By Hannah and Katie Gould.
Like every summer league swimmer, each year we eagerly anticipate the day our neighborhood pool opens. Our summer memories mostly revolve around relaxing by the pool and summer swimming because, for more than half of the season, our weeks are filled with MCSL swim meets and activities. We cannot imagine spending a summer with any other teammates, which got us thinking: What makes one MSCL team “better” than another team in the league? It is not all about winning each meet.
The best teams:
1. Have swimmers show up to meets, regardless of whether they are swimming or not, to cheer.
Going to meets to cheer on your teammates and support your friends is a great way to make your team stronger. Strong team spirit creates a sense of community and helps build lifelong friendships. The strongest teams last for generations because of the bonds formed over the summer.
2. Dress up and go all out for spirits.
Teams without spirit are not teams. Enough said.
3. Support teammates and friends at cross divisional meets (Coaches Long Course or All Stars).
These meets bring together the fastest individuals and relay teams in the county. Additionally, they are a great way to connect with other swimmers that you may not see all the time and also to meet new people.
4. Have prominent and distinguished traditions.
You can find endless traditions throughout the MCSL – pool overnights, pasta dinners, 8 and under tuck-ins, etc. Connecting with your team in and out of the water creates the bonds that bring teams together year after year. The best memories come from participating in these traditions.
We appreciate all of the effort and hard work of the parents, coaches, officials, and volunteers who make the season the best it can be. You make this all possible! Thank you!