Essential Equipment for Swimmers

Essential Equipment for Swimmers

When first joining a swim team, swim parents are given a list of equipment you will need. When I first saw this I had no idea what some of the items were … and I am still finding out about new things. I’m going to list equipment from early swimmers to more advanced. I know …

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Parents … Build Up the Team

Parents … Build Up the Team

We have had a bit of an odd journey in swimming. While typically swimmers start in a team and maybe switch teams once or twice throughout their entire swimming journey to college, we are the exception. We didn’t do this. We have been swimming competitively for 9 years and been with 6 teams in 4 …

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A Swim Kid’s Take on Swim Parents

A Swim Kid’s Take on Swim Parents

I’ve been asking my daughter to write something for the blog. She hasn’t done it so today I interviewed her. I’m still chuckling! I’m not kidding … one answer made me laugh for a while. Crazy kid! What do you like that we do to support you? FOOD! You replace stuff when our stuff breaks. …

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Time In the Pool Clears Away the Clutter

Time In the Pool Clears Away the Clutter

Adolescence can be awful. Beyond school and homework, the social aspects of growing up through adolescence is just … well … hard! At the pool last night a parent talked about time in the pool providing a great mental break for swimmers. They had time to think outside of school and social pressures. I provides …

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Swimming is NOT a Seasonal Sport!

Swimming is NOT a Seasonal Sport!

I laugh when Sophia comes home and tells me how she argued with a fellow middle school student over swimming versus seasonal sports. Those who do not swim or have just swam in Summer league don’t really have a clue that swimming isn’t a sport … it’s a marathon. A marathon that lasts for YEARS! …

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Never Underestimate Your Swim Family

Never Underestimate Your Swim Family

Our oldest daughter started swimming when she was 5 … well competing. She was so little and we had no idea what we were doing. The poor coach had to tell her everything she was to do. Our youngest daughter was a year and a half. She has literally grown up by a pool, first …

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Swim Moms vs. Dance Moms

Swim Moms vs. Dance Moms

My daughter has discovered the show, “Dance Moms” … much to my chagrin. She was watching it the other day and said, “You should write a post that’s like “Dance Moms” but is Swim Moms!” Welllllllll … I thought about it. How could you take these raving competitive maniac moms and translate them to competitive …

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The Faces of Swim Parents

The Faces of Swim Parents

My oldest daughter has swum for 9 years. I have spent a LOT of those 9 long years near a pool. There are articles written about how to be a good swim parent, how to encourage and not coach, what to do and what not to do … etc. I want to just take a …

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Fabulous Swimsuit Vendor Misadventure

Fabulous Swimsuit Vendor Misadventure

My swimmer has a favorite swimsuit vendor – Hardcore Sports (hxcsport.com). We used to swim with the Southern California region and this vendor was at big swim meets. They make really cool suits and now that we are on the opposite coast my swimmer loves to get their suits and wear them because literally no …

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Tears, Ecstacy, Frustration

Tears, Ecstacy, Frustration

  As a parent … what do we do with tears after a race or a particularly hard practice? There will always be that really hard moment when a parent literally is at a loss to help their swimmer through the emotional outcome of hard work. Let me start this by saying … I haven’t figured …

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