Swimming is an individual sport. We compete in our own lanes, untouched by anyone else (hopefully!) We train with others, occasionally banging arms together, but even so we live inside our heads looking down at the bottom of a pool. So what is a swim team, and why do we even need them?
I guess the most basic description is that a swim team (or any team) is a group of people who share a common purpose – in this case swimming. But it can be so much more than that, and it pretty much depends on what you put into it.
If you haven’t been on many swim teams, it may be hard to imagine that every swim team is fundamentally different. You can see it in the way the swimmers interact with each other, and how the coaches interact with the swimmers. You can feel it in the air, whether it’s all business or fun or adventure, or a place to help just the fast ones get faster. It’s the coaches AND swimmers who determine what being on that team means. It’s something to think about the next time you go to practice.
So what are the main benefits of being on a team?
1. You can be inspired by team mates.
Sometimes others on your team can push the envelope. They can perform at a level you and they did not think was possible for them. And that will motivate you to work harder and achieve more.
2. A team provides a social environment.
You develop friends that you can keep for a long time. (Almost all my friends that I still talk to from high school and university were swimmers.) And a proper team environment is positive and fulfilling. …read more
Source: Rick’s Blog