Hello swim team parents! I am super excited that the 2014-15 season is underway. Now that we are entering the second month of the season, I want to encourage all Parent’s to keep having that ongoing discussion with their athlete’s about what contributing looks like, sounds like and feels like at practice. As coach I will continue to consistently encourage organized, mindful, cooperation as benchmarks of team and individual success. The standing up during line up allows all athlete’s to finish the swim, to the walls, everyone plays a role in this, especially our youngest swimmers.
Often an issue will arise amongst competitive individuals and those with less competitive desires, the later may choose other behaviors that do not contribute to an effective team swim environment… i.e. splashing, bobbing around aimlessly & being under water during coaches instruction three big mistakes. The issue then becomes how to most efficiently get the later group to understand that swim team, is an orderly environment with certain standards of conduct which allow us to move efficiently. . My thought is if we as parent’s continue to talk about it, encourage it, point out to our kids when we see it, so that they begin to take more ownership of their ability to contribute. Please feel free to email coach with your thoughts. always looking for ways to get better.
Team Suits will be ready in 2-3 weeks, order is in the pipeline! Suits will be available to order if you missed first round, MI Sports will be our vendor.
Coach posted the skeleton meet schedule, as in the bare bones version, there will be more meets available, but I wanted to give you the basics first. See above tab (upcoming Meet Schedule) to get the dates in your calendars.
We will continue working as a team exercising our conduct lane organization or CLO skills, athletes will be run through a series of swimming component skills, such as accelerating, submerging, surfacing, stopping, changing directions, listening, observing, and a lot of DOING whole swimming patterns. We want a purposeful and action packed athletic experience for all GPS athlete’s each and every session.
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.