Hi Silver Parents,
Today at practice we talked about what Silver swimmers should
and should not focus on at a meet. One of my rules in Silver is
that swimmers can’t collect ribbons for the place they come
in in their heat. I have this rule for a couple of different
reasons. If you disagree/have comments, questions, concerns/want to
talk about this further, please come chat with me after practice. I
would love to know your thoughts and share some of mine in more
- Your swimmer has no control over the
heat they’re in or who they swim against. As such,
“winning” the heat doesn’t mean very much.
- I’d rather they focus on the
things they can control – effort, technique, supporting their
- One of my goals for Silver swimmers
is that they progress from “novice” meets and start
attending invitationals. An invitational is a higher level meet
with higher level swimmers. This transition can be discouraging if
they are used to coming in first at a novice meet. However, if
they’ve learned to focus on the right things at swim meets
it’s easier for them to focus on personal improvement and get
validation from that, rather than from beating the person next to
With that in mind, what are some of the “right”
things to focus on at a swim meet? I asked your children that
question today at the end of practice and they came up with a great
list. I wanted to share it with you and encourage you to ask you
child about the things that they’ll be focusing on this
weekend. I’ve added a few comments to their list with my
- Times – times are a great way
to measure linear improvement. However, it’s important to
keep in mind that they don’t always tell the whole story.
I’ll probably share more on this later in the season, but
feel free to come talk with me if you have questions now.
- Effort – this is one of my
favorites, and is pretty self explanatory
- Attitude – Swim meets (and
practice!) should be a positive environment. It’s okay to be
upset when things don’t go quite right, but swimmers,
coaches, and parents need to work together to create strategies to
help swimmers deal with disappointment/ anxiety /pressure/etc. in
an appropriate way. More on this later (though as always, feel free
to come talk to me if you notice your swimmer is having trouble
- Technique – this gives me
great feedback on what lessons the swimmers are absorbing, what we
need to spend more time on in practice, and in general who needs
help with what
- Having fun!
- Supporting your teammates –
Hearing this one made me happy. We discussed encouraging your
teammates during the first few weeks of practice and I’m glad
they remembered what we talked about. Even though swimming is
considered an individual sport, swimmers are still part of a team.
One way to be a great teammate is to say encouraging things to one
Please let me know if you have questions about any of this.
I’m always available on deck after practice or you can email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.