October 17, 2019
Last month, I re-posted an article I wrote a few years back about your relationship with swimming. It can be found here. This post, which I have posted in the past as well, is a way in which you can examine that relationship in a more structured manner. I hope it is helpful to our athletes as we get ready to finish one phase of the season and head into another.
Are You A Righty Or A Lefty?
There is a lot that goes into becoming a fully committed athlete. Our Levels System is an attempt to create a sound developmental path for athletes, parents and coaches to follow throughout their growth as a swimmer. It is a comprehensive approach, but it can be daunting. To make things easier, here is a quick and easy way to gauge your current commitment level as an athlete.
Our program is based under the principles of Passion, Preparation and Performance. I have broken up those three elements into four additional areas. On the top of the chart are four columns entitled. “Exploring”, Beginning”, “Deepening” and “Centered” Under each, you can see where you fit into each category. The further you are to the right of each, the more committed you are as an athlete.
Most athletes will be stronger in some areas than others. I hope that this quick and easy method will help the swimmers understand their strengths and help them identify areas in which they can improve. The more championship behaviors and attitudes are at a swimmer’s center, the better they will perform in the pool. They will also find they have more enjoyment in the sport and beyond the competitive arena as well.
Here is another way to use this chart. Once you have identified some weaknesses, why not find a teammate who falls to your right in some areas to either mentor you? If you are to the right of a teammate, why not volunteer to mentor them? If you and a friend on the team are at the same stage of your journey, why not commit to take the path to the right together? Keep in mind, your coaches are always here to help as well.
We are trying to implement programs, like the Levels Systems, to make your journey easier. If you can think of a way that I can help you get a little more centered, just ask. Your input may not only help you, but your teammates and others who will take the journey in the years to come.
So, what are you? A righty or a lefty? ( I know, last post was about going left....but go with it) Keep in mind, it is not where you start, but how you finish. Here is to all of us finishing “right”.
You can download a cleaner, easy to use .pdf copy of the chart by clicking here
Becoming A Centered Athlete
A Life Committed to (1) Passion (2) Preparation (3) Performance
See You At The Pool - Rich