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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Not exactly predator...

My son is now a Barracuda.

He has garnered this title by signing up for the local swim club. A swim club, I have been learning, is not the same thing as a swim team. Oh, there were tryouts-- but they were simply designed to gauge a minimum level of ability. Any child who could swim a length of the pool (25 yards) without stopping, could join. And they have competitions-- but meets are entirely optional; you may sign up for them or not, at your preference. And they have regularly scheduled practices 4-5 days a week-- but they are not mandatory. You pay a set amount at the beginning of each "season," (about 6 months), and then it's up to you whether you use it or not. Most folks apparently go 2-3 days each week. They have coaches-- but their job is to teach form first, and then distance and speed. Kyle's skill group will be working on the four basic strokes. Only when one reaches a given level of proficiency does one move up to the next level.

This setup will suit us well. Dad likes the schedule: the flexibility with practices will allow us to get Kyle there regularly, while still working around jobs and school. Mom is happy about the sport having a low possibility for injury, and encouraging an interest he can enjoy for the rest of his life. That, and we don't have to buy a whole gob of new equipment for him to get started. Only a swimsuit and towel, and he already has those. And Kyle is thrilled about the prospect of time in the water, and the structure suits both his cautious and his competitive nature. He will be able to compete, without being pushed before he feels ready.

I think this will be a good thing.


Blogger Justin said...

Swimming Rules. I did it for around 11 years. Started out in the Novice group ended in the Sr. Nationals group. Co-Captianed the team my senior year. Swimming is the perfect sport for us introverts. When Kyle is ready to start attending meets, I highly reccomend it. They are quite an experience. They can range from 1-3 days.

Some of my favorite memories are sitting in the gym of what would become my college. The basketball court coverd with blue tarps, everyone with walkmen, gameboys, comic books, frisbees just playing waiting for your events to be called.

We would get to go to Memphis once a year...that was a 4 day meet.

Ok. I just wrote what should be a post, but alas it is a comment.

September 16, 2004 1:45 PM  

Blogger The Lovely Wife said...

I was on the swim team and got a lot out of it. I would highly recommend it.

September 23, 2004 11:58 AM  

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