Responsibilities of Swimmers

To ensure a successful program, swimmers have the following responsibilities:

1.         To be part of this team because your goals and ambitions are the same as those established by the coaching staff

2.         To attend the designated number of practices as determined by the coaching staff

3.         To follow the rules established by the coaches

4.         To arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of practice or the meet warm-up and get ready immediately so you may begin on time (unless it is just impossible because of school).

5.         To make sure handouts and announcements are delivered to your parents at home

6.         BE PREPARED – bring all appropriate/required equipment or training aids to each practice.

7.         To come to practice with a positive, appropriate attitude conducive to the Ashland Area YMCA Swim Team.  No disruptive behavior! (any disruptive behavior, swimmers will be asked to leave) 

Responsibilities of Parents 

To ensure a successful program, parents have the following responsibilities:

1.         To take an interest in your child’s swimming and to support him/her emotionally by attending meets (Maybe you can’t attend all meets, but at least one parent should be present at most of them.)

2.         To praise your child when he/she is successful (an improved skill, an award, etc.) and to comfort, not scold, them in their moments of disappointment.  Make sure that your love for them is not dependent on how well they perform and that they know it.

3.         To pay dues and fees on time

4.         To provide transportation for the swimmer to and from practice and to and from meets.  The swimmer should arrive about 15 minutes prior to the start of practice or warm-ups.

5.         To participate in team functions

6.         To check your email and the bulletin board for team correspondence.


8.         To stay away from gossip and rumors.  If you don’t understand something concerning the coaching, ask the coach before or after practice (NEVER DURING) and as a last resort, call him/her at home.  One of the most destructive things to a team is prolonging rumors rather than getting to the bottom of them.

9.         To support the Ashland Area YMCA philosophy with thoughts, words and actions during practice, at meets and at home.  Believe it or not, our kids do learn from watching and listening to us.

10.     Not to be on deck during swim practice.

Responsibilities Shared by Swimmers and Parents

The swimmer and the parent share some responsibilities.  They include the following:

1.         To check the bulletin boards at the pool for special announcements, upcoming meet notices and entry information.

2.         To contact coaches with your plans regarding meets and make sure you have signed up on bulletin board in pool area (if you plan on going or not).  They cannot read minds.

A strong triangle emerges when each party (swimmer, parent and coach) does its part and collapses when one party neglects its responsibilities or tries to assume those of another party.  The latter situation usually arises with the very best of intentions.  To avoid this, it is important that each party know the responsibilities of the other two and then avoid assuming them.

One of the pitfalls that parents fall into is coaching their child.  This situation usually arises after a parent has observed some coaching instruction or attended a meet.  He or she notices a shortcoming in his/her swimmer and attempts to correct it.  It is the responsibility of the COACH to critique the swimmer’s skills and not the parents.

As to the reason why the swimmer was not doing a skill better, there may be several.  First of all, there are many, many skills to be learned in swimming, and they can’t all be taught at the same time.  Furthermore, there is a progression of skills, some need to be mastered before others can be learned.  Some skills cannot be learned in a week, two weeks, a month, or even six months.  It may take two years to entirely develop a stroke because the swimmer may need to develop more strength to acquire the next building block.  Skill development will be something a swimmer will be working on during his or her entire swimming career.  Once a skill has been learned, it will have to be practiced correctly to be maintained.  Furthermore, skill techniques are continually evolving and faster techniques are continually being developed.