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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 […]

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 […]

Signs You Might Be A Swim Parent

Signs You Might Be A Swim Parent

1. Your car is less than 4 years old but the odometer is already inching toward 200,000 miles. 2. You find yourself looking forward to Monday, because after a weekend of non-stop swim meets, work seems relaxing. 3. You have more swim suits than clean towels hanging in your bathroom. 4. You just read #3 and […]

11 Ways for Swim Families to Save Money

11 Ways for Swim Families to Save Money

If you’ve been around the swimming world for any length of time you’ve undoubtedly noticed that swimming is an expensive sport!  There’s not a lot you can do to get around some costs because at the end of the day pools must be rented, coaches and life guards must be paid, equipment and suits must […]

What's the difference between Yard Pools & Meter Pools

What’s the difference between Yard Pools & Meter Pools

A lot of people new to competitive swimming don’t realize that there are different types of pools which are actually different lengths that your swimmers compete in. To the average person a yard and a meter are about the same thing…to a swimmer they are most definitely not the same thing when it comes to […]

 People Swim Meet Directors Secretly Hate

People Swim Meet Directors Secretly Hate

This post is dedicated to my husband who recently acted as meet director for his 16th major meet and is already knee deep in planning the next one.  This is also dedicated to my friends from other teams who have taken on this noble role. If you are not familiar with what a meet director […]

What Makes a Pool Fast?

What Makes a Pool Fast?

Today I’d like to discuss exactly what people mean when they call a pool “fast”.  I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about some pools being good or fast while other pools are to be dreaded.   So what is it that makes some pools more desirable than others, and do they actually make swimmers go faster? Everyone take […]

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How to Stay in your Swim Team Communication Loop

Whether you are brand new to the swimming world or a long time veteran, staying informed of what’s going on with your team is a must.  Good teams are fast paced and always have something going on.  Whether it’s pictures, meets sign ups, social events, practice changes, t-shirt sales, meet results, there is always something […]