YOUR ROLE AS PARENTS
Competitive swimming programs provide many benefits to young athletes, including self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to deal with defeat, while becoming healthy and physically fit. As a parent, your major responsibility is to provide a stable, loving and supportive environment. This positive environment will encourage your child to want to continue to swim. Show your interest by ensuring your child’s attendance at practices, and by coming to swimming meets.
Parents serve as role models and their attitudes are often emulated by their children. Be aware of this and strive to be positive models. Most importantly, show good sportsmanship at all times toward coaches, officials, opponents and teammates.
If your child has a poor swim race and feels badly, talk about it. Emphasize the positives. There is always something good to say about a race! There is nothing wrong with a swimmer acknowledging a poor race; they should know when they did not perform well. Many times a swimmer learns more from a poor race than a quality one. That is part of swimming, and part of developing life skills. Learning how to recover and rebound from a disappointing performance can help a swimmer perform better not only in the next competition but in life in general!