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Lindsay Lightningbolts Club Manual

 

Message from the President

 

Swim Programs

 

Club Fees: Gold 

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 Club Activities and                                            Scholarship Fund

 

Association Profile

 

Swim Meets

 

        Club Fees: Junior & Senior Silver

 

Fundraising

 

Board Members

 

Swimmer Essentials

 

Club Fees: Junior & Senior Bronze

 

Discipline Policy & Procedure

 

Club Communication

 

FAQ: Swim Meets

 

Club Fees: Red Fish Blue Fish

 

Your Role as a Parent

 

Joining Policy

 

   

Glossary of  Swimming Terms & 

Club By-Laws &

SO Code of Conduct & Ethics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

On behalf of the LLSC Executive, I would like to welcome your swimmer to the Lindsay Lightningbolts!

We are very excited about our upcoming season. Paula Fisher will be stepping up to the head coaching position and is assembling a team of enthusiastic assistant coaches.  We are confident that your child will learn a lot, and have a great time doing it.

The Lindsay Lightningbolts Swim Club is run by a group of dedicated volunteer parents.  These parents work on your behalf for the benefit of all swimmers.  The executive runs the business of the club, as well as swim meets, fundraising events, social events and many other activities that help promote LLSC.  We would like all parents to become involved, whether the job is big or small, to help our swimmers.   Many hands make Lightningbolts work!!

If you have any questions about club activities, please don’t hesitate to call me or any executive member or coach.  We all look forward to making this a successful and enjoyable year for everyone.

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Lindsay Lightningbolts Swim Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSOCIATION PROFILE

Swimming/Nation Canada (SNC)

§  The governing body of competitive swimming in Canada

§  Represents over 50,000 competitive swimmers and 350 swim clubs

§  An organization of 10 provincial sections

Swim Ontario

§  The governing body of competitive swimming in Ontario

§  Represents over 10,000 competitive swimmers and 140 clubs

§  An organization divided into 6 regions with 3 Divisions

Our region is called "Huronia"

Lindsay Lightningbolts Swim Club (LLSC)

§  Lindsay’s competitive swim club for over 30 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS

 

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President
 

 

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Registrar/Treasurer
 

 

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Secretary
 

 

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Officials Chairs
 

 

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Meet Manager

 

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Head Coach:

Paula Fisher

 

Assistant Coaches:

Heidi Fisher

Dakoda Carley

Maggie Burns

Adam Golden

Emma Ramsay

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB COMMUNICATION

LLSC Contact Information:
Mailing address:  PO Box 34, Lindsay, Ontario  K9V 4R8


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COMMUNICATIONS
The majority of communication of events, changes in practice scheduling, meet notification and other information is relayed via email. Members are encouraged to check their email on a daily basis as there are many important messages which may need to be responded to in a timely manner. Email addresses are taken at the time of registration and will be compiled to make an updated group email listing. Should your email address change, please notify the Registrar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that it can be updated as soon as possible.

Email Updates:   Information about club events will be distributed via email.  Please be sure that the registrar has your current email address and please check your email regularly.

Board Meetings:  Any member is welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings.  Please contact the president if you would like to know when the next Board meeting is being held.

Speak with a coach:  Come to the pool prior to or following a practice and discuss your child’s progress with their coach

Speak with a Board member:  Executive members are listed above.  If you have any comments, praise or suggestions, please talk to a board member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOINING POLICY

If you join between:

% to be paid

Fundraising commitment

 

 

 

October to November 30

100%

2 Raffles

Swimathon OR Tag Day

 

 

 

December 1 – January 31

80%

1 Raffle

Swimathon OR Tag Day

 

 

 

February 1 – March 31

60%

1 Raffle

Swimathon OR Tag Day

 

 

 

April 1 – End of Season

40%

1 Raffle

 

 

TERMINATING POLICY

  • LLSC requires that any swimmer resigning membership from the club must provide written notice to the club executive before any refunds are issued, or release given to the swimmer.

  • All Swim Ontario fees are included with the first cheque and are not refundable in whole or in part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWIM PROGRAMS

GOLD           
Monday, Wednesday & Friday    4:00–6:00 p.m.   

Tuesday and Thursday    4:00-6:00 p.m.      

Saturday  6:30-8:00 a.m.              

TRAINING TO TRAIN STAGE

  • 6 days a week

  • Continued emphasis on stroke technique and mechanics

  • NEW - dryland training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-4:30 p.m.

  • Work-outs designed to develop energy systems, aerobic, anaerobic and strength

  • Develops mental preparation

  • Swim from late September to early June

  • Suggested age is 11 and up (at the discretion of the Coaching staff)

  • Would be eligible to go to all invitational meets, Huronia regional meets, Club meets, and Championship meets providing swimmer qualifies

  • Additional dry land training may be developed as deemed by coaching staff

 

JUNIOR SILVER

Monday (or Saturday), Wednesday and Friday    4:30–6:00 p.m.

SENIOR SILVER

Monday, Wednesday and Friday  4:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday 6:30-8:00 a.m.

LEARNING TO TRAIN STAGE

  • 3 days a week, Mon(or Sat)/Wed/Fri. for Silver Junior and 4 days a week, Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat. for Silver Senior

  • Major skill learning/development stage. Emphasis will be on basic stroke technique and mechanics of all four competitive strokes

  • Swimmers do work-outs as they “learn to train”

  • Swim from late September to early June

  • Suggested age is 8 to 11 (at the discretion of the Coaching staff)

  • Would be eligible to compete at Invitational meets, Huronia regional developmental meets, and Team Championships (providing swimmer qualifies).     

 

JUNIOR BRONZE

Tuesday and Thursday    4:30–5:15 p.m.    or    5:15–6:00 p.m.

SENIOR BRONZE

Tuesday and Thursday   4:30-6:00 p.m.

‘FUN’ DAMENTALS STAGE

  • 2 days a week, Tues and Thurs.

  • Swim from September to the middle of June

  • Emphasis on participation and fun

  • Swimmers will learn, through drills, front crawl, back crawl and be introduced to whip kick and dolphin kick

  • Suggested age is 6-12 (at the discretion of the Coaching staff)

  • Would take part in team mini meets and developmental meets

 

NOVICE (Red Fish Blue Fish)

Monday    4:30–5:15  or  5:15–6:00

  • Suggested age is 5 – 7 years old

  • Comfortable in the large pool

  • Registered as non-competitive

  • Fun activities and drills are used to help prepare for entry into club Bronze program

 

 

 

 

 

SWIM MEETS

LLSC is part of Huronia Region which is comprised of nine other clubs including Muskoka, Trent, Collingwood, Barrie, Orillia, Base Borden, Owen Sound, Port Elgin and Orangeville. 

Throughout the season we compete against all of these clubs, as well as others from around the province.  If your child participates in a meet, you will receive notification from the coach as to the date, time, place, cost, travel and any other relevant information.  Swim meets offer your swimmer an opportunity to test the skills they have learned and the training they have done over the season.  Attention is paid to personal successes, and swimmers are encouraged to strive for a personal best each time they swim.  This does not always mean a faster time, as speed is not the only component to swimming.

Home Meets:  In-club mini meets provide an excellent opportunity for swimmers to swim competitively in a supportive and low pressure environment, as well as an opportunity for them to evaluate their skills without having to travel.  LLSC depends on the participation of ALL swimming parents in order to run successful in club mini meets. These meets take place during regular swim practice times.

Officiating:  Officials at all swim meets are volunteers (parents or other interested adults).  It takes approximately 30 or more volunteers to run a swim meet.  As part of Huronia Region, we host a regional ‘developmental’ meet, with 2 other clubs attending. In order to host a successful meet, it is necessary that parents assist in some manner.  You will be contacted prior to the meet to see which job suits you the best!  While many host clubs ask invited clubs to bring officials, it is important to try to involve the majority of the home team parents.  If you can read a watch, then you can officiate! 

Meet Expenses and Bills:  Expenses may include entry fees for meets, accommodations, food, and transportation.  Deadlines for entries will be posted in advance, and your coach will decide with your swimmer which events to enter.  Swimmers who sign up for a meet but do not attend will lose their portion of the entry fees, as these are paid in advance by the Club and are non-refundable. 

Transportation:  Parents will drive their own children to swim meets.  Car pooling is also a possibility.  If you require a ride for your swimmer, or are willing to take another swimmer with you, please let your coach know.

Regional Meets:  These meets require a qualifying time, and your coach will let the swimmer know if they have qualified for the meet.  We attend Huronia Short Course Regional Championships (February) and Huronia Long Course Championships (June).  These meets have a qualifying standard, and you will know ahead of time if your swimmer will be attending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWIMMER ESSENTIALS

Practices:
In order to improve, swimmers must practice.  That’s why attending practices on a regular basis, giving your best effort and being on time is extremely important. 

Practices will consist of warming up, swimming sets and drills, as well as dry land exercises as set out by coaches.  Warm up is low intensity swimming designed to warm up and loosen the muscles gradually as well as increase the heart and respiration rates slowly.  Following the warm up, the main set or focus of the practice is started.  If a swimmer is late they miss all or part of the warm up and do not get the full benefit of that practice.  Stretching is also important to enhance performance and prevent injuries.  We encourage all swimmers to do stretching at home.  Don’t forget to bring water to each practice as well.

Equipment:
Daily practices require equipment – practice suit, goggles, water bottle and towel are essential.  Practice suits are usually loose fitting and made of long lasting material, such as polyester.  Take care of your suit.  Do not leave it rolled up, as chlorine reduces the life of both polyester and lycra (racing) suits.  Rinse your suit in cold water after each use and hang to dry.

Goggles are worn to enhance vision and protect the swimmer’s eyes from chlorine.  Better vision improves the safety of all swimmers.  There are a variety of goggles on the market but the swimmer should choose ones that are comfortable – make sure to try them on first and ensure that there is suction.

When representing the club at any swim meet, it is mandatory that each swimmer have a team swim suit, team cap and team t-shirt.  Put your name on your equipment!

During registration, swim suits and t-shirts will be ordered and they are included in the registration cost.  Additional items such as hoodies and toques may also be available for purchase.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ: SWIM MEETS

As a new parent to swimming, many of us are in the dark about meets before we get to the first one.  Hopefully this will answer some or all of your questions – if you still need information, please speak to your coach or an executive member.       

What is a swim meet? 
A meet is a swimming competition.  It is hosted by a swim club, usually at their home pool. 

What determines what meet my child goes to? 
Developmental meets are meets usually attended by younger swimmers, who have not yet achieved a competitive time standard, although these meets are open to everyone. At this entry level, it is more important that your child be taught stroke efficiency and not be taught to swim fast without regard to stroke technique.  Invitational meets are open to competitive swimmers, sometimes they have time standards which must be met.  Regional and provincial meets always have time standards (often C times or above) which must be met. Your coach determines what meets your child will go to and what races they will swim, always basing their decisions on the child’s best swimming interests.

How do we enter? 
Your coach will email information about upcoming swim meets and will set a deadline for the submission of entry fees.  Fees can be paid by cash or cheque (payable to LLSC).  There are no exceptions to entry deadlines – if the entry fee is not in, your swimmer will not be able to attend the meet.

How is their time/heat determined?
The first time swimmer is not ranked in their first event or meet.  They will be listed in the meet program (heat sheets) as NT, which means No Time.  They will be competing against swimmers who also have not competed before in that event and also do not have a time. Once they have finished the race with no disqualification, they will be ranked in subsequent events with swimmers with similar times.

Where do we go for meets? 
We are part of Huronia region, which includes  Trent, MUSAC (Bracebridge), Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood, Base Borden, Port Elgin and Owen Sound. We attend meets in the eastern portion of Huronia, usually in Peterborough and Barrie.  There are times that we will also attend meets in a close geographical area which is not Huronia, such as Courtice and Pickering.

How much does it cost? 
For developmental meets, there is usually a flat entry fee of $15 per meet, and the swimmer will swim in 2-4 races, including relays.  For competitive meets, fees are charged per race, (~$8 per entry) and swimmers will compete in up to 4 races per day, determined by their coach.  There are some ‘hidden’ costs – often host clubs sell suits, t-shirts, apparel and other keepsakes to help fundraise, as well as having a canteen, 50-50 draws and raffles.  Often, parents will make a food stop on the way home – if your swimmer is getting a ride with someone else, it’s always a good idea to send a few dollars for the way home.

What happens if we sign up and we don’t go? 
Sometimes swimmers are ill on the day of a meet - we ask that you call your coach or another team member so that the meet organizers are aware that your child will not be attending.  Unfortunately, as we pay fees for swimmers well ahead of time, fees are not refundable for missed meets.

What do we take? 
For all meets, team wear is mandatory!  Cap, suit and t-shirt are required, we want to be noticed on the deck and in the pool, then no one will have to ask “Who is that fantastic swimmer?” 

For a one day meet, take your team t-shirt, team suit, cap and goggles; 2 water bottles, healthy snacks and/or a lunch (food is available to buy at meets, but it’s best to stick with familiar foods on racing day!), 2 towels, clothing to wear on deck (team T shirt, and hoodies).  For overnight meets, everything is the same, but swimmers will also need a change of clothing, overnight supplies, and of course, homework!

What happens when we get there
When you arrive at the pool, swimmers will proceed to the change room and meet their coach and team on deck.  Heat sheets (meet programs) are available for purchasing in the lobby or canteen area – they are usually $2-10. This is the program that lists all the races, the swimmers name, club and seed time.  Parents proceed to the viewing area, or to the officials room if they are volunteering to time.  Swimmers are expected to remain on deck to be ready for their events or to cheer on their teammates.  Swimmers cannot leave the deck without the knowledge and consent of the coach.  Sometimes when there are long periods of time when your child is waiting for a race, coaches will allow swimmers to sit with parents in the viewing area as long as they know where they are. 

How long does it take? 
Developmental meets are usually kept to under 4 hours - this is determined by the Swim Ontario Long Term Athlete Development
Strategy.  All races at devo meets are timed finals, that is, there are no preliminary races to determine the ‘winner’.  Invitational meets, and other types of meets have a morning session, an afternoon session, and depending on the type of meet, evening sessions with finals (only 13 years and over).

Do we have to attend meets? 
Swimmers are strongly encouraged to take part in every meet that is offered to them.  This is an important facet of becoming a good competitive swimmer -  practicing your racing skills and technique in a meet situation. 

How do we know who wins
Meets are not a place where you win or lose – swimmers are always swimming against the clock and themselves, and are always aiming for their best time, or their best technical race.  If you swim your best, you win!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s coach, an ‘experienced’ parent or an executive member.

Have a great season!
LLSC Executive

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB FEES GOLD

Gold:         $1950

October 2 - June 7
6 days per week (Mon/Wed/Fri from 4:00-6:00 pm; Tues/Thurs from 4:00-6:00 pm; and Sat from 6:30-8:00 a.m.)

Includes Swim Ontario fees, swimsuit, 2 silicone swim caps, t-shirt, and team photo.  Fees can be paid in full at time of registration, or post-dated cheques can be submitted at registration according to the following payment schedule:        

Registration Day          $250.00      

Oct 15/17                       $300.00      

Nov 15/17                      $300.00 

Dec 15/17                      $300.00  

Jan 15/18                      $300.00      

 Feb 15/18                     $300.00

 Mar 15/18                     $200.00

Two Raffles Fundraising Commitment (Cheques are to be submitted at Registration):

             Sept 15/17                        $100.00

              Apr 15/18                         $100.00

Raffle money may be recouped by selling 20 tickets for each raffle.

Subsidies are available through the JUMP START program.

To arrange an alternative payment schedule or to apply for additional bursary, please contact:

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CLUB FEES JUNIOR SILVER

Junior Silver:          $1200

October 2 - June 6
3 days per week (Mon or Sat, Wed & Fri) from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Fees include swimsuit, 2 silicone swim caps, t-shirt, and team photo. Fees can be paid in full at time of registration, or post-dated cheques can be submitted according to the following schedule:

Registration Day         $200.00      

Oct 15/17                     $300.00      

Nov 15/17                    $200.00 

Dec 15/17                    $200.00  

Jan 15/18                    $200.00     

Feb 15/18                    $100.00 

 Two Raffles Fundraising Commitment (Cheques are to be submitted at Registration):

           Sept 15/17                   $100.00

           Apr 15/18                    $100.00

Raffle money may be recouped by selling 20 tickets for each raffle.

Subsidies are available through the JUMP START program.

To arrange an alternative payment schedule or to apply for additional bursary, please contact:

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CLUB FEES SENIOR SILVER

Senior Silver:          $1350

October 2 - June 6
 4 days per week: Mon/Wed/Fri from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Sat from 6:30-8:00 a.m.


Fees include swimsuit, 2 silicone swim caps, t-shirt and team photo.  Fees can be paid in full at time of registration, or post-dated cheques can be submitted according to the following schedule:

Registration Day          $250.00      

Oct 15/17                      $300.00      

Nov 15/17                     $200.00 

Dec 15/17                     $200.00  

Jan 15/18                     $200.00 

Feb 15/18                      $200.00  

Two Raffles Fundraising Commitment (Cheques are required at Registration):

Sept 15/17                    $100.00

 Apr 15/18                     $100.00

Raffle money can be recouped by selling 20 tickets for each raffle.

Subsidies are available through the JUMP START program.

To arrange an alternative payment schedule or to apply for additional bursary, please contact:

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CLUB FEES JUNIOR BRONZE

Junior Bronze:          $795

October 3 - June 7
 2 days per week (Tues & Thurs) from 4:30-5:15 or 5:15-6:00 p.m.


Fees include swimsuit, swim cap, t-shirt and team photo.   Fees can be paid in full at time of registration, or post-dated cheques can be submitted according to the following schedule:

Registration Day           $200.00      

Oct 15/17                       $200.00      

Nov 15/17                      $200.00 

Dec 15/17                      $100.00  

 Jan 15/18                       $95.00

Two Raffles Fundraising Commitment (Cheques are to be submitted at Registration):

             Sept 15/17                    $100.00

             Apr 15/18                      $100.00

Raffle money may be recouped by selling 20 tickets for each raffle. 

Subsidies are available through the JUMP START program.

To arrange an alternative payment schedule or to apply for additional bursary, please contact:

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CLUB FEES SENIOR BRONZE 

Senior Bronze:          $985

October 3 - June 7
 2 days per week (Tues & Thurs) from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Fees include swimsuit, swim cap, t-shirt, and team photo.  Fees can be paid in full at time of registration, or post-dated cheques can be submitted according to the following schedule:

Registration Day           $200.00      

Oct 15/17                        $200.00      

Nov 15/17                      $200.00 

Dec 15/17                       $200.00  

 Jan 15/18                       $185.00

Two Raffles Fundraising Commitment (Cheques are to be submitted at Registration):

              Sept 15/17                     $100.00

               Apr 15/18                     $100.00

Raffle money may be recouped by selling 20 tickets for each raffle.  

Subsidies are available through the JUMP START program.

To arrange an alternative payment schedule or to apply for additional bursary, please contact:

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CLUB FEES: RED FISH BLUE FISH

The successful "Novice" program was introduced in 2010, for swimmers aged 5-7 years old. 

Mondays at either 4:30-5:15 or 5:15-6:00

October 2 - June 4    $415

Fees can be paid in full at the time of registration, or post-dated cheques can be submitted according to the following schedule:

                  Registration Day   $150

                  Dec 15/17               $150

                  Mar 15/18               $115

The fees associated with this program include a club t-shirt.       

Each time slot is capped at 8 swimmers.         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR ROLE AS A PARENT

Competitive swimming programs provide many benefits to young athletes.  They develop self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and time management skills.  Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to deal with defeat, while becoming healthy and physically fit.

As a swim parent, your major responsibility is to provide a stable and supportive environment.  This positive environment will encourage your child to continue.  Show your interest by making sure your child attends practice and meets regularly.

Parents are not participants on their child’s team, but instead contribute to their success.  Parents serve as role models and their children often emulate their attitudes.  Be aware of this and strive to be positive models.  Most importantly, show good sportsmanship at all times toward coaches, officials, opponents and teammates.

Be enthusiastic and supportive.  Remember that your child is the swimmer.  Children need to establish their own goals, and make their own progress towards them.  Be careful not to impose your own standards and goals.

Do not overburden your child with winning.  The most important part of children’s swimming experience is that they learn about themselves while enjoying the sport.  This healthy environment encourages learning and fun, which will develop a positive self-image within each child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB ACTIVITIES

LLSC has a number of activities from which both swimmers and parents will benefit: 

  • Swimmers will enjoy attending practices, in-club mini meets, away meets, team building activities – there are plenty of opportunities for fun, fitness and friendship for all swimmers.
  • A Halloween costume party will take place at Bowlaway Lanes near the end of October.  Swimmers will eat pizza and then bowl ($10 per person).  The first raffle draw will take place at this event.
  • At the Christmas party, swimmers enjoy a fun swim, followed by a candy exchange and supper!
  • As well, we hold an annual family picnic and awards night at the end of the year where swimmers and coaches are recognized for their hard work all season.  The second raffle draw will take place at this event.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUND

A scholarship fund in the amount of $500 is available for swimmers who are leaving the club to attend post-secondary education.  The eligibility criteria for those interested in applying for funding is as follows:

1. The swimmer must be in good standing with the club and attend practice regularly.

2. The swimmer must be in good standing at school.

3. The swimmer must submit a 600 word essay on the topic of "What swimming has done for me."

Due Date: May 15th

The LLSC Executive will review the essays.  The announcement of the scholarship winner will be made at the Year-End Party and the awarding of the scholarship will be made when the swimnmner has enrolled at a post-secondary institution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUNDRAISING

Like most non-profit organizations, revenues from registration fees only cover about 50% of our annual expenditures.  Fundraising is essential to our club to carry on our operations.  In order to generate revenue from other sources, our club requires the swimmers’ participation in the following activities:

2 Raffles:  Each swimmer will be asked to sell raffle tickets to help raise money.  The first set of raffle tickets will be available at registration and will be for a grocery draw.  The second set of raffle tickets will be in the spring and will be a draw for electronic devices.

At registration, families will be asked to choose one of the following two options:

1) Swimathon:  Our annual Swimathon is a provincial fundraiser for all swim clubs in the province, taking place each spring.  This is an important event for our club!   Swimmers collect pledges for the amount of laps that they swim during the 1½  hour time period, up to a maximum of 200 laps. 

OR

2) Tag Day

Please note: families that opt for the Tag Day, but who do not participate, will be asked to write a fundraising cheque for $50.

 

Sponsorship:  We are seeking sponsorship from community businesses and clubs.  The logos of our sponsors will be displayed on our web site and on our meet program for hosted meets.  The size of the logo will depend on the sponsorship level ($150, $250 or $500).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY & PROCEDURE

During practice the coach will enforce the 3-strike rule;

If a swimmer is disruptive during practice they will be dealt with in the following manner:

1st Time  - the swimmer will receive a verbal warning.

2nd Time  - the swimmer will be reminded with another verbal warning.

3rd Time  - the swimmer will be required to sit on the deck for the remainder of the practice.

In the event the coach experiences a discipline problem with a swimmer the following procedure will apply:

1.            If a discipline issue arises the club executive will be kept advised of all matters.

2.            Coaches will deal with situation by advising head coach

3.            President, Head Coach and swimmer’s coach will meet to discuss the concern with the swimmer and the parent(s).

4.            If necessary, the President will form a committee of executive members to hear from the coaches, swimmers and parents and to make a recommendation back to the club executive.

5.            The decision of the club executive will be final.

If parents are concerned about disciplinary or other issues:

1.            Talk to the coach to resolve the issue.

2.            If necessary, inform the president and if the situation warrants, the president will form a committee to review the concerns and make recommendations back to the executive.

3.            The decision of the club executive will be final.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOSSARY OF SWIMMING TERMS

Age Group Swimming:The program through which SNC (Swim Canada) provides fair and open competition for its younger members. It is designed to encourage maximum participation, provide an educational experience, enhance physical and mental conditioning, and develop a rich base of swimming talent. Nationally recognized age groups are 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and senior. Local meets may also include events for 10 and under swimmers.

A/B/C/D/E Times:  These are competitive time standards for age group swimmers.  An E time is the first level of competitive provincial time standards.  These time standards can be found on the Swim Ontario website.

Blocks:The starting platform.

Bulkhead: A wall constructed to divide a pool into different courses, such as a 50-metre pool into two 25-metre pools.

Coach: A person who trains and teaches athletes in the sport of swimming.

Code of Conduct: An agreement outlining behavioural guidelines, signed by a swimmer and his/her parent/guardian as part of membership in the swim club.

Cut: Slang for qualifying time. A time standard necessary to attend a particular meet or event.

DQ:Disqualified. This occurs when a swimmer has committed an infraction of some kind (e.g. freestyle kick in butterfly). A disqualified swimmer is not eligible to receive awards, nor can the time be used as an official time.

Dryland Training:Training done out of the water that aids and enhances swimming performance; usually includes stretching, calisthenics and/or weight training.

Entry Form:Form used by the coach to enter swimmers in a competition.

False Start:Occurs when a swimmer is moving at the start.

Final:The championship heat of an event in which the top six or eight swimmers from the preliminaries compete, depending on the number of lanes in the pool.

Finish:The final phase of the race – the touch at the end of the race.

Flags:Backstroke flags placed 5 metres from the end of the pool. They enable backstrokers to execute a backstroke turn more efficiently by counting their strokes to the wall.

Freestyle:Also known as the Front Crawl.

Goal:A specific time achievement a swimmer sets and strives for; can be short or long term.

Gutter:The area along the edge of the pool in which water overflows during a race and is recirculated through the filtration system.

Heat Sheets: These are the programs which outline all events, swimmers and their times for the meet.

I.M.:Slang for individual medley, an event in which the swimmer uses all four strokes in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.

Lap Counter: A set of plastic display numbers used to keep track of laps during a distance race. The person who counts for the swimmer is stationed at the opposite end from the start.

Long Course:A 50-metre pool in length.

Long Distance:Any freestyle event over 1500 metres, normally conducted in a natural body of water, such as a lake, river or ocean.  Also called open water swimming.

Marshalling:  Where swimmers are organized and lined up before their race.

Meet:Competition designed to be a learning experience. By implementing what has been learned in practice, the swimmers test themselves against the clock to see how they are improving.

Middle Distance:Term used to refer to events of 200 metres to 400 metres in length.

Negative Split: Swimming the second half of the race faster than the first half.

Official:A judge on the deck of the pool at a sanctioned competition who enforces SNC rules.

Pace Clock:Large clock with a large second hand and a smaller minute hand, used to check pace or maintain intervals in practice (may also be digital).

Prelims:Slang for preliminaries, also called Heats or Trials – those races in which swimmers qualify for the championship and consolation finals in an event.

Q-Time: Qualifying time necessary to compete in a particular event and/or competition.

Relay:An event in which 4 swimmers compete together as a team to achieve one time.

Scratch:To withdraw from an event in a competition.

Short Course:A pool 25 metres in length. SNC/Swim Ontario conducts most winter competition in short course pools.

Split:A swimmer’s intermediate time in a race. Splits are registered every 50 metres and are used to determine if a swimmer is on record pace. Under certain conditions, initial splits may also be used as official times.

Sprint:Describes the shorter events (50 and 100m). In training, it means to swim as fast as possible for a short distance.

Streamline:The position used to gain maximum distance during a start and/or push-off from the wall in which the swimmer’s body is as tight as it can be.

Taper: The final preparation phase. As part of this phase, and prior to major competition, an older more experienced swimmer will shave his/her entire body to reduce resistance and heighten sensation in the water.

Time Card:The card issued to each swimmer prior to each race, on which splits and the final time are recorded.

Time Trial:A time-only swim, which is not part of a regular meet.

Touch Pad:A large sensitive board at the end of each lane where a swimmer’s touch is registered and sent electronically to the timing system.

Warm-down:Low intensity swimming used by swimmers after a race or main practice. It is used to rid the body of excess lactic acid, and to gradually reduce heart rate and respiration.

Warm-up:low-intensity swimming used by swimmers prior to a main practice set or race to get muscles loose and warm and gradually increase heart rate and respiration.

Watches:Stopwatches used to time swimmers during a competition. When totally automatic timing equipment is used, watches serve as a back-up method.

 

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