Many teens took part in the 2021 Olympic trials this year, asserting their rights in the future of the swimming world. Many of these teens came from teams affiliated with USA Swimming or other nutrition programs. This fact is more important than some think.
Nutrition programs work to get new swimmers engaged with each other and with the sport itself. In fact, many people discover their love of sports through one of these programs. Without these teams, it can be difficult for children to get involved in sport. And, some children may not even realize that they are lucky enough to swim without them.
“Swimming is a great sport. It is a wonderful individual sport and a wonderful team sport because it is up to you to determine how you do it ”, YMCA swimming coach Tom crooks mentionned. Crooks is currently a swim coach at the YMCA.
Crooks pointed out that there is no right or wrong option when it comes to feeding programs. In addition, he mentioned that different programs were designed for different people. There is a place in the world of swimming for everyone, as long as there are teams at their disposal.
Feeding the Olympic Games
Many people get their start in swimming as young children, through a US swim program or the YMCA. High school, college, national and even Olympic level teams get their swimmers from feeding programs. For example, Lydie Jacoby swim for the Seward Tsunami Swim Club. Jacoby recently took second in the 100 breaststroke at the Olympic Trials and is heading to the Tokyo Olympics.
The USA and YMCA swimming clubs occupy an important place in the world of swimming. Without programs like these, children do not get involved and engage in sport at a young age. And, if kids don’t get involved in swimming, then higher level swim programs end up without team members.
It can be difficult for young swimmers to travel long distances to swim if they do not have feeding programs in their area. They may end up not swimming at all or not reaching their full potential because there is simply nothing there for them. In order to avoid this, large-scale swimming programs can be developed and implemented. A swim team can reach different areas and many different people.
Having a swim team that operates from several different locations can be very beneficial. Kids who join this team usually end up getting involved in their high school teams and eventually some of them will end up swimming in national or zone teams. A few even end up at the Olympic Trials – and that’s certainly no small feat.
The team atmosphere
“When we have double meetings, we teach responsibility. The younger ones have older “buddies” and these buddies help them throughout the meeting. Responsibility is one of the core values of the Y, ”said Crooks.
Plus, younger people get the chance to watch their older peers swim. Encounters like this can make younger children admire and want to be like older children. An atmosphere like this creates a self-sustaining program that helps engage new team members for years to come. Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and gain something from sport.
A love of swimming can be built with a supportive team. The team must also be willing to welcome new members. Many swimming coaches are willing to try and help new athletes improve – as long as they have the drive and motivation to be successful.
Should you promote feeding programs?
In short – yes.
Nutrition programs can be a wonderful way for young swimmers to get involved in the sport of swimming! They usually end up creating a strong team atmosphere and can inspire a strong love of swimming for years to come. You should encourage all young swimming prospects to join the swim team of their nearest local club. It can be an amazing experience.
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