Educational Resources

FCST Parent Education Page  


Purpose: To help each family and athlete have a positive and wholesome experience within the sport of swimming & First Colony Swim Team, and to have the most educated and supportive parents in USA-Swimming!

Our coaches and staff understand that questions and concerns will come up. When this happens, please speak directly to your swimmer's coach so they can explain the plan and the process for moving forward. The following articles have been selected to assist you in learning all the processes, details, and progressions in year-round swimming. 

In swimming, almost everything can be divided into a “dry side” and a “wet side”. Any question about any aspect of training or competition is a “wet side” question, and should ALWAYS go to your swimmer’s lead coach first. They will be happy to help you.  If you would like to speak with a coach regarding some aspect of training or competition, please do not try to speak with them while they are on deck conducting practice.  You may contact a coach via email and set up a time to speak with them.  If you still have questions after speaking with your child’s primary coach, please make contacts in the following order until you have your questions satisfied: 

Primary Coach ► Primary Coach’s Supervisor ► Division Head Coach ► Head Coach ► Board of Directors

Click Here to read the Parent-Coach Communication Guide prepared by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athlete Association.


The Secret to Developing the Best Swimmers and the Best Team


“Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But, having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient, and does their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.” 



USA Swimming Parent Resource Page 

Swimming 101 - USA Swimming Page (recommended for 1st year swim parents)

College Search Process:

The following three documents are good starting points for the college search process:


FCST Staff recommended articles & videos:


October 20, 2015 - "How to Raise an Adult" - Julie Lythcott-Haimes VideoArticle

October 16, 2015 - "Teach Your Children to be Coachable" - Deseret News Article

March 2, 2015 - "Process vs Outcomes" - Katie Arnold/USA Swimming article

March 2, 2015 - "Do I Matter?" - Mike Gustafson Article

December 10, 2014- "Parent-Coach Communication Guide"- New Hampshire Interscholastic Athlete Association Article

October 30, 2014 - "Lighten up, Swim Parents" - Mike Gustafson Article

October 7, 2014 - "Lesson's I Learned from Losing" - Mike Gustafson Article 

April 22, 2014 - "Three Easy Ways to Check for Dehydration" - Jill Castle Article

April 22, 2014 - "How to Stay Hydrated During Practice" - Jill Castle Article

Feb 10, 2014 - "Bill Marlin- Age Group Swimming with IMX Games" - Swimming World Magazine Video

Feb 5, 2014 - "How Youth Sports Parents Can Help Kids Thrive" - Catherine Holecko article

Feb 5, 2014 - "Dealing with Your Disappointment When Your Child Doesn't Perform his Best" - Heidi Coghlan article

Feb 1, 2014 - "How Do Coaches Choose Swimmers Events at Meets?" - FCST article

Nov 25, 2013 - "More important than Talent" -Changing The Game Project article

Nov 14, 2013 - "Commitment is the Key to Success" article



American Swim Coaches Association- Sports Parents Newsletters
Purpose of Travel Meets for Swim Teams
Interview with a Masters Swimmer and Swim Parent
Developing Swimmers Progressively
After Your Child Swims an Event
Adjusting to Different Stroke Techniques
A Family that Plays Together
A Day in the Life of an Age Group Parent
A Chance to Be a Hero Everyday
Role Models of Excellence
Helping Your Child Become a Stronger Competitor
What My Parents Did Right
Should My Child Do Summer League?
Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes
Strength Training for Youth
Sports Psychology for Sports Parents
On Holding Children Accountable
Aerobic Development Guide for Parents
Role Models of Excellence
Becoming a Strong Competitor
Deliberate Practice
Entering Events at Meets
Age Group Tapering
Smile When it hurts
How Much Should the Parent be Involved
Following Through on Commitment
Working Hard is the Point
Team Character at Swim Meets
What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents