How to Find the Perfect Swim Team

by Genevieve McNally,
Greenwood Tiger Sharks Head Coach

Everyone wants to find the “perfect” swim team for their athlete, but what does that look like? Fast swimmers? Large team? Small team? Progressive, cutting edge coaching style? Classic, predictable coaching style? State of the art facilities?  The list continues. Here are a few tips from our GTS coaches regarding how to pick the best team for your athlete.

USA Swimming Club

According to USA Swimming, there are 3,000 registered USA Swimming teams across the country. There are plenty of choices out there, but why choose a registered USA Swim team? Simply, it comes down to regulations and accreditations. USA Swimming teams must register every year to be a certified team, and the coaching staff must pass rigorous course requirements prior to being a USA Swimming certified Coach. Such requirements include Concussion Training, In Water Safety Skills, CPR and Athlete Protection Training. These diverse course requirements ensure that the coaching staff is professional and prepared to coach children of all levels from entry-level to Olympic. Regardless of background or previous experience, the training is consistent for all coaches across the board.

Facility

When looking for a team, you’ll want to ensure the facilities and the equipment that your athlete(s) will be using are up to your standard as a parent. If the pool is murky or the equipment is rusted or moldy, would you use it? Your athlete, no matter their age, is still developing and it is best to ensure a clean, safe environment for the athlete to grow. You can tell that a team cares about its athletes’ wellbeing when it goes the extra mile to keep its equipment and facilities in top shape.

Team

Lastly, you’ll want to be clear about how the team (both athletes and coaching staff) relates to one another. It is a good idea to ask the team prior to joining what their mission statement is, what their short- and long-term goals are, and what expectations the coaches have for their athletes. The answers to these questions will give you an idea of the team’s culture and what the coaches emphasize most.

Here at Club Greenwood, we try to keep it simple. We ask that our athletes respect themselves, respect their teammates and respect their coaches. If athletes are following these guidelines, then we as coaches can most effectively assist each athlete by giving them the tools to achieve their goals while ensuring the environment is safe and fun. We understand that success looks different for each swimmer, and we do our best to make decisions that support and are in the best interest of our athletes.

For more information, please contact Head Coach Genevieve, genevievem@clubgreenwood.com

Camp Greenwood School Days Out

Written by Colleen Bernardis
Youth Programs Coordinator
ColleenB@ClubGreenwood.com

Calling all parents in the Denver Metro area! Are there times where your kids are out of school but you have to work or just want some time to yourself and you don’t know what to do? Club Greenwood has a solution for you! Bring your kiddos into Camp Greenwood’s School Days Out! At Camp Greenwood, kids will have a blast doing arts and crafts, playing gym games, watching a movie and swimming. The camp includes lunch and snacks, so all you have to do is bring your kids and their swimsuits.

Camp Greenwood encourages a healthy lifestyle through the development and education of mind, body, and spirit by providing a safe, fun and creative environment for children that stimulates learning and fosters a child’s overall health for life. Camp Greenwood will offer children many fun and exciting opportunities to both learn and play. Each day at camp will offer a variety of activities to choose from so that each child’s needs and interests can be met, encouraging and enhancing growth and development in young children. Camp Greenwood will provide a balance of educational and recreational features so that programs are special for children. Sign your kids up for a camp they won’t forget.

Get your kids registered for School Days Out today:

October 14-18

November 8, 11, 8, 11, 25-27, 29

December 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31

January 2, 3, 6, 20

February 14, 17, 18

March 5, 6, 16-20, 23-27

May 1

Summer Camp begins May 26

Register Today!

Is Your Child’s Diet Optimal for Mental Health?

by Kristin Burgess, RD, Registered Dietitian / Personal Trainer

You feed your kid breakfast. You feed them snacks. You provide dinner every night. You send them to school with a water bottle. There is no way they are malnourished or dehydrated…or is there?

There absolutely is! The brain gets most of the nutrients it needs to perform properly (cognitive and behavioral function) from the food you feed it. Therefore, every single bite of food or sip of liquid you ingest during the day, and when you do it, has an impact on its development and performance. Studies have proven with an EEG, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not just what is eaten but also how much. Kids come in all shapes and sizes and their caloric needs might vary. Most kids, ages 6-12, need 1800-2200 calories per day. This means that breakfast needs to be 500 calories. Lunch needs to be 300-500 calories and dinner likely needs to be 500+ calories. Many children feel rushed during school lunch or are preoccupied playing with friends to eat a full 500 calorie meal, therefore dinner becomes a bit more of a make-up area.

So, what does a 500 calorie breakfast look like? Two slices of 100% whole grain toast, two eggs with two tablespoons of avocado plus a banana; a 100% whole grain bagel with a schmear of cream cheese and one-two eggs or 1 ½ cups of Kashi Go Lean cereal, 1/2c whole milk and a banana. Always add at least ten ounces of water to breakfast to top it off.

I know mornings are rushed. I am a mom also. I have an eight year old and a six year old. Trust me, I get it. However if you encourage your child in a positive manner to eat this breakfast and you take the time to do so, watch them change! The anxiety and the signs and symptoms of ADHD or other mental challenges might fade. Remember that breakfast is just the start. Proper snacks, dinner, water consumption and pre/post activity nutrition is also a piece of the puzzle.

For more tips or personalized information, contact Kristin Burgess, RD Club Greenwood’s Health and Wellness Coach.

Get Out of the Summer Slump!

Colleen Bernadis, Youth Program Coordinator

Kids love summer. They look forward to the last school bell of the year for months, then it’s the time for friends, fireworks, no school and no homework. Summer is every kid’s favorite… until the dreaded mid-summer slump hits. By mid-July, kids are no longer feeling the excitement and joy that came with the arrival of warmer times, and parents are running out of ideas of how to fill their little ones’ days. Summer begins to lose its appeal as your kids get restless and bored– and then all of you are in a slump. Here’s my advice on how to get out of the slump and reclaim your kids’ summer fun

Get outside!

We all know Colorado is an amazing place to grow up– there’s so much to love about the state, but the best part might be the outdoors. We have so many days of sunshine, it’d be absurd to not take advantage of them. Take your kids to the park for a walk, on a hike in one of Colorado’s gorgeous parks, or better yet, soak up some rays with them at our pool here at the Club. There is a lot of fun to be had in our outdoor swim areas– plenty to beat that mid-summer boredom!

Learn!

Summer is supposed to be a nice break from class, but there’s no need for your kids to shut their brains off for a full three months! There’s no harm in encouraging a bit of reading or some math problems for your kids to keep them engaged and on track in school. Denver has many libraries, events and museums centered around learning to visit with your kids– and Camp Greenwood visits the Museum of Nature and Science every summer for a fun, science-focused field trip.

Work out!

If your kids are bored, pick a healthy activity and get them to work up a sweat! Organized sports are great for kids of all ages and everyone can benefit from a family workout. The Youth department here at Club Greenwood offers classes and activities for families and kids alike– whether it’s a morning spent in Gym Jam or a session of Parent-Tot Dance Class, your kids have endless opportunities to get moving here with us at the Club.

Embrace boredom!

Sometimes a little boredom is good! Random downtime with nothing planned helps give kids a chance to explore their own interests and learn to manage their time. A little boredom never hurt anybody and the downtime makes the planned activities in their schedules that much more fun.

Take advantage of camp!

Perhaps the easiest solution to curing the mid-summer slump is right here at Club Greenwood! We have an amazing summer camp program here for kids 5–12, and a “Counselor in Training” program for kids 13 and up. Every portion of the day is scheduled fun, led by focused and committed counselors. Kids swim, play basketball, learn yoga, paint solar systems and take a field trip every Friday. Camp cures the summer boredom for all involved; kids, counselors and yes, even me. If you’re feeling slumped, bring your kids over to Camp Greenwood — you won’t regret it!

Colleen Bernadis, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | ColleenB@ClubGreenwood.com

4 Things to Look For in a Great Summer Camp

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator

The PEOPLE
Do you know your kids’ counselors? Every great summer camp has returning qualified and trained staff that truly enjoys playing with kids. They missed the kids during the school year and are excited for camp to begin.

The PROGRAM
Are the kids active? Do they go on field trips? Camp Greenwood uses the club as its home base which encourages a healthy and active lifestyle. We attend field trips around the Denver Metro area that the kids recommend.

The CONVENIENCES
Does camp make mom and dad’s life easier? Camp Greenwood provides lunch, snacks, towels and sunscreen. You only need to pack a swim suit each day!

The ENVIRONMENT
Are your kids having fun and staying safe? We provide an atmosphere where we continuously improve our facilities, policies and procedure based on safety.  We pride ourselves on knowing mom, dad, nanny, nana and your family dog.

Check out Camp Greenwood 2019!

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | JulieS@ClubGreenwood.com

Dear Greenwood Mom

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator

Dear Greenwood Mom,

Let’s be honest, sometimes we all need a minute to ourselves. We need a minute to take a shower, grab a coffee, send an email, do yoga or just sit in the lobby and sleep with our eyes open, a trait you get really good at as a mom. Many moms come to Greenwood just to have a minute to themselves and we want to invite you to do the same. Your first stop is at the Kids’ Club. Our Kids Club is designed with an outside entrance so when you enter those heavenly gates of the club, all your worries about your kids are gone. No crying, no asking for a snack, no one saying Mommy, Mom, Mama, no little human rolling their eyes, it’s just you.

So, you made it through the gates and into your kingdom. What do you do now? There are so many options! You look around there’s a comfy chair in the lobby. You could just stop and sit……..Danielle and George, the Club Ambassadors won’t judge you for taking a short nap. Or, you decide to power through and get a workout in. You go girl! Before you hop on a treadmill, you smell the coffee, oh the coffee. You need it! You stop at ink! and get your small coffee and see your friend Erin. You need to talk to her about the new Group Fitness classes you saw on the schedule. You and Erin get into an hour long conversation about how your kids won’t sleep because of daylight savings time. Then, you look at your watch and figure out you only have 30 minutes to shower, that dry shampoo can’t last another day. Into the locker room you go. It’s great you can take a shower in peace and BY YOURSELF! All the amenities are there, shampoo, conditioner, soap and they don’t have a Disney character on them. After your shower you even get to blow dry your hair. You exit the locker room, take a deep breathe in and realize you totally needed the club today. You then head back up to Kids’ Club to pick up the kids and hope the staff recognized who you are with your hair done. You realize you have been at the club for two and a half hours and didn’t even work out! That’s okay. We are a health club and sometimes you just need a minute for you, and that is also good for your HEALTH! Being a mom is hard, let Greenwood be your minute.

Cheers!

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | JulieS@GreenwoodATC.com

Why Introduce Your Child to Golf?

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club Has golf! Introduce your child to golf right here at Greenwood in a new, state of the art golf studio. Here’s why:

  1. Anyone can play! You don’t have to be fast, thin or in fantastic shape to start. Golfers come in all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities.
  2. Minimal Risk. Golf is somewhat easier on the body than other sports that kids do like football, soccer, track and even baseball. There is less risk that you will be hit by a ball or obtain a stress injury from repetitive pounding. If you can walk, you’ve got a great start in golf.
  3. Lifelong Sport. Golf is a sport that you can play your entire life. It may even keep you spry into your 90’s.
  4. Lifelong Friendships. Because one can spend lots of hours on the golf course, you will develop friendships that may last a lifetime.
  5. Outdoor Time. In this day and age, where our youth are on their phones or playing video games, golf is an opportunity to get outdoors.
  6. Scholarships. “The National College Athletic Assn. (NCAA) estimates that every year 200 college golf scholarships for young women go unclaimed. Too few girls compete in the sport to qualify for these scholarships, which means many young women are missing an opportunity that could make all the difference to their education, their income and their future.”
  7. Family Time. Remember the old saying…”a family that plays together stays together.” Why not play golf together? Go out to the driving range and hit balls together. Play nine holes. It’s a nice time to strike up a conversation with your child.
  8. Life Lessons. There are many lessons to be learned through golf. Navigating ups and downs, regrouping, handling pressure, rising to an occasion, battling outside elements, handling distractions…just to name a few.
  9. Golf is just plain fun!

Teaching Golf Professional, George Miller, is available six days a week for private or group lessons. Book your appointment with George by calling 303.330.5146 or emailing him at george.miller05@comcast.net.

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services
303.770.2582 x284 | LisaT@GreenwoodATC.com

Reach New Limits in the Water

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

When you challenge yourself to accomplish something you never thought you could, you find you can overcome anything. At Greenwood, our aquatics coaches and instructors are here to help you reach your goals. Whether you’re ready to take on a triathlon or your kids are thinking about becoming lifeguards, we’re here to push you and your family to new limits. And what better time to start than right now?

Join the GATC Triathlon Team 

Challenge yourself to become a better athlete by joining the triathlon team. The team trains Mondays at 6am, April to July, but it’s not too late to join! Train with brick and high-intensity workouts, as well as mini triathlons, both outdoors and at Greenwood. Coach Cyndie sends out personalized workouts, modified for your fitness level, every week. You choose your event, and Coach Cyndie will make sure you’re race ready. Many athletes decide on a sprint or Olympic distance race, but your goal is up to you.

Sign Up for the Kids Tri-Our-Village Triathlon

Have your young triathletes swim, bike and run at our 11th Annual Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon on September 16! “The race was challenging and a really fun time. My favorite part is running the laps around the lake and cheering on all of the other kids,” past participant Spencer Hola 
said.

Train with the American Red Cross

American Red Cross training provides young adults a rewarding opportunity to keep pools safe and to save lives. We provide classes right here at Greenwood with Jan Marie Smith. Greenwood employee Michael Zotto took a class and said, “My lifeguard certification class with Jan Smith was amazing. Jan is a fun and inclusive instructor with a wealth of information and she delivers all the necessary skills needed for the job.”

Take Private Swim Lessons 

Want to learn to swim or need more practice with a specific skill? Our coaches are here to accommodate varying needs with private swim lessons. Private lessons are a great way to develop skills in a structured and safe environment. “Private swim lessons at Greenwood fundamentally altered my daughter’s confidence in the water and her ability to successfully swim without fear. Our instructor taught my daughter the core concepts of safe swimming in a way that made it fun and highly learnable. After a year of private lessons, I take huge joy and satisfaction in knowing she is a capable and safe swimmer and has really learned to love the water!” Elizoebeth Lunsford said.

Interested in these or other aquatics opportunities at Greenwood? Contact Crystal Garland at CrystalG@GreenwoodATC.com to find the swim program for you.

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics
303.770.2582 x325 | CrystalG@GreenwoodATC.com

Benefits of Summer Recreation for Kids

Danielle Cavanaugh, Youth Programs Coordinator

Imagine what your child could do if they have the opportunity to…

Be Healthy!

The majority of youth programs available today include some sort of physical activity. With so much focus on childhood obesity, there is no better time to focus on being healthy! Learning the importance of having an active lifestyle at an early age can help children stay healthy throughout their lives. Those who are taught the value of participating in recreation programs from an early age are more likely to partake in similar activities as adults. Give your child the best chance of living a long, healthy life!

Be Educated!

Where did you learn how to play hopscotch? Or foursquare? What about soccer? You probably didn’t learn the rules and strategies by reading them on the internet. More than likely, you learned them by participating in an organized program or activity, including recess. There are so many games, sports, and pastimes out there. In order for children to know where their interests lie, they need to be shown the options. Give them the opportunity to try it all!

Be Confident!

Recreation programs can help to teach children the importance of trust, healthy risk-taking and overcoming personal challenges. The feeling a child gets from accomplishing something they’ve set out to do helps to build motivation to continue to work hard and take on the next challenge. The confidence that comes with becoming an autonomous participant is priceless.

Be Relaxed!

Just like adults, when kids participate in activities they enjoy they can become less stressed. We often forget that there are many pressures that come with being a kid. Getting them into programs they enjoy can help to manage that pressure.

Be Involved!

Not bored! Regardless of the activity, structured and organized participation helps kids develop better focus. They will be practicing skills like listening to instruction, staying on task, and following multi-step directions. These skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Make Friends!

It has been said that social bonds form stronger when those involved are doing something adventurous. The thrill and excitement of a new challenge or journey brings people together in ways other activities cannot. These friendships are vital to childhood. Even without these types of friendships, children need social interaction to develop. Whether its basketball practice or chess club, being involved in activities helps children feel like they belong.

Be Happier!

Take a look back at this list. If a child has a chance to experience all of this, there’s only one thing they can be — happy! There is so much to do at Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club. Let’s get started! Imagine what your child could do if they have the opportunity to be healthy, be educated, be confident, be relaxed, be involved, make friends, and most importantly be HAPPY!

Danielle Cavanaugh, Youth Programs Coordinator
303-770-2582 x287 | DanielleC@GreenwoodATC.com

Tips for Raising Healthy Athletes

Here are some great ideas from our registered dietician Kristin Burgess on what kinds of drinks and foods you can give your children to help them be at their healthiest when they are doing sports:

 

 

Sports Drinks:

  • Water is the only fluid needed by the body for under 60 minutes of exercise

-Exceptions are exercising in extreme heat and excessive sweating or more than 60 minutes of moderate activity. In this situation, a healthy sports drink would be in order. Look for one with less than 10 grams of sugar per eight ounces and is free of all alternative sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, dyes, colors and flavors.

Healthy any time snacks:

-Fruit or dried fruit

-Small chocolate milk

-Nuts or trail mix if no allergies

-Fruit snacks are ok as long as they are free of artificial sweeteners, colors, dyes and flavors.

 

Pre exercise meals and snacks:

  • Meal

-one hour to ninety minutes before exercise

-include a healthy carbohydrate, protein and fat such as a grain, fruit, milk, yogurt, eggs, meat, nut butter, veggies

  • Snacks

-thirty to sixty minutes before exercise

-include a healthy carbohydrate plus protein, such as fruit, yogurt, nuts, nut butter, milk, cheese

Post exercise meals and snacks:

  • Meal

-a protein, healthy carbohydrate and fat such as meat, nuts, cheese, fruit, grain, avocado

  • Snack

-healthy carbohydrate and protein such as fruit, nuts, cheese, milk, yogurt

  • WATER!

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your athletes specific needs, just give Kristin Burgess a call at 303-770-2582 x382.