Sideline coaching Swim Edition


There are few parents as crazy as soccer moms and baseball dads, but have you been to a swim meet? You would think it would be impossible to coach from the sidelines, you know, because the kids are in water and can’t hear you, but here are a few tips.

  • Tell them to dive, what other way to enter the pool?
  • Scream at them to “Go, pull, stroke” while they are coming up for air.
  • Tell them to swim fast
  • Tell them to swim hard
  • Point out their stroke and breathing mistakes as soon as they exit the water
  • If they won first place, make sure they beat their previous time. Otherwise, tell them what they did wrong and threaten them with pulling them off the swim team if they aren’t going to try anymore.
  • If they won first place and beat their previous time, show them the olympic time standards.

As you can see it’s pretty easy to coach from the sidelines for swim as well. If your kids aren’t crying or cracking under the pressure then you aren’t doing your job.

Also, see How to coach baseball/softball