Most of the time I don’t think about what’s happening every morning in the summer when I take the kids to swim team practice.
It’s yet another sport. Another practice. Another place to be every day. But at the end of every season, I realize that summer swim team is a little bit different than every other team sport.
The really cool thing about swim team is that a 6 year old and a 16 year old are teammates, and that over the course of the short season, a lot of multiage team bonding takes place.
Last week was the culmination of summer swim. On Wednesday, there was the big invitational meet that the kids have to qualify for. Saturday was division championships, followed by the end of the season party complete with awards and slide show. All week I witnessed older kids looking out for little ones. Little kids cheering for the older kids and even a game of Egyptian Rat Screw between the head coach and kids ranging in age from 9 to 16.
From the outside, summer swim may seem quite dreary with its early morning practices and Saturday meets that last well past noon. But at the end of the day, I think it’s one of the best team sports my kids have experienced.
Not only are they excellent swimmers, but they are learning how to be role models and leaders as well.
And that’s well worth the investment if you ask me.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 15, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 9.