Welcome to The Belmont Aquatic Team
BAT is a USA Swim team and a member of New England
Swimming. The team trains at Belmont HS. Athletes come from the
surrounding towns of Belmont, Lexington, Cambridge,
Watertown,Newton,Arlington,Waltham, and as far as New Hampshire and
the North Shore. With a strong BAT base, alumni have gone to
reach the highest levels of National swimming.
BAT is a parent-run
team, governed by a Board of Directors. The board meets monthly and
welcomes attendance and input from all team parents. Additionally,
various committees are made up of parent volunteers. The
involvement of parents of all the team members is crucial to the
success of the team.
BAT's Board of Directors
believe that the team can provide a vigorous eleven month program
of detailed technical work and in-depth training to swimmers at
different levels of ability and commitment. The team welcomes both
the cellist in the Middle School orchestra who also loves to swim
and wants to keep improving her times and the swimmer who would
like to swim six days a week and dreams of competing for an NCAA
Division 1 school some day.
The team's philosophy
focuses on mastery of the four competitive strokes (freestyle,
backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) and starts and turns as
the means to achieve speed and endurance. The team rejects the
attitude that speed and endurance training exist for their own
sake, separate from individual stroke improvement. For BAT,
avoiding injury by improving technique before pressuring the
swimmer for speed is essential.