Swimmers’ Personal Belongings

  • Never bring valuables to competitions or to training sessions.
  • Lockers are provided in the changing rooms for clothing and other personal effects.
  • Bring your own locks to insure the safety of your belongings.

Behaviour

The DDO Swim Club’s reputation is primarily that of its members. Therefore, every swimmer is an important promoter of the Club. As members of the Club, every swimmer must agree to offer their best in respect to their peers, coaches, officials and the rules of the sport.
This includes:

  • Regular attendance at practice and informing coaches of expected absences.
  • Participating in competitions unless there is a major reason for an absence.
  • Listening to coaches’ advice during training and at meets.
  • Encouraging fellow swimmers in their efforts.
  • Appropriate behaviour during training, in the locker room, on deck and at meets, both local and away.

Parents on Deck

Parents are not allowed on deck or in the bleachers during the Monday to Thursday practices. They are welcomed to watch their child(ren) during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday training sessions.

Suggestions for Parents

  • Make sure your children know that win or lose, scared or heroic, you will love them, appreciate their best efforts and are not disappointed in them. Be the person in their life who they can look to for constant positive reinforcement.
  • Try your best to be completely honest about your children’s athletic capabilities, their competitive attitudes, their sportsmanship and actual skill levels.
  • Don’t try to relive your athletic life through your children. This only creates pressure; you fumbled too, you lost as well as won. Don’t pressure them because of your pride.
  • Be helpful but don’t coach them on the way to the pool, at breakfast and so on. It’s tough for the swimmers to be inundated with advice, pep talks and often critical instruction.
  • Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be out there working to improve their skills and attitudes. Don’t say winning doesn’t count because it does; instead, help them develop the feel for competing, for trying hard, for having fun.
  • Don’t compete with the coach. Remember that in many cases the coach becomes a hero to the athlete, someone who can do no wrong. Just wait it out. At first, because the coach is a hero who hands out pats on the back and is very sympathetic, the young athlete will be very happy. But it will come full circle once the coach has to correct, criticize, discipline or ask for extra effort or sacrifice.
  • You should also get to know the coaches so that you can be assured that their philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are such that you are happy to expose your child to them. The coaches have tremendous influence.
  • Don’t compare the skill, courage or attitude of your children with that of other members of the team at least not in their hearing.
  • Always remember that children tend to exaggerate both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reactions to the tales of woe or heroics they bring home.

100% participation is required

The coach will help each swimmer to make a commitment to a personal training schedule. As parents, we have the responsibility of ensuring that the training schedule is realistic and that the swimmer maintains the agreed schedule.