The beginning of the season is very hectic. Remember, talk to the coaches before or after practice, they want to know if you have concerns or problems. During practice is an unsafe time to talk to them, as they are busy coaching, and watching the kids in the pool.

During the period of time your child is practicing, your child is being supervised by the coach. The coach knows the limitations and needs of your child so respect the coach for that knowledge.

Swimmers can choose to swim every practice, or or as many as suit their families needs.

Parent's Responsibilities

  • Encourage your child to involve themselves in this sport for their own enjoyment
  • Provide encouragement and support to your swimmer during practices and meets. Teach your child that an honest effort is as important as winning!
  • Ensure that your child has all needed equipment for practices and swim meets
  • Try and get your child to attend all practices.
  • Try and get your child to attend at least one swim meet.
  • Do not question a coach's decision or criticize her/him in public. Take your concerns to the coach privately or go to someone on the executive
  • Do not publicly question an official's judgment
  • Encourage your child to follow all club and ASSA rules
  • Uphold the Piranhas Code of Conduct

Swim Meet Parent's Information

Swim meets can be very confusing to the first time swimmers and their parents. Please consult the Parent Handbook  for General information on Swim Meets.  Please read through the Swim Meet Checklist as it is a guide to help you prepare, plan and enjoy your first meets.  It includes info on what to expect, what to bring, what you and your swimmer should know to help make your swim meet experience fantastic!


Food and Routines for Swimmers

Try to have your swimmers eat lots of complex carbohydrates, in the form of fruits, vegetables, breads and pastas. Your kids will eat incredible amounts over the course of the summer.  They may need a light meal before showing up to practice, and a meal when they are done for the day. Try not to sweat about how much they are eating in one meal. They are burning off lots of calories and working up an enormous appetite when they are swimming.

Swimmers need lots of sleep: they might even start to nap again.  Ensure going into a swim meet weekend that they get to bed early as swim meets have very early starts.

Swimmer Responsibilities

  • Swim for the "fun of it"
  • Strive for your personal best
  • Be coachable
  • Maintain sufficient rest and nutrition
  • Follow all club and swim meet rules
  • Attend as many swim meets as possible, be ready for all races you entered
  • Help new swimmers on the team with swim meet "routines"
  • Report directly back to the coach after each race
  • Represent your club and community in a positive manner
  • Display good sportsmanship and team spirit in / out of the pool
  • Cheer on your team mates
  • Treat all swimmers as you would like to be treated
  • Cooperate and show respect to your coaches, teammates, other swimmers, officials and pool staff
  • Uphold the Piranhas Code of Conduct.