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Dear Lyme-Old Lyme Parents/Guardians and potential Unified Sports Members,
Unified Sports is a registered program of Special Olympics that combines approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without disabilities, on sports teams for training and competition. All Unified Sports players, both athletes and partners, are similar age and matched sport skill ability. Unified Sports teams are placed in competitive divisions based on their skill abilities, and range from training divisions (with a skill-learning focus) to high skill competition.
The pioneer sports program was started in 1992 under the partnership between the CIAC and the Special Olympics Connecticut to expand athletic opportunities for students of all abilities. The Unified Sports program has grown rapidly, with over 3000 students participating last year in Connecticut alone.
Lyme-Old Lyme is starting their own Unified Sports program this this year. We are looking for athletes and partners who are interested in committing to one or two practices a week, along with competitions between other shoreline schools a few times a season, as well as, a few shoreline and state tournaments. Sports that will be included in the program will be soccer, basketball, volleyball, bowling and track and field. We would like to launch the program at our winter sports night on November 15th, with a short informational session. In the meantime, please discuss with your child about the idea of being a part of this amazing opportunity and complete the interest sheet attached. If interested please return to the Lyme-Old Lyme Athletic Department by November 15, 2018. You may also begin to register on FamilyID starting November 1. All Unified Sports athletes and partners will need to meet all the requirements for sport participation listed in the Athletic Handbook.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions concerning this program.
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Registration for Winter Sports is now open on the Lyme-Old Lyme Athletic Webpage. The final day to accept registration online is Tuesday, November 12th for all Middle School Sports and Monday, November 26th for all High School Sports(Girls Basketball & Fencing should have their registration complete by Nov 21 to prevent any delays). To prevent from being held out of practice, begin the registration process and submit all required documents as soon as possible. In order to participate in ANY sport a student-athlete must have met all requirements stated in the Lyme-Old Lyme Athletic Handbook.
The Mandatory High School Winter Sports Night for parents and players will be Thursday, November 15th at 6:30pm in the High School Auditorium.
Middle School will be receiving information from their coaches/School with try-out and season information.
WINTER SPORTS IMPORTANT DATES:
***Coaches will hand out season practice schedules
***Season game/event schedules can be found at www.region18.org under “Athletics”
Boys Basketball Meeting!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:30
Room 215 (Coach Kaczor’s room)
● Discuss team rules and expectations.
● Basketball paperwork due Friday October, 26 to room 215.
● Practice schedule/December calendar distributed.
● Parent-Coaches meeting Thursday November 15, 6:30 pm.
● Due November 23 Familyid notifications.
● 1st tryout. Thursday November 29 4:45-6:45.
● Captain vote.
July 1 - Fall Sports Registration Opens
August 15 - Fall Sports Night
August 16 - Fall Set-Up/Clean Up Day
August 16 - High School Fall ImPact Testing
August 19 - HS Fall Sports Registration CLOSES
August 19 - Football Begins
August 22 - Cross Country Begins
August 28/29 - Middle School Fall ImPact Testing
August 29 - Swimming, Soccer and Volleyball Begin
August 30 - Unified and Middle School Fall Registration CLOSES
September 3 - Unified Sports and Middle School Sports Begin
December 4 - Fall Sports Banquet
Team night are for parents and athletes interested in playing a sport
Fall - August 15
Winter - November 14
Spring - March 10
Fall - December 4
Winter - 24
Spring - June 11**
**tentative -due to the last day of school and tournaments