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1. Do not memorize your child’s times in their events to the nearest hundredth. 
A general theory to follow is that if your own swimmer doesn’t know his/her times to the hundredth, then neither should his/her parent. 

2. Do not make any comments about someone else’s child except: “Good job!” or “Way to go!” 

3. Noise makers are never to be used.                                         

There is no need for a noise-maker beyond the sound of your own voice.

4. Do not talk badly about the coaches behind their backs.
You may have ideas how your kids should be coached better or how a particular coach made a certain comment, but it should not be shared with other swim parents. Instead, pull the coach aside to speak with him/her about your concern.

5. Do not brag about your own swimmer’s success.
Swim parents who brag to other swim parents are not only risking alienation within the swim team parental group, but are also putting too much pressure on their own swimmers. Just like you don’t want to make your swimmer’s failures a pool deck storyline, don’t make your swimmer’s success a storyline either. 

6. All you need to do is hug!
After your swimmer races and approaches you, all you need to do is smile and say, “I’m proud of you!”  Give a hug and that’s it as no race commentary or critique is necessary. 

In conclusion: Let the swimmers swim, the coaches coach, and swim parents offer their support. Follow these unofficial rules to being a swim parent and you will become an Olympic gold-medal worthy swim parent.

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