Aiken-Augusta

Swim League

Georgia Swimming
Level 1

ASL HOUSE CUP

All athletes in the  ASL program are assigned into one of four houses (like you read about in the Harry Potter series). The aim is to create some team bonding across the age groups and training squads. We will split the team randomly and evenly, so each house has equal representation in all ages/genders. 

The houses will compete, over the course of the season, in the House Cup, a competition that will reward kids for showing great team camaraderie, support for each other and leadership. We will use the houses to create friendly competitions in events like the Swim-A-Thon, In-House meets, and other team-building events.

We will also have House Nights, where each house plans an out of the pool activity for the athletes to share time and bond- it could be pizza and bowling, a movie night, or just a get together at someone’s house. The following is a quick story about how this worked while I was at Exeter Swim Team in 2010-2012… 

We had one young woman, Izzy Reis, who was one of our house captains. She was 15, a freshman in HS. She formed a great connection with a young man named Brady Dixon, who at the time was 9. Izzy had qualified to swim at Olympic Trials in 2012 in the 100m Fly. Brady had convinced his mom that they should cancel all their activities and stay home and watch her compete online. His mom took this great photo, and every year the two of them share and comment on it. They still keep in touch to this day.

This is one example of many- I had my own experiences as a younger swimmer looking up to some of my older teammates that I shared with the athletes, as has anyone who was on a team like ASL at any point. These moments can last a lifetime- I still remember the older guys ‘allowing’ me to stay in the ‘older guys’ shower area and not kicking me to the colder and further away shower area, and calling me by my name… I’m 40, and still think those guys (Rick and Luke) are the coolest dudes. 

So I hope that this presents many opportunities for our older teammates to give many of those moments to our younger teammates, and help them feel connected to this program.

The four houses are listed below, with their logos. These will be on the team caps given to athletes, with the ASL logo on one side, and their house logo on the other.
 

The reason we chose these animals is because they 1) look cool as heck (thanks to Coach Devyn!), 2) have generally accepted ‘traits’ or ‘characterizations’ that I feel suit what ASL is and continues to strive to be.

Brave- ASL athletes are brave in their training, in their racing and in life.
Fierce- ASL athletes are ready to train, race and defend their team with everything they have.
Proud- ASL athletes are proud of themselves, their teammates, and their team. 
Strong- ASL athletes work hard to be ready to take on all challenges.

One of the first things I learned as a coach, 20 years ago, is that we humans are not meant to be swimming in water. Humans are land animals. We aren’t supposed to be propelling ourselves through water. So when the Senior squad said they wanted to go with mythological creatures for the mascots, this idea came to my mind… land animals that have no business soaring through the skies, doing things that defy their natural instincts.

New athletes will be assigned to their House at the ASL Pentathlon each September.