Maclay Northside Dolphins Swim Team
Maclay Northside Dolphins is a non-profit and tax deductible (501 (c)(3)) organization. Our swim team serves school age children at all levels of swimmers from those just starting out to those competing on a state level. Presently, our primary focus is on developmental training in and out of the pool. Our swimmers range in age from 7 to 17 years of age and engage in varying degrees of commitment. Depending on placement in certain practice groups, our swimmers can participate in weekly practice anywhere from 3.5 hours to 14 hours per week. Weekly practices include pool work plus weight training. All levels of ability and commitment are welcome, although commitment is strongly encouraged. The sport of swimming in unique in that success can be achieved even without great talent if you are willing to work hard and work consistently. As evidenced by so many of our success stories, a high level of accomplishment is virtually inevitable as long as you stay with the sport long enough!
As I've been saying for years, sleep is often the forgotten ingredient is sports success. Michael Phelps confirmed this in recent comments (attached). In today's climate of kids staying up late as a badge of honor and parents encouraging over-scheduling, sleep is often the casualty. It makes recovery and growth very difficult. This gets reflected in reduced practice performance-- and probably performance everywhere else. More about this in future newsletters.