The Flyers Swim Team promotes and participates in a multi-level competition program with Swimming Australia, which, like our training program, attempts to provide challenging, yet success-oriented competitive situations for swimmers of all ages and various abilities. The following policies outline our philosophy:
1. We emphasize the need to compete against one self. Winning medals constantly throughout the season is not our main goal. If the swimmer finishes first but has swum poorly in comparison to his/her own past performances, he/she is encouraged to do better.
2. Sportsmanlike behavior is of equal importance to improved performance. Respect for officials, congratulations to other competitors, encouragement to teammates, determined effort and mature attitudes are examples of behaviours praised and rewarded by the Flyers coaching staff.
3. A swimmer is praised for improving his/her stroke or time. It is the coach’s job to offer constructive criticism of a swimmer’s performance. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide love and encouragement that bolster the swimmer’s confidence along the way.
4. Swimmers are taught to set realistic, yet challenging goals for meets and to relate those goals to their training efforts.
5. Swimmers are prepared and encouraged to compete in all swimming events, distances, and strokes. This policy promotes versatility and encourages the swimmer to explore his/her potential in the wide range of events offered in competitive swimming.
6. Often during the season, swimmers will race “heavy” or “tired”. PB’s are not expected at all meets. The timing and importance of the meet will determine the workload leading into that meet. Events such at State Titles or National Championships are examples of events where a taper will be used and PB’s are a focus. 100% effort and application are expected throughout the season.
Becoming involved in competitive swimming
The Flyers Swim Team encourages the participation of competitive swimming when swimmers reach a Development squad level. All swim meets will be posted on the club notice board. It is the responsibility of all parents and swimmers to check the board regularly. All swimmers in the squads are required to compete at swim meets set only by the coaching staff. It is very important parents understand the need for their child’s coach to be present at all swim meets. It also important that both swimmers and parents understand that the meets are selected around the training program and what is in the best interest of each squad and the club as a whole.
The sport of swimming requires a large amount of skill refinement and commitment. Becoming competitive is the next step from the learn to swim program. The two guidelines used by the coaching staff are:
- The swimmer is keen (even if a little nervous) to participate.
- The swimmer’s coach feels that the level of skill development is satisfactory and that it would be beneficial for the swimmer to move into this area.
The best place for swimmers to start competing is at a club level.