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Feb 13, 2013

SD Digest 2/13/13

Teamwork …
There are NO “stars” in dragon boat paddling. No one paddler makes the boat go, it’s a team effort, with the many working as one.  This applies both on and off the water. Teamwork is the single most important attribute of a successful team.

   - 9:00a both Sat AND Sun
   - Attendance is being taken*, Land drills are being run!    *Late pushups!
   - You are late if your dear Captains deem you late (9:15 by the Captain’s preferred timing device)
   - Practice Poll Reminder: Be mindful of the practice poll. We need your poll responses by Wed 7p to properly notify SCDBC, later responses, while helpful to coaches and captains, do not help us satisfy our obligations to the association, beach monitors and the greater DB community.
 ** Practice Poll (fill it out and keep it updated with changes)!

1a.  SPECIAL BOAT (Early Pre-Tempe Start-up)
   - What is the special boat you ask?  It’s a 1 hr paddling session before normal practice in an effort to give coaches and steers some paddling time.  It also provides a unique opportunity for individuals to work on their “issues” in a coaching-rich environment!
   - In response to extensive and energetic interest by both paddlers and coaches, the special boat has started its 2013 sessions early! While it normally starts up after Tempe races, strong interest inspired coaches to start it up BEFORE Tempe this season, on Saturdays only. 
   - WHEN: 7:45a Sat before normal practice (8a ON THE WATER)
   - Participation is limited to 1 boat and coach availability, individual sessions may be cancelled if participation is too low! Check the blog or FB Fri night after 10p for cancellations
   - Interested?  Sign up on the poll AND DON’T BE LATE!
 ** Special Boat Practice Poll

2.  Tempe OC-2 Testing  –  Sun Feb 24
-   It’s fun, it’s a challenge!  Create your base-line for the season to track your progression.
-   Details on blog here!
-   Signup here!
-   Make-up testing will be held Sunday March 3, Email coaches if you can't make the primary test date and need to test on the make-up day.

3.  BOAT MANTENANCE –  Last Weekend!!!
-   Thank You to all that helped, we are very lucky to only be required to supply 8 people over the 2 days!

-   Traded your jersies away? Lost them? Need a jersey for your 1st Tempe Races?
-   Get your Sexy Space Dragons dye sublimation Jersey!
-   Cost: $30 all sizes and styles, inclusive!
-   Styles: short sleeve, long sleeve, sleeveless
-   Sizes: Men(sm, med, lg, xl) Women(xs, sm, med, lg, xl)
-   Don’t know your size? Ask your team mates of similar stature about their jersey preferences =)
-   Email or FaceBook PM captain Robert to order yours!

5.  Patches and Stickers and Bracelets, OH MY!
-   Have you seen your teammates sporting those slick Space Dragons Patches, Stickers and Bracelets, and been wondering where you can get some of that Bling for yourself?
* Patches:          $2.00   see Marina
* Stickers:          $2.50   see Pearl
* Bracelets:        $2.00   see Emily

6.  2013 Dues!
-   Dues remain at the low 2012 rate of $100 adult, $50 minor (under 18)
-   As always, cash or checks payable to Space Dragons, give to Denise, Marina, Roger or Robert
-   Thank You for your early payment! We have already paid out registration fees for SCDBC, Tempe and Vancouver and need to recover those fees so we can pre-register for other upcoming races.
-   If you need to make installment arrangements, contact captains, we are very flexible!

7.  2013 Tempe (Arizona) – Sat Mar 23 – Sun Mar 24 
-   We are registered to Race!
 2 mixed boats (500m, 250m AND 1000m), Genders, Masters 
-   Sign up on the evite!
-   Remember to update the Evite with hotel and transport info so we can coordinate!
-   How do we survive on away races?  When we’re not hosted, we survive on Space Dragon Love! Aka pot-luck!  Nothing big, just some healthy snacks you like and bring a little extra to share =)  Keep your eye out for a signup sheet!

8.  2013 Alcan Dragon Boat Festival (VANCOUVER) – Fri Jun 21 – Sun Jun 23 
-   Time is ticking!  31 signed up!
-   We have 1.5 boats, let’s make it 2!  Sign up!
-   While our regular warm up tournaments, Tempe and Baby LB, are still in play
-   Start your plans now for Vancouver! 
Things to consider:
    * Passport: Canada travel requires a passport, it must be valid through Jan 2014(6mo from travel date)
    * Time off: Try to schedule arrival Thu or early Fri to available for a Fri practice in Vancouver!
    * Travel Costs: Start saving today! One less beer a week is already $200 saved ;)
    * Evite: Check out evite and sign up (Yes, Maybe, No) and keep it updated =)
    * Questions: Have questions? Need convincing? Ask your favorite vet!

9.  CPR Certification for All Steers!  Sat Feb 23rd, 8:30a-12:30p 
ATTENTION STEERS: RSVP for CPR class!  ALL year-around steers (practice and tournament) will need to be CPR-certified by June 9th. In your Evite response please include your:
Full name
Team name
Specify: steer, coach/captain, or paddler.
-         $35 Fee will be covered for steers already certified (or required to be certified) or who will be certified by CPR class date only
-         If you are not a steer, feel free to participate in this opportunity, but you will be responsible for the $35 class fee.
-         If any team-covered participant wishes to pay for their certification fee, or wishes to make a $35 tax-deductible donation to the team, do not be shy!

-   And guess what? Our very own Karen Chan is having a baby!
-   You're invited to join us to congratulate Karen as she starts her new chapter into motherhood. 
-   Baby shower gifts are optional. If you are interested in getting something for Karen, then please remember to check the FB event page. We will update with Karen's baby registry information at a later date.
-   Hope you can attend! It would be great to see all your beautiful faces! ♥♥♥
-   This event is located at Marina's house.    Potluck style.
-- Your Captains