WSST Swim Articles for Parents

We have pages of articles for parents to read about swimming and parenting swimmers.

ARCHIVES: Parent articles I – Dec 2008–June 2009 | Parent articles II – July–October 2009 | Parent articles III – Nov 2009–April 2010 | Parent articles IV – June–Dec 2010 | Parent articles V –  Jan 2011–April 2012

The Art of Swim Parenting, by Gary Hall, Sr.

Click here for a great article on the art of swim parenting, in a nutshelll, by someone who should know:

Coach Casadia, a longtime coach in New Jersey, put the following message on a sign in his pool and made up plastic gift cards for his parents with this great message.

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

– Coach John A. Casadia, Vineland, NJ

Great NY Times Parenting Blog on the meaning of success…

The Role of Parents in Athletics

By Bruce Brown, Proactive

“Coaches and parents… First, teach them to love the game. Second, teach them how to play it. Third, teach them how to compete in that sport. If you get these out of order or rush the process, it is very likely you will have one of the 70% of kids in this nation that drop out of sport by age 13.”

Watch this excellent 45 minute video:

How to be a better swimming parent … or 10 Things Swimming Parents Do that Coaches Can’t Stand

Here’s the link… At the end of the article Swimming World has a link for the 10 Things Swimming Coaches Do that Parents Can’t Stand, just to be fair. Good, huh?

USA Swimming Webinar about How to Survive and Thrive with a Coach

It’s important for children to learn how to adapt to different coaching styles to get the most out of their practice. For that reason you’ll want to go to the Parents page of our web site on the Growing Champions for Life section and register for the FREE webinar entitled “How to Survive and Thrive with a Coach”, online September 18th, from Growing Champions for Life.

This month’s True Hero Parent article, “The Importance of Small Wins” highlights the reason why helping our kids experience small steps of progress is so important to enjoyment of their sport and feelings of accomplishment. Print the article and pass it along to a friend. Scroll down the page to find other resources that will help you create the most positive sport family environment possible!

Click here to visit the USA Swimming Parents Section, Growing Champions for Life.

11 Things Your Swimming Coach is Tired of Yelling

Great little article on social media….take a look