Parent Info

Expectations for our Team Parents

  • Please be sure child arrives to practice on time. Parents are invited to watch practice from the viewing area or on the bleacher in the pool area if available.

  • Please make sure that your child has everything they will need for practice, this includes a water bottle, goggles, practice suit(s) and a swim cap if your child should choose to wear one. We also advice a hair binder for swimmers with long hair to help keep their hair out of their eyes.

  • Please be sure your swimmer arrives at swim meets on time.

  • Make sure your child is signed up for meets by the due date on the meet schedule.

  • Address any concerns to coordinator, aquatics director or a coach in a timely manner.

  • Support the team and all of its members.

  • Get involved! We rely on our volunteers to successfully host meets.

If your child is swimming in a meet, one family member will be required to volunteer for at minimum one shift. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the support of all.


Communication is important for any successful program. Our main line of communication will be the team website and email. Beyond that our coaches are always available. For further questions about your child progress or general questions about the team, do not hesitate to talk to the coaching staff. We ask that you please do not interrupt practice but contact coaches before or after practice.

The Parent-Swimmer Relationship

It is not the intention of any YMCA coach to advise a parent, or parents, on how to raise their children. No one understands the parent-child relationship better than a parent. In an athletic environment, human nature often prevents a parent from remaining detached and objective in matters concerning their children. If you have questions or concerns, please get the coaches involved so they can help.

Everyone involved in the type of training program conducted by YMCA must realize that each individual learns at a different rate and responds differently to the various methods of skill development. The slower developer obviously takes more time to learn and requires more patience on the part of the parents and coaches. Each swimmer will reach their goals at a different rate.

The YMCA is an organization dedicated to healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Youth participating in YMCA programs are more resistant and resilient to the negative social pressures, which they are exposed to every day at school, in your neighborhood, or through the media. By having positive role models, engaging in physical activity, volunteering, learning about YMCA core values, kids on the swim team are more likely to have a higher number of internal and external developmental assets, which ultimately can help them live healthier lives. 

Team Membership

As members of the YMCA Swim Team, parents are needed to serve on the parent committee, coordinate special events, support the annual campaign fundraiser if your team has one and, most importantly, to help with swim meets. However, whichever areas you participate in, you can take great satisfaction in knowing that you are key in making the YMCA Swim Team experience something that all swimmers will remember for the rest of their lives, and that they will be healthier in spirit, mind and body because of your support and cooperative help.

Home Swim Meet

  • Parents of all YMCA swimmers who have been entered to swim in any given home meet are required to work at that meet, a sign up will be available on the team website. The required minimum number of shifts (which are usually 2-hours in length) per-family per-meet is one-shift per-day of competition. 

  • All meet workers must ensure they check-in with the volunteer check in located at the first aid stand upon arrival for their shift. If a parent is unable to work an assigned shift, any other family member, relative, friend, or even a high school student who needs community service hours, may be substituted (they must be over 12-years of age). If you cannot work a shift you must let either the coordinator, aquatics director, or coach know.

Away Swim Meet

Occasionally an away meet will need officials or timers. It is nice when the swim teams work as one and help each other out. 

Twin City Invitational, Sectional and State Meets

  • Parents of all YMCA swimmers who have been entered to the above swim meets are required to work at that meet.

  • All meet workers must ensure they check-in with volunteer check in upon arrival for their shift. If a parent is unable to work an assigned shift, any other family member, relative, friend, or even a high school student who needs community service hours, may be substituted (they must be over 12-years of age). 


Example of Volunteer Jobs:

Timers:  Not as scary as it sounds.  If you can run a stopwatch, you're all set.  You simply need to push "start" when the horn blows and "stop" when the swimmer touches the wall. Then tell the recorder what to write down. It's that easy.  The timers are a back-up for the timing system.  Some timer volunteers will also need to "do the button."  This is also a
back-up for the timing system and is even easier than the stopwatch- you push a button when the swimmer touches the wall.

Timing Recorders:  These are the people who write down
what the people with the stopwatch timed.

Meet Manager:  Now I admit, this is a bit more complicated.  However, if you figured out your smart phone, you'll be able to handle this!  We'd love for more parents to become familiar with the system and we'll happily pair you up with an experienced partner to learn how it works.

Clerk of Course:  This is a great way to get to know the
kids on the team.  You will be responsible for helping the swimmers get lined up behind their starting blocks and in the right order for the upcoming events.

Event Call Board:  The event call board is a big white board that allows the swimmers to know what event is coming up in case they haven't been paying attention.  This is a very easy job.

Runner:  Now, you could certainly be a "walker" as the aquatic center isn't THAT big.  All you need to do is take the information the recorder wrote down and bring it to the meet manager at the timing table.