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Advice for Parents

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SWIMMER

1. Love and support are the most important things parents provide their swimmer.

2. Encourage your swimmer without being pushy.

3. Get your swimmer to practice on time with the proper equipment. Be early so they can socialize and prepare for practice/meet.

4. Help your swimmer accept responsibility without you doing the job. If he/she feels that the sport is in their control, it will mean more to them when they accomplish their goals.

5. Don’t compare your child’s effort or performance to others. Swimmers mature physically and mentally at different ages.

6. Encourage your swimmer to develop a good relationship with the coaches. Swimmer- related questions should be dealt with between swimmer and coach.

7. Develop good communication with the coaching staff. If you know your swimmer will miss practice or a meet, please communicate this as early as possible so the Head Coach can plan accordingly.

8. Be positive at swim meets.

9. Do not criticize or ask questions of the stroke officials if your child has been disqualified (DQed) in an event. It is the coaching staff’s responsibility to handle questions with the officials, and then communicate with the swimmer.

10. HAVE FUN! The summer is for enjoying a break from school. While the team encourages the success of each team member, it is just as important for us to all have an enjoyable summer.