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TRYOUT BEFORE YOU REGISTER!

Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Jul 11, 2019 11:05AM PDT

TRYOUT BEFORE YOU REGISTER!

Tryout info, dates & times:

August 1 & 8 at 5:15 PM at the TRI

Tryouts will last a short while about 5-10 minutes in the water and few minutes talking with each Parent/Guardian.
The Pirates offer a FREE clinic geared towards giving prospective swimmers an opportunity to see what swimming on Team is like, while developing a lifesaving skill that will last your child a life time.

CLINIC Info, Dates & Time:

SEPTEMBER 3-6 & 9-12 from 5:15 to 6:00 PM @ the Outdoor Stony Plain Pool. However we swim the rest of the year at the TRI in Spruce Grove
Must be able to swim 25m of freestyle or backstroke.

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Swim-A-Thon Results

Posted by Ryan MacDonald at Jul 11, 2019 11:03AM PDT

Swim-A-Thon results from April 13! Sorted by fastest average 100!

Name Squad Laps Total-M Time Avg 100
Jadyn Svenningsen CH 200 5000 1:20 01:36
Aspyn Curry-Punk EN 200 5000 1:20 01:37
Dakota Dotzlaf EN 200 5000 1:22 01:38
Noah Vermue EN 200 5000 1:37 01:56
Jenn Genge EN 200 5000 1:44 02:05
Elise Cooke DIS 200 5000 1:51 02:13
Sara Vermue IM 200 5000 1:58 02:22
Francesca Brown DIS 200 5000 1:59 02:23
Dax Curry-Punk DIS 200 5000 1:59 02:23
Peyton Tucker DIS 200 5000 1:59 02:23
Shae Arends X-S 200 5000 1:59 02:23
Ryley Guertin-Bougerolle DIS 200 5000 2:00 02:24
Sydney Tucker DIS 200 5000 2:02 02:26
Max Cryer X-S 170 4250 1:45 02:28
Sydney Guertin-Bougerolle IM 200 5000 2:04 02:29
Addy Fossen IM 192 4800 2:00 02:30
Gabrielle Henry IM 176 4400 2:01 02:45
Serenity Drew DIS 170 4250 2:00 02:49
Ella Lang IM 170 4250 2:00 02:49
Aiden Banack DIS 168 4200 2:00 02:51
Kaylan Armstrong DIS 126 3150 2:00 03:49
Jessie Dow PC 60 1500 1:31 06:04
Addison Linfitt PC 40 1000 1:40 10:00

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Red Deer and Nutrition info

Posted by Ryan MacDonald at Jul 11, 2019 11:02AM PDT

With the meet moving from Edmonton to Red Deer….We needed to update the training calendar.
We are not holding practice Friday and Saturday (Pre Comp is still on). Monday we will be back to normal schedule.
Below is some Red Dear info and Nutrition 4-1-1 found in the team handbook.
RED DEER
The Red Deer pool area was not designed with hosting meets in mind.
For parents, the viewing area is very limited. I believe most people rotate out onto a balcony to watch.
Swimmers should be equipped to go the duration of a session without the aid of parents. This includes self soothing after a disappointment. They will need a mat, something to sit on. I ask that they pack more towels, as a rule of thumb have 1 dry towel for every event they swim.
Logistics
It appears that the first session will end by 11:30 AM, the second by 7:00 PM
Sunday should end by noon….the 800’s by 2PM
Please avoid junk food snacks. Candy, soda, chips, chocolate, etc has no place in an athletic setting.
From the handbook pg. 32 …we have about 4 pages of information on Nutrition
Pre-event Nutrition
The major purpose of the pre-event diet is to ensure sufficient energy and fluid for the athlete. Two to three days before competition, a high carbohydrate diet with plenty of fluids should be emphasized. The pre-event meal should include a light, high carbohydrate meal three to four hours before the event.
Nutrition During Competition
Provided that good nutrition practices were followed during training, middle distance and sprint events will not be limited by nutrition-related factors. During a three to four-day competition, make sure you consume plenty of fluids and each meal should include high carbohydrate, low fat selections.
Nutrition After Competition
High intensity work will deplete the muscle’s energy supplies. Therefore, carbohydrates play an important role after competition to make sure energy stores are maintained. When you need to recover, eat your recovery snack or meal within 30 minutes of finishing your practice or swim meet.

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“Chuck-a-Puck”

Posted by Ryan MacDonald at Jul 11, 2019 11:01AM PDT

Thank you to everyone who turned out to volunteer at the Edmonton Oil Kings “Chuck-a-Puck” on January 13th.

Our club raised $1300 from this great fundraiser!

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Love The Child, Not The Performance

Posted by Ryan MacDonald at Jul 11, 2019 10:59AM PDT

We have a couple of meets this weekend!
For many this is a new experience, for others it is just a review.
Below are some items from the Team handbook—can be found online—but here are few extra pointers.

  1. Go to Team Events near the bottom of the websites Homepage, CLICK the meet your swimmer is attending, look for the attached forms, and print out your child’s events and make sure they have it. At the meet each of the swimmers will need to READ posted Heats Sheets to get their Heat and Lane—the process is WHOLE LOT easier if the swimmers know what events they are swimming. Coaches can help, but a coach isn’t going to have a dozen swimmers events memorized.
  2. Come early…not last minute. Coming late puts a lot of stress on your swimmer. It’s better to be 10 minutes early. Plan on spending ~5 hours per session.
  3. Celebrate the effort. Your child’s performance is not a reflection of parenting abilities, or a glimpse into a child’s future.
    Mistakes will be made—it is okay.
    DO NOT over celebrate a good performance—it is just a swim meet.
    Love your child, not the time.
  4. The thing Kids HATE MOST about participating in sports is the CAR RIDE HOME from a competition. Parents::: it’s NOT about you OR your investment::: what happens/what is said/your demeanor during the car ride home will affect your relationship with your child and their love for the sport. So please be consistent. Child has a good swim—-GREAT—go out for a Booster Juice afterward. Had a SO-SO or a Terrible swim meet—it will be okay—go out for a Booster Juice.
    The best thing to do is to tell your child, “I Love To Watch You Swim”. No more, no less. L ove your child, not their time.
  5. Results will come within a few days of the swim meet. We will post a write-up and give some shout-outs! Share the content with your child.
    Handbook items…
    TEAM UNIFORM

During practice Parkland Pirate swimmers are required to wear any Pirate practice cap and encourage everyone to come to practice with a Team shirt. Fridays will be classified as FUN CAP DAY, where any swim cap is appropriate. For swim meets the team suit is any Black-colored. Every swimmer competing in – Swim meets are strongly encouraged to wear the team suit and required to wear the Pirate GREEN swim cap, and Team Shirt of the day. Penguin Meet-Kids are wearing ​BLACK Poppy-Kids are wearing Green on Sun

What To Take To The Meet

Most important: Swimsuit and 2 Parkland Pirate Caps and 2 pairs of goggles (one pair for a spare -in case one breaks )
Baby or talcum powder to “dust” the inside of swim cap. This helps preserve the cap and makes it easier to put on.
Towels-1 per 2 event s .
Logbook/Meet Journal for recording times and coaches’ comments (just for the kids
-never the Folks)
Shoes or flip flops (ANTI-FUNGAL WEAR)
Team Shirt of the Day , warm-ups or parka (stay warm)
Water bottle
Games: travel games, coloring books, books, anything to pass the time. Avoid tablets as they can be too distracting and easily be lost.

Bleachers are not always available to sit on. So be sure to bring something to sit on. (for example: yoga mat, old blanket, or anything that will be comfortable to sit on—NO beach chairs) The swimmers will be spending a lot of time on it.

Food: Each swimmer is usually allowed to bring a small cooler. It is better to bring snacks. There are usually snack bars at swim meet s , but the lines are long, and most of the time they sell only junk food.
Suggestions for items to bring:
Drinks: Water is best, Sport Drinks—okay
Snacks: Trail Mix (avoid too much chocolate), Vegetables, Bagels, cereal, peanut butter. Cookies and Chips have NO place on a pool deck…so don’t pack them.
Once you have attended one or two meets this will all become very routine. Please do not hesitate to ask any other Pirate parent for help or information!
PHILOSOPHY OF COMPETITION
Parkland Pirate engages in a multi-level competition program with Swim Canada that, like our training program, attempts to provide challenging, yet success-oriented competitive situations for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The following policies outline our philosophy:

1. We emphasize competition with oneself. Winning ribbons, medals or trophies is not our main goal. If the swimmer finishes first, but has swum poorly in comparison to his/her own past performances, he/she is encouraged to do better. The individuals improvement is our primary objective.

2. Sportsmanlike behavior is as important as improved performance. All the coaches teach swimmers how to behave like champions when the swimmer has both a “good” and a “bad” swim. Respect for officials, congratulations to other competitors, encouragement to teammates, determined effort and mature attitudes are examples of behaviors praised and rewarded by the Parkland Pirate coaching staff.

3. A swimmer is praised for effort and improving his/her stroke. It is the coach’s job to offer constructive criticism of a swimmers performance. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide love and encouragement that bolster the swimmers confidence along the way. Again, it is best to say “I Love to Watch you Swim”