The Webster Swim Association (BlueFins) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the advancement of the sport of swimming in a productive and enjoyable team environment. The BlueFins program is committed to instill in young swimmers an understanding of and appreciation for such concepts as high self-esteem, personal accountability, self-discipline, goal setting, and goal achievement. These ideas relate to their success in competition, and are esssential life lessons with application beyond the sport. We are dedicated to providing swimmers the opportunities to achieve personal goals, be they general fitness, high school success, camaraderie, or international competition. Our volunteer Board of Directors and committee members are committed to financial stability of the organization, engaging all members of the BlueFins and their families in operations and functions.
The Webster Swim Association, and its team, the Webster BlueFins, is a competitive age-group swim program. The team and all its swimmers are members of USA Swimming, the governing and sanctioning body for organized swimming in this country. We are a part of the Niagara District, in the Eastern Zone of the US. USA Swimming organizes the US Olympic Team and various National, Zone and District competitions. It provides our insurance, sanctions our individual meets, trains officials, and is involved in swimmer and coach development. We compete under USA Swimming rules. Our club sends representatives to Niagara District meetings twice a year to participate in this process. The BlueFins are in the Genesee Valley Swim League, previously the McDonalds Swim League of Rochester.
Our aim is to provide a competitive environment in which children experience the joy of self-improvement, physical conditioning, discipline, and being part of a team. Particularly with the younger age groups, the emphasis is not on winning, but rather on self-improvement. There is an incentives program in place to re-enforce this philosophy.
During competitions swimmers are divided into age groups so that they swim against their peers. The different groups are 8 and under, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, and 15 and over. The age group a child is in is determined by his or her age on the day of the designated meet. Swimmers may "age-up" during the season depending on their birth date. Many meets also offer OPEN events were multiple age groups race together.
Practice is held four to six days a week. Children aren't expected to attend all practices. However, the older the swimmer, the more practices they are expected to attend. It's important for the younger children to see swimming as fun!
Policies and Guidelines - Safe Sport
Webster Swim Association is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all of its members.
Visit USA Swimming Safe Sport page to learn more about the policies and tools that help maintain safe environment for our athletes. See Action Plan of Webster Swim Association to Address Bullying.
Webster Swim Association
P.O. Box 262
Webster, New York 14580