When it comes to summer league swimming, there is one thing you can always count on… GAMES! Maybe your team plays a game after a big win, on the last practice of the week, or whenever the coaches have run out of swim set ideas. Whatever the case may be, it’s certain that you will play tons of games throughout your summer league career. If for some reason you or your friends are having a tough time deciding which game to play, we made a list for you.
Here are 6 great games for summer swim practices:
1. Sharks and Minnows
The classic. Sharks and minnows is always a great go-to game whenever you have the chance. The rules are that everyone is a “minnow” except for one person who is a “shark”. All the minnows have to start on one side of the pool, dive in, and swim to the other side of the pool without the shark tagging them. Underwater is considered “safe” and the shark can not tag you if you are underwater. This game is sure to get your competitive juices flowing, and is always a blast!
2. Swim Baseball
Very similar to normal baseball, “swim baseball” incorporates swimming to each base, rather than running to the bases. The pool is the in field, and one team sits in the pool, while the other team “bats” on the side of the pool. Just switch a baseball bat and and ball with a kick-board and tennis ball, and you’ve got yourself a game!
Not quite as popular as the others, “DIBBLE” is played best with 10-15 people. All you need for Dibble is a golf tee, and some eager friends! One person places the tee at the bottom of the diving well, while the others wait out of the pool. Once you see the tee float up to the top of the surface, you shout “DIBBLE!” and jump in to get it. Whoever grabs the golf tee is the winner and will get to place it at the bottom for the next round. This game may sound simple and easy, but finding a floating white golf tee in a pool is much harder than it sounds!
The game “pennies” might just be as enjoyable for the coaches as it is for the swimmers. Simply exchange $5 or 10$ for a big bag of pennies. Scatter them all around the bottom of the pool, and let the kids take care of the rest. You would be surprised with how competitive some kids can get for a few extra pennies!
5. Greased Watermelon
One of our all-time favorites, “Greased Watermelon” is pretty much what you would imagine it would be. You take a watermelon, grease it up with Vaseline, and have each kid try to grab it and place it on the pool-deck. This can be a great team-building game, where strategy and teamwork can really be put to the test!
Obviously the best for last. Relays are always a blast because there are so many different possibilities! T-shirt relays, corkscrew relays, handstand relays, dolphin dive relays… the list goes on and on. Also, relays are a great time for kids to practice racing one another, which is always important in swimming.
Cannon Ball Contest
All of these games are great for getting the whole team involved and interacting together, as well as creating a fun environment for everyone. So if you are coach who wants to mix things up, or a swimmer who wants to have some fun, be sure to try out one of these games. We promise you won’t regret it! Be sure to let us know which games are your all-time favorites!