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Autumn 2018 Greetings and Info

Hello LCSC families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 TEAM COHO swim season! 

Your coaching staff is rested and ready to work with you in achieving your goals in swimming.   We thank everyone for their interest in having fun learning new skills, and working hard to accomplish great goals.  This is an exciting year with energetic and enthusiastic coaches ready to take the team to higher performance levels!   

Parents are encouraged to meet all coaches as we start the year.  Lead coaches are responsible for any questions as we start out the season; coaches are available for parent interaction at the beginning and end of the practice sessions.

As we begin the new season, a few reminders:
~Check the website regularly to keep up-to-date with any announcements, events, and cancellations that may occur from time-to-time.  This is your best resource for information: 
https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=milcsc
~Parents are to ensure children reach the pool area promptly and safely (15 minutes prior to start) and are picked up no later than fifteen minutes after the finish of instructional time. 
~Parents are welcome to stay and watch practice sessions.  Appropriate viewing areas for the practices are the spectator stands. USA Swimming insurance requirements state that no parents are to be on deck during practice sessions.

Safety
~All swimmers are expected to take a full shower prior to entering the swimming pool.  This is very important: first, one’s skin, hair, and nails are better protected from the damaging effects of pool chemicals; second, less chemical reactions occur with pool chemicals, reducing the “bad air” smell of chloramines, reducing the stress on the respiratory system.
~All common pool safety rules apply: walk, floors are wet and slippery; no horseplay, pushing, shoving; please follow coaches directions the first time given.

Equipment
~For the first month of the new session, all swimmers should have goggles, swim suit, and towel.  Team caps will be provided to new swimmers.  
~A team swim suit fitting and full equipment recommendations will be posted later this month.

September Events and Schedule Changes
Swim Training Begins September 10

All swim practices begin Monday September 10. 
Dryland Training Begins September 24
As we begin the new season, dryland training will be delayed until the week of September 24.  This will allow athletes the opportunity to balance academic commitments and ease into the time involved in excelling at the state and national level.
September 14 (Friday): Registration closes for Session I.  All registrations after this date are handled on an individual basis.  
September 17 (Monday): LCSC General Membership Meeting  
This annual meeting is being held at 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Library Rooms A & B.  All parents are encouraged to attend, meet the LCSC Board of Directors, and learn more about the formal operations of our team.    
September 20 (Thursday): All practices canceled; Team Informational Meeting Because of a HS swim meet at the Rec Center, all practices are canceled.  
Parents and swimmers are invited to attend an informational meeting covering the following topics:
~LCSC Vision and Mission
~Overview of USA Swimming
~Navigating the Team Website
~The Scope and Purpose of Competitive Swimming
The meeting will be held 6:00-7:00 p.m., with site at the Rec Center TBA.
September 28 (Friday): Team Social Eventat 3 Cedar Farms
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EA8AA28A57-lcsc1
Enjoy an evening with LCSC teammates and families at 3 Cedar Farms: team hayride, corn maze, and Coho Bonfire!  Sign up on the posted link and celebrate the harvest with fellow Cohoes.

Other Pertinent Information
Goal Sheets

A personal swimmer goal sheet is an important communication tool between swimmer and coach.  It communicates the swimmer’s aspirations for the upcoming season.  As much as possible, it is important for the swimmer to independently complete their goal sheet in handwriting.  Coaches will explain how to fill out goal sheets at practice this week. Goal sheets are available at practice and on the team website, under the header “Resources,” and sub-header “Goal Sheets.”
Swimmer Equipment Needs
The coaching staff will announce equipment needs for each group in the next newsletter.

We are looking forward to a fantastic season!  Stay tuned as the LCSC 2018-2019 Short Course Season launches!

Go Cohoes!
Head Coach Vince Gallant and the LCSC Swimming Coaches