NOVEMBER 2, 2021 - NEWSLETTER 8

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

Please check the "SCHEDULES" tab on the website for the practice schedule. If you have any questions about the practice schedule, please direct them to your swimmer's primary group coach. 

Also in the "SCHEDULES" tab is a preliminary competition calendar for the year. Time trial this Saturday Nov 6 is for Age Group Blue & Age Group Bronze (Session 1 combined), Age Group Orange (Session 2) and SrGold and SrSilver (Session 3 combined). 

***Spectators are now permitted to enter CGAC to watch their children practice and race, but are expected to abide by the following guidelines:

1)show proof of full vaccination and present ID upon entry (mandatory)  2)wear a mask at ALL times (mandatory)  3)enter the building after practice or meet warm-up has started, i.e., ALL swimmers enter the building first, then parents  4)leave the building before the conclusion of practice or immediately following their swimmer's last race and meet their swimmer in the parking lot, i.e., no waiting for swimmers inside the front or back entrance  5)try to follow a one spectator per swimmer guideline, i.e., do NOT bring the whole family into the building to watch your swimmer practice or race 

COACHES REPORT

OK, we've talked about making daily deposits in the bank of future performance, and we've talked about gradually pushing down the training spring, or becoming "spring-loaded". Now let's talk about "raising the floor." We KNOW that all LAC swimmers give their very very best effort on the "main" sets...you know, the ones when you're asked to go as fast as you can for as long as you...and then go a little bit further? The "3D" sets, when you have to Dig Down Deep to hold your times or stay on the pace time or even just make it to the end? This is really important work - but pretty much everyone, at least everyone who's committed to achieving their goals, gives a great effort on these sets. It's the swimmers who stay focussed and committed on the next set, after the main set, and the set after that, that are really giving themselves a chance to move their performance curve. We call it the "floor-raising" training. The training you do at less than maximum effort but still pay attention to the purpose of the set, and still focus on your technique and streamlines and underwater kicks and turns. If you do this, you are raising your floor, your base training level, and if you're raising your base training floor it's moving you closer and closer, slowly but surely, toward the glass ceiling that is your goal time or whatever swimming goal you have that gets you out of bed at 4:30 in the morning. And raising your floor isn't about trying to be a 10 out of 10 or hitting a home run at every practice - the 10 out of 10 practices or home run practices are going to be few and far between. To use the baseball analogy, hitting a single at every practice is far better than hitting a home run at one practice and then striking out at the next 3! It's about trying to be no worse than a 6 or a 7 out of 10 at every practice rather than hitting a home run every now and then. And this takes the pressure off! Forget about home runs and 10 out of 10. It's about consistency, NOT perfection! 

VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Our virtual awards ceremony is TOMORROW, Wednesday November 3 from 7:30-8:30pm. Please set aside this time to join us on Zoom to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our swimmers in the crazy 2020-21 year. Here is the Zoom link:

Join 2021 LAC Virtual Awards Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82051699650?pwd=ZW5BTGM2US9qdXpuVm45S3RMSGtGQT09

Meeting ID: 820 5169 9650

Passcode: LAC

 

NORTH COUNTRY MEATS FUNDRAISER

Thank you for your support of LAC through this fundraising campaign. We are bursting at the seams with swimmers! This means we'll need more pool time (when it becomes available) and more coaches. This will only happen if we remain financially healthy - fundraising has assumed a greater importance in this regard since we cannot yet host our "normal" invitational swim meets, which have been our primary revenue generators in the past (outside of member fees). Once again we are undertaking our meat fundraiser – the two campaigns we ran last year proved very successful from a fundraising standpoint, and the quality of the product has received very high praise! 

Every box of meat sold by a family sees 50% of the profit go to LAC with the option of the other 50% being applied as a credit towards reducing swim fees (please note, money raised cannot be redeemed in cash, only as a credit towards swimmer accounts). We sold over 1000 boxes of meet last year, netting the club close to $8000 and also helping offset membership fees. 

ALL forms must be submitted to Nicole [email protected] and money etransferred to [email protected] by Sunday Nov 14. Delivery will be Saturday Nov 20 in the Banting High School parking lot. All families will be responsible for delivering their meat orders to their customers. We are hoping that every family can sell a minimum of 10 boxes of meat to help make this yet another great success.

 

JANSEN CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

The Jansen Christmas Toy Drive (@jansenchristmastoydrive) is focused on #kidshelpingkids where kids are asked to sort through their toys, books and games to donate to other kids of like age and gender. The Jansen Family matches your donated items to kids in our community. This year, Blessing Bags will also be shared – so feel free to donate any NEW personal hygiene items, masks, creams, shampoos and anything else you know kids in our community might be able to use to stay healthy and safe. We sure hope you will join us in our collective effort to help children and families in our community enjoy a memorable Christmas amidst these challenging times. Read the Toy Drive flyer HERE

Toy drop-off times will be November 20th @ 915am in the Banting High School parking lot during the North Country meat pick-up and December 4th in the LAC parking lot during morning practice  Additional times can be arranged as well

***please make sure donated items are clean, in full working order and any batteries replaced. Contact [email protected] if there are any questions.

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

Swim Meets like Nothers - Return to Racing (more than one club participating) have a entry charge for each race. When a meet is posted for sign up on the website the entry fee will be included in the post. The entry charges will be on your next monthly statement after the meet. If you have any questions about your statement please email Donna at [email protected]

 

SWIM MEET VOLUNTEER SESSION CREDITS

With us getting ever closer to a return to sanctioned swim meets, with multiple clubs and more swimmers, the need for more volunteer officials will be even greater. 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 above 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.

 

ALL TIDES 

Our first spiritwear order has arrived and merchandise will be distributed this week.  Our second spiritwear bulk order has been submitted and we should receive this shipment in late November - early December. All LAC swimmers in Age Group and above are required to wear the LAC team suit in practice and LAC spiritwear in competition. 

If you have any questions regarding All Tides orders or product concerns, please contact the following email address [email protected]

 

EQUIPMENT

Please remember that all individual swim practice equipment purchases you make on the AllTides 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

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

More about Clinics:

We had a very successful clinic this past Friday evening!  I was teaching my first clinic in approaching 2 years and I think it went well.  The next live clinic is:

Friday November 12 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM – GCAC – Entry level meeting room

Capacity limits on rooms has relaxed back to pre-covid days, with masks in place, so I am hoping that we can find more rooms for live classroom clinics.  My intent is to split the clinics about half and half, Zoom and classroom, but I also want to do all of the clinics at least once before Nov 26, so we shall see what I need to do to get that done. Remember, there are also 4 clinics that can be taken online, including the Introduction/Timer clinic (see prior newsletters).  To take those and to attend a classroom clinic you need an official account for everyone who will be attending.  An official account is for the official.  It is NOT the same as the swimmer registration.  Swim Canada likes accounts by function so I have one as an official, one as a meet manager, and one as a Club official administrator. 

November 6 Volunteers:

Thank you to everyone who is volunteering for the Nov 6 meets!  A reminder that to go on deck, you are required to have an official account with the 3 consent forms signed off.  If you do not have an account we will create one for you but when we email you with the information about completing the registration, please do not make us chase you with repeated emails asking you to register.  We are volunteers too!

I will be sending an email with Nov 6 position assignments by Wednesday at 10 PM or at least an acknowledgement of your offer by then, if things get in my way.  If you offered and do not get an acknowledgement please remind me.    

If you have not volunteered but are planning to, especially for the Age Group Orange session, please contact Donna right away at [email protected] to make your intentions known.

Meet Managers Needed: 

Meet Manager is an official position that is unlike any other.  If you like organizing things, this is for you!  Many of our most successful meet managers have limited experience as swimming officials in other capacities.  In some cases they have organized competitions for other sports, or planned events that are not sports related at all.  In some cases they had never organized anything before but thought it might be fun.  Some simply had very busy lives and it was easier to find a bunch of time on one weekend than many bits of time throughout the season.  Whatever your situation, this might be a job for you.  If you have an interest in helping to produce a great swimming competition, and would like to learn more, please let me know.  We have several meets still unclaimed this season and if I get enough interest we can pair people up to learn together and share the activity AND the glory!    

If you have any officiating questions please contact me, Mark Lukings, L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at [email protected] This is volunteer work for me, so I may not get back to you immediately but, if urgent, I can handle a reminder.