USA Swimming has a great section for parents. Here are links to some of the articles they've posted, and you can find even more, including a Parent Welcome Kit, at the USA Swimming website, www.usaswimming.org.
Sticking With Swimming….What Can a Parent Do?
10 Commandments of Swimming Parents
Injury Prevention Tips
"Parent and Coach...the Other Stuff"
Swimming Resources - 10 Things you need to Know
From USA Swimming on BEING A SWIM PARENT
The most important thing you can do as the parent of a swimmer is to love and support your child, both in and out of the pool. This support is a key factor in fostering enjoyment and learning as well as contributing to the child's individual success in the pool.
KEY TOPICS AND READING FOR PARENTS:
- Understanding Coaches - A critical component to an athlete's healthy swimming experience is a positive relationship between the parent and coach
- Understanding Training - As an parent of a swimmer, you might not always understand why coaches have swimmers train the way they do.
- Articles for Parents - Being a swim parent is a great experience, but can sometime be overwhelming. In addition to all of the resources in the Parents Section of the website, we regularly post new articles about being a swim parent
From USA Swimming, SWIMMING 101:
Strokes – Learn more about the four competitive swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
Competition – Better understand the rules, courses, competitions and officials you’ll encounter.
Equipment – Learn the common equipment used by competitive swimmers. Not all equipment is required and some clubs may even provide certain items for practice and meets.
Good article on Goal Setting.
Thanks to Hawaii Swimming, check out this advice for New Parents (or go to www.hawaiiswim.org)
Jim Thompson, Founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance on Life Lessons.
From the American Swim Coaches Association on The Myth of Overnight Success.
"To excel, your children must love the sport enough to work at it. Pressuring them to excel can sap that love. You can nurture this love of the sport by noticing and recognizing them for specific things they're doing well."