[PacMasterUpdate] The Update Memorial Day 2008
Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends.
Tue May 27 00:12:13 EDT 2008
PACIFIC MASTERS MISSION STATEMENT:
As adopted by the Pacific Masters Committee the Mission of Pacific Masters is:
Pacific Masters Swimming welcomes anyone who
would like to gain and maintain fitness through
swimming and encourages programs to foster this
UNITED STATES MASTERS SWIMMING CONVENTION
The 2008 US Masters Swimming Convention will be
held in Atlanta ,Georgia, September 24th through
28th. Delegates are expected to attend the House
of Delegates meetings and at least two committee
meeting This year is a "rules" year. Rule of
Swimming and Long Distance Swimming are the main
items for consideration. This is also the year
for voting on members for the Board of Directors.
There are eight open spots. If you are interested
please contact Nancy Ridout at
registrar at pacificmasters.org
LAKE DEL VALLE OPEN WATER
The Lake del Valle 0.75 and 1.5 will be held at
Lake Del Valle (where else) on Sunday, June 1,
If you're new to open water swimming, try the _
mile swim. For a good workout, do both. Nice
venue, plenty of parking. A good place to
bring your kids: they have a swimming area that
is roped off. Post event snacks provided.
LAKE BERRYESSA OPEN WATER
The Lake Berryessa Open Water Swim two and One
Mile Swims will be on Saturday June 7. This is
one of the biggest open water meets in the United
States. You can pre-register until 23 May.
Biggest swim of the year. You will run into
people you know from your past swimming life.
Water temp is comfortable. Get there early or
you'll have a long walk from the parking lots.
Bring a chair because the grass is dead and full
of foxtails and there is nowhere to sit. Plan to
be there for a long time. You can pre-order a
lunchor bring your own food.
MILLERTON LAKE OPEN WATER
A new open water event, the Millerton Lake Open
Water Swim will be on 15 June. Millerton Lake is
just outside of Fresno and will be the site of
the 2009 One Mile Open Water National
DICK BENNETT LONG COURSE MEET
Menlo Masters is organizing the Dick Bennett Long
Course Meet to be held at the Sacred Heart Long
Course Pool in Atherton. The meet will be on 14
Lake Mendocino 2 Mile Pacific Masters Championships
Since it's a championship swim, awards are given
to 5th place. A new venue but it will be put on
by the same people who host the Spring Lake and
Russian River swims. They tell us that the drive
is only 20 minutes longer than the drive to Lake
Sonoma. Likely to have post event food.
COACH OF THE YEAR
It is time to nominate a coach for the Pacific
Masters 2008 Coach of the Year. We received no
nominations by the May 14th deadline and have
extended it to May 30th. If you would like to
nominate your coach for this award, please
respond to Michael Moore at
chairman at pacificmasters.org and copy the PMS
Coaches Committee Chair, Chris Campbell at
coachchris at mvm.org, with the nomination
information listed below.
If you need more information or have some
questions, please don't hesitate to let Nancy
Ridout know by return email or at
Registrar at pacificmasters.org. We know there
coaches out there worthy of being recognized by
our organization. We hope you'll take the time
to let us know about yours. The winner of the
PMS 2008 Coach of the Year will be forwarded to
USMS for consideration as the USMS Coach of the
Information about the Coach of the Year award is
at the end of the Update. The closer you follow
the rules, the better the chance for your coach
to be Pacific Masters 2008 Coach of the Year.
100 BEST SWIMMING DRILLS
Blythe Lucero of Berkey Aquatic Masters wrote
"The 100 Best Swmming Drills". In the 100 Best
Swimming Drilsl, Blythe has compliledd the most
effective swimming drills observed during two
decades of working with swimmers.
If you have not registered for Pacific Masters, you can register on
line. It is quick and easy and you can do it in the privacy of your
home. To compete you must be a current member of United States
Masters Swimming, if you go to a meet to register and compete, you
will just stand in line longer. By registering now you will get the
USMS Swimmer and all the benefits of being a member, besides
belonging to a group that has great people.
5K and 10K Long Distance Postal National Championships
The 5 K and 10 K Postal is swum between 15 May
and 15 September. This is a great way to swim a
national championships at a local pool. You must
swim the event in a 50 meter pool. Further
PACIFIC MASTERS 2008 SCHEDULE
The 2008 Pacific Masters Schedule has been posted on the web site.
Currently 35 events are planned for the next year. Included in the
schedule are short course yards, long course meters, short course
meters and open water.
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Coach of the Year
1. The purpose of this award is to recognize
the Pacific Masters Swimming coach who has
demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities.
2. The award criteria are as follows:
a. The coach and Club held current PMS
registration during the year under consideration.
b. The criteria for the award will be
considered first, since January 1 of the
preceding year, and second, over the coach's
career with his or her club. Outstanding
contributions to his or her club and its
individuals are measured by the following
competitive and non-competitive factors:
* Competitive factors shall include club
and individual performance at PMS and USMS
Championships in any sanctioned course, as well
as relay and individual PMS, USMS and World
records that reflect the coach's skill and
* Non-competitive factors shall include
club vigor, size and growth, club participation
and volunteering, and club having hosted well-run
* Outstanding service to PMS, USMS and to
other public or private community organizations.
* Outstanding professional contributions,
such as participation in clinics and published
Nominations and Selection
There shall normally be one award given.
Nominations may be made by any registered PMS
club officer in the form of a written statement
addressing both the criteria above and the
instructional and inspirational qualities of the
coach. The nominating letter and a maximum of
four supporting letters from registered PMS
swimmers shall be submitted to the Chairman at or
before the May meeting of PMS. Now extended to
michael w. moore
michael at mwmoore.org