I saw that quote this past winter and thought it fit well with this week’s practices. Today we begin a week of butterfly practices. Today we will be working on the kick and add to that each day. There are isolated showers, which may or may not include thunder, forecast for the afternoon/evening. With this kind of widely scattered forecast we can not make a “call” as to holding practice or not until just before the 5:00 starting time. We want to hold practice if possible, however, if the weather is bad we will cancel it. Certainly the presence of thunder and lightening would force us to cancel practice. We have found that while swimming in the rain can be fun for kids, trying to instruct them during a rain shower is difficult. Please do not hesitate to call the pool office if the weather is questionable.
Last night our swimming league (Suburban Inter Club Swimming Association – SICSA) held its annual Spring meeting (a meeting is also held on the day of swim finals prelims, and in the Fall – BOH hosts the Fall meeting). The meeting was at Pine Lake Country Club as they are hosting the Finals this year. I wanted to share a couple of things from that meeting.
The theme for the 2012 Championships is
“SWIMMIN’ IN THE D”
All participants should plan to purchase a T-shirt to wear during the opening day ceremonies. While we can not order them yet, the deadline is July 11. Even though we will not know which swimmers will actually be swimming in The Finals, it will be a nice T-shirt for all swim team members to purchase. The T-shirts will only be available on a pre order basis.
July 11 will also be the deadline to submit Happy Ads for the Heat Sheets or Ads for the Program. You will receive more information regarding these in the next couple of weeks. Purchasing any of these ads is not a requirement.
July 11 is that last day that we can add swimmer names to be included in the Program. If a name is not in the program it does not mean that a swimmer can not swim in the meet; it just means that mom and dad will not necessarily keep a copy of the Program as a keepsake.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, there was discussion about the way many of the swimmers, from all six clubs, dressed at the party following The Finals last summer. Expectations are that dress will be what adults know as county club casual. If there was one specific area that was discussed it was the length of some girls’ skirts/dresses. Please keep this in mind as decisions are made regarding “finals outfits,” which many of us know may have already begun.
78 days from today PLCC will be hosting the 2012 SICSA Swimming Championships. Everyday between now and then is important and provides an opportunity for improvement. Quite simply:
THE MORE PRACTICES YOU ATTEND THE BETTER YOU WILL SWIM ON AUGUST 3 AND 4!
We have practices six days a week. Weekdays are held between 5:00 and 6:30 pm and Saturday is between 9:00 am an Noon. For more details, on the times and our Swim School please look at the Parent Manual and 2012 Calendar. Both can be found on our web site:
First, I want credit for this weather! I can not remember a year that our pool and weather have paralleled such perfect tracks during our early season practices. Perfect is an understatement. Water is mid 80’s and outside temperature is mid 80’s.
I learned, long ago, that this is, by far, the busiest time of year for families with school age children. End of the year school projects, performances, and exams; Spring and Summer sports practices, and the lure of beautiful outdoor activities are only a portion of events vying for our limited time. Add to that BOH’s swim coaches holding six practices a week and you are officially allowed to be (almost) exhausted.
If you have not heard how we are doing our pre season practices let me explain our new approach: Our first four weeks is called Swim School. Each week we will be working on a different stroke. This week is freestyle, then butterfly, backstroke and we end up with breaststroke. We are working on technique almost exclusively. Other than a brief warm up we have nothing longer than a 25 meter swim. We want to get a great foundation of proper stroke technique early in the season. Maximum attendance will ensure maximum results/improvements.
The journey begins today. The journey which will have many stops, lots of great experiences, and promises to be one of the most exciting adventures of your life. 81 days from today we will be Pine Lake Country Club for the Prelims of the SICSA Swimming Championships. 83 days from today we will reflect back at the 2012 swimming season and begin to look ahead to the 2013 swim season – hosted by the BOH Bullfrogs. What memories will you make for yourself in the next 2 and 1/2 months? Few things in life are certain, however, this is as certain as it gets:
Your memories, from 2012, will not be all they can be without having GREAT swims at The Finals. You do not have to break a record, you do not have to take a first place, you do not have to return to swim the second day, you do not even have to beat everyone from your own team – what you do have to do is to swim as well as you can, which for most of you will be a personal best time(s).
Begin thinking about that right now and do not let it escape your thoughts between now and August 3.
WITHIN YOU LIES THE POWER TO SEIZE THE HOUR AND REALIZE YOUR DREAMS.