The sun is shining, the pool is blue, the coaches are ready and I hope you are too!
Today marks the start of the summer competitive season – to all new Kigoo members, welcome to the family! This will be a hectic, but incredibly fun and unforgettable summer where you will meet new friends, participate in our great social events, and improve your swimming technique and racing skills.
The first thing I’d like to point out to all Kigoo members is our schedule for the first two weeks, where most of you will be swimming within your division as opposed to the usual “groups”. This is for you to get to know more swimmers within your age group, for coaches to work with a range of different ages and abilities, and so that the coaches can come up with the best functioning groups. We’ll be working on a lot of “basic” skills, like streamlines, kicking, and sticking to freestyle/backstroke technique, so it’s important for you to come to as many practices as possible for this first bit – it will help you greatly as the season progresses and your coaches work on more complex skills in your group. If you can’t make most of your division practice times, feel free to contact me to work out an alternative schedule.
I also want to iterate how important it is for families to regularly check for Kigoo Notifiers in their emails, as well as the website and/or Facebook page for updates. There is a lot going on, especially in May, so please make sure you keep track of the communication so that you don’t miss anything important.
Lastly, to parents: if you would like to come watch practices, there are designated viewing areas, such as the bleachers towards the shallow end of the pool, or outside the fence – the office and the area outside the changerooms are not viewing areas, and you will be asked to go to a proper viewing area. If you would like to talk to a coach, please do so after the practice, and not during (emailing the coach beforehand to set up a good time to meet is the best way to go).
Unfortunately, I have to leave right after my practice tomorrow, but I will be on deck during all practices on Saturday and most of next week as well if you want to say hi or talk swimming. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
I want to leave off with this video of Bob Bowman (the coach of Michael Phelps) talking about the characteristics of champions. Whether you’re a coach, swimmer or parent, I think there’s a lot to be learned here and sets up nicely for a great season.
See you on deck!