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Welcome to The Belmont Aquatic Team (BAT)

BAT is a USA Swim team and a member of New England Swimming. The team has trained at Belmont High School for over 35 years.  With a strong BAT base, alumni have gone to reach the highest levels of National swimming.

Organization & Philosophy

BAT is a parent-run team, governed by a Board of Directors. The board meets monthly and welcomes attendance and input from all team parents. Additionally, various committees are made up of parent volunteers. The involvement of parents of all the team members is crucial to the success of the team.

BAT's Board of Directors believe that the team can provide a vigorous eleven month program of detailed technical work and in-depth training to swimmers at different levels of ability and commitment. The team welcomes both the cellist in the Middle School orchestra who also loves to swim and wants to keep improving her times and the swimmer who would like to swim six days a week and dreams of competing for an NCAA Division 1 school some day.

The team's philosophy focuses on mastery of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) and starts and turns as the means to achieve speed and endurance. The team rejects the attitude that speed and endurance training exist for their own sake, separate from individual stroke improvement. For BAT, avoiding injury by improving technique before pressuring the swimmer for speed is essential.