Practice Policies for Parents
The coaching staff encourages parents to watch practice from time to time. It’s
probably not best to watch practice everyday nor is it healthy to never come to the pool. The reality of carpools and transporting young swimmers is that many parents are present everyday, though you don’t necessarily need to watch every minute of practice. Here are some important guidelines to keep in mind when observing a practice.
First, young swimmers want their parents’ approval more than anything. If they know you are watching practice, it’s only natural for some of their attention to be directed to you. However, for the swimmers to learn as much as possible, it’s imperative coaches have your child’s undivided attention during practice. We ask that you not communicate with your child during practice thus competing with a coach for his/her attention.
Second, we insist that parents do not interrupt the coaches on deck while they are coaching. If you need to communicate with a coach, please arrange to do so before or after a practice, or at a designated time that works for your family as well as the coach.
Third, our coaches spend a considerable amount of time planning weekly training
sessions for each of their practice groups. Each training set or instructional drill has a purpose and one practice and/or practice set often builds on another throughout the week and/or season. If you have not attended all practice sessions, you may not understand the purpose of what the swimmers are doing on any given day.
Finally, please do not try to coach your child based on what you see (or think you don’t see) him/her do. Many times when teaching stroke skills, the coaches ask our swimmers to do things that might not look correct or might actually be illegal according to the rules, but does have important purpose in teaching skills (i.e. swimming one arm fly or swimming breaststroke with a flutter kick or dolphin kick).
With these various points in mind, as well as USA Swimming Insurance Policies (see second document), we ask parents to stay off the pool deck during practice hours and not attempt to coach your child based on what you observe at practice.
Parents whose swimmers practice at Kino and Skyline pool should watch practice from the concessions seating areas, the diagonal bleachers at Kino or bleachers directly in front of the dive well on west side of pool or from the pool lobby.
We do request that parents drop their swimmers off no more than 15 minutes before practice is scheduled to start and pick them up no more than 15 minutes after practice is scheduled to end. Many of the coaches have responsibilities outside of practice times and may not be available to "watch" swimmers before and/or after scheduled practices.
Swimmers should arrive early and be out on deck, after practice swimmers should wait for their pick up inside the pool lobby. We do not want swimmers outside of any of the facilities at anytime during a practice unless they are under the direct supervision of a coach at that time. Swimmers who arrive early to practice should sit quietly on the deck, talk with teammates, do their homework, or read a book until practice begins.
Finally, at no time should anyone park in front of the pool lobby area/in a red zone. Those that violate this are subject to ticketing and/or towing by either the City of Mesa or Mesa Public Schools. Locate a parking space and do not lock traffic entering or exiting the facility at any time. If you have additional questions please contact Head Coach Meg Zajdzinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
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