The education of our athletes is paramount. While swimming may wax or wane in the life of our athletes, the education they receive in high school is the base of their future and we take that seriously. If an athlete is receiving one F or two D’s they will be required to bring their grades up before participating in a competition. We encourage swimmers struggling with grades to seek assistance from other swimmers, peer tutors, coaches and teachers.
Love of Sport
Throughout the swimmers career there will be moments of love and moments of anguish, and this is a natural cycle of any sport. At LHS, we’ll strive to instill a deep love for the sport that will be able to sustain any period of distain. The wonderful thing about swimming is that it can be done with no equipment, no team is required, and there will ALWAYS be something to learn and improve upon. Swimming can be a lifelong sport, and our program will lay this foundation.
Knowledge of Technique
Swimming and diving are incredibly complicated sports. The technique involved has many layers, and the tiniest tweak can lead to a new personal best time or high score. In our program, we will always explain exactly why these changes in stroke and dive technique can lead to time drops and high scores, so athletes can understand what they should work on for the best results. We know high-schoolers are intelligent, and they should have all the information possible to improve their swimming and diving abilities.
Team as Family
The team is an integral part of the high school swimming program. A team will suffer together, learn together, succeed together and grow together. Teammates will become like family. We encourage open communication between teammates, creating a tightly bound web of support that any swimmer can turn to in a time of need.
Class Roles and Responsibilities
Your role is to learn the ropes. Listen to the upperclassmen with respect and take in what knowledge they have to pass on. Whether you’re a talented swimmer or new to the water, there is ALWAYS more to learn. Loveland High Swimming is a program founded in tradition and you are the future, so make an effort to learn as much as possible from the other members of the team.
- Put lane lines in before 3:15 each day.
- Clean up kick boards and gear after practice ends.
- Move flags back and put lane lines back in after diving.
Your role is to continue learning from the upperclassmen and to begin to share your experiences with the Freshmen on the team. You’re still new, but you have a knowledge base that is valuable! Continue to learn everything that you can, but understand that you are now role models to the younger swimmers on the team.
- Keep swimmers in lanes organized
- Teach freshmen lane etiquette, and how to read the pace clock.
- Make sure swimmers are going either 5 or 10 seconds back and paying attention to their own intervals.
Your role is one of both leader and supporter. You are the seniors backup, and you are to provide leadership and council to underclassmen. This is your year to step up and recognize what needs to be done better and where our strengths lie as a team. Begin to think about what you would do differently as a senior, but remain steadfast in your support of the current leaders.
- Make sure every swimmer is on deck and ready to swim (caps, goggles, etc.) by 3:15, no later.
- Make sure every swimmer is ready to work hard for dryland when the time comes.
- At meets, make sure every swimmer knows their events and doesn’t miss them.
You are the leaders of Loveland Swim and Dive. This is a huge responsibility and your years of knowledge will be needed to help make the program a success. You are to lead the team with a firm yet understanding hand, communicating with underclassmen and helping them achieve their goals. You’re own goals should not be forgotten, and you will need to multi-task in order to be successful leaders of the team. This is your time to shine and leave your own legacy at Loveland High.
- At meets, you will lead warm up.
- Keep athletes motivated and focused during hard sets, dryland, and weight training sessions. Lead by example.
- Set up at least two team building events during the season.
- Be prepared and ready for “Senior Night” practices. You’ll have advance notice.