Haney Neptunes Hammond Development Program
a program for younger swimmers
What is the Hammond Development Program?
The Haney Neptunes has a unique method of providing a developmental program for Competitive Swimming. The purpose for this program is to introduce young swimmers to the skills required for competitive swimming. Our main goal is to help young swimmers to strengthen their skills so they are strong enough to join the regular program. Senior swimmers volunteer their time to assist the coach to teach the younger swimmers. Children are placed in very small swimmer/teacher ratio groupings. Using senior swimmers helps foster team spirit and there is less social division between senior and junior swimmers in the competitive program.
The program runs four weeks in the month of July. The program usually runs Mon-Fri from 9am-10am. All swimmers up to the age of 11 are able to register for this program as long as they can swim 15 meters unaided and can put their face in the water (this would be the width of the competition pool). Certificates of achievement and participation ribbons are awarded to each swimmer at the mini meet at the end of the program.
A message from a former Coach for the Hammond Development Program
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who were involved in making the Hammond Development Program a success this summer. The program ran so smoothly because of the diligence of the parents (thanks for dropping off and picking up the your volunteer coaches!), the enthusiasm of the kids who were learning to swim and last but not least the wonderful group of volunteer coaches.
Volunteer Coaches: I enjoyed working with and getting to know each one of you. You demonstrated professionalism, enthusiasm and a genuine love for the sport of swimming which you were able to pass on to the young swimmers. Coaching is about building relationships and passing on skills and passion and I observed you doing that every day, rain or shine! My hope is that you will stay involved in coaching young swimmers. I am positive the kids in the Hammond Program are already looking forward to learning from you again next summer.
As for me, I had a blast this summer and it was truly a full circle moment as my personal passion for the sport of swimming was piqued at the age of 5 when I participated in the Hammond Program. Thanks for giving me the chance to work with such wonderful and supportive parents and swimmers.
Praise for the Hammond Development Program
The following letter was received from a parent of young swimmer involved in the program:
My daughter was involved in the Hammond Development Program for the first time this year, and she had such a phenomenal time. Every day she came out of the water saying how much fun she had, and I saw a huge improvement in her swimming techniques. In fact, she loved it so much, and improved so immensely that she has decided to continue on with the maintenance program over the winter and join in the competitive club next year!
The coach and her crew of volunteers, made every day so much fun, and a great learning experience for her. And the fact that the coach took the time to invite her to come down to swim a practice one day with the competitive kids, and also to see the Regionals, really made my daughter feel very special. The great coaching will get us back next year.
Please pass along our thanks all the volunteer coaches that helped to make all the kids feel very special over the summer.
We will definitely return next year with my younger daughter in the Hammond Development Program and my oldest in competition.
Thank you again,
"We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia"