MARCH 8, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 27

 

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

CONGRATULATIONS to our swimmers who raced in Toronto last weekend at the "Trials Prep Event" hosted by Swim Ontario. In their first long course racing in 2+ years, our attending swimmers achieved personal bests in 40 out of 44 individual swims!!!  Special mention to club record-setters Ahmed El Tatawy (15-17 boys 50FR) and Amaris Peng (15-17 girls and open women 200BR). And to Jacquie Chambers who, along with Ahmed, achieved their first-ever Canadian Junior Championships qualifying times. Our swimmers also posted 12 times that now rank in the LAC All-Time Top 10!

One of many great excerpts from the book "Winning Isn't Normal" by Dr.Keith Bell, a famous sport psychologist and avid swimmer, is titled "Fast Takes Time". It goes like this: One of the tough things about training is that you never see any immediate results. It takes time. You don't dive in, do a hard set, then as a result of the hard set see an immediate increase in strength or speed or stamina. In fact you might even feel weaker and swim slower immediately after the hard set because your muscles and your mind are fatigued.  The results don't come until weeks or even months later, when the effects of many challenging and difficult practices accumulate.  You can't do it all at once. Getting fast takes time. You have to keep plugging away at it. Success doesn't come with one, or even several, extraordinary efforts. It comes with the accumulated effects of being consistently good at the little things every single day. It is persistence that pays off.

To use a baseball metaphor we like: success comes from hitting singles at every practice, rather than the occasional home run once every week. Daily small achievements are more important to achieving your goals than doing something amazing every 5th practice! It's about habits, not home runs.

 

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.

Until we are directed otherwise by local health authorities, 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!

Congratulations Brad and Greg!  We had two official advancements at the February Freeze!  Greg Burns got his last sign-off for Level 2 by ‘just helping where he can’, and Brad Sales moved to level 3 in what might have been record time, if not for the pandemic interruption!  Congratulations to both and thank you guys, from me and LAC.  We need to show ongoing progression of officials to be allowed to host and to be capable of hosting our awesome meets!

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 but for now I am taking a short break, from the clinics while I begin getting the Meet Managers for the upcoming meets started, but expect to see more clinics between now and Hollandia.

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