Supporting your swimmer, the team, and coach

Show Your Support: Coach Is a Tough Job
As a sports parent, “support coach” should be one of your top priorities.
By Catherine Holecko

When your child is involved in youth sports, his relationship with his coach becomes important—and so does yours. There are many ways you can support Coach, and doing so benefits your athlete, physically and psychologically. “The research is clear: If parents support teachers, that helps kids learn,” says Jim Thompson, executive director of the Positive Coaching Alliance, which trains coaches to teach life lessons. Criticism of educators undercuts kids’ motivation to learn, and the same is true in sports. So support your child, and his teammates, by supporting his coach too. Here’s how.

Introduce yourself.
Get off to a good start with a friendly introduction of yourself, your athlete, and your family. Then, throughout the season, be sure to compliment the coach when he does something you appreciate. Thompson calls this “filling the emotional tank.” Unfortunately, “most coaches only hear from parents when they’re complaining,” he says.

Offer to help.
The coach has made a huge time commitment, usually for little to no financial reward. Ask her what you could do, during practices, games, or at other times, to help lighten her load.

… But don’t interfere.
Let the coach do her job. When it comes to your child’s sports experience, the coach is the teacher and you are the cheerleader. Of course, as a parent, you may have some helpful insights to share about your child’s learning style or weaknesses. Just don’t share them in the middle of a game! Have a conversation at some other time that’s convenient for both you and the coach.

Honor the game.
According to the Positive Coaching Alliance, this means showing respect for the rules of the game, your team’s opponents, the officials, your (child’s) teammates, and yourself/your child (remember the acronym ROOTS, for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and Self).

Follow the rules.
Make sure your child arrives at practices and games on time, with all necessary equipment in working order, and complies with other policies the coach establishes. If you’re asked to bring a team snack, observe any nutritional guidelines set by the coach or league. This shows your child that you respect the coach’s authority, and it gives the coach more time to teach sportsmanship and game skills.

Handle disagreements gracefully.
Don’t put your child in the middle by complaining about the coach in front of her (or her teammates). If you question a rule or decision, take it up with the coach during a private meeting or phone call.

Help your child have fun.
Never pressure him to perform beyond his capacity. Deal with disappointments sensitively. Remember that emotional tank? Your athlete has one too. Fill it up with praise!

Kewl Kickers~!

Congratulations to Haley Thier, Angela Stahl, and Peyton McNulty who all got best 100 kick times during a set in practice today! Keep up the good work!

*Keeping track of your practice times/sets is a great way to focus on what you are doing and know that you are improving in what you do!

Friday Night Halloween Fun

Hey Everyone! This Friday Night we will be celebrating Halloween from 6:30-7:30 pm at the University of Scranton! All swimmers can wear their costumes to practice and we will do judging costumes and then some fun relays and games. Attached is a list of tentative teams for Friday. Please let us know ASAP if you will not be able to make it Friday night so that we can arrange teams accordingly.

Friday Night Halloween Fun Teams

BDA Does Roba’s

Be Da Awesome and Have Fun at Roba’s

Just a reminder that BDA will be hosting a family outing at Roba’s this Saturday, 10/26 from 5pm-9pm at Campsites 3&4. It looks like we may have some good weather Saturday although it may be a little cool! Dress warm and don’t forget those flashlights………………

Since we have more than 20 people registered, and if I have collected enough to cover the minimum 20 ticket purchase @ $9.95/ticket by Thursday night, I will be more than happy to pick-up the tickets and meet you outside the Farm on Saturday. I will stop by the pool each evening by 7:30 pm if you wish to give it to me at this time. The tickets will be $11.95 at the gate.

If you need to reach me my cell is jennnifer.boyle.

Thanks!!
Phone Number: 5706503553

See you at the Top!

Updated schedule

BDA Weekly Practice Schedule:

*** Dryland : please be sure to have SNEAKERS with you every day.

Monday
E=5-7:30 Am, WTs 3:15-5:15 Pm

Tuesday
E=5-7:30 Am, 6-8 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm

Wednesday
E=5-7:30 Am, WTs 3:15-5:15 Pm, 6:15-7:30 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm

Thursday
E=5-7:30 Am, 6-8 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm

Friday
E=5-7:30 Am, WTs 3:15-5:15 Pm, 6:15-7:30 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm
B= 6:00-7:30 Pm

Saturday
E=6-8:30 am
G=8-10 Am
S=8-10 am
B=8-930 am
L=10-11:30
All: Robas 5-9pm!

Sunday
E=8-10 Am
G=8-10 Am
B=10-11:30 Am
L=10-Noon

E=Elite G=Gold S=Silver B=Bronze L=Learn to Swim

See you at the Top!

BDA -Roba’s outing

Name: Jen Boyle
Email: jennifer.boyle
Comment: Hi guys – could someone post the below for me? I’m not sure how and I want to make sure everyone receives this. Thanks!!!

Just a reminder that BDA will be hosting a family outing at Roba’s this Saturday, 10/26 from 5pm-9pm at Campsites 3&4. It looks like we may have some good weather Saturday although it may be a little cool! Dress warm and don’t forget those flashlights………………

Since we have more than 20 people registered, and if I have collected enough to cover the minimum 20 ticket purchase @ $9.95/ticket by Thursday night, I will be more than happy to pick-up the tickets and meet you outside the Farm on Saturday. I will stop by the pool each evening by 7:30 pm if you wish to give it to me at this time. The tickets will be $11.95 at the gate.

If you need to reach me my cell is jennnifer.boyle.

Thanks!!
Phone Number: 5706503553

See you at the Top!