New Parents Infomation
- Meets/Events tab: is where you will find all current and future team meets and team events. This is also where you will sign up to attend meets and events. Please see the instructions below.
- Team Calendar tab: will show you a month by month schedule with all canceled or changed practices and upcoming meet and events for the month. A weekly email will also be sent out by the head coach.
- Athlete Information tab: will show all our practice groups and their practice days and times. The different practice groups. Meet results and time standards.
- Payment Info tab: breaks down all payments for returning swimmers for each new season.
- News tab: posts achievements by our swimmers, and general news relating to our program
- Regular attendance is recommended.
- Please do not leave children unattended in the building before or after practice.
- Attending meets is an expectation for all groups
- Swimmers should arrive at the meet facility 30 minutes prior to the start of the meet and be dressed on deck 20 minutes prior to the start of the meet warm up.
- Swimmers are expected to wear team suit and cap at all meets.
- Swimmers are expected to keep our team area neat and clean.
- Swimmers behavior should reflect positively on our team.
- Swimmers must obtain their own transportation to team meets.
Meet Sign Up Instructions:
- Go to the “Meet/Events” tab and click on it
- Go to the Meet and click “Attend this Meet”
- Use comments section to indicate the days you WILL ATTEND
- Indicate events you want to participate in by clicking the corresponding box. Remember to entry events based on the maximum number of events allowed per day. Please note that "Open " events are for 15 years and older.
- Coaches have final say choosing any event
Team Uniform and Gear:
- All swimmers are required to have the team suit and cap. Additional Team caps will be provided during the season for a minimal additional charge of $5. All other team apparel is optional. Team equipment and apparel can be ordered on www.ultimateswimshop.com.
- Required equipment by groups; (please refer to the registration packet)
- All changes will be emailed and posted on the calendar.
Parents play a vital role in our program. The Bayonne Mermaids-Starfish staff is endowed by constantly working together with swim parents in providing the best possible experiences for all of our swimmers. We strongly embolden our parents to refer to their swimmer’s coaches or the head coach at anytime with questions that may arise or just general questions that are related to our program. As a courtesy to our coaches please consult them outside of practice times. The Bayonne Mermaids Starfish would like to thank all the parents that volunteer their time and devote it towards a common goal.
These are some downloads from USA Swimming on Successful Sport Parenting:
This is USA-Swimming Parents Section:
Are You a Pressure Parent?
The following survey has been taken from the Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain. If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, you may be in danger of pressuring your child. It is important to remember that the parents' role is critical and should be supportive at all times to ensure a positive experience for your child.
Is winning more important to you than it is to your child?
When your child has a poor swim, is your disappointment, such as through body language or vocal tones, obvious?
Do you feel that you are the one to have to "psyche" your child up before competition?
Do you feel that winning is the only way your child can enjoy the sport?
Do you conduct "post mortems" immediately after competi tion or practice?
Do you feel that you have to force your child to go to practice?
Do you find yourself wanting to interfere with coaching and instructions during practice or competition thinking that you could do better?
Do you find yourself disliking your child's opponents?
Are your child's goals more important to you than they are to your child?
Do you provide material rewards for performance?