Why Should My Child Be a Swimmer?
- Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement. Many superstars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel.
- Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport.
- Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development.
- Swimming is a healthy "lifetime" activity. Participants may be 1 or 101 years old. It can bring them fitness and enjoyment for life.
- Swimming is relatively injury-free in comparison to other youth sports.
- Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches. It also promotes time management and is one of the top academically achieving
- Swimming motivates participants to strive for self improvement and teaches goal orientation.
- Swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.
- Swimming can prevent drowning.
- Swimming promotes physical development.
- Swimming develops aerobic endurance and is one of the most beneficial forms of cardiovascular exercise.
- Swimming enhances a child’s natural flexibility and promotes muscle development.
Did you know?
Drowning is a leading killer of American children.
In ethnic communities, drowning rates are nearly three times the national average.
More than 30% of kids are at risk for obesity-related illnesses. Swimming is a cure.
While winning is nice, and setting a record, getting a best time, or making a qualifying time feels good, we hope that our young athletes learn more than “it is great to swim fast." Nowhere in human history or theology do we learn that the ability to swim fast holds a very high priority in the grand scheme of the universe. From a practical standpoint, over-emphasis on speed, times and achievements will eventually end in frustration. No matter how fast a young athlete swims, there will probably be another swimmer in the next town, state, or country, swimming faster; If not now, then next month. So, as coaches and parents, we ask ourselves:
- Did the child learn to swim with more skill this past season so that he or she is both stronger and safer in the water?
- Did the child learn to exhibit initiative, wanting to come to the pool and do the practice without having to be constantly pushed or prodded by parents and coaches?
- Did the child learn something about selflessness, sacrificing his or her personal wants for the good of others or the team?
- Did the child benefit from the competitive experience, learning how to handle winning and losing in our competitive society?
- Did the child learn more patience in overcoming obstacles, setbacks and problems?
- Did the child learn empathy?
In a few years, the medals and ribbons will be laid aside and best times will be a hazy memory. The friendships that will develop and the life skills learned will carry on for a lifetime.