A League Meet & Volunteer, B League, State
Warrior News Headlines:
A League: Overview and Volunteers!
B League Highlights and Follow Up
Schedule This Week
State Meeting Right After A League Finals
A League Program Ads
A League Athlete Spirit Messages & Shout Outs
Inspirational Info from Coach Richmond
*A LEAGUE THIS WEEK—IMPORTANT
WE ARE HOSTING THE A LEAGUE MEET FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY AFTERNOON, WITH DIVING PRELIMS SATURDAY MORNING (see schedule below) . This is the culminating meet for the majority of our team. AHS will have 43 student-athletes competing. *
This is also a very important volunteer weekend. We need all A League parents to take volunteer shifts. We’d also really appreciate volunteer shifts from ALL swim/dive families. Sign up here please:
Please make sure athletes get plenty of rest this week.
B LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS and MEETING
Senior Kevin Ohlsen and Sophomore Noah Stark qualified for A League on Saturday at B League. Kevin’s 500 free performance was the highlight of the meet. All B League results are posted on ahsswimdive.com in the Documents section.
All B League participants need to attend a team meeting today – Monday, May 6th from 3:37 – 4 pm
Mon May 6—All A League ads and Swim/Dive shoutouts due (see below).
Mon May 6—Senior Dinner, 6:30pm at Big Daddy Burgers at Southglenn. This is senior athletes and coaches only.
Wed May 8—A League Team Feed (A League swimmers only) at Pope’s, 5222 E Maplewood Place, right after practice.
Fri May 10—A LEAGUE SWIM Prelims, 5:30pm
Sat May 11—A LEAGUE DIVE Prelims, 9:30am
Sat May 11— A LEAGUE SWIM & DIVE FINALS, 3:00pm
Our schedule is regularly updated at:
STATE MEETING AFTER A LEAGUE
Important State meeting immediately following finals this Saturday after A League. We need at least one PARENT of all States swimmers and divers to be present. State fees are $175 again this year(includes boys State gear, hotel, transportation and food). * Please pay Saturday and sign up for your parent State commitment or one will be assigned. Please bring your checkbook to A League.* All boys please bring your State jackets Monday to be collected to add 2019 or contact Cindy Hayes to drop off.
First, thanks to Beverly Carey who worked very hard on our team’s Pennant packets. A template for cutting letters was inadvertently left out of the packets. It is attached.
PHOTOS FROM OVERLAND AND LEWIS PALMER MEETS
Theresa Shaver is sharing her photos from two recent meets. Thanks Theresa!
Lewis Palmer (Senior Night) https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15JRRscb9DvAlEp6SgPCg0hIuMo4W2ZB4
SPIRIT MESSAGES AND DIVE SHOUT OUTS FOR A LEAGUE
DUE TODAY MAY 6
Since Arapahoe is the host school for A League, we are allowed to provide personalized messages for Arapahoe swimmers and divers during prelims. If you are interested, please see the detailed information below. Messages cost $10.00 and the money goes to the Boys Swim & Dive Booster Club Fund to help support the team feeds, equipment, events, etc., throughout the season. Messages can be a Maximum number of 10 words. Cost is $10.00
Spirit Messages will be displayed on the scoreboard throughout the meet at the bottom. “Congratulations Jack on making state!” “Nick, four years of swimming, well done!” “We are proud of Gage Weren!” “Senior year!!! Congrats Benji!”
Shout out Messages during Diving prelims will take place during warm up. These will be said by our diving announcer over the PA system. We cannot scroll messages during diving prelims, as it is a distraction for the boys going off the board. “Head first shout out to Geddon!” “We love Collier, Go Warriors!”
If you are interested in supporting the boosters and cheering on your son, email your spirit message to email@example.com by Wednesday, May 8th. Remember, 10 words or less. For payment, you can do cash or check. Make checks out to AHS Boys Swim and Dive and mail it to the address below. Or even better, just bring the $10.00 to the concessions stand during Prelims.
A LEAGUE PROGRAM
DUE TODAY MAY 6
We are looking for advertisements for the A League Program. If you run a small business or work for a company that would like to support our boys, Ads can be purchased for inclusion in the A League Program, pricing is below:
Full Page $100
Half Page $50
Quarter Page $25
If you are interested please contact Tina Brewer 720-218-9468, or firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM COACH RICHMOND: BIG GOALS REQUIRE CONFIDENT LANGUAGE by Olivier Leroy
Ever tried using affirmations before? They might sound a little hokey, but they are legit. Legit, legit. Developing superpower confidence starts with what you tell yourself
You want to swim your best at the end of the season. You have big goals to churn across the surface of the water, stretch your hand to the finish, and see that shiny new PB pop up on the scoreboard.
Or maybe you want to be a better athlete in training. You want to be the swimmer who shows up early to practice. You know that if you worked harder and didn’t give up quite so easily during the main set each day that you could see some nasty drops in your best times.
But there’s doubt. Uncertainty.
There’s our good friend-buddy-guy mental resistance showing up at all the wrong times to push back against our grand ambitions.
“Just toughen up,” is something you might tell yourself. “Don’t be a wuss,” is another you might explode over your head like a water balloon.
A lack of mental toughness, in all its vagueness, is the usual suspect we lay blame on when experiencing mental resistance to pushing ourselves. If only we were mentally tougher, we think. But sometimes being mentally tougher means reminding yourself why you do what you do. That you are actually pretty capable. And that you have got this.
That’s where self-affirmations can be an insanely powerful tool in your mental training arsenal.
How self-affirmations can help you swim like a boss
Self-affirmations look simple. To the point that I think this is why a lot of swimmers scoff and throw a disinterested, “Yeah, yeah” when they are brought up.
Affirmations are quick, descriptive sentences that focus your attention on your strengths and skills. They can be a little vague, they can be specific, but whatever you choose, they promote the core values and attributes that you have for yourself.
You choose the identity you want to develop, and then build affirmations around it to solidify it.
While self-affirmations come in a variety of flavors, my favorites are present tense affirmations. The future tense ones give off a scent of I’ll-get-to-it-eventually, while present tense affirmations imply that you are already that swimmer.
(Present) I am the kind of swimmer who performs well under pressure
(Future) I will be the kind of swimmer who performs well under pressure.
Not a huge difference, but with this stuff the subtleties matter.
Anyhoo, moving on. Affirmations put you in control of your mindset (and performance). When you boil it down, self-affirmations put you in control of your self-talk, and help you set the stage for the performances you want from yourself both during practice and on race day.
Instead of being someone who reacts to events, who is a passive participant to the ups and downs of the sport, you become an intentional athlete. You decide how mentally tough you are. You decide to capitalize on your strengths. This kind of empowerment will do wonders for your confidence as you churn your way over the tiled pool floor.
Here’s are some of the ways that swimmers can use self-affirmations, along with some examples to craft your own set of specialized self-affirmations.
Self-affirmations help you look past temporary setbacks and stay focused on the big picture. These bad boys are particularly handy for dealing with adverse situations. The problem, of course, is that you can’t always predict what the adversity will look like—getting injured the day before a meet, getting sick, a DQ during finals—but you can ready yourself for how you will react.
Research has found that self-affirmations help people to deal with perceived threats by allowing them to see the bigger picture.
This kind of perspective is essential for mental toughness and gives you enough perspective in times of difficulty to make smart decisions and push through.
For example, if your first race at a big meet stinks up the pool, self-affirmations would help you see the bigger picture and transcend the initial setback.
Instead of being blinded by something negative out of your control, your self-affirmations would help you stay focused on sources of positive self-worth:
I stay focused on swimming best when things get tough.
I don’t quit when the workout gets hard.
I’m the kind of swimmer who stays focused on their process.
I bounce back when things don’t immediately go my way.
Use self-affirmations for polishing your technique.
While they look motivational and are usually used to help steady confidence and nerves, self-affirmations can be used as a tool for a more efficient and technique.
Think about a couple things that you want to improve technically, whether it’s improving your up-kick, sharpening your breakouts, or snapping your breaststroke kick like a bull-whip, and write affirmations to read before your next swim practice.
I swim crisply across the surface of the water.
I explode off the walls.
I snap my feet together like a bull-ship when I kick.
Use them to boost enjoyment and work harder at practice.
Swimmers tend to look at practice and hard sets as something they must suffer in order to achieve big things in the pool. But although the pain and agony that comes with pushing our body and minds to what we consider our limit can be difficult, it doesn’t need to be miserable.
Working hard is a reward in itself. Giving your best is an achievement. “Grinding” is overrated; you can work your tail off and enjoy yourself.
I know, I know, this seems like a ludicrous proposition. But getting more enjoyment from working hard has exponential returns; we end up doing more of what we enjoy.
I show up when things get challenging in practice.
I love the chance to prove myself during hard sets.
I’m the kind of swimmer who shows up to all the morning practices.
Use them to help deal with pre-race nerves.
Reframing anxiety and nervousness as excitement is the fastest thing you can do to blunt the paralyzing and nameless anxiety that cripples performance for swimmers on race day.
When you lessen the fear of competition and instead reframe it as an opportunity to showcase your skills and talents, you remove the mental parking brake of fear and doubt.
Self-affirmations in the weeks leading up to competition can help you set the stage for what kind of mindset you have when you walk up behind the blocks.
I love the chance to race and see what I am capable of.
I enjoy competition.
I look forward to racing faster swimmers.
Troubleshoot your lifestyle habits
Nutrition and lifestyle habits are things swimmers all struggle with. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep, or eating mindlessly, being effective in our lifestyle habits presents an additional challenge above the work we are doing at the pool.
Performance in the pool is intrinsically linked to how well we recover between our workouts, and this falls largely on the shoulders of how seriously we take our diet and sleep. So why not throw a couple affirmations at improving this stuff, too?
I treat my body like a Ferrari and not like a dump-truck.
I make getting a full night of sleep a priority.
I value my recovery time away from the pool.
I act like a champion in the kitchen and in the pool.
Getting started with your own affirmations
Affirmations are great because they help you to reinforce the things you want for yourself. You have a chance to define your self-identity and affirmations serve to reinforce them.
Write them out, put them somewhere easy to see (so that you actually review them frequently enough to have a lasting impact), and look at them often.
Read them when you wake up. Before you go to practice. Before you go to bed. Jot one down after each practice in your log book. Write them out and put them on flash cards for easy access.
Just like anything else worth developing, using self-affirmations to create a bullet-proof mindset requires putting in the reps. Give them a rip for a couple weeks and holler at me with your progress.
See ya behind the blocks,
P.S. Last year I wrote and published Conquer the Pool: The Swimmer’s Ultimate Guide to a High Performance Mindset. The book was developed with the feedback of 200+ head coaches, Olympians, former world record holders and NCAA champions with one purpose in mind—to give swimmers an actionable, powerful and proven way to methodically dismantle the mental roadblocks they are experiencing and get down to the thing that matters most…. Swimming disgustingly fast. Since then some of the top programs on the planet, including Auburn, Indiana, Cal, have used the book to help launch the mindsets of their swimmers to the next level.
The document AHS_Boys_S_D_Stroke_-Number_Template.pdf was attached to this post.