OCTOBER 5, 2021 - NEWSLETTER 4

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

There are no practices on Thanksgiving Monday Oct 11.

There will be no practices at Boys and Girls Club of London on Sat Oct 9 and Sun Oct 10.

Please check the "SCHEDULES" tab on the website for the practice schedule. If you have any questions about our start-up 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 first time trial on Sunday October 17 is for all Senior groups, as well as Age Group Gold and Age Group Silver. 

 

COACHES REPORT

Being On The Team vs Being A Teammate (by Joe Ehrmann)

Being on the team means doing what is asked of you - Being a teammate means doing whatever is necessary for the team to succeed.

Being on the team means you may like each other - Being a teammate means ALWAYS respecting each other.

Being on the team means sharing your space - Being a teammate means giving up your space.

Being on the team means getting energy through emotion - Being a teammate means giving energy through commitment.

Being on the team means competing against each other - Being a teammate means competing with each other. 

Being on the team means sharing an interest - Being a teammate means sharing a mission.

Together Everyone Achieves More 

 

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 spiritwear order has been placed and shipment is anticipated in approximately 4 weeks. There will be another opportunity to order LAC spiritwear in November.   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!

Hello LAC Volunteers!  This week I want to cover our need for volunteers and, for those who would like to be near the action, official training.

Volunteering and Session Credits: Competitive Swimming is a very participatory sport, especially if your club likes to host competitions.  Hosting competitions allows your team to compete in a familiar environment, is more convenient and cost effective for the swim families than away meets and, when hosting invitational meets, is an excellent fund-raiser for the club.

A challenge that all meet-hosting clubs face is that swimming competitions require a lot of help.  In normal times, we need organizers and coordinators, screeners, safety coordinators, people to prepare food and feed the volunteers, maybe people to sell food and other items, people to prepare awards, sometimes parking lot supervision, and lots and lots of officials.

As you can imagine, sometimes our demand for volunteers exceeds our supply.  Every meet-hosting club that I have encountered either requires families help as a condition of membership or has a session credit system to encourage people to either help or to give back their share of the proceeds from the meets.  LAC has a session credit system.  If you read your swimmer’s registration package you will be aware of it already.   Due to the unusual circumstances of the last 19+ months we have not been using session credits for the few racing opportunities that we have had.  People have been happy to help so that they can participate in their swimmer’s sport and to be able to see their swimmer compete up close.  I would love to see this continue and never need to see session credits again!  All it takes is the right attitude!

For the foreseeable future we will be using far fewer volunteers per session than in normal times, but soon we are hoping to run events with 10 or more sessions in a weekend.  If required, we may need to re-implement session credits in some fashion.  We will be keeping track of who is helping at the early meets and, if session credits are restarted, sessions already worked this season will be counted toward each family’s requirement.  Please see LAC policies and your enrollment information for more details on session credits.  Do not be concerned, you might like it more than you expect.  I started under duress, am still volunteering, and have not had a swimmer with LAC for my last 7 seasons.  We have others who have been around much longer than that.  Session credits mean nothing to us!

Official Training: Since last week’s newsletter, I have had a steady stream of people asking for a Swim Canada Official account, officials registering, and people asking about Official’s Training.  Thank you for your enthusiasm!  I apologize to those who I have not responded too.  I was away for the weekend, and my job is VERY busy right now, but I will get back.

Official Training can come in several forms: LAC live classroom training, LAC live online (Zoom), regional online training, Swim Ontario online training, and a few Swimming Canada courses are available in a self-study web-based format.  I intend to host both online and live classroom training and I will do my best to keep you informed of the Regional and Provincial online opportunities.  The positions that we need the most of are Timers and Judges of Strokes and Turns.  I am quite comfortable with people taking the Introduction to Swimming Officiating and Safety Marshal clinics (Timer Clinics) online even though you will miss some of the LAC-specific information that I usually insert in live clinics.  Given the short timeline and urgent need to start replenishing our Supply of Officials I am going to encourage people to take the available clinics online.  The clinic for Judge of Strokes and Turns is NOT available online and I think this is the most important one to do live in a classroom.  We are working on the rules for doing that and I will be back to you with more details soon.  Hopefully I can count on existing S&T officials to fill the roles for the October 17 Meets.  Note that any live in-person clinics will require all participants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Online Clinics:  To take the online clinics you need to have a Swim Canada Officials account.  One for EVERY official.  If you do not have an account, intend to work as an official, and want to start the training, please email me and I, or more likely Rose, my co-COC, will create one for you.  Once you have an account you can sign on to the Swim Canada online clinic site and take the available clinics.  If you are new, then I recommend the Introduction to Swimming clinic and the Safety Marshal clinic to start.

Here is the Link to the online clinics: Officials – Swimming Canada You log in using the same username and password as for your Official’s Account.   

And that is enough for this week.  Next week I will have even more on Official Training and on being and official.  Over the next few weeks, I will cover the LAC- specific information that is not found in the National Introduction Clinic.           

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