If you are new to the sport of swimming or just new to athletic activities for your child, you probably have lots of questions. We welcome any questions you may have and there is no such thing as a silly question. It is always better to ask!
We thank you for choosing our club and believe swimming is the best physical activity for young athletes. First and foremost, it is an important lifesaving skill. Secondly, everyone gets to participate!
How do you fit in as a parent? We believe in open communication between the swimmer, coach and parent. It takes all three working together to provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
We ask that you use the following line of communication if you have concerns:
- Address your concerns with the swimmer's coach.
- Talk with the head coach.
- Set up meeting with parent, swimmer's coach and head coach.
- Set up meeting with parent, Board President and head coach.
EGRA Waves Parent Code of Conduct
EGRA expects that parents exhibit the highest standards of sportsmanship and model responsible behavior at all times when participating in all EGRA activities, swimming events and practices, and when communicating with EGRA Waves coaching staff, board members and swimmers.
By signing this document, parents and guardians agree to comply with and support the following rules of this EGRA Waves Code of Conduct.
As a parent/guardian:
- I will demonstrate and model good sportsmanship by conducting myself in a respectful manner towards my child, other swimmers, parents, officials and coaches at practices, team functions and swimming events. I understand that criticizing, negative statements (written or verbal), use of degrading personal comments or abusive language and/or gestures directed towards coaches, officials, parents, spectators, and/or any other swimmers will not be tolerated.
- I understand my role is that of a parent, not as a coach, official or swimmer. I will not coach or instruct my swimmer at practice or swim meets (from the stands or from other areas) or interfere with coaches on the pool deck. As a parent, I understand that swimming is my swimmer’s choice and that they compete for his/her own enjoyment, not my own. I will refrain from imposing my ambitions upon him/her.
- I will do my best to make sure my swimmer is dropped off at an adequate time before practice to allow them to get ready and be on deck before the start of practice. I will pick up my swimmer no later than 15 minutes after practice has ended.
- I will respect all coaching decisions regarding group placements and “moving-up” groups. I understand that the coaching staff has the best intentions for my swimmer and recognize that they know what level of skills, stroke technique and commitment are needed for success in the next level.
- I understand that I am not allowed on the pool deck during practice at any time, or during meets unless volunteering or performing as an official. I will abide by official’s decisions and will direct any questions or concerns regarding such decisions to a member of EGRA’s coaching staff.
- I recognize that I am responsible for the volunteer hour requirement each season (Precompetitive exempt) with EGRA. I understand that I will be billed at the end of the season for any unfulfilled volunteer hours.
- I understand that I am responsible for paying my swimmer’s season registration, meet fees in their entirety; regardless of the number of practices or competitions my swimmer participates in. I understand that I am responsible for all meet entry fees that my swimmer has signed up for, even if my swimmer did not attend the meet due to illness, etc. I understand that all previous balances must be paid before participation in the next meet or the start of a new season.
I promise to uphold the image of EGRA and to project an image that the team can be proud of. Should I conduct myself in such a way that violates the above Code of Conduct, I voluntarily subject myself to disciplinary action as determined by the Executive Board of Directors and coaches. Physical altercations will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
1. First Offense= Private meeting with Head Coach.
2. Second Offense= Consultation with Head Coach and Executive Board President.
3. Third Offense= Dismissal from team.
Our team handbook contains a wealth of information about our program ranging from how groups are structured to how we work to keep athletes safe within our program. Parents and members are encouraged to read our handbook.
EGRA Waves Website
Our website is a great communication tool for our club and there are many features that parents and members can utilize. Below is a document that helps explain many of the features. You can also watch video tutorials under My Account, Video Tutorials.
WEBSITE FAQ DOCUMENT
Below is a list of articles that will help give you a better understanding of the sport of competitive swimming. Please note that some of these articles were written by othe coaches addressed to their own team but the message still pertains.
Another great resource for parents is the Parent Section of USA Swimming. There is information about nutrition, parent roles, tips, etc.