lisbonbullsharks: Coaches Corner

Nuno Paz Head Swim Coach

Nuno Paz

nuno.paz@gmail.com

Water is everything to me
After starting my professional life teaching swimming, I decided to go into another watersport - waterpolo, which I enjoyed immensely, especially the team camaraderie and physical intensity of the sport. Swimming has always been an important part of my life, with my mother, my uncle and my grandfather all leading the way in the sport of swimming.  Coaching swimmers is now a big part of my daily routine, alongside my job as a physical education teacher in a school.  What really motivates me is building relationships with all the swimmers on the team. I love to see their improvements and achievements and share in the joy of their victories, no matter how big or small!  Speaking of water, I have to mention my passion during non-working hours - surfing!  My motto for every member of the team is "work hard, cry hard, give everything you can and you will reach your goal, but don't forget everything is a little bit easier if you enjoy it!"


Júlio Borja Assistant Swim Coach

Julio

In my 39 years of coaching I have had many of the most beautiful moments of my life on the pool deck. Whether qualifying an elite swimmer for the Olympic Games or enjoying the spark of joy on a novice’s face after their first official race, it has always been about passion for the job, sharing emotions, assisting youngsters in becoming better human beings and better swimmers, fostering team spirit and work ethics. I’m happy to say that the follow-up to this story of mine now comes under the heading of Lisbon Bullsharks.

borja00@gmail.com


10 rules to keep in mind before and during a competition

Lisbon Bullsharks 2014

 

1. Focus on your “Invisible Training” routines:  eat well (watch out for too much sugar, salt and fat!) stay hydrated  go to bed early sleep well wake up well before leaving for the swimming pool make sure every item of your swimming gear water bottle included is in place inside your bag (YOU make sure; not your mum: YOU are the swimmer!)

2. While in competition (before, during and after the actual races) stay focused. The main reason you are there is because you want to learn, to compete, to improve and to enjoy the team spirit. First and foremost focus on the interaction with your coaches, the Bullsharks Board Members  and the officials running the meet. Everyone else in the swimming pool must take a back seat in your priorities – your family included. Leave interaction with the family for the breaks and for when the event is over; interacting with the family while competing is one of the best ways to lose focus

3. Always let your coaches know where you are, if you absolutely have to momentarily leave the area reserved for the team

4. Your coach should be the last person you talk to before making way to the Call Room/blocks and the first person you talk to right after the race is finished. Focus on what he has to say to you

5. Just watching other swimmers compete is, in itself, a great way to learn and improve. Plus, your team-mates will certainly apreciate your attention and support from the stands!

6. Avoid any kind of behaviour that is disruptive. Stay calm at all times, exchange positive words and feelings with you team-mates, be supportive. Avoid getting on your team-mates nerves! (Nervousness and tension totally kill muscle efficiency). Older/more experienced swimmers are supposed to assist younger swimmers in this respect

7. Stay hydrated during the whole competitive sessions. Keep the water bottle with you at all times and take regular sips every 10 or 15 minutes, including during the warm up

8. Winning and losing are both part of the sport of swimming. Always be graceful both in victory and in defeat. Don’t make a scene or enact a tragedy just because things didn’t go as planned. Be sober. Be strong. Move ahead.

9. If a “cool down pool” is available near the main event one, always go for a few dozen laps to help you bring those sore muscles back to shape 

10. Never take competitions too seriously (leave that for world record holders!): you are involved with the sport because it is supposed to make you feel fit, self-confident, happy, close to your friends and hungry for the challenges. Even after a really bad the day, the sun is still going to shine and your family, coaches and friends are always going to be there for you. SMILE!

 


 


BULLSHARK ASSESSMENT STANDARDS

GOLD

200 IM under 3:30

All strokes, glides, pullouts etc to GOLD standards as assessed by Coach Nuno and Coach Julio

SILVER

100 IM under 2:00

All strokes, glides, pullouts etc to SILVER standards as assessed by Coach Nuno and Coach Julio 

BRONZE

All swimmers not yet meeting silver standards or as assigned by Coach Nuno and Coach Julio

 Swimmer assessments/time trials will be conducted periodically to allow for change in practice group. However,  Coach Nuno and Coach Julio will make the final determinations for grouping for swimmers based on age, practice attendance, and effort level during practice.

 



Rules and By Laws

Who are the Lisbon Bullsharks? 

We are a non-profit competitive swim club and a member of the European Forces Swim League (EFSL). LIST is affiliated with NATO, Joint Forces Command Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 

Who can join the team?

Any youth between the ages of 6-19 who meet one of the following:
          •Children of military persons living and assigned outside of their home country;
          •Children of government employees who are living and assigned to positions             outside of their home country;
          •Children of persons employed by the military or the government organization sponsoring the team and not a resident of the receiving state (This includes children of government contractors);
          •Any youth attending a DOD, DND or a recognized equivalent school sponsored by a sending state; (CAISL, St. Julian's and St. Dominic's fall into this category)
          •Children of persons assigned in NATO positions including those of the receiving state.
In addition to the above criteria, swimmers must be able to pass a swim test administered by the Swim Coach or their designee.

When is the swim season? 

The full swim season runs May through February. Swim meets run August through January with championship qualifiers continuing through February.

What costs are involved with the swim team?

For each swimmer, a non-refundable annual registration fee of (NEW 2014) Euros will be due in March or when a swimmer joins the team. The registration fee pays for the team swimsuit, team swim cap, team t-shirt and EFSL  fees. An annual training fee is also assessed.    Paid monthly, this fee is (NEW 2014) Euros for NATO affiliated swimmers and 50 Euros for non-NATO affiliated swimmers.  If paid in a lump sum for the year, this fee is (NEW 2014) Euros for NATO affiliated swimmers and 500 Euros for non–NATO affiliated swimmers. There is a 5% discount for paying annual training dues by June 5.  Annual training fees pay for pool time and other costs involved in operating the team. Transportation costs to away meets, goggles and other items needed are the swimmer’s responsibility.

In what division of  the EFSL are we?

We are in the Benelux division with ESB Brussels Octopus, Geilenkirchen Orcas, Lakenheath Barracudas, NATO Marlins and SHAPE Seals.

Must my swimmer attend every meet on the posted meet schedule?

No.  For the 2012/2013 swim season, LIST  committed to send at least one of it's swimmers to 8 swim meets.  This included the Sothern Divisional Meet in Cadiz (Spain) and the EFSL Championship Meet in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Four of the meets comitted to were in Rota, Spain.  The remaining two were in Rota and Antwerp. 

Commitments for the 2012/2013 season will be discussed with parents before the EFSL President's Meeting in May, 2012.  

How are trips to meets arranged/managed?

The LIST travel coordinator may coordinate group booking, if required and give some guidance about tickets. Because of the small size of LIST, travel guidance will be given by the travel coordinator or the hosting team, but ultimately, lodging and travel expenses will be the responsibility of the family.  For ROTA meets, the LIST travel coordinator will submit all visitor requests to allow for access to the base.    

What must a parent do for the team?

Parents are crucial to making it all work. Becoming a league official, a team statistician, or volunteering to take on one of the many duties involved in operating the team is vital to this organization. If every parent does one thing to operate the team then no one becomes overwhelmed with responsibility. This is a private organization and parent/family involvement is a must. In addition to assisting in activities (including LIST swim meets and fundraisers), parents need to complete documentation for their swimmer (registration application, emergency data card, parent / swimmer contract, medical info sheet), attend parent meetings as scheduled, foster good sportsmanship in support of  LIST objectives and assist in enforcing the rules and regulations of the LIST.

What about behavior problems?

The coaching staff first handles behavioral problems with a swimmer. The coaches normally will comment to the parent if it continues. If problems persist, the president is notified and the problem will be discussed with the swimmer and parent. If problems continue, expulsion from the team could result. Swimmers and parents will sign a behavior agreement to ensure everyone understands the standards set forth.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, you can contact us at lisbonbullsharks@gmail.com or one of the team officers listed on the About Us page.


BULLSHARK ASSESSMENT STANDARDS

GOLD

200 IM under 3:30

All strokes, glides, pullouts etc to GOLD standards as assessed by Coach Nuno and Coach Julio

SILVER

100 IM under 2:00

All strokes, glides, pullouts etc to SILVER standards as assessed by Coach Nuno and Coach Julio 

BRONZE

All swimmers not yet meeting silver standards or as assigned by Coach Nuno and Coach Julio

 Swimmer assessments/time trials will be conducted periodically to allow for change in practice group. However,  Coach Nuno and Coach Julio will make the final determinations for grouping for swimmers based on age, practice attendance, and effort level during practice.