Becky

Signs Your Swimmer Just Isn't That In To It

Signs Your Swimmer Just Isn’t That In To It

Why do your kids swim?  There are lots of possible answers to this question, and for most kids it is a combination of reasons.  One essential reason should be because they want to and they love it . All too often, unfortunately, it is actually because mom or dad love it and will do anything […]

Eight Habits of Good Swim Parents

Eight Habits of Good Swim Parents

I’ve been a swim mom for 16 years now and in that time I’ve seen lots of swim parents come through the various teams my kids have been on.  Some are absolutely amazing and some seem…misguided.  What’s funny is occasionally some of the worst swim parents have the fastest swimmers, so many people around them […]

6 Signs Your Swimmer Should NOT be Wearing a Technical Suit

6 Signs Your Swimmer Should NOT be Wearing a Technical Suit

There is always grand debate over who should wear technical suits and when.  In fact several LSCs in USA Swimming have banned technical suits for certain age groups all together.  As of the date of this post the LSC my kids are involved with has not put any such bans in place, so I’ve seen […]

Common Swim Team Terms

Common Swim Team Terms

As a new swim parent or swim fan you may find yourself occasionally wondering why the people around you seem to be speaking gibberish. Your swimmer, coach, or fellow swim parent start talking and your eyes start to glaze over with confusion…  Cuts, seeds, tapers, psych sheets, heat sheet…. and what exactly is a split […]

10 Mistakes Swim Parents Should Avoid

10 Mistakes Swim Parents Should Avoid

I’ve been around the swimming world for more than 15 years now, and it continues to amaze me that while the faces change the mistakes I see parents make always seem to stay the same.  So I present to you 10 mistakes swim parents should avoid…. Not Participating in Meets: Every year I see a […]

Technical Suits

Technical Suits

Technical suits are always a big topic of discussion in the swim world.  So what exactly are they, when should you wear them, and what else do parents need to know about them before you break out the big bucks?   What are technical suits and how do they work? Technical suits are specially made […]

Advice for First Time Rec League Swim Team Parents

Advice for First Time Rec League Swim Team Parents

School is quickly wrapping up, the weather is getting warmer…that means summer swimming is just around the corner.  For some this will be your kids first experience as a competitive swimmer…that is awesome!  Seriously, it is truly an awesome time where everything is new and exciting for both you and your swimmer.  It is also […]

8 Tips for Parents Passing the Time at Swim Meets

8 Tips for Parents Passing the Time at Swim Meets

Let’s face it, swim meets can be long and boring. If your kids are like mine, they want to go to every day of every meet….so those hours can add up pretty quickly, particularity considering most meets are about 4 hours long, and that doesn’t event get into prelim/finals meets! Parents new to the sport […]

10 Signs You've Been at a Swim Meet Too Long

10 Signs You’ve Been at a Swim Meet Too Long

1. You’ve eaten 3 meals from the concession stand.  Fortunately most do serve plenty of options from all the major food groups:  donuts, pizza, hot dogs, and popcorn. 2. You’ve officially logged more hours of sleep at the meet then you did in your bed last night. 3. You walk out of the building with […]

Why Parents Should Let the Coaches do the Coaching

Why Parents Should Let the Coaches do the Coaching

Leave the coaching to the coaches! There, if you haven’t read me say it before, you have now.  One of the hardest things for swim parents to learn is that it is not only OK, but essential to your swimmer’s success that you learn your place in their swimming careers.  That place is to be […]