I love when my kids are interested in something. Anything. And, when we sign up… there is no complaining, no skipping practices, and no quitting.
If you sign up to be a part of a team – your team needs you. They may not be able to to play the game or win the meet without you.
That said. Swim team is a huge commitment. I understand why some people shy away from it.
The kids have practice every single night. This is not a big deal to me. We are at the pool anyway (every single night) for enjoyment. When one of the kids has to pop over to swim practice, it’s not a big deal. They practice and then have a little more fun before we go home.
Also, there is a meet… every single Tuesday night. Starting tonight until mid-July… every Tuesday night is booked. All night (not joking). We bring dinner.
Swimmers arrive at 5 pm and we don’t get home until after 10 pm (sometimes even later).
Volunteers are a huge part of any swim team. It wouldn’t work without volunteers. There are:
- Stroke Judges
- Kid Pushers
- Turn Judges
- Clerk of Course
- Ribbon Distributor
- Time Recorders
- Ribbon Sorter (that’s me!!)
Yes, I sort the ribbons (thousands of ribbons) for our swim team. It takes me hours, but I’ve got it down to a fine art (can there be a fine art of ribbon sorting?). It takes me a very, very long time, but I’d rather sort ribbons in air conditioning than stand up all night timing the races. I am able to enjoy every meet from the sidelines with my 5 year old (and 11 year old this year – since she has a broken collar bone).
Some of my friends can’t imagine going to the pool every day and attending every swim meet. To us, it’s fun.
Not only is swim team great exercise for the kids – it’s social time for parents and kids both.
The kids have a total blast. There are lots of Sharpie Marker drawings on swimmer bodies… “eat my bubbles” for example. There are lots of snacks. And, my husband usually picks up a pizza – good times (aren’t we exciting?).
My kids ask to join swim team each year. I am more than happy to oblige. If we sign up – they will attend everything, get lots of exercise and they will hopefully have tons of fun in the process.
Photograph was taken of my two swimmers in all their “swim gear” before the broken collar bone incident. Hopefully, she will be able to swim by the end of the season (read about her swimming in a sling here). In the meantime, we have one great little swimmer to root for – starting tonight!