At SCIS Pudong, we value our kids and our parents, and we are one very large and generally very happy Green Dragon family. Our parents are a part of the success of our team. We kindly remind parents of the following 10 important aspects of being a swimming parent:
1. Remember that swimming is your child's activity. Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each individual.
2. There is only one question to ask your child after a practice or a competition - "Did you have fun?"
3. The coach is there to coach. You are involved in one of the few youth sports programs that offer professional coaching, do not undermine the professional coach by trying to coach your child on the side. Please do not place additional pressure on the kids by arranging private coaching - this can sometimes be detrimental to the swimmer. Please discuss this with the coaching staff.
4. Please have only positive things to say at a swimming meet. If you are going to show up at a swimming meet, you should be encouraging, but never criticize your child or the coach.
5. All competitors get scared sometimes. A first swimming meet, 400 free or 200 IM or even 100 backstroke can be a stressful situation. It is totally appropriate for your child to be scared.
6. Please do not criticise the officials. If you do not care to devote the time or do not have the desire to volunteer as an official, don't criticise those who are doing the best they can.
7. Honour your child's coach. The bond between coach and swimmer is a special one, and one that contributes to your child's success as well as fun.
8. Support the Green Dragon's as a loud and proud cheerleader for the team.
9. Winning is not the most important goal. Most successful swimmers are those who have learned to focus on the process and not the outcome.
10.We are not expecting your child to become an Olympian - neither should you.
Only 2% of the swimmers listed in the 10 & Under age group make it to the Top 100 in the 17-18 age group and of those only a small percentage will become elite level, world class athletes. There are only 52 spots available for the Olympic Team every four years. Your child's odds of becoming an Olympian are about .0002%.
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