CLUB NEWS, September 17, 2014

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney


Sign up for the Sleepover:  KISU’s annual sleepover is happening after team practice on September 26th.  Come to practice with your sleepover gear and we will provide dinner, pre-practice breakfast on Saturday morning, and pancakes after practice.  Swimmers must be in Juniors or up to participate in the sleepover. Deadline to sign up is September 24th.

Sign up for our Home Meet: KISU has the privilege of hosting the first meet of the season in our region.  Our Iron Pentathlon and Jamboree weekend is October 17-19.  Last year, we hosted over 300 swimmers between our main meet and jamboree!  ALL KISU SWIMMERS should plan to attend.  Please check out the event details and sign up by clicking the Attend/Decline button beside the event listing on our home page.

Volunteer at our home meet:  As you will see in the meet information when you open the event, our home meets are MAJOR club fundraisers!  All KISU parents are called upon to help.  You can sign up by clicking the Job Sign Up button beside the event and selecting the sessions of the meet that you are available to help with.

Sign up for the Officials Clinic:  Saturday, October 4th, during morning practice. We are hosting a Stroke and Turn Clinic for our volunteer parent officials. Parents of swimmers in Age Group and Swim Academy are strongly encouraged to attend, and all parents are welcome.  Because this is taking place during Saturday morning practice, you will have an opportunity to see swimmers in action.  Just in time for our home meet!  Please sign up through the event listing.

Come to Parents at the Parrot:  October 2nd is our Parents and the Parrot fundraiser night . . . $10 for a burger and a beer, and $5 comes back to the club.  Bring your friends!  Doors at 4:30, BBQ from 5-7pm.  Purchase tickets next week on the deck, or through the Event sign up (just as though you were signing up for a swim meet)



We will be set up near the elevator to hand out team shirts, and ID tags (which will need to be shown to identify you as a KISU swimmer to get into the change rooms for practice).  Please plan to stop by. Parents at the Parrot tickets will also be available for sale.  Look for our table on Monday thru Thursday from 3:30-5:30.  We look forward to meeting everyone!



With the season finally here, you will soon come to realize that Wednesday is the day that you will receive your weekly Club News Email in your inbox!  Each week, you can expect to see a TO DO list.  This list will include reminders of upcoming events, things that you need to sign up for, important dates such as No Practice days, or Team Practice days . . . and any other things that you should be “doing” soon.

There will usually also be an item of information – maybe something that we find interesting, or something of note that one of our swimmers has accomplished.

Lastly, there will usually be a Parent Article.  Sometimes the article is about swimming in general, but it is often about being a swim parent.  There is a great series of information that we plan to share with you from Michael Brooks, Head Coach of the York YMCA Swimming program in York, Pennsylvania.  He is an author and speaker as well as a coach and offers some wise insight into your child’s sport and your role in his/her journey.

Sometimes long, sometimes short, ALWAYS informational . . . we rely on the Club News emails as a regular method of communicating with our memebrship.

Mini Squad Parents . . . a special note here to you: We recognize that much of the information in the club news emails might feel like information overload to you.  Although not all of the information or events will pertain to your young swimmer, some of the information does!  For example, starting in October, Mini Squad swimmers are invited to team practices.  Some events are targeted specifically to your swimmers.  And the information and parent articles are a great way to introduce yourself to the sport and learn along with your child.  Things like sub-4 IM, training cycles, AAA times, or illegal kick may all sound like greek right now . . . they won’t forever!  Hang in there!