Coaches’ Responsibilities

  • Teach all swimmers the fundamentals of competitive swimming

  • Consistently provide instruction, advice and encouragement during practices and meets

  • Provide feedback to swimmers on race performance, suggestions for improvement and/or explaining disqualification infractions

  • Actively develop “team spirit” among the swimmers by instilling pride, self‑esteem and an overall positive attitude

  • Encourage swimmers to use “cheers” and banners as a part of their sportsmanship

  • Conduct themselves as role models at all times by setting good examples for punctuality, appearance, language, attitude, sportsmanship, team spirit, and character

  • Schedule swimmers for meets.  Post heat sheets in advance of upcoming meets.  As a general rule, swimmers will be scheduled according to best times from previous meets by events.  Ideally, each swimmer will swim at least two individual events at each meet in which they participate

  • Work closely with the Board and/or delegated representatives to clear misunderstandings, to get help and to make the program as rewarding and successful for all as possible

Swimmers’ Responsibilities

  • Treat coaches, parents, and each other respectfully

  • Arrive at practices and meets on time.  Begin workouts and warm‑ups on time

  • Listen carefully to instructions

  • Work hard to improve your stroke techniques as instructed by coaches

  • Ask questions if instructions are not understood.  Wait until instructions and explanations have been given before asking your question. The answer may be contained in the instructions and explanation being offered

  • Mentally engage yourself in practices and races.  Swimming is an intellectual sport

  • Pay attention to the order of events at meets. Be focused and ready to swim

  • Seek out your coach before and after you swim an event to get tips and advice

  • Accept constructive criticism as well as you accept praise

  • Sign out of meets well in advance if you will not be able to swim.  (This is very important to the coaches when they prepare relays and heat sheets)

  • Be willing to make sacrifices for the Team.  This means giving 100%, even at times when you may not want to

  • Enjoy improving, competing, and supporting each other

  • Always demonstrate good sportsmanship toward other teams and fellow teammates

  • Clean up your area before you leave practice or meets

  • Always do your very best

  • Have a fun summer!

Parents’ Responsibilities

  • Fulfill all Parent Work Assignment responsibilities.  (See following section)
  • All swimmers must SIGN-IN to all meets.  Please be sure you do not sign into any meets you will not be available due to vacation, etc.  Inform the coaching staff immediately when your child will not be swimming unexpectedly due to illness, etc.   All sign-ins and sign-outs are done online.    You must sign in at least 10 days in advance for dual meets and at least three weeks in advance for invitational meets.  If you do not sign in, your swimmer will not be able to swim. If an unexpected illness occurs on the day of an event, contact coaching staff or Head Shepherd as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that you arrive promptly at meets so that your swimmers are on time for warm-ups.  Check in with the Meet Director for work assignment 45 minutes before the start of the meet
  • Communicate with the coaching staff only during time outside of practice.  This is very important.  Notes can be left for the coaches in their file folders
  • If your child swims in the 6 & under or 7‑8 age groups, you are responsible for checking in your child with their age group Shepherd 30 minutes prior to the start of the meet.  Once the meet has started, you are responsible for getting your child to the age group Shepherd when their events are called
  • If your child swims in the 9‑10 or older age groups, be sure that your child reports to the blocks when their event is called.  Your child runs the risk of being scratched if he/she is not checked in on time
  • Promote a good attitude and encourage your children by having them attend practice regularly and participate in meets


  • Help your child maintain a clean pool area both during and after all meets