Notes from Parent Mtg 5/19/15


OBBT Swim Team parent meeting

May 19, 2014


I.         Practices

            A.         If tardy to a practice, may not be allowed to swim

            B.         Land practices (5-6 p.m. May 12, 13, 19, 20, 21)

            C.         Evening swim practices (4:45-6 p.m. May 26, 27, 28, June 1,2,3,4)

                        i.          Tryouts for Level I/II will occur during these evening swim practices

            D.         Regular season practices start June 8

                        i.          Level I, 10:30-11:30 a.m. M-Th

                        ii.         Level II, 8:45-10:15 a.m. M-Th and 5:00-6:15 p.m. M-Th

                        iii.        All swimmers participate in Fun Fridays 8:45-11:45 a.m.

            E.         Time Trials June 9 at 8:45 a.m.  Mandatory.

F.         Practice cancellations—see website.  We will attempt to email parents as soon as cancellation called.

            G.         Early departures require checkout with a coach.


II.     Equipment

            A.         Team swim suits—see Michelle Hrody

            B.         Team membership includes an OBBT shirt, which should be worn to meets

C.         OBBT & Customized swim caps—see Michelle Hrody

            D.         Bring goggles and caps to every practice

            E.         Bring shorts and shoes to every practice in case dry land practice called by coaches.


III.      Meets

            A.         5 p.m. Positive Check-in.  Meets begin at 6 p.m.

            B.         Dates, directions on website.  Conference July 18 at VFC

            C.         Volunteer for two meets and conference

                        1.          Register for volunteer shifts online April 30-June 1. Volunteer by June 1!

                        2.         Software Training May 19, 7:30 p.m. at OBBT

                        3.         Stroke & Turn Clinic June 3, 7 p.m. at VFC—new date for this meeting!

                        4.         COACHES WILL MONITOR VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

                        5.         OPTING OUT IS NOT AVAILABLE

6.         If you don’t sign up for two volunteer shifts by June 1, your child will not be allowed to swim at the meet

6.         No show penalty--$100 charge if you don’t show for a volunteer shift


IV.       Communication



V.         Water polo

            A.         All boys and girls invited. Practices Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

            B.         Games will be on Sunday mornings


VI.       Social Events

            A.         Family Kickoff Party June 15, 6 p.m.

            B.         Pasta Night July 15, 6 p.m.

            C.         Team Banquet July 19, 5 p.m.


VII.     Coach’s Discussion



Notes from Coach Cindy Jones

                                                                    SWIM TEAM PARENTING



  • Everyone wants your kids to have a great summer. 
  • Your kid(s) always want(s) you to be a perfect parent. 
  • There are 52 spots on the Olympics swim team.  Be realistic.
  • We coach because we think swimming is the best thing going on this planet. 
  • Effort trumps talent.
  • Character trumps everything.


  • Honor your child and your child’s teammates by getting to practice frequently, and on time.  It is disruptive and disrespectful of everyone to be late, or to be unprepared.
  • Hold your children responsible for their attendance and for being prepared.  Be the world’s most reliable taxi driver (and hide the spare goggles).
  • Be your child’s parent (love, support, food, sleep, cheerleading, shoulder to cry on). 
  • Praise effort, not outcomes.  Outcomes result from effort, but not necessarily right away.
  • Praise behavior, not intent.
  • Give your child the opportunity to fail, and to recover.  It makes them resilient.
  • Be there for the team!


  • COACH.  I don’t want to do your job.  Don’t confuse the roles; you’ll confuse the kids.
  • Never lose sight of what “sticks”. 
  • Interrupt your child or your child’s coach unless it is an emergency
  • Fester.  Pick an appropriate time and place if you have something to talk to me (us) about. 
  • HELICOPTER.  Stay off the deck, have something else to do.  Watch discretely.


  • Swimmers need a cap if hair is long enough to cover their eyes or reach their mouth when wet.
  • Get good goggles that fit your child’s face and seal underwater.  Get 2, and maybe 3 pair.
  • Swimmers should eat before practice, between swim practice and water polo practice, during a meet, and within 30 minutes after practice has finished. 
  • Drink water.  Lots of water.