The Webster Swim
Association, and its team, the Webster BlueFins, is a competitive
age-group swim program. The team and all its swimmers are members
Swimming, the governing and sanctioning body for organized
swimming in this country. We are a part of the Niagara District,
in the Eastern Zone of the US. USA Swimming organizes the US
Olympic Team and various National, Zone and District competitions.
It provides our insurance, sanctions our individual meets, trains
officials, and is involved in swimmer and coach development. We
compete under USA Swimming rules. Our club sends representatives to
Niagara District meetings twice a year to participate in this
process. The BlueFins are in the
Genesee Valley Swim League, previously the McDonalds Swim
League of Rochester.
Our aim is to provide a competitive environment in which children
experience the joy of self-improvement, physical conditioning,
discipline, and being part of a team. Particularly with the younger
age groups, the emphasis is not on winning, but rather on
self-improvement. There is an incentives program in place to
re-enforce this philosophy.
During competitions swimmers are divided into age groups so that
they swim against their peers. The different groups are 8 and
under, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, and 15 and over. The
age group a child is in is determined by his or her age on the day
of the designated meet. Swimmers may "age-up" during the season
depending on their birth date. Many meets also offer OPEN events
were multiple age groups race together.
Practice is held four to six days a week. Children aren't expected
to attend all practices. However, the older the swimmer, the more
practices they are expected to attend. It's important for the
younger children to see swimming as fun!
P.O. Box 262
Webster, New York 14580