Have you ever signed up your child for a sport or activity that you thought they would LOVE, but when they tried it, it wasn’t what they thought it would be? If so, you are not alone.
An unfortunate softball career
When I was in grade 6 my parents signed me up to play in a local softball team. I had only ever played the sport in gym at school and I had a couple friends joining the team, so it seemed like a good fit… It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was very wrong- in fact I hated it! I was a nervous wreck on bat, I couldn’t take the pressure to catch a fly ball and my parents had to drive all over our city and to other cities to play weekly games. We could not wait for the season to end-I should have participated in a tournament or some kind of introduction first. Turns out I liked the game during gym class but hated it when it got competitive! This was the unfortunate result of over commitment, high expectations, and little experience.
– Story by Danielle, Swim Instructor
Canadian parents can spend between $5,000 up to $10,000 for their children to compete in competitive leagues or teams.While swimming remains a comparably affordable organized sport for children, it is important to ensure that your family resources (time, money, energy) are spent on a sport that your child enjoys and that fits with your family’s lifestyle.
It isn’t always easy to gauge whether or not a particular sport will be a fit for your child or your family.
To combat this issue in the world of swimming and Swim Clubs, WETS Swim School created SQUADS Pre-Swim Club! Try out this introduction to the swim club world before making a larger commitment.
- Allows kids to see if this is something they like before they join a swim team.
- Allows families and parents to experience the time commitment and volunteer hours needed to go to swim meets.
- Allows swimmers to gain experience in a less competitive setting.
- Prepares swimmers for joining a swim team.
- Gives swimmers confidence to succeed at their first swim meet.