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 parents need to know. It is the responsibility of the team to provide you with well organized predictable ways you can access this information, and it’s your job as parents to use those tools to keep yourself informed. So here are some tips for both newbies and team leaders on how to keep everyone in the communication loop.
Our team sends out a weekly email that goes over major points of interest for the team. All of the info is typically available on the website too, but the email is a nice way to remind people what’s going on in a more personalized fashion. It also gives parents an opportunity to hit the reply button and ask questions about anything they maybe confused or concerned about. Email is also important if you have any last minute emergency announcements to send out like practice cancellations.
Our team also has a mailbox system. Each family has a slot in a container at one of our practice facilities and things like ribbons, medals, picture forms, and other materials that can’t easily be transmitted over the internet get placed there. Our coaches and Booster members also have their own boxes so that things can be left from parents too like checks, completed forms, and other things that need to be turned in periodically.
Every team is a little different in how they handle communicating with parents, so it is important to figure out what your team’s policies are and follow them. If you are still confused talk to your team’s leaders and make sure you are on the same page.
Swim parent veterans…what communication methods do you find work best for your team?