If you're passionate about swimming, consider forming your own club. Whether you're looking to form a team for children, adults, or both, there are some things to take into consideration. Local teams for kids provide parents with an option to get their children involved in a sport that can highlight their individual talents. Adult--or master's--teams give adults the opportunity to compete or to meet personal fitness goals. Starting a team can be an involved process, but can also be very rewarding.
Get access to a pool. You'll need consistent access to a regulation size pool. This is a pool with six or more lanes, and is 25 yards, 25 meters, or 50 meters in length. Many park districts and YMCA locations have pools in these sizes. Many teams practice four to six times per week, with meets held on weekends.
Find a coach, if you're not going to do the coaching yourself. Coaches need a broad background in the sport, as well as a thorough understanding of the mechanics of swimming. Some organizations, such as USA Swimming, offer clinics for coaches to improve their skills. You also must decide at this point what kind of team you're going to have. A coach who works well for a master's team may not be able to handle kids, or vice versa. If you're going to have both a master's and a kids' team, you'll need more than one coach.
Advertise your new team. You'll need a team name, and you may want to include the names of community sponsors, if you have them. Talk to local school officials to get information to students about the new team. To start a master's team, you can post flyers at the pool, as well as contacting local triathlon clubs.
Join a group such as USA Swimming, as well as a state or local swimming organization, such as an established summer swim league. This can provide you with support on how to continually improve your team, ideas to attract new swimmers, and how to hold swim meets.
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