- Let the coach be the coach and you be the parent. Your child needs to know that their worth to you is not tied to performance. The coach is responsible for reviewing the race. If you want to know what was discussed, one of the best ways to do so is to casually ask “So, what did coach have to say about your swim?” Perhaps you noticed something the coach did not point out to the swimmer; be aware that the coach will choose what she feels is most important to mention at that time. She may not choose to point out some things, or she may choose to emphasise one thing over another. Receiving a different, perhaps conflicting, critique from the parent may confuse the swimmer or lessen the effectiveness of the coach’s comments.
- Be the swimmer’s biggest fan. Swimming teaches a lot of life skills including how to deal effectively with success and also with disappointment. If the swimmer knows that win or lose, you are still on their side, then they are more easily able to deal with the highs and lows of the sport.
- Relays are an important part the meet. Most of the events at a meet are individual in nature. The relay events allow a child to come together with their peers in a team event. If a child is assigned to a relay, other swimmers are counting on them to compete. Please ensure that all relay team members stay and are ready to compete – relays are exciting and build a strong team bond and club connection.
- Motivation. Sometimes it can be hard to be motivated – we can all have a blue day! Some people use rewards for motivation – you know your swimmer best. Talk with them about goal setting. It may be better to motivate them to achieve performances for intrinsic (eg getting a PB) rather than extrinsic (eg getting money) rewards. This has a much longer-lasting effect, and directly relates to setting goals for personal achievement.
- At some meets there may be a swim shop selling a range of items from commemorative meet T-shirts to swim caps, suits and goggles.
- Meets cannot be run without volunteers. Swimming, like many other sports and activities relies on volunteers. Swimmers appreciate the volunteer involvement of their parents, other family members and friends. There is a wide range of volunteer duties to be filled at a swim meet. These include time keeping, marshalling, recording, taking refreshments around to coaches and officials and other volunteers.
There are also a number of courses that you can attend to become an official such as time keeper, stroke and turn judge or referee. If you have an interest in a particular aspect area, don’t be shy. Training and opportunities are available for you!
QLSC hopes you have found this information helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask a coach, one of the committee members or one of our veteran swim parents! Feedback on all information can be sent directly to the Publicity Officer as mentioned above.