I read the challenge for week 7. Since I am a new member to this team, I will have to wait for next month to join. I just wanted to share what we did when the kids were younger (We have five kids, at the time when we started the sport they were 12-2yo). One summer, I signed them up for the local recreation Swim Team. When we started, our three older ones were part of the team, and the two youngest ones swam in the kiddie pool, while the older ones were working on their skills. We were active for 4 years. NPR (National Public Radio) had a very good report (2003?) on swimmers as being the best form of exercise and discipline for high schoolers and college kids...academically as well as the physical aspect of the sport. The kids were well fit, and did so well in their school work those years. The kids participated in other sports durning the school year, but were ahead of the others physically because they were in good shape and their stamina held up well compared to their classmates who had been spending alot of time inside playing video games and watching lots of movies during the summer. I believe it was one of the best investments we made during that time of their lives. They also gained confidence...especially the shy ones,,,of their physical abilities and were ready for challenges they would not have tackled had they not been on a swim team.
For those who aren't familiar with the local swim team methods, each child is encouraged to do their best. They are timed at the meets on the different relays and relay strokes their participate in. They are required to keep up with their time. And prepare them for the next meet, only to beat their own time. It helped them learn to set up attainable goals, and they were certainly encouraged to beat their previous time. As time went on, we then learned how their scores then were added up for a group score. This also gave them a sense of team work, and how their efforts ( or lack of ) affected the teams score.
The downfall to this sport is that it consumes your week days and weekends. The team that we joined practiced 5 days a week for the 12 and older kids with a 2 day meet on the weekends. It was great because I could keep all of the kids together on one sport without having to drive all over town to do all the different extra curricular activities (like I am doing now). 5 of the 13 swimmers continued on through highschool and recieved scholarships to attend coleges!
ok. enough yaking for now. Just my two cents worth.
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