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Newsletter, May, 2021

 

DYNAMO SWIM CLUB NEWSLETERS, May 2021

We would like to welcome all new swimmers and our last year members that are in our Swim School and Swim Team programs.

Congratulations to all swimmers from Swim School that got promoted to the next Seal and joined the Swim Team!!

We are a proud to have you part of Dynamo great Swim Team!

It is the time to set up your goals for summer season. Your coaches can help you with that you just need to ask them for help.

At every practice Swim Team is doing Time Trials for all Olympic events.

If you are swimming for the first time the event and get a time this is your best time, and you can get 50 points and win a price. If you have a previous time you need to swim faster to get you best time to win a ribbon or price.

Coaches are keeping records and can check your times.

If you get disqualified no time, points, or price.

A good stroke technique starts, and legal turns is the secret to get your best times and win ribbons and prices.

Champions are not born they are made! You all can win if you believe it!

Remember as much you practice with the right technique as good swimmer you going to be.

We welcome the new swimmers in Dynamo Swim Team and looking forward for more swimmers to qualify for the Divisional Provincial Championship this summer.

We are going to swim at CGBrown pool in May and June and going outdoors in July at Robert Burnaby pool. The schedule is the same in May and June and changes in July for 6:45-8:15pm.

There is no practice on Monday 24th May, 2021 please make arrangements to make up the lessons and let us know.

See you at the pool,

Lidia Menzies

Director of swimming

 

2019 ASCA Legends of Texas | Chris Rowe: Building Team Spirit Organically

 

In this presentation Coach Chris Rowe takes us through his ideas and experiences of how to build team spirit organically from within the team so that it grows through the whole team. Rowe notes the importance of team spirit in building your team as a unit.

 He believes the swimmers who are the most important in the group are the 3rd 4th 5th place finishers. These swimmers are the athletes who provide the support, team spirit and comradery while you are working out. These swimmers will also emerge as the leaders who can make things fun and bond the team.

 Coach Rowe points out various examples of what we can do as coaches to provide team spirit from within and that providing a nurturing environment, a safe environment where athletes feel comfortable to do and say what they need is a key element of what coaches can do.

 This safe environment provides a platform for the athletes to speak and express their ideas, which is important because, as coaches, we need to know that we do not know everything. Rowe gives examples of how to build team spirit such as: encouraging socializing before practice with team stretching, setting goals and parameters while still allowing for swimmers to have time to play, acknowledging the athletes’ good work (as well as the parents), having big calendars to show meets/team activities and functions so that the team is aware of what the season looks like, having Team Feed to communicate with athletes on topics such as changes at swim meets and shout-outs for achievements or announcing the swimmer of the month.

He notes that team activities such as bowling or movies allow the swimmers to act like a group outside of the pool, and it tests the team spirit and comradery in another environment. Rowe mentions that coaches need to provide the organization and team structure and lead by example.

 To do this the whole coaching staff needs to be on board with the plan for building the team spirit through the examples listed above. He notes the importance of establishing a pattern and way of life for the kids, which can also stem from educating the parents to lead by example as well.

Educating the parents will help to ensure they are on the same page as you and it is better to be honest with them so that they have the right information about your path for the team and you can encourage them to support the team as well. This will empower the parents and dial them into team goals.

 Coach Rowe relays the importance of having team or group captains, and notes that the basic characteristics of a leader, which include honesty, delegation, communication, positive attitude, are the same characteristics of what the coaches are like, some are better than others at certain things.

 He mentions their team’s Youth Council who get together and do civic things together such as working soup kitchens, picking up trash, which teaches life lessons and humbleness as well as having a Big Sister/Little Sister mentorship program which ties together the different groups on the team. These platforms allow older swimmers the opportunity to lead by example which builds the team spirit from within as well as teaches humility, responsibility and what good civic responsibility is.

Coach Rowe concludes with the fact that coaches must create the wow moment, the visualization for the swimmers to achieve this moment.

We need to give swimmers tools to create the wow moment: breaking down the race, body dolphins off the walls, “be like those guys that are finishing strong at the end.” He notes we need to give them an example so that they can visualize.

When you create these wow moments, you create the culture. We practice what we want to do in our visualizations, the whole race process is the visualization, but the end is the moment we are focusing on, the great celebratory moment. Rowe notes that habits, such as cheering after every practice, grow the culture throughout the team; he reassures coaches it will take time to create and cultivate the culture of their team.

All of this, he says, culminates in 3 E’s: engaging athletes, educate parents, empower your team: team includes staff, parents, and athletes.