Helpful Tips

Don't impose your ambitions on your 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 them based on what you think they could be doing. The nice thing about swimming is every person can strive to do their personal best.

Do be supportive no matter what There is only one question to ask your child "Did you have fun?". Your child should not be forced to participate.

Don't coach your child You have taken your child to a professional coach. Do not undermine that coach by trying to coach your child on the side. Your job is to support, love, and hug your child no matter what.

Do have positive things to say at a swimming meet If you are going to attend a swimming meet, you should cheer and applaud, but never criticize your child or the coach.

Don't criticize the officials If you do not have time or desire to volunteer as an official, don't criticize those who are doing the best they can.

Do honor your child's coach The bond between swimmer and coach is a special one, and one that contributes to your child's success as well as enjoyment. Do not criticize the coach in the presence of your child. It will only serve to hurt your child's swimming.

Do have goals besides winning Giving an honest effort, regardless of the outcome, is much more important than winning.

Don't expect your child to become an Olympian Your child's odds of becoming an Olympian are about 1 in 4,300. Swimming is much more than just the Olympics. Swimming teaches self-discipline and sportsmanship; it builds self-esteem and fitness; it provides lifelong friendships. Swimming builds good people and you should be happy your child wants to participate.