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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 your eyes start to glaze over with confusion…  Cuts, seeds, tapers, psych sheets, heat sheet…. and what exactly is a split and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Read Swim Meet Heat Sheets & Psych Sheets

How to Read Swim Meet Heat Sheets & Psych Sheets

Today I’d like to discuss heat sheets and psych sheets.  As with all new things they can be a little confusing at first, but used properly they will help guide you through your day at a big swim meet.  These handy little meet programs are typically sold at the door for a few dollars.  Some […]