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Confessions of a swim parent

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Idaho, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I am now one of THEM.

    My 10-year-old has taken to the pool like a fish to water (how's that for an obvious analogy?) and her first meet is this weekend. Three days of after-school competition against 13 other swim clubs from around the valley.

    And I, like a good swim parent, will be required to volunteer. I signed up to be the deck monitor ... in other words, I get to be the bad cop and tell all the other parents to grab their cameras and go back into the stands.
  2. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    All you need to do is channel the frustration that almost all of us have toward parents. That'll put 'em in line really quick.
  3. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Will you be calling in the results to the paper?

    "Yeah, can we get in the top 8 finishers for individual events and top 4 for relays? There were 46 teams at this Invitational, so I'll start with team points."
  4. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I really, really, really hope I don't accidentally hip check one of them into the pool when they try to sneak around me to cheer on little Suzy
  5. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    And make sure not to report the times, lest other teams know how fast your swimmers can swim so they can make their swimmers swim faster.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Can you cost your own daughter a scholarship?
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    And don't give last names. Everyone knows who the kids are anyways.
  8. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    We don't need the newspaper. We've got a BLOG!
  9. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    Ah, it's not so bad being a swim parent. The downside for me was that the parent gatherings didn't get as 'lively' as the hockey parent ones do.

    If you're the Meet Marshall keep the parents off the pool deck. If they want to talk to their kids the kids have to go up in the stands. Have the meet announcer give reminders early on each session. The AM crowd is going to be the worst when it comes to wanting to be on deck.

    And if your daughter doesn't drop time in each event, ground her.

    (I know a parent who did that)
  10. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    The newspaper probably doesn't have enough staff to take the results phone call.

    Oh and dress warmly. I hear it can get cold on the pool deck.
  11. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    And make sure you wait until Friday night just before deadline to make the call.
  12. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member


    I officiated my first meets this weekend. I was surprised at the speed of the events. It all goes so quickly.

    But one complaint is not just keeping the parents off the deck, it's the participants with down time that want to cheer their teammates on. I almost fell in a couple of times because they weren't watching where they were going. So help keep them back, too.
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