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Swashbuckler vol 30

Posted by Ryan MacDonald at Oct 28, 2019 10:46AM PDT

Swashbuckler can be found in Documents—scroll down—folder entitled “Swashbuckler”.

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Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Oct 24, 2019 12:28PM PDT

In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, “arete” is used to describe heroes and nobles.  The tale often refers to strength, courage, and praises co-operation (relationship).  Arete, is Greek for virtue or excellence.  It was considered by the Greeks virtuous to excel—be the best you.  At the Pirates we embrace arete, we embrace Excellence.  The Greeks knew that by striving to develop one’s talents,  practicing excellence, would not only develop the desired talent, but in the process, one would discover new talents.  

The discovering of new talents is what helps children become better people. The treasures of being a Pirate isn’t just in the FUN and the FAST. The real gold is found in the process. Every time a child learns to stretch themselves they begin—to embrace arete, and begin to learn something deeper and more meaningful then a simple outcome.

We practice Arete by:

  • giving our best to any skill we learn
  • putting effort into our relationships 
  • sticking with the process
  • embracing the hard
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Swashbuckler vol 29

Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Oct 8, 2019 10:50AM PDT

Go to documents and find vol 29.
Read up on:
-Kick-off recap
-Meet Calendar updates

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Pirate Kick-off

Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Oct 4, 2019 2:26AM PDT

Pirate Kick-off @ BPAC from 10:00 to 1:00

Gear and Team Shirt pick-up will be upstairs in room 208 will be in for suit fitting, ordering and purchases

We will be presenting the following awards, based on last years performance:
(@10:30 Awards Presentation Zander Ford Room down stairs)

Outstanding Male Performance
Outstanding Female Performance 10 & Under
Outstanding Female Performance 11 & Over(Outstanding Performances are based on highest achieving event on the FINA point scale out of the SC & LC)

Most Improved Male
Most Improved Female 10 & Under
Most Improved Female 11 & Over
(Most improved awards are based on improvement percentage across all strokes in both the SC & LC season) 

Treasured Pirate Award
(Awarded to the swimmer the coaching staff felt greatly represents the Team Values of Hard Work, Mastery, Courage, and Self-Reliance; and more importantly…think is a great person!)

Hope to see everyone there!!!

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Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Sep 26, 2019 1:20PM PDT

​"​Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.​"​ ~ Jane Austen

What does pride look like on a​n​ athlete​ and among a team​?

​Personal ​pride ​is having self-respect​ for one’s self by ​taking honor in how one does things. An athlete may take pride in their execution of a turn, in their work ethic or in their ability to mentally prepare. Feeling pride is joyful, a great emotion! An athlete should reward themselves with feeling pride as milestones of achievement are completed and as new skills are mastered. It is good to feel joy for trying to do things to the best of your abilities and it feels even better when it’s a shared joy among the group​. ​​

Teams that have a shared pride reflect individuals with determination to​ become ​as ​good as possible for themselves and for ​the group​. ​A ​team​ that takes pride in what they do will swim with passion every day. ​ ​Passionate efforts of everyone on the team will build team pride.

​PIRATE swimmers can show pride in their teammates, by being aware of and acknowledge other people for their accomplishments and the passionate effort they put forward.

​Of course, there is the wrong pride​-arrogance, vanity, self-ego and false pride​. People with self-ego ​are seen around the pool deck and in other sports. They carry themselves or speak in ways that makes them feel big. This type of pride​fullness​ is usually sparked by some success but leaves quickly when they lose​ or make a mistake​. Quite often, their loses are hung up on excuses out of their control like, “the starter held me too long​”.​​​ These people also tend to rely on their athletic skills rather than their effort​. They think that they are “a talent”,​ and ​with that they gain a sense of entitlement or expect special privileges.

Developing ​a positive pride is a choice.
Is pride ​you feel ​based on ​outcomes​​, or is based on something you choose to do​?

​Is the joy you feel shared ​by others on the team​?

​How can you and the rest of the Team show its pride day-in and day-out?​