Feedback is given to the athletes daily: as a group and as
*0nce a swimmer understands the expectations that are given, we
expect them to act upon that knowledge they have received.
*We cannot make a swimmer do anything.
Basic skills are taught the same throughout the STAR program.
*Additional skills are taught as swimmers master the basics and
progress throughout the program.
Swim Meets are where athletes get saturated with feedback.
*In the early season, swimmers are taught race strategies before an
event and given feedback after the event.
*By the end of the season, swimmers are prepared to swim the race
strategy that best fits their goals and abilities.
As role models for the STAR athletes, we have to deal with swimmers
differently depending on their needs and personality. Some people
need more attention than others. We talk with many athletes about
subjects outside of swimming, other athletes just want to be on
STAR to swim and then go home. We adjust to the needs of the
individuals. As a coaching staff we encourage swimmers to ask
questions before, during, or after workouts.
*The Head Coaches encourage parents to call during office hours
with questions they may have. Office hours MWF 9-12 noon -
(Night calls will not be returned until the next office hours. This
is our home phone)
*Workout is not the time to talk to the coaches. It is not fair to
the swimmers. Before or after workout is OK, except when swimmers
are in need of attention.
*Newsletters, although written, may not always be read.
*Life Line Book and the Web Site. More information than anyone
could ask for.
*At registration we will have coaches present for questions and
Watching Your Child At Swim Practice
A paragraph from an article in News For SWIM PARENTS
offers some good advice.
"What's wrong with encouraging your child during practice? There
are two issues. First we want the child to focus on the coach and
to learn the skill for their personal satisfaction rather than
learning it to please their parents. Secondly, parental
encouragement often gets translated into a command to swim faster
and swimming faster may be the exact opposite of what the coach
istrying to accomplish. In most stroke skill development we first
slow the swimmers down so that they can think through the stroke
motions. Save encouragements and praise for after the practice
session! This is the time when you have your child's full attention
to tell them how proud you are of them".
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