Team Philosophy - The CSI Difference

Thank you for making this first season so easy for us. It can be a little intimidating at first, but you’re always so gracious. You guys really have built a wonderful place and we are so happy to be a part of it!

- Flute Family

Cleveland Sports Institute:  We Build Athletes

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Dear Swimmers and Parents,

Thank you for checking out the CSI Swim Team.  Swimming is a sport for all and it's a sport for life, whether you are 1 or 101 years old.  There are countless benefits of swimming, including self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to treat success and failure as two sides of the same coin, while becoming healthy and physically fit, getting fast, meeting friends and having fun. Swimming also makes you smarter, as swim team kids perform better in school!

CSI’s training philosophy is quite simple, yet surprisingly rare in the sport of swimming: CSI Builds Athletes. Our unique commitment to prioritizing athletic development has resulted in the development of state and national champion swimmers. This approach to training has proven to provide our swimmers an athletic foundation in which specific swimming skills can be greatly maximized. Sadly, most sports in the US, including swimming, tend to focus mostly on swimming skills. This short-term success model of developing an over-skilled, under-athletic swimmer leads to minimal long-term success in the sport of swimming while increasing the risk of overuse injuries and emotional burnout.

While some organizations have begun to understand that skill development should follow athletic development, few teams are truly doing anything to reverse this trend. CSI is clearly the exception. CSI Swimming has invested in coaches that our trained and committed to athletic development.  The training takes place on-site, in our state of the art Sports Performance, strength training facility.  “We Build Athletes” is more than a slogan; it is a lifestyle for our entire CSI family.

Our coaching staff has grown and developed many great athletes and state and national champions.  We are excited to continue that tradition in the coming year.  I look forward to working with you to help you and your swimmer reach their peak potential.  



John S. Collis III, Ph.D. CSCS

CSI Swimming Head Coach