I started at ten years old when I saw a family member in a water show. I was part of the Arizona Desert Gems. I started to complete at thirteen. I don’t think people quite understand the importance of teamwork in synchro (feeling like a family). You should be so close that you instinctively know what your teammates will do in a routine. I have noticed that many are surprised to hear that this is a year round sport! In order to stick with it, you need to love it first. Kids need to enjoy working outside of their comfort zone and trying new things. Parents need to let kids lead. Guide them to be a good sport, honor commitments and respect their coaches. Knowing when you kid needs motivation, and how to provide that is important. Rely on the experts. You can’t just be naturally talented and work hard. You also need to know what the judges are looking for….and that changes every year. Most people don’t understand the way the sport is governed. I often need to explain why the US did not have a team at the Olympics, how assessments work and who makes the decisions about the sport’s guidelines. There are a lot of politics. Kids need a love for the sport, passion to drive their commitment and confidence. Having a great team that is supportive of one another helps

Katie Bitz

I started at ten years old when I saw a family member in a water show. I was part of the Arizona Desert Gems. I started to complete at thirteen. I don’t think people quite understand the importance of teamwork in synchro (feeling like a family). You should be so close that you instinctively know what your teammates will do in a routine. I have noticed that many are surprised to hear that this is a year round sport! In order to stick with it, you need to love it first. Kids need to enjoy working outside of their comfort zone and trying new things. Parents need to let kids lead. Guide them to be a good sport, honor commitments and respect their coaches. Knowing when you kid needs motivation, and how to provide that is important. Rely on the experts. You can’t just be naturally talented and work hard. You also need to know what the judges are looking for….and that changes every year. Most people don’t understand the way the sport is governed. I often need to explain why the US did not have a team at the Olympics, how assessments work and who makes the decisions about the sport’s guidelines. There are a lot of politics. Kids need a love for the sport, passion to drive their commitment and confidence. Having a great team that is supportive of one another helps
 

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