judge of Strokes and Turns
Friday, January 28, 7 to 9 – Starter (The person who says ‘Take Your Marks’)
Saturday, January 29, 9 to Noon – Meet Manager.

Sign-ups are posted on the LAC website.  One person per line and please specify who will be attending even if it is the person named on the LAC account.  These will be Zoom meetings.  Cameras will be REQUIRED to be on.  No camera, no session credit.  Links will be emailed to attendees the day before the clinic.  The sign-ups will close at 6:00 PM the day before the clinic.  Note that Session Credits for clinics are only given for the first time taking them but you are welcome to join for a refresher.

Another reminder, that there are a few clinics that can be taken online.  Go here: https://edu.swimming.ca/index.php?page=225 and sign-in with the username and password from your OFFICIAL account.  These clinics can be taken on your own schedule.  Please note that to align with the way we do live and Zoom clinics (Intro and Safety Marshal are taught together for 1 session credit), when taking these online, you will get the session credit when the second of these 2 clinics are completed, in any order.  The others that are not refreshers are worth one session credit per clinic, the first time taken, in any format, Live, Zoom, online, or webinar.      

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".

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.

*Given the current conditions, and with some of our hosted racing events being cancelled, our Board of Directors is reviewing our Session Credit Policy - 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