Potomac Valley Swimming
Level 1

BLUE WAVE Athletes are Student-Athletes

Embrace Academics

A diligent student represents a great deal more than his or her academics. We have seen academics and athletics work hand in hand and support and complement each other. The more an individual commits to either, the more the other is strengthened. Athletes that do not embrace academics are generally not leaders (in the student-athlete sense) and can become one-dimensional. Our process and objective is to foster and support student-athletes at the highest level. Our team must commit to both.

BLUE WAVE places a high premium on academics.  Regardless of the level of swimming, all athletes will be dedicated to the academic process in every aspect and will hold an appreciation for the process and those who provide this opportunity.  BLUE WAVE swimmers should;

  • try to live up to the highest standards of an outstanding student-athlete
  • be accountable to maintain their studies and grades
  • be willing to make sacrifices.  A teenager cannot be a successful student/athlete if they do not.

A true student-athlete is NOT a great student and part-time athlete or an outstanding athlete and mediocre student.

Tips for being a GREAT Student-Athlete

  1. Prioritize. Practice, school, dryland, eat, homework …. Wait a minute, I don't have any "me time." How am I supposed to check Facebook, hang out with friends, watch TV, etc…? Treat your responsibilities as if they were your-full time job, because they are. Create an hourly planner, and update it daily. If you manage your time during the day and prioritize, you may just find that you have 15 minutes in the evening for “me time”.
  2. Telegraph your absences. The key to successfully managing missed classes is to communicate. During the school year, let your teachers know, in person, the dates you will be missing class to participate in athletics. A week before you miss a specific class, remind the teacher, and make a plan for how you will make up the work and obtain the notes. And when you return, make sure your work is handed in at the agreed time.
  3. Don't be a punch line. We all know him, we've all seen him, and we all know how much of pain he is . . . that guy. And trust us, every team has one. You don't want to be the player who causes your teammates daily grief. Be on time (in the athletic world, being on time means being early). Be prepared, whether it's practice, class, or study hall. If you are perceived as responsible and reliable from the start, when you are late or you do make a mistake (and you will), you will have created a margin for error, a little bit of social capital.
  4. Manage your brand. You are the face of your team, and your actions reflect on your team and your sport, both positively and negatively. Make good decisions, especially when it comes to alcohol and drugs. One bad decision will negatively affect not only you but your team, your family, and your whole athletic department. Understand that as an athlete, it's not just about you anymore; you are part of a greater whole.
  5. Positive attitude. The world is a mirror and emotions are contagious! Furthermore, our attitudes are under our control, for better or for worse (so choose wisely!). Does your child know the importance of maintaining a positive attitude every day? As a school and sports leader, does she understand the magnitude of keeping a positive attitude, and how her positive energy and spirit will rub off on others and help with problem solving, motivation, decision making, and so much more?! Rather than sit back and hope for other students to lead, encourage your child to step up, smile, promote optimism, and build strong relationships with her peers and watch all the great things that will unfold.
  6. Make the most of failure. Many high school students—especially student-athletes who have the twin demands of challenging athletic competition and heightened academic expectations—experience some kind of difficulty in their first year. For some, it's a low grade on an exam or paper; for others, it's just feeling lost or overwhelmed in their new surroundings. Resist the temptation to give up. Make a realistic assessment of where you went wrong: Did you spend enough time studying? Did you ask questions in class? Did you visit the teacher during office hours for extra help? Then take the steps necessary to correct the problem, right away.

And here is one bonus tips:

Prepare your mind for academic work: Read. Athletes know the value of physical preparation for competition. The harder you work in the pool and in dryland, the more competitive you are. The same principle applies to your academic work. Come ready to compete. Read, read, and then read some more. Reading is a discipline, like swimming. It may take some practice, but it will pay off in the end with heightened focus and broader knowledge that will help you stay fit in the classroom.