PARENT BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES
To have a successful program there must be understanding and cooperation among parents, swimmers, and coaches. The fun your children have and the progress they make depends to a great extent on this triangular relationship. It is with this in mind that we ask you to read and pledge your agreement to the following parent guidelines. These guidelines will help you keep your child's development in the proper perspective and help your child reach his/her full potential as a swimmer, while having fun!
1. The Coach is the Coach! When parents interfere with opinions as to how the swimmer should swim or train, it causes considerable, and oftentimes insurmountable, confusion. If you have a problem, concern, or complaint, please contact a member of the Pool Committee, and refrain from complaining to other parents. If you must talk to the coach regarding your child, please do so before or after practice, not during practice and especially not during a meet.
2. The Coaches and only the Coaches decide lineups and swimmer positions for meets. Many factors go into deciding meet line ups, including but not limited to: swimmer times; practice attendance; attitude; and team morale. None of these factors has precedence; rather it is the whole package that determines swimmer placement.
3. The Coaches need to run practices. All swimmers will benefit if the coaches can run practices without external interruptions. Some of the youngest swimmers may easily become distracted by the presence of their parents, so be prepared to move a little farther away from the action if your child is constantly doing things that interrupt his or her focus on the team practice. Examples of this behavior include frequently leaving the pool to seek parental comforting, trying to draw mom or dad into the water to assist the child, or simply horsing around to seek attention. Please give the coaches the first opportunity to handle any such misbehavior; they will not hesitate to ask you for additional help if they need it.
4. Have FUN! Remember, the Garner Dolphins are part of a summer league, and as such we foster a relaxed, social environment for beginning as well as experienced swimmers. We provide many opportunities over the swim season for socializing and getting to know other parents and swimmers. Take advantage of these occasions for family fun!
The Ten Commandments for Parents of Athletic Children
Edited and reprinted from The Young Athlete by Bill Burgess