News and Announcements
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 )-never the Folks)
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
Shoes or flip flops (ANTI-FUNGAL WEAR)
Team Shirt of the Day , warm-ups or parka (stay warm)
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”
Our Pirates displayed great racing skills at the Alberta Northern Provincial Meet, held over the June 15 to 17 weekend at the Kinsmen. Our swimmers put in their best efforts and noticabily managed to get their hand to wall to win the close racing battles!
Pirates on the Podium
William Cosgrove GOLD in the 200 Butterfly (with a NEW Team 15 & Over Record), 800 Free (New BB Time), & 100 Butterfly; SILVER in the 200 Freestyle; BRONZE in the 400 Freestyle; also placed 6th in the 50 Butterfly; 7th in the 100 Freestyle; and 9th in the 500 freestyle.
Aspyn Curry-Punk BRONZE in the 100 Butterfly; also placed 5th 200 IM; 7th 50 Butterfly (New BB Time); 8th 200 Breast; and 10th 100 Back
Jewel Shewchuk GOLD in the 400 IM (New Team 15 & Over Record & AA Time); BRONZE 200 Butterfly; also placed 4th 50 Back; and 9th 50 Breast
Dillan Evancusky SILVER in the 50 Back; also placed 4th 100 Back; 5th 200 Back & 200 IM; 6th 200 Free; and 8th in the 50 Butterfly
Top-10 Pirate Finishers
Finn Crowe 4th 800 Freestyle (New A Time)
Dakota Dotzlaf 4th 50 Back; 6th 100 Back; 8th in the 100 & 200 Free; & 10th 200 IM
Tegan Smith 10th 200 Breaststroke
Noah Vermue 10th 200 Breaststroke
According to Swim Alberta’s meet statistics, 74% of Pirate performances where best times and the meet averaged 59%. In the Southern meet the average was 50%. Outside of two teams with one swimmer at the meet, PPAC had the highest improvement percentage in the Province!
FAST Happens HERE—in Parkland!
Last weekends Mayflower meet hosted by the Sherwood Park Swim Club, at the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Center in Edmonton, proved to be a FUN challenge.
For most Pirates, this meet was their first racing experience in a long course (50m) pool!
They all did great!
For those who had raced long course before saw a lot of sizable time improvements from last long course season—last year! A few worth mentioning: 14 second drop in the 200 IM by William Cosgrove; 12 second drop in the 100 fly by Aspyn Curry-Punk; 27 second drop in the 100 back by Addison Fossen; 24 second drop in the 200 Free by Tegan Smith; and last but certainly not least, a 29 second drop in the 100 breast by Jadyn Svenningsen!
On the Podium
Ryan Boll Won Eight Events
Brevan Wagner Won Eight Events
Aspen Curry-Punk Won the 100 Fly
William Cosgrove took 2nd in 7 events; 3rd in two
Jadyn Svenningsen took 2nd in the 200 Free
Dakota Dotzlaf took 2nd on the 100 Backstroke
Dillan Evancusky Won the 100 Back; took 2nd in the 100 Breast & 3rd in the 400 Free
Tegan Smith placed 3rd in the 200 Free & 100 Breast
New Pirate A Times
William Cosgrove—200 IM & 100 free
Brevan Wagner—100 free
New Pirate BB Times
Aspen Curry-Punk—100 fly
Tegan Smith—200 free, 50 fly, 50 back, 100 breast, 50 breast, and 50 free
Jadyn Svenningsen—200 free, 100 free, & 50 free
New Pirate B Times
Addison Fossen—50 back
Swimmers that achieved a personal best time or first time performances by
Great Racing Pirate swimmers!