NOVEMBER 9, 2021 - NEWSLETTER 9

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

Fri Nov 26 3:00 - 4:00 pm Senior Gold/Silver and Senior Bronze 1 & 2 CGAC

Fri Nov 26 4:00 - 5:00 pm Age Group Gold/Silver and Age Group Blue/Bronze CGAC

Sat Nov 27 7:00 - 8:00 am Development 1,3 & 4    CGAC - There will be no Development at Boys & Girls Club (Nov 27 or 28)

Sat Nov 27 8:00 - 8:30 am Introductory CGAC - There will be no Intro at Boys & Girls Club (Nov 27 or 28)

Sun Nov 28 7:00 - 8:00 am Development 2, 3 & 4  CGAC - There will be no Development at Boys & Girls Club (Nov 27 or 28)

ALL other workouts NOv 26-28 at CGAC are cancelled due to Nothers

 

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. Our next competitive opportunity is Nov 26-28, the traditional Nothers weekend. All swimmmers will have the opportunity to race.

***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

Congratulations to everyone who raced last Saturday at our 2nd time trial. Special CONGRATULATIONS to first-time Regional Championships (WOSA) qualifiers: Grace Cao, Patrick Malone, Claire Petri, Arthur Pinto, Maria Pinto, and Luiz Felipe Ybarra.

As mentioned a few weeks ago, we are in the "deposit" stage of our swimming year. In fact, we are in the very early days of the "deposit" stage of our swimming year. If you swam a PB or two on Saturday, great. If you didn't, that's OK too. Saturday was an opportunity to practice racing. A famous swim coach once said "Every swim meet is a development opportunity, including the Olympic Games." At all swim meets you want to practice good race habits, so they will show up at your championship meet - good race tactics, like improving the 3rd 50 of your 200; good race technique, like doing an extra underwater butterfly kick off your last wall; good recovery habits between swims, like drying off, putting on some clothing to keep your muscles warm, and re-fueling. If you're thinking about tactical and technical things, things your coach talks to you about, and trying them at the early and mid-season swim meets, instead of thinking about times, you'll be ready to go for that great time in championship season. Always remember, it doesn't have to be a personal best time to be a good swim.

 

VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Congratulations to all of our award winners. To view the slides of the virtual awards ceremony, the video montage shown at the end of the awards, and photos of swimmers accepting their awards,  see the "NEWS" section. Thank you to Coach Shannon for her work putting the award slide show together, and to Cara Maar for the video montage.

 

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. After the entry deadline has passed all swimmers signed up for a meet will be responsible for their entry fees. 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!

Congratulations everyone on 3 great Time Trials on Saturday afternoon and evening.  It seemed like it was a success for everyone and the enthusiasm was, well, rewarding! 

Upcoming Clinics:

I am still working on clinics, when I have time.  I am focussing on the two where we have the most demand and need, Timer and Strokes and Turns, and there are two scheduled now:

Judge of Strokes and Turns: Friday November 12 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM – GCAC – Entry level meeting room – Room capacity is now over 100 so the clinic sign-up has been expanded to 30.  I might expand more if there is demand.

Introduction, Timekeeper, and Safety Marshal: Friday November 19 – 7:00 to 9:00 PM – GCAC – Entry level meeting room – limit currently at 40.

Zoom Clinics:  I will be scheduling Zoom clinics for most of the other ‘senior’ positions, starting next week.  There will be no room required so I have a LOT more choice on times for these.  All of them are 2 hours or less.  The problem with Zoom clinics is that I need to KNOW that you are there.  Cameras-on will be mandatory and the class limits will be 15.  If you cannot do Zoom with camera on, and there is a particular clinic you are interested in, let me know and I will book a live clinic.  I intend to do a classroom version for each clinic this year, but probably not before Nothers.

A few words about clinics: Is there an age limit?  Well there are guidelines.  Timer: in my opinion, a mature 12 year old should be quite capable of being a good timekeeper.  The rest of the positions have more responsibility and Swim Ontario suggests age 16 for those.  I think at least high school.  In some cases the official could be in charge of adults.  In the case of a Judge of Strokes and Turns, if there is an appeal to a jury (rare but it does happen), having to explain what you observed to 3 to 5 senior officials could be stressful.  Please do not sign your elementary school student up for learning other than Timekeeper.  Yes High Schoolers can earn session credits for their family AND get volunteer time for their graduation requirement at the same time, as long as thye do a good job!    

Online Clinics: There are 4 clinics that can be taken online, including the Introduction/Timer clinic (see prior newsletters) and Safety Marshal.  To take those and to attend a classroom clinic you need an official account for each person 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.  I will add instructions on accessing the online clinics to the Officials tab on the LAC site.  Reading the PowerPoint or PDF slides and watching the videos is a great way to review the position, but is not the same as taking a clinic, so I want to make sure you are doing the right thing. 

Meet Volunteers:

Timing is the ONLY position there you are not REQUIRED to have the clinic to do the job.  You cannot sign up for any other official position if you will not have the clinic before the meet.   

How do I sign up for Senior Official positions?: Senior Official positions are every position other than Timekeeper and Judge of Strokes and Turns.  If you want one of those then email the competition coordinator (usually me) with the jobs you are interested in, and the sessions that you are available.  If you have any special requests, please include those too.

Registration is NOT an Option!!!!!!:  To attend a live clinic or to volunteer at a meet, everyone must have their own official account AND the online consent forms MUST be completed and signed before the clinic or the meet.  If you sign up to attend and you do not have an account or the account registration is not complete for this year, then we will be contacting you to complete your registration.  Please do not make us chase you!  That is not fun for anyone.  When we set up a new account, we will trigger an email from [email protected] with your account information.   If you have a spam filter, please allow email from that account AND from my account [email protected]

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.