Black Hills Gold Mission Statement
The Black Hills Gold Swim team provides swimmers of all ages, through training and guidance, the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become world-class citizens and world class athletes.
Why Black Hills Gold Swim Team?
Competitive swimming programs provide many benefits to young athletes, including self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to deal with defeat, while becoming healthy and physically fit. Swimmers learn about focusing and goal-setting. Swimming shows that persistence pays off - hard work = improvement in skill and speed. Swimming, maybe more than other sports has a great sense of fairness. One of the best aspects of swimming is that it's nearly impossible to cheat. It's also a team sport made up of individual swims, so while there is a large support group each swimmer is responsible for their own success. When competing there can't be any hogging of the ball or "showboating." The clock tells us the winner, and then you have to get out of the pool immediately for the next heat of swimmers. There is not much time to bask in your own glory because it’s time to cheer for your team mate.Being on a team helps children to build character, self control and courage; team building provides creative outlets and fun. When at practice or a meet it is easy to see that the swimmers on this team really care about each other, there is a strong sense of camaraderie - they support each other. Not only that, but whether they are winning or losing they demonstrate great sportsmanship to their competitors from other teams. Their accomplishment and friendships contribute to a stronger self image.
Swimming is about much more than just competing. It is a lifelong sport (participants in masters swimming programs are still training and racing well into their 80’s), a vital skill for so many recreational sports and its great exercise. Even if competing is not a goal of the swimmers, swimming is an excellent cross training sport. It is considered the ideal activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth because it uses all the body’s major muscle groups, enhances flexibility by exercising all of the major joints through a full range of motion, and requires combinations of complex movement of all parts of the body, enhancing harmonious muscle function, grace and fluidity of movement. It is perhaps the most injury-free off all children’s sports.
Swimming is for everyone! Swimming is a good fitness choice for just about everyone, especially those who have physical limitations or who find other forms of exercise painful. It is a good, whole-body exercise that is low impact for people with arthritis, musculoskeletal, or weight limitations.
Many athletes use water to rehabilitate after injury or to cross-train. People with arthritis or other disabilities use water to improve fitness and range of motion and to relieve pain and stiffness.
Swimming is also desirable for people with exercise-induced asthma. Research has shown that swimming has been proven to be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for asthma symptoms in children and adolescents. Unlike other sports, swimming is unlikely to provoke asthma attacks. In addition, swimming promotes normal physical and psychological development, such as increasing lung volume, developing good breathing techniques and improving general fitness.
Children between the ages of 5 and 18 who can successfully get themselves from one side of the pool to the other are welcome to join the swim team. Joining the swim team is different than taking swimming lessons and those who join are expected to have some swimming skills. It is the coach’s discretion to determine if potential swimmers have the necessary skills to be eligible to join the team. Swimmers who do not quite meet the above criteria, may be referred to lessons in order to ready them for next year’s season. New swimmers are generally accepted the first month of each season.
The summer or Long Course season runs May - July and the winter or Short Course season runs late September - February.
If you are interested in more information stop up at the pool during a practice time (see Group Calendars) or read through the Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions (found in Documents). You may contact the team by clicking on the left hand side on this page or visit our Facebook page.