We want all our team members to enjoy and make the most out of their time at Carlile Swimming. As parents, you play a special role in supporting your swimmer to be able to achieve their goals and to reap the benefits offered to your family as members of the Carlile Swimming Team.
Our five key tips to enjoy the swimming journey:
Make friends and join in
Allow the coach to coach
Reward effort rather than results
Accept success and failure
Your First Swim Meet
Attending your first swim meet as a parent of a swimmer can sometimes be daunting and a step into the unknown. Our First Swim Meet Guide has some tips and advice for parents and swimmers at their first meet.
Swimming Terminology & Jargon
As you immerse yourself in the world of swimming you will begin to hear some specific terminology, jargon and words related to training, competition and the wider swimming community. Check out the Swimming Terminology & Jargon flyer by following the link below:
Parent/Spectator Behaviour Etiquette
The Carlile Swimming Team is committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment for all to participate within our sport. As such the Carlile Swimming Team supports and applies the Swimming New South Wales Parent/Spectator Behaviour Etiquette Guidelines:
Inappropriate Behaviours are outlined in the Swimming Australia Safe Sport Framework and can include:
Using bad language
Harrasing or ridiculing swimmers, coaches, officials or other spectators
Making racist, religious, sexist or other inappropriate comments to swimmers, coaches, officials or other spectators
Any threatening behaviour or physical altercation between spectators and swimmers, coaches, officials or other spectators
Putting undue pressure on children, berating them or putting down their performance
What we ask you to do:
Help create a positive atmosphere for swimmers, officials and other spectators by showing respect for swimmers, officials and other spectators
Abide by the Swimming Australia Code of Conduct and refrain from using bad language, harassing or ridiculing others or behaving in a threatening or violent manner
If you are aware of inappropriate spectator behaviour and you feel confident to do so, speak with the person and ask them to stop. If there is a technical official or committee member present, ask for their assistance
Report any inappropriate spectator behaviour to a club committee member or someone in a position of authority
Call the police or someone in a position of authority if you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others
Volunteers are a vital part of our sport. Families are needed to participate in the running of meets in which their children are swimming and in team fundraising activities. This shares the club responsibilities amongst everyone involved, and also helps to create a fun, social and inclusive community atmosphere. We want everyone to enjoy being involved with our team.
There are many ways you can volunteer. Timekeeping is one of the most common tasks you will be required to perform. Timekeeping slots are determined by your swimmer’s meet entries. Meet entries are only accepted on the understanding that a parent/guardian agrees to timekeep, officiate or assist as requested for at least one session per day of the meet and that refusal may result in the swimmer’s withdrawal from that meet. Our volunteering rosters are designed to share the workload amongst everyone on an annual basis.
Illness and Injury
Swimmers need to get adequate sleep, eat well and drink plenty of water to maintain good health. If your swimmer is not well, it is important that they see a medical professional and take sufficient time to rest, as this will give them the best chance to recover and bounce back from the illness.
From time to time, swimmers may develop an injury. As an athlete, it is vital that swimmers seek medical attention and visit a physiotherapist to treat the injury sufficiently. Effective treatment of injuries and illness requires communication between the athlete, parents and the coach. It is important that your coach is notified of any injuries or illness as soon as possible after it occurs and is kept up to date with any treatment or rehabilitation.
Water is the best way to rehydrate the body after intense training or competition. Swimmers should have a drink bottle with them at all training sessions and meets. It can be difficult to ascertain how much fluid a swimmer loses during their training, which means that swimmers can easily become dehydrated. Hence, we encourage swimmers to carry a water bottle with them throughout their day to replenish any fluid loss and ensure they are prepared to perform at a high level at their next training session or meet.
Sports drinks may be used during and after activity, particularly during high intensity training and when competing in multiple events during meets. Sports drinks should only supplement water intake in the above-mentioned instances and should not replace water consumption.
Swimmers can’t perform to the best of their ability in the pool or during the day without a nutritionally balanced diet. This means eating a good balance of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats. There is room for treats in moderation and at the right time – not to refuel after an intense training session or to snack on during a meet.
After training, it is important that swimmers consume a healthy and filling breakfast to refuel for their day’s activities and afternoon training session.Due to training times and travel to school or university, eating on the run is often a necessity. As such, preparing healthy meal options that can be eaten on the run will assist swimmers to recover effectively.
During meets, canteens cannot be relied on to provide healthy and appropriate food options. We encourage parents to provide a healthy pre-meet meal and to help their swimmers pack appropriate snacks for the meet. Due to their high level of intense exercise,swimmers often get very hungry, so be sure to pack enough food to meet their energy needs.
Keeping a balanced perspective on performance is the key to a happy swimmer. Focusing on personal bests can seem like a good idea but this can exert a considerable amount of pressure on a swimmer – after all a personal best is something the swimmer has never done before. A more sustainable approach is to focus on effort, process and continual improvement. This can be as simple as placing attention on a particular skill or technique rather than focusing on the result of the race.
Feel free to discuss a race outcome with your swimmer, but please do this without expressing disappointment over any particular performance. Instead, emphasise effort and sportsmanship and ask what the coach had to say. Coaches will provide practical feedback for the swimmer after the race, as each meet is a chance for further development, not just an opportunity to win.
Be interested in your swimmer’s overall development and celebrate with your swimmer if they have achieved in the areas that they and their coach are working on, no matter what the race outcomes are. Most importantly, encourage your swimmer to have fun and make friends in the pool –this is a sure way to keep the swimmers interested in improving and developing their skills.