Tuesday, April 30, 2013

KIT–Kids in Training – 11 years of Keeping Kids, and their Families, FIT

Triathlons, Duathlons, Adventure Races and DaKITalon for kids ages 5-17.

Also check out ClubKIT for year-round activities for the whole family.

June 9 - KIT Adventure Race - Harris Lake - parent/child or 2 teens Canoe/Bike/Run
June 23, Aug 3 & Aug 18 - KIT Triathlon – Fuquay, Raleigh & Cary – Swim/Bike/Run
*Remember to register at least a month before the races to dodge the late fees, participate in the training sessions and make sure you get all your race swag. Training and swag included in registration.

Visit our website for more events and information and to join our email list or email us

Thursday, April 18, 2013

25 meter lane ropes for sale

We have four 25-meter lane ropes, brand new in solid dark blue.  Specifics can be found about them here.

Please contact Beth if you are interested.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wahoo Water Camps

Established in 1960, Raleigh Swimming Association (RSA) is the oldest competitive swim club in the Triangle.

After a great success last year, RSA will again be offering day camps for summer swimmers! Wahoo Water Camps are a great way for swimmers to prepare for their summer season. With a strong focus on fun, participants learn water safety and improve their stroke technique through various games and activities, led by RSA Coach Matt Wallace.

The camps were inspired by RSA’s more well known RSA in May program, which was designed as a stroke “refresher” course for athletes who participate in summer league swimming.  Wahoo Water Camps go a step further by adding water safety instruction. According to the Drowning Prevention Foundation, as many as 19% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present. 

With this taken into account, RSA felt that it was necessary to provide some sort of instruction to youths who spend many summer of their days near water on how to be safe while at the pool.

This year, the Wahoo Water Camp program will be offered from 8am-12pm Monday through Thursday at a new location, the Morrisville Fitness and Aquatic Center. To better accommodate working parents’ schedules, athlete drop-off will start at 7:30 am, and can be arranged to be earlier if needed. The camps will be held June 3rd through the 6th for Track 1, May 13th through the 16th for Track 2, and June 11th through the 14th for Traditional and Track 1 students. The cost of the camp is $130 if you sign up more than two weeks in advance.

Visit the RSA Website or “like” us on Facebook for more information.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2013 TSA Clinic Schedule

May 11th (Saturday), 8:00 am at TAC
May 14th, (Tuesday), 7:00 pm at Stonebridge - clubhouse on Emerywood Drive
May 25th (Saturday), 9:00 am at Silverton
May 11th (Saturday) 11:30 am at TAC
May 30th (Thursday) 7:00 pm at Stonebridgeclubhouse on Emerywood Drive
May 11th (Saturday), 9:30 am at TAC
May 23rd (Thursday) 7:00 pm Lochmere Highlands
May 23rd (Thursday) 7:00 pm Planter's Walk
June 3rd (Monday) 7:00 pm Jewish Community Center

COACHES CLINICS are MANDATORY. Per the TSA rules at least one coach from each team must attend. The clinics committee would like to encourage all coaches to attend. Please communicate this to your coaches. In response to feedback we are doing a complete makeover for 2013 coaches clinic sessions. These clinics will be useful and informative for ALL coaches.

STARTERS CLINICS are not mandatory but are essential to running a smooth, fast and efficient meet. Starters can find very helpful documents on the TSA web site; see: Starter Event Form, Starter Script, Starter Clinic Summary and Starter How-To's.

MEET MANAGEMENT: If you are new to TSA and want to learn more about how to run an efficient meet, plan on attending the meet management session that will be held Tuesday, May 21st at TAC immediately following the conclusion of the 7:00 TSA Board of Directors meeting. 

STROKE & TURN CLINICS: Attending a Stoke and Turn Clinic is required each year for anyone in your club who will be serving as a stroke and turn judge unless they obtain certification online (see below) or can claim exemption from TSA training because they are already certified as a Stroke and Turn Judge by USA Swimming, YMCA, NCHSAA or NCAA. Judges claiming this exemption must register with TSA each year by sending details of their external certification, along with their name and the name of their TSA team, to strokeandturn.tsanc.org@gmail.com. Please do NOT send email to that address if you attend a TSA clinic or use the online training method, as TSA will already have a record of your certification.

Alternative method of certifying Stroke & Turn Judges: www.StrokeAndTurn.com

  • Course is offered completely online and may be taken at user’s convenience, including stopping at any point and resuming later, repeating sections, etc.
  • Certification takes about two hours to complete, including post-training exam
  • Training and exam both use video clips extensively
  • Exam grade of 80 percent or better is required to pass
  • User must pay $12.95 fee to take course; each team can decide on its own whether to reimburse judges who use this
  • Based on USA Swimming rules, so there are only a few minor differences from TSA:
    • Covers Individual Medley, which TSA does not use
    • Some sections about officials refer to the Head Judge and Meet Referee, posts which don’t exist separately in TSA (the two TSA Reps, acting jointly, are the only officials in charge of Stroke & Turn Judges at a TSA meet)
Note that this is an alternative option for certification and is not required!

OTHER INFO: The clinics committee would like to create a short video on how to run clerk of course. If you believe that your team does a great job at clerk of course and is willing to contribute to the video please contact me.

If there are any teams out there that are organizing clinics on their own and would like to open them up to other teams please contact me.