*** COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES ***
Coaches are responsible for helping students develop stroke technique and endurance. This is accomplished by teaching certain skills and practicing specific drills with their group. The coaches are also responsible for monitoring the progress of each swimmer and determining when they are eligible to move to a higher group level. Movement to a higher level will be based on a number of factors:
Learning of specific skills
Improvement of time in swim competitions
Attendance at practice and land training
Active participation at practice
Attendance at all home meets
Coaches, in conjunction with the swimmers, will help select the events they will swim in competitions.
Parents, a few things to keep in mind with regard to the coaching staff:
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 to. If you have a problem, concern, or complaint, please contact the coach.
PROBLEMS WITH THE COACH?
One of the traditional swim team communication gaps is that some parents seem to feel more comfortable in discussing their disagreements over coaching philosophy with other parents rather than taking them directly to the coach. Not only is the problem never resolved that way, but in fact this approach often results in new problems being created. Listed below are some guidelines for a parent raising some difficult issues with a coach:
Try to keep foremost in your mind that you and the coach have the be interest of your child at heart. If you trust that the coach's goals match yours, even though his/her approach may be different, you are more likely to enjoy good rapport and a constructive dialogue.
Keep in mind that the coach must balance your perspective of what is best for your child with the needs of the team or a training group that can range in size from 20-100 members. On occasion, an individual child's interest may need to be subordinate to the interests of the group, but in the long run the benefits of membership in the group compensate for occasional short-term inconvenience.
If your child swims for an assistant coach, always discuss the matter first with that coach, following the same guidelines and preconceptions noted above. If the assistant coach cannot satisfactorily resolve your concern, then ask that the head age group coach or head coach join the dialogue as a third party.
If another parent uses you as a sounding board for complaints about the coach's performance or policies, listen empathetically, but encourage the other parent to speak directly to the coach. He/she is the only one who can resolve the problem.
*** SWIMMERS RESPONSIBILITIES ***
Swimmers should attend swim practice on a regular basis and always be prepared to do their best. Swimmers who have poor attendance or do not fully participate during practices may not be entered in swim competitions. Swimmers who continually pull out during practice may be asked by the coach to leave or sit out for the remainder of that practice. Swim times will improve if swimmers commit their time and energy at each and every practice.
Swimmers are also expected to be respectful of their coaches and capable of taking constructive criticism. Swimmers need to bring all their necessary equipment to practice on a daily basis.
*** PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES ***
Parents are responsible for encouraging their children to try their best and be supportive of their efforts. Swimming is a difficult sport. A hundredth of a second can be the difference between a child making or not making a championship time. While parents are allowed to watch practicee, please do not coach from the stands. This is distracting to your child, the other swimmers and the coaches. If you have a specific concern, please arrange to speak to the coach before or after practice. You can also email the coaches.
Parents are also responsible for participation in at least two mandatory fundraisers a year or opt out (via buyout). They are also required to work at home meets and are responsible for donating money to help purchase supplies for our food concession at our home meets. Working the home meets is a great way to learn about our club and mingle with the other swim moms and dads.
Please read our attendance policy and understand the time that you are committing for your child and yourself.