Welcome to the Sport of Swimming 

Welcome to the sport of swimming

Competitive swimming is an ideal sport for young people of all ages and abilities. It develops strength, aerobic fitness, and endurance.  More importantly, self-esteem and confidence grow as swimmers master new skills and meet goals for improving their performance. Swimming is largely an individual sport because regardless of ability anyone can participate and make the team.

The team concept is an important element of competitive swimming. Friendships are formed which bridge the gap made by schoolroom transitions. Older swimmers serve as role models for younger ones and learn important leadership skills, which can serve them for a lifetime.

A healthy and wise choice

The medical profession generally recognizes swimming as one of the healthiest exercises. It is non-contact, relatively injury free, and does not require a specific body size or build.

Parents are usually thrilled to discover the sport of swimming. They savor the fact that it provides a healthy outlet for their child's excess energy. Many discover their children learn skills in self-discipline and time management. Their desire to be at practices forces them to focus on schoolwork getting done "now" rather than "later".

Keep it fun! Keep them swimming!

Longmont Redtails wants swimming to be fun and rewarding. We would like to see young swimmers take up the sport and keep at it throughout high  school and beyond. While encouraging hard work, we want to avoid the burnout caused by an over emphasis on arduous workouts or a single-minded focus on winning. Swim smart! Swim fast!

A skilled swimmer seems to move effortlessly through the water. Coaches describing elite level swimmers speak of their "feel for the water". Swimming fast is 70% the result of proper technique and 30% the result of fitness and conditioning. SCH places great emphasis on the development of proper swim technique. Especially with the young swimmers, practices incorporate technique drills and training. Grinding out yardage is meaningless without proper technique. Young swimmers with proper strokes, starts, and turns will have plenty of time to put in the hours and yards later if they want to reach elite levels of competition in high school and college.