Cooperation and communication among parents, swimmers and coaches are vital to the success of the program. If a parent disagrees with a coach, this problem must be privately resolved between the two. A parent’s critical comments directed toward the coach in the presence of the swimmer could have a negative impact on the level of confidence the swimmer has in that coach. Once confidence is lost, success is unlikely.
It should also be emphasized that confusion will result if a swimmer has two “coaches” (parent and coach). The results are almost always better when the parents restrict their input to support and encouragement, and allow the coaches to provide the technical direction.
It is very important for the parents (and swimmers!) to inform the coaches of any outside influences (i.e., problems with school, personal relationships, etc.) which may have a negative impact on the performance and/or attitude of the swimmer.
The coaches welcome input from the parents and will make themselves available whenever necessary outside of scheduled workouts and competition. However, it would be appreciated if parents would call the office for appointments during regular business hours to discuss matters which are not urgent.