If you are new to the sport of swimming or just new to athletic activities for your child, you probably have lots of questions. We welcome any questions you may have and there is no such thing as a silly question. It is always better to ask!
We thank you for choosing the our club and believe swimming is the best physical activity for young athletes. First and foremost, it is a lifesaving skill to have. Secondly, everyone gets to participate. Finally, we ask you to realize the possibility that your child may enjoy swimming so much that her or she continues to swim competitively through and beyond his or her college years.
How do you fit in as a parent? We believe in open communication between the swimmer, coach and parent. It takes all three working in concert to provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We would ask that you use the following line of communication if you have concerns:
Talk to your swimmer's coach first
Talk to head coach
Meeting set-up with parent, swimmer's coach and head coach
Meeting with parent, Board President and head coach
Our team handbook contains a wealth of information about our program ranging from how groups are structured to how we work to keep athletes safe within our program. Parents and members are encouraged to read our handbook.
Our website is a great communication tool for our club and there are many features that parents and members can utilize. Below is a document that helps explain many of the features. You can also watch video tutorials under My Account, Video Tutorials.
WEBSITE FAQ DOCUMENT
We all want what is best for the child and below is the Parent code of conduct for the EGRA Waves that all parents are to abide by:
1- Make sure your child knows that win or lose, scared or heroic, you love him, appreciate his efforts, and are not disappointed in him. This will allow him to do his best without a fear of failure. Be the person in his life he can look to for constant positive enforcement.
2- Try your best to be completely honest about your child’s athletic ability, his competitive attitude, his sportsmanship, and his actual skill level.
3- Be helpful but don’t coach him on the way to the pool or on the way to the pool or on the way back or at breakfast, and so on. It’s tough not to, but it’s a lot tougher for the child to be inundated with advice, pep talks and often critical instruction.
4- Teach him to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be “out there trying”, to be working to improve his swimming skills and attitudes. Help him to develop the feel for competing, for trying hard, for having fun.
5- Try not to re-live your athletic life through your child in a way that creates pressure; you lost as well as won. You were frightened, you blacked off at times, you were not always heroic. Don’t pressure your child because of your pride. Athletic children need their parents so you must not withdraw. Just remember there is a thinking, feeling, sensitive free spirit out there in that uniform who needs a lot of understanding, especially when his word turns bad. If he is comfortable with you win or lose; he’s on his way to maximum achievement and enjoyment.
6- Don’t compete with the coach. If the coach becomes an authority figure, it will run from enchantment to disenchantment…with your athlete.
7- Don’t compare the skill, courage, or attitudes of your child with other members of the team, at least within his hearing.
8- Get to know the coach so that you can be assured that his philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under his leadership.
9- Always remember that children tend to exaggerate both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reaction and investigate before over-reacting.
10- Make a point of understanding courage, and the fact that it is relative. Some of us can climb mountains, and are afraid to fight, but turn to jelly if a bee approaches. Everyone is frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear of discomfort.
The job of the parent of an athletic child is a tough one, and it takes a lot of effort to do it well. It is worth all the effort when you hear your child say, “My parents really helped and I was lucky in this respect
EGRA Waves Parent Code of Conduct
EGRA expects that parents exhibit the highest standards of sportsmanship and model responsible behavior at all times when participating in all EGRA activities, swimming events and practices, and when communicating with EGRA Waves coaching staff, board members and swimmers.
By signing this document, parents and guardians agree to comply with and support the following rules of this EGRA Waves Code of Conduct.
As a parent/guardian:
- I will demonstrate and model good sportsmanship by conducting myself in a respectful manner towards my child, other swimmers, parents, officials and coaches at practices, team functions and swimming events. I understand that criticizing, negative statements (written or verbal), use of degrading personal comments or abusive language and/or gestures directed towards coaches, officials, parents, spectators, and/or any other swimmers will not be tolerated.
- I understand my role is that of a parent, not as a coach, official or swimmer. I will not coach or instruct my swimmer at practice or swim meets (from the stands or from other areas) or interfere with coaches on the pool deck. As a parent, I understand that swimming is my swimmer’s choice and that they compete for his/her own enjoyment, not my own. I will refrain from imposing my ambitions upon him/her.
- I will do my best to make sure my swimmer is dropped off at an adequate time before practice to allow them to get ready and be on deck before the start of practice. I will pick up my swimmer no later than 15 minutes after practice has ended.
- I will respect all coaching decisions regarding group placements and “moving-up” groups. I understand that the coaching staff has the best intentions for my swimmer and recognize that they know what level of skills, stroke technique and commitment are needed for success in the next level.
- I understand that I am not allowed on the pool deck during practice at any time, or during meets unless volunteering or performing as an official. I will abide by official’s decisions and will direct any questions or concerns regarding such decisions to a member of EGRA’s coaching staff.
- I recognize that I am responsible for the volunteer hour requirement each season (Precompetitive exempt) with EGRA. I understand that I will be billed at the end of the season for any unfulfilled volunteer hours.
- I understand that I am responsible for paying my swimmer’s season registration, meet fees in their entirety; regardless of the number of practices or competitions my swimmer participates in. I understand that I am responsible for all meet entry fees that my swimmer has signed up for, even if my swimmer did not attend the meet due to illness, etc. I understand that all previous balances must be paid before participation in the next meet or the start of a new season.
I promise to uphold the image of EGRA and to project an image that the team can be proud of. Should I conduct myself in such a way that violates the above Code of Conduct, I voluntarily subject myself to disciplinary action as determined by the Executive Board of Directors and coaches. Physical altercations will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
1. First Offense= Private meeting with Head Coach.
2. Second Offense= Consultation with Head Coach and Executive Board President.
3. Third Offense= Dismissal from team.
Below is a list of articles that will help give you a better understanding of the sport of competitive swimming. Please note that some of these articles were written by othe coaches addressed to their own team but the message still pertains.
Another great resource for parents is the Parent Section of USA Swimming. There is information about nutrition, parent roles, tips, etc.