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Parent Education

The Coral Springs Swim Club stays in contact communication with its membership throughout the year via monthly eNewsletter, email blasts from coaches and Board of Directors, facebook page and group and via twitter.
Here is a sample of Parent Education Articles in an assortment of topics our club has developed and makes available to the families.

1. How To Prepare For Your First Swim Meet by Liz Pittinger
2. Parents Sizzler Meet Checklist by Coach Jessica N. Long
3. Do you have time to time? by Mary Lincoln
4. Shopping for food? It's easy! by Arlene Semeco
5. Lets's talk vitamins! by Arlene Semeco
6. CSSC Nutrition Corner by Chris Rosenbloom
7. Free EKG Screening for Young Athletes at Miami Children's Hospital by Sharon Robb
8. A Force for Success by Patty Gómez
9. Volunteer Action by Patty Gómez

How To Prepare For Your First Swim Meet

by Liz Pittinger
CSSC Parent
Former Member of Board of Directors
July, 2011

first-meetCongratulations! You are about to swim in your first swim meet. This is one of the most exciting aspects of our sport. It's your opportunity to use the knowledge you have gained from all of your practices and get an official time on your events. Below are some tips to help you and your family prepare for your swim meet. Remember, each time you race you will gain more confidence, realize what racing strategies work for you, and improve as a swimmer overall. This is about gaining confidence and developing a love for the sport that will last a lifetime. Good luck and have fun!

Parents Sizzler Meet Checklist

by Jessica Nugent Long
CSSC Age Group Coach
Summer 2011

Here are a couple of "Need To Know" items to keep in mind for our upcoming swim meets. We hope this will help you get through some of the confusion!
o Be sure to be on time for our team warm-up.
o Be sure your child is well-fed but not too full. Light, energizing meals are the best! (i.e. healthy sandwiches, cereal, fruit, bagels).
o Be sure to bring with you water, sports drinks, granola bars and fruit, just in case.

sizzlerThe team warm-up is a very important aspect of the whole meet. Your child has the chance to prepare his/her body and mind to swim in the meet. It's important they do this with their fellow swimmers and coaches.
When you arrive to the competition pool, please look for your CSSC coach (we'll be properly attired with club t-shirts). We'll take the children to the warm-up portion of the meet.

Do you have time to time?

by Mary Lincoln
Head Timer of the Coral Springs Swim Club
March, 2013

stopwatchIn order for our meet to be successful, we rely on many people to volunteer their time.
One of the easiest, yet critical, volunteer positions is the Timer. At championship meets, we run two pools during prelims, and for this we need 40 Timers in the morning session, each day. Then for Finals we would need 20 Timers.
Timing is simple. At each lane, one Timer operates a stop watch and the other Timer verifies swimmers' names and records the time. If a Timer misses a start for any reason, he/she signals the Head Timer who has an extra watch available.

A Force for Success

by Patty Gómez
CSSC Volunteer Coordinator
July 2013

force-for-successWe want to highlight the one component that makes everything happen at a meet for the swimmers: VOLUNTEERS.
We are fortunate to have high participation of parents and swimmers at our meets. Because of that we usually face no difficulties filling every position at every session. We are very appreciative of that. During a typical four-day meet, more than 90 parents, friends and swimmers from our community and from visiting families get to perform 237 jobs. From the Parking Attendant that happily greets and directs everyone at the start of each session, to the workers in the computer room, every volunteer offers an invaluable asset to the meet: their time. The concession store cooks and sales people, the Hospitality Service volunteers and the timers cover several shifts from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm to ensure that every family, swimmer, coach and official will encounter a friendly and helpful face.

Volunteer Action

by Patty Gómez
CSSC Volunteer Coordinator
September 2013

CSSC offers multiple rewarding opportunities to parents and community members to get involved and support our young swimmers' development.

"The more we know about something, the more we appreciate it." – Anonymous


Shopping for food? It's easy!

by Arlene Semeco
CSSC Swimmer, 3-time Olympian and Registered Dietician
October, 2012

eating-healthyWhen going to the grocery store, we are faced with endless options of foods and products. This, sometimes, could be tiring and even overwhelming.
What's the right option to buy? How can I know I am making the right decision? Don't fear! Choosing the right product is not as hard as you think. Here are some tips that will help you make the best decision when buying groceries for your family.

Breads and cereals:
• Select breads, cereals, and crackers that are rich in fiber and whole grains and low in saturated and trans fats (for example, whole wheat bagel instead of croissants).
• Prepare pasta with homemade tomato sauce instead of cheeses or cream sauce.

Lets's talk vitamins!

by Arlene Semeco
CSSC Swimmer, 3-time Olympian and Registered Dietician
February, 2013

The human diet consists of macronutrients and micronutrients. The macronutrients include carbohydrates, proteins and fats, whereas the micronutrients include all the vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for the metabolism and breaking down of the carbohydrates, proteins and fats for energy production. Athletic performance can be compromised in the absence or insufficiency of micronutrients. But this does not mean that an excess of vitamins and minerals will alter athletic performance without an increased need for them due to physical activity.
A balanced diet suggests that the human body's needs of macronutrients and micronutrients are satisfied. However, in the real world, people do not have perfect diets and therefore supplementation is necessary. For athletes it is imperative that an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals is being met in a daily basis. Therefore, for an athlete that does not have a perfect diet (who does anyways?), it is recommended that they take a high-quality multivitamin to ensure the consumption of all the necessary micronutrients.

Nutritional Trends for Performance

by Chris Rosenbloom
Sports Dietician
March, 2013

What's hot in the food and nutrition world for 2013? Seems like everyone has a list of trends for the New Year, but here are some I've culled from various sources that will enhance a swimmer's performance:

1. Muscle and protein.

meet-poultryResearch on protein and the timing of eating protein-rich foods continues to be a hot topic. Younger people are looking for energy, toned muscles and staying in tip top shape, while older folks (like your parents and grandparents) are interested in maintaining muscle as they age. Including protein at every meal and snack is the way to go and the food industry is adding protein to a variety of products to make it easy to get the muscle-building nutrient. Look for protein in granola bars, cereals, smoothies, and even extra protein added to milk, but don't overlook the obvious sources of protein: an egg for breakfast, a slice of cheese melted on toast, a chicken drumstick, tofu noodle bowl, and cereal and milk all contain high quality protein.


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