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End of Season Closing Thoughts

As another season of summer swim comes to a close, we thought we would share some thoughts on the benefits of swimming.  


  • Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages. 
  • Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel. 
  • Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport. 
  • Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development. 
  • Swimming is a healthy "lifetime" activity. Participants may be 1 or 101 years old. 
  • Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports. 
  • Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches. 
  • Swimming motivates participants to strive for self improvement and teaches goal orientation. 
  • Swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. 
  • Swimming can prevent drowning.


Drowning is a leading killer of American children.
More than 30% of kids are at risk for obesity-related illnesses. 

Swimming is a cure.

Some KEY QUESTIONS to ask at the end of this season:

While winning is nice, while setting a record, getting a best time, or making a qualifying time feels good, we hope that our young athletes learn more than, “It is great to swim fast.” No where in human history or theology do we learn that the ability to swim fast holds a very high priority in the grand scheme of the universe. From a practical standpoint, over-emphasis on speed, times, and achievements will eventually end in frustration. No matter how fast a young athlete swims, there will probably be another swimmer in the next town, state, or country, swimming faster, if not now, then next month. So as coaches and parents, ask yourselves:

  • Did your child learn to swim with more skill this past season so he or she is both stronger and safer in the water
  • Did your child learn to exhibit initiative, wanting to come to the pool and do the practice without having to be constantly pushed or prodded by parents and coaches? 
  • Did your child learn something about unselfishness, sacrificing his or her personal wants for the good of others or the team? 
  • Did your child benefit from the competitive experience, learning how to handle winning and losing in our competitive society? 
  • Did your child learn more patience in overcoming obstacles, setbacks and problems? 
  • Did your child learn empathy?

In a few years, the medals and ribbons will be laid aside and best times will be a hazy memory. The friendships they develop and the life skills learned will carry on for a lifetime.



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WELCOME to Hunt Valley Swim 2016!

Another summer swim season is almost upon us and I am excited to be returning as Head Stingray Coach. 2016 promises to be a fun and exciting year for all of our Stingrays. This is my second year as Head coach with the Hunt Valley summer swim program. This year, it is my goal for every Stingray swimmer to benefit from being a part of the Stingray swim team whether it will be improving technique, striving for personal best times, breaking records, improving fitness or becoming a more confident swimmer in the water. To help reach this goal, I have hired two strong Stingray alumni to assist me coaching for 2016. I’m glad to have Sean Mayer return as first assistant coach this season and I would like to give a big welcome to Hannah Hagy, our second assistant coach. As swim coaches, our goal for your swimmer is to have fun while working hard for the team! Our coaching staff has a passion for swimming that will make this season both a fun and a positive educational experience for your Stingray swimmers. During this process, we hope to instill a life-long love for the sport of swimming. Swimmers learn much more than just swim strokes on swim team – check this article out to see what else it teaches them

Go Stingrays!

Coach Tim Boyd

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