COACHES ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The coach's responsibility is to supervise the entire stroke development and competitive swim programs and manage all matters that relate to training and competition. Our staff is dedicated to providing young swimmers with a program that will allow them to develop to their fullest potential.
The coaches will determine final placement in practice groups. This is based on age, ability, maturity and commitment level of each swimmer. A swimmer will be moved up into a new practice group by the coaches when they feel that the swimmer is at an appropriate level of skill and maturity to participate effectively in the next group. The coaches have an intimate knowledge of the training level and expectations of each group and will only move swimmers up when they are confident that the swimmer is physically and mentally ready for the next challenge. Experience has shown that moving a swimmer up before he/she is ready can lead to very negative experiences for the athlete. Parents are asked to please trust the coaches’ judgment in this area.
The coaching staff will make the final decision concerning which meets Killer Whale Swim Club swimmers may attend. The coaching staff also makes the final decision concerning which events a swimmer is entered into.
Sole responsibility for stroke instruction and training rest with coaching staff. Each group’s practices are geared for that age group as well as to meet established goals.
The coaches will conduct warm-ups at meets. Just prior to and after events, swimmers (not their parents) should check in with their coach. The coach will offer advice and constructive criticism on their race. It is the parent’s job to offer love and support regardless of their swimmer’s performance.
Coaches will determine relay teams for meets.
The coaching staff is continually refining our program. It is the responsibility of parents and swimmers to take advantage of the opportunity this program provides for success in swimming.
One of the traditional swim team communication gaps is that some parents seem to feel more comfortable in discussing their disagreements over coaching philosophy with other parents rather than taking them directly to the coach. Not only is the problem never resolved that way, but in fact this approach often results in new problems being created. Listed below are some guidelines for a parent raising some difficult issues with a coach:
· Try to keep foremost in your mind that you and the coach have the best interests of your child at heart. If you trust that the coach's goals match yours, even though his/her approach may be different, you are more likely to enjoy good rapport and a constructive dialogue.
· Keep in mind that the coach must balance your perspective of what is best for your child with the needs of the team or a training group that can range in size from 10-90 members. On occasion, an individual child's interest may need to be subordinate to the interests of the group, but in the long run the benefits of membership in the group compensate for occasional short term inconvenience.
· If your child swims for an assistant coach, always discuss the matter first with that coach, following the same guidelines and preconceptions noted above. If the assistant coach cannot satisfactorily resolve your concern, then ask that the head coach to join the dialogue as a third party.
· If another parent uses you as a sounding board for complaints about the coach's performance or policies, listen empathetically, but encourage the other parent to speak directly to the coach. He/she is the only one who can resolve the problem.