Thursday, March 29, 2012

Splash Magazine Article

I was reading through the newest Splash Magazine and came across an article by Emily Sampl titled: "Tips for the 50 Yard Freestyle."  I was impressed with some of the tips Nathan Adrian and Brett Hawke supplied.  I was NEVER a sprinter by ANY means... I had a pretty freestyle and endurance, not sprint speed, and this is the best summary of tips I have seen.  Check it out at:

Splash Magazine March Issue

There is also a video you can watch by Jason Lezak

A few I want to touch on are:
 Brett said in 2  "Try to swim with perfect technique as often as possible, so that when you turn up the power the stroke holds together the way you have been practicing."    I think that is a GREAT visual right there!

He also said: "Swim in your own lane.  Don't get in a match race with the person next to you.  ... look down your lane right before the start, and block out everything else around you." 

Nathan says:  "Don't get discouraged, and have fun.  Swimming is much easier when you are happier and enjoying the process.  Do not be discouraged when something does not work.  Think of it as finding a way that you shouldn't swim the 50."

That makes me laugh... last night I had bowling and Gloria, a teammate of mine had been getting a lot of splits throughout our three games last night.  During the last game we looked up and she had gotten a gutter ball.  She said, "I'm trying something different so I don't get a split."  She followed the gutterball with... ANOTHER gutterball, and said the same thing.  Well in the process of trying to NOT get a split she found out what didn't work.  And moved on from it.  We all can do the same.  Don't get upset with a failed attempt- learn from it!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Prepare Your Child for the Path, not the Path for Your child

Building A Character Culture

1. the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.
2. one such feature or trait; characteristic.
3. moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.
4. qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.
5. reputation: a stain on one's character.
Our club is GROWING and with growth comes re-evaluation.  Here are a few principles I will be putting into place for our swim family. 



Team is not just a sports lesson, it's a LIFE lesson.

Team is FAMILY, FRIENDS, COMMUNITY, it is co-existing and co-producing!

The ability to become a good team player as a parent or swimmer can be developed every day on the pool deck, in the locker room, in the office, or even on facebook! (It requires empathy, sacrifice, and unconditional committment to a greater cause)

This abilitity and understanding will serve athletes long after their swimming career ends!!!!

SERVICE is the key to humility, character, and ethics!  It is found in the "daily duty" of supporting one another and giving back. 

Unconditional MUTUAL respect is the basics of EVERY meaningful relationship

Egos are unexcused we are ALL stars... with no All-Stars

Eliminate the Negativity and Brace the Challenge
RISE ABOVE whatever has been placed on your path.  Whether it be a tough set, a minor pain or discomfort, mental roadblock, etc.

Building future leaders.  Each team member knows WHAT is expected out of them are expected to rise above and beyond the expected. 

Here are a few upcoming bullets that are the expectations of our club, most we have been doing but some are new! 

We typically discuss important aspects of character development, team development, and areas of personal concern. We try to relate everything to core values

We give articles about inspirational stories, individuals overcoming hardship, leadership examples, etc.
We will reinforce our values with individual and group discussions about integrity, alcohol, drugs, etc. with the team vision in mind.
 We monitor the character and integrity of the group by the minute – EVERY word and action. This is HUGE!  EVERY WORD !!!!  EVERY ACTION!!!
We acknowledge outside achievements Integrated Team workouts – challenge, fun, etc. the kids LOVE working together
We act quickly and aggressively at the hint of unacceptable behavior even in the mildest form. Kids will NOT "move up" if they are not leaders (regardless of time) We aggressively support personal problems 
We will readily excuse anyone (from the team) that does not embrace the core values of the team
Team meetings- led by Coach and Athlete Representative

Parts taken from
Don & Ron Heidary

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I don't care who you are.... bullying is EVERY where.

Seriously... think of a location, any location...
Got it in your head?

Ok now picture a bully in that location and what they may look like....

A bully is not just some snot nosed kid anymore...

Well I've spent a better part of my night doing some research on bullies to make sure I am fully able to handle this topic.  I didn't do it because there is bullying on our team (at the date of this post I am currently not aware of any).  I did it because: 1) I am a mother 2) I am a community leader 3) I have an age group team which consists of 5 to 16 year olds 4) I have 21 daisies 5) I am a youth group leader of 5th-12th graders...

In one, two, or more of these groups there ARE bullies.  Bullying might not be taking place during our time together but there are bullies in these groups, or future bullies.... and it's up to us to educate and protect.

so!  Check it out yourself...

Bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere.  It is not a phase children have to go through, it is not "just messing around", and it is not something to grow out of.  Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm.
Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:
  • Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
  • Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm
  • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same the person over and over by the same person or group

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take many forms. Examples include:
  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing
  • Social:spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships 
  • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving
  • Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others
An act of bullying may fit into more than one of these groups.

For more on bullying please visit

More importantly- keep the lines of communications open with your own kids!  Help me protect them by asking questions and keeping me informed.  Help me so I can help you!  Thanks guys!