OCTOBER 19, 2021 - NEWSLETTER 6

 

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. Our next time trial on 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). 

 

COACHES REPORT

CONGRATULATIONS everyone on some great racing on Sunday morning! It looked like everyone was having fun, there were certainly plenty of new personal bests established and, most importantly, everyone followed all facility and Health Unit COVID protocols quite well, possibly with the exception of staying 2m apart! So please pay attention to this requirement.

It is clear everyone is working hard at practice, and it is exciting because WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED! We talk all the time about the importance of hard work and consistency and patience, and we often use the "bank" metaphor: with every practice you come to, and every meter you swim, you are making a deposit in the "bank" of future performance. Some days you'll make a $100 deposit, other days you might just deposit a penny! Deposits come in the form of: 1. great attendance  2. consistency  3. effort and 4. attention to technical detail. The better you do in these areas, the bigger "withdrawal" you can make at the "championship" meet!  In case you're not aware, Sunday's time trial was NOT a "championship" meet - it was simply a chance to practice racing. It was an opportunity to make another deposit, not the time to make a "withdrawal"!  And there were plenty of good deposits being made.  You want to build up a BIG bank account, and it takes a long time - we're talking MONTHS long, not WEEKS long. If you approach every time trial or competition like it's "withdrawal" time (sleeping in, not trying hard in practice because you're saving it for the meet), you'll never build up a big enough bank account to get that BIG break-through performance down the road.

Another area where you can make a deposit, and it's tied to great attendance, is PUNCTUALITY...being on time!! Time is a very important concept to swimmers - that's why there are timers and electronic scoreboards at swim meets isn't it? We care about TIME! So, it's important that everyone be on time for their practices and their meet warm-ups. And, by "on time" we mean 5 minutes EARLY! If you miss 100 meters of practice because you're 5 minutes late, and you're late 3 times per week for 40 weeks, that's 120,000 meters of possible deposits that you've missed over the course of the swim year! As well, always being late to practice breaks two of our LAC Core Principles: ACCOUNTABILITY and RESPECT. So, if you're always one of the last swimmers to get in, when your teammates have already started, work on changing that! Otherwise, your bank account is not going to grow very much! GROW LAC GROW! GO LAC GO!

CONGRATULATIONS to first-time qualifiers at the Oct 17 time trial: WOSA (Regional) - Dylan Bale, Alexandra Coome, Adam Dela Cruz, Carmella Dela Cruz, Rachel Jin, Hailey Park, Pedro Salvalaggio, Gabi Stuart, and Caden Zhang; Provincial - Luke Degiorgio (Festival) and Connor Labranche (OYJC).

 

VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

We will be hosting a virtual awards ceremony on 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. More details to follow.

We ask that all swimmers who received an annual trophy last year please return it to their coach as soon as possible.

We also ask that anyone with photos from either the summer-ending practice at Thames Pool on July 24 or the Oxford Drive-In on July 25 send them to Cara Maar at [email protected]

 

NORTH COUNTRY MEATS FUNDRAISER

With hosted swim meet revenues in jeopardy due to COVID-19 restrictions, fundraising becomes a critical source of revenue for the continued operation of the club. We held two VERY successful meat fundraisers last year, and are planning for a third in November. Reviews have been very positive on the quality of the products delivered to us by North Country Meats.

Saturday November 20 has been confirmed as the date for order pick-up from the Banting High School parking lot. Stay tuned for more details, including product information and order forms, in the coming days. 

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

ALL TIDES 

Our first spiritwear order will arrive next week.  The All Tides on-line store will be open for the 2nd time from Oct 18 - Oct 31, 2021, for LAC families to place orders for bathing suits, backpacks and other LAC spiritwear. All LAC swimmers are required to wear LAC spiritwear in competition. THIS WILL BE THE LAST CHANCE TO ORDER LAC SPIRITWEAR BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

To access the online store, you must create a user account on this webpage:  http://www.aquamteamstore.com/login.aspx

To create an account, you must provide the swimmer’s first and last name.

The Club access code is: LAC

Some of the items include personalization. This means you will get the name of the swimmer embroidered to the article of clothing.

In the box "Personalization" please write down in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS what you want for embroidery (first name, last name, full name or nickname).

Payment via Paypal. Your account will get charged at the time of placing the order.

All the orders will be delivered to the club. Once the orders have arrived, you will be notified by the club via email. There are no exchanges or refunds

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

 

EQUIPMENT

Please remember that any individual swim 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!

We had a great meet Sunday morning!  We had a bunch of enthusiastic people out, coaches, swimmers, and officials, and it seemed like a great success all around!  Thanks again volunteers!  I hope that the enthusiasm continues, that our swimmers achieve the successes that they are striving for, and that you are up close on the deck to witness those moments!

Our next meet is November 6 with some groups having their first meet of the season.  As always we cannot run these without volunteers.  Once again, Donna will be accepting offers from those who would like to help and be allowed in the building and on the deck as an official.   Please get to Donna as soon as possible so that we are not left wondering if will have enough people to run the meet.  Meets after November 6 will go back to using online sign-ups!

All positions require that you are a registered official.  It you do not have an account or do not remember your username or password, email me and I will help to get you set up.  If you are nor registered you cannot participate.

Most official positions require training.  In previous newsletters (still viewable on the LAC website), I discussed the various forms of clinics.  I will be setting up clinics that will start as early as next week.  The timer clinic is called the Introduction to Swimming Officiating clinic and that is available online.  There are a few clinics available online.  I encourage you to take the Intro clinic online.  Online clinics require you to have an official account. 

The most popular course is the Judge of Strokes and Turns (S&T).  We need more of these officials, because they can be both timer and S&T Judge.  It is preferred that you take the intro clinic first and then the S&T clinic but that is not mandatory.  I prefer to teach this (S&T) clinic live in a classroom setting.  Until distancing requirements relax, I can teach 15 people at a time in the large meeting Room at CGAC so I will be scheduling this clinic a number of times until demand dries up.  I still prefer a classroom, but most of the other clinics can be done easily enough via Zoom.  I will probably be using this format too.  Anyway, watch for clinic sign-ups to appear.  We will send out an email once the first ones are scheduled.

We need volunteers other than officials.  One of those is the Set-up and Take-down crew.  These are the people who assemble all of the equipment prior to a meet and put it all away after the meet.  Obviously there is some on the job training involved so the expectation is that you will be available frequently to do this work.  If you are interested, you can email about that too.  

Another job that I consider an official but does not have a clinic and is learned on the job is the Timing System Operator.  We cannot run a meet without the timing system operator.  This is learned on the job with a mentor.  It is much simpler than you might think.  If you can operate a cell phone you can probably do this.  If you are interested in having the best seat in the house and all the stats on a screen in front of you, email me and I can arrange a session with a mentor. 

If you have any officiating questions please contact Mark Lukings, L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at [email protected]