Parent Resources
Parent Resources     

US Swimming provides parents with a ton of helpful advice and information regarding how to be a supportive parent for your swimmer. Some of the information will be posted here as well as some things from the ECA Coaches. You can always browse the US Swimming website with this link: Parent Education Library.

USA Swimming Partners with Growing Champions for Life   

US Swimming is excited to announce a special relationship with Growing Champions for Life, an organization dedicated to creating cohesive families and principle-centered athletes who win at life, not just at sports. The endorsement of this exciting program means you will have access to inspirational videos educational webinars, interesting articles and informative newsletters on the US Swimming web site.  Click the logo to visit the page.

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Take full advantage of your USA Swimming membership online by creating a Deck Pass account:
  • See all of your child’s personal-best times 
  • Track the meets they swim in
  • Track your child’s improvement
  • Check out seasonal bests
  • Compare times to swimmers nationwide
  • See the digital patches they earn

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  • College Swimming A presentation by ECA Head Coach Casey Charles.
  • Long Course and Short Course Differences Long Course Meters swimming is vastly different from Short Course Yards.  It is in many ways more difficult, but is beneficial as well.  If your swimmer is new to LCM, then there are few things you should know before they dive in.  Read More...
  • What to Say to Disappointment Aritcle by Mike Gustafson, US Swimming Correspondent ... "We -- parents, fans, teammates, peers -- love to rush to a disappointed swimmer’s aid, tell them things, prop them back up with our words."
  • Lighten Up, Swim Parents Article by Mike Gustafson, US Swimming Correspondent ...I’m not a fan of cliché stereotypes that begin with, “There are two types of parents in the world…” but there are definitely two types of parents in the swimming world: The parent that builds, and the parent that breaks...
  • Focus on What You Can Control Article by Mike Gustafson, US Swimming Correspondent, with advice on dealing with injuries."Injuries are unfair, but they happen. Sometimes we can control them (warming up properly, stretching, good nutrition and sleep), and sometimes we can’t control them. When we can’t, it feels like the world is spiraling out of our own control, and we seek to find some control, to grasp onto something we can control. That’s why you always hear that mantra, “Focus on what you can control.”" 
  • Tips for Eating in the Off Season Article by Chris Rosenbloom, PHD, RDN, CSSD “My team trains 5-6 times per week, but we do take April and August off. Should anything change with their eating habits when swimmers are not in the water for many hours each day?” 
  • 20 Habits of Elite Swimmers An article on www.swimswam.com by Olivier Poirier-Leroy While there isn’t an exact formula for success that can be applied to everyone, there are some typical traits and habits of those who have achieved success in swimming that are universal.
  • Kids and Caffeine Don't Mix Article Written by Dan McCarthy, /High Performance Consultant/USA Swimming National Team: You can walk into any store in America and find a selection of energy shots, gums and candy, all with added caffeine, but without a clear statement regarding the caffeine content, or if the product is appropriate for children. You may have even bought one for yourself, or maybe you bought one for your child or one of your athletes. 
  • Snacks For Swimmers An article by Jill Castle MS, RDN Even the most organized, well-planned swimmer can put nutrition on the backburner, jeopardizing access to essential fuel sources when he needs it most. Thankfully, some food items can stay in the swim bag, providing relief in situations where optimal food sources may be scant or not ideal. 
  • Burnout: A Look Into The Reality of Swimming Burnout Feature by Michelle Berman, Swimming World intern  PISCATAWAY, New Jersey, August 27. 6:20 a.m. My alarm clock has gone off, and I'm now rolling around in bed praying for a text that swim practice is canceled... 
  • The 10 & Under Wonder: Moral of the Story:  A 10 & Under can survive and thrive...but 50% of the top swimmers develop AFTERJunior Year in High School...
  • Handling Failures and Disappointments Check out this Article from US Swimming's website by Dr. Alan Goldberg."The secret to your ultimate success in the pool lies in how you manage your failures and disappointments."
  • 10 Commandments for Swim Parents
  • Understanding Maturation In and of itself, being an early maturer or a late maturer is not a concern. However, the potential short term and Long term ramifications if one ignores maturational differences are of concern...
  • A Young Athletes Physical Growth Individuals follow a predictable pattern of physical growth but the rate at which children and youth go through this growth varies by individual... 
  • What is Fun for SwimmersBefore reading any further, think for a moment about what you believe to be 'fun' for your swimmers; the factors you think they would identify as fun...
  • Questions Parents Ask 1. Sometimes my child doesn’t want to go to practice. He wants to play with his friends. Should I force him to go?
  • On Praising Your Child How often do you think about the amount of and type of praise you offer your child?  The wrong kind of praise, or praise used too frequently or infrequently can cause difficulties...
  • Extrinsic Rewards: Can We Destroy the Love for the Game? In youth sports there is the risk that chil¬dren's intrinsic interest in the sport can be decreased if they begin to see their participation as a means to some extrinsic goals, such as trophies, trips, or state championships.
  • Understanding Time Standards Time standards are motivational tools for swimmers that are used to measure improvement and to inspire swimmers to push themselves to the next level.  Motivational standards are set for each event and for the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18...
  • What To Do If Your Youngster Wants To Quit What are the causes of dropping out of youth sports? In general, the reasons fall into two categories. The first category involves a shift in interests, especially in adolescents. Other involvements, such as a job, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or recreational pursuits, may leave little time for sport involvement. In such cases, a youngster may simply choose to set other priorities...