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Athlete Development Philosophy
At the Lake Forest Swim Club we adhere tightly to a program of
long-term athlete development. We believe that the goal of any
youth sports program should be developing the foundation and skills
necessary for success as youg athletes mature. We strive to
establish technical skills, build physical fitness and develop
specific race strategies over the course of a swimmer's career.
This approach requires great patience but results in a very high
success rate during a swimmer's high school and college years.
Our program allows young swimmers the opportunity to progress at
their own developmental rate while advancing on an individual basis
as they gain strength, skills, experience and maturity. Because
children grow and develop at individual rates this approach
requires great patience from both parents and coaches.
Swimmers are placed in a practice squad based on the age,
ability, experience and their willingness to meet the commitment
expected from the squad. Our Age Group program is skill oriented
with a gradual increase in the emphasis on physical conditioning.
The Senior program progresses in a similar fashion with an increase
in both physical demand and commitment.
Over many years swimmers who take the patient LFSC approach have
enjoyed tremendous success at all levels of swimming. The
consistent focus on technical skills and cardiovascular fitness
through the early years of their career has paid off with LFSC
swimmers achieving Local, State, National and International
success. Whether a swimmer reaches the Olympic Games or wins their
first ribbon locally their success can be traced to a long term
The chart below places the LFSC program in context with the work
of noted sport researcher Istvan Balyi,
internationally acclaimed for his work in Long Term Athlete