11 Best Gifts For Competitive Swimmers

Updated on: November 2020

Best Gifts For Competitive Swimmers in 2020


Said No Swimmer Ever Competitive Swimming Quotes T-Shirt

Said No Swimmer Ever Competitive Swimming Quotes T-Shirt
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

MadSportsStuff Swimmer Logo Athletic Crew Socks (Columbia Blue/Black, Small)

MadSportsStuff Swimmer Logo Athletic Crew Socks (Columbia Blue/Black, Small)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • PERFECT SWIMMER SOCKS: While socks aren't the typical swimming accessory, they are a great way to show your passion for the sport. This sock is a crew length (hits mid-calf) and features a swimmer in waves. Sure to be a hit with your favorite swimming enthusiast!
  • ACCURATE SIZING: MadSportsStuff Sock Size: Small - Youth Shoe Size 12-5, Medium - Womens Shoe Size 5-10 Mens Shoe Size 5-9, Large - Womens Shoe Size 10-13 Mens Shoe Size 9-12, X-Large Womens Shoe Size 13+ Mens Shoe Size 12+
  • PERFORMANCE MATERIALS: Fiber Contents: 77% Polypropylene, 17% Nylon, 3% Elastic , 3% Lycra Spandex
  • PERFORMANCE FEATURES: Moisture Wicking, Arch and Ankle Compression to reduce fatigue, Blister Control, Lightweight, Double Welt Top, Heel/Toe Design, Infused Alphasan Antimicrobials control bacteria and odor
  • 🇺🇸 QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: These swimmer socks are made with love in the USA

Competitive Swimming If Easy Quote Swimmer Swim Gift T-Shirt

Competitive Swimming If Easy Quote Swimmer Swim Gift T-Shirt
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • If swimming were easy, they'd call it football. Funny birthday present or holiday gift for competitive swimmer or coach
  • Competitive swimming novelty design features funny quote. Perfect to wear to practice or to show love for water sport
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Swimmer Shirts For Men Funny Swimming Pool Gifts

Swimmer Shirts For Men Funny Swimming Pool Gifts
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Chlorine is My Cologne, swimming quotes shirt for men.
  • Funny swimmer shirts to wear at the swimming pool.
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Swimming Gift Necklace – Cute Swimmer Pendant Charm for Girls & Teens on a Swim Team – Inspirational Message Card

Swimming Gift Necklace – Cute Swimmer Pendant Charm for Girls & Teens on a Swim Team – Inspirational Message Card
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Super cute women’s adjustable swimmer necklace plated in 18K silver. Great original pendant for any woman, girl, teen, or kid who enjoys to swim.
  • QUALITY GUARANTEE. Strong necklace: if it breaks within three years, we offer free replacement. Nickel free and hypoallergenic.
  • Necklace Chain Length adjustable from 18 to 15 inches - Pendant dimensions: 1.26 X .67 inches (32mm x 7mm)
  • Packaged with a sturdy message card that says, “I DO MORE KICKS THAN A SOCCER PLAYER. MORE FLIPS THAN A CHEERLEADER. MORE SETS THAN A VOLLEYBALL PLAYER. MORE YARDS THAN A FOOTBALL PLAYER. I AM A SWIMMER.” All jewelry designs are Copyright of Caring Hands Gifts, LLC.
  • Perfect for yourself or as a gift for your mother, wife, daughter, girlfriend, bff, child/kid, or any friend who loves swimming.

Swim Girl Definition Normal Only Cooler Women Juniors Girls T-Shirt

Swim Girl Definition Normal Only Cooler Women Juniors Girls T-Shirt
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Swim Girl Just Like A Normal Girl Only Much Cooler design by Trendy Swimmer. Cute empowering girls swimming statement. Show up ready to swim like a girl at the next swim meet, over your suit, or around the pool deck after practice
  • Large and bold hand crafted style text match the sassy message of pride. Trendy Swimmer wear make great gifts for swimmers and water sports athletes. Swim themed designs for women, teens, kids, and girls who love the sport of swimming
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Two-Sided Winking Face Eat My Bubbles Swimmer Gift Shirt

Two-Sided Winking Face Eat My Bubbles Swimmer Gift Shirt
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Whether you need a competitive swimmer gift or a fun casual gift for swimmer we have you covered with this swim t-shirt that will put a smile on the face of anyone who considers the pool their second home.
  • Wear this fun swimming apparel to your next swim meet competition, swim practice, the local community pool, ocean or just your backyard pool to show how much you love the sport of swimming or just relaxing in the water.
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Swim Bangle Bracelet- Girls Swimming Bracelet- Swim Jewelry - Perfect Gift For Swimmers

Swim Bangle Bracelet- Girls Swimming Bracelet- Swim Jewelry - Perfect Gift For Swimmers
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • SWIM JEWELRY- Swim Bracelet - Swimming Jewelry - Perfect Gift for Swimmers- Swimming Jewelry for Girls
  • SWIM BANGLE BRACELET - Silver Plated Swim charms on stainless steel bangle bracelet
  • ADJUSTABLE - Expandable Bangle Bracelet, Made to Accommodate Most Wrist Sizes
  • SWIM GIFT - Perfect gift For Swimmers, Swim Teams, Coaches for birthday, Christmas, Start/End Season or Just Because
  • SPORTYBELLA MISSION. As a US company, we want athletes to be able to show team spirit with custom sports accessories for girls. We just love accessorizing traditional sports attire, and we think those accessories enhance the whole sporting experience. From bracelets to hair ties to keychains and more, we believe Sportybella jewelry instills pride and connection with a girl’s activity of choice.

FRONT & BACK Eat My Bubbles Competitive Swimmer Funny Swim Zip Hoodie

FRONT & BACK Eat My Bubbles Competitive Swimmer Funny Swim Zip Hoodie
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • FRONT AND BACK Funny Eat My Bubbles Competitive Swimmer themed design by Trendy Swimmer. Show up to compete at the swim meet, over your suit, or around the pool for practice
  • Trendy Swimmer makes great gifts for any water sports athlete, swim coaches, men, women, teens in the sport of swimming. Any fan can relate to this great swim quote

TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack for Wet Swimming, Gym, and Workout Gear

TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack for Wet Swimming, Gym, and Workout Gear
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Mesh venting for increased drying time and drainage
  • Barrel Lock closure
  • Updated with a 20% bigger design

Crazy Dog T-Shirts Womens Eat Sleep Swim Tshirt Cool Fitness Swimmer Workout Tee for Laides (Heather Black) - S

Crazy Dog T-Shirts Womens Eat Sleep Swim Tshirt Cool Fitness Swimmer Workout Tee for Laides (Heather Black) - S
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • SUPERIOR DESIGN: Crazy Dog T-shirt branded tees are designed and printed in the USA. We screen print our graphic tees with state of the art equipment to ensure vibrant colors and lasting durability. Our awesome funny shirts are the perfect gift for any occasion.
  • NEW FAVORITE SHIRT: We have our tees manufactured to be the best super soft high quality shirts. Our vintage lightweight fitted tees are made from ringspun cotton to get that comfortable fit and feel. Our sarcastic tees have the funniest sayings, while hilarious they are cool at the same time and are perfect when you're binging movies on the couch or chillin at the gym.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Whether you're cute and adorable or sarcastic and nerdy, get ready to have fun with this graphic tee. Machine washable (wash/iron inside out in cold water/low heat, hang dry,). Larger sizes are available - 3XL 4XL and 5XL – for most novelty designs. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, we will provide an immediate exchange.
  • BEST GIFTS: Cool shirts are great for your brother or sister and make ideal Christmas, birthday, anniversary, or holiday presents for family, friends, or treating yourself to a great tee. They're great retro geek gifts ideas for a nerd with a sarcastic sense of humor. Froms 80s retro prints to presents for gamers!
  • WOMENS FIT: This listing is for an adult women's slim-fit t-shirt (also known as junior fit). These cute fitted tees tend to run small so double check the size chart and order a size up if you're between sizes. Check out all of Crazy Dog T-Shirt tees for funny shirts for women, men, and kids.

How to Select a Competitive Swimming Team

A guide for beginning competitive swimmers and their parents.

Swimming lessons, however, can only take an athlete so far. How do you know if your child is ready for competitive swimming, and furthermore, how do you select a team that will benefit your budding athlete?

The lure of winning championship medals is what draws parents and children alike to the sport of competitive swimming. Joining a swim team entails much more than that. For one, swimmers endure hours of practice before even participating in a competitive meet. Secondly, swim team offers a sense of camaraderie and personal achievement as well as the opportunity to hone a set of athletic skills that will remain throughout a lifetime.

Summer is a good time to try out the swim team experience as, for one, school is not in session, thus putting less pressure on budding athletes trying to determine whether the sport fits them. However, it's also a good time to try swimming with a team because of the variety of programs that abound during warmer months.

"In summer you can find some very good developmental programs for year round teams," said Pat Hogan, director of club development for USA Swimming. "It's a fertile recruiting ground."

During the summer, many local park districts sponsor limited-time programs that run at outdoor pools. These are generally less competitive than year-round clubs, but the site of dozens of swimmers performing laps up and down lanes of a pool can be daunting for a novice. Don't worry. A thorough program, even at a more informal level will have a number of levels, allowing beginning competitive swimmers to ease into skills to be successful in practice.

Before your child jumps in, however, make sure he or she has the required skills. Each program has different requirements, but it's a safe bet that your child should be able to swim the basic freestyle stroke comfortably 25 yards down the length of the pool.

"We like them (beginners) to swim the length of the pool in freestyle and backstroke and have the ability to develop a legitimate breaststroke and butterfly," said Mark Townsend, head coach of the Naperville, IL Mavericks Swim Team.

For the uninitiated, the four basic swim strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Although freestyle is generally the go-to stroke for swimmers, parents should find a program that works on all four competitive strokes, even if your child shows an unusual aptitude for one or two.

"The reason why you want to have a program that teaches all strokes equally is that you don't want to have a program where they are any false barriers to success," said Hogan. "The swimmer who is a good freestyler at nine, may have a good backstroke at 11, and a good butterfly at 13."

Growth spurts are a time when swimmers tend to become better in certain strokes. Generally, Hogan noted, swimmers will become better in long-axis strokes-freestyle and backstroke-or short axis strokes-breaststroke and butterfly. Instruction in all four is important because one does not know how a body will develop as it grows.

Time commitment is another consideration. Proximity is often a deciding factor for beginning team swimmers, but flexibility should be another consideration. Many teams will specify days for practice, i.e., Monday-Wednesday-Friday, or Tuesday-Thursday for beginners. Check, however, to see if your prospective team has coaches available for your level on every practice day. The idea is to allow your child to be able to get proper instruction for your time availability.

Beginning team swimmers should expect a time commitment of 45 to 60 minute per session, two to three times per week to build stamina as well as refine strokes. Time commitments increase with the age of the swimmer as well as the ability level. Don't be intimidated, either by the eight-year-old who can swim every stroke well and has outstanding competitive times. Your child will improve with consistent practice. Good clubs have levels that are appropriate for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced swimmers. The same goes for placing beginners in events at meets. When first starting out, competitive swimmers should be placed in shorter events, i.e. 25 or 50 yards, depending on age with swimmers of similar ability level before progressing onto more difficult ones.

The team's philosophy is important, too. Although you want to see progression over the various competitive levels, you don't want a program that emphasizes too much too soon.

"Look at the goals and philosophy of the team to see how well their developmental program moves swimmers from one level to the next, "Hogan said. "For swimmers 12 and under the idea is to introduce them to the sport. The team should structure activities in such a way that younger swimmers can do other activities."

Teaching stroke mechanics is also important to the core of the program, as is patience in a coaching staff. Children often don't understand what they're being taught the first time around. Emphasis on good technique is crucial. Other things to look for are a stable coaching staff and whether the club participates in USA Swimming's Club Recognition or Club Excellence programs.

Swim team members compete in individual and team events. Individual events consist of swimming a specified stroke or a medley of all four competitive strokes while team events are relay races. The latter are generally freestyle relays, where everyone swims the basic stroke, as well as medley relays where each swimmer swims one of the strokes. Let your team's coaches decide when your child is ready to enter a competitive event. You are not doing your child any favors by pushing them into an event when their stroke mechanics lag behind others on their level. While some children shrug off a sub-par competitive performance, others start losing interest when they are constantly trailing the field.

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