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GMA Team Philosophy

The vision of the Green Mountain Aquatics Swim Team is:  To achieve the USA Swimming National Championship title. In so doing, GMA will encourage its athletes to be champions in swimming and in life.

 
The mission of the Green Mountain Aquatics Swim Team is:  To provide every swimmer with the best competitive program in New England for technique, training, commitment, development and personal excellence.
 
Green Mountain Aquatics offers a guided age-group youth swimming program for children ages 5 and up. We meet the needs of all swimmers from the beginning swimmer to the national level competitor by encouraging excellence and commitment to the team. When a young person becomes a member of the Green Mountain Aquatics, he or she learns the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. Swimming, through the Green Mountain Aquatics Swim Team, provides physical, emotional and intellectual skills that will last a lifetime.
 
 WHY SWIM?  The USA Swimming age group swimming program is America’s largest program of guided fitness activity for children. Age group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health by teaching healthy fitness habits.
 
Physical Development    Many physicians and pediatricians consider swimming the ideal activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth by. Why do doctors like it so much?
·         Swimming develops high quality aerobic endurance, the most important key to physical fitness. In other sports, an hour of practice may yield as little as 10 minutes of meaningful exercise. Age group swimming teams use every precious minute of practice time developing fitness and teaching skills.
·         Swimming does a better job in proportional muscular development by using all of the body’s major muscle groups. No other sport does as well.
·         Swimming enhances children’s natural flexibility (at a time when they ordinarily begin to lose it) by exercising all of their major joints through a full range of motion.
·         Swimming helps develop superior coordination because it requires combinations of complex movements of all parts of the body, enhancing harmonious muscle function, grace, and fluidity of movement.
·         Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.
·         Swimming is a sport that will bring kids fitness and enjoyment for life. Participants in Masters Swimming programs are still training and racing well into their 80’s.
 
Intellectual Development        In addition to enhanced physical fitness, children can develop greater intellectual ability by participating in a guided program of physical activity. Learning and using swimming skills engages the thinking process. As they learn new techniques, children must develop and plan movement sequences. They improve by exploring new ideas. They learn that greater progress results from using their creative talents. Self-expression can be just as much physical as intellectual. Finally, their accomplishments in learning and using new skills contribute to a stronger self-image.
 
The GMA Team Philosophy is encompassed in the words COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE.

COURAGE is the willingness to accept risks and endure failures.  Courage does not exist without situations that present the opportunity for success. We encourage our athletes to embrace these opportunities and not fear the outcome.

PERSEVERANCE is the backbone of success in any endeavor in life. One cannot succeed at the highest levels without enduring some setbacks. These difficult times can create a lack of faith, low self-esteem, and an obvious drop in enthusiasm. Perseverance is the quality that transcends these difficult times. It allows individuals to find the true strength of their characters.

Green Mountain Aquatics believes that the COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE developed by swimming will prepare our team members for the challenges they will face in life.

GMA Team Competition Philosophy:  Green Mountain Aquatics engages in a multi-level competition program within USA Swimming that, like our training program, provides challenging, yet success-oriented competitive racing opportunities for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The following policies outline our philosophy:

1.      We emphasize competition with oneself. Winning medals, ribbons, or trophies is not our main goal. Even if swimmers finish first, but have not swum to their full potential, they are encouraged to do better. Individual improvement is our primary objective.
2.      Sportsmanlike behavior is of equal importance to improved performance. All the coaches teach swimmers how to behave like champions when they have both “good” and “bad” swims.  Respecting officials, offering congratulations to other competitors, encouraging teammates, showing determined effort, and acting with mature attitudes are examples of sportsmanlike behaviors.
3.      Swimmers are praised for improving their stroke technique, racing strategy, or overall times. It is the coach’s job to offer feedback of swimmers’ performances. It is the parents’ job to provide love and encouragement that bolsters swimmers’ confidence along the way.
 
Swimmers are taught to set realistic, yet challenging, goals for meets and to relate those goals to practice to direct their training efforts.  Swimmers are prepared and encouraged to compete in all swimming events, distances, and strokes.   GMA swimmers take pride in racing in all of the I.M. Extreme events in their age group.  This practice promotes versatility and encourages our athletes to explore their potential in the wide range events offered in competitive swimming.   Often, swimmers’ “best” strokes changes as they mature and their bodies goes through physical changes. Versatility contributes to swimmers’ life-long love and enjoyment of the sport.

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