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The Hornet Swim Club is based on the dual beliefs that in order to maximize long term athletic development 1) young athletes must be developed as a whole person and 2) training groups must provide systematic progression of increased expectation and involvement. Within this framework the Hornet coaches work to instill the foundations of a love for the water and swimming; the value of citizenship and teamwork; a love for the Hornets and their Hornet teammates; and strong technical skill acquisition. As swimmers develop emotionally and physically, the workloads they experience in and out of the water must increase in order to maximize future growth. This increase in physical demands as well as demands on their time outside of the pool will most often lead to psychological growth necessary for managing difficult and challenging experiences in the pool and in life. Through these tribulations, athletes learn the importance of relying on coaches, teammates, family and themselves to manage trying situations.
Training Groups -
Organization of the training groups is based on the understanding that young athletes need an engaging and fun environment, knowledgeable coaching and full family support in order to progress in a predictable manner. That being said, athletes progress in many different speeds and in many different areas; no two paths are alike. At each level of the Hornet Swim Club, the training group goals and objectives are specific and the coaches structure group training plans with the expectations and goals of each practice group in mind. Placement in a particular practice group is determined by several factors; an athlete’s chronological age, biological age, technical development and level of commitment all play a factor in the coaching staff’s decisions.
An athlete's peer group can play a significant role, both positively and negatively, in their perception of progress and enjoyment of training sessions. As such, we emphasize the importance of teammates and sportsmanship rather than cliques and social circles. While we strive to keep peer groups together, if the other factors in group placement are not aligned, specifically level of commitment and technical development, there may be times when a peer group is split.
Young athletes learn most from their parents and as such the true meaning of commitment and dedication comes from the family first. The Hornet coaching staff holds annual parent education opportunities in order to guide parents on the process of raising a swimmer, from 10 & under into college, and outside resources will be provided to round out the parent education. It is vital that parents clearly understand their role in supporting their swimmer in all aspects of the sport; most specifically in training. Given the large number of demands and desires that athletes have, it is obvious and likely that there will be days they do not want to attend practice. Parents are key in teaching the difference between commitment and convenience. Athletes are expected to arrive 10-15 minutes before each practice and to be picked up no later than 15 minutes after; tardiness of an athlete falls most frequently on the parents' shoulders.
Practice Attendance -
Training sessions are the most valuable aspect of competitive swimming; it is the main time where athletes progress technically through skill development and physically through training; it is also the main time that coaches can reinforce our team mission and goals. At the Hornet Swim Club we believe athletes should attend as many training sessions for their group as possible in order to appreciate the full benefits of the program. Consistent and uninterrupted training is necessary to produce the opportunity for the greatest amount of success. Pool time is our most precious resource, so please do not waste it.
Competition is a crucial aspect of the Hornet Swim program. Just as tests and quizzes provide valuable feedback to teachers on what areas in which students are strong and which they need more work, competition provides the coaches and athletes the same.
In addition to Training Sessions and Competition, the final vital aspect of how Hornet Swim Club works to develop our young athletes as whole people is community involvement. At the Hornet Swim Club, the connections between young and old, experienced and novice, the team and the world in which the team exists are considered key in providing role models and context for the skills we strive to teach. Through structured events such as the team banquet, group outings, and casual interactions - at meets, practice and social events - between coaches, athletes and teammates, athletes learn their role in upholding, evolving and passing on the values, culture and traditions of the team.