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Email from Coach Kathryn- Week 1

Hello Swimmers and Families!

Welcome to the 2019 season! I am so excited to begin my 5th season as LMT’s Head Coach! We are welcoming back some great assistant coaches this year as well as some new faces joining our coaching staff so please check out our  website to learn more about them. Parents, please take a few moments to review the website and coach bios/pictures so the swimmers are familiar with staff. There are many practices and events that take place throughout our short ten-week season so the Parent Board and Coaching Staff will strive to keep everyone well informed.  I will be sending out a weekly e-mail to keep you all updated.

Also, please check the website (www.lmtswim.com) on a regular basis.  Key areas to look at are: Events (you must be signed in to view events, commit to events, and sign up for jobs), Team News, and Team Calendar. All the dates for the season can already be found on our throughout the Team Calendar!

Here are a few reminders for the first week of practice:

**The first day of practice is on Thursday, May 30, 2019. There will be NO PRACTICE FOR 8 AND UNDER SWIMMERS THURSDAY, MAY 30. 8 and UNDERS will begin practice FRIDAY, MAY 31.

May 30, 2019: first day of practice 

3:30-5:00 PM (ages 12 and up)

4:45-6:00 PM (ages 9, 10, 11)

5:00-6:30 PM new swimmer evaluations

May 31, 2019 and June 3-7, 2019 ONLY**:

3:30-5:00 PM (ages 12 and up)

5:00-6:00 PM (ages 9, 10, 11)

6:00-6:45 PM (ages 8 and under) 

**note: NO DRYLAND 

We will resume our normal swim practice schedule June 10, 2019.

Please keep in mind that the pool is a construction zone.  If possible, all small children should be left at home. There are no tables or chairs available for member use until June 8, 2019. Please bring a chair if you would like to sit in the grass. We appreciate your attentiveness and help in keeping this environment safe for all swimmers, coaches, and spectators. To gain access to the facility, please park by the tennis courts (in the back) and walkdown the access path along the backside of the pool. Please see graphic below for additional description/information:

** New swimmer evaluations will take place the first day of practice, Thursday, May 30 from 5:00-7:00. Please arrive between and 4:50pm and 6:30. Click here for more information regarding new swimmer evaluations.

**  Practice Schedule

Practices are held every day (Mon-Fri) after school for all age groups.

(Morning practices start Monday, June 24) Please see the website by clicking here for more specific times.  Make sure your child attends the practice of his/her specific age group. No exceptions. I understand some children do not get out of school in time for the 12 and up practice, so do the best you can to get there as soon as possible.  I do not need to know if your child is unavailable for a specific practice, however, when we begin dual meets, it will be very important to let me know if your child will be attending a dual meet.  

** 4th Annual Mock Meet: Our annual mock meet will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Again this year, the mock meet will be for swimmers 12 and under. You need to declare your attendance for this meet by June 4, 2018. Please click  here for more information. To declare for this meet, log in to the website, click Events at the top, and find the event “Mock Swim Meet/Time Trials.” Team gifts will be distributed at the mock meet.

** Caps have been ordered and should arrive within the next few weeks.

Please make every effort to attend practices consistently (unless you are practicing with your year around swim club).  With spring sports and school still in full swing, I realize many swimmers will miss practice until school is out.  If you can only make part of a practice on a particular day, still come!  The first few weeks of practices set the tone for the season and are where most drills are taught and early conditioning takes place.

**Please arrive to the pool at least 10 minutes before practice begins so you can be ready to start practice on time. Don't forget to wear/bring athletic shoes and socks for dryland. Dryland will consist of cardiovascular, upper, and lower body strengthening as well as flexibility and team building exercises.  These age appropriate exercises are an important component in each swimmer's program and add many benefits to their swimming and diving experience outside of the pool.

During practice, it is important and necessary that swimmers have the proper equipment:

--A positive attitude

--Suit: Jammer or brief swimsuit for males, one-piece swimsuit suitable for diving for females.

--Goggles: comfortable and well-fitting goggles Click  herefor an example.  They also have this style in a “junior” version and in many colors.

--Swim cap or hair tie

--Fins (Fins should be long blade with closed ankles). Please, prominently write your name on them with a permanent marker. For an example, please click  here.

--Athletic shoes/socks for dryland practice.

--Towel.

-- Water bottle.

Do you need new equipment, a new practice suit, or are you interested in purchasing LMT spirit wear? Please check out our online store by clicking here. When you make a purchase with this link, a percentage of proceeds are given back to our team as a fundraiser!

Your child (and parent/caregiver) must bring their pool membership card and for their safety of your child(ren), anyone under age 12 must be walked to the coaches at the start of practice and picked up from coaches after practice ends. To reiterate, children under the age of 12 may NOT be dropped off at the pool entrance. Please, bring your pool pass!

Parents, we ask that you keep a good distance from the pool deck during practices. It is often distracting to your child, other children, and the coaches when parents are present on the deck. Feel free to watch from the grass areas surrounding the pool. If you need to speak with your child, if they are upset, or if they need extra help with their equipment, a coach will bring them to you. I realize that some of you may have questions or concerns that are not addressed on the website or in my weekly emails. The best way to reach me is by leaving me a note in my mailbox on the door of the swim team office. During practice, it is important that the coach’s attention is on the swimmers. I will not be regularly available through e-mail during the swim season. Out team President, Felissa Lane is available through email should you have any administrative questions. Her email address is felissalanelmt@gmail.com.

Again, I thank you for being a part of the LMT Swim Team Program and look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, May 30!

See you at the pool,

Coach Kathryn