· Respect your child and their efforts to attain their personal best. Do not yell or ridicule.
· Recognise good performance positively, no matter how large or small. Do not dwell on poor performance—they know it well enough themselves.
· Training/practise/learning, however this is perceived, is very important and by making this enjoyable it becomes easier to accept with a positive attitude of commitment and dedication by both parent and swimmer.
· Communicate with the Coach to ensure that you, your children and the coach are all aiming for the same goals. It is a 3-way effort.
· Remember each child is an individual. Discuss with the Coach any concerns that you have regarding nutrition and rest.
· Ensure your child develops a good habit of stretching before training or racing.
· Demonstrate good and appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language or harassing coaches or officials.
· Accept that it is part of your participation in your Club that you assist how and when you can.
· Remember that children participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun.
· Never ridicule or yell at a child.
· Be reasonable in your demands on your swimmers.
· Teach your swimmers to follow the rules.
· Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards.
· Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of officials.
· Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured swimmer is ready to recommence training.
· Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principals of growth and development of children.
· Never argue with an official. If you disagree—have your Club Captain,
Club Coach or Club Committee Member to approach the official on your behalf.
· Control your temper. Verbal abuse of any person is not acceptable or permitted.
· Work equally hard for yourself and for the Club.
· Be a good sport. Applaud all good achievements whether they are by you, your team mates or your opponents.
· Treat all people as you would like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another person.
· Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opposition, without them there would be no competition.
· Enjoy your sport. Do not participate to please parents or coaches do it for yourself.
Always do your best.
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