Parent Expectations

Parents...Your Athlete Needs You

To have a successful program there must be understanding and cooperation among parents, swimmers and coaches. The progress your youngster makes depends to a great extent on this triangular relationship. It is with this in mind that we ask you to consider this section as you join the YMCA Swim Team and reacquaint yourself with this section if you are a returning YMCA parent.


You have done a great deal to raise your child. You create the environment in which they are growing up. Your child is a product of your values, the structure you have provided, and the model you have been. Human nature, however, is such that a parent loses some of his/her ability to remain detached and objective in matters concerning his/her child's athletics. The following guidelines will help you keep your child's development in the proper perspective and help your child reach his/her full potential as an athlete.


The Coach is the Coach!
We want your swimmer to relate to his or her coach as soon as possible concerning swimming matters. This relationship between coach and swimmer produces best results. When parents interfere with opinions as to how the swimmer should swim or train, it causes considerable, and often times insurmountable confusion as to whom the swimmer should listen. If you have a problem, concern, or complaint, please contact the coach.


Best Kind of Parent:
The coach's job is to motivate and constructively criticize the swimmer's performance. It is the parent's job to supply the love, recognition, and encouragement necessary to make the child work harder in practice, which in turn gives him/her the confidence to perform well in competition.


Not Every Time:
Even the very best swimmer will have meets where they do not do their best times. These "plateaus" are a normal part of swimming.
Over the course of a season, times should improve but some seasons may provide minimal improvements, if any. This is also usually part of the normal evolution of a swimmer. Swimmers may have only two or three meets a year for which they will be rested and tapered.