Maryland Swimming
Level 3

“Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But, having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient, and does their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.” 

Parent Code of Ethics

As a swim parent,

•I (we) shall not impose thy ambitions on thy child.

•I (we) will be patient, realizing that all swimmers develop at different paces.

•I (we) shall provide positive support to my child and team no matter what.

•I (we) shall support my child’s responsibility to the team including attending practices, meets and team functions.

•I (we) shall encourage good sportsmanship by modeling the same to all swimmers, coaches and officials.

•I (we) shall communicate directly with my child’s coach with any comments/concerns.

•I (we) shall support the decisions of the coaches, even if I have a different agenda.
•I (we) shall not coach my child no matter how difficult it may be.

•I (we) shall only have positive things to say at a competition.

•I (we) understand that for an age group swimmer, meets are a chance to both learn and have fun and for the coaches to observe how training should proceed.

•I (we) shall acknowledge my child's fears.

•I (we) shall not criticize the officials at meets (they are swim parents too!).

•I (we) shall respect the knowledge and guidance of my child's coach.

•I (we) shall be loyal and supportive of our team.

•My (our) child shall have goals besides winning events.

•I (we) shall not expect my child to become an Olympian.