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PARENT ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Help with the set-up and take-down at all home meets.

Communicate with the coaching staff only during time outside of practice.

Ensure that you arrive promptly at meets so that your swimmers are on time for warm-ups.

If working at a meet, check in on time.

Fulfill all Parent Work Assignments. Check in with the Meet Coordinator 30 minutes before the start of the meet when you are working at the meet.

 

SWIMMER SAFETY

The rules listed below are a guide for the personal safety of the swimmers and spectators:
 
1.    ALWAYS walk on the pool deck or inside buildings.  NO running, pushing, or shoving.
2.    NO pushing or pulling others into the water.
3.    NO glass around the pool deck.
4.    Entering the water only when told to do so by a coach.
5.    NO riding bikes, skateboards, or scooters on the pool deck.
6.    NO crazy diving off the starting blocks, horseplay, or jumping near the ladders and starting blocks.
7.    NO playing or hanging on ropes, lane lines, or diving board.
8.    Always follow the instructions of the lifeguards and coaches.
9.    No Pets allowed on the Pool Deck.
 
If you have the flu, fevers, or the “yuks”, especially accompanied by diarrhea, please stay out of the water until you have been well for 48 hours. Healthy Dolfins will appreciate it.
 
The Contra Costa County Health Department is not aware of any instance of head lice spreading through a swimming pool and does not prohibit individuals with head lice from swimming.  However, according to the CDC, swimming or washing the hair within 1-2 days after treatment with some head lice medications might make some treatments less effective.  If your swimmer has had head lice, please seek the advise of your health care provider in deciding when they should resume swimming.
 
Head lice can be spread by the sharing of towels, hair brushes and other items that have been in contact with an infested person's hair.  To limit the spread of head lice, please teach your swimmers to not share these items.
 
In addition:
  • Swimmers are to be at the pool only during their scheduled practice time unless under the direct supervision of an adult other than a coach.  Coaches have no way of supervising swimmers except while they are practicing.
  • All 8 & under swimmers must be escorted by parents when using the restroom. All 9 & over swimmers must use a buddy system when parents aren’t present.
  • When dropping off swimmers, make sure they enter the facility gates prior to you leaving.  Bring swimmers to practice no more than 10 minutes prior to practice in an effort to have the swimmer ready when practice begins.
  • Please be in the parking lot 5-10 minutes prior to the end of practice.   All swimmers need to remain on-deck until they see you drive up to the facility.

10 COMMANDMENTS FOR SWIMMING PARENTS

By Rose Snyder, Managing Director Coaching Division, USOC, Former Director of Club Services, USA Swimming (adapted from Ed Clendaniel's 10 Commandments for Little League Parents)

I. THOU SHALT NOT IMPOSE THY AMBITIONS ON THY CHILD.

Remember that swimming is your child's activity. Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each individual. Don't judge your child's progress based on the performance of other athletes and don't push him based on what you think he should be doing. The nice thing about swimming is every person can strive to do his personal best and benefit from the process of competitive swimming.

II. THOU SHALT BE SUPPORTIVE NO MATTER WHAT.

There is only one question to ask your child after a practice or a competition -- Did you have fun? If meets and practices are not fun, your child should not be forced to participate.

III. THOU SHALT NOT COACH THY CHILD.

You are involved in one of the few youth sports programs that offers professional coaching. Do not undermine the professional coach by trying to coach your child on the side. Your job is to provide love and support. The coach is responsible for the technical part of the job. You should not offer advice on technique or race strategy. Never pay your child for a performance. This will only serve to confuse your child concerning the reasons to strive for excellence and weaken the swimmer/coach bond.

IV. THOU SHALT ONLY HAVE POSITIVE THINGS TO SAY AT A SWIMMING MEET.

You should be encouraging and never criticize your child or the coach. Both of them know when mistakes have been made. Remember ― yelling at is not the same as ― cheering for.

V. THOU SHALT ACKNOWLEDGE THY CHILD'S FEARS.

New experiences can be stressful situations. It is totally appropriate for your child to be scared. Don't yell or belittle, just assure your child that the coach would not have suggested the event or meet if your child was not ready. Remember your job is to love and support your child through all of the swimming experience.

VI. THOU SHALT NOT CRITICIZE THE OFFICIALS.

Please don't criticize those who are doing the best they can in purely voluntary positions.

VII. HONOR THY CHILD'S COACH.

The bond between coach and swimmer is special. It contributes to your child's success as well as fun. Do not criticize the coach in the presence of your child.

VIII. THOU SHALT BE LOYAL AND SUPPORTIVE OF THY TEAM.

It is not wise for parents to take swimmers and to jump from team to team. The water isn't necessarily bluer in another team's pool. Every team has its own internal problems, even teams that build champions. Children who switch from team to team find that it can be a difficult emotional experience. Often swimmers who do switch teams don't do better than they did before they sought the bluer water.

IX. THY CHILD SHALT HAVE GOALS BESIDES WINNING.

Most successful swimmers have learned to focus on the process and not the outcome. Giving an honest effort regardless of what the outcome is, is much more important than winning. One Olympian said, My goal was to set a world record. Well, I did that, but someone else did it too, just a little faster than I did. I achieved my goal and I lost. Does this make me a failure? No, in fact I am very proud of that swim. What a tremendous outlook to carry on through life!

X. THOU SHALT NOT EXPECT THY CHILD TO BECOME AN OLYMPIAN.

There are 250,000 athletes in USA Swimming. There are only 52 spots available for the Olympic Team every four years. Your child's odds of becoming an Olympian are about .0002%.

Page Updated 4-29-15