021-2022 SHORT COURSE SEASON

For over fifty-five years, the Laurel East Hartford YMCA Swim Team (LEHY) has been developing youth to reach his/her highest potential through the sport of swimming. Using the Y core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, LEHY coaches work to instill commitment, dedication, teamwork, along with a love of swimming in each and every member of the team. LEHY has consistently been seen as one of the top age group development programs in Connecticut Swimming. LEHY Short Course program is for the experienced competitive swimmers who are interested in continuing and furthering his/her strength and stamina for competition.

 

All new swimmers must have a completed New Swimmer Information form and YMCA Waiver form with their registration.

New swimmers must also attend an evaluation at East Hartford High School on September 8th or 9th . Evaluations begin promptly at 5:30 PM and will be over by 7:00 PM. Swimmers will need to demonstrate their skills and then be assigned to a specific program. You only need to attend one of the two dates.

 

Registration will close by the first week in October. We will not accept any new registrations after this date. The registration deadline will be posted on the website when it is established.

 

A parent night will be held in early October for new and returning swimmers, to learn more about the team and the expectations for participating in meets and volunteer assignments.

8 and under:

Ages 8 and under (2 days weekly)

These swimmers are introduced to the sport of swimming in an enjoyable and comfortable environment. The swimmers learn the four competitive strokes, starts and turns through a multitude of drills and individual instruction. Eight and under swimmers practice two day a week therefore every attempt should be made to make ALL practices.

 

Developmental:

Ages 9-12 (Two days weekly, plus one additional practice for advancing swimmers) Our developmental program works on refining stroke mechanics of all the competitive strokes. Starts, turns and some endurance training (through interval sets) are also a

component of this squad. The swimmers are expected to supplement their two practices with one additional practice during regular practice times. This allows the swimmers to be exposed to longer distances in practice and is an important step towards continued improvement. Swimmers should make every attempt to attend all practices. If coaches feel

 

the swimmer should only be doing the 2 day developmental program fees will be adjusted accordingly.

 

LEHY Competitive Program Junior Program:

All swimmers ages 9-12, and developing 13-14 year old swimmers (4 days offered weekly) Swimmers in this program are expected to have made a commitment to the sport of swimming. There is an emphasis on longer distance training, and challenging sets where swimmers learn to independently motivate themselves. Swimmers continue to focus on the basic mechanics of swimming while learning to be more independent in the sport. Coaches would like to see the swimmers attend a minimum of 3 practices a week.

 

Senior Program:

All swimmers 13 and over (5 days offered weekly, plus weekend practices for upper level seniors. 13/14 year old swimmers may practice with the Junior group if coaches feel it is a better fit for their progression in the sport)

Swimmers in this program are expected to have made a commitment to the sport of swimming. There is an emphasis on longer distance training, and challenging sets where swimmers learn to independently motivate themselves. Swimmers continue to focus on the basic mechanics of swimming while learning to be more independent in the sport. Coaches would like to see the swimmers attend a minimum of 4-5 practices a week. 13/14 year old swimmers who are recommended for the Junior program will have program fees adjusted accordingly.

 

High School Girl Swimmers:

Girls who are swimming with their high school program (September-November) are allotted a price brake due to the overlap of the high school program and the LEHY program. HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS MUST BE SIGNED UP BY THE SPECIFIC REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND NOT AFTER THE HIGH SCHOOL SEASON.

High School Boy and Private School Swimmers:

Boys and private school swimmers who are swimming with their high school program (day after Thanksgiving-March) are allotted a price brake due to the overlap of the high school program and the LEHY program.

 

Short Course Season Practice Schedule

ALL practices are held at East Hartford High. This is a change from our last season. Swimmers will be notified of practice group assignment and final practice times prior to the first day of practice. All practice times below are subject to be adjusted depending on the EHHS swim team practice schedules. Monthly practice calendars will be supplied. There are times during the season when high school is not practicing.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 Mar. 2022

All practice times below are subject to adjustment depending on the EHHS practice/swim meet schedule.

LOCATION: East Hartford High School 8 and unders:

Wednesday and Friday

5:30-6:30 pm

Developmental:

Wednesday and Friday, plus a third day of Junior practice (Monday OR Tuesday)- see below 5:30-6:30 pm

 

Junior Program:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:30-7:00 pm

Friday

6:30-7:30 pm

 

Senior Program:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:00-8:30 pm

Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm

Friday

7:30-9:30 pm

 

All practices may change by 15 minutes depending on the EHHS team practice schedule. Practice schedules will also be different on days EHHS team has away swim meets and in between seasons when the EHHS team is not practicing (middle to end of November).

 

Monthly practice schedules will be posted and/or emailed out to families.

Meet Policy

Meets will be posted at the pool. Swimmers/Parents must sign up at the pools to be entered in meets. Any swimmer not signed up will not be entered. We will be switching over to Team Unify and sign up will be available online. More information will follow!

 

Entry Fee Policy

Families are responsible for all meet entry fees. Signing up for a meet signifies that you acknowledge you are pay the entry fees for your swimmer(s). Families will be sent an invoice with a payment due date after the entries are completed. Payments not made by the due date may result in swimmers not being able to participate in additional practices/meets until payment is made in full. Championship entry fees will be due after the entries are complete and will be collected by the coaches. All payments for championships must be made prior to the start of the meet.

 

 

 

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

INFORMATION

All open balances due to the GHYMCA must be paid before participants can enroll.

 

 

Payment Due Dates

High School Swimmers

SC Competitive Program Senior Program

 

HS Boys Team

HS Girls Team

 

1st Child

 

2nd Child

Upon Registration

$ 232.00

$ 0

$ 238.33

$ 224.66

September 30, 2021

$ 232.00

$ 244.50

$ 238.33

$ 224.67

 

October 14, 2021

 

$ 0

 

$ 244.50

 

$ 238.34

 

$ 224.67

Total Program Fee

$ 464.00

$ 489.00

$ 715.00

$ 674.00

USA Registration

-due upon registration

 

$ 78.00

 

$ 78.00

 

$ 78.00

 

$ 78.00

 

TOTAL

 

$ 542.00

 

$ 567.00

 

$ 793.00

 

$ 752.00

 

 

Payment Due Dates

SC Competitive Program Junior Program

Developmental PLUS one Junior Practice

8 & Under

2 day only- Dev. Program

 

1st Child

2nd Child

All

All

Upon Registration

$ 200.00

$ 186.33

$171.00

$ 155.66

September 30, 2021

$ 200.00

$ 186.33

$171.00

$ 155.67

 

October 14, 2021

 

$ 200.00

 

$ 186.34

$171.00

 

$ 155.67

Total Program Fee

$ 600.00

$ 559.00

$513.00

$ 467.00

USA Registration

-due upon registration

 

$ 78.00

 

$ 78.00

 

$ 78.00

 

$ 78.00

 

TOTAL

 

$ 678.00

 

$ 637.00

 

$591.00

 

$545.00

 

·         ALL Swimmers must pay USA Swimming Registration fees:

o   USA Full year membership - (good through December 2021) - $78

         This fee covers your child for the duration of 2022.

 

·         If payment for the program is not made in full, families must set up an automatic payment program with the YMCA.

 

·         In order to help the coach’s plan for the season, please register by Friday, September 10, 2021. Swimmers must be registered before they will be allowed to practice.

 

Registration Notes:

·         Current or returning families may register in person, by phone (860.289.6612), by mail (770 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06108) beginning on Monday, August 16, 2021.

 

·         Need based scholarships and alternative payment schedules are available. Please contact the East Hartford YMCA at 860.289.6612.

 

If you have any questions please please click here to email Kaeley or call the EH YMCA at 860-289-6612.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Ed on being named the 2019 YMCA Coach of the Year for the Short Course National Championship, a national honor!

coach ed

Coach Ed has been with the East Hartford YMCA for 33 years, growing the team from 17 swimmers to more than 120 each year. Coach Ed is there for the team members in and out of the pool, helping them with his "Nickles for Nationals" fundraiser to help kids raise money to get to YMCA Nationals; fix their bicycles; leading them in neighborhood clean-up projects, and so much more.

In the nomination submitted, a former swimmer, who is now a team parent and coach, spoke about the sense of family that Coach Ed creates by making each individual feel valued as an important part of the whole.

Thank you to Coach Ed for his tireless service to our YMCA community!

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For over fifty years, the Laurel East Hartford YMCA Swim Club (LEHY) has been developing youth to reach his/her highest potential (in and out of the water) through the sport of swimming. Using the YMCA Core Values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY, LEHY coaches work to instill commitment, dedication, teamwork, and a love of swimming in each and every member of the club.

 

LEHY has consistently been seen as one of the top age group developmental programs in Connecticut Swimming. LEHY swimmers have been recognized through a multitude of accomplishments:

 

  • Swimmers named to the Academic All-American Team
  • National Top 16 rankings
  • YMCA National Top 16 rankings
  • Multiple finalist (including relays) at YMCA SC and LC National Championships
  • U.S. Senior National Qualifiers
  • U.S. Junior National Qualifiers
  • Speedo Sectional Qualifiers
  • CT Age Group Individual and Team High Point
  • YMCA New England Championship High Point- male, female, and overall

 

The coaches pride themselves on developing life-long swimmers. We are proud of the fact many of our members start with the program as ten and under swimmers and go on to compete at the collegiate level. LEHY swimmers have gone on to compete at such colleges as Amherst College, Bentley College, Bryant University, Central CT State University, Conn College, Davidson College, Emory University, Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University, Penn State, Rice University, RPI, Southern Connecticut State University, South Dakota State University, Springfield College, University of Tennessee, University of California- Davis, University of Maine, UMBC, URI, University of Richmond, Wesleyan University.