Coaching

6 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent in a Post-Olympic Year

The Olympics are still fresh in our minds, and a new sports season is starting. This means that untold thousands of eager children are joining sports teams for the first time, with visions of Olympic medals dancing in their heads. And with swimming continuing to be one of the premiere sports in the Olympics, this… Continue reading 6 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent in a Post-Olympic Year

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6 Rules For Becoming a Better Swim Parent

The start of a season is a good time to review some of the basics. And the first one is the role of a swim parent. Before I start, I should point out that most swim parents are actually pretty good when it comes to interacting with their kid’s competitors, officials and coaches, at least… Continue reading 6 Rules For Becoming a Better Swim Parent

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Should Swim Practices be Open or Closed to Spectators?

I was following an online forum discussion among swim coaches about whether practices should be open or closed, and I was surprised at the diversity of opinion. It reminded me that coaching is not just about training swimmers, but requires a lot of interpersonal skills supplemented with education and experience. Closed Practices I was a… Continue reading Should Swim Practices be Open or Closed to Spectators?

Coaching

So Your Child is A Swimmer – The Role of a Swimming Parent

Although we have only finished one week of the season, it's never too early to help parents understand the role they can play in helping their swimmer get the most out of the sport. USA Swimming used to have a lengthy list of parent responsibilities on their site.  It had about a dozen points on… Continue reading So Your Child is A Swimmer – The Role of a Swimming Parent