Club Ruining HS Swimming?

zebrastripes

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I swam competitively in high school and the reality is that high school swimming is not the pathway to college swimming. All potential college swimmers are on club teams.

Not much different than basketball - the summer circuit is where all the recruiting is done.
 

grange45

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Almost all club swimming has programs for very young athletes to get involved. Most high school programs have zero programs for these little athletes.

High school coaches need to start promoting the sport like the clubs if they don’t want to be ruined. Most clubs are doing it right: spark the interest at an early age. That’s the reason the athletes choose their club over the hs program. These clubs are invested in the athlete a lot longer than the hs program.
 

FletchMacFletch

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I swam competitively in high school and the reality is that high school swimming is not the pathway to college swimming. All potential college swimmers are on club teams.

Not much different than basketball - the summer circuit is where all the recruiting is done.
Times are the pathway to college swimming. Does club basketball require players to train with the club for the first half of the HS season? A very high profile swim club started requiring that this year.
 

BASESWIMPARENT

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So here it goes: Swimming is a very unique sport in Ohio. It is one of the few sports in Ohio which allow the participant to practice with their club during the actual season. One just cannot swim in high school meets and swim in club meets concurrently. For example, right now most exceptional high school swimmers are going to Junior nationals. Last week was the USA open swim in Atlanta. One could not have started swimming high school meets and then go to Junior Nats. A swimmer has to wait till his US or Y meets are done and then he/she can cut over to swim high school meets. However, during the whole swim season, a swimmer can practice with his/her club. Why is this? Because of resources. Many high schools in Ohio do not have functional pools and have to rent time from a local Y or community pool. The number of lanes allocated is often insufficient and the high school coaches would rather have that space allocated to their non-club swimmers and let their club swimmers use their club resources. Also, clubs have more and in general better credentialed coaches and many high school coaches are former club or current club coaches so they know their club coaches work out schedules. Finally, the difference in club and non-club swimmers is significant. It would be difficult to hold meaningful practices for all levels of swimmers at the same time. If a club is smart, it incorporates the high school season into its training schedule to help develop their swimmers for the state, regional and national meets that occur in late Feb, march and April. And yes, you are correct, times get scholarships but very few high schools in Ohio have the resources or inclination to train their swimmers to meet the time requirements for college teams that are awarding scholarship money.
 
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