Do's & Don'ts
CATAWBA VALLEY AQUATIC CLUB
DO’S AND DO NOT’S FOR CVAC PARENTS
The following is a list of things CVAC parents should DO to help your swimmer enjoy the sport to its fullest. DO...
- Have your swimmer at the pool on time for meets and practice ready to swim.
- Make sure your swimmer has ALL necessary equipment everyday for practice.
- Label all suits, goggles, flippers, and appropriate equipment with the swimmer’s name.
- Always have at least two caps and pairs of goggles in case of emergency.
- Learn all you can about the rules of swimming. This way you will know and can help your swimmer understand DQs.
- Volunteer to work for the club.
- Read the “Ten Commandments for Swimming Parents”.
- Meet as many parents as possible on our team.
- Always speak positively to your swimmer about practice, coaches, and meets.
- Offer to help coaches at swim meets (i.e. Food needs, transportation, etc.)
- Offer to assist other families of CVAC with transportation to meets when convenient.
- Support the team’s relay efforts at meets. All swimmers are expected to be available for relays at the beginning and the end of the meet.
- Check results on the board for your swimmers’ events and let the coaches know of and discrepancies you may notice so the coaches may check into the issue.
- Direct all questions to the coaches at an appropriate time to allow for a well thought out answer.
- Have your swimmer dressed in team apparel (i.e. Team cap) for meets. This will help the coaches find their swimmers much quicker during competition.
- Check the bulletin board for information and double checking meets entries for your swimmer.
- Volunteer to be a timer at all meets to help keep the meet flowing in a timely manner.
- Make plans to participate in finals at a meet when the opportunity may present itself.
The following is a list of things CVAC Parents should NOT DO while members of CVAC. DON'T...
- Watch practice all the time.
- Come on deck during practice for any reason.
- Coach your swimmer from the balcony or at meets. …get into long conversations with the coaches right before or during practice.
- Discuss your swimmer’s split times or race strategy with them.
- Discuss stroke technique with your swimmer.
- Discuss or compare other swimmers’ performances, especially in a negative manner.
- Recruit swimmers from other teams. You may provide information to others related to our program, but please do so only when asked.
- Worry that your child is not the line leader the entire time in practice.
- Contradict disqualifications at swim meets.
- Promote competition between teammates.
- Leave a swim meet without determining if your swimmer is needed for relays.
- Enter the area of competition reserved for coaches and officials at a meet. It is a rule of NC Swimming that only USS members (swimmers, coaches, and officials) may be on the pool deck.
- Stand behind the blocks during warm-ups or during a race. If you are behind the blocks, you should be timing for the meet.
- Distract the coaches and swimmers during the warm-up period. This is very unnerving for both before competition.
- Get your swimmer’s time after an event. The swimmer should take care of getting their time.
- Leave your swimmer at a meet unattended.
- Approach an official about a disqualification.
- Leave your swimmer at practice with impending bad weather.
- Allow your swimmer to scratch an event or leave the meet without telling the coach.
- Enter your swimmer in a meet without the swimmer picking their events.
- Leave a meet where a chance to swim finals is available.
- Purchase training equipment without first consulting the coaches.