From the Chair
Second Annual Coach Appreciation Week
May 4 thru 10
Whatever the reason we start Masters swimming, many of us depend on our coaches to keep us coming back to the pool. Whether it is providing stroke instruction to help us improve or stay injury free, workouts that are interesting and challenging, or a word of encouragement when we are feeling down, our coaches are an essential element of our swimming routine. Despite their importance, it is easy to take them for granted and forget to thank them for their efforts. For this reason Pacific Masters Swimming established Coach Appreciation Week designated as the week beginning with the first Sunday in May. The second annual Pacific Masters Coach Appreciation Week will be May 4 to 10, 2013.
While we encourage our members to regularly thank their coaches, during Coach Appreciation Week we hope swimmers and clubs will make an extra effort to show their appreciation. Here are some ideas:
- A card or email telling the coach how his/her instruction helped you accomplish a goal
- A gift card or certificate for coffee, ice cream, a movie, a meal, etc
- Flowers, candy, book, wine or another special treat you think your coach will enjoy
- A breakfast, lunch or dinner to honor the coach
- A massage or spa day
- A certificate for a weekend away or a special meal with his/her partner
- A Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in his/her favorite color
Please consider Coach Appreciation Week as an opportunity to let your coach know how much you value his/her efforts.
Just keep swimming
Congratulations to the Cal Berkeley Men swimmers. They are the NCAA Division I Championships. This is their third championship in four years.
The next Pacific Master Swimming monthly meeting will be April 16th. Swim teams are encouraged to have at least one member participate. All Members are welcome to attend. The meeting is a conference call. If you would like to participate, please contact Charlotte O'Brien, the Pacific Masters Administrator .
Among other items the Committee will be considering the criteria for being listed on the PacMasters Top Ten:
The Pacific Masters Top 10 should be based on times achieved by a Pacific Masters member at a Pacific Masters sanctioned or recognized event. (This is the current criteria.)
The Pacific Masters Top 10 should be based on times achieved by a Pacific Masters member at any event sanctioned or recognized by USMS or at the FINA World Championships.
You are invited to go to the forums section to read the arguments and share your thoughts and concerns about the alternatives. The committee is looking for ideas from its members about what should be the criteria for Top Ten.
There is an article on the USMS website
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