Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure. No one likes to make a mistake. If your child does make one, remember it is a learning experience. Encourage your child’s efforts and point out the positive aspects.
The coach’s job is to motivate and analyze a swimmer’s performance. A parent should show support, love, recognition, and encouragement necessary to help a swimmer work harder in practice. Practice sessions give swimmers the confidence to perform well in meets.
When a swimmer first joins the Sea Serpents, there may be a brief period when he or she appears to slow down. This slowing is a result of the added concentration on stroke technique that will lead to much faster swims later.
In general, children can only carry out 2-3 directions at once. It is vital to the success of the swimmer that each parent reinforces the directions that the coach has given. We all want each individual swimmer to reach their potential. Instead of giving directions to your swimmer; ask questions to reinforce the specific directions that the coach has given.
If you have questions regarding your swimmer and swimming in general, please don’t hesitate to talk to or email the coaching staff.
Not Every Time - Even the best swimmers will have meets where they do not swim their best times. These meets are very normal as a part of year-round swimming. Over the course of the season, times improve. Please be supportive of these meets. Older swimmers may only have two or three meets a year for which they will be fully rested and achieve their best times.
10 & Unders - Ten and Unders are usually very inconsistent swimmers. This inconsistency can be frustrating for parents, coaches, and the swimmer. Parents and coaches must be patient and permit these swimmers to learn to love the sport and learn at their own pace.
Disappointing Swim - When a swimmer has a poor race, it is important to focus on the positive aspects immediately. Do not talk about the negative aspects after a disappointing swim.
Sometimes a swimmer will say, “That was a bad race; don’t tell me it wasn’t.” There is nothing wrong with a swimmer negatively evaluating a race. What is important is for a swimmer not to dwell on it. Move the conversation onto something positive. “All right, you had a bad race. What can you work on in practice to do better next time?”