Message to Parents
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US HAS A RESPONSIBILITY ON THE WWRX SWIM TEAM. WHILE YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IT, THE PARENT’S ROLE ON THIS TEAM IS VITAL TO THE PROGRAMS SUCCESS.
As a parent, your major responsibility is to provide a stable, loving, and supportive environment. Please remember that your child is the swimmer. They should set their own goals and make their own progress towards them. It is important to be careful not to impose your own standards or goals. Finally, please do not burden your child with winning or achieving best times. This healthy environment encourages learning and fun; which will develop a positive self-image in your child.
GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS WITH ATHLETIC CHILDREN
- Make sure that your children know that win or lose, scared or heroic, you love them, appreciate their efforts, and are not disappointed in them. This will allow them to do their best without fear of failure.
- Try your best to be completely honest about your child’s athletic capability, their competitive attitude, sportsmanship, and actual skill level.
- Be helpful, but don’t coach them on the way to the pool. It’s tough not to, but it’s a lot tougher for children to be overloaded with advice and often critical instruction.
- Get your child to practice and meets on time.
- Instill in your child respect for coaches, officials, teammates, and opponents.
- Review and remind your child the importance of following all team rules and policies.
- To encourage your child to always try their best at practice/meets regardless of any distractions.
- To respond to any and all E-mails (to let us know you are receiving them) in a timely manner.
- To provide encouragement and support for all swimmers on the team regardless of their entry time, finish time, competition, or placing.
- To work together with other parents and volunteer to fulfill work assignments. To make sure you take the responsibility of obtaining all meet information and sign up for the meets in the time that is assigned and to make sure your account is up to balance.
- To see the coach if you have any questions, concerns, problems, or suggestions about our USA team.
- To assist the coach in creating a positive environment for all swimmers and parents at practice and meets. Observe your kids (and others if necessary) before, during, and after practice as well as at meets, and make sure they are behaving in a responsible and respectful manner.
- Remind your child their responsibility after a race is to see their coach first. In addition watch for reactions to good and bad swims. If necessary, remind them that their reactions (good and bad) affect those around them, and behaviors such as crying, sulking, or getting excessively angry are never acceptable.
- Provide emotional support for your child. Swimming is a learning experience. Like any learning experience, there will be disappointments. Keep a positive attitude. Ask them what the coach said, what they learned, and how they could improve.