DESERT DOLPHINS COACHES PHILOSOPHY AND BELIEFS
1) POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE
We will create an atmosphere where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, ability or commitment level. We will strive to open the eyes of athletes so that they see a higher potential in themselves than they may have previously thought. We will inspire them to see the greatness of Synchronized Swimming, not just as a sport, but as a vehicle for teaching powerful lessons and important qualities that will apply to many other aspects of their lives. We will give them the confidence to set goals, as well as the confidence to work hard to attain those goals, whatever those goals may be, and whether those goals be in Synchro, or not.
Achieving these goals is not always easy. Synchronized swimming is a unique blend of art and athletics as well as individual and team performances. Each of us, swimmer, parent and coach has a different role to play in achieving these goals. By achieving their goals, the swimmers will be winners for the rest of their lives.
2) AZD MEMBERS WILL RESPECT ALL AZD SWIMMERS, COACHES AND PARENTS
We will encourage team participation to help develop sportsmanship, team spirit and friendships. Our swimmers will gain greater self-confidence and self esteem. We want to create an atmosphere at the pool where every member feels comfortable and accepted. We will not tolerate immature behavior such as gossiping, teasing, bullying, or unacceptable language.
3) EVERY SWIMMER SHOULD RECEIVE EQUAL ATTENTION
We believe that each swimmer should get the same amount of music/figure time with the coach and that no swimmer should receive special attention. The only case where we would recommend more work with one swimmer than another is in the case of absences or if certain routines qualify for an upcoming meet and needs to be prepared.
4) THE COACHES DECIDE THE ROUTINE DIVISIONS AND THE ROUTINE MUSIC
We want every swimmer to be happy and enjoy the sport, so we will take into consideration what the swimmer want their routines to be. There are many other things that need to be considered when assigning routines, (age, experience, matching skill level, personalities, etc.) We will do our best to be fair and to place the swimmers where they will be successful and happy.
5) WE BELIEVE THAT SWIMMERS BENEFIT FROM A VARIETY OF COACHING STYLES
Because each coach has different strengths, we believe it will benefit the swimmers to work with a variety of coaches. If you ever have questions or concerns, please contact the head coach.