Background[edit | edit source]

Sources: From Jeff Allen and Scott Walker

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The Triangle[edit | edit source]

The triangle is connected to the number three and I believe it’s a good representation of the connection between a coach, athlete, and parent. As a child I grew up through the YMCA and the symbol meant Body, Mind and Spirit. Each leg of the triangle had the same value as the other. If all of the legs of the triangle supported one another then you would become a whole person thus being of great service to your family, community and friends.

As a teacher and coach I believe the triangle is the foundation of success for our students and swimmers. Each leg of the triangle represents the three parties: swimmer, parent and coach. We couldn’t survive without one another. The key to the strength of the triangle is to understand each of our roles:

The Swimmer:[edit | edit source]

1) Be responsible by being on time and prepared for your workout. 2) During practice give great effort and energy while displaying a positive attitude. 3) Make your teammates better because of your presence and support. 4) Be coachable and respectful. 5) Have attainable goals and let everyone know about what they are. 6) Most importantly, be grateful to your parents, coaches, and teammates for the role they play in your journey.

The Parent:[edit | edit source]

1) Be positive and supportive, regardless of the outcome of each swim. 2) Don’t coach your kids as this can be disruptive for the swimmers and coaches, and will likely confuse your swimmer. 3) Get involved; find a volunteer position you feel comfortable with and help out. 4) Try to have your swimmer at practice 15 minutes before start time, as this is a good habit for young swimmers to learn. 5) Acknowledge that the coaches have numerous triangles to maintain and each one is different from the others. 6) Don’t compare your swimmer to other swimmers. They all come from different backgrounds with different talents and growth progressions. It’s best to let the coaches guide his/her progression and focus on your swimmer only. 7) Most importantly, be grateful to your swimmer and coaches for the sacrifices they make during this journey.

The Coach:[edit | edit source]

1) As coach I pledge to make the best interests of the swimmers the priority. I’m confident as parents you trust my interests match your own in this common goal. 2) As the coach I will try to maintain a state of balance between what may be ideal for the individual (your swimmer) and the needs of the group (the team). 3) As the coach I’ll communicate with you openly and honestly and hope as parents you’ll do the same. 4) As the coach I’ll make my best effort to provide your athlete a range of growth opportunities; some satisflying and fulfilling, others challening and perhaps frustrating; as this will help develop his/her ability and overall character as a person. 5) Most importantly, I’ll be grateful to you and your swimmer for the sacrifices they make during this journey.


I am hoping that the three of us can come together and make this triangle as strong as possible. One small crack could cause a collapse in the process towards success. Let us all support the development of our swimmers but most importantly great kids with great values and character. Now let’s have some fun in the process.

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