A weekly update from Coach Rodrigo and Coach Fraser
Sorry for the late update.
We were back in the pool last week for swimming and managed to knock off the rust from missing a week.
It was a busy week with the second week of the tournament. The results are posted on the website. It was great to have the team in from Montreal for two games. We managed to even the series against that Montreal team and look forward to playing them again some time soon, perhaps at their pool.
We are always looking for help on deck during these events. Volunteers to direct traffic, keep score or simply to tie caps are essential. In fact, if someone, would like to volunteer as a volunteer coordinator that would be great! Coaches can’t even walk 2metres without being asked to tie a cap! (As a side note, we are actually looking at buying more sets of caps so that athletes can keep their caps on for the duration — we’ll keep you posted).
The next date for the tournament will be March 27. We also have our swim meet on March 26, Yellow & Blue 2: Electric Boogaloo. Coach Rodrigo and I are calling that the MEGA WEEKEND, so get ready!
We also had a good turnout to the Whip Kick and Egg Beater clinics. Thanks to everyone that attended. We will be filming one of these future sessions so that our training of this important skill is consistent.
Breaststroke is difficult to master. But, it’s also essential to water polo. The stronger our whip kick, the harder we can shoot due to the increased leverage of coming higher out of the water.
Here’s something fun to watch with your athlete. Two breaststroke swims, almost 40 years apart. The first is from my childhood hero, Victor Davis, breaking the world record in 1984:
And the second is from the great Adam Peaty of the UK, winning gold in the 100m in the 2020 Games:
See if you can spot the difference in styles that really came about when a rule changed happened concerning the head. Let me know if you can figure out what that rule change was. The first person to answer correctly gets a Dairy Milk Bar — update on March 11, congrats to Orion for figuring out that the rule change was the ability to submerge the head! As a young swimmer I was DQ’d many, many times for putting my head under the water!
A few notables and reminders
Please use the club calendar as the best way to know your athletes’ practice schedule.
The March Madness Tournament is a GO. The schedule is being released very soon.
Coaches are not responsible for your children’s equipment.
Lastly, let the coaches know of any absences at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important so they can plan ahead.