Wright's List

Assistant Team Manager Glenys Wright wrote this:

It occurred to me today that with the 2013 season drawing to a close I am now at the half way point of life as a swim team parent, seven years behind me and six more to go.  I started to think about all the things I have learned. 


As a parent volunteer I have learned that:

A head coach must have a heart of gold and the patience of a saint

At least one of the coaching staff must have a really loud voice

Time cards will get wet or torn no matter how many times the kids are told to keep them dry and safe

Caps and goggles will be forgotten until a swimmer has entered Clerk of Course

You will need a Band-Aid at least once during the season

Any extreme weather – rain or heat - is really only miserable for the parents


As a member of the swim team Board, I have learned:


There can never be enough volunteers at any swim team event

It takes an hour to transform a community pool into a meet-ready pool

How to set up collapsible tables, chairs and sun canopies (and how to dismantle them)

How much a RingPop costs and how much joy they can bring to a young child

If I can sell concessions, anyone can

Even the most reluctant young swimmer will swim a race when their beloved CIT or Junior Coach is in the water with them

Any 11-12 year old can be convinced to do something when a free can of soda is offered in return

Teenagers will always “walk” and not swim during practice

Rope barricades will be seen as a challenge and not a deterrent to at least someone

There is an art to rigging backstroke flags (and taking them down again)

That Lane One is almost always closest to the referee and starter

How to set up the scorer’s table

How to change a battery in a stop watch

That it takes an hour for the coffee to be ready

That Clerk of Course is the key to running a fast meet

Being a timer at a Wednesday home-meet is almost the only job in the shade

Packing things away after a meet is like a three dimensional jigsaw puzzle


About my fellow Board members, I have learned:

Being the CSL team rep means attending meets even when your only swimmer is away at camp

Anyone can be cajoled into volunteering by the right person

Relay Carnival requires an awesome coordinator who puts their life on hold for a few weeks and says “Relay Carnival” when referring to any other swim team event

One board member must have a really loud voice and not be afraid to use it

It takes someone who is an amazing shopper to keep the snack shack and vending machine stocked

The PR person can be someone with a strong Eastern European accent

Being the “computer guy” means being one of the last people working at the end of each meet

The team manager is the glue that keeps the team and the Board going when the going gets tough