MARCH 15, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 28

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

The March Break practice schedule for the week of March 14-20 is posted in the "SCHEDULES" tab of the website. We are excited to announce that some of our March Break practices will be at the brand new East Lions Community Centre! It's very important for us to get "our foot in the door" over there, so if it takes you a little extra time to get your swimmer(s) to that venue, take the extra time to be grateful that we have access to another pool and more water time! If you have any questions about the practice schedule, please direct them to your swimmer's primary group coach. 

 

COACHES REPORT

The following is yet another great article from Olivier Poirier Leroy, titled "5 Life Lessons You Learn From Swimming".

Did you know that swimming can provide you with the tools you need for achieving success later in life?  We’re not talking about time management and sportsmanship, although those two things are super important. The following life lessons aren’t things you put on your resume, and they aren’t taught in a classroom. They are dished out in the pool of hard knocks, and if you pay enough attention over the course of your swimming career, you can unleash these lessons to achieve success in whatever endeavor you choose.

MAKING BIG IMPROVEMENTS REQUIRES PATIENCE.

Being impatient with progress causes us to create a list of unrealistic expectations that corresponds to the lofty goals we all want to achieve. Expectations like having perfect workouts every time out. Or seeing improvement in every single session. Or pushing yourself too soon, too fast, ending up injured and out of the water.  It’s important to remember: long term progress requires short term patience!

YOU GOTTA PADDLE BEFORE YOU CAN SWIM.

Having big lofty goals is necessary to achieve success in the pool. They provide a compass that gives your training direction and purpose over the course of a long season.  Sometimes though, big goals can be a big enemy too. They can cause us to lose sight of or even totally ignore the important first small steps.  Taking baby steps can be infuriatingly too slow for some people, but successful swimmers know it’s the slow purposeful grind that provides a cumulative effect that makes a massive dent in the mid and long term.  Success in the pool – and life – is achieved tiny step by tiny step, mistake by mistake, small win by small win.

YOU’RE NOT GOING TO WIN EVERY TIME.

One of the quickest ways to see how people deal with the peaks and valleys in life is to watch them have a bad race. Do they quietly pout back to the stands, foregoing warm-down and giving up on the rest of the meet? Do they punch the touchpad and storm off inconsolably? Or do they walk back to the coach, head down, but resolved to bounce back?  Over the course of your swimming career, there will be times when you graze the top of the podium, and there will be times when you finish closer to the bottom.  You are going to have bad races, sometimes life just won’t seem fair, you’ll think you deserved to win but didn’t, or your performance didn’t reflect the work and commitment you invested in the water. The question then becomes, equally in the pool as in life outside the lane lines—how will you bounce back? What will you do to make that particular setback the best thing to ever happen to you?

RESULTS COME BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD A LOT, NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE PERFECT SOMETIMES.

Not every practice will go perfectly. Not every race will go according to plan. Mistakes, DQ’s and suit rips will happen. And your self-esteem should not rest on what you do with your swimming.  When we learn to chase excellence instead of perfection, in the pool and in life, we discover resilience. By chasing 8’s and 9’s in practice we make far more progress than by expecting every workout to be an impossible 10.

IT’S ALL MENTAL.

Swimming provides an exceptional proving ground for testing your mental limits.  How many times has Coach written a set on the board (“oh no…that thing times 5??!!”) and we inwardly shiver, mind racing, with thoughts of how badly we’re going to die over the course of the set.  But then what happens? You get in, you start the set, and you start talking yourself through it. “Hey, this isn’t so bad.” A little bit later: “Okay, halfway done.” And finally, “I am going to punch this last repeat in the face!”  The reality is you never know how shockingly tough you are until you are in the soup, crushing that set even though mere minutes prior you were mentally quivering in your swimsuit. This carries really well into the other challenges you will face in the course of your life. We always think we aren’t capable, that swimming or life finally has our number, but believe it or not, you will always be as strong as you need to be.

 

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.

Despite the 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.

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

Our most recent team order will take approximately 4 weeks to process and ship. If you have any questions please email All Tides [email protected] 

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Next Meets:

LAC – Long Course Pentathlon – April 10 - CGAC

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

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

Officiating Clinics: I will be hosting more clinics soon.  In the meantime, it is important to know that Swim Ontario is encouraging clubs to open their clinics to others and some clubs are actively doing that.  I encourage you to try this, particularly those clinics being hosted by Western Region Clubs and presented via Zoom.  There is a series available now for sign-up and shared by clubs in the greater Cambridge area.  See instructions below and look for Zoom clinics.  Session credits are given for Ontario clinics attended the first time, regardless of where or how it is presented.  Signing up as instructed below should send a notification to us that you attended, once your attendance is confirmed.  You require a Swim Canada Official account to log-in and sign-up.

Clinic Registrations are now open on the education portal.   Officials may register for clinics by:

  1. Go to http://edu.swimming.ca
  2. Click on Officials in the left hand column
  3. Choose “Member Login” and enter their Official Account’s username and password.
  4. On the top row choose “Clinics”
  5. Find the clinic(s) you would like to take can click the “Register” button.
  6. Scroll to the bottom and clinic “Register” again to confirm.

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 in any way at a meet.  If you need an account, please email me at [email protected] with the name, gender, and email address for each official needing an 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". 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