2014-15GPS Swim Team

Hello swim team parents, summer seasons are about to culminate with league and  state  swim meets, good luck to all athletes!  I am super excited to get the new 2014-15 season underway. Coaches ten year old laptop finally has been replaced, I am hoping for a smooth transition, getting it all “dialed” in. My email, phone and computer seem to be working, last item is my printer, anyway will figure it out soon.  Working on getting all registration info ready to go should be ready by the end of this week. I am excited to hear about everyone’s summer, and look forward to hearing about our athlete’s goals for the upcoming season.

From the response of returning athletes the team looks to be pretty near full with the addition of a few new families that come highly recommended. My question to parents is this, “Would you prefer to get started right after Labor Day or settle into school rhythm and then begin Monday Sept 15th?” Let me know, depends on pool availability, which I will hear about shortly and share the options.

Our program is developed to reward swimmers for meeting OUR criteria of success. To us, success equals improvement. Rather than focusing on winning, or comparing one swimmer to another, we provide swimmers with incremental goals in all of their events, BASED ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL LEVEL OF ABILITY. These goals encourage our swimmers to focus on improving their times, and to swim all events, rather than specialize at an early age.

Picking a Swim Team?

Hello to all parents who are searching for swim programs for thier children.  GPS has a simple goal, be a great service for developing age group swimming athletes, we train in Golden, CO. 

For everyone who joins our swim team, we believe how you learn to swim is very important. Swimming is a sport in which athletes are measured by their ability to get from one place to another in less time than their competitors. Athletes derive a great deal of beneficial exercise and mental stimulation in the process of learning, training and preparing for competition.

It is essential to understand that if you’re swimming, you are actually getting from one place to another, either at the surface or underneath the water, efficiently, energetically and with graceful motion.

So you want to be a competitive swimmer? What are the requirements? The participant must have an athlete’s perspective, a willingness to be coached,  determination and willingness to give your full 100% attention, a positive healthy work ethic, an attitude of gratitude, and a healthy lifestyle with regular habits of studying, eating, training, and sleeping.

Gold group prerequisites: Drill 100 yards of all four strokes, racing dive, flipturns and 100 IM

Red group prerequisites: Drill 50 yards of all four competitive strokes, flip turns and 100 IM

Black group prerequisites: Drill 25 yards of at least 3 competitive strokes & can stand in shallow water

 

 

Finding our Groove

Here we go athletes,  soon we will begin the  important work that you as athletes and teammates will be working on: the ability to communicate positively and efficiently.  We must agree that the focus is on how and what we are ”paying attention too” while at swim team practice.  

The answer is simple, swimming of course. That will be our job, practicing as a team, creating  a healthy groove. Where the collective fitness level for everybody increases, all strokes are improving, and more importantly the increase in all of our  athletes quality of movement in the water .  These three things are all components of becoming fast swimmers.  Swimmers always  bring water bottles to each and every practice, your swim bags with snorkels, goggles and your awesome attitude of course. 

Highly recommended training equipment for all groups.

Positive Drive Fins (PDF)

Finis Center Mounted Swimmers Snorkel (JR or Freestyle Model)

Large Mesh Bag

Hello Athletes and Parents

Welcome athletes, swimmers and thier parents.

This blog is about the Golden Phoenix Swim Team, established in 2010.  We are a  USA swimming club, CSI team code GPS-CO, and are located near Golden Colorado.  Short Course Season tryouts begin in Mid- August, practices are held at Golden Recreation Center, season runs till May 15th.  Golden Phoenix Swimming encourages it’s athletes to compete in the summer leagues and return in the fall for further development and gaining more race experience.

Coached by Dietrich Lawrence