Our Coaching Philosophy
STAR Swim Team's purpose is to promote physical fitness, develop
leadership qualities and sportsmanship, encourage team involvement,
foster self discipline, build self confidence and provide a
competitive swimming experience in an environment where a swimmer's
full potential may be reached.
(taken from the by-laws of STAR Swim Club)
While it is obvious that STAR is involved in helping swimmers to
swim fast, that is not the only purpose behind the coaching staffs
goals for the STAR athletes. As a coaching staff we are far more
interested in using the sport of swimming for teaching life skills.
Some of these life skills are:
• Goal Setting - Helping swimmers determine how to set
and accomplish goals.
• Prioritizing -
Helping swimmers to place the important things in their lives
even if swimming may not be the most important.
• Self Motivation -
Most things in life come from within, not from the
• Work Ethic -
The great American work ethic. Hard work always pays off.
• Limits and Boundaries -
Each swimmer should strive to be the best that they can
be and not worry how others are doing. We encourage swimmers to be
in control of
the things that they can do something about and to not worry about
the things that
they cannot control. A swimmer can be in control of their work
ethic, they cannot
control the natural abilities that they were given.
• Team Work -
A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link. STAR wants to be
• Healthy Lifestyle -
Swimming for life. Not only do we encourage this, we offer it.
• Responsibility -
Decisions are made every day that will effect swimming and
There are consequences in every decision, good and bad.
STAR's emphasis is on self improvement. Very few swimmers become
Olympic athletes. The majority strive to do the very best they can.
The attention of the coaches will always be on the swimmers working
the hardest to achieve their goals. This has not and will not
always be the fastest swimmers, but tends to be the dedicated
swimmers. The program must be run with the expectation of near
perfect attendance. To do anything less would be a disservice to
the traditions of STAR and to the most dedicated athletes we