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Mock Meet This Saturday!

May 28th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Meets | Notifier - (Comments Off on Mock Meet This Saturday!)
The Mock Meet is this Saturday morning and we have more than 150 breakfasts ordered!  It will be a busy morning – and so great we will have such a huge turnout.
We would like all swimmers to sign-in at 6:45 AM.  After cheers the first race starts at 7:40 AM.
The Mock Meet isn’t just for the swimmers anymore!
 All new parents are encouraged to attend and take part in the morning’s events.You can also earn partent participation hours!   Please meet on the bleachers at 7:30am (directly after the kids finish cheers). This is an excellent opportunity to get an inside look at what goes on during a swim meet, learn how and where to get your volunteer hours, and ask all those questions that you’ve been dying to ask. New Parent Coordinator Rosemary Nygard will walk you through it all.
You can expect to learn (among other things):
1. Food for meets – what to bring, what’s provided.
2. What else to bring to meets.
3. Our Icebreaker Meet, what to expect.
4. What to expect from other meets.
5. Checking in with coaches re: what meet days to attend, Junior Development meets, etc.
6. General Q&A and much more.
If you have already signed up to help Nancy with the waffle breakfast, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you get to her in time.
For our experienced parents – please check in with your kids at 6:45 AM for volunteer duties helping with the food and / or the running of the meet.

Junior White Update from Alexis and Liam

May 28th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Alexis and Liam)

Hey Jr. Whites!

This week has been about practicing a lot of our underwater push offs. We’ve been working on our dolphin kick on our front and backs, in our perfect streamlines. We’ve all been working super hard in every practice and it’s great to see so many swimmers in the mornings!
Not only have our push offs improved, our strokes have too! Lots of new drills have been introduced to help us with our technique in every stroke.
Another important reminder, bring runners and a water bottle to every practice. We need our runners for activation, especially when we start going into the back field. During these sunny days we need to stay hydrated so we can swim as fast as we can.
This Saturday is the mock meet so come prepared to swim fast and learn a lot of new cheers! If you have any questions or concerns, email both liam@kigoos.com and alexis@kigoos.com.
See you on the pool deck!

Coach Ian’s Message for JD Reds

May 26th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Coach Ian’s Message for JD Reds)
Hey JD Reds!
We have had an awesome first two weeks so far!  Everyone is working really hard on their kicks, arms, and drills for Freestyle and Backstroke, and you all have really good streamline starts off every wall.  Keep it up!  Remember to bring a water bottle and running shoes to practice.  Also, make sure that you are always kicking and that you finish the set ALL THE WAY INTO THE WALL.
This week we will be working on our breastroke, turns, and dives as Icebreaker approaches.  We will also be starting our 50m kick challenge where we challenge our best time for continuous, fast flutter kicks.
Don’t forget about the Mock Meet this Saturday.  For those families that are new to the club, this is a great way to learn how a swim meet functions and get used to the racing environment.  Check the club website for the schedule and be sure to stick around for the breakfast waffles afterwards.
See you on deck!
Coach Ian

Kigoos Meet Package and Registration Files Posted!

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Kigoos Meet Package and Registration Files Posted!)

The IceBreaker Meet Package is posted HERE.

For clubs, HERE are the registration files.

Kigoos Planning Meeting Notes Posted

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Kigoos Planning Meeting Notes Posted)

The Kigoos Planning Meeting notes from Sunday, May 24th are now posted here.

Kigoos Updates for May 25th

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates for May 25th)

A lot of news and reminders today:

1)  The updated group lists are now posted HERE.  There have been some adjustments and all those involved have been contacted individually.
2)  Today is the last day to sign-up for IceBreaker on June 6-7.  We currently have about 135 swimmers signed-up but hopefully we will still have more.  We love to get a huge turnout for our home meet.  Here is the sign-up page.  You can also sign-up for the other June weekend meets.  If you have any questions on meet sign-up check with your coach of Coach Ava.
3)  Wednesday is the final day to order your breakfast for the Mock Meet on Saturday morning.  The breakfast was a huge hit last year so you don’t want to miss out!  HERE is all the information including ordering details.
4)  On the topic of the Mock Meet – thanks to all of you who have already volunteered to help.  You can volunteer to help on the same form as you order breakfast (if you are volunteering and not ordering breakfast just leave the other items blank).  We would like all volunteers at the pool by 6:45 AM.  Some volunteers will assist with breakfast and others with the running of the meet.  We are still looking for more help!
5)  The Mock Meet schedule is now posted HERE.  We will want everyone at the pool by 6:45 AM!
6)  Unclaimed Awards from 2014 – There are some unclaimed awards from the 2014 season. Please check the family file box and the box in the office. Coaches, if you could take a look in the box that is in the office and let your swimmers know if they have anything to pick up that would be much appreciated.  Any questions please contact Wendy Maclean at awards@kigoos.com
7)  We are beginning to plan for our participation in the Steveston Salmon Festival Parade.  This has been more popular each year!  We are currently looking for parents to be involved and assist our coordinator Megan Zeni.  If you are able to assist (a great way to get hours!) please email her at: volunteers@kigoos.com.  We are also looking for a 20 ft. box trailer or similar trailer to build our float.  Again, email Megan if you can help!
8)  Finally for today – do you have Food Safe?  We are looking for a couple parents with Food Safe that could help with volunteering at a couple of our events and at Regionals in August.  Email Zoe if you can help with this at:  vpexternal@kigoos.com.

Mock Meet Schedule

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Meets - (Comments Off on Mock Meet Schedule)

Mock Meet 2015

 

Timeline:

6:00: Coaches arrive, set-up

6:45: Sign in

7:00-7:05: Warm-ups (just explain warm-ups verbally)

7:15-7:30: Cheers

7:40: First race

9:15: Last race

9:00-10:00: Breakfast

10:00-11:00: Clean-up (coaches and parent volunteers)

Events:

–          Juniors- Seniors: 50m of everything

o   50 freestyle

o   50 backstroke

o   50 breaststroke

o   50 butterfly

o   100IM

–          JDs: 25m

o   25 freestyle

o   25 backstroke

o   25 breaststroke

 

Breakfast Orders for the Mock Meet on May 30th

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Breakfast Orders for the Mock Meet on May 30th)
The first social event of the year is quickly approaching as is the start of the competitive season. We are inviting ALL FAMILIES to participate in the 2nd Annual Mock Meet Waffle Breakfast to be held on May 30th from 9 to 10 am at the Steveston Pool – the meet with start at 7 AM.  Details on the meet will follow later this week. 
 
Whether you are a returning family or new to the club, this is a fun time to get together and chat with old and new friends and for those new to the club, get a better understanding of how meets are run. We end the morning with some delicious waffles from Steveston’s very own Damien waffles. Below are your menu choices.
 
MOCK MEET MENU: 
 
SUPERHERO BREAKFAST – consists of two Belgian waffles topped with strawberries, whipped cream and syrup, served with 3 link sausages and hot chocolate  $6.00.
 
MIGHT MOUSE BREAKFAST – consists of one Belgian waffle topped with strawberries, whipped cream and syrup, served with 3 link sausages and hot chocolate  $4.00.
 
STARBUCKS COFFEE – $1.50
 
Please order food by family HERE.  You must pre-order by Wednesday, May 27th and pay on the day. We will also need parent volunteers to assist with the food – you can sign-up for this online with your food orders.
 
At Kigoos we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so we are asking everyone to bring your own cups, plates and cutlery. As we are ordering supplies based on your confirmations, please ensure that any cancellations are sent by email to Nancy Lemaire at social@kigoos.com no later than 2 days before the event to avoid a fee. 
 
Hope to see everyone there!!!

Junior Red Update from Coach Leo

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Leo)

Hi Junior Reds,

Hope you are enjoying the season so far. We are two weeks away from Ice Breaker so let’s continue to understand our strokes.
Last week, we applied our keyword L-O-N-G to our 6x50m. I emphasized the importance of reaching forward and finishing our pull to our feet in freestyle to maximize efficiency. We reviewed our backstroke while making sure we roll our shoulders to maximize power, and shifted our focus to breaststroke timing and underwater pull. 

Remember that you don’t have to spin our arms fast in order to swim fast! As long you are steady in your stroke cycle by pulling deep and reaching long, you will swim faster than someone thrashing their arms in the long run (recall the race of Tortoise and the Hare). Consider the quality of your pull first before the speed. We will continue to learn to pull efficiently before increasing speed.

Backstroke summary:
1. Point your toes, kick right underneath the water surface (Never stop kicking!)
2. Body straight and head looking up the sky not feet
3. Straight arm up and close to head
4. Roll shoulders
5. Push water to feet     

Breaststroke summary:
1. keep knees close, kick directly backward, not sideways outward
2. Lunge and kick at the same time
3. Do not pause arms in front of chest, the pull is all one motion!
4. Remember to glide and relax 
5. Underwater Pull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ofDYZ8SICU

This week, we will combine our skills into our IM transitions (Back-Breast & Breast-Free), review our dive starting position and progress to our breakouts, and introduce butterfly timing and 1 arm fly. We will also reinforce our back to back flip turns and our 5 dolphin
kicks off every wall. See you this week!

Announcements:
– Sign up for ICE BREAKER: DEADLINE TODAY (May 25)
– Bring water bottle & runners
– Come to as many practices as possible. Attendance is improving!

JD Updates from Julia

May 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Updates from Julia)

Hello all JD groups… It’s been an awesome first couple weeks of the season, and it’s only going to get better! I am so impressed with the progress and technique improvements that everyone has been making, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you better, whether you are a swimmer or a parent.

The past two weeks I have been observing our practices and assisting certain groups when necessary, and I have also made some switches within the groups. Those who have been moved to a different group will have received an e-mail, and today (Monday), the new groups will be in effect. Since our JD program is constantly working on new skills and progressing quickly, it is likely that more changes to the groups might occur in the future.

A couple things to keep in mind:

• The Mock Meet is coming up! This Saturday the 30th is our annual Kigoos Mock Meet held at Steveston Pool. I would highly suggest you try to attend as you will gain a better understanding of how a swim meet runs, and it is also a great opportunity to make connections with other parents. Your swimmer will able to swim in a couple events, which is a great idea if you are new to the club as sometimes competing for the first time can be a little nerve-wracking. There is also a yummy breakfast, which I know I am looking forward to. I hope to see you there!

• Please bring running shoes to the 15 minutes of dryland before we get in the water. Since the weather is getting nicer out we would love to be able to do activation and some games in the backfield, but we can only do this if everyone has proper footwear. Thank you!

• Also, please consider wearing sunscreen! We saw some nasty sun burns last year, and hopefully can prevent our swimmers from suffering the uncomfortable feeling of a burn by coming prepared to practice with (waterproof) sunscreen on.

  • Keep up the great work! Parents and swimmers alike, you are doing awesome! I have really enjoyed being able to chat with a number of you, and I’m having a blast working with your swimmers. They are such an energetic bunch, and it’s great seeing how eager they are to swim. As always, if you have any questions or would just like to say hi, please feel free to e-mail me or find me on deck before or after practice.

Thanks a bunch and here’s to another great week!

• Keep up the great work! Parents and swimmers alike, you are doing awesome! I have

really enjoyed being able to chat with a number of you, and I’m having a blast working

with your swimmers. They are such an energetic bunch, and it’s great seeing how eager

they are to swim. As always, if you have any questions or would just like to say hi, please

feel free to e-mail me or find me on deck before or after practice.

Thanks a bunch and here’s to another great week!