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Indiana Swimming News: 12.24.2020

  • Deadline: All 2021 Athlete & Non-Athlete Registrations are due by 12.31.2020
  • Three Words of Encouragement for this Holiday Season
  • Great Resources for Parents & Coaches
  • 9 ISI Clubs receive USA Swimming Club Excellence Recognition
  • Indiana Swimming College Swimming Recruit Signings
  • Winter Virtual Distance/IM Challenge
Three Words of Encouragement
For You This Holiday Season
To Thrive in 2021, You Need to Have:
1. A Backbone 
Everyone I know who was able to remain steady and strong in 2020 demonstrated courage at school, at home and in their community. There was so much uncertainty, people had to decide where they stood on issues like wearing a mask, helping others — not just ourselves — and carrying on with our jobs. This year, it wasn’t easy. We need to model hope and grit for the next generation as we enter a new year. So, relax for the holidays, but cultivate a strong backbone on what you stand for and what kind of example you’ll set for students.
2. A Wishbone
You’ll need to clarify some new aspirations in the upcoming year. What do you wish for in 2021? What did you fail to accomplish this year that you’ll want to be determined to achieve in the next 12 months? Certainly, wishing is not enough, but it’s a start. Some people completely lost hope this year of finding a job they’d like or of seeing a loved one recover from an infection. Wishing can turn into dreaming, which can turn into planning, which can turn into reaching a goal. Purpose gives us both energy and meaning. Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.
3. A Funny Bone
I think conflict and challenges can be faced easier when we are able to laugh at ourselves. Friction is lubricated by possessing a sense of humor; call it a “funny bone.” There is a proverb that says, “Laughter doeth good like medicine.” When I’m scared, I make decisions from emotion rather than facts or hope. When I’m able to laugh at a tough situation, it enables my brain to retain its reasoning skills and make better decisions. Don’t stop laughing at yourself and at humorous moments that occur over the holidays. After all, a smiling face is always more attractive than a frowning one.
Make no bones about it, we need to have courage, we need to hope and we need to laugh. Why not start now this holiday season and begin a habit in 2021?
Great Resources for Parents & Coaches
Growing Champions For Life - Learn More
Since 2013 USA Swimming has partnered with David Benzel and Growing Champions for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the youth sport experience, to provide resources and guidance to help parents support their swimmers.
Growing Champions for Life Growing Champions for Life nurtures the bond between parents and their children by providing them with positive and practical strategies for playing their role as sport parent effectively through the gift of unconditional love and the pursuit of personal excellence. Each month a new inspirational video, educational webinar, informative newsletter, interview and article are posted to support families on their journey through youth sports.
Positive Coaching Alliance- Learn More
Online Courses: PCA offers six online courses - all expert-developed and designed to help coaches, parents, athletes and officials ensure that winning happens both on and off the field in youth sports. Whether you simply want to improve your youth sports experience, or whether your school/organization has directed you to these courses, they will benefit you and the youth you serve!
Indiana Swimming College Swimming Recruit Signings
(Entering as Freshman Fall 2021)
College Recruit Signings: Coaches/Parent's/Swimmers: please send the names of your athletes who will be swimming in college next year to post on the Indiana Swimming website [email protected]
9 Indiana Swimming Clubs Awarded Club Excellence Recognition
Congratulations to Carmel Swim Club (Gold Medal Club), Fishers Area Swimming Tigers (Silver Medal Club), Fort Wayne Swim Team (Silver Medal Club), Irish Aquatics (Bronze Medal Club), Zionsville Swim Club (Bronze Medal Club), Munster Swim Club (Bronze Medal Club), Summit City Aquatics, (Bronze Medal Club), Northridge Area Swim Association (Bronze Medal Club), Franklin Regional Swim Team (Bronze Medal Club)
*Carmel Swim Club was one of Nine Clubs in USA Swimming who were recognized as a Podium Club for 2021 for achieving a Gold Medal ranking for four consecutive years.
The program provides grant funding and recognizes the club development system as integral to achieving excellence in the sport.  For more a complete list of teams and more information about the Club Excellence program CLICK HERE
Virtual IM/Distance Challenge
Indiana Swimming wants to identify the state's top swimmers in long events, build the pipeline to national qualifiers & create "Pride" in IM & Distance Swimming!
How It Works: From: December 11th 2020 through January 10 th  2021 any swimmer who swims in a sanctioned or unsanctioned setting may send in their 1000 & 1650 and 400 IM times to be ranked in the Virtual IM/Distance Challenge. Want to Learn More? Click Here  Virtual IM Distance Information Page  
   Questions: Please refer all questions to Tony Young [email protected]