JANUARY 4, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 18

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

There are no in-water practices for any groups at this time.

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 leagl 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. 

We are hoping for a resumption of training on Thursday January 27.

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

 

COACHES REPORT

Well, by now we all know we're into another training "pause". It's tough for sure, but ultimately we all need to remember why we're doing it - the "pause" that is - and keep the bigger picture in mind, which is the health and safety of our families, of our friends, and of our greater community. Hopefully this will be the shortest lockdown of them all, so try to do as much of the virtual dryland as you can. Your attitude has to be: I have a GREAT opportunity in front of me for the next 3 weeks -  see if you can come back to the pool (and 3 weeks will go by very quickly) a little stronger or a little more flexible or - best case scenario - a little of both! 

 

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!

Happy New Year!  And my how quickly things change.

12 & Under Celebration Weekend (January 15/16): Is obviously cancelled.

WOSA Short Course Championship (February 25 – 27): Your guess is as good as mine!  Even if we are back in the pool by then, the duration of the ramp-up to a meet of that size by Swim Ontario in the fall was at least 3 months.  Hopefully we can move faster on THIS round of Return to Racing!  

Clinics: We WILL eventually need more trained officials and, with no meets occupying my time for now, I intend to use this opportunity to work on that by hosting a bunch of ZOOM clinics.  I will get those scheduled with sign-ups posted shortly with 2 or 3 clinics per week starting next week, probably on Wednesday and Thursday evening.  Since these will be virtual, I will mix up the days to try to fit people’s schedules.  Note that the clinics can be taken in any order but taking the Intro clinic first is ideal . . . but NOT required.  Also, let me remind you 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.      

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, 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