Parent Information and Tools
2017 Registration Agreements - electronically signed at registration
IMX/IMR Challenge Information
USA Swimming Tools/Information
USA Swimming New Parent Page
USA Swimming Parent Information Page
USA Swimming - Individual Time Search
Where to buy swim gear
SwimOutlet.com - *Recommended* - Online store, usually best prices for suits, goggles and any other gear needed. Our local summer league team also gets 10% back on all purchases made through this link.
Texas Swim Shop - 10429B So. Post Oak Rd., Houston, TX 77035
A-Gleam Swim and Sport - 20801 Gulf Fwy # 17, Webster, TX 77598
Swimshops of the Southwest - 9430 Broadway Ste 144 Pearland, TX 77584
Other Swim Tools/Smartphone Apps
OnDeck Parent Mobile App - Team mobile web application. Instructions to download and FAQ
Meet Mobile App - Real time swim results (Used by some host teams but not all, varies meet to meet)
Deck Pass App - The official mobile app of USA Swimming. - a virtual log book where you can connect other swimmers, monitor times, rankings and IMX scores, and earn patches.
iSwimTimes Mobile App - Swim log, converter, stopwatch
MeetBop - Live Timeline, live notifications/updates.
Swim Time Conversion Tool - Convert SCY/LCM/SCM
6 Ways Swim Parents Can Encourage Great Swimmer-Coach Relationships
As posted in Swim Swam, August 2015
Courtesy of Elizabeth Wickham
How important is the relationship between your child and their swim coach? Coaches have such an impact on our kids’ lives. Our kids may look back on their coaches as some of the most influential people shaping their goals and dreams. We want our kids to be successful in swimming and in life. Having a strong relationship with their coach is one step along that path. Their relationship needs to be based on trust, communication and mutual respect.
As a parent, there are a few things we can do—or not do—to encourage healthy, working relationships between our swimmers and their coaches.
Here are my six tips to building better relationships:
Get them to the pool.
Coaches appreciate kids who make it to practice consistently and on time. Who do you think will get more attention from the coach—the kid who shows up for every single practice—or the child who has sporadic attendance? When kids are not old enough to drive, the responsibility falls on us to get them to the pool.
Encourage hard work.
Being a hard worker is a life skill that will serve our kids well in school, work and relationships. How do you build this characteristic in your child? One small thing we can do is praise their hard work. Instead of complimenting your child on their natural talent, like brains or athleticism, offer praise for their hard work and show how their effort led to accomplishments.
Honesty is the best policy.
If your kid wants to skip practice to study for a final, or take a day off with friends, advise them to be honest about it with their coach. I’ve seen this happen again and again, kids lying to their coaches. It never ends well and credibility is a hard thing to regain.
Our swimmers need to be responsible for their actions. We aren’t helping by giving them excuses. Nor, do coaches like to hear excuses from kids—why they missed practice—or didn’t have a good swim. This comes down to ownership of their sport. Your swimmer needs to understand that what they put into the sport, they will get out of it.
Keep negativity to yourself.
You may believe the coach doesn’t focus enough on technique, or worry that your kid isn’t getting enough attention. Whatever you do, don’t talk about it at home. Kids will pick up on these cues and may lose faith and confidence in their coach.
Your swimmer needs to communicate.
Many parents make the mistake of talking to the coach on behalf of their swimmer. At some point in time, we need to back away and let our swimmers take over. Open communication between your child and their coach is fundamental in building a better relationship.
What tips do you have to encourage better relationships between swimmers and coaches?
Elizabeth Wickham volunteered for 14 years on her kids’ club team as board member, fundraiser, newsletter editor and “Mrs. meet manager.” She’s a writer with a bachelor of arts degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington with a long career in public relations, marketing and advertising. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Parenting and Ladybug.You can read more parenting tips on her blog.