The YMCA believes that persons can benefit greatly from participation in Competitive Sports, where they can learn the joy of movement, the skills necessary for daily activities and sports participation, and the social skills needed for group and team activities and sports participation. They develop strength and fitness, the knowledge to live healthy lives and practice good healthy­ living habits. In turn they have an opportunity to understand and practice their own values and moral beliefs in life situations under the guidance of understanding and helpful adult coaches, teachers, group leaders, or parents.

The YMCA believes that a competitive program should be an outgrowth of a sound comprehensive health and physical education program.

The YMCA believes that most of the practices which can be harmful to youth (physically, psychologically, or morally) can be attributed almost completely to a values system which gives high priority to recognition and winning. These are values imposed or transmitted by the adults related to the program. This is not to imply that competition or winning is wrong. Being able to compete is an important attribute for everyone to learn if they are to succeed. Persons must learn early in life to handle both success and failure in real life. It is when the desire to win becomes the primary objective and the other objectives like skill development, friendship, building physi­cal strength, endurance, as well as having fun are given less promise or ignored completely.

The YMCA believes that fair play is a "way of behaving."

  • It is an ever-present awareness that the opponent is, above all, a partner in the game to who one is bound by the companionship of sports.
  • It is a form of self-respect shown by: straight-forwardness, a spirit of fairness, respect for the opponent whether winning or losing, respect for the meet director and the
    officials and a steadfast spirit of collaboration with them, sportsmanship without
    ostentation, a firm and dignified attitude when the opponent does not play fair, mod­esty
    in victory, equality in defeat.
  • It is a spirit of generosity toward the opponent creating a warm human relationship.

Fair play thus represents the attitude of mind that not only gives nobility to sports but is also the condition of its survival in the face of the serious dangers that threaten it.

Swim Team Philosophy
The Phoenixville Area YMCA swimming program is a composition of motivation, discipline, dedication, hard work, enthusiasm and enjoyment. Our program attempts to teach our swimmers the fundamentals of swimming, with a fun and competitive twist.

The Phoenixville YMCA swim team is much more then a sporting program. It is our hope that all swimmers recognize their talents, set individual and team goals, develop a healthy competitive nature, and develop close friendships among peers, while living out the four values of the YMCA; honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

We encourage all swimmers to take full advantage of YMCA swimming, and recognize that it is their opportunity to develop self achievement, self motivation, self pride, self respect, as well as representation of team unity. There is no limit to what our swimmers can achieve in and out of the water.